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Gym Bag Essentials.

18 Aug

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When you pack your gym bag it’s usually equipped with a change of clothes, workout gloves, resistant bands, ankle weights, towel and shake mix. All great for your workout out, but what about after or what if your workout is midday?

Howbeit, a busy day or just not succumbing to poor body maintenance beyond having a prefect physique every gym bag need those extra things that aide your overall appearance in-between your extended morning & night grooming rituals.

In my gym bag I have five essential items that help me with smelling great, gym hands, clear skin and perfect hair.

When I’m in a rush or opting for the gym over lunch before heading back to work these quick and easy products are essential in maintaining until I’m able to get home for the full grooming shebang.

Hands: Burt’s Bees Hand Salve has been my favorite hand cream to fight cracking, peeling and calluses due to weight lifting. Its preferred by farmers, hydrating and last all day.

Hair: Carol’s Daughter Hair Refresher is designed for curls, coils, kinks and waves but I use it for new growth and dealing with smelliness. To keep my hair from stinking and looking dull without have to do my morning prep I just spray this amazingly scented conditioner that deep moisturize and revitalize my hair.

Skin: Hawaiian 3-in-1 Clean Towelettes are brilliant at keeping your skin clear and clean. Just one wipe will remove salt and oil, deep clean pore and tone your skin without the full time of a water, lathering and wash routine. Evian Mineral Water Facial Spray has been my go to when I’m running errands after a workout and want to look refreshed rather than sweaty. The best easy skin hydration when using the hard water at the gym or simply when I want to refresh my face until I make it home.

Scent: Balla Men Body Spray not only works for your sweaty balls, stinky gym bag or just for a refreshing daily scent. I do a lot of gallivanting in my workout clothes and when I go for a run before yoga I don’t want to shower just to sweat again so, this keeps the person in downward dog behind me from smelling my dog like scent. Its a pleasant masculine scent that’s only overbearing on your funk.

What are your gym bag essentials?

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Workout, Really? I Got Sh*T to Do?!

18 Aug

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Am I the only person that feels like a superhero when I can get a full body workout, run or fitness class in at the beginning or end of a busy day?

My downfall to fitness is TIME! Like many of you I have too much crap to do and going to the gym doesn’t seems appeasing to add to my to-do list when I’m instantly exhausted just constructing my daily list.

To achieve the your ideal body most fitness experts and nutritionist/dietitians will tell you its 70% diet and 30% fitness. However, that isn’t the case for me. I’m a vegetarian, I haven’t had a soda or bread since 2006, I workout 3-5x a week and yet I can’t get this midsection together to save my life. Still, when I have work, errands and other romantic/family obligation fitness is the first things cut or neglected when attempting to be superman at everything else in my life. What I have learned is that a fit lifestyle with desired results is 5% off time, 15% diet, 40% scheduling, 15% fitness and 25% commitment.

I’ve done posts about how important schedule is to your diet and workout routine. What I’ve also learned is though working out may seem more daunting than it really is, it actually will contribute to the productivity of your day and will help you to stay fit.

When I schedule my day just right and commit to everything on the schedule If I can get a workout in my day is put into overdrive. I’ve notice I have more energy to do the other tasks, I use my downtime wisely (less likely to take a break), my mind is more clear to focus (no forgetting things or having to redo things), I have motivation to make smarter eating/snack choices, as well as continue to commit to the fitness program.

It’s a ‘thinspiring’ and euphoric felling I get when I’m unconsciously/consistently/successfully staying the course of a fit life. I know how hard it is to fall down the rabbit hole when you’re not getting instantly results, when pressed for time opting for cheaper quick fattening food or putting off workouts to get other things done. But, with proper scheduling and commitment the rest will fall into place and will become second nature producing desired results.

If you’re not feeling energized, motivated or wish today just never happened- WORKOUT. It doesn’t have to be the gym; it could be a swimming, a bike ride, playing with the kids or calisthenics in the living-room.

The Nike slogan “Just Do It”, has a clearer meaning to me as far as fitness! Just like the other things we don’t want to do but have to just getting up and doing it is all it takes.

We all like that felling of completion, it’s empowering. Why not let your completion of a workout or having a successful day of crap-free food be your strength for future success, in all aspects of life?!

#WOOTD: Shirt & Tight: Nike Pro Combat MultiCamo Compression. Shorts: Nike Dri-Fit 5″ Distance Running.

Strive not Deprive

8 Jun

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#WOOTD: Top; Nike Miler “RUN” Running Singlet, I needed a white top to match all my off-color bottoms plus it makes my skin look great. Tight; Nike Pro Hypercool Compression Woodland, compression have been my absolute fave to wear under my shorts to keep from chaffing and giggling. Shoes; Nike Solarsoft Moccasin, they are NOT running shoes but very good for outdoor yoga and a nice foot massage as you walk.

My Monday has been shot to crap… keep me away from food.

I’ve been thinpsired by the recent influx of social media posts from people beginning and finished challenges (Marathons, starting business, finishing school and giving up bad habits). Six months into the year I haven’t committed to a hard enough challenge yet.

The need for me to constantly challenge myself is because I am afraid of ruts or feeling like I’m not making the most of my talents, time or opportunity.

I believe you only know what you’re capable of if you’re willing to test and push yourself. When life happens good or bad you have no choice but to push yourself, but when it’s involuntary all the power resides in you.

Building yourself mentally, spiritually and physically is a lot like a training for a big game. Personal trainers and athletes push themselves to the max daily completely voluntary, because thorough the pain, discomfort, sacrifice and sweat their goal is on the other side.

Challenges give you purpose. I don’t like the idea of “killing time” or waiting for my big break, I must be active and prepared in creating my own destiny.

A challenge could be anything from working out everyday for five days or saving for a trip to an exotic location or simply committing to have a productive work day all week.

The idea of challenging yourself should derive deep in your mind and soul a wanting to be a better you.

Taking the easy route will sometimes get you to the finish line but it wont have you prepared for the reward.

What I’m getting at is… sometimes you have to test your dedication to see if you are as prepared/appreciative as you think you are for the success you desire.

Dinning w/ Friends. “The Visionary Issue.”

17 Mar

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While you were overeating and postponing your “get back in the gym” date I had the extreme pleasure to be interview by Editor-in-Chief & creator of R. Legacy magazine Kedrick Walker.

For those whom been with the site since the first weigh-in or just joining my workout this article is the perfect first course to who I am, what this site is about and what is my goal for the future of Anorexic Escapades to continue to ‘thinspire’.

I am beyond honored to even be consider to be apart of this “Visionary Issue” among some uber dope, stylish and extremely slim young people who are blazing a trail in business, fashion, art and music.

It’s incredible when other people you are awed by see your vision. I root for everyone because I know how tough and alone the journey to “success” (or whatever that means) can be, as well as we are our own worst enemy. Therefore, when great people root me on I have more energy to press on.

Here’s to looking forward and never settling for the finish-line.

THE VISIONARY ISSUE
Visionary / vi·sion·ar·y / 1. a person with original ideas about what the future will or could be like.

The Visionary Issue of R.LEGACY is covered by the beautiful and multi-talented, Maad*Moiselle. The issue will also include other visionaries such as The No Names, YoAstrum, Amado of Rhythm Addict and Antwaun Sargent.

-Kedrick Walker editor in chief.

Check out my feature in their live magazine here.

Images by Theodolph Mason

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“Junk Food Journals:” Entry 14

9 Mar

Because today is another chance to get it right, I’m recommitting myself back to my health, fitness and overall thin journey.

I must admit that these pass few days I haven’t been the best me possible when it comes to being discipline toward my fitness goals. With moving, starting a new job and taking on a new side project all in a two week time-span I have been neglecting my workout routine, eating rather crappy and waking up late resulting in me skipping yoga class. To top it all off a guy came into my job today with the tiniest waist and most broad shoulders that made me want to run 50 miles and eat a pound of laxatives!

I know life may throw things our way that can get us all mixed up, however our first reaction shouldn’t be to quit something in the hope of catching up on something else. That will only stray us off course even further.

That’s why today I need this dose of thinspiration more than anyone. I’ve been waking up late extremely tired and I’m not happy with my midsection nor my active performance thus far for the month of March. Summer is one snow melt away and this year I want to be at my physical peak.

“Junk Food Journals” entry 14 are of three gorgeous, determined and chestastic men whom have taken accountability, set goals and are transparent with themselves in carving out their desired bodies.

Being healthy and having healthy life is all about juggling to avoid the jiggle. Just let one thing become your life simply make it apart of your life.

“In order to have an extraordinary body you do extraordinary workouts.” -James Hatchel

James Hatchel (1)

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I’m James Hatchel (IG: @jamesgoefit3) 30 years old, been a vegan for two years, and a former national level bodybuilder. During my fitness journey I have been 265 pounds at 14 percent body fat and 195 at 8 percent body fat. I believe you can have the body you want if you are willing to do what it takes to get it.

Philosophy: in order to have an extraordinary body you do extraordinary workouts.

Breakfast: Tofu or tempeh, green smoothie- spinach, carrots, mushroom, lemon juice, and almonds.

Lunch: Seitan (wheat gluten meat), broccoli and almonds.

Dinner: Ground pea protein meat, kale smoothie and almonds.

Cheat day: Cream of wheat, donuts, cake and pizza.

Diet trick: The only trick is staying consistent long enough to see results; reduction in meat intake will drop your fat intake enough for the average person to lose weight with that one change.

Key to discipline: The key to discipline is having a reason so strong that you can make the sacrifices necessary to accomplish the task.

Workout Routine: Sunday legs, Monday shoulders, Tuesday chest, Wednesday legs, Thursday arms, Friday back.

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Tevin (2)
I’m Tevin (IG: @Monsteration), a 23 year old artist based out of Virginia Beach, VA. Spring and Summer are my favorite seasons because they allow me to enjoy outdoor activities. I hate being cooped in the house. I have a high appreciation for the arts, technology, and FOOD. Soundcloud.com/monsteration

Workout Philosophy: I hate to blame my zodiac sign but as a Leo, we pride ourselves on looking our best. In order to look and feel good, I have to eat well and workout. Plain and simple.

Breakfast: Oatmeal + 2 boiled eggs + Green tea.

Lunch: Quinoa w/ brown rice blend. Baked chicken or fish and broccoli. To shift the vegetable variety, I’ll steam carrots.

Dinner: A normal dinner will consist of a grain, vegetable, and protein..similar to lunch. The difference between lunch and dinner is adding a protein shake.

Cheat Day: Chic-Fil-A Spicy Chicken meal!

Diet Trick: Since I cannot give up my honey bun addiction, I’ve created a reward system for myself. If I work out at least 4 times a week then I can have 1 jumbo honey bun.

Problem Area: My lower back. I’ve recently started using TRX equipment to assist with building back definition.

Key to Discipline: My key to discipline is envisioning my goal; once I’ve locked-in my focus, I can’t be stopped.

Workout Routine: I have a 5 day routine which focuses on a different muscle group each day; however, cardio is cohesive throughout. I didn’t that cardio was that important until I began see true results.

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I Ramon Arraiga (IG: @Rai_arriaga_) a happy easy going guy, that likes to live my life in my truth. In my life I have learned that it’s only me that can create my happy ending.

Workout Philosophy: My workout philosophy in the beginning was to show someone from my past what they were going to be missing. Then, working out became more of an addiction, and I started going to the gym for ME. It became my therapy when I was stressed, and it has made me a mentally and physically healthy human-being.

Breakfast: I switch it up with what I eat. Sometime I eat eggs with fruit, Cheerios with almond milk and a banana on the side or oatmeal with strawberries or blueberries. I always have a glass of orange juice with everything.

Lunch: For lunch I stay away from beef and pork. I have taken beef and pork out of my diet all together. When I do eat meet I make sure its Turkey, Chicken or fish with some type of vegetables. I never eat fried foods and I make sure that I make my own lunch during the work week Monday-Friday.

Dinner: I eat a salad for dinner usually with turkey or chicken. I have found eating light for dinner before bed is best for me and it helps me sleep better. I try my best to not eat after 6pm. If I do eat after that time it will always be fruit or vegetables.

Cheat day: Being completely honest, I will admit that everyday is my cheat day. When I make my breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s with things that are going to satisfy my taste buds so that I don’t feel like I’m depriving myself.

Diet trick: My diet trick would be to drink lots of water. I don’t take any supplements or protein to help me in any kind of way. I have tried these things but I didn’t like how big I got. So I have decided to do things the natural way.

Problem area: My problem area would be my stomach. I cant seem to get that six pack of my dreams. Although, I have learned to become more patient with my problem area.

Key to Discipline: This may come of a little conceited or sidity. My key to discipline is that I want to look good in my clothes. I want to be able to wear my favorite shit or jeans from 3 years ago without it being too small, because I gained weight. Even though I’m in a large shirt now because of the muscle I have gained.

Workout Routine: My workout routine consist of me lift weights 3 times a week and boxing 3 times a week. Also, I try to do yoga every night before bed.

Add This Your Ab Workout.

13 Nov

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They say abs are made in the kitchen and maintained in the gym however, between pizza Monday’s at the gym and the half off coupons hanging on my fridge door obviously I have the wrong ingredients.

Although… what if I told you that you’re sugar & carb cutting and crunch counting can get some extra definition while in your bathroom?

If your midsection is anything like mine no matter how many doughnuts, dairy landet treats I skip or ab machines I live on my abs are only visible when I’m dehydrated or make a limited of time appearance after the 500 crunch session for about one gym selfie. This is the most un-motivating thing for someone who spends their mornings and nights trying to get their stomach as tight as possible.

Even though it’s cooler outdoors and eating season is two weeks aways this is the most important time of year to stay ready for next summer. Which means collecting all the proper ingredients for abs of steel before hibernation.

A few weeks ago I reached out to grooming company Billy Jealousy.

Founded in 2004 by Pat Parsi and Danielle Rouso, Billy Jealousy has become an icon in the grooming industry with their line of ‘Cosmeceutical’ products that has been scientifically designed to help cleanse and promote the health, texture and tone of our skin. Winning major magazine awards from such prestigious publications as Men’s Health and Esquire. Today Billy Jealousy products are sold and used throughout the world, from Singapore to Auckland, NY to LA, London to Johannesburg And PETA approved.

I wanted to try Billy Jealousy’s SIX-PACK slimming solution (8 oz / 236 ml $44) to see if it would help get me closer to my desired waistline. “Six-Pack” a powerful restorative cream that helps your lymphatic system detoxify your body and remove fat, while natural caffeines enhance lipolysis (the breakdown of fat).

For starters I applied the slimming solution to my abs twice a day after my shower along with continuing my daily crunches and watching my diet. After about three weeks of using the product I must admit is help a bit. Now this isn’t for any delusional person that thinks it will give you abs overnight or quit your workout regime and just apply the cream.

This solution is for people that want a little more definition. What I did while starting out with the product is a 24 hours water and green tea cleanse to get the best results from the product. Because, while the main ingredients of KOLA NUT, GUARANA, BLADDERWRACK, SEA KELP: stimulants, firm and tone appearance of skin and METHYLSILANOL CARBOXYMETHYL THEOPHYLLINE: clinically proven lipolytic (fat-burning) effects they all do it from the outside and most times it’s best to start with the inside.

I want to be clear, I didn’t see drastic change but I did have way less bloating than usual and the firmness after a workout didn’t go away.

I love when science and health come together to effectively make someone feel better about themselves. As stated on the label it does tone, tightens and chicles your midsection just don’t expect it to create something out of nothing.

Other things I like about Six-Pack was the pleasant scent, light lotion like consistency and no greasy residue to ruin my shirts. This product would be prefect for those two week before spring break when going shirtless is crucial to your entire workout progress.

This isn’t a miracle lotion but merely an aid in creating abs that look like a pack of Hawaiian bread and not feel like it.

“Junk Food Journals:” Entry 11

30 Oct

If you could get full and stay fit off workout mantras then Entry 11 of “Junk Food Journals” will definitely keep you from devouring all the Halloween candy and tide you over till Thanksgiving. These hale bodied strapping men have all the knowledge and supreme thinpsiration on how to keep at and obtain the body of your dreams.

If you are a person just beginning your fitness journey or have gotten lost then binge on this! After reading these hearty entries I got a little more clarity on my currently fitness funk. From the aspirational to simply maintaining, each of these guys have a goal they are set on achieving. Its very motivating to know the bodies you admire the most started just like you.

Savor this quote,

“Be a better you mentally, physically, and health-wise than you were the day prior.” -Donnie Dae

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Hi! I’m MarkAnthony Ball-Ortiz (IG: AntonioTheStark). I’m 23 years old and living in Washington, DC. Growing up I’ve always been active, I played soccer, hockey, water polo and did karate. I became interested in weight training in high school when I made the varsity team. From there it’s been a very long on and off process. Since joining the Military in 2010, I’ve been addicted to going to the gym and staying fit. I workout 6 times a week with Sundays being my rest days. My overall fitness goal is to be Mr. Olympia in the Men’s Physique division.

Workout Philosophy: “Even Mr. Olympia had to start somewhere.”

*mind you, I eat 6 times a day because I have to gain weight. To be honest, my diet is a mix of what I’ve found from bodybuilding.com and some men’s physique friends.*

Breakfast:2 eggs, oatmeal, a bagel and a protein shake.

Lunch: Grilled chicken/salmon, brown rice and asparagus.

Dinner: Steak, rice, corn (cos I like it) and broccoli.

Cheat Day: Sundays… pizza and wings.

Diet Trick: NEVER missing a meal. Forcing yourself to eat sucks but you HAVE to. It’s a key part to fitness.

Problem Area: Chest. I have no weight in that area so gaining a chest is near impossible. I have to routinely do chest every other day.

Key to Discipline: I always ask myself, “how bad do you REALLY want this? You want this rain/snow/cold weather stop you from being Mr. Olympia?”

Workout Routine:
-M: Chest, Tris, abs.
-Tu: Back, bis, abs.
-Wed: Legs w/ body weight chest exercises. (IE: push ups, dips, etc.)
-Thurs: Shoulders, abs.
-Friday: HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training.)
-Sat: Chest, tris, abs.

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Hey, it’s Tim here (IG: Thelasttitanofmars.) DMV native. 25 Years Old. My fitness journey started about three years ago, I was unhappy and needed a change and so I joined a gym and it’s been the best thing to happen to me since. Fitness is life. “I live and love to eat everything. Like a food fanatic”

Workout Philosophy: “Go as hard/fast as you can for as long as you can.”

Breakfast: Oatmeal- steel cut preferably. Slow digesting and full of protein. Add a little fresh fruit for flavor.

Lunch: Tuna salad, sandwich wraps or whatever. Quick to make and easy to prepare for when you haven’t meal planned. Go for the chunk white albacore!

Dinner: Chicken or salmon and a little brown rice and broccoli. Broccoli is my favorite.

Cheat Day: usually Sunday. I am careful not to overindulge these days so it’s usually something small.

Diet Trick: PAY ATTENTION TO EVERYTHING!!! DETAILS DETAILS DETAILS!

Problem Area: Lower back.

Key to Discipline: “You want to look good naked right…”

Workout Routine:
-M: Hamstrings Glutes Tri.
-Tues: Back and Biceps.
-Wed: Chest.
-Friday: Shoulders calves forearms.
-Sat: Go forth and play.

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My name is Donnie Dae (IG: Donniedae) I am an artist involved in filmmaking, writing, and modeling. I am an ectomorph (which means it is hard for me to gain weight) and am very much into fitness. Beyond being an artist and gym-rat, I love to read and watch movies (preferably surreal or old black and white horror films), and I am a big comic book geek (especially love my indie books)!

Workout Philosophy: Take pride in your body & self and improve yourself. Be a better you mentally, physically, and health-wise than you were the day prior.

Breakfast: I tend to have a big bowl of oatmeal with chocolate protein powder. If I have some time in the morning, about two hours later I’ll either make eggs or peanut butter sandwiches, about 4-5 of them. I also like to have some fruits (at least the ones I’m not allergic to).

Lunch/Dinner: I tend to stick to meats, mostly chicken. I love grilled chicken. I also have brown rice. I stay away from white rice, it helps that I don’t like the taste of it. If I had chicken for lunch, I’ll probably have fish (or tuna) based dinner. Or if I had fish for lunch, I’ll switch it up with some chicken. I also like to have some veggies. Here and there I’ll have me a beef or chicken patty and I love me some jerk chicken (which I don’t have as often as I’d like)!

Cheat Day: I tend to give myself a cheat day every once or twice a month. I’ll probably have a few slices of pizza or the spicy chicken meal from Wendys with a large frosty and large fries, haha. If I go to a diner, you can bet I’ll be having an order of fries with my meal (which is usually a bacon burger). I’m not really a fan of sweets, so cookies and cake or junk food is not an issue for me. My taste buds don’t seem to care for them so that works in my favor. Same with juices and soda. I don’t generally like juices too much and I hate soda. I tend to generally stick to mostly water. Despite the high sodium, I also love V8 veggie juice.

Diet Trick: As an ectomorph, I have to eat a lot in order to maintain any gains of mass. That also means that I have to consume a good amount of protein. Protein drinks and casein protein powders are a part of my Diet Tricks. Also, I tend to carry a large bottle or jar of nuts with me to consume in between meals or when I’m hungry and outside. If you really know me, especially in my personal life, you’ll see me a lot of times consuming peanuts from a jar as if I’m drinking from a bottle. I’ve even inspire people to do the same, haha.

Problem Area: My legs are by far my problem area. They are stubborn as all hell, especially my calves. I can be very self-conscious about them. But I’ve been working on them a lot more and trying to intensify my leg workouts. There has been progress but they don’t develop as much or as fast as my upper body. I will say, though, that within the past few months I have grown to love working out my legs and the usually dreaded “Leg Day” for most people has become my “Favorite Days of the Week.”

Key to Discipline: Well I know I suffer from having a male body image issue or complex, whoever one brands or calls it. I was teased as a kid for being skinny and even up to college I would still be bothered by comments about my body (even though I still worked out). That has affected me to this day where I look into the mirror and still see that skinny frail kid so I’m always trying to “perfect” my body or get bigger in some form. I can be a little self-deprecating but I do know I have come a long way and that helps me to push and keep motivating myself.

My best friend and workout partner is also a key to my discipline. Days I may not have the drive, he pushes me and I’ve come a long way due to that. My pops is also a fitness guy and he was the one who got me into weight lifting and exercising to begin with, so he also acts as a motivator.

Another key to my discipline is also having pride in myself. While I may see that skinny kid, I can still see myself in another form where I can say that I do love my body and I love how I’ve been able to sculpt it. I love to do research on fitness and that helps with motivation, especially looking at my peers around me in the modeling world/circle. Being into modeling has pushed me not only due to my peers, but also fans or the people who look up to me and follow my work. I’ve had plenty of messages from people who tell me I inspire them and motivate them and that makes me feel good because as an artist, hearing you inspire someone really makes you feel great and makes you feel like people understand you in a certain fashion.

My advice for Discipline: Be proud of yourself, even if you may not feel your body is on point. Be proud of yourself but push and push to be a better person mentally and physically than you were the day or two priors. Keep breathing, keep appreciating, keep learning, and keep growing. Hell, even think of yourself as a Sex God who needs to maintain his or her power, if that helps.

Workout Routine: I work out for about 3-6 days a week. On one day I’ll focus on biceps and back while I focus on chest and triceps (or shoulders) the next day. Abs and leg work outs for whichever of those days. But that being said, those being my general “base” routine days, I tend to switch my routines around in order to confuse my body and get results. I try to switch the different work outs for body parts that way those parts don’t get too accustomed to a specific work out. I also like to give myself a “Neglect Day” which is where I’ll use that day to work out on body parts that I find myself neglecting or I have neglected that week for a particular reason. I’ve been doing legs about 2-3 days a week now (or whenever my legs recover, I jump back into a leg work out). I’ll also mix calisthenics with weights or sometimes just do a body weight and calisthenics day. Before each and every work out I stretch for about 20-30 minutes and try to improve on my flexibility.

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