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    Hamstring soreness and stretching

    I am currently in the process of recovering from my hamstring workout 2 nights ago. My hams are very sore but I am not sure if I should stretch during this recovery "growth" period.

    Obviously I...
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    "Hi Carb Days" why?

    I was watching a bodybuilding video recently and noticed closer to competition bodybuilders have low carb days and high carb days.

    What is the purpose in having a "high carb day" or "carbing up"?...
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    Re: Re: thanks

    I had read that cardio was a big factor in raising HDL. Ironically after 9 months of only cardio (elliptical) I did lose 25lbs but my HDL increased only 2 points.

    Interestingly enought, It wasnt...
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    thanks

    thanks for the motivation everyone. I really spent a lot of time reading on this board and I appreciate everyone's feedback.

    Mattlock

    PS. Its gets even better....my cholesterol dropped...
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    Progress so far...how am I doing?

    I've been lifting now for about 12 weeks.

    I am 6'0 and started at 175lbs with approx. 22% bodyfat.

    I am now at 181lbs and 15% bodyfat.

    I know gaining muscle and losing bodyfat is easier...
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    New "research" on # of reps??

    I just read an article in one of the muscle mags that indicated that "new" research confirms that more reps (not less) actually increases the amount of human growth hormone and actually builds...
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    Yams/Sweet Potatoes

    Does anyone know if it is possible to purchase any decent yams in a can without all the crap (syrup, etc) added?

    If so, where?

    I've been baking but it would be nice to find something that is a...
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    Straight Arm Lat Pulldowns or not?

    Which is better for working the back? Regular Lat Pulldowns or Straight arm pulldowns.

    My current schedule is Back and Tris on Monday (vs. Backs and Bis). I'd prefer to isolate the back and do...
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    Pyramiding or not

    I've read two books on lifting (I'm a newbie) and I still can't determine if pyramiding weights is the way to go or not.

    Currently I am pyramiding all my lifting something like:

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    10...
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    Any comments on this book?

    Anyone have any thoughts on the book "The Bodybuilding Truth" by Nelson Montanna?

    Mattlock
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    thanks

    Thanks everyone for your feedback..... I really appreciate it

    Mattlock
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    #of Reps per Set (newbie question)

    I've been working out now for about 6 weeks and I wanted to ask about # of reps and weight per rep. Currently I am working out as follows:

    Mon: Legs and Shoulders
    Tues: Cardio (elliptical for 30...
  13. equipment

    Anyone have any thoughts as to what equipment would be a good addition?

    Dip/pullup machine?
    Ab machine?
    others??
  14. yep

    I just started working out so this should last me a while. As for cardio, I have an elliptical at home that I do twice and week and weights on Mon, Wed and Friday.

    thanks,
  15. To join or not to join...that is the question

    The office building that my work is located in has a gym that is free but I've been tempted to join a "golds gym" type for roughly $15/month (2 years prepaid of course). I'd be curious to know...
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