The Exercise Thread

So I am making up a reason not to exercise myself I wondered who here excercises on a regular basis and what you like to do.

Offhand I know we have several avid cyclists, a few runners, a crazy oilman who hikes through 20 foot snowdrifts in flipflops, a Frenchman, no wait a French-Canadian, who hits people with sticks. Not to mention a Hawaiian bodysurfer, a bionic man, a Dane who could have taught the Vikings a thing or two about how to cross the Channel without those silly boats, and some guy in Antarctica. I'm pretty sure living in Antarctica counts as exercise.

Just to be clear, I don't mean exercising your mind, free will, or 5th Amendment. You have to at least sweat a little through physical exertion.

I like to lift weights but I have become bored with doing the same old stuff so I am trying to mix it up. Today I am trying to do 150 push-ups. Feet and hands elevated for full extension I did 80 in sets of about 20 with a 60 second rest between sets. I am going to try and do the rest now.
 
HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Great idea!
 
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I have a set of those Perfect Pushup things. They're good. Got a BowFlex Extreme II or whatever, but its just a torture device. Kids use it when they're home.
 
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You already know what I like to do but I have given it a new name, AAP (Asphyxiation Avoidance Practice). Nothing is a better workout or makes you feel alive like having your friends try and "put you to sleep" by strangling while you do your best to avoid it and do the same to them.
 
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I hate exercise, but get completely bummed if I miss a day - even rest days freak me out. I'm not exactly fit, but reckon I'm OK for my age

Try to surf, 90min-2hr sessions at least twice a week, or more when I can fit it in. Mountain bike for 2hrs on fire roads and single tracks at least once a week. Jog 5km maybe every other day, or when there's no surf. 40 push ups and 30 sit ups every day. Light weights once a week. Its all very boring but tye MP3 player helps. Surfing and biking needs to be done with mates to push the limits, add to the fun and keep it all in a sense of proportion.

Exercise sucks, but I'm addicted.
 
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Originally posted by VillianGlib-sinBored:
You already know what I like to do but I have given it a new name, AAP (Asphyxiation Avoidance Practice). Nothing is a better workout or makes you feel alive like having your friends try and "put you to sleep" by strangling while you do your best to avoid it and do the same to them.


I wasn't asking about your sex life but thanks for sharing Wink

and BIC! how could I forget you? You surf and can run 5k? That is pretty good shape if you ask me, I sure can't run that far.

I did finish my 150 push-ups in about 30 minutes. That was including the set that was cut short with the Girl kicked my feet to get my attention since I couldn't hear her over my ipod.

After my heart attack I crawled back to the laptop and eventually when my vision cleared I was able to navigate back to the WGB.

The perfect push up things are supposed to be excellent. I just elevate my feet on a small step and place my hands on a couple of dumbbells to elevate them. You get a much fuller extensions than if your hands are flat on the floor.
 
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The Perfect Pushup things let you rotate your arms axially as you go up and down. Makes a difference in tone and definition I think. Besides, I have them in a corner of my office so I use them more than if it were a weight setup or a gym.

Don't get the knockoffs or copies though. The Perfect Pushup ones rotate smoothly and are built solid.
 
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Originally posted by VillianGlib-sinBored:
... like having your friends try and "put you to sleep" by strangling ...


I'm thinking that I have a different and more old-fashioned definition of "friend".

Also, I'm wondering if you don't need to research what the French really intended by the metaphor "little death."
 
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About to go trail running. Probably only 2 to 3mi, but lotsa elevation change. At least it's not warm enough for snakes yet though. Smile
 
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I'm running about 3 miles a day when I'm at home. The main trick to exercising at my age is being gentle on my body. It's easy to hurt myself, and not be able to run...
 
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I got a new roommate who came with two cats, one of which, whose name is Mayhem, is quite the escape artist. So I am often finding myself engaged in spontaneous bouts of parkour trying to chase his dumb ass down and stop him from disappearing for days at a time. By which I mean he disappears for days at a time, not that I chase him for days. I mean I got shit to do, I can't spend all my time chasing after that pussy.
 
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I can't spend all my time chasing after that pussy.

We all tell ourselves that, don't we?

For me, it's four or five days a week. Usually it's two sets of 30 pushups, one set of 80-100 situps (depending on how I'm feeling), and 50 to 75 minutes on a stationary bike or elliptical. If I'm feeling wimpy, it's planks instead of the pushups and situps and maybe 15 minutes less of the cardio.
 
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Originally posted by Splitcoil:
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I can't spend all my time chasing after that pussy.

We all tell ourselves that, don't we?


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For me, it's four or five days a week. Usually it's two sets of 30 pushups, one set of 80-100 situps (depending on how I'm feeling), and 50 to 75 minutes on a stationary bike or elliptical. If I'm feeling wimpy, it's planks instead of the pushups and situps and maybe 15 minutes less of the cardio.


I never have the patience to do 50 minutes of ... anything actually.

I do abs as a warm up on a ab board, I do short sets though since I am not willing to spend half my workout time on it. 3 sets of 25 with a 55 weight held just off my chest and I will feel that the next day.
 
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If I don't do that much cardio, my heart stops working properly. If not for that, I never would have gotten into the habit.
 
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Originally posted by editengine:
I never have the patience to do 50 minutes of ... anything actually.

That's why I do the weird activities I do. It doesn't seem so much like work when you're dodging cactus, hopping from rock to rock, or enjoying the beauty of the passing desert landscape.

Basically my exercise ethic revolves around the premise that I need to do something 3x per week minimum. Be that hiking, biking, inline skating or running depends on which activity I am least bored with and/or the weather will permit. Once upon a time I supplemented that with pushups and situps but I've gotten slack in my 30s, lol...
 
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Today I walked up a hill for four blocks carrying a fifty pound box of files. I also ran up 21 flights of stairs and down 30.

I also stood without sitting for eight hours.

Oh, yeah, I stood all the way on the bus ride home and ran up another six flights of stairs.

With a gallon of drinking water in my backpack.
 
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Ran up and down the mountain road three times (I think that's 1.75 miles), carrying a laptop. I usually do five laps, but I had to cut it short for work. Also, my laptop ran out of batteries.
 
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HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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Originally posted by Trogdor:
The Perfect Pushup things let you rotate your arms axially as you go up and down. Makes a difference in tone and definition I think. Besides, I have them in a corner of my office so I use them more than if it were a weight setup or a gym.

Don't get the knockoffs or copies though. The Perfect Pushup ones rotate smoothly and are built solid.


I second the Perfect Pushup vs. Knock Off. The real ones are nice while the fake ones were more hassle than they were worth.

I have a morning routine that involves 3 sets of twenty pushups alternating with 3 sets of twenty crunches while I wait for the water in the kettle to whistle and then my coffee to brew. I have bad knees so I stick to low impact stuff- running is not for me. Yoga/Pilates exercises usually every other day for my back/posture.

Don't laugh, but I do some cardio on my Wii Fit. For whatever reason I can't bring myself to do the same exercises on my own, but if you put that stupid game on I'm motivated. *shrug*
 
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I am trying to get motivated to go to the gym today. Just tanked a pretty important exam I think and I am not really feeling it.

I am really feeling those 150 push ups though, had to take some ibuprofen this morning Smile good feeling though.

I like pilates, and want to try yoga but I just don't have the time/funds now I think. For yoga how are the gym classes versus the yoga studios? Same basic stuff or is there a real difference?
 
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From what I've seen there are a lot of different kinds of yoga, so you might want to try auditing a couple of classes until you find one that appeals to you Smile
 
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Originally posted by editengine:
I like pilates, and want to try yoga but I just don't have the time/funds now I think. For yoga how are the gym classes versus the yoga studios? Same basic stuff or is there a real difference?


There is a difference I have noticed. The gym classes *tend* to be taught by people who have done it, but who are not experts. The yoga studios tend to focus more on the meditation side of it. Personally, I don't care for that part of it. What I did was go to a Yoga studio at first to learn the poses from a pro, then when both he and I were satisfied that I was doing them in the right way I decided to continue on my own.

My initial motivation to learn was to help me increase my sense of balance for rock climbing. Years later I got back into it to help me deal with my bad back.

If you've never done it before I would stay away from Yoga DVDs. Reason being- that it's an easy way to learn the exercises wrong and wind up doing more damage than good. They are however a good way to help maintain the skills you learn from an expert.
 
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My work is pretty labour intensive so weights have fallen by the wayside, but cardio is lacking so I skateboard in the summer and train San Da with a friend the rest of the time. Heavy metal helps too! You cant last in the pit for long if your cardio sucks. Ditto for a screamer. 45 minutes of lyric-intensive songs takes its toll. (I cant get an apostrophe on this stupid international keyb!)
 
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Welcome back, Val!
 
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Save money. Pay each time you go to the gym, don't get some freakin' plan.

Your average gym salesperson instructor loves the high-pressure sell, and knows how insecure the average first-time gym attendee is, and since it's obvious why you're going their, it's easy to wheel out borderline insults under the guise of stating a fact..."I can see why you're here."
 
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Yeah I hate those gyms. This time I got into a powerlifting gym that is $200 a year. I paid cash so they knocked it back to $180.

I don't mind signing contracts though since I know I will use it but new gym attendees should avoid them until they are into the habit of exercise.
 
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Originally posted by lithos:
Save money. Pay each time you go to the gym, don't get some freakin' plan.

Your average gym salesperson instructor loves the high-pressure sell,

True, but when I was nudged into selling memberships at a fitness club years ago, I loved being the outlier. I'd find tons of loopholes and deals for people looking at memberships, screwing my boss (whom I despised) out of money. My favorite was signing up military families. The club had a clause in all the memberships that said if you were relocated due to military orders, your contract was canceled with no penalty and you were no longer liable for the dues, regardless of how long you signed up for. So I'd get Army families coming in who said they were reluctant to sign up at all since they'd be moving in less than a year. I'd show them the clause and then proceed to sign them up for three year contracts (thereby massively reducing their monthly dues and entitling them to all kinds of VIP freebies) which they easily slipped out of when they had to move. Massively inflated my commissions at the same time. Win-win situation for me and the client.

The owner was an aging female jock who had inherited enough money to buy the club. Had no business sense at all. No sense of any kind, really. All she knew was how to play volleyball. She knew something was somehow wrong when her lowest-pressure salesman was constantly signing people up for three year contracts, but she wasn't bright enough to figure out what I was doing to her. She'd look at the stats, see I was on top with all these huge contracts, and just walk away scratching her head. Same woman who would have fired me if she knew I was an atheist. Which is probably the reason I loved screwing her out of income so much.

See kids? Tolerance is good for business.
 
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I run. I run about a 30-mile week. I’d run a lot more, but my livelihood interferes with my exercise regimen.

I run a two-days on, one day off schedule. During the weekend, I’ll run a 10-miler to make-up the week. I work to maintain a 6-minute average mile time. I don’t run in the pouring rain, or blizzards.

What I like about running is the simplicity of it. I just go out and do it. It is me, all by myself. The endorphin high is a bonus.

Running is also inexpensive, aside from the shoes. I have two pair, same mark and model, but different color scheme. I alternate wearing the shoes, blue, black, blue, black, etc.. One of the biggest annoyances is when the shoe I’m wearing is changed or discontinued. Then I have to go through a research and sometimes painful search for a new pair of shoes.
 
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Shit BJ I am fucking impressed. I see the value in the simplicity of running. I get bored with cardio quickly though and running pounds the crap out of my knees and hips. I do like lifting for some of the same reasons. Simple, grab, lift, breath. The attention to proper breathing and form that requires my attention to the exclusion of all else is very pleasant too.

So yesterday I went to my gym at 4pm. They were closed. Supposed to be 24 hours as of last month but they were all locked up. Then I went home to find my bike has a flat tire.



grrrr Frown
 
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Dude, you live in Florida, and right on the Gulf. Run on the beach. You could even run barefoot. Although, running on sand like that will result in you getting leg muscles like tree trunks.

Plug into an iPod and listen to music, if you get bored with your own thoughts. Wink

If your legs and hips are hurting, you've got bad shoes.

Hanging on to worn-out shoes is a very common mistake. They will injure you and leave you a cripple.

Take your old shoes to a high-end running shop so they can inspect the wear pattern. Take their recommendation and try out a couple of pair. Buy one. Don' spend less than US$75. Then buy your second pair on the IntarWeb for less. Smile
 
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During the 70s and 80s I ran obsessively, sometimes doing 20 miles a day. I loved it and when I was living in Santa Barbara the terrain was beautiful and sometimes I'd pass a celebrity running the opposite direction (Michael Douglas was out running a lot back then). Now my knees no longer work. My brother, who is even older than me and avoids exercise like the plague, has knees that work fine.

I used to bike a lot here. The roads are nice and flat and the shoulders are wide, but my bike was swiped. You used to be able to leave things outside here, but no more. It's a tiny, rural town but it's in the middle of the meth lab capital of New Mexico.

Now I have a rowing machine for cardio. It's a $400 machine that I picked up for $10 at a thrift shop. Never pay full price for exercise equipment. People are throwing it away all the time. Now I'm contemplating getting some kettlebells for strength and conditioning. It's supposed to be low-impact for aging joints and they're compact, which is good because I have limited indoor space. Anybody here use kettlebells?
 
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Yeah I have played with them a bit. Comfortable with their wide handles and but I never really put them to the test.
 
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I started doing push ups and sit ups last week.

Dick.
 
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Thats the thing about running, its addictive. I only run 3 miles a day, maybe 4 times a week, totalling 12-15 miles most weeks. The burn is high. I'd love to do more, but time is against me, plus i prefer to surf for 2hr session in winter. Summer, I push water time to 3hrs but then I'm dead on my feet and eat everything in sight. I'd love to run a marathon but my knees just couldn't take it.

My work gym costs me £3 a month insurance and £52 a year membership. Well cheap, so I'm hoping to build up my rowing cardio over the flat (surf) summer months.

Totally agree with Black Jacque's outlook. Also, new trainers are always a chore to hunt out.
 
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Originally posted by Fashionpolice:
Welcome back, Val!

Thank you. I've been lurking on and off for awhile now, just haven't had anything to say.
 
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Originally posted by Boogerhead:
I started doing push ups and sit ups last week.

Dick.


Not my fault you're old.
 
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OK, y'all have inspired me. I can't run after breaking my left leg pretty badly twice, once roller-blading and once motorcycling, but I can cycle and do pushups and situps/crunches and I have some free weights for bicep curls and flies. And I've stacked on the beef a bit lately and am less fit than I should be. There are a couple of dogs here that need more exercise too.

So far it's mostly been mowing the huge and hilly lawn and hiking around campus.

So no big resolution of a specific form, but I'll do as many pushups, crunches and curls as I can in a couple of sets 3-4 times a week and make sure to do at least a half-hour of something that gets the heart rate and breathing elevated every day.

I have a pretty excellent gym at work, but I think in terms of time and money that's going to come into its own once the kids have left home - which is only a couple of years away now.
 
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I am reminded, not by Bravus specifically but by this thread in general, of an old episode of Murphy Brown. When looking for a congressman she could get to do her a favor she found out which Congressmen had recently started working out a lot.

Then she told him she knew he was having an affair.

The Girl signed up for Bally's gym membership today. As a sign of how bad these places must be hurting for $30 she can work out at any Bally's in the country with no sign up fees and no contract. Two are within a few miles of the house so she can go to either and they both offer free child care.

She would rather be dancing at a club again, making money and working out and getting drunk all at the same time but for now this will do.

For an extra $25 I can join as well, I might very well do this since they offer a lot of pilates and yoga classes.
 
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Well, just did 15 and 10 pushups - it's a start.

BTW, anyone have any wisdom in terms of recovery for an aging bod about whether it'd be better to do a full workout one day and then have 1-2 days off, or to do, say, pushups today, situps tomorrow, curls the next day?
 
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