What’s up everybody? Does anyone actually complete the V-Diet anymore? Why are the number of posts in other peoples’ threads offering encouragement so few and far between nowadays? Where are all the fatties at?
Inquiring minds want to know!
So as the thread title suggests, I am a powerlifter (or maybe just a wannabe since I’ve only competed once?) and want to shed some fat from my summer/fall/winter strength phase. I actually do fit into my singlet, and while it may not be a pretty sight, I have made some pretty decent progress over this time with regards to strength (IMO).
When I do things, I like to go balls to the wall and focus intently on that and nothing else. When I diet, I fucking diet. When I bulk, I fucking bulk. I don’t like to pussy foot around and waste my time with the “slow and steady” approach. I like to “Blast, Dust, Repeat” (Dave Tate mantra. If you don’t know who Dave Tate is, you probably won’t enjoy my log).
V-Diet starts Sunday 21 March. Pics and measurements to follow later on in the week. Strap in and hold on.
I did the V-Diet this time last year and went from 250 lbs or so down to 232 by the end of transition. That pic is my before and after. I had been out of the gym for 5 years and had let myself go straight down the shitter. I wasn’t happy with how I looked, felt, or performed, so I decided to grab the bull by the horns and do something about it. I dropped 15 lbs or so before starting V-Diet (265–>250) just from doing cardio due to a rib injury and cleaning up my diet a bit, and kicked it into high gear throughout the 42 day period. My original V-Diet log is located here:
I’m not sure what my bodyfat got down to, but it was in the low teens. I was losing fat at a great rate, but like anybody that used to be fat and started shedding the pounds, I actually realized just how little muscle mass I had underneath all those warm layers (they call that “skinny fat” here at tmuscle). I had plans to get hawt ript abz for the summer, but once I realized just how small I actually was, I immediately aborted and started eating heavy and lifting heavier.
Started Rippetoe’s “Starting Strength” program in June '09 and did that for about 13 weeks. My lifts improved significantly (lots of muscle memory gains) but squatting 3 days a week finally took its toll on my general workout attitude and motivation. I couldn’t do any conditioning because my legs were always sore, so I stopped Starting Strength and moved on to 5-3-1.
Let me tell you that 5-3-1 is by far the best strength program I’ve ever used, and that includes Division 1 strength training programs. Starting lifts as of 1 September were:
Overhead Press: 170
Calculated 1RM’s are now
Squat: 480 [+55]
Bench: 364 [+54]
Deadlift: 480 [+75]
Overhead Press: 212 [+42]
Back in October I decided to do a PL meet to gauge my progress and keep me motivated to hitting higher PR’s (and to keep consistent with a training program). I decided to do the Brute Strength Classic in Norfolk, VA mid-February 2010. I put up a 1,300 lb total with a 500 squat, 335 bench, and 465 DL, and won my 275# weight class. It was a fun experience and I definitely wanna keep up at the PL game once I shed these unwanted bulk pounds. Here is my video from the meet (I whore it every chance I get):
So that’s that. This was my first real bulk and I put on 43 lbs or so from May to February of this year. A good majority of that was LBM, but definitely some unwanted fat gains as my diet wasn’t exactly clean. I was clean for the first part and slowly loosened up my meal selections. Strength gains were good, but now its time to shed the fat, get a handle back on my diet, improve my insulin sensitivity, and then move forward on my quest for strength.
tl;dr Background (for those of you that like bullet points):
-Did V-Diet last year (250–>232)
-Did Starting Strength, good gains
-Did 5-3-1, great gains
-Bulk went well (232–>275)
-Now time to cut fat!
Lets do this shit!!