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Random health and exercise thoughts

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Eason, Dec 20, 2009.

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  1. accordion

    accordion Senior member

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    I'm having a beginner's lifting crisis. Haven't gone to the gym in 2.5 weeks because of schoolwork stuff, but during this time I've thought a lot about my goals/progress. As stupid as this sounds, I'd rather my legs go back to twink shape just for fashion reasons. It feels good to squat and to progress on squats, but it feels bad to have skinny jeans look stupid because of thigh mass. I've been squatting 3x week for like 40 out of 52 weeks in the past year. It's becoming harder and harder to progress without focusing more on my diet. When I do start again next week, I think I'll do way more aesthetic stuff than powerlifting. I'll never get to, or it would take me a really long time to get to advanced weights for powerlifting just because of height/proportions/long limbs. I think aesthetics is a much easier goal. I'm gonna start doing more cardio/HIIT and accessory exercises.
     
  2. ridethecliche

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    You need to read charlies thoughts on swd for lifters.
     
  3. JayJay

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    I usually hit the gym 6 days a week but only for 20-30 minutes for each visit. I go after yoga and have no more time than that on workday mornings, weekends are a bit longer. During the week I only do compound lifts. I have a routine circuit of compounds that I do religiously. Has worked well so far.
     
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    I'm mostly just a bit shocked by how out of shape I am cardio-wise. I need to just start doing some stuff more regularly. The lack of a consistent schedule is pretty rough on me so far.

    Yeah, I'm going to be using it for cardio-ish and social exercise. Sorry to hear about his climbing accident. Most of my stuff will be indoors though I think, especially for the next few months given how the weather's changing.

    I'm hoping to keep atleast 2 lifting sessions together so I can do chest/back and shoulders/legs once a week and throw in arms on both those days. Then hopefully climb 2x a week and do a bit of cardio on the side. For cardio, I can set up the bike stationary trainer at my place too so that might help.
    Hm. I was hoping to stick to chest/back and shoulders/legs with arms thrown in there. The way I see it climbing 1-2x a week will be a bunch of back/core/arm work as well.
     
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  5. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    As far as cardio is concerned I no longer have time to run as I once did, so I now am sure to move around a lot during the day. I usually hit at least 10,000 steps daily.
     
  6. Chulillo

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    Why don't you try one of those collective classes for cardio. It is HIIT and you are done in 30 minutes and the atmosphere (if it is anything like over here) is absolutely overwhelming and fun... sometimes unreal. People really get into it and there is a great vibe all class long and then some... I am sure that NYC gyms offer Les Mills classes such as GRIT Cardio or GRIT Plyo or something like that... it is short, intense and it shows and then you make tons of new friends. People are usually very friendly in these type of classes.

    As for my friend... he fell from very high up and hit his head... he had to learn to walk, speak, and do almost everything again... he forgot about everybody because half of his skull (and brain) is gone from the crash... no he has to wear a helmet everywhere he goes... it was very sad :(
    So be always careful. :)

    One thing I noticed when he was climbing is that he developed great shoulders... don't know if that is the usual thing or not but he had perfectly shaped and huge shoulders... so maybe you won't need to train them as much with weights.
     
  7. milosh

    milosh Senior member

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    Jesus...
     
  8. Chulillo

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    Yeah, it was awful for everyone, specially his parents and sister... It was a few years ago, we were in our early twenties when it happened.
     
  9. Cool The Kid

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    How fat are you..... might be storing it in your legs. If u have disadvantageous geometry it might not be worth pushing too hard anyway.
     
  10. conceptionist

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    You might not reach huge numbers, but you can still get very strong.

    Looking big or bulky is all about proportions and the cut of the clothes. Before I cut my thighs were 26.5" and I looked normal with the right pair of pants. For instance, I have a pair of cdg pants that somehow makes my legs look quite slim. Granted, I'm 6'3 so I need a lot of mass to look like I lift at all, but point is that if you find cuts that work for your physique you can still be into fashion and lift. Some items will not really work though. Slim jeans is the first to go, then chunky knits, boxy blazers, etc... Of course there is a point where everything will look worse from the model perspective.
    I've thought about this quite a lot and I decided lifting was giving me more back than clothing. I respect people chosing the other, I just think they should be aware it can still work out decently.
     
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  11. skeen7908

    skeen7908 Senior member

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    Why lift when it's all about clothes?
     
  12. Chulillo

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    Is it not a legitimate reason to work out? To look better? Looking better for some people is looking better in clothes than out of them... but you can have both.

    Most people go to the gym out of vanity or insecurity issues and looking "good" is what make them feel better about themselves, and there is nothing wrong with it.

    Considering we spent most of our lives in clothes it is prefereable to look good in them rather than just out of them the two or three weeks one might get in the beach if one is lucky enough to have long vacations at the beach every year (unless you live in a city with beaches all around hehe)

    But I do believe you can get both. Of course looking good in and out of clothes is not going to grant you a Mr. Olympia title or anything remotely similar... but I am sure 99% of the population would not like to look like a Mr. Olympia contestant.

    That said, I am not putting down the bodybuilder lifestyle or anything like that. I have only respect for those who are willing to sacrifice so many things in order to get the physique they dream of... I applaud that. There is so much discipline, sacrifice and pain most of us are not willing to carry on with it.
     
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    link to this?
     
  14. SirGrotius

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    The best reason to lift for me is for endorphin rush, and to mix things up from walking/elliptical, etc. I'm of a slight frame, 5'6" 126-128ish, so I like slimmer clothing. If I were to bulk up lifting I'd look a bit silly. Not as bad as portly though!
     
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    +1 on the hormone rush!
    Helps keep me level headed.

    Weights still way down; can't believe how slow recovery is this time! Age is really taking its toll now :(
     
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    How old are you? I'm 36; I used to run between 4 - 6 miles every day and on maybe the one day a week i didn't, I'd lift for about 45 minutes fairly heavy weights and dumbells, etc. That was a ton easier at 30 than 36. Now I use the elliptical 4 - 5 times a week, and do a 7-minute workout in the mornings which is all body weight. I couldn't handle the constant leg pain, twisted wrists, etc. I don't know if this bodes too well being still fairly young but having to dial back so much...
     
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    I'm 44. Started lifting on and off about 3-4 years ago. Had flu a few weeks ago and couldn't lift for 4 weeks. Failed a 320 lb deadlift today. Was repping that shit for sets 2 months ago!
     
  18. Gruff

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    A miserable fat fuck in a $5 grand Tom Ford suit is still a miserable fat fuck. So what's your excuse?
     
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  19. Gruff

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    Muscle and Fitness recently had a great interview with Dolph Lundgren, talking about how he's changed up his workout as he's aged. Pretty interesting and he's still in great shape at 57. You can see from the pics that he's gotten away from pure bodybuilding but still looks fit.

    http://www.muscleandfitness.com/athletes-celebrities/interviews/dolph-lundgren-plans-stay-spotlight?
     
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  20. accordion

    accordion Senior member

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    so like, is the china study and all that stuff about animal protein and cancer bogus? And is saturated fat fine, as long as you eat the better fats also? And is limiting sodium intake also unnecessary if you dont have any blood pressure problems?
     

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