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ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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Lets use this thread to talk about workouts and working out in general, I've seen a few references to trying to stay active during covid and I'd personally benefit from a thread to keep me accountable and motivated.

I personally have a few different workouts I enjoy: running, lifting and boxing. My running regimen is mostly unchanged, but lifting and boxing are obviously impacted. For people in the Seattle area (or even if you aren't... its all virtual right now) I highly recommend Seattle Boxing Gym. The coaches are friendly and very welcoming of new comers, if anyone is interested in boxing or just a good workout (which is all I use it for, I don't spar) they're great.

For lifting I'm pretty out of luck, you can go to personal trainers here but of course gyms are closed and exercise equipment is difficult to obtain at the moment, even if you have a place for it.

I'd also recommend some kind of heart rate tracker, I use a MyZone MZ-3 to monitor my heart, it uploads your workouts and sets goals, etc. Its all very silly, but its great for motivation. Classes and heart rate monitors are good tools for keeping you on track, at least once a week I'll sign up for a workout when I'm not in the mood intending to half rear end it, only to find myself getting into it about half way through.

What's everyone else into? I didn't really have a megathread in mind since I'm not an expert in anything (except bad posts!) just a place to chat about health and fitness.

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ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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AnimeIsTrash posted:

Resistance bands with a door anchor are pretty good if you're looking for a cheap replacement for free weights or just something a lot more compact/portable for your apartment. It's what I have been doing for the last couple of months and it feels great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AwbSQeUX0s

e: oxsnard has some pretty decent posts on the subject in the cspam fitness thread

https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3871067&userid=43092&perpage=40&pagenumber=1

Oh I might check this out, I just hate working out at home so much I need a dedicated place to get in the right mindset

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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echinopsis posted:

I used to do strength training and itís very good except I am very bad at doing it. I hosed my knee a wee bit back but thatís no excuse to do benchís etc


Once ages ago I used to push up app to get me to do more pushups. That was good.

The biggest challenge is that as soon as I start to feel heat and sweat wanting to break out, my soul cries out to stop. Pushing through that is hard. Pushing yourself is hard. I see some people ďlikeĒ it but idgi

I thought I had messed up my knee for awhile until I got a trainer to help me with squats, it would be the strangest pain, pretty mild all things considered but it would keep me from trying to press through it since I figured it would only get worse, but with better warm ups and some tips about my form I was able to get past it.

As for pushing yourself I have the same problem, I never go as hard with solo workouts. Classes have been a godsend, just that slight social pressure of an instructor telling you to hang in there, or your classmates doing the work so you can to is enough to keep me going

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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KoRMaK posted:

the lockdown has kept me from squating. i instead started doing single legged squats and upside down push ups to stay in at least the same reps/weight. but a buddy was selling their bench combo thing, and then that got me looking at squat racks. i have room in the basment and a squat rack is like $250, then the oly bar, then 6 pairs of 45lb plates, thats like $6-700... which is less than a half of a years gym membership.

imagine, pumping out a full weight squat at 1 in the morning when u cant fall asleep, or at noon when you are in a bad mood

That would be badass. Weight prices are insane right now though :( I've been shopping around for a heavybag for my basement, the virtual classes have us mostly shadow box but the impact of the bag is really therapeutic and satisfying. Lotta crap out there though I don't know what makes for a good bag, if I should fill it myself, etc.

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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Zaxxon posted:

I do a lil bit of working out for weights I made some heavy sandbags to mess around with. I have a fancy 65lb one with a bunch handles and such, I mostly use it to do get-ups and over head presses. I have a big 120lb one that I do squats with. and two 100lb ones with big wrap around handles that I use for farmers walks. After that I do mostly bodyweight stuff, like push-ups and pul ups and dips. I also have a tire that I hit with a sledgehammer sometimes.

I used to go to a gym like a normal person, and I miss being able to do short workouts with heavy weights rather than big long sets.

I totally forgot about sandbags. I used to go to a crossfit gym and we did various things with bags, toss them over our shoulder, shoulder presses, etc

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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Just finished virtual boxing workout. ~970 calories according to the heart tracker. I'm getting pretty burned out on remote stuff but I finally pulled the trigger on a heavy bag I can set up in my basement, so that'll be an experience. It doesn't help that the evening instructor has a nasty habit of picking 4 combos and spending most of the class going over variations of that, I just wanna hit stuff and get my heart moving I don't want to do anything tedious.

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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I might honestly buy a switch just to play this fitness ring game, I wanna outflex that dragon

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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went for a ~3 mile jog in the freezing rain because its Seattle and that's what you do and now is a relatively nice sunny afternoon :rant:

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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Fuzzy Mammal posted:

absolute same in all respects wow except tuesday and it was ok in the morning and lovely later. rip. did the same run today at 45s/mi faster pace :sun:

I did a boxing class before realizing how nice it would be today. Getting really tired of shadowboxing but they just announced my gym would be reopening including open gym, which has been closed for a year :c00l:

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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The boxing gym was open all summer. We had to sign in, take temperature, wear masks through the entire class, etc. The gym had two giant warehouse doors and those were always open for fresh air, and we did as much outside as we could. Also all the equipment we used was sanitized afterwards (medicine balls, etc, that's why no open gym since it would be impossible to keep everything sanitary).

We didn't have a single case until right before the re-lockdown in November when cases were going up across the country, and that was just an alert that someone who had been in had tested positive, no idea if it was transmitted at the gym, the masks really do seem to work.

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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toiletbrush posted:

Mountain biking rules. I started it up again once COVID shut down all the climbing gyms. I live in Kent in the UK so I'm not exactly surrounded by huge mountains or anything but I've had a ton of fun exploring and found loads of trails in woods and stuff near me to do a little noob-level shredding.











Riding in the mud is still fun but man I can't wait for spring

extremely cool

Gentle Autist posted:

i just walked the abel tasman coast track, 45km in 3 days. sore as poo poo rn, especially my feet

also extremely cool

Way cooler than what I'm doing, though I do have 3 boxing classes in a row starting tomorrow, since in person stuff is back in Seattle (masked up and distanced, of course)

I did take a quick motorcycle ride today though to enjoy the weather, not really relevant to this thread but uh I had to heave the bike out of the muddy back yard so that counts as exercise right?

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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gyms are back for small groups and private training sessions so I went in this morning for a quick workout (mask on the whole time of course).

Need to finish setting up the punching bag in the basement, gotta go to home depot for some of those chain quick links

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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that's a good looking setup and seems like a reasonable price. Seconding the no-clips thing, even if you aren't pushing it you never know you might pull a muscle or cramp up during a set, idk, I'm so paranoid about not putting on clips when I bench even at the gym where I could yell for help. Stay safe goon

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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KoRMaK posted:

but if you don't put on clips you're expecting something to go wrong, like expecting failure

elizabeth holmes alt spotted

dang 185 is good for just getting back into it, my bench has stagmented since I lost a little weight (and plus, you know, the pandemic).

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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AnimeIsTrash posted:

I recently picked up a jump rope and incorporated about 10 minutes of it to my workout routine and it's really been kicking my rear end.

jumping rope is great, I like to throw in quick sets of 100 to keep my heart rate up inbetween heavy lifting sets. 10 minutes straight would be rough

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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RustyKnight posted:

current mood:


dang I wish I benched 245 like this little guy here

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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RustyKnight posted:

successfully managed to do ~1h of bike and few strength exercises every other day for over week now, I think I'm past the initial resignation threshold and I already see a bit of improvement. Tiny iron's back!

:hellyeah:

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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I'm stalling out at around 200 pounds for a 1 rep bench max. My primitive bro brain has wanted 225 for years now (1 NFL combine rep) and its getting discouraging :(

Getting pretty into "builder" smoothies so maybe that will help (me get really fat)

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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Share Bear posted:

225 is two big plates (45lb weights) so i see the desire for symmetry there

do people call them this? i probably invented my own jargon if that's not the case

Yeah itís a milestone because of that, Iíve heard (and Iíve heard people refer to it as ďtwo platesĒ). At this point I just want it because Iíve been chasing it on and off for so long

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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I hit 205 bench with more to spare a week ago and was feeling really good, like I was in striking distance of my goal (225). But my right shoulder has been really bothering me and yesterday I had to take it really easy. I need to focus on better warmups and maybe even something like yoga. Its frustrating though because its tempting to just power through it, I've been chasing this stupid goal so long and I just wanna check that box.

I've also put on some weight, it was difficult to get past 180 but I found a good smoothie place and have been drinking their weight gain smoothies daily and that's gotten me to (extremely snoop dogg voice) 187. Its an indulgence but whatever when I used to go into work I'd buy lunch every day.

Ideally I'd like to be about 190 pounds, hit my bench goal (and also healthy squats and deadlifts, which I also do but don't track my maxes cause I don't care as much about them) and then just focus on maintaining that weight/strength for basically the rest of my life. I mix in jogging and boxing though I've been slacking a bit on both because its pretty hard to gain weight boxing several times a week.

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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carry on then posted:

time for my monthly whining about slow progress. i know i need to eat more than i do but man, it's hard to overcome the mental habits around how much groceries to buy and how much to eat each day

Yeah diet is the hardest part for me

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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Truman Peyote posted:

I posted about this in another thread but I've been going to a couple of yoga classes and the guy running one of them kept referring to upward facing dog as "up dog"

nm whats up dog with you?

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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qirex posted:

Plateaus are the worst thing about lifting.

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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Gentle Autist posted:

been hitting the mountain bike hard, going from Ďtotal lardí to Ďmildly fití is great because the progress is so rapid and obvious. like the first few rides i thought I was gonna die and now I can do 5kms with a 500m rise comfortably (lots of effort, but doable). and itís only been a few weeks of riding a couple of times a week. itís very motivating and addictive, beginning to ride every day now :woop:

Hell yeah nice, I remember the same feeling when I started running years ago, going from ďoh wow I canít even make it around the blockĒ to ďoh wow a mile isnít as bad as I remember when I was a kidĒ feels awesome

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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FMguru posted:

the best feeling is when you get to the point where if you dont go running/biking/walking for a day or two you get all antsy and irritated

Yeah winters are rough here for that reason, I hate treadmills

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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Hot take: people who watch tv while running on treadmills instead of using that time as a brief respite from the sensory overload of our modern lives are sickos

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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barkbell posted:

i love to work out

Im gaining weight but my lifts arenít going up helll yeah itís winter and Iím in my late thirtiessssss

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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barkbell posted:

if you do some pushups now, thats really a pr i guess so try that

cant argue with that logic

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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AnimeIsTrash posted:

2022 will be the year of big gains

Hell yeah, it was my first day back in the gym since break and Iím ready to gain gain gain

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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This is the 2021 lifting thread everyone still posting in here is trespassing

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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status report: still haven't hit 225 on bench, but I have a trainer working on my hip mobility and my weak hamstrings so that's good I guess

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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I find that motivating myself to exercise more is easier than changing my diet. Food is all around us all the time, so being vigilant about eating well is a 24 hour thing, while I only have to convince myself once a day to get up and go do something. Even if I'm having a bad day jogging or at the gym, I tell myself anything is better than nothing, if I only make it a mile out and have to walk back, then I've jogged a mile and walked a mile.

I've never really struggled with my weight so I don't wanna misrepresent myself (though I am getting into my late 30s and have a bit of a gut), just some encouragement that even a walk is something, and to not feel too bad about backsliding.

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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I tried a free Ju Jitsu class today and oh boy, not for me. This particular gym does maybe 15 minutes of warmup and 45 minutes of trying out new moves, I think "ok, cool, now we're just about at the hour and we're done". Nope, that's when sparring starts, and that seems to go on for another 30 minutes. I say I think because I got about 3 partners in (you spend 3 to 5 minutes with each) and ended up so exhausted I tapped out of the class entirely, I was sitting on the side line getting water and they didn't look like they were warming down. I could tell it wasn't for me.

Its a great workout, but exhausting in a non satisfying way for me. Plus I don't know if I can get past the close human contact inherent to ground stuff. I think I'll go back to boxing but I'm also realizing that any combat sport is going to be in that band of effort that I'm really bad at: I can exert a moderate amount of effort for an hour no problem jogging and running, I can expend maximum effort for 10-30 seconds or so lifting, but that middle ground of expending high effort for a few minutes is so miserable.

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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In other news: I got into a pretty good chest routine and I'm looking for feedback:

Bench press (incline or regular, sometimes I do pause bench here): 5 sets of 5, I have a hard time going past 90% here cause I rarely have a spot.
Dumbbell press, heavy weight: 3 sets of AMRAP
TRX Rows: 5 sets of 5 (not really chest but I think it works in pretty good)
Pectoral Fly Cable machine: 3 sets of 8
Deltoid fly (same machine but backwards): 3 sets of 8

I end up pretty sore by the end of it, I think previously I just wasn't doing enough volume for my chest exercises: I gave a lot of effort during my sets but never really felt sore the next day, now that's changed (in a good way)

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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carry on then posted:

this seems like a lot to me but maybe i'm not doing nearly enough

It doesnít take too long, I have some legs stuff in there too to round out those days and the entire workout takes a little over an hour

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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KoRMaK posted:

ive finally returned to my pre pandemic pre surgery squat and bench

squat 285 4 sets x 6 reps
bench 225 same as above


i also cleared out the basement and started to learn how to ollie

dang.

Another year for me, another year I haven't hit my 225 bench goal :(

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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AnimeIsTrash posted:

its okay homie, youll get there

Thanks, I think this time I know what I need to do. My form has improved and I think I've identify my shoulders as the weak point, I'll find those 15 pounds somewhere.

Good luck with your goals next year :hellyeah:

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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Also on an unrelated note, I've gotten super into the stair machine. Gonna give that a recommend for anyone that has a gym membership but hasn't found a cardio machine they really like. I did 80 floors in 20 minutes the other day and felt really good 8)

ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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teen phone cutie posted:

i also recommended a lot of squatting to move some of your body weight to your rear end

I mentioned it earlier but stair climbing has been a game changer for my cardio. Iím down about 10 pounds from a recent high (went from 200 and change to 190 and change) without really intending too I just love climbing those stairs

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ADINSX
Sep 9, 2003

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polyester concept posted:

resisting snacks especially before bed is the hardest part for me. the only thing that works is to simply not buy them

:yossame:

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