I found that slowing down the Convict Conditioning, much like yoga, helped maximize the time/effort = results. Also consistently working out in a fasted but well hydrated state & (for me)refeeding within 30 mins post-workout w/ pure protein (whey) & complex sugars(1/2 a banana or berries), getting quality rest & down time (days off when I just walked & did lazy yoga stretches) worked to put on the lean muscle I wanted faster. Being a hard gainer, it's hard to keep it on once I gain it, even @ age 47...
Originally Posted by Philosopher Dan
Keeping detailed journals of my work-out timings, progressions, soreness, successes & frustrations helped me learn about myself & the process, as it was very helpful to re-read my fitness journal when I was needing to push through or back off on things. Also pull ups were easy for me growing up, skinny kid I was, but post-op they are my biggest challenge & progression was slow & then it frustratingly halted. I found that by only doing pull up reps once or twice a week, with 4 days in between, worked to help me progress. Less is more. One day a week I max out til exhaustion, the other days I incrementally challenge myself so as to not re-injure myself while I'm building.
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