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Think Six-Pack Abs Are Only A Dream? Check Out These Muscle Building Secrets Before You Throw In The Towel!

Springfield – Entrance to the Office of the Governor, Illinois State Capitol Building
muscle building
Image by myoldpostcards
This is the main entrance to the suite of offices located in the east wing of the second floor of the State Capitol Building that are occupied by the Governor and members of his Springfield staff. The Governor also has offices on the 16th floor of the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. Rod Blagojevich was serving as Governor when this photo was taken days after Christmas in 2008.

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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)

There is much more to muscle building than just getting to the gym and lifting weights. There are a lot of things that are required when you are in a workout routine. The information below can help you obtain optimal results while building your muscles.

You don’t need to get ripped to build muscle. There are a variety of muscle routines targeted at different goals, so it’s helpful to determine what exactly you want to achieve. Supplements will need to be added to your diet if you want large muscles.

A diet rich in lean protein is your best friend when you are trying to build muscle. Protein is what muscles are grown from. If you do not consume enough protein, it will be extremely difficult to increase your muscle mass. Aim to eat lean and healthy proteins at least three times a day.

If you are performing a challenging exercise routine, you must ensure you eat a healthy breakfast daily. Eating a well-balanced diet is important for starting your day off right. If you eat breakfast, you are ensuring that your body does not burn through muscles for energy; you will also enjoy increased energy levels.

The weight-lifting technique you use is of higher importance than the speed, frequency or amount of weight. You should carefully practice every single exercise until you have mastered it. For the best results, practice with lighter weights first so that you will gain the most benefits when you use heavier weights later.

If you are trying to build muscle, monitor what you eat and how much of it you eat. Tips on pretty much any health topic will mention staying hydrated, and bodybuilding is no different. Muscles contain a lot of water, after all. Alcohol can be a barrier to building muscle, as it is known to weaken the same tissue you are trying to build up.

Keep a training diary. It is important to keep up with your progress as you work on building your muscles. You can use a fitness log to do this. Write down they type of exercise you performed and how many reps completed. This serves two purposes. It will let you accurately track your progress, and can serve as motivation when you see how far you’ve come.

Remember to included stretches after performing your muscle-building exercises. There are two muscle-building benefits that come with regular stretching. It staves off sore muscles so you are able to recover more quickly, meaning you don’t miss valuable time at the gym. Stretching regularly will also broadens range of motion, which will facilitate your muscle-building efforts.

Try to focus your time on the bench press, the dead lift and the squat. All of these exercises are considered staples in the bodybuilding community because they have proven themselves effective. It’s proven to increase muscle bulk, build muscle strength, and improve the overall condition of your muscles. Always try to incorporate these three exercises in your workout in some form.

It is important to limit the amount of your workouts to three to four times a week. You want to provide time for your body to repair itself. The more you work out, the more likely you are to injure yourself and hinder your progress toward your goals.

Be careful to keep your muscle building goals reasonable when you begin your program. The most effective way to get the results you want is to develop your muscles during hundreds of workouts that are spaced out over a period of time. Trying to build muscle quickly using stimulants, steroids or other potentially harmful substances can damage your body, and in some cases actually lead to serious health risks and consequences.

As you can see, there are many simple ways to ensure that you are getting the most out of your strength training regimen. Start using your new knowledge as quickly as possible, building your muscles to results you could only have dreamed of previously.