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  1. Old Navy just came out with their brand of "stretch" jeans. Fit just as well at the Levi 541 Athletic while being a bit cheaper.
  2. Reebok Nano's are the closest thing to an all-around shoe. Nice, wide flat soles that aren't too soft for heavy lifting but soft enough that they won't kill you to run in them. I use them for all my general lifting/workout needs and do all my other activities in them.
  3. Bro...do you even lift? Laughing so hard that Brodin has zero posts about lifting...
  4. Holy long thread title Batman.... oh wait, Last challenge ended in the classic, do too much at the same time and fail thing. So instead, I've automated some of my plan. DIET: RP Auto-Templates. These basically tell me how much to eat and when. And when the weight stops dropping, then you click the next tab over that reduces the calories. There isn't any calorie counting necessary as long as I follow the prescribed strategy. So far their supplied maintenance plan has worked (kept the same amount of weight but dropped 2" around the belly). This challenge will begin with the next tab over, CUT 1. The templates are also split into workout intensities: No workout, light, moderate, intense. TRAINING: Layne Norton's PH3 on Bodybuilding.com This program is more for muscle building but I'm wondering if I can still get some more strength gains while still dropping my body fat. So far, I haven't dropped any strength and the workouts fit within my time available. I have to workout early in the morning (4 am) which sucks it means that I can still mentor my robotics team and spend time with the family in the evening. At some point I have to do homework too. Regardless, I'm done with week 1 while eating at maintenance, and now starting week 2 at a deficit. Good luck me. SLEEP: Sleep is important for everything. The goal is to get to bed 8-9pm and wake up at the appropriate time, typically 4 am on work days. Hopefully all these things end up with me being lighter and stronger while still being sane..
  5. Don't forget about Good Mornings. IF you can't do them with the weight on your back, then some large bands over your neck will work.
  6. I always wonder if that's Rodgers or McCarthy? Either way, a giant amount of time thinking needs to be done over the off-season to right the ship. Can't waste all of Rodgers' prime on bad seasons like this. I like them. It's only the first few days an I'm on the base phase so I'm maintaining weight (which I am, maybe slightly dropping weight). I like that I look at what I do that day and apply the template (light, moderate, heavy). It also reminds me to eat like I'm supposed to while performing athletic endeavors. Before I wasn't eating enough pre/intra carbs and overeating at night when I wasn't doing anything. So far I don't think my performance has struggled due to diet, currently just trying to get back into working out often after taking such a long time doing so with this frequency. My biggest hurdle now is to plan better on the weekends to minimize time wasted during the week. Post workout breakfast is the hardest for me.
  7. As others have mentioned, I would straighten the wrists to eliminate that moment arm and possible wrist pain. Aside from the the bar path is pretty good. I dig it.
  8. Thanks for the reminder on BCAAs, I keep forgetting to take them. From what I've heard from reputable sources (DR. Layne Norton being one of them). the BCAAs are helpful in queuing the body into staying anabolic. At least that's how I took it. The Optimum Nutrition plain BCAAs I have don't taste bad (makes the water taste like heavy tap water) but smell like really sweaty gym clothes. And since it's a fine powder it aerates quickly.
  9. First day on the restart. Fairly simple workout this morning. Day 1 of PH3. None of weights were heavy but the high reps (for me) was difficult. Especially when your breathing is compromised from a cold and some allergies from moving hay stacks the day before. Squats - Warmups, 185x2x9 Bench - Warmups, 165x2x9 DL - Warmups, 295x2x7 Tomorrow is upper body fluff and puff. Light day of food. So far today, I've eaten: Meal 1: 35g whey and 75g carbs pre/intra workout Meal 2: Egg whites with 1 cup of veg (bell peppers and spinach), Kodiak Protein Pancake w/ raw honey, and 1 slice of whole wheat toast with PB http://www.instagram.com/p/BA7l11Dg6EM Meal 3 is in 30 minutes. I'm thinking a couple of sandwiches. 2 more complete meals to go after that and a bedtime casein shake. Who said you can't eat when you diet, though this is supposed to be the base - maintanence diet portion to calibrate from there.
  10. Yup a 2 pt conversion would have been a good option, but I think the fact he basically had to have two miracle plays to even get there, McCarthy wasn't pushing his luck.
  11. It was a crazy good game. Aaron Rodgers again proved to all the doubters he's still the best QB in the game. They just need to draft better as a team. Some big receivers, and O-line help will go a big way.
  12. I've been struggling the last few weeks trying to spin all the plates, juggle all the chainsaws, and dodge all the knives. Too much is going on and my nutrition and training have fallen off in consistency. So after doing some research and from other experiences I'm going to change the plan. Nutrition: I will be using Renaissance Periodization's Auto Templates https://renaissanceperiodization.com/shop/renaissance-diet-auto-templates/ I've heard and read some good things about them and I concur with their overall nutritional principles. Most importantly, they're plans are designed for strength performance, not just trying to get as light as possible. What's nice about these templates are that they tell me when to eat, the amount, and the composition of the food I should eat. IT still allows the freedom to eat a variety of foods and offers suggestions within those groups. The templates aren't very complicated and basically offer you different levels of macro nutrients as you lose weight. As weight loss slows down you use the next tab over which decreases your energy macros to create a greater deficit. Since it's a performance diet, they also give three other templates for training days, heavy, medium, & light, which adjust different macros to accommodate the extra work. Training: I'm going to do Layne Norton's PH3 http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/ph3-layne-norton-power-and-hypertrophy-trainer.html I really liked doing it at the end of last year, and I think with the ability to adjust my macros accordingly I shouldn't die. The goal is to do these before work at 4am. That should give me the time I need to perform them and move on with my day. The goal will be to start the program this Sunday so that I can take Wednesday and Saturday as rest days with walking for active recovery. The goal is to automate this whole side of my life. Just follow the plan. If all goes well, in 3 months I'll be the most jacked and tan as I've ever been.
  13. Blowing this challenge up. Starting over. More to come.
  14. Oh I see, misunderstood you. Yes! Volunteering at a competition is a great idea. You have to invest a couple days (competitions are 2/3 days long) but it's a blast. I would probably do it if I did't coach a team. This year is a great year too, very fun game so there should be a lot of cool stuff to see.
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