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From: Hally (adsl-68-77-135-238.dsl.emhril.ameritech.net)
Subject: Re: I need suggestions, I hear its impossible to bulk up being VEGAN
Date: June 15, 2005 at 6:29 pm PST

In Reply to: I need suggestions, I hear its impossible to bulk up being VEGAN posted by Andrew on April 9, 2005 at 11:45 pm:

Andrew,

I know how you feel about getting big and cut. It is empowering and a tremendous ego boost to be able to show off great strength or muscle mass. Before you start a new subscription to Muscle and Fitness and make GNC your second home, however, I have a few things for you to consider. Ask yourself first of all this question: why do I want to be big and muscular? Just to try to impress others? Are you entering a bodybuilding competition sometime in the future? If you want to workout like a bodybuilder, then prepare to suffer injuries like a bodybuilder. They are almost constantly plagued by them. I can speak from experience on that, since I have two herniated spinal discs in my lower back, and I wouldn't wish it upon anyone. I also injured my rotator cuff over ten years ago doing seated military presses and have been bothered by it ever since. Maybe strength is your goal. Well, you can get tremendously strong without the added baggage. That's right, excessive muscle is baggage. Jay Cutler, a world renowned bodybuilder, becomes out of breath by climbing a short set of stairs. He is huge, but the muscle he carries is no easier on his internal organs and joints than the same amount of fat. Bodybuilders are big and strong, but they are not usually healthy or even fit. My recommendation is to train your body as a unit, not like a collection of bodyparts. Deadlifts and squats are the best weight training exercises in existence. Learn them and work into them slowly. If you want real world strength, give up the machines. Only free weights will give you the functional strength to better deal with life's challenges. Do calisthenics, or bodyweight exercises. They are challenging, but can be done anywhere at anytime. As far as vegan weight training goes, look up Mike Mahler online (I believe he even has a write up on this site). Also look into grain, nut, and legume preparation. They should be soaked and/or sprouted prior to consumption for optimum assimilation and better taste as far as I'm concerned. Do plenty of research and you'll find what you seek. Good luck.

Bret
Bolingbrook, IL



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