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Messages - Andy Animus Tran

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Virginia / Re: Washington DC training?
« on: July 15, 2010, 03:57:41 PM »
If it's on a Wednesday, Natalie, I'll do my best to make it out.  I just have to make sure UrbanEvo has the lesson plan for that day.

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Virginia / Re: Washington DC training?
« on: July 13, 2010, 01:57:03 PM »
Hi, Rebecca.  Do you know what area you'll be in?  There's a ton of local stuff going on all the time in different spots just because the DC Metro area is so densely populated, yet very large, and it's difficult for certain groups to meet with others due to distance.  Timothy here just provided you with the two most central regular jams going on in the area.  Let me know if you're around a different area, though.

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Mid-Atlantic / Re: Any East Coast Jams, 17-31 July 2010?
« on: July 12, 2010, 07:11:07 PM »
Mike Tornay's trying to get a group to Great Falls again this weekend.

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Socialize / Re: i need some help with this one so HELP!!!
« on: July 06, 2010, 04:18:07 PM »
Dan, in the military, you need an extremely high level of conditioning and stamina, so why wouldn't you do a ton of LSD if you're basically training for LSD performance in the first place?  While for the general population, most goals can be reached easier and quicker with sprints and intervals, you cannot performance LSD at an "elite" level without training LSD specifically.  Remember, the results the military seeks are for the purpose of actually being able to endure a great deal.  Strength and power matter a whole lot less in military combat than high endurance and stamina.

I'm not saying the training methodologies in the military are perfected for their goals.  And I agree with you that a lot of what they do is useless or 40-50 years behind the science of today, but all the same, if you need to perform steady-state at an extremely high level, there is no other way to get there than to train steady-state.

This all said..  wlf, I don't know how old you are, but this is a major decision and Ms. Tofu here brings up a good point.  I know people in the military who have night terrors regularly, their spouses get very little sleep because they are always screaming out in their dreams.  Absolutely wailing.  In my own family, you see a lot of people who've just lost the ability to communicate with other human beings.  Combat can destroy your very soul.  It can make it so that you will never be able to live a normal life again.

I never served in the military, but I do have post-traumatic stress disorder (for reasons I will not divulge).  I know what it's like to not be able to open up to people.  I know what it's like to be afraid for your life even when nothing's wrong, and having the slightest and most insignificant event cause your heart to start racing and your mind to collapse because of the sheer terror of some things in your past.  I know you aren't taking this lightly, but I do want you to know that there's a very high risk of absolutely debilitating your very spirit.

This all said, you have to do what you love, what you believe in, and what you're passionate about.  And your girlfriend should understand that, love or no love.  Here's the thing... It sounds like you are still very young.  And, call me jaded, but I don't have a lot of faith in young relationships lasting for too long or being capable of real sustenance.  Do what you love and what you believe is right for you and your life.  In the end, she'll either accept it and love will persevere...  Or she won't and it will fail.

I will also tell you this:  Distance kills a relationship.  It takes a special kind of breed to endure distance, a lot of trust, and a lot of love and affection.  Most people are incapable of it.  I've done it once in my life and it succeeded, but I'm more patient than most people.  On that front, too, I hope you know what you're getting into.

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International Discussion / Re: Montréal anyone?
« on: July 06, 2010, 04:04:22 PM »
Montreal has some of the best traceurs in the world.

www.pkqc.ca

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I'm willing to bet you could've just asked Jo if she had the transcript still, but.. props to the insane amount of work this took.

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Injuries - Discussion / Re: OUCH! MY ASS MUSCLE!
« on: July 06, 2010, 03:41:28 PM »
What's your warm-up routine like?  And how often do you do your myofascial release?

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Diet / Re: High protein diet risky?
« on: July 05, 2010, 08:52:15 AM »
There are research studies that show that high-protein diets in an elderly population with pre-existing renal problems can aggravate and exasperate those renal issues and even potentially turn "at-risk" conditions into full-blown renal disease.  It was a correlative assumption, then, that high protein diets put undue strain on the kidneys in healthy individuals, but that's a huge jump in logic and no peer-reviewed research has ever suggested that there's any risk in a healthy individual.

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Diet / Re: Withdrawal Symptoms?
« on: July 05, 2010, 08:49:47 AM »
Well 2 days ago this is what I ate:
For breakfast I had a bowl of oatmeal along with a cup of skim milk.
Snack at 1:20-Apple and 10 Cashews
Snack at 4:52-Peach
A bowl of beans at 6:10
For Dinner I had a chicken breast and a salad

This makes it look like you're trying to starve yourself, man.

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Diet / Re: Cutting
« on: July 01, 2010, 12:10:20 PM »
Dan - I never said it doesn't work.  I just don't believe it to be optimal for fat loss, especially since it lends itself to more consumption of food most of the time.

David - Contest prep is a WHOLE nother story altogether and you're probably better off asking a different forum.  I've only had to do contest-prep for one client before in my life, and I ended up passing him off to another trainer with more experience and knowledge in the BB field because there were so many intricacies I wasn't prepared for.  And you have to keep in mind that Wendler cut down AFTER he was done competitively PLing (kudos to him on his recent marriage, btw).  When you aren't training 2-3x a day under ridiculously heavy loads, you're going to eat a lot less naturally.  So, of course he cut down without much trouble.  His body was demanding less food overall.

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Diet / Re: Cutting
« on: June 30, 2010, 01:55:57 PM »
I assume you're doing this for body comp purposes.  I think you should keep in mind that Jim Wendler has never done that much cutting to a serious degree.  He's not a competitive bodybuilder and while he has a great physique, he's not typically the person to go to when you're trying to cut bodyfat.

Now, dieting is relatively easy (although ahrd to comply to).  Body comp is a bit different.  Better to, at first, focus on just cutting weight in general.  The higher yoru protein intake, the better off you will be for maintaining your musculature.  The simplest way to cut without counting is the way Steve described.  Typically, when you remove carbohydrates, you will lose weight.  Both from water retention and from actual fat loss.  This is because you almost inherently go into a deficit.  I personally just choose to limit my starches to about a serving a day.  I just feel better when I have like.. one piece of bread or something.

I personally don't think that HIIT is that great for fat loss (you can argue that famous study till the cows come home).  I think it's a great athletic conditioning protocol, but as far as fat loss goes, there is something to be said about steady-state cardio.  Ultimately, the diet is key, so it doesn't really matter too much what you do on top of that.

I am personally a fan of, if not counting, then weighing your food and keeping a rough estimate of what you're taking in.  I've found more compliance and results with that than anything else.  A lot of people cannot comply unless they are keeping track.  However, it's probbaly something you want to save for a last-ish resort.

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Diet / Re: Great recipe's (some vegetarian)
« on: June 27, 2010, 03:48:59 PM »
Sriracha is also the hottest sauce they have because Japanese people dont' actually eat a lot of spicy food.

My family goes through about four bottles of Sriracha a week.. and.. well, it's not that spicy compared to some other stuff.  Just tastes really good.  Hang out with me sometime (when're you making your trip up!?), and I'll show you a world of hurt in oh-so many ways.

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Hey, Elet.  Come out to the gym sometime.  And I'm pretty sure there's gonna be a PK-related birthday event or two.

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Diet / Re: Great recipe's (some vegetarian)
« on: June 20, 2010, 06:44:03 AM »
Casey, I think you're thinking of sriracha sauce.. which is Thai, not Japanese.

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District of Columbia / Re: Visiting from Canada
« on: June 15, 2010, 04:19:39 PM »
Hey!  Did we ever meet?  I spent five years in the Toronto area with the community there, helped to build the Monkey Vault, etc.  I was pretty involved in the community there for all the years I was there, so I figure that if we've met, you'd know me.  Lol.

In any case, I have no clue where that place is downtown, but feel free to Metro down to Urban Evolution in Alexandria for some fun training.  We'll also have to organize something for you on a grander scale.  There's also Primal Fitness off New York Ave, and that's also Metro-accessible.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Summer Training Resolutions
« on: June 12, 2010, 03:34:43 PM »
It's more sarcoplasmic hypertrophy than myrofibrillar.  Make your own strength program.


P90x doesn't cause any kind of hypertrophy.  Just burns more calories.  So you're likely to cut down more than anything else.

Oh.. and my goal for the summer is to be able to backflip again.  Pissed that I lost it.

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Virginia / Re: Centreville Teacher
« on: June 11, 2010, 06:56:09 AM »
Holy shit, it IS you.  Where the eff have you been, Wolf?

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Virginia / Re: Centreville Teacher
« on: June 10, 2010, 07:29:02 AM »
The area is filled with great traceurs.  I don't think there's anyone IN Centreville proper, but a 5-10 minute drive and you're pretty much surrounded by us.

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Diet / Re: Diet on Resting Days
« on: May 29, 2010, 05:33:52 AM »
In your situation, just eat less when you aren't training.  That'll keep some excess from being packed on.  Eventually, you'll need to gain weight to get strogner, but I wouldn't worry until you tap out first.

And I have a tendency to eat more late at night, too.  I just eat sparingly during the day.  (If I eat a lot during the day, I still eat a lot at night.)

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Diet / Re: Soy Protein Isolate: Opinions? Facts?
« on: May 17, 2010, 06:29:56 AM »
Packaged/prepared soy products are pretty awful.  I find that the higher-end soy protein powders are okay, though.  Not the best, but manageable and don't have the phytoestrogens and other crap that typically makes soy products so bad.  Also, unprocessed soy that you can get in Asian markets is generally pretty good, but it's something you'd only eat every so often.

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