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    Checking in!

    I've lost 4 pounds since I've been in Africa. I am hoping that this is due to the weather changes and my needing to adjust my sleep, diet, etc. I do things as I see fit, and although it isn't structured, Here's about what Ive been doing:
    - 15 minute yoga dvd once a week
    - Cross fit twice a week
    - Running twice a week
    - Play sports as I can

    I'm hoping to bump it up to something more routine-like. 15 minute yoga (its basically just stretching) before all activities, cross fit twice a week, run twice a week, workout DVD twice a week, and yoga twice a week.

    i made dumbbells for my room out of gatorade bottles and rocks.
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    So far meeting or exceeding goals for the past weeks. Trying to work harder on the diet portion though. Did anyone want to restart the Exercise thread/Challenge?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keps Mnemnosyne View Post
    So far meeting or exceeding goals for the past weeks. Trying to work harder on the diet portion though. Did anyone want to restart the Exercise thread/Challenge?
    That sounds like a good idea.

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    I would like to.

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    How about a major restart on May 1? that gives everyone plenty of time to get ready.

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    Yeah, I'd love that. My life has settled down a lot now, I can be better at logging progress.

    I wasn't logging my progress in the last challenge, so I was de-greened...

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    Yeah, I'd go with it. I had to drop out, but I've actually made it back on the wagon and have been on it for months. I think I've got more muscle, and am ever so slightly leaner. But apparantly I'm at that place where I'm not going to get anywhere without more committed diet plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by violaine View Post
    Yeah, I'd love that. My life has settled down a lot now, I can be better at logging progress.

    I wasn't logging my progress in the last challenge, so I was de-greened...
    I... don't know what that means.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JocktheMotie View Post
    Good month of increases. Maxes are now 255/305/305 for bench/squat/deadlift. I've noticed bench presses progress a lot slower than my other lifts and the "weakness" during the lift is not typically chest weakness, but the supporting muscles give out. Shoulder gets weak, triceps get weak, elbows CRACK [wtf? Hate my joints] and while my chest is always sore it never feels like it takes the full brunt of the workout. While with squat and deadlift, always feel it in the right places and the lift never feels stressful on joints, just difficult in the muscle groups. I've had my form looked at by others and they tell me I'm good, I just have "long arms." So I've been focusing on endurance and strength a bit more with bench presses, more reps with lighter weights, in between my days when I try to progress. Did 100 @ 135 in just over 10 minutes, trying to speed that up a bit. Not sure if that's going to help but we'll see.
    More reps with lighter weights is not the key to building muscle. That will only maintain muscle tone. And feeling sore is not an indication of progress, nor is it a relevant goal. Doing the same number of reps while lifting heavier weights is a good way to measure progress. But keep the rep count below 15. If you find yourself going above 15, then increase the weight slightly.

    The chest is involved in benches but that is not the focus of the exercise. For pecs use overhead flies with dumbbells. This can best be done on a bench. When doing these don't bend the elbows while moving the arms toward each other, and don't crash the weights together at the top. You can bend the elbows a little toward the end of your reps just to get a little bit more out of the workout. When doing these flies you will get a great feeling that you are getting the most you can out of the upper pec area.
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    I'm glad to say that I have been exercising once a week on Saturdays.
    It's not ideal, but it's better than nothing... which is what I *was* doing before.

    Greetings to all!

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