Originally Posted by ]TSS[ Dake
In all fairness I didn't even read what he said, I just know that he was promising us abs by December a few years back and has established himself over and over as a know-it-all pompous ***.
Pretty sure that's a good start. Just started LeanGains, and this is the first time I've ever, ever seen my abs. Aiming for ottermode. I cycle at the end of the day, so strength is my goal. Bench two plates, squat three, deadlift four. Realistic goals.
Edit: I'm on Lean Gains 20/-20 14/10 right now, concentrate on macros, etc. I've learned a lot over the course of the last few years. A lot has changed. I still don't want to go after hypertrophy, but I watch a lot
of videos by Mark Rippetoe (say what you want of SS, it was a fantastic beginner program for me and better than SL5x5 based on scheduling alone), Jim Wendler, and a few from Ronnie Coleman and others. I really, really love the gym. It's my life. I don't have the same goals as y'all, but a lot of what I said comes from knowing I was wrong. People grow. I'm 25 now, I was 22 when I made those posts.
Give people a chance.
Edit 2: Starting to incorporate shrugs tomorrow to help with my severely underdeveloped traps (asked /r/Fitness for advice, definitely stay away from /r/AdvancedFitness for the sole reason that I'm not at that level yet). I also am working on my lats to get a taper, but have issues with pull-ups. For now, I concentrate on barbell rows and lat pull-downs. I don't want to stray too far from compound lifts just yet, I'm definitely not experienced enough to start putting together an isolation routine. I'm still learning. But my form is my pride and joy. I take pride on squatting below parallel without butt-wink, and especially my deadlift form after hurting my back.
I learned to just listen to the pros. I wasn't born knowing everything, and learn something new everyday.
Edit 3: And for the picture, that was the first night I ever noticed that I had abs. Excited doesn't even begin to cover how it felt seeing those guys for the first time. But I ****ing got them. And a 6-pack will be here soon enough.
Edit 4: I'm not a douche bag anymore (I pray I'm not, anyway). That came from having lost my weight and being thin for the first time ever. I'm back to being a computer nerd. I stay on the internet, and am seeing a steady girl. I don't go out clubbing or drink alcohol anymore. No more refined sugars or simple carbs. I quit smoking cigarettes, too. Electronic cigarettes and.. well.. we'll stick with saying e-cigs are my only vice. The other is bound to get me infracted or banned. If you want to make fun of me, that's cool. I deserve it. It's really easy to lose respect, and really hard to gain it. At least give me that much.