I don’t want to become trogdor

Going to the gym is working out very well for me. I find my overall fitness level to be much improved. For example, today I sprinted to the bus stop, and was not winded!

I alternate cardio and weight training days. I’m writing now to ask you THE INTERNET for advice for my arms. Basically I want them to look like this:

good arms

and not like this:

bad arms

So what do I do?

To be clear, I’m not looking for specific exercises. For instance, should I do 3 sets of 10 reps at the highest weight I can handle or do I do 3 sets of 20 reps at a bit of a lower weight?

On this day:

In 2008 – the feeling did not change, I’m fantastic
In 2007 – typing was a lot of work
In 2006 –
In 2005 – I started paying for my LJ account for improved features

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40 Comments on “I don’t want to become trogdor”

  1. thebookpile says:

    From what I recall, if you want to tone your muscles, you want a higher number of reps (e.g., 15) with less weight.
    If you want to beef up, you want a lower number of reps (e.g., 10) with more weight.

  2. thebookpile says:

    From what I recall, if you want to tone your muscles, you want a higher number of reps (e.g., 15) with less weight.
    If you want to beef up, you want a lower number of reps (e.g., 10) with more weight.

  3. gusgreeper says:

    push ups. i LOVE push ups. i could do them forever. i remember this one time my dad did not believe me i could do sixty and because i fell for his shit i dropped and gave him 60. fucker. anyway.
    you look fantastic to me and i know you know i would not say that if i didn’t meant it. but i totally understand it is about you and not what people think.

  4. gusgreeper says:

    push ups. i LOVE push ups. i could do them forever. i remember this one time my dad did not believe me i could do sixty and because i fell for his shit i dropped and gave him 60. fucker. anyway.
    you look fantastic to me and i know you know i would not say that if i didn’t meant it. but i totally understand it is about you and not what people think.

  5. I would recommend doing 3 sets of 10 with high weight. you’ll build endurance with more reps/less weight, but I don’t think you’ll get the definition and strength you want.
    czech out this article. actually, that whole site is pretty much amazing.

  6. I would recommend doing 3 sets of 10 with high weight. you’ll build endurance with more reps/less weight, but I don’t think you’ll get the definition and strength you want.
    czech out this article. actually, that whole site is pretty much amazing.

  7. damedini says:

    You’re not going to bulk up like that unless you’re working out hard, daily. I wish. I bench 180 and don’t have that lovely muscling.
    Low weight high reps, though, is the standard. Also, stretching always helps.

  8. damedini says:

    You’re not going to bulk up like that unless you’re working out hard, daily. I wish. I bench 180 and don’t have that lovely muscling.
    Low weight high reps, though, is the standard. Also, stretching always helps.

  9. fiercekitty says:

    When I had a personal trainer, she was of the “high weight low reps” camp. There seems to be varying schools of thought on the matter, but high weight/low reps (max 15, 3 sets – if you can easily do more than 15 then increase the weight) got me awesome, nicely toned/shaped arms. Your mileage may vary 🙂
    PS – you looked killer hot in that dress!

  10. fiercekitty says:

    When I had a personal trainer, she was of the “high weight low reps” camp. There seems to be varying schools of thought on the matter, but high weight/low reps (max 15, 3 sets – if you can easily do more than 15 then increase the weight) got me awesome, nicely toned/shaped arms. Your mileage may vary 🙂
    PS – you looked killer hot in that dress!

  11. a lot of women seem to voice this exact concern. they don’t want to be bulky, just toned. from what i know, women who become bulky almost never do so by complete accident. probably 80% of how your weightlifting turns out is in your diet. unless you seriously ramp up the protein, you’re not going to “hulk-out” so to speak. The woman in the bottom picture seems to be a professional athlete, which tells me that she’s likely on some form of high-performance diet involving close to 1 gram of protein per lb of lean body mass per day, and that she probably gets WAY more upper body exercise in a single day than you’re likely to perform in an entire week.

  12. a lot of women seem to voice this exact concern. they don’t want to be bulky, just toned. from what i know, women who become bulky almost never do so by complete accident. probably 80% of how your weightlifting turns out is in your diet. unless you seriously ramp up the protein, you’re not going to “hulk-out” so to speak. The woman in the bottom picture seems to be a professional athlete, which tells me that she’s likely on some form of high-performance diet involving close to 1 gram of protein per lb of lean body mass per day, and that she probably gets WAY more upper body exercise in a single day than you’re likely to perform in an entire week.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I actually read an article on Madonna’s fitness regime… I have no idea why. She uses 3 pound weights and does a million different exercises with them. She said it was to avoid getting too bulky.
    Hella Stella
    PS, My captcha says “cockrott.” Amazing.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I actually read an article on Madonna’s fitness regime… I have no idea why. She uses 3 pound weights and does a million different exercises with them. She said it was to avoid getting too bulky.
    Hella Stella
    PS, My captcha says “cockrott.” Amazing.

  15. metahara says:

    build muscle with heavier weights and few sets then do cardio to look “cut” take away the fat around the muscle you’ve built.

    • metahara says:

      you wont get “too big”unless you specifically eat/ drink protien shakes, and weight train 3 or 4 days per week, hardcore.
      Cardio keeps you slim, weight training creates muscle mass, pilates lengthens and strengthens the core.

    • metahara says:

      you wont get “too big”unless you specifically eat/ drink protien shakes, and weight train 3 or 4 days per week, hardcore.
      Cardio keeps you slim, weight training creates muscle mass, pilates lengthens and strengthens the core.

  16. metahara says:

    build muscle with heavier weights and few sets then do cardio to look “cut” take away the fat around the muscle you’ve built.


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