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Sunday, May 11th, 2014
5:29 pm

Starting all over again it would seem. Pictures worth a thousand words.

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I've never looked in a mirror and felt so overwhelmed by the fat around my obliques and lower back. It makes me feel very hourglass shaped. Very self-conscious about it.

Current Mood: unimpressed
Monday, January 21st, 2013
8:29 pm
Fitocracy Community
Hey fellas.

My name is Drew, I'm 25 yrs old and an IT professional. I love doing various physical activities, and I try to utilize Fitocracy to track my lifting gains. I'd love to see some brotherhood over there, so I created a group for anyone interested.

"A place for masculine female-born individuals (FTM*) to share fitness tips, socialize, and encourage each other in their goals. It's your body- you're changing it to match your mind- take care of it!"

x-posted to ftm
Sunday, November 18th, 2012
8:02 pm
Starting weightlifting?

I'm thinking about starting to lift weights, but I'm worried that I'm going to do something wrong and will injure myself. When I mentioned it to my primary care physician, he said that it's really important to do so only under the direction of someone who really knows what she/he is doing and that one needs to lift really light weights very, very often for the first month to stimulate blood flow or something like that. That is completely different from anything I've ever heard, but it's got me worried. How dangerous is it to lift weights without any formal training? Going to a gym is completely out of the questions because I simply don't have that kind of money.

Here is some background and a bunch of other questions mixed in. Be forewarned: this is long.Collapse )

Monday, November 12th, 2012
11:56 am
Hello again. (WARNING: MIGHT BE OFFENSIVE) - Edited
Thank you all for your wonderful advice in response to my last post.  I am back yet again and would like to ask for some guidance. 

One of the sites that was recommended to me is bodybuilding.com which, I have to say, I really like.  Probably the most out of all of them and there are some pretty fantastic sites out there!

Now onto my question, which is legitimate but may be offensive to some: Should I be following workout plans geared towards women or geared towards men?  I've heard claims on either one and now I am kinda at the end of a road, a "T", and not sure whether to take a right or a left...

There was a pdf uploaded onto FTM FitClub (tumblr) but the whole tumblr page seems to have been removed.  It argued that when calculating a particular formula (crucial to do before starting any exercising), you should use the generally accepted womens formula.  I can't remember what it was for (not BMI) but you take your current weight and goal weight into consideration with this formula and then divide it by a certain set of numbers which differs between women and men.  What is your take on that?

If this is true, does it directly impact what workouts you do?  I was recommended Jim Stoppani's program for gain: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/shortcut-to-size.html, in addition to
http://www.bodybuilding.com/guides/male-20to39-fat-loss/intro for cutting.  Doable?

Happy lifting,
Edit:  I cannot figure out how to attach a file to this post and I cannot directly link it either.  The web domain in which the file is located has expired.  However, you can still access the file in .doc format.  The document is called "Transmale Bodybuilding and Transformation."  If you google that exact title, the first at the top of the list will be a DOC file.  On page 20, the formula is discussed.  The formula is used to calculate RMR and TDEE.
Friday, July 6th, 2012
10:14 am
Resting between push-ups and pull-ups
Hey all,

Before returning to the gym, I've decided to build my upper body strength for a while by doing pushups and pullups--3 sets of as many pushups as I can, 3 sets of as many pullups as I can. I am wondering, how much time should I give myself to rest between doing pushups and pullups?

What I mean is, should I do my 3 sets of pushups one day, then pull-ups the next day, and so forth? Should I do pushups and pull-ups on the same day, then rest one day, then do it again? Should I do ONLY pushups one day, then rest one day, then ONLY pull-ups?

I am just wondering because, especially with pull-ups, whenever I do a lot of them, it takes me a while (sometimes two days or even longer!) to regain my strength until I can do the same amount again. Should I ignore this and still do as many as I can after resting no longer than one day? Or is it counterproductive to try to do more until my strength has returned?

Thanks so much for any help, advice would be much appreciated
Friday, April 20th, 2012
12:51 pm
Exercise Question: Caloric Intake: Men's or Women's?
Hi.  I'm about to start the Insanity Workout, and I'm wondering if I should follow the guide for men's caloric intake, or for women's.  

I'm 5"9", 200 lbs, and pretty meaty and strong.  I'm looking to lose 20-30 lbs and get in better shape, but there's a big difference in the suggested calories for men and for women.  I regularly take in about 2000 calories a day, exercise 30-40 minutes six days a week, and have maintained this weight (give or take 10 lbs) for years now.

I looked through the tags, but didn't see anything.  Any suggestions?

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
10:25 pm
Post-Top Surgery
Hey guys,
5 weeks post-op from double incision top surgery here and itching to get back to the gym. Was wondering if anyone here has experience or tips on easing back into lifting post surgery. I was really sedentary for the first four weeks but am back to biking/elliptical workouts, and at this point, the chest and scars are pretty stable. It feels like its time to hit the weightroom. Any exercises to absolutely avoid (push-ups seem like they would really stress the scars...) or thoughts on starting weights (I'm guessing really low weights and high reps?)
Thanks yo,
Friday, March 30th, 2012
9:25 am
Hi All-- I was wondering if people can give me links to communities regarding stopping hormones--I know people have given me some before but I can;t seem to find them. Thanks in advance!
Monday, January 2nd, 2012
11:49 am
Workout Mixes
Hey guys! I generally weight lift or run (treadmill or outside)- and I LOVE listening to music while I workout. I find it helpful in keeping my motivation going... I think we all know that there are just some workouts that draggggg.

So, as a fan of Dropbox, I put together a folder with the most recent mix that I've been enjoying. I'm happy to share the folder with anyone, and anyone is welcome to add their mix.

To do so, you need a FREE dropbox account, and just either comment with your email or send me an email at oddball . orbital @ g mail . c o m (no spaces).
Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
6:37 pm
Starting To Work Out - Advice?
Hey guys,

I'm not sure if this is the type of community to ask for workout routine advice, but I figured you've got the best experience with the situation.

Anyway, I had top surgery about 3 months ago, and it turns out my top half is awfully flat and scrawny and everything. I'd like to build that up, and my shoulders, but I want to do that as part of a useful workout routine rather than just focus on it. Like, if I had a routine that made all my muscles grow X amount, I'd want the pecs and shoulders to grow 1.33X or so.

I'm not sure this information is important, basically what I'm asking for are good exercises to target my pecs and shoulders. And if anyone's so inclined, I'd appreciate guidance on a gym routine as well (the essential exercises, or something). I'm perfectly willing to research it myself, but at the moment am starting from roughly 0 experience. (we did lift weights in freshman PE. Mostly curls and bench press)
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
8:57 pm
Fitness friends?
I just moved to Austin. I like working out, but all my friends hate fitness for some reason! One time I solicited someone from this community to be a "workout partner" and it went pretty well! I am trying to do the same thing now. Does anyone want to, like go to the gym together and/or talk about getting ripped and/or hi-protein cooking while lifting weights? I live in South Austin and still am unsure of which gym I'll be going to. I am in the process of finding a suitably inexpensive one that has okay equipment.

Maybe it will be fun! I don't want to make this sound like a personals ad! I am not a bad person
Friday, September 23rd, 2011
1:29 am
I noticed today when I'm doing weights for legs I don't seem to get to the point where I can't do anymore. It feels heavy, I get shaky but there's no physically can't do more even lifting weights a lot heavier than would be expected of someone my size. With upper body I start of feeling like it isn't heavy at all, then after a few reps I get one where it feels heavy then the next I fail. It's not like I'm getting in a big amount of reps in between- maybe 7.

Does that mean anything in terms of training? I feel like I train my legs better because it feels heavier more of the time and my upper body isn't gaining as much as I'd like. Is there something I should be tweaking?

Bit of a trivial little question, I know but I'm curious and couldn't google an answer/
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
11:47 pm
types of pushups
I wonder what kind of pushups do you do?
do you just do regular flat pushups on floor?

I learned that there are many kinds of pushups.
Monday, September 12th, 2011
3:13 pm
Pushups challenge

Ugh 60 today.

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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
12:16 pm
Cycling Shorts
I've pretty much avoided the no-buldge problem by wearing baggy shorts over my cycling shorts. I'm getting more serious about cycling, and the baggy shorts I feel are going to have to go. I know some guys are confident enough to not care what other people think, or feel that no one is looking anyway. Personally, I'm not that confident, and don't buy it that no one notices.

I've decided I'm going to try packing in cycling shorts. I'm thinking about picking up a pair of compression shorts that have a pocket for a cup (like this), and putting the packer in the pocket, and wearing the cycling shorts over the compression shorts. I'm trying to keep the packer directly off my skin, and even though cycling shorts are tight, I want a little extra insurance that the packer isn't going anywhere.

What I was wondering is if anyone has tried this method with cycling shorts? Any tips, tricks, or reasons I should abandon the idea?

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011
11:49 pm
pushups #2
(from friday night) 50/ 20/ 10/ 15/ 10 = 105 in 3 minutes (10 more than 1st time)

I tried again today (saturday), and could only do 50/10.

For guys who do this everyday- How does that work? Aren't you suppose to give your muscles time to repair?
1:25 am

Ugh wrong direction
50 total in 3 minutes

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Thursday, September 1st, 2011
3:55 pm
Push-up Challenge Baseline
3 minutes:
25, 11, 10, 7 (53)

boo. Can't wait to see how it increases over the next month!
8:21 pm
3 min ..... baseline 25, 15, 15, 15, 15, 10  = 95 
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
8:49 pm
50/ 20/ 10/ 15 = 95

I got pretty good doing 50 at once since at the Muay Thai gym I go to, one of the trainers really likes us to do that. Trying to knock out more after that though! Damn! My arms feel like Jello now =)

thanks for the challenge!

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