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Strength Training Update... Working Hard To Gain Muscle!

Strength Training Update... Working Hard To Gain Muscle!

I haven't posted an update for a while as I haven't gotten my body fat checked since the spring. The last time I had it checked, it was around 10.38 percent. I imagine I'm in the same range but hope to have it checked when school starts back up again. I have it checked at Southern CT State University, but they don't test over the summer.

I have been working hard though. Despite taking a vacation this summer, where I didn't do any weight exercise for over a week, I notice I am getting stronger. I'm still trying to get bigger muscles in my arms as the loose skin would fill in nicely with more muscle. Also, I wouldn't mind more muscle in my chest and legs, but they are progressing nicely.

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Strength Training Update... Back At It Again!

Strength Training Update... Back At It Again!

After a brief vacation from working out, I am now back at the strength training again! It felt good working out again... I missed it!

I was worried that I would lose some muscle by taking a week off from the weights. The only place I think I may have lost some muscle is possibly in my chest as I couldn't do the same amount of weight, but rather 10 pounds less. But my arm, back and leg strength seem to be the same.

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Everybody Needs A Vacation From Working Out Once In A While

Everybody Needs A Vacation From Working Out Once In A While

I workout hard, 5 days a week, I do cardio, weight lifting, exercise classes, etc. It can get grueling but it gets results too. But with that kind of schedule, you can get burned out too, and that's when injuries happen and you aren't getting your best workouts in.

The last time I took a vacation, my trainer thought I was crazy to workout during vacation. He said a vacation is a time to get away from everything, not just work. So I took his advice this year.

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Getting Enough Protein During Workouts

My trainer reminded me of the importance of getting enough protein when I had my training session today. I do think I get enough, even when I'm vegan most days of the week.

Recently, I changed my protein powder, based on advice from Dr. Fuhrman. He mentioned during a recent interview that many protein powders have unnecessary vitamins and ingredients that aren't needed. I know I don't need protein powders with the smoothies I make, but still I worry that I'm not getting enough protein without it.

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Still Building Muscle, Abs Somewhat Better!

I met with my personal trainer on Monday. He measured my body fat with the 3 site skin fold caliper test. This was the best reading yet, close to 11 percent! My weight has been holding steady for a few months now, which is what I want. I weigh on average between 191 to 195 pounds... just trying to build muscle!

My trainer gave me a new workout that focuses on building bigger muscles for my legs, exercises that should target the lower abs and other exercises that will continue to build muscle for my arms, chest and back. The areas that have the most fat on my body are my abdominal area (obviously) and my back. My chest, arms and legs have the least amount of fat.

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