Random health and exercise thoughts - Page 2963
They're not that bad. The Al Immortal looked pretty decent though this was like 6 years back. I used to race on a CAAD9. Never used carbon wheels though.
Does anyone swim? I'm thinking of getting back into it because I have access to a pool and my surgeon has been trying to tell me to do that for cardio. I think I tweaked my back a little bit when I was trying to stretch out my hamstrings the other day so I want to start looking into doing a little cross training that way as well...
Depends. How far are you commuting?
If you're okay with buying used, you can get a pretty good bike from the 80's or 90's for that much. I think that bikesdirect site sells stuff along the realm of what you're looking for. It's cheaper if you're okay with a hybrid since road bike parts tend to be more pricey. If you're fine with using a backpack, it's even cheaper.
I want to crowdsource something and ask for some honest advice.
I've had back surgery twice and my days of lifting heavy are over. I have degenerative discs that will wear out prematurely if I do things that are too nutso, so it's not really an option for me to start doing heavy deads and back squats anymore. I'm trying to design a workout program where I can be satisfied with my session and do the least possible damage without being sedentary.
Right now this is what I more or less do in terms of exercises.
Back: Pull ups or pull downs, seated cable row (strict form no lower back flexing), 1 arm db rows supported on a bench.
The gym also has a chest supported seated row machine which I might sub out for the cable row.
Chest: DB bp, incline press machine.pec fly machine. Sometimes I'll sub a bb incline. Flat bb bothers my shoulder a bit.
Shoulders: Arnold press, lateral raises, face pulls.
Legs... This is hard.... Right now I do: DB lungs, goblet squats, hamstring and calf curl machines.
I think I need to cut out the machine stuff and do db single leg split squats, step ups, reg split squats etc.
Just whatever to take the strain of the back and allow me to progress a bit without getting bored shitless.
My goal isn't to become a bodybuilder. I just want to stay healthy and look better. I can probably do okay for chest and back with little risk of injury, but I'd rather do lighter stuff for legs 2x a week so I don't look silly.
Wow, that sounds fucked up Fuji.
My first training block with my coach is coming to an end. The program was an 8 week preparatory building phase, with the meet on week 6, which I posted earlier.
Very happy with the progress I've made. My squat 1RM increased with 10 pounds, bench 20 pounds and deadlift 30 pounds, and that's without going above 80% on any of the lifts for the whole cycle. The bulk of the work has been in the 65-75% range with multiple sets of 3-6 reps and a lot of assistance lifts, tempo modulations, pauses, form adjustments, etc... With a proper meet prep phase, I may have got at least another 10 pounds out of each lift.
Bodyweight has increased 5 pounds and my triceps, traps, quads and chest have grown a fair bit.
I decided to continue to work with him. Next meet is in Oct/Nov, so I have a long 20-25 week building phase until then.
We agreed on increasing my training. Next week I'll go from 4 days a week to 5, still mostly full body I think.
Excited to try a higher frequency approach and to see how things will develop from now on.
I got mine on Craigslist for $150 and it works great. Brought it in for a tune up after I got it, think I replaced the tubes too just in case. Fixed gear free wheel road bike, black Schwinn with a vintage seat. Pretty baller. I should really learn to tune up my own bike but I'm fucking lazy. Just go on CL jarude there's a ton of good bikes on there.
Lost 4 lbs overnight so at 184, first time under 185 on this cut.
Edited by Khayembii Communique - 6/2/14 at 5:48am
Honestly, not familiar with their bikes anymore, but the wheels are cheap and might require some upkeep depending on your weight abd how hard you ride it.
I'd add in doing some sprints and short distance, high intensity running for legs. I've been surprise by how much it helps in building muscle since I got back into rugby. If you're not doing heavy barbell stuff for legs, I'd say that sprint training is a great way to make sure you're getting a more compound exercise in there. Plus, it's fun.
Running isn't the best either sadly. I'd be doing sled pushes if it was.
Nohomo locker room progress pic
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Not really feeling these iphone photos I feel like I look way better in the mirror than these photos. Also at a new gym paid for by my company, so there's $30/mo saved.
Tesseract, this is at 186...
Would appreciate a bf% estimate on this, actually.