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Re: The Official Health and Fitness Thread
« Reply #60 on: January 05, 2012, 06:05:28 AM »
I've just cut all pop out - I'm just drinking water...  A lot of water.

Pop is one of my weaknesses...but it is horrible for you. One can of pop contains more sugar than your body can handle...also I found drinking pop made my cardio disappear quicker.


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« Reply #61 on: January 05, 2012, 10:26:20 AM »
I had trouble with the pops too. I was at the point where I didn't even think they tasted good but I was craving them. They were definitely having a measurable chemical reaction on my mind and body. If I remember right it took me about 3 weeks of no pop at all before I started feeling like I didn't need one.

The hardest thing for me to cut out or cut back on is cheese. You can put it on and in just about everything. I've found a few pretty good light cheese alternatives but they really don't compare to the real stuff.
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« Reply #62 on: January 05, 2012, 10:40:36 PM »
I lost 5lbs over the Christmas/New Years timeframe.  I'm very happy with that!
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« Reply #63 on: January 05, 2012, 11:13:27 PM »
I lost 5lbs over the Christmas/New Years timeframe.  I'm very happy with that!
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Now that is impressive - good job, Rick! A great start to the year.

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« Reply #64 on: January 06, 2012, 12:59:16 AM »
I've decided to finally swallow the pill and sign up for a gym. I wasn't exercising at all at home even though I have a few free weights to keep me going. I'm the type of person that needs to be in a designated place to do anything. In university I could only study at the library for example, I'd goof off at home.

I'm not really sure how much I gained over the holidays but I can tell my pants are a bit tighter and that set off a warning shot. I'm going to be easing myself into the gym, but I definitely want to start trimming fat and building muscle. My body is pretty balanced in weight distribution but I've got scrawny arms which annoys me and that's probably the only thing I'm afraid of - that I won't be able to get my arms to fill out like the rest of my body.

I guess I'll just got hard on curls? Anyone have any tips?
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« Reply #65 on: January 06, 2012, 03:24:25 AM »
I've got lots of tips, tricks and schemes bender.

For me personally I don't work out my arms very much.  They are big enough and get worked out with the pushing and pulling of chest and back exercises. Guns are nice but you can really change your body working your legs, chest and back, they are the biggest muscles in your body.
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« Reply #66 on: January 06, 2012, 08:57:48 AM »
Bender, I can probably lend some tips as well. I spent the last 13 months working with a personal trainer, trying to go from relatively scronny (excluding the "softness" I had built up over the years) to something less than scronny and its worked pretty well so far. 

Like Odin says, you work the arms a lot doing chest, shoulders and back workouts.  In the last year with this trainer we never focused directly on biceps.  And even while doing no direct work on biceps, I doubled the weight I could curl over that time. 

What I normally do now is at the end of a full chest or shoulder workout I do 3 sets of 10 focused on biceps.  Never do them first or you won't be able to do much else the rest of the workout. 

If you want some sample workouts, I could send you some stuff. 

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« Reply #67 on: January 06, 2012, 04:53:54 PM »
I've decided to finally swallow the pill and sign up for a gym. I wasn't exercising at all at home even though I have a few free weights to keep me going. I'm the type of person that needs to be in a designated place to do anything. In university I could only study at the library for example, I'd goof off at home.

I'm not really sure how much I gained over the holidays but I can tell my pants are a bit tighter and that set off a warning shot. I'm going to be easing myself into the gym, but I definitely want to start trimming fat and building muscle. My body is pretty balanced in weight distribution but I've got scrawny arms which annoys me and that's probably the only thing I'm afraid of - that I won't be able to get my arms to fill out like the rest of my body.

I guess I'll just got hard on curls? Anyone have any tips?

Try the Farmer's walk. You will have shredded forearms and an iron grip after a few weeks. You'll also be hitting your shoulders, legs & back as well.

Don't spend too much time on the isolation exercises like curls.

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« Reply #68 on: January 06, 2012, 06:13:37 PM »
Bender, I can probably lend some tips as well. I spent the last 13 months working with a personal trainer, trying to go from relatively scronny (excluding the "softness" I had built up over the years) to something less than scronny and its worked pretty well so far. 

Like Odin says, you work the arms a lot doing chest, shoulders and back workouts.  In the last year with this trainer we never focused directly on biceps.  And even while doing no direct work on biceps, I doubled the weight I could curl over that time. 

What I normally do now is at the end of a full chest or shoulder workout I do 3 sets of 10 focused on biceps.  Never do them first or you won't be able to do much else the rest of the workout. 

If you want some sample workouts, I could send you some stuff.

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« Reply #69 on: January 06, 2012, 10:30:45 PM »
I think I'm going to start a little bit slower for now. I know it's a lot better to do free weights as it works many, many more muscle groups, but I want to get a half decent base before I go on the weights. Right now I'm doing a half hour of stationary bike and half hour of targeted muscle group. Did quad lifts, leg curls and leg presses. Kinda sad that a half hour on the bike only produced 245 calories burned according to the machine, I don't want to become a gym rat in order to look half decent.
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« Reply #70 on: January 06, 2012, 11:35:15 PM »
I ate lean and clean today... And I got to the gym twice.  First in the afternoon I did fast walking on the treadmill for an hour. Then this evening I went back for another 30 mins.

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« Reply #71 on: January 07, 2012, 12:12:24 AM »
don't overwork it rick, the best way to do it too my knowledge is to rip the muscles and then wait a day for them to heal and strengthen
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« Reply #72 on: January 07, 2012, 07:20:52 AM »
don't overwork it rick, the best way to do it too my knowledge is to rip the muscles and then wait a day for them to heal and strengthen

At the same time if you can handle the extra 30mins of cardio then why not? I think it all depends on how much you think your body can handle, no?
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« Reply #73 on: January 07, 2012, 01:21:16 PM »
don't overwork it rick, the best way to do it too my knowledge is to rip the muscles and then wait a day for them to heal and strengthen

At the same time if you can handle the extra 30mins of cardio then why not? I think it all depends on how much you think your body can handle, no?

The tearing of lean muscle mass is done through weight bearing exercises done to failure. Any muscles I work this way are rested for at least 3 days so they can repair/strengthen.

Light to moderate cardio can be done multiple days in succession and even more than once a day as long as your eating enough and your heart is healthy. I wouldn't advocate Rick doing a crazy 1 hour kick boxing class 2 days in a row... but walking, riding a bike or some elliptical work should be all good.

I would mix it up a bit though. Treadmill one workout, stationary bike the next, etc..  Or divide your cardio time between machines evenly for 1 workout. For example : if you are doing 60 minutes of cardio do 20min walking, 20 min riding, 20 elliptical. Then the following day you could do the same thing but switch the order.

If you your muscles are sore then I would suggest rest but that doesn't mean you have to do nothing. You can go to the gym and do the same exercises that made your muscles sore but do them without weight or intensity. The idea being that you aren't working the muscle but just using it in the motion that it is sore. This sends blood through that muscle which helps to flush out the lactic acid which has built up there. This will help temporarily relieve the soreness and helps to speed up recovery.

As always listen to your body and take a full day off when you need to.
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« Reply #74 on: January 07, 2012, 03:53:38 PM »
don't overwork it rick, the best way to do it too my knowledge is to rip the muscles and then wait a day for them to heal and strengthen

At the same time if you can handle the extra 30mins of cardio then why not? I think it all depends on how much you think your body can handle, no?

Wear yourself right out.  If you leave a workout not feeling like you've used every bit of energy you had then you haven't done enough.  I mean what is the point of going through the whole effort of a workout and the time it takes to not maximize your results?

Careful with weights though... better to do more sets with less weight to start to avoid a serious injury.  I also suggest starting out on machines vs. free weights to get a feel for what you can handle.  But get off machines as soon as you can.  Free weights work a lot more.

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