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V-taper
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Bodybuilding is all about creating illusions and building a V-taper is one that I'm focusing on in this bulk.
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So a V-taper is what it says on the tin. Creating a shape of basically an upside down tortilla chip- being broader at the top and slimmer around the waist. Now being someone with a relatively average waist size, I need to create the illusion where my waist is slimmer than it actually is. By focusing on growing my shoulders and back, my torso will look much wider compared to my waist. These proportions create the illusion of that Dorito chip shape that lots of us are aiming for.
(And yup, the shreds are slowly going but this is probably my ideal body-fat where I can gain weight and be happy with what I look like!)

Keep your head down and focus on what matters to you

Not your Mr. Olympia
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Since the weekend of the biggest bodybuilding/men's physique competition, the Olympia- it's hit me with a surge of motivation within me.
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The competitors in this show have literally dedicated the past year to present what they've been able to achieve on a single day. Where every training session and every meal has counted for probably about 10-15 minutes to 'show off' to be judged. Now, with every competition, there is always one winner. But the fact that everyone, whether they've placed first or last, is able to repeat the same process just to be better than they were on this day is really inspiring.
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I don't aspire to reach that level of competition, but taking away the mind set that being the 'best' requires the repetition of hard work day in and day out IS something we should aspire to.

Training unilaterally
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This is the process of training one side of your body at a time (eg, doing these dumbbell rows one arm at a time instead of holding both dumbbells).
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I personally don't incorporate it enough into my workouts and I feel that lots of people don't either. With training both sides of the body at the same time, we often bring about muscle imbalances where one side of the body becomes stronger than the other. Over time, this can bring about injuries and you'll just look a little odd. Training unilaterally will ensure both sides get your full attention, allowing to focus on one side at a time and put maximum effort into the muscle! Add these single variations into your workout and you'll be grateful over the years 🙏🏽

The TRUTH about working at Hollister
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Having worked here for the past year and a bit, nearly everyone I've spoken to has had this misconception about different aspects of work life here.
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Hollister has had this 'image' in previous years that was probably one of the trendier designer brands out there. If you worked at Hollister, you were the shit back then. And honestly, that ego aspect of the old brand culture is why lots people apply. 'I work at Hollister' - what comes into mind? You have to be buff or a model to work here, right? It's exactly what I thought before I applied too. That's the ego side of it all. But in reality as much as I would like to be called a 'Hollister model', I'm your basic sales associate in any other retail store- folding clothes and talking to customers. Models are no longer a thing! And literally anyone with good social skills can apply.
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Right, so that's outta the way, why would you apply? For me, I could have easily quit and found a part-time job that pays just as much (most likely more) for the same amount of effort. But Hollister is straight up a student job. The people working are either your age or a few years above/below. That social aspect of it was the only reason why I've stayed at the company. I've met my closest friends and some characters that you just won't meet in an office job as a student. If rolling in money is your motive to work, then this isn't the place.
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I know this post is a side-track to the usual stuff, but I thought it'd be interesting to share my thoughts on it all! (Ps, yes there are now lights so you can see what you buy)

Lack of appetite
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Unsurprisingly, I'm not the obvious person you would go to about advice on how to overcome having a lack of appetite since food is life. However during my cut, I did learn a few things that I never really considered about, which may be useful to get start gaining an appetite.
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So whilst cutting, my meals were tiny to what they are currently. The first few weeks were a massive struggle to get used to the smaller portions of meals. But after a while, it felt normal to eat these meals. The same occurred when I transitioned from a cut to a bulk- the portion sizes was a struggle to get used to.
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What does this mean? Appetite is formed by habit. Of course there are other factors that play into it like stress, but forming a food habits is something we have complete control of. -
In terms of meals, I think preparing meals in advance is really important here as it sets you a goal to consume what you need instead of binging on whatever, whenever.

30% and 70%?
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I've been told by so many people that training consists of 30% of exercise and 70% diet. Hearing stuff like this is probably one of the most frustrating things to hear 😤 Prepare yourself.
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First off, why do these numbers affect anything you're doing in and out of the gym? Does it mean that you'll only be putting in the minimum amount of effort in training just because it accounts for 'less than half' of what it takes to better yourself? Do these numbers add information to your life which will allow you to progress? -
The fact is, you should be putting in 100% in both your training and diet. Progression is optimal when both receive your full attention. There is no magic ratio for putting all of your effort into something!

It doesn't get easier
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The thing with any form of training is that there is no real end destination. It's not a finish line where once you've achieved it, you stop your growth and development. There will always be something where you're able to push a little more, try a little harder or perfect a single motion.
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We often start with an end goal in mind (to look a certain way or obtain a particular level of strength), but the reality is that your end goal evolves to a point where it doesn't matter anymore. Where you don't want it to get 'easier' because it means the margin of self-improvement doesn't end.
The fact it never gets easier is why you get addicted to the process.
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Age is just a number
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At the age of 13/14, I started off with the most basic bodyweight exercises. Barely being able to perform a pull or press-up, I spent the majority of my time learning how these movements worked on my body. I also had to go beyond being imaginative, using a set of chairs as a platform to do dips, using tubs of rice as weights and filling plastic bags with random shit to do curls/side lateral raises. -
Aged 15, I got my first gym membership. Despite having to be 18 to join, I knew this was the environment that I wanted to surround myself in. Essentially forcing my dad to let me stay, I kept my head down in the gym and got on with the work at hand.
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Now 19, we're still here putting in the grind. I want to get across from all this that your passion (training in this instance) is limited by your own determination to get it done. If I didn't use those bags of rice or chairs to try and get SOMETHING done, I don't think I would have the same drive as I do today.

Back to the summer days where doing photoshoots on a car park was a thing

In full swing
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This lean bulk has been a struggle so far no doubt. Being 2 months in with a holiday where no macros or exercise was counted, it's been hard gaining weight without gaining an excess of fat.
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Despite bulking, I'm still weighing out the majority of my food to keep a level of consistency throughout the weeks. This isn't necessary at all but it helps to stay on track, especially if your progress has stalled. -
For those interested, I'm weight in at 75kg, my calories at the moment are 2800-2900 (which isn't huge for a bulk but it's been increasing my weight slowly which is perfect) and I haven't done any cardio. I'm trying to hold onto my abs as a reference to my body-fat since its generally the first place that stores fat for me.
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Gaining muscle is a slow slow process, there is absolutely no need to rush gaining weight!
#gymshark #gymmotivation #gym #powerlifiting #indian #teenbodybuilding #fitness #fitnessmotivation #alphalete

Frequency
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This aspect of training is often overlooked by beginners but in my opinion is one of the key factors when you plan your week of training.
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Frequency is how often you train a particular muscle in a given period of time. Let's say you train chest once a week for a whole year. You've had 52 workouts that incorporate chest focused exercises. Sounds like plenty right? Now let's say you split your chest workouts into two and spread it across the week. You've now trained your chest 104 times over that same period.
What are the benefits of this? Muscle synthesis takes only a few days (48 hours if I'm not mistaken) to recover. This means you're able to work that muscle again within a few days instead of waiting a whole week- resulting in more muscle growth over the same period. -
I've been using this idea over the past few months especially on my shoulders and arms where I've been training them 3-4 times a week! The growth has been pretty significant to what they were before 👊🏽
#gymshark #gymmotivation #gym #powerlifiting #indian #teenbodybuilding #fitness #fitnessmotivation #alphalete

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