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Hi Everyone
« on: April 12, 2011, 11:07:19 am »
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Hey, been lurking around here for a little bit for some info.  Decided to register and introduce myself.  I'm 29 years old and 6 feet tall (183 centimters).  I'm definitely carrying around a lot of extra weight, have a gut...192 pounds (87 kg)  I used to play pickup basketball quite a bit in college but stopped exercising consistently in my mid 20's and gained a bunch of weight, inches to my waist, and lost vertical leap.  Got motivated to get back to the gym 2 years ago but due to work constraints miss months at a time when busy.  Still pretty out of shape. 

So my "jump stats" are about as follows.  I'm definitely a two footed jumper, have never been able to jump as high off one foot.  My flatfooted vertical is about 31-32 inches.  If I have a couple steps I can get to about 34 inches.  Just recently I was able to dunk a basketball again.  I recently started doing squats for the first time in my life to improve strength base but I'm really terrible at them...can somewhat comfortably do 225x3. 

I have enough time now to hit the gym a couple times a week for squats and basketball.  Also have some dumbbells at home I can use to do bulgarian split squats and weighted lunges.  My question is this.  What's my near term plan of attack?  Just trying to trim excess fat with cardio and improving my squat max to 1.5 times my weight?

I'm hoping to gain 4 to 6 more inches with a combination of losing fat, gaining strength, and just being in overall better shape.  Is this possible?  If anyone has any advice or tips for me I'd appreciate. 


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Re: Hi Everyone
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2011, 11:22:43 am »
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First off, welcome bro!  This is a really active forum and lots of info flying around.  Let me first say that we seem to be similar in size and age, (I'm 6'1", 192 lbs, 30 yrs old) except you can jump considerably higher than me!  I would say with your current ability, getting to 1.5 x bw shouldn't be a problem.  I wouldn't "try to cut weight" though.  Instead, focus on eating better/healthier foods.  Most likely, you'll lose body fat just by making better choices.  Like, try and eat vegetables at every meal.  Cut out all regular sodas, candy, chips, junk food, etc.  Most of the time if you stop eating french fries and chips, you'll trim down quickly.

Most of this is conjecture because I know nothing about your current diet or exercise program.  Remember that weight loss happens in the kitchen, not in the gym.  So, clean up your diet and your body will respond.  Just my 2 cents.  Put up some vids or pics of you dunking.  I'd like to see that SVJ, that's where I want to be.  Able to dunk on a standing vertical would be awesome!

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Re: Hi Everyone
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2011, 11:55:34 am »
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Yeah, I can definitely stand to eat better.  I cook most meals and don't hit up the fast food too often...stay away from sodas/candy/chips as best as I can.  My biggest issue is my work schedule.  I work until 10:30 at night on weekends which prevents me from cooking and eating dinner until 11 pm.  I know you're not supposed to eat really late at night but I have no choice there.  I also have an issue with late night binge eating food...have had success losing weight with just cutting out the late night snacking and will try this again. 

What types of gains are realistic to expect with squats?  I'm thinking of doing a 5x5 schedule twice a week.  Maybe increase by 5 pounds every week and see how long I can keep it up. 

Gonna post a link to a "dunk" from the other day.  Not sure it really qualifies as a dunk but it's the only thing I have recorded right now.  This was the first time I tried to dunk in like 5 years (decided to record the event for posterity) so I was really surprised it went down.  I need to relearn how to jump with a ball in hand, feels soooo awkward.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbZW38uhUvc

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Re: Hi Everyone
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2011, 12:21:59 pm »
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Cool vid.  Won't be hard for you to get back what you had I bet.  I think once you've done it, you know you can do it.

Realistic expectations are tricky cause it's hard to say how your body will respond.  Not everyone responds the same way to the same exercises.  If you really have never lifted before, you can expect pretty big strength gains early because your body will want to get to a certain level (where that is can be hard to determine beforehand).  So, just becoming comfortable with the movements and putting that additional stress will have you adding weight easy for a while.  I would say try and increase weight every workout (not week) until you can't anymore.  Just from judging my previous record, I lost about 18 lbs, and got my max 1/2 squat (to parallel) to 325 lbs currently and that added about 4 inches to my RVJ in about 3 months with hardly any plyos.  I'm trying to transition now into more of a plyo focused program to add some spring.  But I had lifted a lot in the past, and was coming off knee surgery, so there's no reason you couldn't do better.  I'm happy with 1 in or so a month personally.

As far as food goes, I can definitely relate to job getting in the way.  I travel a lot for work and it is damn near impossible to find vegetables on the road!  Even at most restaraunts, it's like fries, baked potato, potato salad, cole slaw (swimming in mayo), etc.  Anyhow, when you eat is not as crucial as people like to believe.  The main reason you always hear "don't eat late at night" is because people tend to over eat or eat junk late at night.  Rarely do you hear about people getting up for a midnight salad and some baked chicken!  So, as long as you are eating good food, it shouldn't matter that you have to eat at 11 pm.  There's also been a lot of interesting studies done on intermittent fasting and how it can be effective during training.  Might want to look into it.  I've fooled around with it, and I definitely lost weight and maintained my strength and activity level.

Good luck bro.

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Re: Hi Everyone
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2011, 11:34:46 pm »
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hello, i am new here, i am very happy come here , nice to meet you .

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Re: Hi Everyone
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2011, 02:52:49 am »
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hello, i am new here, i am very happy come here , nice to meet you .

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