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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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  1. [5]
    dubteedub
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    Does anyone have some suggestions for exercises that can be done while stuck in a house on quarantine? My wife and I have been going for walks in our very rural neighborhood this week, but I am...

    Does anyone have some suggestions for exercises that can be done while stuck in a house on quarantine? My wife and I have been going for walks in our very rural neighborhood this week, but I am not sure what a good routine would be as far as bodyweight exercises or anything else that we can do inside without any equipment. How are you all handling maintaining your fitness while social distancing?

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    1. reese
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      Every other day I do a lot of ab/core stuff like this and it kicks my ass if I let it. I intersperse it with different kinds of push-ups, which is pretty much just keeping my hands at different...

      Every other day I do a lot of ab/core stuff like this and it kicks my ass if I let it. I intersperse it with different kinds of push-ups, which is pretty much just keeping my hands at different distances apart for each set, nothing fancy. I do tons of squats as well. So for me right now: two different ab sets -> push-ups -> squats -> two different ab sets -> push-ups -> squats -> two different ab sets -> push-ups -> squats. I change the order and variants each time. Sometimes I add jumping jacks and other exercises I'm comfortable doing.

      Then I do cardio immediately afterward so I don't put my body to rest—I prefer an elliptical with high-resistance, doing at least a couple miles, but you do you—running outside is probably fine too as long as you don't deliberately sneeze on people's mailboxes. And after cardio, I usually do static planks to see how long I can go.

      On days where I don't do ab/core stuff, I only do high-resistance cardio and nothing else for a much higher distance, at least a few miles.

      I'm sure there's a YouTuber who can describe a better routine and approach to form than I could explain in plaintext. I'm just some guy who's using exercises he learned in a past life to get into decent shape (and it's working!). I am not a fitness guru and YMMV. One advantage I have is that I have a dedicated room, a screened-in, glass sunroom, to do this activity with a gigantic mat to boot, so I hook up an industrial fan and get all the fresh air I want. Ideally you have some sort of room or a part of a garage to work out of. I could never exercise without a dedicated area I can close, because otherwise the cats will try to love me or my wife will offer me ramen.

      5 votes
    2. [3]
      Diet_Coke
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      My gym is closed for the foreseeable future, but they're livestreaming exercise and yoga classes on Facebook for free. There will be classes for all levels of ability. I did a Vinyasa Flow Yoga...

      My gym is closed for the foreseeable future, but they're livestreaming exercise and yoga classes on Facebook for free. There will be classes for all levels of ability. I did a Vinyasa Flow Yoga class that kicked my butt (and empowered my chakras) today.

      On Facebook, search for Triangle Rock Club - Richmond and the videos will be on their page.

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      1. [2]
        dubteedub
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        Haha damn, this is pretty crazy. My wife's cousin has been going to Triangle Rock Club for like a year or two now and he has been trying to get me to go there and check it out. I will definitely...

        Haha damn, this is pretty crazy. My wife's cousin has been going to Triangle Rock Club for like a year or two now and he has been trying to get me to go there and check it out. I will definitely check out their Facebook page.

        1. Diet_Coke
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          TRC is awesome! I went from couch potato to climbing regularly and everyone has been super nice and supportive. I like climbing because it's something you can do alone or with a group, and it's a...

          TRC is awesome! I went from couch potato to climbing regularly and everyone has been super nice and supportive. I like climbing because it's something you can do alone or with a group, and it's a great full body + brain work out. There are some great climbing gyms in your neck of the woods too, Earth Treks is worth checking out when all this blows over.

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  2. Douglas
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    On the down side, I picked a hell of a time to've discovered a cheap gym membership option and already've started its mandatory three month commitment. On the up side, while my physical therapy...

    On the down side, I picked a hell of a time to've discovered a cheap gym membership option and already've started its mandatory three month commitment.

    On the up side, while my physical therapy might've been canceled, I at least made it far enough into the process to be given a regiment (40 minute block of stretches/exercises, twice a day!), and it's not like I have anything better to do, so I guess that's OK.

    Aside from that... I'm pretty proud of myself for doing exercises under quarantine. Originally I wasn't able to do them in the mornings like I wanted to before all of this on account my damn cats kept bugging me and wouldn't give me space (it's a small apartment, there's nowhere I could've put them)-- but now that I have all day, I just wait for some down time at work and, while the cats are snoozin', just do a few dumbbell exercises, planks, etc. and I'm all set!

    Still doing my jogging with the Zombies Run app, which has felt more immersive given how dead everything is.

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  3. ReapersGale
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    I'm still attending my gym; given their whole thing is small group classes even if a 'no more than 10 people gathered' rule gets put in place here it's not really going to effect them too much -...

    I'm still attending my gym; given their whole thing is small group classes even if a 'no more than 10 people gathered' rule gets put in place here it's not really going to effect them too much - IIRC my Wednesday session had 7 people there, 2 of them were physios doing free injury screenings that normally aren't there and everything was being wiped down with disinfectant after use and between classes.

    They've also started up a Facebook group with at home workouts, yoga and nutritional advice for the members and general public that are practicing social distancing which is pretty neat.

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  4. hhh
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    The rack i've been wanting to order has been out of stock for over a week aaaaaaaaa. I have everything else though so I guess i'll be deadlifting more often.

    The rack i've been wanting to order has been out of stock for over a week aaaaaaaaa. I have everything else though so I guess i'll be deadlifting more often.

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  5. krg
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    To @dubteedub and everyone else: Everyone should also be investing in a pull-up bar. Hollow holds/dead bugs + push-ups + pull-ups in sets of 3-5 would be a pretty good start to building some...

    To @dubteedub and everyone else:

    Everyone should also be investing in a pull-up bar. Hollow holds/dead bugs + push-ups + pull-ups in sets of 3-5 would be a pretty good start to building some endurance and muscle.

    Invest in dip bars and you can add dips (duh) and inverted rows. Oh, and L holds.

    That was pretty much my routine when I was focused on bodyweight stuff. Left me feeling stronger and nimbler! And the equipment shouldn't run you over $100, to boot.

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  6. [2]
    pvik
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    I am not sure if you have checked the BodyweightFitness subreddit's wiki page. They have a good routine to start off of, and some nice progressions as well.

    I am not sure if you have checked the BodyweightFitness subreddit's wiki page.
    They have a good routine to start off of, and some nice progressions as well.

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    1. krg
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      That's definitely the first resource I'd recommend for bodyweight fitness material. Probably the only resource most people need. Stay away from hype youtuber fitness!

      That's definitely the first resource I'd recommend for bodyweight fitness material. Probably the only resource most people need. Stay away from hype youtuber fitness!

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