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    @EndsOfTheEarth and @Stelliferous -- Very informative. Thank you so much :D That workout doesn't sound very difficult at all. And yeah, I think my diet is generally decent, but I'm gonna look into the types of foods that'll specifically help me out with this. Regardless you've both definitely given me a starting point if not more for research, so thank you again!
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  2. #842

    Okay, so, since I talked to a fitness freak friend today, I took a few photos of my current progress. I figured that maybe some of the people here could give me valuable tips for exercises that I could add to what I already do ^^

     

    Stomach relaxed

    Stomach flexing

    I always look so weird when flexing my arms XD

    And back


    I am going for a toned but not ripped look. Visible abs would be too much, but due to being sick and also hormones, I gained some fat on my stomach and thighs that I have mixed feelings about. Also, can anyone suggest exercises to maybe make the waist slimmer? There isn't much fat, but I just have a very straight body in general.

    Also another question just out of curiosity: If you had to take a wild guess, what would you think my body fat percentage is?

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    I did a search but didn't find an answer to this... I started a new exercise routine today & it was pretty challenging. I'm sure I'm going to be sore tomorrow, is there anything I can do to prevent that? Or if I can't prevent it, what can I do to treat it? ​I've been drinking a lot of electrolyte water to help flush my body. Any other tips are greatly appreciated.
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  5. #844

    @Mmmm
    Be happy, you're forcing the body to adapt. It's good pain.

    @Tsubaki
    It's not possible to slim down the waist like you're asking. I'm not into bodyshaping, but I believe you can build up the back and lower abs to give the illusion of a slimmer waist. Could take lots of effort getting there.
    Last edited by pwowq; 02-09-2017 at 12:11 AM.
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  6. #845

    @pwowq :
    Hm... my back is already pretty huge, tbh ^^" And the lower abs are really strong as well... From what I've read, it seemed like training your abs on the side would help hold the front and back together a bit, but I guess I'll read into that again.

  7. #846

    Sore muscle treatments

    Quote Originally Posted by Mmmm View Post
    I did a search but didn't find an answer to this... I started a new exercise routine today & it was pretty challenging. I'm sure I'm going to be sore tomorrow, is there anything I can do to prevent that? Or if I can't prevent it, what can I do to treat it? ​I've been drinking a lot of electrolyte water to help flush my body. Any other tips are greatly appreciated.
    I had to school myself pretty quickly on this last night. I was in so much pain I couldn't even sleep. So these were the recommendations I found:


    • Eat protein within an hour after working out
    • Drink lots of water
    • Ice the sore muscles
    • Take anti inflammatory meds- sparingly
    • Drink tart cherry juice ( antioxidant)
    • Massage the muscle(s)

    It was also recommended to take these supplements:

    • Vitamin C ( antioxidant)
    • Omega 3 (fish oil) &/or eat more fish


    I also rubbed my muscles with a pain relieving cream (Aspercreme -orig. formula).

    I was already doing some of these things before looking up the treatment, so I guess it could have been worse if I hadn't.


    Edit: Forgot one, supposedly drinking caffeine before a workout should also help relieve soreness. That doesn't work for me though cause I usually work out in the evenings. If I drink something caffeinated I definitely won't sleep.
    Last edited by Mmmm; 02-09-2017 at 10:10 AM.

  8. #847

    Quote Originally Posted by Tsubaki View Post
    Okay, so, since I talked to a fitness freak friend today, I took a few photos of my current progress. I figured that maybe some of the people here could give me valuable tips for exercises that I could add to what I already do ^^

     

    Stomach relaxed

    Stomach flexing

    I always look so weird when flexing my arms XD

    And back


    I am going for a toned but not ripped look. Visible abs would be too much, but due to being sick and also hormones, I gained some fat on my stomach and thighs that I have mixed feelings about. Also, can anyone suggest exercises to maybe make the waist slimmer? There isn't much fat, but I just have a very straight body in general.

    Also another question just out of curiosity: If you had to take a wild guess, what would you think my body fat percentage is?
    I would say that your body fat percentage is in the low to mid 20s. From your pictures, you look healthy and you already look "toned" as you say. My personal recommendation is for you to exercise for fun or general health maintenance but you don't need to really change anything. The tiny bit of fat that you have covering your abs and in your thighs just looks healthy to me. As has been stated, spot reduction really doesn't happen. If you lose fat in your waist, you will lose fat all over. I suggest to everyone to lift weights or strength train...you are not going to look like a bodybuilder. Trust me, it's very hard to build muscle. I can ramble on if you are interested, just let me know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by titanII View Post
    I would say that your body fat percentage is in the low to mid 20s. From your pictures, you look healthy and you already look "toned" as you say. My personal recommendation is for you to exercise for fun or general health maintenance but you don't need to really change anything. The tiny bit of fat that you have covering your abs and in your thighs just looks healthy to me. As has been stated, spot reduction really doesn't happen. If you lose fat in your waist, you will lose fat all over. I suggest to everyone to lift weights or strength train...you are not going to look like a bodybuilder. Trust me, it's very hard to build muscle. I can ramble on if you are interested, just let me know.
    I actually started lifting weights about a week ago and it's a lot of fun. I just couldn't get much from just bodyweight training anymore and if I need to do 30-40 reps of every exercise in my evening routine, it just gets boring. For now, I got a basic dumbell set, as it's considerably more versataile than a huge barbell. I've put together a set of exercises for hamstrings and glutes consisting of Sumo squats, romanian deadlifts, weighted hip bridges and hip thrusts. I am also doing some biceps curls inbetween, but I haven't yet found anything to maybe further strengthen my core and maybe some more for the arms. Is there anything you can recommend?

    And yeah, I am not really worried about getting too bulky or anything. From martial arts, I have a pretty muscular back and if I don't specifically flex it, people don't notice. Same with core-strength for some part.

    I asked about the body fat, since a while ago, I lost a lot of weight due to stress and even though I put mostly muscle back on, my body fat percentage was at 29%, the last time I tested. I didn't 'look' fat, even then, but ever since that last time I had it checked, I've been paranoid that I might actually look chubby or start looking chubby.

  10. #849

    Goodness no! You are not chubby...you have a great shape! Take that as a doting father more than some older, creepy guy thing, haha!

    I also underestimated you quite a bit it seems. You know what you are doing fitness wise...so keep up the good work. There is a website called Bodybuilding.com that you may or may not be familiar with. Lots of good info there and a good community of supportive and knowledgeable people. If you have or create a profile there, let me know and I will look you up.
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  11. #850

    Quote Originally Posted by titanII View Post
    Goodness no! You are not chubby...you have a great shape! Take that as a doting father more than some older, creepy guy thing, haha!

    I also underestimated you quite a bit it seems. You know what you are doing fitness wise...so keep up the good work. There is a website called Bodybuilding.com that you may or may not be familiar with. Lots of good info there and a good community of supportive and knowledgeable people. If you have or create a profile there, let me know and I will look you up.
    I've only recently started doing more specific workouts, but I've been doing martial arts for 7 years now. I've also noticed how getting into a generally better shape has helped me keeping up with the mildly sadistic attitude of out trainer. Along the lines of "hold this elbow plank and everybody counts to ten one after another - you were couting too fast. Do it again"

    I'll definitely check the website out and look around there a bit. I never heard of it, but it looks very informative so far :)


     
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