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    Jul 28, 2012, 8:49 PM - TASM Fitness Thread. Get your Spidey Physique tips on exercise and nutrition here! #1

    With Spidey becoming kind of the new Iron-Man of the board (Everybody either wants one or is working on one) I thought I would ask - Is everyone just naturally fit enough to get into the suit? I know I was not so lucky so I had been working on leaning out for more than six months for the premiere. In that time, I lost a little over 30 pounds but I'm still about 10-15 more pounds away from my true goal and what I believe to be the best Spidey I could be. Because nothing sucks more than having a kick-ass suit you can't fit into and when it comes to Spandex, your body is basically what makes or breaks the suit. Everybody knows a lean/cut guy in a cheap looking Spidey suit will always look better than the fatty in the high-end replica. So, with that being said, I figure I would open up this thread to share your personal story, offer support, tips and anything else that might help us all do true justice to our ASM suits

    I guess I'll start. Like I said, I started hitting the gym and home workouts hard about 6 months ago. Without getting discouraged by slow results, I kept at it and I was able to start shedding pounds at around the 3rd month into things. As anyone that knows will probably tell you, the diet is probably the most important (and the hardest) part to stick to. I know it has been for me, so I decided to accept a challenge a friend of mine put together. It's a month's long transformation with diet tips, exercises and all that stuff. It starts on Monday, so if anyone is interested in joining, send me a PM and I'll fill you in. Otherwise, if you chose to do things on your own or if you are already doing something, we have this thread to hold us accountable and share our progress for the most important part of the costume, the guy inside it. Let me know what do you think!
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    Jul 28, 2012, 10:18 PM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #2

    I've alwats been a beleiver of only costuming what you fit in. In my case im not overweight, but i'm out of shape. And the asm suit i ordered is my goal to finally get back in shape, its what helps me push at the gym to lose weight and gain muscle to better fit spidey, i also have a green lantern i want to fit into as well.

    So for me i end up doing 3 days at the gym every other day and i go for a run everyday to keep my metabolism up.

    And your right, dieting can be the hardest to stick to, the goal is to plan it out and not be lazy, being lazy is what leads to late night hot pockets..... Not good lol
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    Jul 28, 2012, 10:19 PM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #3

    I guess a thread (any thread) is no good without any pics. So here's the visual story of my progress...

    Start point, about 6-7 months ago, around 198 pounds (I'm the bad singer on the left)



    3 months in, after a whole bunch of biking, jumping, etc etc (about 183lbs here)



    About 3-4 weeks back. (170lbs)



    Finally, last night (167 lbs and starting to get some definition).



    I'm very excited for the program and hoping to go down to around 155-160 lbs. Everyone can do this guys, just be commited and "keep the promises you make to yourself (I got that from a dove chocolate hence why I need a stricter diet LOL)".
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    Jul 28, 2012, 11:28 PM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #4

    your down to 167lbs :o i use to be at around 163lbs and im trying to gain some weight lol
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    Jul 28, 2012, 11:46 PM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #5

    Rebz said: View Post
    your down to 167lbs :o i use to be at around 163lbs and im trying to gain some weight lol

    LOL you're probably taller than I am. I'm only 5'7''

    Once I lean down to where I want to be and cut down my body fat % I want to start going back up in muscle mass to get that "shrink wrap effect" people keep talking about
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    Jul 29, 2012, 1:42 AM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #6

    Excellent thread idea! I'm actually lucky enough to look pretty much exactly the same as Andrew Garfield. I'm the exact same height and weight, and I even have the same eye color and hair style as him! haha I've had a lot of people tell me I look like spiderman since the movie came out. My face isn't exactly the same, but it is kind of close, some people insist I look just like him though. But the one thing I do need to work on before I get a suit is my arms. I kind of have noodle arms, haha. I'd like to get a lot more muscle definition before I have a suit just so I will look more superhero-ish and just feel a lot better in the suit. But I think this is the perfect motivation to start working out like I've been wanting to do for a long time.
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    Jul 29, 2012, 2:35 AM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #7

    El Fett said: View Post
    LOL you're probably taller than I am. I'm only 5'7''

    Once I lean down to where I want to be and cut down my body fat % I want to start going back up in muscle mass to get that "shrink wrap effect" people keep talking about
    i'm 6'1" but i've always looked really lanky so i've had to try and bulk up a little for when i finish my build otherwise i'll look like spider man who couldn't afford food lol
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    Jul 29, 2012, 2:54 AM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #8

    El Fett that's so awesome good job!

    This is actually my first post ever on this site... but anyways I'm a super skinny 17 year old, 5'11" and about 143lbs. I started working about 3 months ago, when I was about 135lbs, so I've gained about 8lbs of muscle. I'm still very skinny, but at least everything is defined. Anyone know how to bulk up?
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    Jul 29, 2012, 6:44 AM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #9

    I'm really tinny so I'm planning to do some sport and fitness because my arms will be ridiculous in the skin suit I make
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    Jul 29, 2012, 7:00 AM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #10

    Ive been working on the beer belly and love handles with ab crunches every other night. Im a pretty stocky 5'8 and 195 lbs so Im confident when i get those problem area taken care of Ill be fine
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    Jul 29, 2012, 7:12 AM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #11

    Powerhouse70: I would advise you not to do crunches every night. Rather do some plank exercises. Planks strengthen the "inner unit" of the abdominal wall, and help to make your stomach flatter and considerably stronger. Crunches build up the "6 pack" muscles, but until your stomach is flats.

    3 sets of 45 seconds on 30 seconds rest. Build up to 90 seconds on and 60 seconds rest. I am a personal trainer In new yorl
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    Jul 29, 2012, 7:36 AM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #12

    I run a blog with workouts and healthy recipes if anyone is interested. Oh its a James Bond inspired blog too...
    Protein, Shaken Not Stirred...
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    Jul 29, 2012, 8:06 AM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #13

    EnderX said: View Post
    Powerhouse70: I would advise you not to do crunches every night. Rather do some plank exercises. Planks strengthen the "inner unit" of the abdominal wall, and help to make your stomach flatter and considerably stronger. Crunches build up the "6 pack" muscles, but until your stomach is flats.

    3 sets of 45 seconds on 30 seconds rest. Build up to 90 seconds on and 60 seconds rest. I am a personal trainer In new yorl
    Thanks for the advice will incorporate those into my routine starting tonight.
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    Jul 29, 2012, 8:08 AM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #14

    Peter Parker1 said: View Post
    El Fett that's so awesome good job!

    This is actually my first post ever on this site... but anyways I'm a super skinny 17 year old, 5'11" and about 143lbs. I started working about 3 months ago, when I was about 135lbs, so I've gained about 8lbs of muscle. I'm still very skinny, but at least everything is defined. Anyone know how to bulk up?

    Drink a protein shake formulated for weight gain every night before bed. Your body uses less calories at rest. You can add more calories to the shake by mixing in peanut butter, chocolate sauce,eggs etc.

    I used to be 5'8 and 130 lbs....all of it was muscle because I framed houses and spent most of my day shooting plywood or 2 by 8s up to the next floor.My doctor suggested this because my metabolism was too high.
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    Jul 29, 2012, 8:16 AM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #15

    I did a juice diet after watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead on netflix, not to fit into a suit, but to feel better. Im 38 and was put on High blood pressure meds. after the diet, no more pills! its hard to stick to like you said, but any thing worth it is. Good job man you look great
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    Jul 29, 2012, 8:36 AM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #16

    El Fett, how tall are you? And looking at the background, do you live in San Diego?

    As for me, I'm 6ft and use to be at 210lbs. Now I am down to 180lbs after 3 months. Overall I'm trying to stay in shape for other cosplays.

    My routine, lift weights and 20min cardio 5 days a week on a low calorie high protein diet.
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    Jul 29, 2012, 9:03 AM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #17

    I'm glad this thread has been started, as it's actually something I care about a lot. I've been working on my Spidey physique for many months (as in, like a year and a half), although it wasn't specifically for cosplaying, but because I decided I just wanted to get fit. It just so happens that Spidey is kind of my ideal body type (the comic version, not the Garfield version.)

    Anyway, I work out 4-6 days a week. For a long time now, I've been doing P90X off & on. It's fantastic. Just recently I started doing a hybrid of P90X and Insanity. And all I can say is, wow. If you're looking to shed fat fast, check out Beach Body's Insanity. They play infomercials about it all the time on cable, but don't let that fool you - it seriously works. It's not some sort of 'magic' shortcut fad program. It's just ridiculously intense cardio. It's quite difficult, but you get out what you put in.

    I continue doing the weight-lifting part of the P90X program though to maintain my muscle mass. Insanity seems more effective for shedding fat, but I've already got about 10% body fat, so I'm looking to continue building muscle mass while I lose the last of that fat.

    And I do ab workouts 2-3 times a week. There are several routines I do, but the important thing is to mix it up so your body doesn't get used to the moves. And do a wide variety of moves to work all different part of your abdominals.

    I'm 6'0" and about 157 lbs. As of last night, I've got a 33" waist (although size 31 pants fit me perfectly, go figure). I've got pretty broad shoulders as well, as I focus a lot of attention on shoulder workouts.

    BTW - I am not affiliated with Beach Body in any way. I just use and love their programs.
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    Jul 29, 2012, 9:11 AM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #18

    Also, like everyone said, diet is extremely important. I eat about 5 small meals a day, including at least 2 protein shakes. Avoid anything fried (obviously), pizza, and any sauces that are white and/or creamy. In other words, just pay attention to nutrition facts. Once you start reading nutrition labels, it's a real eye-opener.

    I can go on and on about nutrition, but the important thing is to just remember that it is crucial that you maintain a healthy diet. But to me, once I started working out hardcore, keeping up with a diet became easy because I didn't want to just waste all that hard work I was putting in every day. I was working out to make improvements, not to just stay the same.
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    Jul 29, 2012, 10:17 AM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #19

    Diet is key and accounts for about 70% of your progress, sleep is also crucial to seeing max results in the gym. Trying to get at least 7 hours a night for me is hard with 2 young children but I'm trying lol. I've been doing the Rusty Moore "shrink wrap" method for awhile now and it's really working, I recommend it for anyone looking for that lean body look. Here's a time saving breakfast that's high in protien for those of you with time constraints in the morning

    1/2 cup Blueberrys
    1 cup skim milk
    1 cup egg whites
    Single serving of yogurt
    Blend till smooth and enjoy! 26 grams of protien in this bad boy, feel free to add a half serving of protien powder if your bulking, or make a crap load of IRISH STEEL CUT OATS and dole them out a 1/2 cup at a time (on theyre own, not in the shake) to carb load.
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    Jul 29, 2012, 10:38 AM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #20

    Not for any costuming reason, but in the last year I've been working on my fitness, here are my thoughts/findings after doing a fair bit of reading:

    I'd advise anyone trying to lose weight to checkout myfitnesspal.com (or anything similar) use either the website or the app to track your daily calories. Also use an online calculator to work out your TDEE (total daily energy expenditure).
    The most important thing for losing weight is that your incoming calories are less than your outgoing calories, after that you can start looking into your macros to preserve as much lean muscle mass as possible.
    General guidelines for this are 1g of protein per lb of lean bodyweight and 0.5g of fats per lb of lean bodyweight. Use 1g protein = 4 kcals, 1 g of carbs = 4 kcals, and 1g fats = 9kcals and you can calculate your daily macros. (hit your protein and fat goals each day and use the leftover calories for your daily requirements in any way you please - protein/carbs/fats).
    I actually lost around 20lbs before reading up on dieting properly and effectively lost weight by starving myself which wasn't a good idea. I hit my target weight of being within a healthy BMI range but am now working on adding more muscle mass so have again increased my daily calorie intake slightly hoping to stay lean while adding muscle.
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    Jul 29, 2012, 1:40 PM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #21

    Abs are made in the kitchen.get your good carbs in oatmeal, egg whites, tuna grilled chicken,sweet potato i like to put coconut oil on most of my meals...and lots of veggies .... but yeah i have been doing martial arts my whole life i have pretty lean for a long as i can remember. my brother is a body Builder he got me into weight training about 4 years ago when i first got my miles morales suit from Taylor i was in my bulking phase i hit my goal weight 220 and started to lean down abou6 months ago trying to get. Ready for my scarlet spider costume he designed for me so now im down 195 trying to get my fat % down ...but if you are working out keep it up and stay committed my friends
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    Jul 29, 2012, 1:59 PM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #22

    Powerhouse70 said: View Post
    Drink a protein shake formulated for weight gain every night before bed. Your body uses less calories at rest. You can add more calories to the shake by mixing in peanut butter, chocolate sauce,eggs etc.

    I used to be 5'8 and 130 lbs....all of it was muscle because I framed houses and spent most of my day shooting plywood or 2 by 8s up to the next floor.My doctor suggested this because my metabolism was too high.
    Thanks! Yeah I recently counted calories for a few days, and i realized that i eat between 3200 and 4000 calories a day, and still don't gain. You're right, must be the metabolism haha
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    Jul 29, 2012, 2:39 PM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #23

    A LOT of good tips and info being thrown in here already! I Love it! I wish I would've started this thread a long time ago because I was doing a lot of research on my own and finding out what was working and what wasn't working for me through trial and error.

    Here's some things that have been working for me (some of which were already mentioned here):

    - Cardio and cross-fit workouts 6 days a week (I started trying out The Asylum workout and so far I'm loving it) But yeah, unfortunately if I don't workout 6 days a week and sometimes 7, I don't see any weight loss but this is mostly because I lack a consistent healthy diet which I'm looking into changing. I'm hoping to cut back my exercising to 3-5 days a week. Diet is everything.

    - Calorie counting. Somebody already mentioned this great free app: Myfitnesspal.com download it and USE it! You can add me on there and we'll keep tabs on our joint progress too. My user is "digdeepah"

    - Eating breakfast. This is a meal I've skipped the majority of my life...I love eating but for some reason, I'm never really hungry in the morning. Lately, I've been getting in the habit of incorporating a protein shake (GNC's lean shake) in the morning. Quick, tasty and I'm on my way. Good way to kick start the metabolism.

    These are supplements I picked up this week and will start incorporating into my day along with my diet. ***Supplements are NOT absolutely necessary and in no way am I saying you need these to reach your goal but for me, it's a way to incorporate some of those key things I'm missing in my diet that will also compliment by workout.



    You can get all this protein, greens and oils from a healthy diet. But since not having a healthy diet is what got me in trouble in the first place, I'll use these to get back on track!
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    Jul 29, 2012, 10:27 PM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #24

    If you are trying to get defined, run. Period. run 5-6 miles a day. Do 125 push-ups and lift some 20lb barbells 4 sets of 15 for your shoulders (military press) and your arms (curls). I did this for two months and lost 30 lbs while going from a pear shape to an almost V shape.
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    Jul 30, 2012, 8:48 AM - Re: A lot of people working on TASM but are you also working on your fitness? #25

    daviddunworth said: View Post
    If you are trying to get defined, run. Period. run 5-6 miles a day. Do 125 push-ups and lift some 20lb barbells 4 sets of 15 for your shoulders (military press) and your arms (curls). I did this for two months and lost 30 lbs while going from a pear shape to an almost V shape.
    Pull-ups also help getting that V shape. I use to couldn't do 1. Now I can do 4 sets of 12 easy. I also found a gym partner to be my spotter so I can get that extra rep completed. I eat 6 small meals a day and I don't starve as I include fruits and veggies into my lean meats

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