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Old 03-11-2013, 14:59   #1
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Is it possible to build muscle at the same rate as you are loosing fat.

I have been going to the gym nearly 3 days a week since November of last year. Hitting the supplements pretty hard, going heavy on the weights and progressing quickly. My appetite at times astonishes even me the day after going to the gym. I haven't gained or lost any weight at all, but my muscles have grown a lot. I am holding steady between 229-232, depending on how much muscle gylcogen I use the previous work out. My size 36 inch Levis I purchased a while a go are loose in the waist but I can hardly move my legs they are so tight in the thighs.

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Well an aspect of this fat fast is that ketogenesis preserves muscle, while burning fat ...

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For a second there I thought you meant your BG was 229-232! Whew.

If you are providing enough protein for your body you should be able to burn fat and build muscle. I'm far from an expert though. Good on you!

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All those are good signs great for you. One of the more important aspects of exercise is reducing Myostatin that as we age increase and will cause muscle lost. We need to exercise more to keep what we have and make more muscle. I know is not fair when you are young is easier, now we have to work harder at it just to keep up.

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Right on MCS.

Weight is not a good indicator in my opinion. I always tell people to ignore the scale during attempts at stripping fat and gaining muscle. What really tells the tale are measurements as you are seeing now. I have seen so many get frustrated because they don't see a change in weight. What the measurements will tell you is that you have both lost and gained weight. You have lost the bad stuff and gained the good stuff. Your waist is trimming and your legs are getting thicker. Sounds like a good drop in fat and great gain of lean, powerful muscle tissue.

As a boxer I was very conscious about the size of my muscles. Not whether I looked muscular but rather the opposite. I was a speed guy and big muscle takes big energy to use. I wanted good power but my speed and punching volume was my greatest asset. I used to measure my arms and legs to see that I wasn't getting too big. Once I felt I was were I needed to be I would work with lighter weights with very high reps and increase cardio to crazy levels to get back to a 5% body fat level. If I was lucky, I would hit weight and not gas after 3 rounds(I was never very successful at higher weight because of this). You would be surprised to feel how hard it is to hold your arms up after 3, high volume rounds let alone 8 when you miss your mark. A good example is the difference between sprinters and marathon runners. You see the thick, powerful legs on the sprinter because he only needs to make that quick dash as fast as possible and the power for the start is so important. The marathon runners need that long muscle that can last under load for a much longer period.

Anyway, I'm rambling. You probably already know all this. I just love talking about workouts. Sounds like you are on the right path. Make sure to mix it up and keep your body stressed or you will adapt and the gains will slow. Once my workout didn't leave me in agony the next day, I changed it.

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The agony part I got down pat. Good to hear from you rudeb. Been trying to gain enough strength to do a full spread chin up. I can do 9 chin ups with hands close together, it uses different muscle groups than if you have your hands spread really far apart. I was working the pull down bar to increase strength, that was on Saturday, shoulders are still sore today.

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That is one of my favorite exercises.

I am having that same problem right now. I have lost the balance in my muscles. My shoulders are my weak point. I couldn't do 1 round right now without feeling like my shoulders are going to explode. Are you doing anything to specifically target the shoulders? I always hated targeting the shoulders. It never felt right and there is so much to go wrong. I just covered my shoulders with the compound workouts and shadow boxers back in the day.

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Been doing the pull downs, reverse push ups where you lay under the squat bar and pull yourself up to it while laying flat on your back. Shrugs with over 200 lbs of weight. Push downs are tough on my shoulders and made them hurt for several days. Son had me do the super incline military press, though I blew a shoulder on those.

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Been doing the pull downs, reverse push ups where you lay under the squat bar and pull yourself up to it while laying flat on your back. Shrugs with over 200 lbs of weight. Push downs are tough on my shoulders and made them hurt for several days. Son had me do the super incline military press, though I blew a shoulder on those.
Makes me hurt just reading it. Reverse push up are great. Forgot all about those.

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