ShaanRB

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  1. Haha, pork ribs is my vice lol 😅
  2. According to meat producer sponsored "health" promoting orgs in the states usually. Bottom line, meat offers you nothing you can't get elsewhere from less carcinogenic sources. It does have some stuff in higher concentrations of course, but that's not a sufficient reason to eat it the way I see it. Do I eat meat? f*ck yeah, but once or twice a week only for the last two months. Also gave up milk, and that was the best decision ever. Have I lost size or strength? No. Did I save money not buying meat products? Yes. And I'm South African, I was pretty much raised on steak and boerewors, but I need only look at the health of my immediate and extended family to see the effects of a diet excessively high in animal products (especially meat). It's an interesting topic though for sure, but since we all know f*ck all in general since there's a convenient lack of studies into this, an open mind is good 😅
  3. Came to find a gym buddy and found a burrito buddy instead 😂
  4. Good luck mate, hope you find a burrito and gym buddy! 😉
  5. I reckon just eat more and be paitent. Personally I'd never jump on any gear, but each to their own. But I suggest you take full advantage of your natural potential before going down that route. You may find with proper nutrition and training that your progress is satisfactory (which if you're being impaitent is fucking unlikely). Think about why you want to get bigger/stronger too, and if it's something you intend to monetize, if not, again I suggest don't go down the gear route. But again, just my personal opinion. In regards to getting the calories in, maybe have that mass gainer in some oats with peanut butter. Easy way to bump that up. Fats in general, although satiating, can quickly bulk up your calorie intake.
  6. 76kg at 180 isn't too bad, must already have a bit of muscle from CrossFit 😉 I started at 72kg at 184 and wasnt too twig-like. All the best with your search for a mentor mate!
  7. Love it. 😂
  8. NZ is more expensive than Aus mate, mostly due to a lack of competition of course. No argument about the quality of the majority of the States' meat haha. 😅 You're a fairly pessimistic chap aren't ya PETN?
  9. Vacuum packed meat with some shipping ice bags in a styrofoam box ships with couriers at pretty reasonable prices for suppliers and if your buying 10kg+ of meat and saving $2/3 a kg, it's definitely cheaper. I purchase meat and other products from the South African stores (not to save money), and this works pretty well for them. Again, the question was regarding bulk meat purchase, and economies of scale is definitely applicable here. 👍 Also, if you look at comparable countries, like the US and Australia, you'll notice our meat prices is woefully higher factoring income in. If you live/have lived in Aus, this would be instantly recognisable. Just because a concept is foreign doesn't mean it's wrong. NZ is lagging behind other developed countries in a few ways. Perhaps a good business venture, starting an online regional based bulk butchery service? 😉
  10. Lol someone's got issues. Online stores are generally cheaper because of low overheads, and since meat is expensive as f*ck in NZ, this is a fairly logical question. Perhaps it's a case of simple economics, not social behaviour, Mr. aggressive anti social behaviour. 😉
  11. If you don't need a high degree of focus during work then definitely go before and use your energy for the quality workouts rather than work haha. 😉 But ultimately train when it suits your lifestyle and at a time that is sustainable long term for you (so you don't end up skipping days because you are too tired).
  12. I figured as much, but what you should know is that conveying these benefits can't be rather pointless unless you do it effectively and completely (big picture shit). Although the benefits to bodybuilding is a pretty good hook. 😉
  13. That's not relatable for most of us. 😉 There are countless other reasons to go vegan too, potentially more important too, like the environment ,numerous other health benefits, and sustainability in general. But I personally think an entirely restricted diet is impractical for most of us, especially bodybuilders, as well as unnecessary. We would benefit more from just minimising the non plant based foods, with the purpose of signalling less demand (this helps with decreasing production and therefore improving environmental and sustainability concerns, however minimally). This strategy is also more sustainable in our day to day lives, because let's be honest, the shift to a completely plant based diet isn't easy and people will just fall off the bandwagon and give up entirely. So yeah, I'd say a 90% vegan diet would be much better suited, and off memory the author the China Study himself said it would indeed still reap many of the benefits. This is a pretty unwelcome subject in NZ though because we're up shit creek without a paddle if our animal product production became unnecessary tomorrow. 😉
  14. Compared to a commercial gym I think lifting focused gyms are probably better for you because the people there know what they are doing and are obviously passionate about the same thing you are looking to get into it. I'm guessing that's what he means.
  15. No experience with those gyms but the easiest way to learn is to ask someone (the guy in the gym you aspire to look like/lift like most). That's easier said than done though because not everyone is friendly and communicative, but I'm sure you'll find someone who can help you out. Otherwise it seems pretty common to post here requesting a lifting buddy and that's probably the best way to go initially (hopefully they are experienced), so that they can monitor your technique (form and contraction) consistently, because that's the biggest concern early on. Alternatively, YouTube is an excellent resource for both exercise and nutrition advice and entertainment to boot. However this doesn't provide feedback on your own technique and recording your workouts and replaying them to critique your form isnt very effective when you may not know what to look for. The PTs at the commercial gyms honestly don't teach you that much (not their fault always) because they don't have the time/motivation unless you sign up with them on a regular basis. Summary: Lifting buddy.