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09 Jan 2006

How to tone up again?
Hi experts,
When I was 21 I worked out with weights for the first time and had dramatic results within 2 months. I am now 25 and the time in-between I have stayed fit with sporadic workouts (aerobically and muscle-wise). However, my muscle is now quite flabby so I recently embarked on my old workout again for 2 months again but the results have not been the same (in fact my muscles seem to refuse to tone up and I find weight hard to lose). So my question is do you have any workouts/diet tips for guys who have now got this 'muscle-flab' and are trying to regain their once toned state. If you could point me in the direction of a good workout I would be most grateful.
Thanks very much!
Etienne.
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Etienne

I think you are facing a pretty complex problem, and it probably relates to how your body is using energy during and after the sessions, and this is a result of changes in lifestyle. At the age of 21 (though not much younger than 25), you often walk about, keep generally active and then add specific training to this. It's this combination of active lifestyle and exercise training that produces results. As you get older, perhaps move out of the student life and into working, your daily activity levels drop and so whatever exercise you do is now, in a sense, fighting a lone battle. So the key is to identify if there is anything that has changed from then to now. Chances are it is your daily activity and then the big thing, diet. It needn't be a big change, just a small difference in how much you take in every day and how much activity you do will make the difference. So if you can find this, it will help. Otherwise, you just have to continue what you are doing, and as you get stronger and fitter, you will be able to push the intensity levels up. As this happens, you start to actually derive more benefit from training than before, and so your returns multiply. So hang in there, the results will come, even if they are a little slower.

Good luck
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