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  1. I just found this thread if anyone is still reading it. I purchased the program and think it has good videos and all that, I just got a little lost in the finding of the actual program amidst everything that's on there. Ben happens to work closely with another trainer who I have a few programs from named Vince Del Monte and they both use lots of science to back up everything they say, so personally, even if you have trouble navigating the program the way I do, it is still a good source of knowledge and well worth the money.
  2. I usually use a pen and paper myself, even with bad handwriting. My phone can lag badly sometimes, so I don't really want to depend on it for tracking my workouts, but I'll give Jefit a try since so many of you seem to really like it and I have been trying to do new things recently. As for apps that track your nutrition, personally, I really don't like them because they have everything preprogrammed which would be nice if it weren't for the fact that I'm a college student who gets about half his meals each week from the dining halls and those apps do not cover dining hall food or non-well known name brand food items (sometimes) which was very annoying when I was trying to track my calories for my nutrition class last year.
  3. Sorry ttrko, but I kindly have to disagree with at least some of what you said in your twelve tips. I disagree with you on this one. Yes, going heavy may be able to break down muscle faster than lighter weights, but don't think that is necessarily going to make you grow more. Lighter weights at higher reps can do just as much damage to the muscles as the heavier weight. The difference is that it may take a little longer with the light weights to get to that same damage. Another reason for the difference that makes saying one is better than the other questionable is that they use different energy systems. Heavy weights use the more oxygen driven energy system while doing higher reps at lower weights is more ATP driven, if I remember correctly, the functioning of cells is not my strong suit in this area. One last reason why lighter weights might make more difference for gaining size than larger weights is because, if you are a newbie, you might have proper form yet and not having proper form can have a major impact, to the point where your gains could be almost, if not entirely, cancelled out. Quick question on this part. Where are you getting your numbers? For a newbie, 5000 kcals would be WAY to many calories! As a newbie who had been working with a trainer, even with 3 intense workouts a week and trying to gain weight, he never had me consuming more than 3000 kcals. Please, do not think I'm attacking you. I'm posting this for two reasons. One: This is the type of stuff I'm going to school for and Two: to try to get out of my comfort zone and build up my courage to confront (not in a confrontational way hopefully) other people. A lot of what you said I do at least understand though, so thank you for posting this.
  4. Another thing is that there are a few plants, such as quinoa, that are complete proteins and a vegan with a good variety of fruits, veggies, legumes and so on would be getting all nine essential amino acids from their food as it is. I partly agree with you, but I also think that their is more of a cultural bias for most people in Western Civilization, the US in specific, that meat is ESSENTIAL to balanced diet, especially when trying to build muscle, so many people go along with it without even realizing it. Not saying your wrong though. I remember reading somewhere that soy hadn't been used as a food until they figured out how to ferment it between the 19th-early 20th centuries. I could be wrong, so if anyone has knowledge of the history of soy, please let me know. Either way, soy does have a probable estrogenic compound in it. Now this I have read studies on and they found that the estrogenic effects of soy seems to appear in only about 50% of people who eat soy products on a regular basis.They don't know why that is but most, if not all, people who's lifestyle revolves around building muscle will advise to avoid it for this reason.
  5. I rarely comment on sites like this because one: I'm a rather shy and withdrawn kind of person, and two: because no one I know actually knows about my size fetish. For people like me, commenting on sites like this instead of just reading the comments and looking at the pictures can be very unnerving. I also haven't posted in the introduction forum, so I'll do that soon and hopefully help, to some degree, I can't talk for all non-commentators/posters, those who are regular posters understand about why that discrepancy between members and active community users might at least in part be there. Edit: I have now made that Introductory post I promised.
  6. The thing about magic is that it works with the natural world and the energy of the universe. No human is strong enough to rewrite the laws of the universe so the most we can do is try to twist it a little to help make things happen. An example is that a magic spell won't make you super muscular overnight, but it will make it easier to gain muscle over time. I haven't tried any magic myself, but I thoroughly believe in it and have researched it and would love to learn how to cast spells myself.