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1  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Training Q&A / Blood Pressure Medication on: December 28, 2010, 10:14:29 AM
I have had on-again, off-again issues with high blood pressure for a while now.  I weigh around 250 lbs, not sure of my body fat percentage.  51 inch chest, 18 1/2 inch arms or so, waist is a little over 40 inches, so I could definitely lose some fat.  I know all the various methods one can approach for lowering the BP.  The question is more about the medication.  I have a history of trying both Bennicar and Lisinopril, both for a pretty short period of time.  I usually felt worse taking those than I did from any symptoms from HBP.  I need to up the cardio and try one last time to get this down naturally before taking medicine again, but I sometimes wonder if I am destined to take medicine because it can get pretty high sometimes.  Does anyone take any medicine that has helped them and not affected anything atl all; i.e. workouts are the same, can take any supplement, etc?  Nothing would make me happier to take a simple pill and get the BP down without side effects, but it seems hard to do.
2  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Training Q&A / Re: Experiences with Lisinopril? on: February 02, 2010, 09:44:58 PM
It's hard to know what the bloody heck to think.  I know this goes against Mombasa's advice, but I have gone off the Lisinopril for several days now, mainly just to see if I felt any better during the workout.  Got the doc's okay on it.  I think the only thing the Lisinopril affected was post-workout.  BP tends to be a little lower at that time plus with the effects of the med, I think the heart was acting strange because it was not used to it being that low.  I'm undecided yet if I should go back on the med.  I know it's nothing to mess around with, but I was only on it for 7 days,.  The BP is definitely up again though.  Just frustrating because I am really not that obese.  I could lose maybe 10 or 15 pounds of fat, but my diet is already pretty clean, so I don't know what other changes can be made.  It really seems to spike during training and I feel crappy.  That was happening even when on the med.

As far as anxiety, a lot of people have mentioned this and while it is certainly possible, I kind of doubt it.  I don't have too much to be stressed about, other than my own health.  High BP in itself it seems is not the disease, but a symptom of something else.  I'm seeing a homeopathic guy too to try to get to the bottom of all this.  He seems to think it might be something to do with the adrenal glands or possible allergy.  In the past I have had periods like a month or so where I feel fine and aren't getting any symptoms at all, then out of the clear blue they just appear again, without seeming rhyme or reason.  Quite frustrating not being able to lift like I want.

Mombasa, have you found there are any types of supps you can't use while being on the meds?  This maybe wasn't smart, but I had some coffee not too far apart form having the med when I was taking it and had some heart pain (think it was from that, or else just the body getting used to the med).
3  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Training Q&A / Re: Experiences with Lisinopril? on: January 25, 2010, 10:47:42 AM
Not looking for advice, just seeing if anyone else had experiences with it.  The BP is down, so it may very well be a reaction from the med.  I really don't believe in taking BP med at all, but it seems like the alternative is worse if it goes untreated.  I have went the cardio route and tried all kinds of natural supps to get it down, but not much seems to help.  Anyway, I am waiting to talk to him tro see what he says.
4  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Training Q&A / Experiences with Lisinopril? on: January 25, 2010, 08:10:43 AM
I started the drug about 5 days ago, I have had issues with higher BP for about 2 years now. I was on Benicar for about 2 weeks last year, I got off it when the side effects were starting to get nasty. I am only on 5 mgs. of the Lisinopril, which seems pretty small. I just don't know if what I am experiencing is due to the drug or I am having deeper medical problems from letting the BP go too long.

All of a sudden, whether it is weights or cardio, my heart rate starts beating fast and hard, from something that should really not be that strenuous. I don't like it, it is freaking me out. I think it might be because of the high BP, but it is strange I am having this effect, when the level of intensity I'm describing didn't do this to me like a few weeks ago. Guess I shouldn't have let it go as long as I did. Unless it's the medicine. Any other experiences with it good or bad?
5  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Training Q&A / Gym Member Who Keeps Talking.. on: December 15, 2009, 11:05:33 PM
I'm not against occasional chit chat in between sets, but by and large I like to be left alone when training, unless I need a spot or I am spotting someone. There's one dude at my gym that I made some small talk with once and it has now exploded to where he talks to me in-between almost every set. It is driving me crazy because it is quite distracting. He is actually relatively big and strong, so he is not some skinny dude asking for advice on everything, although he still asks my opinion for a lot of things. I do get occasional spots from him too, so I can't say he is a complete bother, but it just doesn't let up.

I know there is no magical solution to this, I guess I just have yo tell him to not talk to me quite as much while training, but that is hard to do without looking like a jerk. I'm not going to change my schedule around because of one guy, but my workout time is quite important. Anyone else ever deal with something similar? I actually have never worn an Ipod while training, but that may change. Hope that'll help. Probably will still walk up to me though...
6  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Training Q&A / Re: Good tri Excersise on: July 19, 2009, 07:08:04 PM
I am limited with what I can do right now for tri's because of my elbows killing and it sucks.  I normally do close-grips with the Olympic bar, overhead dumbell extensions, pushdowns and dips.  The first two are out for the moment, they hurt the elbows too much.  Any form of extension, yeah right.  Pushdowns I can kind of do with wide elbows and not complete lockout and dips aren't too bad, surprisingly.  I just wish there was a way to do the heavy duty exercises without effecting the tendons.  Not physically possible of course..
7  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Injury and Rehabilitation / Re: Elbow Pain!!! on: July 18, 2009, 07:09:52 AM
Tried arms again last night.  The only thing I seem to be able to do for tri's without extreme pain is pushdowns with elbows wide and dips (surprised by dips, thought they would hurt).  Even bi's are kind of restricted.  I think what it really comes down to is I just need a break in general.  I have been going pretty much nonstop since September once I got the greenlight to start training normal after my arm break last year.  I've been getting stronger but I think my joints need a rest in general.  Even my forearms are feeling a little tweaked from going heavy on dumbell and hammer curls.  I guess the remedy is to take a week rest and then change up the routine after.
8  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Injury and Rehabilitation / Re: Elbow Pain!!! on: July 15, 2009, 08:59:39 AM
Good tips; I wish there was a way getting around simply not doing the exercises, but if you want to continue to be healthy, guess there is not much of a choice. I have also ordered myself an Ultrasound device to use, don't know if it will be helpful or turn out to be a waste. I am also thinking about going on something like maybe a Bill Starr routine for a while where there is not too much emphasis on direct arm training. Who knows, maybe the change will do me some good. It's been a while since I did a good squat, deadlift/power clean oriented routine.
9  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Injury and Rehabilitation / Re: Elbow Pain!!! on: July 14, 2009, 07:22:14 AM
I have always used a controlled negative on all my movements, but it could still probably be lowered an extra second or two slower.  Not sure, but I think maybe too I have just simply done too much for the upper arms.  They have responded with growth, although interestingly the arm with the worse of the tendonitis is almost an inch smaller than my other arm (funny how things work, my current "good" arm was my bad arm last year when I fractured the humerus).  See how it feels today for chest and back, but I may have to make some adjustments for a bit to allow it to heal.
10  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Injury and Rehabilitation / Re: Elbow Pain!!! on: July 13, 2009, 10:37:28 AM
Seem to be getting a lot of this lately, primarily when training tris. I have ditched skull crushers in favor of close-grip bench, since the former hurt my elbows too much and I enjoy the latter more anyway. It seems the movement that hurts the most now is overhead extensions with a dumbell, both arms at the same time.

I have always been a big believer in having at least one stretch movement for tri's, but it is getting to the point where I may have to stop these because it really hurts the elbows. My form is strict too, but I do go pretty deep for the stretch. Cable pushouts hurt too somewhat. Just stinks because I have been getting a little stronger on some movements. Somewhat of an improvement from my humerus fracture last year (the two are not related).

I do use a joint supplement called Regenicare. It has glucosamine, chondroiton, MSM and something called protectin. I do ice them when I think of it too and and also I have some pad which is supposed to emit infra-red light to help with joint repair. Not sure if it is helping or not.  Just sucks because there really is no other sollution other than staying away from what causes the pain, which usually goes hand-in-hand with muscle atrophy. 
11  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Training Q&A / Do you train alone or with a partner? on: June 10, 2009, 09:00:19 PM
Just curious to see what everyone does.  I have always trained alone and kind of prefer it that way.  The only pain is when it comes to flat and incline barbell pressing, I usually have to put myself out and ask someone for a spot.  I always feel kind of sheepish doing that.  Guys will always oblige, but I will occassionally get the "I wish you wouldn't bother me vibe".  Too bad I can't hire someone to come in and spot for that short period of time.
12  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Training Q&A / Optimum Training Systems Big Beyond Belief program on: June 06, 2009, 04:31:30 PM
Anybody ever use this and have success with it?  I purchased it several years ago, I just never had enough time to devote to it.  I always thought some of the principles behind it were pretty sound.  I'm only interested if someone has experience with it and what they thought, not someone that is going to say it is just a gimmick and just train hard and eat right and no system is perfect  Those are a given of course, but there are ways to optimally structure a routine.  Anybody utilized it with success?  Website is
13  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / E-Board - Movies, Music, TV, Videogames, Comics / Favorite movie star or character physique? (film specific) on: June 06, 2009, 04:13:11 PM
Either where you think they portrayed a character where they looked the best they ever did or when you maybe first got inspired to go to a gym, something like that.  Might need some time to even think about this myself.  Obviously many of Arnold's movies but for me Rambo II is what really first got me fired up for working out.  Stallone was probably bigger in Rambo III, but II was kind of where he really brought the physique to another level.  Pretty influential on a 13 year old.
14  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Training Q&A / Re: Training delts after arms? on: May 25, 2009, 04:06:49 PM
True, length of the workouts is a big factor.  The Big Beyond Belief systems by Optimum Training Systems seems to make sense, it can be done 6 days but the sessions are only 45 mins or so.  Those Arnold routines were usually a lot longer, dozens of sets three times a week for the bigger bodyparts.  More than one way to do things of course.
15  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Training Q&A / Re: Training delts after arms? on: May 25, 2009, 02:11:21 PM
If arms are still sore i'd wait-do legs, or cardio/abs or have a rest day.

Agree that it's a little hard to decide where to stick delts; hit them after some of the other muscles iand see what the most comfortable sequence of exercises ends up being. Or do them on separate days just as you're intending today, but not so they collide with recuperation of other muscles. Use leg, cardio, rest days or something else as padding days until recupteration is complete.

This is just my opinion - i used to train sometimes while sore and didn't find any advantage to doing it and believe that recuperation is key to gains.

Yeah, I agree with the recuperation thing, I am going to wait on 'em.  One thing I find as I get older is you can still train hard but the recuperative powers aren't what they used to be.  Once a week is enough for me if I train the muscle hard enough.  Can't believe Arnold's Encyclopedia has advanced routines training three days a week for hours at a clip, double split no less.  Who the heck can train like that?
16  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Training Q&A / Training delts after arms? on: May 25, 2009, 11:57:25 AM
Was thinking of training delts today, two days after tri's and bi's.  Anyone train shoulders this soon after arms?  I was thinking of only doing 1 or 2 compound moves, standing presses and uprights.  The standing presses I might even do as non-lockout.  Tri's and bi's are still a bit sore, just looking for opinions.  I am a big fan of antagonistic training, chest and back on same day, bi's and tri's.  I always try to figure out where to stick delts.
17  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Industry Business Technology Board / Re: Best jobs for the future based on current conditions? on: May 21, 2009, 04:42:54 PM
IT..wide area networking...
regardless of what else happens..the internet is only gonna get bigger...its only a matter of time before your toaster oven and fridge have an IP address so you can log in remotely and start cooking your meal at homebefore u leave work   
here in the DC area avg salary with a clerance is over 100k
you can take a ccie anywhere on the planet and companies will basically kiss your ass to sign you on board

Thanks for the info.  I think I might be looking into IT, although I don't have much of a background in it, so I'll need to create a path for myself.  It sounds like the ccie has a pretty low pass rate.
18  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Industry Business Technology Board / Re: Best jobs for the future based on current conditions? on: May 19, 2009, 07:25:07 AM
No Outsourcing Here: How to Train for the Best American Jobs
by Patricia Cecil-Reed
White and blue-collar jobs alike have felt the sting of outsourcing in recent years, as companies send jobs overseas to countries where the labor can be performed more cheaply. There are plenty of excellent professions that are not going anywhere, and in fact are expected to grow considerably over the next seven years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Below are some of the best, in terms of salary and job growth, along with information about how to train for these careers.

Education Administrator, Elementary or Secondary School
While online education is an increasingly popular option for college-level students, younger students still need live teachers, and live teachers require supervision by education administrators.

Career Training: A master's degree in education administration or educational leadership, plus related experience in a field such as teaching or school administration, is the most common route to becoming an education administrator.
Average Annual Salary: $82,120.
Job Outlook: 12 percent growth is expected between now and 2016. Some of the most secure jobs will be for public school administrators, since public schools are funded by public tax dollars.

Physical Therapist
Health care jobs are a great bet for job safety in terms of outsourcing worries. Not only is health care the largest industry in the US, employing over 14 million people in 2006, but it deals with a population that needs hands-on, personal care.

Within health care, physical therapists are essential. An increasing elderly population, new technology in the field, and longer life expectancies of disabled patients are all contributing factors to this important and quickly growing profession.

Career Training: A master's degree in physical therapy and state licensure is a requirement for most physical therapists. The master's degree program for physical therapists usually takes two years.
Average Annual Salary: $71,520.
Job Outlook: Much faster than average job growth is expected, at 27 percent between now and 2016, says the BLS.

Sales Manager
A lot of jobs can be performed overseas, but when it comes to selling merchandise, American companies still need teams of salespeople selling their products in-person, as well as managers to oversee operations. Sales manager positions are highly coveted, but are expected to stay put and even expand over the next several years.

Career Training: A bachelor's or master's degree in business administration with an emphasis on marketing is the surest route to success. Many sales managers work their way up the ladder, starting as sales clerks or assistant managers.
Average Annual Salary: $106,790.
Job Outlook: 12 percent growth is expected between now and 2016, according to the BLS.

Computer and Information Systems Manager
While it's true that some computer-related jobs may be threatened by outsourcing, more complex jobs like this one can't be as routinely trained and shipped overseas. Computer and information systems managers will remain necessary because technology in the workplace is only expected to rise in coming years, and managers will always be needed to oversee it.

Career Training: A bachelor's degree is often required, and some employers even prefer a master's. An MBA with technology is especially desirable. Training in information technology or computer information systems management will help put you on the right track.
Average Annual Salary: $113,880.
Job Outlook: This profession is expected to grow by 16 percent between now and 2016, or "faster than average".

Automotive Service Technician or Mechanic
This job requires more technical knowledge than it used to in the days of simpler cars and automotive technology. For this reason, the term "mechanic" is quickly being replaced by the term "automotive technician."

Career Training: Auto technicians must keep abreast of the latest automotive technology, making a formal training program extremely advantageous to those looking to enter the field. An associate's degree or certificate in automotive technology can be a great way to get started.
Average Annual Salary: $36,480.
Job Outlook: As more Americans look to repair the cars they already own instead of buying new ones, auto technicians and mechanics are expected to increase by 14 percent, higher than the average 10 percent for most professions.

If you're worried about the future of your career, consider transitioning to a field where the jobs are more likely to stay put. The right training and education can help you transition to a field where jobs are growing instead of shrinking.

Awesome, that is good stuff.  I knew I should have stayed with systems analysis years ago.  Hopefully not too late.  The thing about health care though is because of Obama's universal health care plan, I thought I heard that most health care salaries would be being sliced over the coming years.  Barack says "It doesn't matter what your name is!" lol
19  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Industry Business Technology Board / Best jobs for the future based on current conditions? on: May 18, 2009, 08:47:51 PM
So I got laid off about 3 weeks ago.  I worked as an internal wholesaler for variable annuities primarily.  It seems like financial sales are no longer going be as lucrative or as widespread as they once were.  I am fortunate enough that I can take a little time to make my next move, I might even go back to school.

Now I am certainly not asking people online to decide my life path.  Just looking to get a conversation going about what you think maybe are the best jobs/careers for the future.  I have done financial services for the last 5 years, so it is a bit concerning with the way everything is.  Maybe I should just stay home and grow a garden and get animals, who knows.  Still need an income though.  Thoughts?
20  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Nutrition, Products & Supplements / Re: The most nutrient dense, healthiest food in the world on: May 06, 2009, 09:47:07 PM
OK to eat raw?  I generally don't cook my veggies.
21  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Jaime Fox really punnished for racial rant on: May 01, 2009, 10:00:58 AM
yes i seen them   and that was sooo not funny  and said by that 2 inch dick bernie.  so, consider the source.

What Imus said wasn't right, but it is still a double standard with Foxx.  If a prominent white celebrity had said that about a famous black 16-year old girl, Sharpton would have been all over that and calling for his  banishment from the entertanment industry.
22  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / E-Board - Movies, Music, TV, Videogames, Comics / Re: Your top 10 of all time? on: April 30, 2009, 07:48:29 PM
Anyone?  ...(crickets chirping)
23  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / E-Board - Movies, Music, TV, Videogames, Comics / Re: Anybody buying The Wrestler on DVD? on: April 29, 2009, 10:36:06 PM

I didn't know about it, until I actually watched the film, ...and it was a very suspenseful moment. Gee Whiz Dude, film makers work hard to build up to these moments, and take people by surprise. Don't rob them of all their hard work. I didn't know what had happened to him until it was revealed in the movie, ...that's how it was intended to be. Just because someone spoiled it for you, ...doesn't mean you have the right to spoil it for others.  Angry
Alright, alright, chill, we're all friends here.  Point well taken, I will keep that spoiler label for any future references to movies, it was certainly not my intention to spoil it for anyone.
I'm sorry. I'm a bit burned out from single-handedly fighting that battle against an army of very vocal ignorance.
You're going to have to do a search through the Nutrition board. Why would you want to even know more about it anyway. Isn't it enough to know that it's a potentially very dangerous product for people to take, ...especially for someone like you?

Yes, it is enough to know, sometimes it just satisfies the mind a bit more to understand the reason behind something.  I can understand what you mean by burn out though.  It seems the best bet is to lay off all the arginine/NO products out there.  They are still pretty popular, but they are doing who knows what kind of damage to people..
24  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / E-Board - Movies, Music, TV, Videogames, Comics / Your top 10 of all time? on: April 29, 2009, 09:43:47 PM
For the longest time, I have wanted to make a list of 100 or more, but it is so freakin' hard, i like so many for different reasons and it might change from day-to-day.  If I had to put something down, it might look like this, not neccessarily in order -

Rocky - I pretty much love all the Rocky films, but the first one has the best story of all of them, although two comes close.  Such a good movie for a guy to identify with, I give these movies the credit for getting me initially motivated to work out.

Terminator 1 & 2 - Just cool in every way, action, sci-fi, even a bit of horror in the first one.  Well written, good make-up and effects, just gets you pumped.

First Blood - Another great character created by Stallone, very under-rated movie, one of the best action movies ever.  Not perfect of course, just very enjoyable.  I recently watched Rambo II and it was a little better than I remembered surprisingly.  Rambo III was mediocre at best, the fourth one was pretty darn good.

Passion of the Christ - Say what you will about Gibson, but he finally made an accessible, powerful movie about Jesus.  I am Catholic, so the movie was even more meaningful for me, but I like the way it had such powerful elements.  You hear the story for so long, it is sometimes hard to imagine what it would have been like in real life.  He did it.

Braveheart - So inspiring, gets you motivated to do great things.

Godfather Part II - One that does not affect me personally like the previous, but just so incredible to watch, finely crafted drama.  I like it even more than the first.

2001: A Space Odyssey - Mind-blowing; took me a while to get it, but really makes you think about what is out there in the universe.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - Always watch it every time it is on.  Such an enjoyable epic western.  Eastwood is awesome, but so is the character of Tuco played by Eli Wallach.  Action, humor, drama, got it all.

American History X - Love the character of Derek played by Norton.  Some say the story was overly simple, but I thought it was well done from start to finish. 

So hard to narrow it down.  I'm missing Scorsese, Tarantino, etc..  Anyway, what would you say?  Try to list 10 and a word or two..
25  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / E-Board - Movies, Music, TV, Videogames, Comics / Re: Anybody buying The Wrestler on DVD? on: April 29, 2009, 08:54:43 PM
Too bad you weren't around 4 years ago when I was posting about the dangers of Arginine on the Nutrition board.
...although, given the quantity and volume of haters that existed there then, might not have recognized the validity of the information provided. Glad you were able to figure it out before something really bad happened.

BTW Dude, {slap} if you're going to post a spoiler, ...please indicate it in the subject line. Sheesh!  Roll Eyes

I'm glad I waited until after seeing this movie to click on the thread.

Well, I don't know if you would call it a spoiler because it happens well before the end.  I knew about it before I saw it and it didn't take anything away from the film, at least for me.

There is not a whole lot about negative stuff associated with arginine out there, mostly on it's benefits, other than those studies i mentioned.  Could you share some of the information you had posted before please?

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