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Sweaty Guinea Pig Discovered: Brett Chung

April 16th, 2008 · No Comments ·

Every Wednesday, The Sweaty Guinea Pig will feature a fresh individual who will share his or her thoughts and experiences on fitness and healthy living.


Name: Brett Chung
Age: 22
New York, NY
Occupation: Analyst, Consulting

What is your current routine? How many days do you dedicate to exercising every week?

I work muscle group combinations that allows me to hit the gym a few times a week without overworking any specific muscles. Typically, I work chest and triceps, back and biceps, legs and shoulders, and I throw in some abs if I don’t black out by the end of the session. This allows me to workout 4-5 times a week without stressing my body out.

How did you come up with your current routine?
In college, I would work every single muscle group in one sitting. Not only was the workout time consuming, but it was also ineffective. The decision to change up my routine was attributed to the unpredictable nature of my job. Although working muscle groups requires me to go to the gym more frequently, I didn’t have to stay as long as I did in college. Additionally, I really feel like the routine is more effective because the it allows certain muscle groups to rest before training them again.

What are your short term (within 6 weeks) and long term (3 months and beyond) goals?
My short term goal is to fit some cardio workout into my schedule and be disciplined enough to keep it up. I’m not really a big fan of running on the treadmill or doing the elliptical; therefore, my cardio options are limited in the gym setting. With that said, I decided to try jump-rope. My long term goal is to jump-rope 30 minutes nonstop.

What are other types of training that you’d like to try?

I wish I had the option to swim – I really think it’s an effective way to do cardio and strength training simultaneously. I’d also be willing to try the 300 (the movie) workout routine - that’d be crazy.

What is your favorite post-workout meal?
When I come back from the gym, I usually drink a protein shake. After that settles in, I usually eat a chicken or tuna/fish based dish. My favorite dish to eat after a workout is baked tilapia served on rice, but it takes a long time to cook so I usually have to set the ingredients up before I actually go workout.

What is your ideal “cheat” meal or favorite guilty indulgence?

Ben and Jerry’s Karamel Sutra ice cream. It’s vanilla on one side, chocolate with chocolate chips on the other – joined by a thin boundary of caramel.

Any advice or words of encouragement for other Sweaty Guinea Pig readers?

Working out requires a lot of discipline – you have to be consistent. I also find that a lot of people become too comfortable with their workout routines. When I feel that my muscles have become too complacent (as in they can predict my next set of weights), I throw in something new. Oh, and it helps to have a great mp3 playlist as well.

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