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How To Build Muscle And Start Looking Great

Chatham IL – I.O.O.F./Caldwell Building – Oldest Surviving Commercial Building
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Image by myoldpostcards
To the best of my knowledge, this is the oldest remaining commercial building in Chatham. Located on the northwest corner of W. Mulberry and N. Main Sts. (across from A.J.’s), it was built in 1868 as the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) Lodge or Hall. Today it is known as the Caldwell Building, named after Ben F. Caldwell (1848-1924), who had careers as the president of the Farmer’s State Bank in Springfield, and the Caldwell State Bank of Chatham, as well as having served in the Illinois House and Senate. Mr. Caldwell also represented Illinois in the U.S. House of Represenatives from 1899 to 1905.

About ten years after the building was completed, it became home to the Bank of Chatham (1878-96), which became the Caldwell State Bank from 1896 to 1931. The bank occupied the west half (nearest the addition) of the building.

Over the years, the I.O.O.F./Caldwell Building also has been home to a general store, a few restaurants, the U.S. Post Office, and an auto parts business. On the second floor was a print shop that once printed the Sangamon Messenger, a local turn-of-the-century paper, and would later house the offices of the Chatham Clarion. Parties and dances also were held on the second floor from time to time.

The remodeled front facade is a disaster that ruins the look of this local landmark. We can imagine what lies beneath the shingled facade by studying the ornamental brickwork over the windows and along the parapet on the buildings east side.

Chatham is a village in Sangamon County. It is located about 9 miles SSW of Springfield on Illinois Route 4. A special census conducted in 2005 put the population at 10,260. For more images of Chatham, visit my "Chatham IL" (Set).


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Central Illinois (except Springfield)
: Central Illinois (except Springfield): Photos relating to the middle section of the "Land of Lincoln" (except for the Capital City of Springfield) may be found in this collection. Every city and town I’ve photographed is contained within its own set, and rural (as in "counrtyside") photographs are grouped by county.

Springfield, Illinois
: All of my photographs of Springfield and the Abraham Lincoln Sites are in this collection. For the City of Springfield, there are separate sets for the Capitol Complex, Downtown (including the Old State Capitol), Neighborhoods, Parks, Illinois State Fairgrounds (and past State Fairs), and more. Photographs of Lincoln sites include the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Lincoln Tomb, and so on. Also in the Lincoln "All About Abe" (Set) are a few Lincoln sites not located in Springfield.

Beyond Central Illinois
: Other locales in the United States and Canada including New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle.

In addition to my location-based sets, here are links to some "topical" collections and sets I’ve put together:

Automobile Photograph Collection
: This is a very large collection of images whose primary, but not exclusive, focus is on American automotive classics. Images are organized by decade, by manufacturer, and by topics (such as convertibles, station wagons, muscle cars, etc.)

Barbers & Barber Shops
: Traditional barbers and barber shops are on the endangered species list. But there are still plenty to be found if you go looking for them.

Almost Everything Else. Check It Out!!!
: Included topics range from man’s first walk on the moon to small town schools and churches, and from Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers (our favorite breed) to things that are abandoned, neglected, weathered, or rusty.

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It is possible for everyone to begin building muscle. There are many methods bodybuilders use that will help you out, too. You simply need to have good information and proper technique. Here are some of the best ways to build muscle.

You need to make sure you eat plenty of vegetables in order to maintain a healthy diet. Avoid concentrating solely on carbs and protein; do not forget your veggies. Vegetables provide valuable nutrients that foods high in proteins and carbohydrates generally lack. An added plus is that vegetables are also high in fiber. Getting enough fiber means your body will assimilate proteins efficiently.

On the last rep of each exercise to build muscles, train to failure. By not reaching a level where you literally cannot do it anymore, you, more than likely, will not get to the mechanisms that truly help with muscle growth. If you cannot go on, stop, or you may hurt yourself.

Don’t try steroids. Using steroids can make it harder for your body to maintain the proper hormone levels. Besides that, steroids can cause liver damage, reduce your level of “good” cholesterol, and stimulate breast growth in men. They also increase acne and cause “roid rage” which can lead to dangerous psychopathic behavior. This isn’t a very attractive picture is it?

Compound exercises are an easy way for you to get consistent muscle growth in all areas of your body. These are exercises which are designed to work multiple muscle groups in a single movement. A great example of a compound move is a shoulder press from a squat position, which works the legs and shoulders simultaneously.

Pay close attention to what you eat and drink when you are trying to build muscle mass. You may have heard many times how important is to remain hydrated when you are working on your health. Muscles are made up of 70% water, so it is extra important to make sure you are getting enough. Also limit alcohol consumption, which has been shown to reduce muscle fibers when used excessively.

Eating protein rich foods both before and after exercising has got to be one of the most important things as you’re trying to build up your muscle mass. Taking 15 grams of protein a half hour prior to and a half hour after your routine will get the job done. 15 grams of protein is equal to about two cups of milk.

Before you start a muscle-building workout, you need to load up on protein. Just before your muscle building workout, provide your body with around 20 grams of a whey protein that is high quality. This will give your muscle recovery a jump start, and lower the possibility of your muscles being used for workout fuel.

If you want to gain muscle, put your attention on dead lifting, squatting, and bench pressing. These three techniques will help you et into shape in a relatively quick amount of time, and help you continue to build muscle. Although you can perform other exercises in your routine, these should be the ones you focus on.

As you learn more about your body, you will be able to exhaust each muscle group and increase your muscle mass more quickly. When completing a set of exercises, keep pushing yourself until you cannot complete another push-up or lift the bar one more time. It may help to reduce your set lengths in the beginning if you get overtired.

If you really focus and have resolve, you will be able to build muscle. Remember the tips in this article so you can exercise efficiently. With these solid tips and effective techniques, you are well on your way to a stronger core!