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Posted by John Nixon on August 26, 2000 at 02:24:14:

In Reply to: FOR JOHN NIXON posted by Linda on August 25, 2000 at 08:13:25:

: hey john thanks for your sound advice, i am working harder and i am feeling the benefits of the squats as well as the other exercises. another question for you my goal is to get strong and keep my metabolism up. do you think that i should vary my exercise routine to do this like kickboxing one day, regular gym the next (treadmill, bike , nautilus) interval step class with weights next day, jogging the next, what do you think is key to a succesful program, does doing the same thing all the time slow down your metabolism (basically do you waste your time doing the same thing every day?

: thanks in advance you really are the expert, you could charge for your advice.

: Linda

Hi Linda:
Wanting to get strong is a rewarding but challenging pursuit. You must continue to add intensity to your workouts in one or more of the following ways:
1. Lift heavier weights each workout (small increases)
2. If you use the same weights, you must decrease the time it takes to complete the workout
3. Focus more attention on each and every set with attention to form and muscle contraction

By saying you wish to keep your metabolism up, you did not want to gain weight but that will not be possible if you are trying to build strength. Muscle weighs more than fat but always remember (and women have a much more difficult time remembering this): Muscle is more attractive than fat. If you find yourself gaining strength and then you find yourself gaining weight, don't panic. I think if you look closer, you'll see your body looks much better with the added muscle. Insofar as varying your aerobic activities on your off days from the weights, I think it's good for your heart and overall health to do this but I caution you not to overdo it. One of the keys I think to a successful workout program is not to overtrain. I also don't think it's harmful to do the same exercises/activities over and over as long as you bust a gut and push yourself on each one. I think you're on the right track and I wish you good luck. As you get stronger and your body changes (which takes time), there's no better feeling than that of knowing you live in a strong, healthy attractive body. By the way, thanks for the compliments...

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