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  1. RIP Old Bull

    Peace be upon you OB. Mr consistent in your journal - many lessons learnt for athletes at all levels. Respect to you my friend.
  2. Bilateral Quad Tendon Rupture (complete)

    Ha! I should have come here earlier :D
  3. Beaten Paths are For Beaten Men

    Still the best journal here OB. Hope you are good bro, great to see you still amongst it.
  4. Jack of two trades, master of none!

    I had to scroll up ... didn't recognise you without your hair :D ... looking good mate. You know you are a pro just waiting to happen ;)
  5. Hi All I have been involved in the sport of body building for over 15 years - both as a trainer, competitor and sponsor. During this time I have been exposed to a significant amount of information relating to the use of AAS - much of which has been qualified by a few quality contributors to our forum. This is the reason I accepted the request from Pseu to become a moderator – it gives me the opportunity to get around like minded people and share what works, discuss ideas and just hang out in a safe environment. (Not just in the AAS forum - everywhere). My story; I was first introduced to weight training by my older brother when I was 14 years old. He was a regular competitor at local shows in Waitakere. I can remember going to his shows and seeing him on stage and feeling motivated to get there one day myself. I remember being introduced to Joseph Ulberg (then Mr Pan Pacific @ only 19 years of age) who used to train at the same gym and wanting to look like him. Also, remember seeing Jenny Chapman compete in the woman’s competitions and thinking she would have beat most of the guys on stage :pfft: A lot happened in my youth I care not to share – but at one point my brother had to bail me out of a particularly bad lifestyle. At 17 years, I was unemployed – spending all of my money on the piss, getting into some serious violent situations – and believe it or not, suffering from bulimia. I had left home at 16 a completely healthy teenager, only to have my brother pull me out of a pad I was staying at, weighing only 75kg (@ 6’3 tall). It took nearly 6 months to recover and get my head straight again – what saved me was his insistence that I train with him at the gym. Within 6 months I was a healthy 90kg in body weight, and able to bench 120kg for reps. (I remember my brother making a goal for me to bench Jonah Lomus’ body weight.) Once on my feet again I got back into work and slipped out of the routine of training – things went from good, to bad, to worse and back again having fallen into old circles. It wasn’t until I had moved into a flat in Glenfield with some mates, one of which had a bench press with 65kg on a lite bar, when I started to get the bug again. It took me 2 weeks to be able to press the weight for 4 or more sets for 20 reps @ approx 80kg of body weight. (Not really a big amount by any means) At the time I would mix it up with workouts I had seen in magazines and an old body building manual my brother had given me. After 3 months I had decided I was going to become a personal trainer and enrolled in a Netfit course over 3 weeks. I was soo passionate I got the first job I went for before even sitting the final exam! By 1997 I had already made a name for myself as a trainer and had started studies through AIT in Nutrition. My client list was the largest of any other at the club, largely due to having the most knowledge in nutrition, and through enrolling clients into the EAS transformation – (which was the rage at the time). That year I competed in the INBA South Pacific Naturals and finished 2nd in the Novice tall. My starting weight at 16 weeks out was 110kg and on the day I came in at 85kg (approx 4% b/fat). I was so lean you could see every muscle fibre in my forearm shimmer as I slowly rotated my wrist. Following that show I decided that I needed to get much bigger and decided to put the Nationals and competing the following year off until I had reach my peak natural weight. The first show had a profound impact on my body image and I found myself constantly second guessing my size. No matter how much I gained it wasn’t enough. 18 months later, and @ 130kg, I was finally one of the biggest mammals in the gym . I was comfortably benching 200kg+ every week – achieved a PB of 240kg RAW for 5 reps (minimally assisted on the last 2). At the time I was running the front door at a few bars in town and the size got me recognition that made me feel much better about my training. Even so, I had achieved an amazing weight and size, but I was still not satisfied. I would look in the mirror and would constantly second guess my size. I would think back to my brother when I was starting out, and how he would make me train legs in shorts with him and his training partner - so I would know how skinny my legs were and how hard I need to train to grow them. I remember getting to a point where at 130kg I was only adding on to my waistline … I had reached my peak. It took 6 months and a lot of ephedrine to drop me back to a competition weight of 90kg. As a result of such a great fluctuation I couldn’t achieve less than 8% bfat , and I came in 3rd in the same show against 2 guys that were slightly shorter, smaller and harder. I was disappointed, my brain was again telling me I was too small and needed to be bigger to compete with the shorter guys. Again, I went back to the drawing board – took another gap year to gain weight and peaked at 128kg – only this time I was much leaner and now had the experience of two shows under my wing. I had also gone on to train hundreds of people as a transformation specialist and many of whom went on to compete in shows with much success. (Some of them even went on to buy gyms of their own! God help them ). This time I had decided to compete in another weight graded fed. I stripped back to a comfortable 8% with a view to continue stripping for the National event to be held a few weeks later. I was 99kg and very full as a result of experimenting a little bit with my water. I remember Tom Terry coming up to me at the weigh in and commenting on how big I was and the weight I posted on my entry form. But, at the last minute my class was merged with the lower weight division and I took 2nd to a guy almost 1 foot shorter than me and 15kg lighter. He was in better condition so he deserved to win, but at the time it was the merger that did my head in. I was pissed off and never got over it – I decided that day I wouldn’t compete again and decided to become a supporter of body builders instead. I decided that I would prefer to focus on my own personal developent in getting as big as I could. …………………………. Conclusion …………………….. By now, if you have persevered with my story you are probably wondering why I have posted this in the Steroid and Pro hormone forum. You’ll note that I haven’t once made comment of any AAS use at all. This is because I didn’t use any up until this point. When people ask me about when I started bodybuilding I tell them I was 21 years of age. I also competed naturally (and only naturally) over a period of 6 years. It was after this length of time, taking in all of my combined years of study, in both strength-training and nutrition, my personal and client competition experience and of course life experience - that I first had the inclination to consider using AAS. And my decision to trial was made out of knowing I had explored every natural avenue and diet I could have done to gain the maximum size and strength I could naturally through my genetics. The reason I have chosen to share this is not to look for recognition or to glorify my experience, and not to bag anyone that made their decision of a different set of personal values/experiences. But to point out to many young/novice weight trainers, that the use of AAS needs to be carefully considered - as I fear on reading some of the topics in this forum you could incorrectly assume that using this medicine is in any way as simple as making a contact and arranging to have a mate pin your delts twice per week. My physique changed considerably within 4 weeks of going on my first cycle. Natural guys have roundness about their muscle that is lost - forever. If you go to enough shows you can easily identify the guys who are “on” and the guys who “got on” without building a good natural base. Their physiques have disproportionate features – overdeveloped delts and/or chest - as they have grown so quickly they haven’t had time to adjust their training to balance weaker areas. (Guys with incredible biceps and very little tricep development). Those “Jonny Bravo” look a likes that are all upper body and no legs. When I first started out there wasn’t much on hand so we experimented with some vet, but for the most part we kept the levels low and were careful how we did it. After my 2nd cycle I had made the personal decision not to use anything that was animal and where possible, not packaged as it would be in a pharmacy. This is the second point I would like to make – if it comes in a screw top bottle you have got to be fucken kidding. I’m not going to be a hypocrite and say I haven’t tried UG product. But the product I have used has all been sealed professionally so it can be used as sterilized as possible. It’s not meant to be exposed to open air which is why genuine product is sealed in a specifically designed glass vial. I am not naive to think that it potentially came into peoples hands outside of this state, but it at least reduces the opportunity for it to become contaminated which poses a good risk of infection and complications. I believe this minimum standard I have set myself has helped me to avoid any adverse problems over the years. I guess ultimately I am trying to say do your research, and then do some more. Most uneducated people think body building is just eating heaps and lifting weights every day – when you decide to use AAS you are taking it to a level normally set for elite and pro athletes in most sports (cycling for one :pfft: ) - I have been around for a long time and even today find things out that I had wished I knew 10 years ago. Set yourself some boundaries, decide what is acceptable before you start out so you don’t make compromises that will cost you later in life. Don’t get me wrong I am not saying not to do it – just be informed in your decision – and respect that AAS is a medicine and therefore needs to be respected as such. My experience in competition has taught me that my genetics are not ideal for this sport. (And that going on the gear hasn't changed this). My experience in life has taught me to accept it and focus on things that matter more. Kids and career are now a priority and they have helped to temper my need to be large. You may have other circumstances now and may come to a similar junction. Deep down I still have the urge to compete one last time and on my own terms – once you have done it once I don’t think you will ever lose it. Again, this isn’t a look at me post – nothing I have entered here is intended to offend. I am not saying I know it all and I am not inferring that there are people actively on the forum that are being irresponsible. There is a wealth of knowledge here and some great lessons to be found. Just be safe in your choices – be safe on the forum. O
  6. If you are new to the forum

    Right after I did that set I went for a single at 265kg ... blew out my rotator .. took 16 months to come right :P I have gone to 240kg with a kiwistrength destroyer band ... and benched 245kg in a shirt though. Weight is uncomfortable even idle above that.
  7. If you are new to the forum

    Thanks @Wookie - @PETN I have damaged the tendons in my left shoulder 3 times now (reasonably serious tears). These don't heal back the same as muscle. Each time it's happened I lose a little more tightness in my ROM (and approx 10kg of comfort with weight on bar). Last year at the Arnolds I benched 215kg and had 225kg on my 3rd. My subscapularis gave out at the bottom of the bench and caused a minor tear I the sleeve of my pec. Fortunately the spotters were on point. The injury is also compounded at the moment because I potentially tore my biceps tendon after an incident squatting. I know I can bench 500lb but training weights are difficult because the tendon can only handle short bursts of training before pain sets in. So basically I have no way of getting enough progression to redevelop the strength. some things you can correct - aging is one you can influence but not overcome based on historical injuries. But idelly the strength is still there.
  8. IPF Worlds

    That was a great lift ... lost my shit when they called it no lift due to finger placement. Glad they over ruled it.
  9. Cycle Advice

    Solid advice for anyone ...
  10. You can not go past a chicken breast or a tin of tuna for protein content ... just sayn :D
  11. @Realtalk totally agree. you do the program then they listen to their no leg, skinny, ab only, Muppet friend and don't follow the plan and then complain because it didn't go so well.
  12. Beaten Paths are For Beaten Men

    Still the most consistent journal on GN. Good to see you are still following the numbers and getting results OB.
  13. Intermittent fasting

    lmao!! Good TEDx on the effects on the brain and brain related illness through intermittent fasting. Most of my clients use a similar program - nearly all of them report an increase in vitality, better sleep and more sustained energy (alongside weight/bfat los)
  14. creating accountability

    I keep a closed group on facebook bro - all of my clients and their partners are in it. They post up their before photos and have to check in every week. I find it way easier to have them all together in a controlled environment. It also gives them a team like atmosphere. It not a competitive feel at all - it's all about encouragement and support. Social media has made it so easy now to keep people connected. I drop in my own training log there too - it's show them everything I do - i.e I don't post it up on my main page now - that way they are getting something no one else gets. They also feel like they are supporting me too which makes me fel good at the same time. Agree with @MiltonFriedman01 regarding the need to get them to be stoic in their approach to reward. Because I am like this they see it in my own journal and so they no reward meals etc are for only when you are ahead of your planned milestones.
  15. I was just watching that infomercial the other day and then after considering decided I could just write it myself. There is some good info online about myofacial stretching used alongside resistance training which will potentially do exactly the same thing. I think his program though will be well dialed in to the latest views and technology. Keen to here how you get on too bro. :) ... either way a change to programming always over turns a few opportunities for development beyond your last periodized cycle.
  16. 2017 log

    Far out - I remember when we used to type our workouts into the thread and now all these vids bro?!! Nice and fast on those deads ... makes me want to play again. I got a reasonably fast triple out this week on 260kg after 2 days of no carbs :D You doing UPA nats then?
  17. No I don't sell Isa - I sell nutritional consults but insist my clients use Isa in lieu of payment. That way they are getting value for money and more sustainable results. The industry is enormous - half of my online clients are from Canada and a few in the US. Global access extends your market considerably. Guys like Jo Rackich got in early and have done a good job of capitalizing on the aesthetic culture in the early stages. Very smart way of doing it too. 2014 the Australian industry was worth approx $1.2 Billion and New Zealand a mere $220M. This is still good for opportunity. It's interesting though how most noob trainers and coaches are trying to fish in the comp prep genre - I couldn't care less about it. The real opportunity is in helping normal people achieve their health goals. There is a bigger pool and they have a higher income threshold.
  18. New journal coming January 2015. Keeping things a lot simpler than 2014 - no body building comps planned. I will be focusing almost exclusively on building an international class raw squat - I find squat painful to do but I persevere as it plays a critical part in developing strength in my Dead lifting. Current competition PBs: raw+ 235/195/300kg ... 730kg (3Lift) 2013 (125kg Sub-Master Class) BW 119kg 210/310kg (Push/Pull) 2014 (125kg Master 1 class) BW 120kg Gym PBs - raw 265kg Squat 2012 240kg Bench 2002ish (Pre 2 x rotator cuff injuries) 310kg comp/gym pb 2013 & 2014 ..... Goals for this year: Raw+ (going up a grade into the 140kg class) Total milestones: 750kg/800kg Individual lift milestones: 270/290kg Squat 220/230kg Bench 320/330kg Deadlift ... regular updates commence 2015 ... Training/Nutrition programming covered. Opti
  19. Optimass 2015 - Chronicles of Power

    Well I post at least 5 times today on the forums - I think that's a 12 month record :D
  20. The NZ fitness social media scene

    I do all my cardio at 1pm most nights lolol ... I feel bad. But at least I don't post about it. :D ... busy people train when they can if they run businesses and have children ... just a fact of life. My biggest pet peeve is the "fortune cookie posts" ... "I started down here and now I'm up here, come to me now I will rehash a diet I paid for from someone else and it will make you successful too" ... Some of these kids are on minimum wage and living at home with mum and dad ffs.
  21. 2016 GPC Nationals

    Will be there to watch and support. Will be a good comp based on numbers that are attending.
  22. IMO I think the biggest problem is that no one really gives a shit. (Don't mean to sound blunt Peso :D ) I mean as an industry - look at the Narlabs flare up recently. Arguably both sides had tests done that said conflicting things. Not one person who commented on those threads were concerned whether the tests were independent or not. All of the sponsored athletes swear by it's effectiveness otherwise risk saying any results they had in the last X time were placebo, and those on the fringes didn't want to get involved as it compromises your standing in sports that are sponsored by these suppliers. I don't think this is being self absorbed .. especially when some have income derived from PT and nutrition businesses at stake. And have people stopped buying Narlabs? no ... it's almost like they don't care as long as the price fits their meagre budget. I never bought supplements that were bottom of the price scale. Take Gaspari for example - they changed their formula every year on their base protein supplement because the cost of raw materials went down at different sources. They were buying the lowest quality whey they could get to meet the price point in the market that produced the most volume. I still think this is a good concept though despite it not being the most controversial or talked about issue the nutrition and health & fitness industry in NZ has at the moment. And that may be the problem. Just my thoughts ...
  23. Strength/Size decline with age

    Been training 22 years ... never had a BCAA or Amino specific supplement the whole time. there are enough studies to conflict everything especially around amino supplementation. I read on article based on a lot of comparison studies last week that after you considered everything - taking 20g of whey isolate had a more profound impact than an amino supplement. This is just another industry hype trend (not new). Link below to the article; https://archive.org/details/pubmed-PMC3577439 ............... @Skeletor As far as aging and strength goes - I'm 42 - 125kg currently and reasonably lean (approx. 12%). Last year I posted an 800 total at the Arnold Classic and pull a PB deadlift of 325kg. I bench 215kg on my 2nd attempt and then blew my subscap tendon and tore my bicep tendon attempting 225kg. If it wasn't for the tendons I would have nailed the bench. I find the only limiting factor for is my injury rate. Since taking up powerlifting about 5 years ago I have popped a rib out, torn my quad twice and damaged my should twice. (2nd time I fell backward and impaled my hand on the rear rack hooks coming up off my 3rd rep of 245kg :D ) ... Mind set can be a big thing as you age. I'm constantly wondering as to when my body will finally give up lol. But my mind is still fresh and eager to attempt the next phase of training. I think after competing 4 times in 2014 for the IFBB and also doing 3 strength events in the same period, can safely say I still have a thick enough emotional carriage to keep pressing on. I'm focused now on conditioning for a few up coming bodybuilding events to keep me engaged as I decide whether to risk having surgery on my shoulder. Markos from PTC/ProRAw recently posted on his page the number of master in Aus posting over 800kg totes in the last 12 months and from memory there was like half dozen. I also saw that Nick Best posted a 900+ total at a USPA event online. Age is definitely only a number ... your body only stops when your brain says no. Where there is a will there is a way.