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Sound Steps For A Bigger, Leaner Body

Office of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, State Captiol Building, Springfield, Illinois (7 of 7)
muscle building

Image by myoldpostcards
Update: June 27, 2011: Jury Convicts Rod Blagojevich on 17 of 20 Counts.

(Note: Rod Blagojevich was impeached by the Illinois House of Representatives on January 9, 2009, and was subsequently removed from office on January 29, 2009, by a unanimous 59–0 vote in the Illinois State Senate. Governor Blagojevich’s removal from office occurred one month to the day after the seven photos in this series were taken of his Springfield office.)

This is the desk nameplate of Governor Blagojevich, made by the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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You are invited to stay and browse through my stream. Here’s a quick index to my little corner of Flickr:

Automobile Photographs
: 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.)

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 "countryside") 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 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.

The Illinois State Fair
: My collection of photographs of the Illinois State Fair. The fair offers something for everyone. Grab a corn dog and lemon shake-up, and come take a look!

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:

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.

Thanks for stopping by! – myoldpostcards (Randy von Liski)

Trying to build muscle can sometimes be a daunting endeavor. You must dedicate yourself to a diligent diet and maintain an intense level of working out. It can be very discouraging if you do not achieve the results you desire. The following article offers suggestions you can follow so your efforts are sure to be worthwhile.

If you wish to add muscle mass, eating ample amounts of protein is key. Protein synthesis is the mechanism by which your body uses and stores the protein you feed it. This process enables muscles to build mass and strength. Lean meats, like chicken, beef, pork and fish, will provide you with ample amounts of protein.

A post-workout stretch is as important as stretching before you get started. For those who are under 40 years old, they need to hold stretches for at least 30 seconds. A person that is over 40 years old needs to hold each stretch for a minimum of sixty seconds. This will help to insure that you do not get injured after doing exercise to build muscle.

If you are attempting to add some muscle to your body, you should ensure you’re consuming an adequate amount of protein. Protein is a chief building block of muscle, and consuming not enough of it may cause you to have less muscles, which kills the reason of trying to bulk up. You might need about 1 gram of protein for every pound in your body each day.

You must consume a sufficient amount of protein if you are serious about building muscle mass. Muscles are made from the building block of protein. It will be especially difficult for your body to produce additional muscle mass if you don’t give it the protein it needs. Aim to eat lean and healthy proteins at least three times a day.

If you plan on using any type of creatine supplement to help build your muscles, be very cautious, especially if you are using them for a long period of time. Avoid these all together when you face issues with your kidneys. Also, they have been implicated in causing heart arrhythmia’s, muscle compartment syndrome, and muscle cramps. Teenagers could be at even more risk than adults. Adhere to the recommended quantities for your safety when using these supplements.

Always take in plenty of protein before and after working out. Before working out, consume 20 grams (or more) of whey protein. Doing this can give you a boost in the recovery of your muscles, which can decrease the chance your muscles are being used as fuel in your workout.

Keep your muscle building routine in balance for maximum results. If you don’t stay motivated, you will not increase muscle tone or strength. However, if you overdo it, you risk injury. Bodybuilders can be prone to stretch marks if their workout is out of balance.

If you do extreme cardio workouts or want to train for a marathon, don’t try to build bigger muscles. While a good cardio workout is key to staying fit, trying to build muscle while doing a lot of cardio is counterproductive. An intensive cardio workout essentially cancels out your attempts to build muscle. The best way to build your muscles effectively is by concentrating on a strength-training routine.

Muscle building is not the easiest task in the world. It requires faithfully following a workout schedule, and these workouts are intense. In addition, you have to pay attention to your diet. With all this effort, it can be disheartening if you do not achieve your goals. Make sure you follow this advice to get the most from your muscle workouts.