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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Arnock » Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:49 pm

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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Mcduffie » Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:08 am

I'm actually a huge fan of stronglifts. Did it for a couple of months, and my squat went from 225 to 305 on my 5x5. Felt awesome, man. Thanks for the tip!
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Shoju » Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:04 am

Closing in on 40 pounds lost, I've gone down a size in pants, my shirts fit better, and I'm generally just feeling better. I still have a long ways to go, but I'm finally feeling comfortable in what I'm doing.

My goal now, is to lose another 20 pounds between now and my anniversary in July. It should be doable with baseball season here, and practice, and games, and what not. Coaching takes a lot more out of you than I thought it would. If I can be down 60 pounds by my anniversary, I'll probably have a heart attack. But, that's what I'm trying for.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fridmarr » Fri May 03, 2013 6:47 am

Congrats man that's terrific.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Arnock » Fri May 03, 2013 7:02 am

Isn't working out supposed to help prevent heart attacks?


(seriously though, congrats!)
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Shoju » Fri May 17, 2013 10:40 am

46.5 lbs now. Baseball season has me feeling GREAT I'm losing weight, and even though I'm busy all the time, I have more energy, I feel awesome.

At this rate, (4 pounds a week) I'll have lost somewhere around 70 pounds by the time my anniversary rolls around, provided I'm able to keep at a consistent 4 pounds a week. If I can be down that far, I'll be excited to pose for pictures in the clothes I wore last year, when we had pictures done on our anniversary. The results, should be at least comical.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:04 am

How the HELL do you get chevron type muscles on your lower back?!!?

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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Cogglamp » Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:18 pm

By being singularly focused on what goes into your body and working out like a fiend. Good genes help too.

In all seriousness, I haven't seen many people be able to actually show off their serratus posterior inferior like that. Impressive to say the least.

I'm currently in Week 8 of P90x and haven't missed a day. The first couple of weeks were a complete kick in the face as I could barely move but I'm feeling stronger, faster and ready to take on the world. I haven't felt like this since my collegiate swimming days. Oh hai shoulders and six pack, good to see you again!
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:36 pm

In no way shape or form do I ever think I'll be able to get my body to look like THAT, but if I wanted to, how would I work out those muscles? The only thing I can think of is like like... reverse situp on a bench.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fivelives » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:27 am

Anything where you lean back and rotate would probably do it.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Cogglamp » Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:58 am

I'd encourage more core work in general and staying away from working out that muscle in particular. Back risers, boat position in yoga, bridge, segmental rotations, quadruped extensions, side planks, supermans are all great exercises for core/back. A lot of these moves are synergistic which helps with overall durability too.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fridmarr » Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:26 pm

Cogglamp wrote:I'd encourage more core work in general and staying away from working out that muscle in particular. Back risers, boat position in yoga, bridge, segmental rotations, quadruped extensions, side planks, supermans are all great exercises for core/back. A lot of these moves are synergistic which helps with overall durability too.

Agreed. That's a stabilizer muscle, it's not going to easily bulk up even with targeting. Core body exercises will be as effective and also include other muscles in the area.

Really though, seeing muscles like that is much more of a function of having very low body fat than making the muscle bigger. For instance, pretty much everyone has six pack abs, (look at any skinny toddler) they are just "hidden" under other stuff.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:22 am

Just ran 10k (6.2mi) for the first time. (Not a race, just a regular running session for me.) Pretty pleased with myself right now. I don't think I want to aim for any more distance... now it's going to be about bringing my time down.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Shoju » Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:08 am

Congrats Nika!

A few successes for me. If the scale is to be believed this morning, I'm down 60 pounds. I have a hard time believing the scale sometimes, so I'm not holding my breath until I see that low of a number for several days in a row.

I went walking on Sunday. I walked 3 miles. It's not a lot, but 3 miles for a guy with surgically repaired knees and an ankle feels pretty good. Especially, since I wasn't tired. I wasn't worn out at the end, though my ankle was definitely unhappy with me yesterday.

Now for a question. With baseball season drawing to a close, I don't have a regular form of exercise. I would like to get into walking more, and eventually jogging. (I'd say running, but I'm not sure my knees are healthy enough for that yet. What should I be looking for in a shoe?

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and I've been completely unimpressed with them. They are falling apart after just a few months, and they aren't very comfortable to walk in (I think that part of my ankle soreness is from the shoe) I don't mind dropping a "bit" of money on a shoe, but I'm not looking to drop 200 bucks. I'm just looking for a good brand of shoe that will stand up to walking / jogging.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:04 am

I've been following your weight loss and it's been awesome!

As for shoes, it's really more about what fits your foot best (in terms of brands. For example, Nike feels super uncomfortable to me.). I've been a loyal supporter of Adidas for years, and have never had a shoe fall apart on me prematurely. My last pair of running shoes from Adidas lasted three years (and in those three years, I walked 5k every day Monday through Friday to and from work and ran over 400km) before I bought new ones. My new shoes are solely for running now... which means I'm still walking to and from work every day in my previous pair. On average, I spend about $100 for them. Maybe $140 at a push.

Do you have any specialty shoe stores near you? We have something called The Running Room here (it may even be a US company) and they can match you to shoes that best suit you.
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