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Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger:The Fitness & Health Thread



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 07.17.2013 7:19pm


Colinp42
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I'm telling you, you should try following a video at least once (if not the one I posted).  It gives variety, and a set lenght of time rather than you trying to keep yourself honest with a number of reps.








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 07.17.2013 8:48pm
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maximus asinus
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kirbenvost said:

Unless I'm just not figuring it out, I don't think we have machines for crunches.

Damn, that's a lot of crunches. Hah, I've been doing like 50 total. Thanks for the tips on different types, I'll try some of those.
you probably don't, maybe a captain chair but the other machines are usually gym specific.

Also once you work out your abs for a month you will zip through a hundred without a sweat. The fun part is when you start doing that stuff with weights. You will reach that point when you can breeze through my posted ab workout.

Colinp42 said:

I'm telling you, you should try following a video at least once (if not the one I posted). It gives variety, and a set lenght of time rather than you trying to keep yourself honest with a number of reps.
I can't watch the video unfortunately due to the device I am on. Are you debating using a set amount of time vs. reps? Because time does factor into reps. I make sure to fit each workout into 10 minute segments (unless I am using heavy weight).




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 07.17.2013 9:30pm
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kirbenvost
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Most of the stuff I've been reading is saying I should be taking 2-3 seconds per rep.  So, kinda slow.  Is this correct?

As for following videos... I guess I'd be working out in my apartment, which is only an option for things that don't require equipment.




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 07.17.2013 10:55pm


maximus asinus
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kirbenvost said:

Most of the stuff I've been reading is saying I should be taking 2-3 seconds per rep. So, kinda slow. Is this correct?

As for following videos... I guess I'd be working out in my apartment, which is only an option for things that don't require equipment.
it depends on the exercise and the weight you are using. Maybe for ab workouts that would be fine but for everything else (especially with heavy weight) I'd go a bit slower.




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 07.18.2013 6:47pm
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kirbenvost
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Really?  Maybe it was 2-3 seconds per direction... Damn, looks like I won't be able to squeeze it into half an hour.




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 07.19.2013 6:17am


maximus asinus
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kirbenvost said:

Really? Maybe it was 2-3 seconds per direction... Damn, looks like I won't be able to squeeze it into half an hour.
per direction makes a bit more sense. When I work with heavy weight I go a bit slower to maintain proper form and control. Squatting 400 lbs every 2 seconds would be insane!




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 07.19.2013 7:41pm
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kirbenvost
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I can't imagine squatting 400 lbs. XD




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 08.06.2013 1:45pm


Zo
another blue ribbon



Usually what I've heard is that you want the movement out to be explosive ie. as hard as you can. It's the "reset" movement that should be slow.

So for example, you do chest press. From the lying position, push the weight up as you would normally, but as you complete the rep, bring the weight down slowly over 4 seconds. It makes the second movement as impactful as the first, explosive effort.

Me personally I'm getting back into fitness - got mah Android app getting me up to 200 squats, 100 pushups, 200 situps, 20 pullups and 150 dips in six weeks. Alternating this with running 30-45 minutes every other day. Considering I'm not dieting (unemployed and living at home, can't control what food is in the house) we'll see where I get to after this six weeks.

Stats before: 25yo, 5'6", 88kg, 25.1% body fat.
Stats after: ????




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 08.06.2013 3:22pm


Colinp42
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Ooh, how did you measure your body fat?

I think I'm starting to see some good results.  I've plateaued a bit as far as losing pounds (lost around 15, maybe a little more since I started), but I do continue to see improvement, so I guess I must be putting on muscle while losing weight?  Clothes are looser and face does seem to have slimmed a bit.

Not as successful as I would like with my dieting.  The cheat day isn't working so well because I usually slip and end up with more than one cheat day.  But I haven't abandoned the whole thing yet, so that's progress!




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 08.06.2013 6:18pm


Vyers
Dark Adonis



Over the weekend I got the motherfucking Charlie Horse of my life.

I've only ever had it in bed before: A temporary extremely painful tense up of my leg muscles, but hopefully you can get away without any lasting effects by just relaxing the tense leg and maybe massaging it. If you feel your leg "snap" you did it wrong, and can expect to walk funny for days.

I got mine on Sunday when I was at the beach in the goddamn ocean, and felt it tense up and snap in one horrible motion (because I was obviously moving). I reached down to try and massage my leg and felt a ball of muscle at the back of my calf the size of a tennis ball.

It took probably 45 seconds of me being completely immobilised (In the fucking ocean) before the tennis ball of muscles went down, and I was able to move again.

Jesus Christ though, what the hell?

This is the strongest motivation to exercise I've ever gotten. Had the waves been better I would have been further/deeper out in the water and I'm not sure what would have happened to me then....




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 08.06.2013 8:27pm


Crux
A mental Dentist's office



Hmm Also try to eat more potassium, like bananas.




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 08.06.2013 8:48pm


Zo
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Colinp42 said:

Ooh, how did you measure your body fat?
There's a machine at my gym which lets me do it. So I'm going to go from sedentary at the beginning of this six weeks, and seeing how different the change is.

Body fat % is useful for me because I'm stocky as hell and not a lot of that is fat. I'm a fairly average size but according to my BMI I should be turning small nearby objects into satellites. Weight loss isn't easy for me either because I gain a ton of muscle whenever I start to exercise. I've also got a handheld body fat monitor, got it fairly cheap. Maybe you could find one of those? 




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 08.06.2013 10:02pm


maximus asinus
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BMI is a completely flawed measurement which does not take muscle mass into account in the formula (assumes that most mass is fatty tissue). I am 6'0", 194 lbs, 9.2% body fat but according to BMI I am obese.




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 08.07.2013 1:23am


Zo
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*does the math

Holy shit you must be huge. Do you train for anything specific?




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 08.07.2013 8:11pm


maximus asinus
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Zo said:

*does the math

Holy shit you must be huge. Do you train for anything specific?
I am really not that big, I always kid that half my weight comes from my massive skull. As for what I train, I basically work everything equally. I do take protein and about 6 months ago started creatine. A regular gym day for me is 20 minutes on a bike, then pullups, squats, bench press, deadlifts, biceps curls, tricep dips, back extensions, a few different ab workouts, stretch, and then 10 more minutes on a bike. The pullups, tricep dips, and ab workouts are done with a weighted vest. On my off days I run 8 - 10 km. Fitting into that schedule I play a lot of sports.




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