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Shred It... A 13 Week Challenge

I am still working on my pull-ups, but that challenge will coincide with a 13 week challenge that I started last week for Shred It.

Shred It is the name of Robert Cheeke's book and companion workout journal. Cheeke is a whole food, plant based body builder who proves that you can build muscle without overloading your body with protein. He's been vegan for over twenty years and the muscle he shows on his arms... many body builder would wrongly assume he's having a ton of protein. Nothing could be further from the truth!


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My Next Fitness Challenge: Pull-Ups!

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Some of you might remember when I was trying to get the proper form for push-ups a few years ago. I never was able to do push-ups as a kid and I finally am able to do them. I think the strength classes I take have helped a lot, along with a lot of practice.

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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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