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21 February 2005 @ 10:24 pm
You know what feels really damn good? When you think it's going to be a meh lifting day because you feel lethargic, but you make yourself get off your arse and go to the gym anyway and you do something you've never done - complete a full 5 heavy 3-rep deadlift sets. My 3RM is now officially up to 160 pounds.

Unfortunately, my upper body is being twingy again, so I'm not working it out this week. Next week, I'll do a similar moderate intensity workout to the one I came up with when I was originally recovering. I'm sure it will be fine...it just needs a break.

Inspired by the training schedule of an elite distance runner in one of the fitness communities I'm in, I've decided to add another fitness goal: building up a nice running base. I don't expect to attain this person's schedule (it would take years to achieve and way too many hours a week to complete, and they probably have above-average genetics for recovery that allowed them to work up to that level to begin with), but I would love to be able to run a couple of miles multiple times a week without getting an owie (it's fun and invigorating, and the more you exercise, the more food you get to eat yaaaaaaaay), and that's definitely doable. The basic way to achieve this is to pick a distance to travel by foot several times a week and work up to running the entire distance every time. My lungs and legs could theoretically handle this, but some stabilizers in my legs can't, which is why I get owey after an annoyingly piddly distance. I figure if I just do what I can and walk off any cramping, the weak parts will eventually catch up.
Current Mood: draineddrained
Current Music: Random stuff from the gym stuck in my head
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The Heavy Metal Matador: frylockrydain on February 25th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
Well, it really depends on what's in 'em. People who make their own weight gain shakes usually throw in lots of high-calorie ingredients like peanut butter. Many folks find it difficult to eat loads of calories at one sitting, but they don't have any problems drinking them. The shakes I make for myself when maintaining or losing weight are pretty simple and much lower in calories. For instance, lately I've been drinking a serving of Protein Factory whey protein in 8 ounces of skim milk as a protein supplement and small meal. This winds up being less than 200 calories with nearly 30 grams of protein. It also tastes really, really good because the protein powder has the best fake banana flavor I've ever come across. Seriously, it reminds me of Banana Quik. I have to try this company's chocolate flavor next. Their products are rather expensive, but the taste is sooooo well worth it.

On the other hand, the commercial products like Slim-Fast (an oxymoron of a name if I ever saw one) and Instant Breakfast are high enough in calories that you could indeed use them as weight gainers if you wanted to.
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The Heavy Metal Matador: frylockrydain on February 26th, 2005 12:56 am (UTC)
There are meal replacements with lots of protein and vitamins and minerals, but you don't see them in the grocery store. You can order them online, though. AST Sports Science makes ones called Nytro Pro. Protein Factory can put vitamins and minerals in their protein powders upon request as well. Thus far, I've been happy eating my veggies and taking a daily multivitamin pill just to be safe.

I don't know what it is about banana flavoring. All I can say is that in any sort of sweet shake-like form, it's utter crack to me. Smoothie King offers a variety of high-protein shakes, but whenever I stop in after a workout, I almost always have to get one that involves banana.