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Old 11-23-2010, 11:54 AM
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Just catching up... your workouts are still putting mine to shame! And unassisted pull ups are awesome...
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:13 PM
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Outstanding Shannon, you are doing so well with"EVIL"...

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Just catching up... your workouts are still putting mine to shame! And unassisted pull ups are awesome...
Thanks, Ma and Claire! I am enjoying this workout but it is really exhausting-every single workout I am bargaining at the end and coming up with excuses not to do all the sets but I am pushing through it so far!

Keep in mind I've done a lot of heavy training in the past. Muscle has memory for sure. Plus I am pretty certain now that I have an unusual genetic profile when it comes to building muscle. Some day when personal human genome resequencing becomes super cheap I am going to test that theory.
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Old 11-24-2010, 01:13 PM
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Thanks, Ma and Claire! I am enjoying this workout but it is really exhausting-every single workout I am bargaining at the end and coming up with excuses not to do all the sets but I am pushing through it so far!

Keep in mind I've done a lot of heavy training in the past. Muscle has memory for sure. Plus I am pretty certain now that I have an unusual genetic profile when it comes to building muscle. Some day when personal human genome resequencing becomes super cheap I am going to test that theory.
Did you always feel this way, or has TT made you feel like you have a genetic knack for building muscle? I've started to think that I might have a genetic edge, but what if we actually build up this advantage with our dedication to resistance training and intervals over time? There have been studies of how deep focus and dedicated practice lays down myelin in the brain, opening the door to change in the entire body. This is a very democratic way of looking at possibilities for growth and change. Meaning that with strong desire and the willingness to work persistently you can literally change the cards you were dealt. I hope it's true!
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Old 11-24-2010, 10:00 PM
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Did you always feel this way, or has TT made you feel like you have a genetic knack for building muscle? I've started to think that I might have a genetic edge, but what if we actually build up this advantage with our dedication to resistance training and intervals over time? There have been studies of how deep focus and dedicated practice lays down myelin in the brain, opening the door to change in the entire body. This is a very democratic way of looking at possibilities for growth and change. Meaning that with strong desire and the willingness to work persistently you can literally change the cards you were dealt. I hope it's true!
Hi Catherine, I do believe that the brain can adapt to weight training practice and improve greatly over time, for sure! And I also believe that anyone can make significant progress with the right nutrition and workouts, even if they've been abusing their bodies for many years with excess weight and poor nutrition (like I was).

As far as the advantage to muscle building and strength, I've always felt this way, ever since junior high when I first started lifting weights with a summer nautilus class at a local high school. Back then I was easily the strongest girl in the class.

Three or four times in my life I've lost over 30 lbs (9th grade, grad school, post-pregnancy, and this past year), and each time weight training was a key component. I've been using free weights off and on since junior high. In high school I could bench press my body weight (140) and do 4 sets of 6, 3/4 squats with 300 lbs. I trained with a trainer for strength for my throwing events. I was on the basketball and track and field teams but never knew other girls who could lift that much or had as much muscle mass for their size. I was always competing against much taller or bigger girls in my events.

Although I got out of that in college and was out of shape, when I got back in shape in grad school I could do several sets of 6 unassisted pull-ups and did lots of heavy free weight work. The least I ever weighed was 135 at 20% BF, about a size 4-6 like I am now.

I know there are lots of strong women out there, many way stronger than me, and lots of women who could be that strong but have no idea because they never lift weights. But I have to believe there is something genetic going on with me, probably some combination of several common variations present in the human population-whether it's higher than average baseline testosterone levels, super efficient muscle repair enzymes, high ability to regenerate ATP during muscular stress, etc. Then combine those with training adaptations and nutrition...I don't mind it-kind of like it-just find it interesting! Especially in light of all the new discoveries about common genomic variation influencing body shape, size, etc.
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:01 PM
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Yep that sure sounds like genetics are involved there, especially when you said that you were stronger than most even though you were smaller. What I am finding is that my body seems to be changing a lot without using a lot of weight compared to other lifters. I don't understand why I'm getting so much bang for my buck when, quite honestly, I don't think I'm that strong. You, on the other hand, sound very strong. I think these are important questions to answer in the hope that if people understand why and how things work, they'll be more willing to try them.
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Old 11-27-2010, 06:53 PM
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Yep that sure sounds like genetics are involved there, especially when you said that you were stronger than most even though you were smaller. What I am finding is that my body seems to be changing a lot without using a lot of weight compared to other lifters. I don't understand why I'm getting so much bang for my buck when, quite honestly, I don't think I'm that strong. You, on the other hand, sound very strong. I think these are important questions to answer in the hope that if people understand why and how things work, they'll be more willing to try them.
Catherine, I think what we have in common is that we're both pushing close to the upper limits of our current strengths relative to our lean mass amounts. If people have different baseline strength levels to start with, and different amounts of lean mass, but are working at the same percentages of their max, I could definitely see they could get similarly good muscle building results lifting different weights.

I recall you saying on your podcast with Craig about getting to the upper limits and playing with it, trying to get one or two more reps or just a little more weight-I'm doing that a lot now too, gone are the days of upping most exercises 5-10 lbs easily, unfortunately!
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:51 PM
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Sad, sad times...this week was the end of Resistance Evil! I will miss this program, it's really been a challenge. But it's left me with a renewed desire to work with heavier weights, so it served its purpose!

11/24/10 TT Resistance Evil B4
Warm-up exercises 12 min
1A) 1-leg Bulgarian SS (w) 8x2, 20x2 x 3 sets
1B) DB chest press (w) 30lbsx2/8, 45lbsx2/15 x 3 sets
1C) DB Deadlifts (w) 35lbsx2/8, 45lbsx2/20 x 3 sets (used straps)
2A) Wide grip pull-ups (w) blue/3, blue/11, blue/9, blue/7
2B) Push-ups (w) knees/6, 20, 18, 16
3A) Hanging knee raises 15, 15, 12
3B) Stability ball plank 45s x 3 sets
3C) X-body mtn climber 12x2 x 3 sets
Stretched 5 minutes

11/20/10 TT Resistance Evil C4
Warm-up exercises 15 min
1) DB snatch (w) 15lbsx2/8, 25lbsx2/15 x 5
2A) RDL (w) 45lbsx2/8, 125lbs/10 x 3 sets
2B) Triple stop push-up (w) knees/6, 12, 11, 8
3A) 1-leg squat 8 x 5 sets
3B) Renegade row 30lbsx2/10 x 6 sets
4) Triple shoulder raise 15lbsx2/10 x 3 exercises x 3 sets
5A) DB incline curl 20lbsx2/10 x 3 sets
5B) DB 1-arm overhead tricep ext 15lbsx2/10 x 3 sets
5C) DB alt hammer curl 20lbsx2/10 x 3 sets
Stretched 5 min

I won't be entering the 12 week contest because I felt I achieved most of my goals in the 6 week contest and didn't focus on losing any more body fat since then. But although I only lost about 5 lbs in the 12 week period, my hip width decreased about 2 inches, my waist about an inch, and I lost almost 2 inches off the belly button/below hip hones/love handle measurements. During the same time, I didn't see any change in my shoulder, upper and lower arm measurements, and had a small decrease in chest/lat measurements. That was undoubtedly body fat loss, as I can see my back muscles much more clearly now, especially when I'm deadlifting. I'm within a quarter to half an inch of my ideal "hourglass" 36-26-36 measurements. Not too bad...considering at my worst point I was a 42-32-43. I am eternally grateful to TT for giving me the nutrition and exercise and mindset tips to get my best body back at age 35. Now to maintain it with the good habits I've built! And continue to improve it over time...
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