lysistrata

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Weight Loss Weight gain after strength training May 09 2016
17:54 (UTC)
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1.  Daily measurements are not useful for drawing conclusions about trends.  There are all kinds of reasons why daily measurements can fluctuate significantly that have nothing to do with gain/loss of mass.  Measure your weight for an extended period of time - say, six months - and the trend over time will give you far more valuable information than any particular day's measurement.

2.  Weight training, if you are new to it, can cause an inflammatory response that results in holding more water weight.  Totally normal.

Fitness Realistically how much weight can a female gain from weight training May 09 2016
16:11 (UTC)
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If you are newly training these muscles to build strength where you haven't been strong before, it is unlikely that you are building much if any muscle.  Strength development is primarily a brain exercise, it is developing the neuromuscular recruitment capacity to use the muscle tissue you already have to your maximum ability.  Changes in "tone" are usually less about new muscle mass and more about (1) passive contraction, and (2) retention of more water/glycogen in the muscle tissue.

So, the short answer to your question of how much muscle did you probably build in the last three weeks is likely nearly none.

The Lounge 2016 Gardening Thread May 09 2016
15:22 (UTC)
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Well, my arugula all went to seed a couple of weeks ago already.  I've got a ton of lettuce and we're eating salad every day.  I've already cut the asparagus and the rhubarb.  Our fruit trees are loaded and we planted some new ones this year - three cherries and an apricot.  They won't get fruit for at least a couple of years but I'm already looking forward to them.  I've got cabbages/broccoli/cauliflower in, fava beans coming up, and 6 tomatoes and 4 peppers in the ground.  Spring was mild and good to us this year.

Fitness MAY Fitness Challenge - All are welcome! May 08 2016
03:18 (UTC)
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This morning I did some jump rope, heavy bag intervals, and double end bag intervals. I spent the day on a trip up into the mountains, then came home and powerwashed my deck and patio. Watching Canelo v Khan tonight and planning some workouts.
Fitness MAY Fitness Challenge - All are welcome! May 06 2016
20:05 (UTC)
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Original Post by crazineko:

Original Post by lysistrata:

Yeah, I started back in November. Originally it was just because I was kind of sick of running and wanted a different conditioning workout. But then I fell in love and now I'm way too into it. I started sparring about 2 months ago, realized getting hit doesn't bother me very much, so I'm going to start competing. Seriously love this sport a ton.

That is amazing.  So, it sounds like you do one on one.  I have started just with the bags to learn the basics. Do you go to a specific training gym? I joined Title boxing. It does look like they have one on one training, but that’s not the defult! Have you found an increase in your conditioning? Stamina in general?

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I go to a specific boxing gym about an hour away twice a week.  (Yes, I'm super dedicated!)  I started about a month after I ran my third half marathon last fall and had to scrape myself off the floor after the first boxing workout ... I was seriously humbled.  We do a lot of conditioning, technique, and mitt work with partners and don't spend so much time on the bag except during circuits.  When I first started I just did the basic floor workout; they don't put you in the ring at my gym unless you want to and until you develop the base conditioning to get through it. I really wasn't considering fighting at first, but I reached a point where I could tell I wasn't going to improve technique-wise without putting some of the drills into practice, so I decided to give it a shot and got into the ring and got lit up.  LMAO.  We've also got some amazing badass girls who fight at my gym and they very much inspired me to see what I could do.

I'm not doing one-on-one training per se, but our classes are pretty small and we all get a lot of good individual feedback from the coaches (and our sparring partners).

My conditioning is definitely improved; just a couple weeks ago I went out after a long hiatus and ran eight miles and barely felt it.  And yet, three minutes in the ring still has the power to humble me.  I've definitely gotten leaner without paying much attention to my diet, my shoulders are getting really big, and I walk around like more of a badass than ever.  ;)  I'm still training strength a couple of times a week and at least staying steady, if not making huge gains.  It's nice to be back in a sport where my height is an advantage (I still love you though weightlifting).

Fitness MAY Fitness Challenge - All are welcome! May 06 2016
14:35 (UTC)
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Yeah, I started back in November. Originally it was just because I was kind of sick of running and wanted a different conditioning workout. But then I fell in love and now I'm way too into it. I started sparring about 2 months ago, realized getting hit doesn't bother me very much, so I'm going to start competing. Seriously love this sport a ton.
Fitness MAY Fitness Challenge - All are welcome! May 06 2016
14:33 (UTC)
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OMG crazi! Glad to see you and to hear you are also succumbing to the boxing bug. :)
Fitness MAY Fitness Challenge - All are welcome! May 06 2016
14:31 (UTC)
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Tuesday - rest. I did dig a big hole, though. My trial settled so I went home early and worked on garden projects and this was a 12'x3'x6" hole for some hardscaping.

Wednesday - short run, about 3 miles. Barely beat a ridiculously intense thunderstorm coming in

Thursday - boxing, 2hrs strength and conditioning circuits. Sweated lots.

It looks like I've got a date to fight - August 21st, as long as I can get a match. So I'm going to re-evaluate my training plan to work on punch volume. I'll need to pump out a lot of jabs and 1-2s and not gas out, so I probably need to get some bag work in close to daily. Stay tuned.
Health & Support waist trainers May 03 2016
18:37 (UTC)
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Corsetry is not a novel invention and it will not actually change your body shape absent extreme practices (which are not recommended).  They're kind of a crutch as far as back support goes because you will avoid building the bracing strength in your back and abdomen to improve your posture.  That said, if you aren't tightlacing or wearing it 24-7 or expecting unrealistic changes to your body structure, I don't really see any problem with it.  It's just a recycled fad with a new name.

Fitness MAY Fitness Challenge - All are welcome! May 03 2016
04:15 (UTC)
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I had to skip boxing tonight to get ready for trial tomorrow, but I got in the last workout of this round of TB. I'm so close to nailing my pullup! Can't quite do any variation from the full dead hang but I can get lift on the rack now, I just can't quite get to the top. Might get there next cycle though.
Fitness MAY Fitness Challenge - All are welcome! May 02 2016
00:02 (UTC)
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I started May with a 5 mile run and then some heavy work in the garden (I planted 4 fruit trees - 3 cherries and 1 apricot).  

My goals for the month are to stay consistent with boxing and weights, and try to get some miles in as well.  We've been in a bit of a busy cycle at work which always makes it more challenging.  So, I've got to stay on my A game and use my time well.  My next weight session will be the last workout of this cycle of TB, so I'll need to text maxes and plan the next round.  Still thinking some power lifts will be the way to go, along with front or OH squats.

Fitness APRIL Fitness Challenge - All are Welcome May 01 2016
15:20 (UTC)
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Yesterday I had to work so I called it a rest day.  It's a little busy right now with deadlines and a trial starting Tuesday so I'm doing more of the same today, but hopefully will finish up early and have some time to enjoy the weekend.

I'm happy with my April progress.  I didn't run as much as I might have liked and I also didn't do as much bag work as I would have liked, but I sparred a lot and got nearly all the way through the second TB fighter program, so I'm happy.  Starting to see "5"s on the scale with a little more regularity.  

Weight Loss only losing 1 lbs a week. Apr 30 2016
20:54 (UTC)
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One pound a week is a very successful, sustainable rate of loss.  From your posting history, it sounds like you have already lost a significant amount of weight so it is normal for weight loss to slow significantly as you approach a healthy weight range.  Lowering your intake further (it is already pretty low) is not likely to be sustainable, nor is it likely to result in long term benefits because it will be approaching starvation levels and, as such, will trigger various metabolic adaptations that serve to make you eat more or move less to preserve body mass.  For more on this subject, check out Scrapper's outstanding summary of why large calorie deficits are generally counterintuitive.

Fitness APRIL Fitness Challenge - All are Welcome Apr 30 2016
04:19 (UTC)
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TB week 6. Upped the bench to 85x2, rows 95x3, and squats 125x2. Also starting to get some good high holds on the pullup bar.
Fitness APRIL Fitness Challenge - All are Welcome Apr 29 2016
04:26 (UTC)
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One hour sparring tonight. I was pissed off and got lit up. It happens. I probably won't be able to go next week because I'm going into trial, so the rest will probably be good for me.
Fitness APRIL Fitness Challenge - All are Welcome Apr 28 2016
22:19 (UTC)
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Last night was TB week 5.  I skipped the bench presses and did work on my heavy bag instead.  Thinking I might switch over to Olympic lifts for the next round, or at least power or hang versions of them, as I'm starting to feel a little rusty.

Fitness APRIL Fitness Challenge - All are Welcome Apr 27 2016
03:56 (UTC)
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Running tonight. First was girls on the run practice, then I went out with the dogs and a cop friend and his dog for a jog up to the lake for about 6 miles total.
Fitness APRIL Fitness Challenge - All are Welcome Apr 26 2016
16:09 (UTC)
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Boxing one hour last night, all sparring, with all boys, so it was quite challenging.  I'm definitely getting better and starting to see what I need to work on (jabs ... I can't be too good at getting jabs out, and always could do more head movement) and I'm also getting better at taking nose shots without bleeding, so I'm considering that improvement.

Fitness Yoga poses for weight loss Apr 25 2016
14:09 (UTC)
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Dude, stop spamming.
Fitness APRIL Fitness Challenge - All are Welcome Apr 25 2016
14:08 (UTC)
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Got busy this last week and didn't update. Wednesday the husband and I went out and played tennis. Thursday was rest and a long (5 hour) drive up into the mountains for a conference. Friday I went on about a 5 mile trail run and did some work with the little fixed barbells they had at the hotel. Saturday, I had to present at the conference and then did the long drive home. Yesterday I went to yoga in the morning, washed my car, and did week 5 of Tactical Barbell in the evening.

One of the girls at my gym who's good at making me bleed had her first fight this weekend. She did totally awesome and got the win. Her conditioning is seriously otherworldly and she completely wore out the opponent and then destroyed her in the third round. I'm so proud of her and proud to train with her!

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