Alejandro Almaraz@almaraz.fitness

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πŸ‹πŸ½Approaching the heaviest I've ever weighed @170lbs and plan on hitting 180lbs! I'm closing in on some new PR's so I'm excited to see where I'll be in the next 6 months. .
🎯I don't plan on making fitness more than a hobby but competing at some point has been on my mind. At the division I'd be competing in I'd need to add another 200lbs to my big three before being competitive. Not too far off, but not very close either. βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–
#fitness #powerlifting #life #deadlift


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Plugging away 🚢🏽
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270lbs for an easy 3. As long as I keep eating I should continue making progress, little by little πŸ’ͺ🏽
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#squats #powerbuilding #legs #workout #life #progress


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235 for 3 is not exactly where I wanted to be 😐. Probably the most frustrating thing in fitness isn't reaching a plateau, but regressing and then reaching a plateau. .
πŸ”¬This can happen for many reasons but when it does there's usually a sense of not being good enough. First being frustrated, hopeless, and then apathetic. .
πŸ’­ It's not like you never enjoyed working out- it's just something has changed and for whatever reason you've lost your touch. Like an athlete that's outgrown their prime except you're still in your 20's and were hitting PR's just months ago. .
πŸ”„The problem is more of a mental one then physical. The more frustrated you become, the more demotivated and the less energy you put in, the less progress you make, the more frustrated you become, and you get the point. .
🚢🏽Here's what I've done: have faith in the process while detracting from the outcome. As paradoxical as that is, by focusing on what you can change you regain a sense of control. "Go to the gym 5 times a week," track my macros," "sleep 8 hours," etc. .
⛳️Detaching from the outcome is part of not letting results define who you are. Being the kind of person who perseveres is more rewarding than someone who is defined by what they have or don't have. .
πŸ™ŒπŸ½Long post but the best thing you CAN do is to do your best. Everyone has their own path. Don't let standards define who you are, let your values guide the way. βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–
#fitness #frustrated #blocked #goals #motivation #perserverance #bench #workout #mentality #life #value #gym


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Post chest workout mirror pic
I never left the 3-6 rep range before my new routine. Here's what I did-
β–ͺ️4 sets of 12 on flat bench
β–ͺ️4 sets of 12 on incline bench
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β–ͺ️3 sets of 12 on dips with a forward lean to emphasize the chest
▫️Pretty simple, ~2 minute rests, great pump πŸ‘ŒπŸ½
I actually get out of breath from reps this high lol. .
Try it out!
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#fitness #diet #motivation #bulking #high #reps #workout #barbell #gym #gains #progress #nike #chest #goals #college #train #life #me #health #bodybuilding #physique #powerlifting #muscle #dip #f4f #iifym #teamlegion @almaraz.fitness


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βš–οΈ One of the most overlooked parts of fitness is muscular imbalance. I know it isn't as exciting as getting jacked or slimming down- it takes time away from those things right? Just the opposite!
. πŸ“ˆHere you can see my rhomboid/trap development over ~1yr. My right side was much bigger and thicker than my left side. There much more progress to come. .
🌿 Being mindful of your body's mobility and overall balance means making gains faster and more sustainably. .
πŸ€” Would you rather butcher 315lb on squat or rep 225lb with good form? Believe it or not 225 can be as muscle building as 315 if you actually do it right. So why not start there and move up safely? .
🀺 Big numbers may be impressive, but why sacrifice form when you can have both strength and safety? If you squat with your back and bench with your glutes, what are you really accomplishing? . . ..
🚢🏽A lot of people overlook muscle balance- myself included. It's a bit more complicated than mindless lifting, but it's rewarding to know your doing it right. Not to mention that plateaus can be avoided this way too! βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–
#fitness #mobility #balance #dieting#motivation #workout #barbell #gym #gains #progress #nike #motivation #goals #form #power #college #train #reps #life #me #health #bodybuilding #physique #powerlifting #musclebuilding #safety #technique @almaraz.fitness


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Incorporating front squats more in my routine. Yesterday's legs session was 3x3x270 then 3x6x215 back squat, 3x6 front squat and some back extensions. Out of the three main lifts the squat is my worse. Only expected after years of neglect πŸ˜ͺ. I have high hopes here especially. Week one and 5 days of my program done, 6 weeks to go! ☝🏽Bracing is an easy way to increase your squat and prevent injury. Simply take a deep belly breath, hold, and squeeze your abs once you descend. Pretend your standing in water up to your chest and hold your breath accordingly. βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–
#squats #legs #fitness #dieting #motivation #bulking #selfefficacy #control #sport #workout #barbell #gym #gains #progress #nike #motivation #goals #form #power #college #train #reps #life #me #health #bodybuilding #physique #powerlifting #muscle #dip


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πŸŽ‰I'm done with my cut! I went from around 170lbs to ~158lbs in 10 weeks time. It wasn't too hard. It felt like the weight loss was taking forever but looking back, those two months flew by. .
πŸ”‘ The numbers are a guide, not a label! . πŸ”I went from eating 3,400 calories a day to about 2,200. I wish I had done more cardio along the way while I wasn't focused so much on lifting but that's for next time. Now it's ALL THE WAY UP from here on out. βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–
#diet #weight #loss #cut #workout #fitness #motivation #eat #iifym #ifitfitsyourmacros #flexibledieting #fatloss #physique #aesthetic #nike #barbell #therapy #gains


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I'm super excited to be running a program I wrote for myself.
I honestly have no idea how well it's going to workout (hah) but it's meant to focus more on my main lifts and different rep range (both strength and hypertrophy). .
It's an 8 week program so I have high hopes after two months of grind. βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–βž–
#workout #programming #diet #muscle #bulking #fitness #powerlifting #romanian #deadlift #back #legs #hamstrings #florida #uf @almaraz.fitness


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My 3 and a half year #transformation

From Dolby the elf to Do you even lift?
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Most of the gains went to my hair anyway
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#fitness #transformationtuesday #poses #bodybuilding #motivation #workout #gym .
@almaraz.fitness


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Progress isn't linear! I weigh myself daily as a reminder to stay consistent. Remember that even if you are doing everything right, the scale won't always reflect that. Don't let setbacks discourage you. .

Just two weeks to go on my cut. I've cut out creatine just to see how much of a difference it will make adding it back in. Keep you guys posted!
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#monday #motivation #workout #gym #diet #weightloss #nike #supplements


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