TIME TO GET RRRIIIIIIIPPED!!!!! - the exercise thread

Discussion in 'General Chatter' started by wixbloom, Jun 4, 2015.

  1. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    They joined me yesterday, and it went pretty well! We didn't get competitive, we did our own things, and I think we all did well.
     
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  2. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    They've come with me each time for a few weeks, and it's going great! We're getting along and also pushing each other a little bit.
     
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  3. hyrax

    hyrax if my heart could beat it would break my chest

    i've started running recently! i was on the cross country and track teams in high school, but i haven't run in over a decade... i walk and bike a lot, though, so my leg muscles are pretty strong. so i'm in a weird position where my muscles are up to far more than my stamina levels allow. i ran about 3/4 of a mile yesterday and i felt exhausted afterward, but my legs don't feel any stiffness or soreness at all today. i'm hoping to build that stamina up more so i can actually get a workout in my legs eventually.

    really it just feels silly to spend three times as long stretching as actually running-- yesterday i stretched for 10 minutes, ran for 7, and then stretched for another 10 afterward, lol.
     
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  4. Kodachi

    Kodachi Well-Known Member

    My employer is covering a big chunk of a gym membership, so my wife and I have been going, and hiring a personal trainer once a week. Improvement is happening.
     
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  5. theambernerd

    theambernerd dead to all sense of shame

    I've found a good walking route from my house, sticking to the small parks and canal nature-y areas and avoiding any big roads or any signal crossings... which is pretty impressive considering i'm also a one mile walk from either of the city center major train stations. The one i've been going on is a mile out and back and has been taking me about 20 minutes to walk when I put some effort into it, so I'm making it to 3mph walking.. i've mapped out how much further to go to make it a mile and a half or so, so I can get to 30 minutes of exercise, since at the moment i'm sorta just trying to get active enough to be hitting the 30 minutes 5 times a week baseline goal instead of getting too ripped

    my long game goal is basically git gud at hiking and such, I can get out to the peak district pretty easily and am trying to do that more often. ii'm curious and it's something that's hard to google.. would working on taking up running help with stamina for hiking/walking longer times/distances? or is just, walking long distances my best bet for actually getting good at that.
     
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  6. jacktrash

    jacktrash absentee sperglord

    my physio added a new exercise to my routine and i'm sore all overrrrr
     
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  7. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Hope it turns out to work well enough to be worth it!
     
  8. jacktrash

    jacktrash absentee sperglord

    oh yeah, definitely, it's working an area that i couldn't work before, i'm healthy enough now to strengthen it. feels good. like, when your spine is grody and crusty, you can't just strengthen everything at once, i found out. you overwork and give yourself a flare. so we've been strengthening muscles in sequence, making sure each area is ready to take the load when the next region gets worked on.

    started out with just stretches, glutes, and abs, a couple years ago. little by little we've been adding in thighs and various bits around the hips and sides. now that's all finally strong enough that i can work on my back muscles.

    i mean, OW. but also, go me!
     
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  9. hyrax

    hyrax if my heart could beat it would break my chest

    people who know more about weightlifting than me: do the towels in this actually do anything? is it any different than just holding the dumbbells in the same position?

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  10. paladinkit

    paladinkit brave little paladin

    I don't know much about weightlifting, but I do know quite a bit about hand and arm ergonomics, and the towels would change the way your wrist & stabilizing muscles would handle that same amount of weight. There would be less stabilizing action needed at the top of the lift, using the towels, because you don't have part of the weight coming up and over where you're gripping it. Whether that's good or bad for any particular lifting goals is outside my scope of knowledge, though.
     
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  11. sirsparklepants

    sirsparklepants *cries in sports*

    If your grip is more stable you're expending less energy keeping the weight where it's supposed to be for the exercise, and can keep correct form longer and therfore do the exercises better.
     
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  12. paladinkit

    paladinkit brave little paladin

    Ah that makes sense. For me, most of my PT/OT has heavily involved strengthening various stabilizers, but I can see how if you're trying to work on other muscles, taking that out of the equation would free up the energy and focus.
     
  13. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    All I can see is it looks like a really good way to drop the weight on your foot, the way he's got those towels tied. I'd want a firmer attachment.
     
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  14. hyrax

    hyrax if my heart could beat it would break my chest

    it's supposed to be for a forearm workout, but the website i got it from doesn't say which specific muscles it's meant to target. and yeah, i was worried about dropping it which is why i didn't try it immediately!
     
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