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Posted 08 July 2013 - 08:34 PM

Finding a workout you enjoy doing is really the key. Have you tried anything like p90x or insanity? I know at least a few people who found stuff like that to be a decent midpoint between sports and traditional weights.

I tried this aerobic program called pliometrics before and it had some cool variations of step up push ups and stuff, almost sprung for the p90x but my biggest downfall is always consistency. Being on call a lot really doesn't help my already inbuilt procrastinating and inconsistent nature lol

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 08:54 PM

Man, you folks are a healthy/active bunch! I'm more sedentary than I would like, and I miss being in better shape. I was never athletic in high school, but during my first 2 years in college I made a friend at the office where I worked during the week, and she and I joined a gym together. That was great, because we got out of work at the same time and took turns convincing each other to go exercise when motivation was low. We went 5 days a week for a solid year, but when I moved away to finish school I fell out of that routine and never got it back. Unfortunately our work schedules are now completely different (and my hours aren't always predictable) so we can't go together anymore.

Every now and again I try to start up an exercise routine, but I haven't been very successful at making the habit stick more than 2-3 weeks. I'd much rather find an activity I enjoy that burns calories, and I love snowboarding but once a week during the winter months is hardly sufficient, lol. I do take the stairs as much as possible at work (5th floor), and get some exercise doing yardwork in the warmer months. I really need to find a way to build regular workouts into my schedule, though.


Habit is such a big part of the picture and starting a routine is always the hardest part. I sorta lucked out that the way my job is right now I come home from work a sweaty mess and figure I might as well go run or bike before I shower. I have a routine. But when I switch to second shift in August it's going to suck motivating myself to get up in the morning and get the same kind of exercise. I'll probably slip for a while until I get into the habit of playing pickup hockey at noon at the rink near work every other day during the winter.

Where do you think you could fit some small amount, even just 30 minutes, into your schedule a couple days per week?

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 09:12 PM

Habit is such a big part of the picture and starting a routine is always the hardest part. I sorta lucked out that the way my job is right now I come home from work a sweaty mess and figure I might as well go run or bike before I shower. I have a routine. But when I switch to second shift in August it's going to suck motivating myself to get up in the morning and get the same kind of exercise. I'll probably slip for a while until I get into the habit of playing pickup hockey at noon at the rink near work every other day during the winter.

Where do you think you could fit some small amount, even just 30 minutes, into your schedule a couple days per week?


That last sentence gets at the biggest roadblock for me: motivation. On the nights I do get motivated and force myself to work out for 30-45 minutes (I have a couple of cardio kickboxing dvds that I like), I not only feel better about myself afterwards, I'm also surprised how much time I still have left in the evening to do other stuff around the house. It's much easier if I plan ahead and have a snack late in the day at work so I'm not hungry when I get home, but I also struggle with the perceived hassle and waste of needing to get a shower after working out and again the next morning. I really wish I could be a morning person and exercise before going in to work so it'd be harder to skip, but I'm a chronically under-rested night owl who hates the alarm clock. :(

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 09:24 PM

That last sentence gets at the biggest roadblock for me: motivation. On the nights I do get motivated and force myself to work out for 30-45 minutes (I have a couple of cardio kickboxing dvds that I like), I not only feel better about myself afterwards, I'm also surprised how much time I still have left in the evening to do other stuff around the house. It's much easier if I plan ahead and have a snack late in the day at work so I'm not hungry when I get home, but I also struggle with the perceived hassle and waste of needing to get a shower after working out and again the next morning. I really wish I could be a morning person and exercise before going in to work so it'd be harder to skip, but I'm a chronically under-rested night owl who hates the alarm clock. :(


I feel your pain. I hate getting up in the morning to exercise. I'll tell you what I'm going to try when I switch to second shift and maybe it'll work for you.

I swear by these Gatorade energy chews. It's just B vitamins. When I get home from work I'm usually physically exhausted so I eat a pack and have a cup of coffee followed by a 15-20 minute nap. It gives the chews and a cup of coffee time to digest. With any luck I get fidgety and have to get off the couch to go run or bike or something. So what you might be able to do is keep a pack next to your bed, ready to go for the morning. When your alarm clock goes off, eat em, and then hit the snooze button. You'll doze for a bit but suddenly your body will want to get up and move and you'll have no choice but to go do something physical.

Just a theory from another night owl. :angel:

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 09:27 PM

I feel your pain. I hate getting up in the morning to exercise. I'll tell you what I'm going to try when I switch to second shift and maybe it'll work for you.

I swear by these Gatorade energy chews. It's just B vitamins. When I get home from work I'm usually physically exhausted so I eat a pack and have a cup of coffee followed by a 15-20 minute nap. It gives the chews and a cup of coffee time to digest. With any luck I get fidgety and have to get off the couch to go run or bike or something. So what you might be able to do is keep a pack next to your bed, ready to go for the morning. When your alarm clock goes off, eat em, and then hit the snooze button. You'll doze for a bit but suddenly your body will want to get up and move and you'll have no choice but to go do something physical.

Just a theory from another night owl. :angel:


Lol love it. I've heard of the pre-nap caffeine trick before but never tried it. I also read a trick someone used for getting out of bed was to start looking at a news feed since curiosity will get your brain going, but I think I'd probably get distracted and start checking my email, haha.

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 09:59 PM

I watched the documentary "Fat Sick, and Nearly Dead" back in January. It inspired me to give juicing a try and to start working out again. I signed up for Planet Fitness and began working out in February. I usually go to the gym everyday to complete an hour and a half work out (16 minute cardio warm-up, lifting, and then a 16 minute cardio cool-down) and, if I cannot make the gym, I do something physically active in its place. Juicing has given me a lot of energy and I feel so much lighter, as the micronutrients have helped "cleanse" my body. I have also significantly cut back my drinking (it is helpful that it is the off-season as well, as watching the Sabres play usually makes me want to have copious drinks). I fell off the work-out wagon in mid May (I got a really bad cold coupled with bronchitis), but have maintained my weight since then (which is a huge accomplishment for me). I have dropped 60 pounds so far and look forward to dropping some more. I am resuming my gym routine once I get back from my current trip to the Keys.

Kudos to all of you for being physically active in some way, shape, or form. As we get older, making time for exercise gets harder and harder because responsibilities mount. Keep on keepin' on friends! :flirt:

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 10:11 PM

Props to you, Maze -- sounds like you've earned that vacation!

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 11:08 PM

(I got... bronchitis)


Ain't nobody got time fo dat.

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 11:35 PM

Thanks Bio....I have a looooooooooooonnnngggg way to go, but I feel I am off to a good start. If only I had never started dating beer and vodka....

Physics, word! Poor timing by my immune system, but I have enjoyed my time now that I am healthier. Vacation suits me better than the gym...and bronchitis! ;)

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 12:25 AM

I tried this aerobic program called pliometrics before and it had some cool variations of step up push ups and stuff, almost sprung for the p90x but my biggest downfall is always consistency. Being on call a lot really doesn't help my already inbuilt procrastinating and inconsistent nature lol


Yea I'd imagine the on call thing really hinders making any kind of a routine :lol:

I wish I had better advice than "find something you enjoy"...but I really don't. Only other thing I can suggest is to try to get somebody to work out with you so you can motivate one another, but I'd imagine your schedule would hinder that as well :(

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 07:04 AM

These days its mainly chasing my eight and five year old kids. I sometimes get on the elliptical, but not as much as I should. I even had to stop softball since my knee held together with screws couldn't handle that anymore. Hoping to stave off the knee replacement until after 50.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 07:29 AM

i keep it simple, i walk 10 miles a day 6 days a week, eat healthy and it works. In the last 18 months i have dropped 120 pounds

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 07:34 AM

i keep it simple, i walk 10 miles a day 6 days a week, eat healthy and it works. In the last 18 months i have dropped 120 pounds


That's outstanding.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 07:49 AM

I enjoy running. Try to run 6 days a week, but rarely fall below 5. I coach cross country. So after the teams finish their workout, I'll put in an easy 5 mile run. After the run, do a little work on the abs and throw in some pushups. One of the things I enjoy is the "runners high" you can experience. While you run, endorphins are released in your brain and when you finish you can feel very relaxed, have a clear head and feel sort of stress free. And being a Sabres fan, gotta love to run! Will probably run a bit more this hockey season...

i keep it simple, i walk 10 miles a day 6 days a week, eat healthy and it works. In the last 18 months i have dropped 120 pounds


Congrats on that! Keep it up!

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 07:56 AM

i keep it simple, i walk 10 miles a day 6 days a week, eat healthy and it works. In the last 18 months i have dropped 120 pounds


2.5 hours almost every day? I hope you're a park ranger...

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 10:14 AM

i keep it simple, i walk 10 miles a day 6 days a week, eat healthy and it works. In the last 18 months i have dropped 120 pounds


Dude... congrats! Probably a good way to zen out or listen to a lot of books on tape, too.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 10:46 AM

When I rowed I was fit. Then I quit but continued to eat as much as I did. Now I need to lose some of the weight. The finals hit and so I haven't had time. My aim is to get fit this summer.

I plan on doing Hight Intensty Interval Trainging as it is a lot quicker than normal running and probably more fun!

Otherwise I normally play rugby and ultimate frisbee. I also love croquet, but that doesn't exactl push yoj arobically!

I also quite like to swim because I'm so bad at it it means I get a lot of exercise in a short amount of time.

One of my friends runs 20km a day on average, it would be nice if I ha that drive. She also came too in her year. Life is unfair

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 10:54 AM

2.5 hours almost every day? I hope you're a park ranger...

Nope, I am a Funeral Director. Own and run 4 funeral homes with my brothers. My homes are staffed with great folks which in turn allows me many hours of free time.

Dude... congrats! Probably a good way to zen out or listen to a lot of books on tape, too.

Thanks , sometimes my walks are silent but mainly music to keep my pace up. i statrted walking to release some of the stresses from my job, it is afterall an emotional challenge on a daily basis dealing with grief stricken families and trying to maintain an even keel and composure.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 10:55 AM

A few years back, I was about as active as I had ever been since my youth. I was playing beer league hockey year round and going to the gym religiously (sometimes even 6 days a week). Then two years ago this month, a random beer league jackass left me with a sprained knee and torn meniscus. I've never really been able to get back to that high level since then, thanks to many reasons.

With my wedding coming up, I took some time off from the beer league. With the idiots out here, I wanted to make sure I'd be able to walk that day. The little extra savings doesn't hurt either. I also switched to a different cheaper gym (essentially free), but have never really been able to get back into my old rhythm. I think it is mostly due to this place being about 20 degrees warmer than the previous one. I've actually been able to drop a couple pounds over that time, thanks the the fiancee introducing me to these crazy things called vegetables.

Yesterday was a bit of a new start for me. I decided that it's finally time to fight through the conditions in that gym and get back to a much more serious routine. It isn't very structured, but typically it is warmup run, lift, then a short run again to end the day. I'm also going back to the beer league come September. If I couple that with my new found relatively healthy diet, I'm guessing I'll be very happy with where I am physically. I feel like I need to get that activity level back up to a constant level now before age makes me even more lazy.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 10:56 AM

Nope, I am a Funeral Director. Own and run 4 funeral homes with my brothers. My homes are staffed with great folks which in turn allows me many hours of free time.

Thanks , sometimes my walks are silent but mainly music to keep my pace up. i statrted walking to release some of the stresses from my job, it is afterall an emotional challenge on a daily basis dealing with grief stricken families and trying to maintain an even keel and composure.


Have you watched six feet under? If so, does it portrait the job accurately? Sorry to momentarily derail the thread

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 11:00 AM

Did that all the time when I was in Madison. Every full moon, year round. Kicked ass. Summers had hundreds of people bike with us go to the parks and skinny dip; winters had the few and the hardcore bike out on the lake ice and drink beers.


Our groups are smaller, a few dozen, but we ride twice a week. The Sunday night pub crawl is such an awesome way to end the weekend. Wednesdays are more of a "fitness ride" format, but not excessively so.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 12:33 PM

When I rowed I was fit. Then I quit but continued to eat as much as I did. Now I need to lose some of the weight. The finals hit and so I haven't had time. My aim is to get fit this summer.

I plan on doing Hight Intensty Interval Trainging as it is a lot quicker than normal running and probably more fun!

Otherwise I normally play rugby and ultimate frisbee. I also love croquet, but that doesn't exactl push yoj arobically!

I also quite like to swim because I'm so bad at it it means I get a lot of exercise in a short amount of time.

One of my friends runs 20km a day on average, it would be nice if I ha that drive. She also came too in her year. Life is unfair


Intervals are very important if you're trying to get in race shape. Depends on what type you do. Be sure to mix it up. Don't do the same distance/intensity every time. Have to mix it up. Very difficult, but very beneficial. You'll have a strong sense of satisfaction at end of an interval workout if you hit the times you planned on. So yes, it can be fun.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:54 PM

i keep it simple, i walk 10 miles a day 6 days a week, eat healthy and it works. In the last 18 months i have dropped 120 pounds


Props to you as well... that's pretty amazing!

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:57 PM

Intervals are very important if you're trying to get in race shape. Depends on what type you do. Be sure to mix it up. Don't do the same distance/intensity every time. Have to mix it up. Very difficult, but very beneficial. You'll have a strong sense of satisfaction at end of an interval workout if you hit the times you planned on. So yes, it can be fun.


Intervals are killer. I normally recover from workouts quite well and have decent energy the rest of the day/evening....but intervals, they frickin' wipe me out. Totally draining.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 10:28 AM

Intervals are killer. I normally recover from workouts quite well and have decent energy the rest of the day/evening....but intervals, they frickin' wipe me out. Totally draining.


Totally draining, but if done right, intervals can get in you in great shape. Always make sure the day after you do intervals you do an easy paced run to "recover" from the interval workout. Easy runs are just as important as hard runs. Oh, and sip water throughout the day. Keeps you hydrated and you'll feel better when you run. Also, stay away from soda. That stuff will dehydrate ya.

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 08:13 AM

So I switched to second shift at work this week and I'm trying to adjust my schedule. Unfortunately this means I have to get my exercise in the morning when I get up. Exercising after work was nice because my body was warmed up and I had eaten something, but now I don't get either of those benefits and I feel like I don't perform as well. Anyone here a morning workout person?

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 08:20 AM

So I switched to second shift at work this week and I'm trying to adjust my schedule. Unfortunately this means I have to get my exercise in the morning when I get up. Exercising after work was nice because my body was warmed up and I had eaten something, but now I don't get either of those benefits and I feel like I don't perform as well. Anyone here a morning workout person?


Me. I always have a cup of coffee first. I workout about 20 minutes after I wake up.

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 08:42 AM

Me. I always have a cup of coffee first. I workout about 20 minutes after I wake up.


Coffee was my secret for my afternoon workouts so I guess it could work in the morning too. BY THE (COFFEE MUG) OF ETHRON.

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 09:06 AM

So I switched to second shift at work this week and I'm trying to adjust my schedule. Unfortunately this means I have to get my exercise in the morning when I get up. Exercising after work was nice because my body was warmed up and I had eaten something, but now I don't get either of those benefits and I feel like I don't perform as well. Anyone here a morning workout person?


When I changed jobs in January I had to support a 2nd shift. That is when I stopped going to the gym. Prior to that I had a routine, 3 days a week I picked up the wife and we headed to the gym right after work. I couldn't get the motivation to go in the AM while she is at work so I went back to my lazy ways.

And with my current job situation I am in a position to go to the gym with my wife but we now can't afford the memberships. Hopefully that changes soon.

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 09:14 AM

When I changed jobs in January I had to support a 2nd shift. That is when I stopped going to the gym. Prior to that I had a routine, 3 days a week I picked up the wife and we headed to the gym right after work. I couldn't get the motivation to go in the AM while she is at work so I went back to my lazy ways.

And with my current job situation I am in a position to go to the gym with my wife but we now can't afford the memberships. Hopefully that changes soon.


Routine is so important. I'm really pushing myself right now to try and get into one before it's too late. Fortunately I think the secret is getting up and doing something so that I am back in time to see the girlfriend off to work around 10. If I don't get up at 7:00-8:00 then lose a substantial part of my day.

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 07:53 AM

So the lack of pullup from Sam Bennett has prompted a number of us to discuss physical fitness and such. As it is now summer and many of us will be active what do you do to workout or stay in shape?

At the start of the new year I was at my highest weight in my life. 195-200lbs depending on the day. At 6'1" that isn't bad by any means but I wasn't happy so starting in February I did the Insanity workout for a month. In March when the light finally allowed for it I started running and playing pick up basketball with some guys. In April I added to this with free weight and plank training.

Currently I am at 175-180lbs and I am in the best cardio shape of my life. I run 3miles on days we don't play basketball and I went from 20lbs curls 10X3 to 30lb curls 10X3 plus some other random feats. My goal by August is to be up to 40lb curls which would be a lot for me.


So what do we do to stay in shape? It can be now or in the past. Hell it could be what your plan is for the future.

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 07:55 AM

In before the merge.

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 07:59 AM

In before the merge.

We have one already? I looked but I guess my search skills failed me :cry:

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 08:08 AM

I can't imagine why it didn't show up in your search.

http://forums.sabres...e__hl__exercise

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 09:05 AM

.... I went from 20lbs curls 10X3 to 30lb curls 10X3 plus some other random feats. My goal by August is to be up to 40lb curls which would be a lot for me.


I started off curling detergent bottles (the ones with the handles) filled with water early in 2013. Couldn't have weighed more than five pounds. It was so pathetic — I could do maybe five reps. Now I'm up to a real 30-pound weight. I do three sets — something like 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps with my right arm. My left arm is a little weaker. I feel like I've hit a wall. I no longer see any gains and wonder if I should drop back to 25 pounds. My biceps are about 13 inches, which is probably only average, but coming from the actual non-existence of said muscle at the beginning, I am happy.

At the end of last winter I was at an all time high of 210. I weighed 175 this morning despite having a very bad weekend of eating. I think my metabolism is all fired up now, but I have to be careful not to yo yo back in the other direction. That's my M.O. I'm actually concentrating now on eating very healthy and exercising a lot and letting the weight fall where it may. I think if you get stuck on a number, when you get there, you quit. And then you're in trouble. And I'd love to gain back weight in the form of muscle, of course.

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 09:11 AM

I started off curling detergent bottles (the ones with the handles) filled with water early in 2013. Couldn't have weighed more than five pounds. It was so pathetic — I could do maybe five reps. Now I'm up to a real 30-pound weight. I do three sets — something like 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps with my right arm. My left arm is a little weaker. I feel like I've hit a wall. I no longer see any gains and wonder if I should drop back to 25 pounds. My biceps are about 13 inches, which is probably only average, but coming from the actual non-existence of said muscle at the beginning, I am happy.

At the end of last winter I was at an all time high of 210. I weighed 175 this morning despite having a very bad weekend of eating. I think my metabolism is all fired up now, but I have to be careful not to yo yo back in the other direction. That's my M.O. I'm actually concentrating now on eating very healthy and exercising a lot and letting the weight fall where it may. I think if you get stuck on a number, when you get there, you quit. And then you're in trouble. And I'd love to gain back weight in the form of muscle, of course.


The problem with weight lifting is that you will inevitably hit walls with certain muscle groups. Just keep working them. I would say up the weight a bit and do really short sets, 5 reps tops. So maybe at 35 or 40lbs you'll be doing 5-4-2. Work with heavier weight at lower reps and don't worry that you're not doing enough reps.

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 09:34 AM

The problem with weight lifting is that you will inevitably hit walls with certain muscle groups. Just keep working them. I would say up the weight a bit and do really short sets, 5 reps tops. So maybe at 35 or 40lbs you'll be doing 5-4-2. Work with heavier weight at lower reps and don't worry that you're not doing enough reps.


That is very true. If you do the exact same workout day in and day out, you will hit a plateau. Best way to avoid this is to mix up your workouts. So yes, have days where you go high rep, low weight, but be sure to have days where you go w/ low rep, high weight. This can go for running as well. Have long, easy paced runs and short, hard paced runs. It really depends on what type of shape you are trying to get into.

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 09:36 AM

The problem with weight lifting is that you will inevitably hit walls with certain muscle groups. Just keep working them. I would say up the weight a bit and do really short sets, 5 reps tops. So maybe at 35 or 40lbs you'll be doing 5-4-2. Work with heavier weight at lower reps and don't worry that you're not doing enough reps.


I keep reading that if you can't do eight reps, it's too much weight. If you can do more than 12, it's not enough. I don't think I can do eight reps at 35, but I might give it a shot.

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 09:43 AM

We have one already? I looked but I guess my search skills failed me :cry:


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Posted 03 June 2014 - 09:44 AM

LGR, As someone who just started a relatively intensive workout program put together by a very good friend who weight trains regularly, i would advise you to just watch what you eat! A lot of muscle growth really comes down to what you put into your body. As you lift weights you're breaking down muscle fibers, when they heal they get bigger. That's the dumbed down science of it anyway.

Now, I'm not advising weight watchers here or anything, just making sure you are getting enough protein in your diet so that your muscles can repair themselves is essential. So if you're going for numbers (40lb curls is solid) then go for it! It's impossible to not see gains regardless of diet but if you really want to maximize gains, the most often recommended daily amount of protein i see is your body weight (in grams). so if you weight 175-180lbs, then anything around 175-180 grams would be about what you're looking at.

Love to see people get active, the feeling after a nice run, bike ride, or lift is the best!





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