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Serge Storms - Shapeshifter

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#261

Did the chicken breast, bourbon, and overly comfortable shoes retire you from lifting?


#262

Still crushing it every day!

And damn, these shoes are amazing.


#263

That article and another that popped up when I searched alcohol on T-Nation seem to think you can drink in moderation without negative effects. I think they settled on .5g of alcohol per kg of body weight.

Another takeaway for me was that alcohol doesn’t necessarily cause you to store fat, but it prevents your body from using it as fuel because it’s too busy dealing with the alcohol. Your plan to limit fat intake while drinking is great, but if you’re on point for your total calories for the day then it might not matter so much.

On a final note, fat seems to absorb toxins and helps us stay on our feet. I’ve been told to consume fat if you’ve drank too much and you’re trying to recover before you succumb to the constant spinning room experience. It’s unconfirmed at this point.


#264

Quick Update

I’ve obviously stepped away from my log a bit.

Combination of factors. Busy and focused at work, and I guess I’ve lost a little interest in the forums and articles.

I’ve got some challenging work days ahead, and hitting my intake numbers will not be easy. I am up for the task. I’ll be eating a lot of bars.

I will not miss any workouts, even if the hotel gyms suck.

As for workouts, they continue to slowly evolve.

I would say I’m doing less standard pulling and pressing, and more lower back work, pull up bar holds and tricks, handstand work, jump rope, and breakdancing. And of course a daily overdose of arms, shoulders, and traps.
I can see a bit less front-to-back thickness. Maybe. But traps, shoulders, arms, and upper back look great.

I am doing less biking and NEPA for sure. Weather has sucked lately. I need to keep calories at 2500 or less and make the most of the weekends to add activity.

Aiming for the magical and reliable 40/40/20 split.

Today, I ended up at 47/37/16.

If the calorie number is hit, it’s pretty much a win, so I don’t worry about hitting macros on the head. I try to get less than 60g fat, and at least about 160g of protein. From there, protein and carbs can fall where they may, as long as I stay under 2500 calories.

If I do all that, I’ll be nice and lean all the time. If I want to get super dialed-in, I can always slash carb intake a bit and get immaculate with food choices. Holding those cards for another few weeks, though.


#265

Woah, this past week was a total bust from a dietary intake standpoint. I was eating like a normal person from Monday through Thursday.

It’s not something I tend to dwell on or get crazy about. I’m in the middle of some pretty intense work situations, and sometimes when conditions are difficult to control (sitting in meetings all day without easy access to my healthy food staples, no breaks or free time from early morning until late night) and stress is high, it just passes a threshold where I can’t seem to summon the powers to overcome all of these forces.

No big deal, I’m off to a warm location for a few days. Still work, but less stress, more free time, and way more control over my options. I’ll be able to get lots of activity, great workouts, and stick to my staples. By Tuesday morning, I should be able to undo whatever damage I did this week. Not that I went totally crazy on a bender or anything, I just ate too much.

I see that the Transformation contest is starting up in January. Not really my thing at the moment, but I’ll be keeping an eye on it and I hope it provides a reason to keep engaging here. I really have been struggling a bit to find reasons to spend my very rare spare time on the site. I’ve been a pretty loyal member since WAY back in the original days. My level of interest ebbs and flows, so that’s part of it. But something is missing around here, and I just can’t put my finger on it. Maybe it’s a combination of things.

For starters, I really miss the buzz around new product releases. I don’t see the level of innovation I used to see. I see other companies bringing on new products, but it seems like it’s been a while for Biotest.

The other thing I miss is the number of high-level veteran competitors and lifters. It seems like there used to be multiple prep threads at any given time, but these days things seem super quiet over in the bodybuilding section.

There are still good people here, so that’s probably what keeps me around. It’s fun to exchange ideas and thoughts and learnings with like-minded people.

Lastly, the organization of the articles absolutely drives me nuts. I really wish it was much easier to quickly identify what is actually new, vs. what is slightly altered but mostly recycled, vs. old articles being re-posted. I understand that there is value in old articles for those that never read them. But for someone like me who has read just about everything, I just don’t want to scroll through and try to pick out what’s new. Maybe I’m getting old and it just strains my eyes.

The format of the articles is something I’ve just stopped complaining about. I don’t think the “Top 5 Things” listicle format is a trend that is unique to T-Nation, it’s pretty ubiquitous no matter where you go. That’s why when TC writes an actual real article every once in a while, it reminds me of the good old days. There are still some of us out here who actually enjoy reading and don’t need you to tell me what you’re going to tell me, tell me in five bullets, and then tell me what you told me.

And finally, I don’t see an openness to feedback by T Nation staff. Every once in a while, someone “complains”, and the pattern I’ve noticed is that those people are quickly put in their place. I feel like most great companies make it a point to ensure their customers have a voice or at the very least, they feel like they have a voice. I don’t see much of that here. Complain out loud, and you’re purchase and post history will get scrutinized very quickly. I honestly feel compelled to make a purchase right now just to earn the right to share these thoughts.

Despite all that, there still is no place like home. Literally…I’m not aware of any other forums/companies that have what T Nation has. And maybe that’s part of why they don’t seem to be compelled to continuously improve? Not enough competitive pressure?


#266

I’ve seen this multiple times in some of the “old timer” posts, I’m really curious as to what it is (being as I’ve only really been here since February) I’ve read some of the old threads, I did see a whole lot of shit talking, ha.

Hope you are on a “flow” and not an “ebb”, I enjoy the log (for what that’s worth, ha!)


#267

I don’t want to derail your log, so if that was just a venting session, no prob, but I feel like I can address some points.

I think the last new product was Plazma in 2013 or so. It was an upgraded formula that evolved from Anaconda. Before that, I think it was Indigo-3G a year or two prior (but they did revamp Indigo a while after it was first released, changed the formula, more concentrated dose, etc.).

Biotest has never been one to make products simply to get them out there, as evidenced by the multiple times they’ve been first to market with a product type which is quickly followed by wannabe competitors (Indigo-3G being a perfect example).

They’ve always been about making the best stuff, not just coming up with stuff to sell. It’s usually to their detriment in the short-term, but long-term, it always works out. The fact that they don’t have a stimulant-loaded face-melting pre-workout is an example of this.

I don’t remember if/when there were ever a ton of competitor’s logs, maybe a handful at a time, and there were 3-4 concurrent logs in the last year or two with Rob, Brick, Josh, and I think another dude whose name escapes me (sorry). But for competitor logs to happen, you need A) Guys who actually compete, not just say “I wanna do a show someday” (which happens often) and B) Guys who will consistently post log updates (which doesn’t happen often, especially during contest prep). But this has never really been a forum that’s been full of competitors.

FWIW, we’ve got a bunch of high-level competitors in strength sports posting updates. Nevermind the beast that is Alpha. Flip recently won Texas Strongest Man, Vincepac is on track for an 800-pound deadlift, and Reed just squatted a fucking grand.

I don’t have any input on the article situation. Every few years or so, they tweak how they do the articles. I do know that, overall, the tips and multiple article are getting read by people. If the views/reads weren’t going up, they’d change their approach.

And so you should, Whiney McWiner. :wink: But yeah, I’m not 100% sure what you’re referring to. On the forum here, criticism has been handled primarily by me lately, and I don’t think I usually throw people’s spending habits back at them unless it’s relevant. When the forum changed over to this new style, there was a bit of… let’s call it “resistance to change”… that had to be sorted out the first month or two, but other than that, we do literally have a Forum Feedback section now to field constructive criticism about the site.

If anything, there’s more competition today than T Nation’s ever had, thanks to social media. People don’t “need” discussion forums like they did even 5 years ago. So it’s definitely not a case of T Nation not being compelled to continuously improve. It’s actually more imperative than ever that we do, so we are.


#268

Lol, stated, then proven.


#269

Chris, I appreciate you taking the time to share your perspective. Valid points all around.
As are mine, still, I think. I would love to know if Tim is at least looking into anything new or cutting-edge.
Thanks.


#270


New way to log. Post a snapshot of my Lose It! daily log, scrolled to the bottom. That way, all major inputs and outputs are visible, and it will also force me to reveal what I eat late in the evening.

Macro targets are 40/35/25 and calories are at 2040.

7 weeks to shredded is ON.

I’m gonna aim to get string bean lean and then do a double-mini-mass building cycle through July 1st and see if I can win the contest the hard way. That way I can crush Yogi AND still crush everyone else.


#271

Killing it Serge. Who knows, by next July you might get a promotion to Sarge!


#272

do your worst, Shamu_A_Storms. I haven’t cheated on my diet in like… 6 days…


#273

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#274


#275

Nailing targets every day.

I miss summer. I am not creating many opportunities for extra activity because going outside sucks.


#276

Day 4 of my 7 Weeks to Shredded Plan


#277

I’ve been working on some “air walking” moves on the pull-up bar. Stuff like what this guy in the video does.

Yesterday, a guy walked up after I was done with a “set” on the bar. “Hey, sorry to interrupt, but that was amazing! How many of those do you do? How long did it take to get that strong? I could see every muscle in your back when you were doing those. Not trying to be weird, but that was amazing!”


#278


#279

Aw man I wish I could do those handstand movements! It’s pretty incredible how easy he makes all that look.


#280

Pretty good weekend.

I got multiple sessions in on both days.

Lots of jump rope, gymnastics, and breakin’.

Not much traditional lifting, other than single-arm dumbbell work for arms, chest, shoulders, and upper back.

I have not been very interested in building muscle these days. I’m more into stupid human tricks and burning calories. I may end up looking even less like a lifter and even more like a 400m runner, and that is fine. I’m sure the itch will come back.