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From helping train my wife through both of her pregnancies, JohnP's answer is pretty accurate. The modifiers I would put on there are progesterone and individual pregnancies. Progesterone is a powerful hormone that gets released during pregnancy. The levels are different, but basically it ramps up and peaks right around delivery time. Progesterone is a ...


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Yes, yes and yes. Unless there are complications in the pregnancy, most of the time people should be fine to continue their normal activity level until very late in the pregnancy. For example, my martial arts instructor continued teaching classes and very vigorous kickbox aerobics until literally day of birth. (She finished a class and started labor 1/2 ...


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10 mets on a bicycle is the equivalent of ~ 14 mph. This is a fairly easy pace and should be easy to sustain for a while, unless you have never really ridden a bike much other than a beach cruiser around the block. Here is a link for a met exercise equivalency chart, there are dozens of them scattered around the web that show MET's for various exercises. ...


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Honestly, I'd ramp up over a couple weeks. Week 1: half the volume of work Week 2: 3/4 the volume of work Week 3: back to full volume Cardiovascular fitness is easy to lose, but also very easy to reacquire. Strength is slower to lose, but 4-5 weeks won't see any significant differences. However, the bigger concern is the health of your tendons and ...


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I want to clarify some points for you, which will help you decide what to do: You've been working to add muscle and mass. You've only been working your legs. Muscle responds to Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands (SAID principle) What is unclear is whether you want to keep a more balanced physique with increased mass, or reduce your mass to where it ...


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If you want to lose muscle mass or fat, no matter where it is, you need to burn more calories than you take in. I would normally say continue exercising, but reduce the amount of carbohydrates and fats you are eating, and eat more lean protein (fish, white meat chicken) and vegetables. However, you mentioned that you're recovering from weight loss, so may ...


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"Cardio" still requires more muscle use than a sedentary life style. Sure, it's not squatting heavy weights, and sure it's very high repetitions of the same movement. But look at a competitive cyclist who doesn't do anything but ride: you will see incredibly powerful legs. Big vastus medialis muscles hanging by the knee that looks like they're smuggling ...


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Are you really 9% ? Here's one verification: http://www.builtlean.com/2012/09/24/body-fat-percentage-men-women/ Also you don't mention if you are also doing any other training besides the cardio. Are you? Note that training can increase water retention which would increase bodyweight without gaining fat, giving the impression of an increase in LBM.


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aerobic exercise should be considered a viable option for combating the decline of aerobic capacity and loss of muscle mass that occurs with the normal aging process. Until then, you and I will have to stick with good old weight training.



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