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Fitness Weekly Discussion

What have you been doing lately for your own fitness? Try out any new programs or exercises? Have any questions for others about your training? Want to vent about poor behavior in the gym? Started a new diet or have a new recipe you want to share? Anything else health and wellness related?

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    ReapersGale
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    I retested my 5 rep max for deadlifts this morning - was initially aiming for 95KG which I made and managed to do a second set at 100KG; though I had to swap to mixed grip to do so as the 95KG was...

    I retested my 5 rep max for deadlifts this morning - was initially aiming for 95KG which I made and managed to do a second set at 100KG; though I had to swap to mixed grip to do so as the 95KG was the current limit for my grip strength.

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    1. ReapersGale
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      Just retested my 10 rep max for squats - like the deadlifts on Monday I managed 5KG over my goal putting me at 85KG (+20KG from my previous test)

      Just retested my 10 rep max for squats - like the deadlifts on Monday I managed 5KG over my goal putting me at 85KG (+20KG from my previous test)

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  2. scrambo
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    I now (probably) have bronchitis. I made it through the first wave of sickness at the house relatively unscathed, but then my OTHER roommate got sick, and now I'm feeling it too. I was really...

    I now (probably) have bronchitis. I made it through the first wave of sickness at the house relatively unscathed, but then my OTHER roommate got sick, and now I'm feeling it too. I was really hoping I'd get to go back to my regular gym schedule this week, but looks like I'll be out for at least this whole week, and possibly part of next week. I JUST WANNA BENCH MAN ;_;

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  3. ubergeek
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    Got back onto a C25K program. I left running in favor of cycling, but with the weather changing, no more biking. So, back to running, and using the Zombies, Run! C25K program this time.

    Got back onto a C25K program. I left running in favor of cycling, but with the weather changing, no more biking.

    So, back to running, and using the Zombies, Run! C25K program this time.

    4 votes
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      elcuello
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      What sets this apart from other apps? Just curious because I'm almost giving up beforehand because the market it so saturated with fitness apps.

      What sets this apart from other apps? Just curious because I'm almost giving up beforehand because the market it so saturated with fitness apps.

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      1. Gaywallet
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        Can't speak for that specific app, but my personal favorite is JEFIT. I like it because it has an extensive amount of lifts already in the app, you can create new exercises easily, you can graph...

        Can't speak for that specific app, but my personal favorite is JEFIT. I like it because it has an extensive amount of lifts already in the app, you can create new exercises easily, you can graph and track calculated 1RM as well as easily see previous history and you can set up rest times (which by default will start once you record a set and will do the olympic beeps right before the next set is to start), link exercises into super sets and other variations, and lots more.

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          elcuello
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          Well, color me intrigued. Thanks! This sound really interesting because after I made the other comment I thought to my self that my real problem is actually I don't know what my goal is or what my...

          Well, color me intrigued. Thanks! This sound really interesting because after I made the other comment I thought to my self that my real problem is actually I don't know what my goal is or what my ideal settings would be. I don't just need a program I need advice before and as I go along so I optimize the chance of continuing the training.

          One question though. How's the transparency when it comes to handling my data because it seems like it can collect quite a lot on many levels?

  5. DVNO42
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    I try to keep a weekly mix of doing 2-3 spin classes for cardio, 2 yoga classes for flexibility, and 2 aerial rope (circus shit) for core and arms. I'm in my early 30s and this seems to do the job...

    I try to keep a weekly mix of doing 2-3 spin classes for cardio, 2 yoga classes for flexibility, and 2 aerial rope (circus shit) for core and arms. I'm in my early 30s and this seems to do the job of keeping me well proportioned and strong. While these are all fun and help maintain a good body/brain, I've noticed portion control and food quality makes just as much if not more of a difference. The battle for me is getting an appropriate amount of fiber, protein, and greens throughout the week as that takes time to prepare. I swear fitness and eating could easily become a full time job...

    My next goal is to better track my food intake similar to finances (is there a GNUCash for food?) and figure out where I need to improve.
    Beer control is the HARDEST.

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  6. CuteRacoon
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    Has anybody tried the “Beginner Weight Training Workout Routine” by AWorkoutRoutine.com? It sounds like it has too few exercises and volume as StrongLifts and Starting Strength. I haven’t tried...

    Has anybody tried the “Beginner Weight Training Workout Routine” by AWorkoutRoutine.com?

    It sounds like it has too few exercises and volume as StrongLifts and Starting Strength.
    I haven’t tried neither of them but it looks like that to me.
    I need to mention that I’m a novice and I only have done the routines recommended by my gym trainer which have a lot more exercises and volume.
    I’m not saying that my opinion about any of the aforementioned routines is correct, I’m just saying what it looks like to me compared to what I have done previously at the gym.

    3 votes
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    elcuello
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    I've started some form of fasting and I only drink black coffee until I eat around 12-13ish. I eat again in the evening and have tried to cut out all snacks after that. This is in the weekdays and...

    I've started some form of fasting and I only drink black coffee until I eat around 12-13ish. I eat again in the evening and have tried to cut out all snacks after that. This is in the weekdays and in the weekends I just eat and drink what I want. This works for me and I have lost a couple of kilos in the process. I'm not overweight so the most important for me now is getting some exercise beside the football once a week. I REALLY need to strengthen my core for my back problems but it has to be done at home because I've realized that going to the gym just isn't for me right now. I've done it but it's just so fucking boring and I just can't wait till it's over every time. Small exercises at home often is where I wanna start. I've been thinking about kettle bells might be a good place to start. Any experiences with kettle bells and back problems?

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    1. Neuroflux
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      I have a pair of expandable, adjustable PowerBlock Elite dumbbells for home workouts. Definitely one of the best purchases I've made.

      I have a pair of expandable, adjustable PowerBlock Elite dumbbells for home workouts. Definitely one of the best purchases I've made.

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      Gaywallet
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      Kettle bells are generally a decent idea for the core. How strong is your core currently? An ab wheel might also be a good cheap buy that's easily usable at home. Do you have room anywhere to put...

      Kettle bells are generally a decent idea for the core. How strong is your core currently? An ab wheel might also be a good cheap buy that's easily usable at home. Do you have room anywhere to put up a doorway pull-up bar? Those can be good for leg lifts, windshield wipers, etc. to also build the core.

      I had serious back problems as a kid. Like, in 3rd grade I had to use a suitcase (this was back before rolling backpacks existed) because I threw my back out carrying books. Lifting has completely eliminated back problems for me. I attribute most of it to deadlifts and core exercises.

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        elcuello
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        Damn, since 3rd grade...that's tough. You know what I actually have an ab wheel so I think I'll just start there for now. My core is not strong and I only play football once a week so it's almost...

        ab wheel

        Damn, since 3rd grade...that's tough. You know what I actually have an ab wheel so I think I'll just start there for now. My core is not strong and I only play football once a week so it's almost from scratch I'm afraid. I'm generally OK healthy but I need to work out.

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        1. Gaywallet
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          It's been so long since my back has ever bothered me that I don't even identify as someone with back problems any more. Ab wheels are fantastic - they can provide a good exercise no matter how...

          It's been so long since my back has ever bothered me that I don't even identify as someone with back problems any more. Ab wheels are fantastic - they can provide a good exercise no matter how strong your core gets and they can be brought with you just about anywhere and can be done quickly.

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