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SamtheGladiator

SamtheGladiator

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Join Date: 01/27/2009 | Posts: 326

Alright guys, first of all I want to say I love this forum. I learn/remember/realize something everyday from reading people's posts. I don't really post that much, but I want to contribute to this community to in a sense 'give back.' My area of expertise is fitness. Is it necessary to get girls? Probably not. Does it help? I don't have any doubts. The way you look is a reflection of who you are on the inside. In my opinion we all know that subconsciously.

So who am I?

I'm a guy who has been lifting weights and training pretty hardcore since high school (I'm 25 now). I started off training for football in high school. I always had a weird love for it. I was one of the hardest workers in the gym and it showed on the field. I WAS NOT a guy who was just naturally big and strong. I had to work my ass off for any results that I got.

I played junior college football and trained hardcore with the team. At one point I bench pressed 390 lbs. When I initially started lifting my sophmore year in high school I think my max was like 150. (ps I've always been natural and never done steroids)

After that I became a Certified Personal Trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine. I worked for Bally Total Fitness for over a year as a personal trainer, and since then I've had my own independent personal training business. I've trained with some of the best bodybuilders in my home state. I've also trained with some of the best athletes (former NFL football player Omar Bacon, UFC fighter Josh Burkman). I've aided MANY women in losing many many lbs of fat. One lady lost over 50 lbs while I was her trainer.

I'm not saying this to impress you, I'm saying this to impress upon you (thank you Tony Robbins for that line) that I'm not some internet dude hiding behind a computer screen giving out shitty advise.  If you want to get more fit, if you want to lose fat and gain muscle, if you have questions about lifting techniques, supplements, or nutrition I will either have a good answer for you, or I will direct you to the right resources. I realize that there is ALOT of different schools of thought around fitness, health and nutrition. I will be giving advise that has WORKED FOR ME and the people I've trained and trained with. 


Go. 

PS. Picture attached to provide proof of said results. 

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SamtheGladiator

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BananaTime5000 wrote:
SamtheGladiator,

Can you gain muscle mass while being vegetarian?
It HAS and CAN be done. It seems to me that there is a VERY small percentage of people who can pull it off. However, it goes against any sort of conventional bodybuilding science. THOUSANDS upon thousands of people get results from higher levels of protein that comes from animal sources (whey, eggs, milk, meat). A FEW people get results from a vegetable diet. Personally, I did not start to get MAJOR results until I increased my protein intake. Same goes for all people I've trained and trained with. I can only speak for myself and them. 
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Cyon

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Join Date: 07/05/2008 | Posts: 211

What is your take on going on HIIT while bulking?? Can it be done or is it counterproductive.

I also got a 40 pound dumbbell that I use to curl bicep+wrist with. I can do like 3-4 reps. How many days a week should I do a bicep and forearm workout. I used to get sore but now I don't feel sore at all and feel like I can do it all over again the next day no matter how hard I workout.
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SamtheGladiator

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Cyon wrote:
What is your take on going on HIIT while bulking?? Can it be done or is it counterproductive.

I also got a 40 pound dumbbell that I use to curl bicep+wrist with. I can do like 3-4 reps. How many days a week should I do a bicep and forearm workout. I used to get sore but now I don't feel sore at all and feel like I can do it all over again the next day no matter how hard I workout.
HIIT:

I have gotten AMAZING results from higher intensity circuit type training. In fact, one of my goals is to keep my heart rate up while I lift so I do a lot of drop sets, super sets, bounce sets, tri sets etc. The point is to KEEP moving. 

Gaining muscle is all about GOING TO FAILURE. It is pushing through the PAIN PERIOD like Arnold talks about here: 




So here's WHY it works. The body is nothing but a SURVIVAL machine. It just wants to keep living. Getting results is all about shocking your body and sending a 'signal' to it that says "gain muscle OR die." How do you send that signal? By putting MORE DEMANDS on the body than it is use to. This can be achieved by GOING HEAVY, by taking less time for rest (HIIT), by doing more reps than normal, etc. Don't get married to any one routine. Keep in mind that its all about shocking the body and sending that signal to it that dictates it to gain muscle and get rid of fat. 

I would rest at least 48 hours between training your arms. Even if you're not sore, you are still tearing muscle fibers that need to be rebuilt if you are GOING TO FAILURE. Failure means you literally could not do another rep if YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT. Keep that in mind. 

Hope that helps. 
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ChodeDestroyer

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your stand on juice?
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Stick

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Join Date: 11/30/2008 | Posts: 166

Thanks dude, for doing some effort for the forum.

I am an ABSOLUTE beginner, I don't know anything about fitness and nutrition.

I want to get more muscles and eat healthier food.

I have no idea where to start. I've looked around on some sites. But I got an information overload. I didn't get it at all cause
currently I don't know anything about it.


Could you help me to get started ? 

Thanks in advance smile
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SamtheGladiator

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ChodeDestroyer wrote:
your stand on juice?

Don't drink it. Period.

EDIT: Most juice is nothing but high fructose corn syrup which your body basically converts straight to fat. If it's natural, FRESH, juice that's a different story. But as a GENERAL rule, try to cut out unnecessary empty calories like juice and pop out. It won't help you get lean, it won't help you get muscle. 
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The Duck ✘

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Hey bro,

Thanks for offering value to the forum..! 

My question is related to two things:

1: Between what muscle groups is it best to split your workouts in, each day? I.e. Do you combine triceps with back or something else, and how many days do you workout a week if you're doing cardio AND wanting to gain muscle mass?

2: How much cardio is TOO much, when you're trying to gain muscle mass?

All the best,

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Join Date: 11/16/2007 | Posts: 201

i think that by juice he ment steroides
BTW one of my gym instracturs is vegeterian and he is one of the biggest people I know (all muscle no fat) he told me he eats tons of tofu
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ChodeDestroyer

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I meant juice as in roids:)
SamtheGladiator wrote:

ChodeDestroyer wrote:
your stand on juice?

Don't drink it. Period.

EDIT: Most juice is nothing but high fructose corn syrup which your body basically converts straight to fat. If it's natural, FRESH, juice that's a different story. But as a GENERAL rule, try to cut out unnecessary empty calories like juice and pop out. It won't help you get lean, it won't help you get muscle. 


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RomanstimeYO

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Join Date: 01/31/2009 | Posts: 7

 Man, your body is impressive.

There is one thing I've always felt controversial about. Can you say with 100% confidence that protein shakes don't damage our health or they do?

Why I have doubts about consuming them: that protein in them was produced using some chemical processes and it is not natural comparing to the protein which can be consumed from meat, nuts etc. As I guess it's bad for health.

Also I've heard (however, I do not pretend it to be true) that protein shakes damage liver particularly and it is necessary to take a medicine which maintains good state of liver if you consume protein shakes.

So, I would be happy to get to know how protein shakes may influence on health.
Cheers
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