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 Post subject: Female, 42 and Bodybuilding - DV's Journal
PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:04 am 
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Why? It's time. I've made great gains in the past 3 months and will continue to do so. My plan is to start competing next year. If this journal can inspire any woman (or man) who is older, lacking a muscular build, non-athletic or frightened of injuries then it will serve its purpose.

Who I am. I'm a 42 year old advanced practice nurse whose passions include nutrition, bodybuilding and cooking. I became vegan the month I turned 39. Eight months ago I thought I was getting serious about bodybuilding. Three months ago I made it a priority, educated myself and started hitting it hard. Over the past 8 months, I have lost 12 pounds of fat and gained 13 pounds of muscle (most of it in the last 3 months). I don't do any cardio.


Format. I'll post my lifting routine and basic nutritional intake. If anyone wants more detail, just ask.

Philosophy. I've done enough experimenting to know what works for me, at least part of the time. I've gained bodybuilding knowledge from trainers, training partners, the internet and books. Before I try a technique, diet or supplement, you can be sure that I researched it to my satisfaction. I think a good trainer is sometimes hard to find (it took me 5 tries) but well worth the effort if you can afford the cost.

Current Stats: 5'10", 20% bodyfat, 146 pounds. Strong points are back and arms. Weak points are glutes and thighs. Goal is to drop BF% to 16-17 and then start bulking again. Other goal is to develop larger, rounder glutes and hamstrings.


LEGS (new routine, very light weights, concentrating on form)

Reverse Hack Squat - superset with - Hack Squat
BW x 16___ BW x 13
40 x 14___ 40 x 10
50 x 12___ 50 x 10
60 x 12___ 60 x 10
70 x 12___ 60 x 10
(For the Reverse Hack I went to a 90 degree knee angle. For the regular Hack I went butt to the floor, wide stance with toes pointed out.)


Glute Squat
BW x 12
10 x 12
20 x 12
30 x 10
(This is a wide stance, toes elevated and forward about 2 feet. I use a Smith Machine and squat to a few inches off the ground.)


Leg Press - superset with - Front Squat w/ DB
110 x 25___ 25 x 10
110 x 25___ 35 x 10
110 x 25___ 35 x 10
110 x 25___ 35 x 10
(This is not a full Leg Press - heels slightly off the bottom of the footrest, narrow stance - really works your quads. Front Squat is butt to the floor, heels elevated.)

Butt Blaster Machine
50 x 8
60 x 8
80 x 6


Nutrition: Calories ~ 2000, Protein 160 gms.
**Every day that I work out, I have 2 servings of Xtend BCAAs during my workout. Every day, I have 5 gms Glutamine at breakfast and 5 gms immediately after my workout. I also cycle creatine for 4 weeks on/ 4 weeks off (currently off). I have been counting carbs, fiber, fat and glycemic load for so long that I don't track them but rather shoot for a range. While cutting, I keep my glycemic load to 50 or less.**

Supplements: Supplements are the same every day.
2 Tbls. ground flaxseed
V-Pure Omega 3 (75 mg EPA, 270 mg DHA)
New Chapter Every Woman's One Daily (one in morning, one after workout or evening)
Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc (500/250/12.5 mg)
B-Complex (25 mg - once per day)
Vit E - natural form with mixed tocopherols (400 IU morning and after workout/evening)
Vit C (1000 mg after workout or morning)

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Nice!

Awesome to see you have a journal now! It seems like forever since I've seen you and forever since we've trained together! I'm sure you've made awesome gains since.

I look forward to reading your blog!

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Who I am. I'm a 42 year old advanced practice nurse whose passions include nutrition, bodybuilding and cooking. I became vegan the month I turned 39. Eight months ago I thought I was getting serious about bodybuilding. Three months ago I made it a priority, educated myself and started hitting it hard. Over the past 8 months, I have lost 12 pounds of fat and gained 13 pounds of muscle (most of it in the last 3 months). I don't do any cardio.


That is truly impressive. Would I be wrong in assuming that since pretty much exchanged an equal amount of fat for muscle that you look smaller now?

Unless I do cardio before I lift it just doesn't feel like I am getting the most out of my system. How do you warm up?

I'm looking forward to this blog. You tend to talk about only things that you really know about. It will be very cool to get good information.

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Robert,
Thanks for checking in. I guess we'll train together sometime in May? June? Your schedule is crazy.

BW,
I am smaller is some areas and larger in others. My thighs are thinner in some spots but larger in others. My arms and shoulders are definitely larger. My clothes fit differently but I may actually need some in larger sizes. So far, my experience is not that muscle is more compact than fat but that it distributes in different locations on your body - which is a good thing regardless of size!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:12 pm 
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BW, sorry that I didn't mention my warm-up.

A brisk 5 minute walk to the gym is my basic warm-up. I warm up whatever body part I am working on with 3-4 sets of light exercises for that part. I don't see the point of 15 minutes on the stair-stepper if I am working my back. To avoid injury, I find it much better to perform compound exercises (or whatever primary exercise that will involve heavy weights) at a low weight first to prime your joints, tendons and muscles.

I hope that made sense.


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 Post subject: Re: Female, 42 and Bodybuilding - DV's Journal
PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:41 pm 
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So glad to see you've started a journal.

DV wrote:
Goal is to drop BF% to 16-17 and then start bulking again. Other goal is to develop larger, rounder glutes and hamstrings.[/i]


If your goal is to drop BF, why no cardio? Are you concerned about losing muscle? Xtend will aid in that NOT happening when taken properly during your workouts. Adding cardio would definitely help you drop some BF.

So glad you have a journal now AND an avatar!!! Very cool! :)

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we need a front bicep posedown between the females of the forum!

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Yep, VP, very concerned about losing muscle. Additionally, I hate cardio! What exactly do you mean by "taken properly" during your workouts. Basically, I drink 2 servings during my workouts and take 5 mg of glutamine immediately afterwards (along with about 25 mg of protein).

Zack, I'm not quite in competitive mode yet.


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I worked out with my trainer today. New routine, concentrating on form rather than weight.

Nutrition: Calories ~ 1850, Protein 150


Chest

DB Flat Bench
20 x 20
25 x 16
30 x 14
32 x 12

Incline Press (Paramount machine)
20 x 16
25 x 12
25 x 12
25 x 12

DB Flat Bench Fly
15 x 12
17 x 12
17 x 12

Decline Cable Fly
10 x 12
20 x 12
30 x 12

Incline Cable Fly
10 x 12
10 x 12
10 x 12

Calves

Donkey Raise
105 x 15 x 3 sets

Plate Loaded Rotary Calf
115 x 15 x 3 sets

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:32 pm 
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Just wanted to say thanks for putting up a journal; looking forward to seeing the hows and whats that make you tick.

You hate cardio that much, b/c the gerbil whees bore you or because you don't like the feeling of it? I am with you in that I am not a big fan of being stationery in a gym. Aside from sports that cannot be mimicked on a machine (racquetball, handball, paddleball, squash) I actually enjoy outdoor cycling and running to some extent also.

I take it you don't really have any pick up sports games to get some cardio going, huh? And riding a bicycle outdoors bothers you too? Just wondering....

If my time is limited I always choose the lifting over cardio but I love the feeling of both as they each put you on a diff high. Nothing like the endorphin rush after an hr session outdoors, for me at least.

With the music situation do you generally feel it helps to not have headphones while you train? The music they play in my gym drives me insane in a bad way, I am so thankful that I got a player to tune it out. Except for those time when people insist on conversing with you while you have headphones on and insist you take them off to hear them. Aggravating....

Have fun perfecting form. If you get a chance post a little inf bout the glute squats and how they feel for you. They sound like sumo squats with raised toes. I want to try raising my toes next session; just sounds like i'd have to train with lighter weight to keep my balance...

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This is my FAV training journal.


Do you take extra vitamin E for inflammation or somethin?

I see the drowning pool, I'm listening to some slipknot.

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Rest Day

Calories 1900, Protein 156



Lean and Green,

Thanks for the positive feedback. I just don't get an endorphin rush from cardio the way I do from lifting. Living in the city makes outdoor exercise a bit iffy (air quality) and I don't enjoy indoor cardio. If I must do it to decrease my body fat further, then I will - but I won't enjoy it!

I always listen to my own music in the gym unless I'm training with someone. I find that it helps tremendously. I'm not very outgoing at the gym and tend to cut conversations short. I let people know that I'm there for my workout. Period. I've been fortunate that people aren't pushy at this gym.

My squats are very similar to sumo squats but with legs very forward so the Smith machine is necessary. I definitely feel it in my glutes.


Zack,

You're too cute, even without long hair. I thought of you today when "Eye of the Tiger" came on at work. Some 80's station was playing.

I have completely reassessed my stance on vitamin and mineral supplements in the past year. I won't get too in-depth here, but I'm convinced that going beyond the RDI of nutrients is necessary for optimal health and I don't believe it can be done on the most perfect diet of 2000 calories (or 3000 for men). One of the best books I've read on this is the recent edition of "The Real Vitamin & Mineral Book" by Shari Lieberman, PhD. At the very least, it's a safe indulgence in the doses and forms I take.

I specifically take the doses of vit E (not synthetic), C, beta carotene and selenium for their anti-oxidant properties. Exercising and most other stresses involve oxidative processes that release free radicals.

I haven't listened to Slipknot for a few years. I lost their music from my collection awhile back and never replaced it. Good lifting choice!

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This is my post for yesterday.

Cardio - 30 minutes on some machine.

Calories ~ 3000, Protein ~ 210

VP, BW and L&G - you wore me down already. I did some cardio.

Since I am not training for a competition, I am cutting my body fat slowly. At this point I would rather have no fat loss in a week than have the loss of fat and muscle. I allow myself one or two days (usually on the weekend) to eat anything and to drink wine. Last night was a bit more than usual. While I was bulking, my caloric intake was about 2800 calories daily to maintain a body weight of 150 lbs.

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Woohoo... DV is gettin in some cardio. Remember... WE ALL HATE CARDIO... you are not alone

Yeah... just start slowly. 20 minutes on the bike (or whatever, just no running) 3 x week done AFTER weight training is a great start. (Try to make your Xtend last over the course of the weights and cardio to perserve lean muscle tissue so that you are just finishing it up or have a couple sips left when your done with cardio... that is according to my trainer and dietitian :wink:

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