After doing this workout last night, I measured my calves (my most difficult muscle to grow) and I am proud to report that they have grown a whole inch since I started bodybuilding in January!  I started out with 12 1/2 ” calves and now they are 13 1/2″!!!  This makes me very happy to know that all my efforts and massive vegan protein eating are actually paying off!

I should also mention that I did work my calves last night, after having just worked them the night before.  Usually, working the same muscles 2 days in a row is strictly forbidden.  But, as I always say—rules are SO meant to be broken!  The reason you’re not supposed to work the same muscles 2 days in a row is because you could hurt yourself by not giving them enough time to recover.  But if you didn’t really cause muscle tears in the first workout, and you don’t feel like the muscles even need to recover, you won’t hurt yourself by working them again.  And thus, I did it because my calves did not feel sore or, really, anything after my calf work out the night before.  I must not have pushed myself hard enough (not enough weight or maybe I’m getting used to those exercises and I need to change things up).  But I didn’t want to wait until calf workout time came around again (because I want them to grow bigger faster).  So I went ahead and did some calf raises with a 25 lb dumbell in my hand last night until I felt the burn.  It took 6 sets to get the burn, but I got it.  And today I feel more like I worked them properly because they are a little sore. Same story for the squats.  I did one squat exercise the night before, but again, did not push myself enough to get sore, so I went ahead and did it last night.  I must say, when I woke up this morning and felt sore all over my legs and butt, it made me smile. Now (that they deserve it) I will let them rest a bit.

Here’s my workout from last night:

  • Treadmill: 5 minutes, ramp 10, level 4.0
  • Squats: 10 reps/50 lbs X 4
  • Lunge squats: 10 reps/50 lbs alternating legs X 3
  • Calf raises: 10 reps/50 lbs alternating legs X 3, 15 reps/50 lbs alternating legs X 3
  • One legged dead lifts 15 reps/25 lbs alternating legs X 3
  • One legged bridge lifts: 15 reps/25 lbs alternating legs X 4
  • Treadmill: 10 minutes, ramp 10, level 3.2-4.5 (alternating one minute walking and one minute running)
  • Pushups: 20 reps X 4

And here’s what I ate:

  • Breakfast (30 g protein): 2 packet of instant “flax & oat” oatmeal (8 g protein) with 1 cup walnuts (20 g protein) and 1 sliced banana. With a cup of Think O2 Tea with 1/2 cup soy milk (2 g protein)
  • Lunch (37 g protein): 2 cups Twisted Pair (quinoa and kamut) Pasta (32 g protein) with 1 cup spinach (5 g protein), mushrooms, onion and red bell peppers.
  • Dinner (56 g protein): at Veggie Grill: 1/2 bowl chik’n gumbo soup (20 g protein), 3 buffalo wings (21 g protein), and a steamin’ kale side salad (15 g protein)
  • Before Bed: 1 large mug of chamomile and lavender tea with 1/2 cup soy milk (4 g protein)
  • Total: 127 grams of protein for the day!

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