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    Quote Originally Posted by JRyan View Post
    Thank you Alex. I will begin the cardio immediately. As for diet, it is my understanding that carbs are no good when one is trying to control blood sugar. I have cut down on these considerably but should I cut them out all together? I hear a lot of conflicting stories on this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scoobysnacks View Post
    Alex--

    I dont think I asked you this yet.

    what is your stance on morning cardio empty stomach supplementing with muscle sparing aminos (glutamine and essential amino acids)?

    BTW, I was tested on a 6 site at 5.8% at 154 this past Saturday, 12 weeks out from first show of the year, The Northern Kentucky Bodybuilding Championships, last year had over 250 competitors, its a huge regional show. I stayed lean this offseason and Im trying to get those darned glute hami tie ins real crips; your conditioning is my ideal, but sometimes ideals are unattainable, but if you shoot for it, you will be rewarded. We'll see how I progress.

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    Jason
    I dont do morning cardio, i really dont believe in it because I believe you will burn too much muscle. If you are dead set on it, then i would go for the aminos and glutamine. But avoid it, if possible. Hard earned muscle is just that, and you dont want to give it away. I would suggest doing cardio after training. Thats what i do
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    Thanks again. I'll try not to bother you too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoobysnacks View Post
    Historically Ive been a bantamweight, the avy pic is from my class win at the Mr cincy in 2003. Based on where Im at now, I could see making lightweights, but Id be towards the bottom in weight.

    In the end, I dont really care, just want to be dry and shredded as I possibly can. But, more than likely in order to get to the ideal I want I will come in at 143 1/4 by show day. No bigger than a lightweight though, as Ive already made that weight, 154 at 5.8% on a 6 site. My legs are always 3-4 weeks IMO behind, so Ill just keep leaning out until they catch up.

    Which classes will your clients be in?

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    no idea with my guys/gals

    depends on who decides to go for it

    I could potentially have a bantam, 2 middles, and 2 lightheavies

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junior View Post
    Alex,

    The cardio after training.....how much per session do you recommend for fat loss?

    Something like 3.5mph 4-5 degree incline on the treadmill good?
    that sounds perfect i would go for 30 minutes to start. then increase it by five minutes each week till you get to forty five.
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    Hey Alex! Been hitting my push-ups in between sets of incline and flat DB press and have really felt a great pump. I can normally do like a hundred push-ups easy lol, but now I'm lucky to get 10! Great call, just wanted to stop by and say thanks for the advice and for the work in this thread! Best of Luck in 08'

    - CarpeDiem

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarpeDiem87 View Post
    Hey Alex! Been hitting my push-ups in between sets of incline and flat DB press and have really felt a great pump. I can normally do like a hundred push-ups easy lol, but now I'm lucky to get 10! Great call, just wanted to stop by and say thanks for the advice and for the work in this thread! Best of Luck in 08'

    - CarpeDiem

    Hey Bro, thanks for that! same here too, i do them between sets and same can barely knock out ten clean ones, get a killer pump too. Glad its working for you. Some of the simplest exercises work the best. take care alex
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    just a bump for one of the best threads on this board

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    Quote Originally Posted by flexingtonsteele View Post
    just a bump for one of the best threads on this board
    Thanks bro! Im currently helping a couple members from this board. One is getting ready for a show and the others just want to get in the best shape of their lives. Either way, its fun and a challenge for me. I really would love to help a super out of shape guy get in contest shape. It would be allot of work but can be done in six months or less. Bring me your obese!
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    Alex when do you plan on competing again? How is your diet and training/cardio looking right now? Eating strict or lenient?

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    Alex is truly one of the great athletes and people in this sport. Just a class act on and off stage. We need more like you, brother!

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    Alex, I've been working out for 2.5 years naturally now, I am 20 years old, 5'8'' 200lbs. I've been bulking for almost 6 months now and plan on cutting when March rolls around. I want to keep as much muscle as possible when I cut down, I'm not certain if I will be doing a show, so I don't want to get show lean. At what bodyfat % or when do you think a natural starts to really lose muscle? I want to get to about the point.

    So my question is, at 5'8'' 200 what kind of diet would you have me on? I've tried the keto diet and I lost a LOT of muscle (could have been from the excessive cardio as well).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex A View Post
    Thanks bro! Im currently helping a couple members from this board. One is getting ready for a show and the others just want to get in the best shape of their lives. Either way, its fun and a challenge for me. I really would love to help a super out of shape guy get in contest shape. It would be allot of work but can be done in six months or less. Bring me your obese!
    Haha, well ill be your guinea pig, you get me in contest shape, and you'll be a GENIUS!!!!

    Ill email you soon about that.

    Glen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan9 View Post
    Alex when do you plan on competing again? How is your diet and training/cardio looking right now? Eating strict or lenient?
    Thanks allot for asking. Im following an off season similar to last years prep for nationals. I am going to be competing in Atlanata in 08. Im very excited!

    I have used pics from last years prep to study my mistakes and to show up on stage looking very much like i did at one week out. And I will not be traveling alone to the show as I found it to be stressfull doing everything alone.

    I have put on some off season weight, but not much. Im keeping my bodyfat under ten percent. But, im still eating some good foods when i want to, so its not really that hard.

    I have found that sticking with my contest prep in the off season, with some good clean foods added works just fine. Im doing cardio five per week. On training days.

    Thanks a heck of allot for asking. Im really looking forward to competing again and sharing my journey and experiences with you guys. Take care, alex a
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    Gerry T is a great guy as well, always a solid contributor to the boards and keeps things positive. A great guy to have in your corner, obviously!

    Younguns. Im going to check out the vid and what you wrote me and get back to you asap.

    Glen bro your not obsese, I want someone like Operah or some big fat guy who wants to work hard. Just kidding, anyone who wants to go from chump to champ!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Youngguns View Post
    Alex, I've been working out for 2.5 years naturally now, I am 20 years old, 5'8'' 200lbs. I've been bulking for almost 6 months now and plan on cutting when March rolls around. I want to keep as much muscle as possible when I cut down, I'm not certain if I will be doing a show, so I don't want to get show lean. At what bodyfat % or when do you think a natural starts to really lose muscle? I want to get to about the point.

    So my question is, at 5'8'' 200 what kind of diet would you have me on? I've tried the keto diet and I lost a LOT of muscle (could have been from the excessive cardio as well).

    Here's a vid. Thanks.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReCawQxpnyc
    I saw your video and spent some time drawing up a quick plan of action for you, check out your pms. take care alex a
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    Alex thanks for the great thread !

    What is your vieuw on supplements ?What you use and why ?

    I notice you like high cars low fat but how high would you advise protien to be ?

    I think everybody love to see the quik programs you make for people like younggungs everybody can learn from them.

    Greets from Holland

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