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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #750 on: June 29, 2017, 07:06:39 AM »
1) I've been stuck at ~13 deadhang pullups for what seems like forever (probably 3+ months).  So my first goal is to figure out how to improve that number.  At this rate, I'd be happy with 15 by the end of the year.

Going for max reps in 1 set has become psychologically challenging to me even if I do it only once a week, so I'm dabbling with other methods to get my numbers up.  I've been greasing the groove with 5-6 rep sets 8-12 times per day on alternating days.  And I've started to mix in weighted pullups -- currently adding ~10% of my bodyweight.

2) Handstands.  My longterm goal is handstand pushups, but I've so far lacked the discipline to practice handstands as often as I need to.  I think I need a handstand buddy to motivate me.

3) Cardio.  If there's one thing more psychologically challenging to me than a prove-it set for max reps, it's getting over the beginner's cardio hump.  I did a couch-to-5k program a couple years ago and hated it 95% of the time.  Running is just misery for me, not to mention extremely boring.  Sprinting is a lot more fun, but I'm too impatient and I always end up pushing it too hard, too fast, and getting injured.  So far a pullup-pushup-burpee-squat circuit comes closest to the mark for me, though it's still intimidating.  At least it's over quickly, since mere mortals can only do that at a fast pace for a couple minutes.  :D

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« Reply #751 on: June 29, 2017, 07:35:48 AM »
I missed the gym morning because I took too long in the bathroom. I had a plan to go to the gym 15 times this month, and I would have been on 15/15! I am posting here to commit that NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW, I WILL SHOW UP FOR MY CLASS (extra frugal incentive: then I would get a free tshirt).

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« Reply #752 on: June 29, 2017, 07:57:29 AM »
I missed the gym morning because I took too long in the bathroom.

TMI :D

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I am posting here to commit that NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW, I WILL SHOW UP FOR MY CLASS (extra frugal incentive: then I would get a free tshirt).

Yet another t-shirt would be a disincentive for me.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #753 on: June 29, 2017, 08:02:43 AM »
1) I've been stuck at ~13 deadhang pullups for what seems like forever (probably 3+ months).  So my first goal is to figure out how to improve that number.  At this rate, I'd be happy with 15 by the end of the year.

In my experience, when I stall out like that, reverting to an earlier progression and upping the number of slow reps for a bit makes returning to the harder one (in your case, the regular pullups) more successful. Or, you can try splitting your 13 into 2 reps of 6 or 7. Sometimes, the break between sets helps get over that hump too.
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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #754 on: June 29, 2017, 08:18:54 AM »
1) I've been stuck at ~13 deadhang pullups for what seems like forever (probably 3+ months).  So my first goal is to figure out how to improve that number.  At this rate, I'd be happy with 15 by the end of the year.

In my experience, when I stall out like that, reverting to an earlier progression and upping the number of slow reps for a bit makes returning to the harder one (in your case, the regular pullups) more successful. Or, you can try splitting your 13 into 2 reps of 6 or 7. Sometimes, the break between sets helps get over that hump too.

Another thing I've seen work is to add weight to your pullups. One guy at my old gym stalled on his bodyweight pull ups so he added some heavy sets of pullups for low reps for a while and he finally started moving again on his body weight pullups. For me I can only do about 4-5 unassisted pullups so what I do is do my 4-5 reps then do 5 reps of band assisted pullups to get more volume in. Which would be another option. It's worked for me going from 1 pullup to 5.
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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #755 on: June 29, 2017, 11:08:50 AM »
I completely forgot about this thread over the past few months.


I raced an Olympic distance Triathlon on June 4th with barely any training. It was such a wake up call for my IRONMAN 70.3 race in September that I dove headfirst into a formal training program to peak for that race.

Went from no training, to in the past 4 weeks....

~300 miles biked
~75 miles ran
~5,000 yards swam

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #756 on: June 29, 2017, 02:18:44 PM »
I missed the gym morning because I took too long in the bathroom.

TMI :D

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I am posting here to commit that NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW, I WILL SHOW UP FOR MY CLASS (extra frugal incentive: then I would get a free tshirt).

Yet another t-shirt would be a disincentive for me.

When #fitness goals conflict with #declutteringgoals.  #mustachianproblems

Usually true! I, however, am actually running out of workout tanks for the gym, so this will be a positive add to reward my more frequent exercise routine this year :)

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #757 on: June 29, 2017, 02:31:26 PM »
Yet another t-shirt would be a disincentive for me.

Usually true! I, however, am actually running out of workout tanks for the gym, so this will be a positive add to reward my more frequent exercise routine this year :)

Well in that case...it's a win/win/win.  NIce work.  :)

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #758 on: June 29, 2017, 05:43:32 PM »
I missed the gym morning because I took too long in the bathroom.

TMI :D

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I am posting here to commit that NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW, I WILL SHOW UP FOR MY CLASS (extra frugal incentive: then I would get a free tshirt).

Yet another t-shirt would be a disincentive for me.

When #fitness goals conflict with #declutteringgoals.  #mustachianproblems

Usually true! I, however, am actually running out of workout tanks for the gym, so this will be a positive add to reward my more frequent exercise routine this year :)

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #759 on: July 01, 2017, 07:22:08 AM »
We have been on the road for about 3 weeks now so my workouts have had to change. I've succeeded in 'doing something' nearly everyday. It's allowed me to explore running less and doing more bodyweight workouts. I've been using Darebee.com 30 day programs as a guide and for inspiration. I just joined what seems to be a pretty challenging program on the Facebook to see if that helps keep things fresh and keep me motivated.

Travels have also made some changes in diet...I did nearly-vegetarian-keto one week. I've now switched over to keto with no dairy or as as those are my crutches. While I don't have a scale, I don't think i'm losing weight.   I'm trying to measure and track more accurately

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #760 on: July 01, 2017, 04:56:18 PM »
Four month check-in.  I think I hit my results goal for the year!

Input Goal: Run 130x / 10 months = 13x/month.
Results:  Mar 5x, April 5x, May 9x, June 13x.

Results Goal:  Drop from 33% body fat to 30%.
Results: Body fat now 30%.

Notes:  Dropped from 165.8 lbs to 156.3 lbs so far.  Waist down from 39.25 inches to 36.75.  Continuing track workouts that started in mid-May.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #761 on: July 02, 2017, 09:24:44 AM »
Turning 30 in 5 days. Splits are still elusive, have no idea what I can do to get them back in this lifetime given all things I've already tried. Still about ~3 inches from the floor.

Down to ~4 days a week of working out from daily. It's been a bit of a scheduling clusterfuck with a lot of international travel, conferences, but mainly not making the time. I generally feel worse when I don't prioritize working out, so it's worth doing.

It's seemingly harder in the summer where there's more after-work events, but in reality sunrise is around 5AM so it's super-easy to make the 5:30AM classes and be done for the day.

I'll probably do a 30 days of working out challenge again starting on my birthday to try to jump start myself into it again.
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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #762 on: July 02, 2017, 01:17:31 PM »
half a year past and eek, idk if i will get all of those goals haha

>= 1 bike ride to work  >>>>>>  havent ridden to work yet, those 12 miles one way is pretty intimidating.
Run mile <= 9:00        >>>>>>  i run every now and then, but dont time myself, will have to check and see how far off i am
Lose 20lbs of fat          >>>>>>  10 lbs down! weight ~221 lbs atm
1 set/5 wide grip pullups  >>>>   i can do 4 pullups up from 0 =) although only 2 are nice form, but i think this will be easiest to accomplish
1 set/? benchpress @ 250lbs >>  i can do a set of 8 reps  @ 160 lbs. haha again a toughie here. sucks that i work out alone so cant realy push myself to failure or check my 1RM.


Just found out that i have plenty of excuses why im not further ahead, wow =) will have to step up my cardio and bench press game. Keep up the good work guys!




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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #763 on: July 03, 2017, 05:55:24 AM »
Checking in again. Major improvement with posture and back pain due to this air pillow support that dr. recommended. As someone with lower 18.5 BMI, sitting can literally be painful/bruising, and this thing has made a world of difference. Exercises core a bit too similar to a balance ball when sitting on it.

Foundation Training exercises, walking at least 1 mile/day, 7-minute workout, and 4-minute workout also still on track.

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« Reply #764 on: July 03, 2017, 10:57:16 AM »
Sorry for stupid long post...Back from 3 months in Japan.

Didn't achieve my "normal" workout goals, but I loved the time there.  I'll focus on the fitness aspects: 

In Japan:
1st month:
--Did normal Reddit Bodyweight Routine ~1 time a week.
--Walked a lot (commuting to work and sight seeing).  Technically could have walked to work, but way too tired from long hours and short on time/calling home, plus sight seeing to really do that.
2nd month:
--Almost no strength training
--Still walking a lot (although less because wife visited for ~2 weeks and walking 8-16 miles sightseeing isn't her thing...)
3rd month:
--Got back into bodyweight workouts or yoga ~1-2 times a week.
--And yes more walking.

Food & Exercise Habits:
--Portion size is most obvious difference from USA.
--I ate anything and everything some meat everyday, but small portions of it and more fish.  At home mainly vegetarian (eggs/meat ~once a week).
--Grocery stores have more real food in them - not as much processed things that resemble food.
--Nearly everyone uses public transit (which also involves a lot of walking).
--"Playground workouts" are not unusual.  1st week saw dudes in full suits doing L-sit pull ups, front and back levers.
--Eating out "desert" showed up/was offered 1 time and it was essentially ~1/4 of a USA size scoop of ice cream.

Obviously no offence meant, but it's also 100% obvious to anyone that's been in USA & Japan that USA folks carry more fat on average (myself included).  I've noticed this on previous trips, but never looked up any details--depending on sources you look up they say~
obesity rate:
USA     (my homeland) = ~33%
Japan   (2nd home in my heart) = ~3.5%


Of course everyone has different standards/goals/needs/desires/etc and again no offense meant, but if noting else it's an interesting cultural difference.

Home again (USA):
--Reverse culture shock: 
1st time I've ever felt strange coming home (also longest away from USA for certain).
--Sleep: 
Painful 1st 3 days waking up between 1-2am, then traveling for a family wedding/staying up late that comes with that, then just being lazy due to exhaustion lying around till 1-2pm and not able to get to sleep at night.  Finally getting back on schedule--I need habits of up early/do something/shut off screen time by 9 and read = best sleep.
--Workout: 
-Starting up reddit BW recommended routine on normal 3 times a week schedule.  Back to tracking my original goals now.
-Surprisingly I squat portion of reddit routine maybe 2-3 times total in 3 months, but haven't really lost any strength (actually seem to have gains in some aspects).  My walk home had a really long and steep hill along with 2-3 times normal amount of walking apparently is good for leg strength as well. 
-I find myself compelled to take long walks just for the sake of walking. 

That's probably long enough (or way too long) for now.  I'll just leave you with a picture of my walking for the past year and I think you can guess when I went to Japan...




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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #765 on: July 03, 2017, 11:09:53 AM »
Managed to do 9 x 150lbs (130% of bodyweight) back squats yesterday. This is the highest I've gotten since I was 18yrs. My birthday (30 yrs) is on Friday!

Deadlift is now up to 165lbs but unfortunately, I think I need to get gloves or wrist braces or something to get much higher. My hands suck too bad to get much higher without adding something to the equation. I hate buying things so I'll likely put this off.

Still stuck on bench press at 70lbs, 2 reps.  Not sure I have posture using the machine perfect; my feet often don't touch the floor on the seat (have I mentioned I'm tiny?)

Update on goals
Deadlift 1RM/118lbs Done
Back squat 1RM/118lbs Done
Bench press 1RM/100lbs - 70/100 ugh
Complete 1/2 Marathon - Done
Yoga >= 100:00:00 - 63 hours, on track
>= 5x/week working out - on track
Bike > 2,518 miles - On track
Do full splits - about to pay $100 for a special splits class I am so desperate to accomplish this
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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #766 on: July 03, 2017, 11:57:25 AM »
I know it's time for an update with all of the metrics associated with it. I may wind up delaying until this weekend. I've been slacking this last quarter, and to be honest, I'm a bit worried about seeing the numbers. However, I have implemented a new plan (ish). My workouts are boring. Slow reps, those aren't any fun. And I'm not yet strong enough to do the running around the lake and working out thing (which is how I envision things going). So I'm in the process of developing a flow, that incorporates my workouts, but is bigger than that. Warm up, stretching, working out, drinking coffee...I think that all of this will be involved. My better half always says she wakes up halfway through the workout videos she does daily, but I can't do it. I need to sneak up on the day. Therefore, I will try to incorporate that sneaking into a nice habit. I'll let you all know how it goes, and we'll see how my body composition has changed by this weekend.

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« Reply #767 on: July 03, 2017, 04:06:39 PM »
I know it's time for an update with all of the metrics associated with it. I may wind up delaying until this weekend. I've been slacking this last quarter, and to be honest, I'm a bit worried about seeing the numbers. However, I have implemented a new plan (ish). My workouts are boring. Slow reps, those aren't any fun. And I'm not yet strong enough to do the running around the lake and working out thing (which is how I envision things going). So I'm in the process of developing a flow, that incorporates my workouts, but is bigger than that. Warm up, stretching, working out, drinking coffee...I think that all of this will be involved. My better half always says she wakes up halfway through the workout videos she does daily, but I can't do it. I need to sneak up on the day. Therefore, I will try to incorporate that sneaking into a nice habit. I'll let you all know how it goes, and we'll see how my body composition has changed by this weekend.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #768 on: July 03, 2017, 06:40:57 PM »
Tried to post a few times and my post keeps getting eaten.

I've  finished 3 triathlons this season so far. My goal is to do 5. However, I have a lot of traveling coming up and start a new job in about 3 weeks. I've upped my training distances so that I could probably do an Olympic distance tri at the end of the season (September or October). Not sure if I want to put myself through that though. I'm doing a "virtual" ironman at the moment, which I am not counting towards my 5 tri total. It can be done in segments over 3 months. I'm trying to knock it out in a week. The swim only took two visits to the pool, biking I believe is done after today's 40 miler, and run is a PITA but I did 6 miles yesterday and will do another tomorrow and I think I'll be able to wrap it up by this coming Friday.

Did not lose weight this season - which overall is probably a good thing. A little squisher around the stomach, but legs and arms are stronger. I'm not getting to the pool enough to keep up my  water-feel (don't know how to explain it - but the ability to cut through the water instinctively - which seems to come w/ me putting in at least 3 miles per week).

Last triathlon SUCKED due to massive numbers of jellyfish - I wore leggings and shirt and lots of Vaseline and exposed areas still got stung. There were maybe 2 jellies per cubic foot of water. I mean - it was almost more jellies than water. It was a dock start and so you had to jump in and tread water for 2 minutes or so before the start. I jumped in when instructed and looked back and 1:30 later most of the group was still standing on the dock looking morose. I could feel my hands and feet swishing through the jellyfish, My boyfriend did not compete and met me at the end of the swim so I could dump my excess clothing on him and he told me people were sobbing as they got out of the water. Many were inexperienced with jellies (I am sorry to say that I have had much experience with them in open water) and were getting pulled out by the support boats and such. The  water was also very warm and the excess layers slowed me down, but better than being stung from head to toe.

Bike was fine but mysteriously headwindy the entire way. The run was in full sun and just generally wasn't fun (they never are, in my book).

Anyhow - I finished. My friend was a DTF due to getting a jellyfish sting on her eye. :(

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #769 on: July 04, 2017, 12:29:56 AM »
Do full splits - about to pay $100 for a special splits class I am so desperate to accomplish this

What program are you looking at buying on splits? If you buy it, please post a review!

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #770 on: July 04, 2017, 09:11:54 AM »
Do full splits - about to pay $100 for a special splits class I am so desperate to accomplish this

What program are you looking at buying on splits? If you buy it, please post a review!
It's actually a in-person class at a local pole dancing place, it's $100 for a 6-week series of weekly classes. There's also a yoga studio that has a splits specific series as well. I really, really want to do it because I feel like I'm just struggling to get this, despite my best efforts. 35 minutes per day of stretching specifically for the splits plus ~4 hours of hot yoga per week are NOT DOING IT.

I've been really going at it since December, but honestly I've been stretching daily for 1.5 years and been working on and off on the splits for 12 years. I had them when I was a figure skater and in a supportive environment of other people stretching together each every morning (also they were required.) Which is why I think the class might not be a bad idea to get over the hump.
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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #771 on: July 05, 2017, 02:24:32 PM »
Managed to do 9 x 150lbs (130% of bodyweight) back squats yesterday. This is the highest I've gotten since I was 18yrs. My birthday (30 yrs) is on Friday!

Deadlift is now up to 165lbs but unfortunately, I think I need to get gloves or wrist braces or something to get much higher. My hands suck too bad to get much higher without adding something to the equation. I hate buying things so I'll likely put this off.

Still stuck on bench press at 70lbs, 2 reps.  Not sure I have posture using the machine perfect; my feet often don't touch the floor on the seat (have I mentioned I'm tiny?)

Update on goals
Deadlift 1RM/118lbs Done
Back squat 1RM/118lbs Done
Bench press 1RM/100lbs - 70/100 ugh
Complete 1/2 Marathon - Done
Yoga >= 100:00:00 - 63 hours, on track
>= 5x/week working out - on track
Bike > 2,518 miles - On track
Do full splits - about to pay $100 for a special splits class I am so desperate to accomplish this

What's the issue with the deadlift?  Is it grip strength? Or something wrong with your hands?

There are a few things you could try without spending money.  First would be learn how to Hookgrip (can be painful until you get used to it).  Second would be to try a reverse grip (if you're not already).  Or if you have some scrap leather or nylon webbing you could make a pair of lifting straps.

Nice work knocking off so many goals!
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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #772 on: July 05, 2017, 02:34:40 PM »
What's the issue with the deadlift?  Is it grip strength? Or something wrong with your hands?

Nice work knocking off so many goals!
I have rheumatoid arthritis so my grip strength is terrible, and unlikely to improve. My hands are often super-duper inflamed and have trouble gripping daily objects like pens and pots, let alone 150+ lb ones. I do use the mixed grip already, which has helped. I have been looking into the straps, but the fact that those are smaller objects mean that it will actually probably be harder to for me to grip. I think I need to actually get something that cushions the bar for me like this. That's similar to the adaptive devices that I use to hold pens, forks, etc. Perhaps I can get my health insurance to buy them..

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #773 on: July 05, 2017, 04:17:17 PM »
What's the issue with the deadlift?  Is it grip strength? Or something wrong with your hands?

Nice work knocking off so many goals!
I have rheumatoid arthritis so my grip strength is terrible, and unlikely to improve. My hands are often super-duper inflamed and have trouble gripping daily objects like pens and pots, let alone 150+ lb ones. I do use the mixed grip already, which has helped. I have been looking into the straps, but the fact that those are smaller objects mean that it will actually probably be harder to for me to grip. I think I need to actually get something that cushions the bar for me like this. That's similar to the adaptive devices that I use to hold pens, forks, etc. Perhaps I can get my health insurance to buy them..

And thank you!

Those fat grips are usually used to work on grip strength, or rather they make it harder to hang on by increasing the diameter of the bar.

The lifting straps might be a good option for you.  They wrap around the bar and around your wrist and lock you in pretty good.  They also come off easily when you let go.

They also make deadlifting hooks.  I don't have any experience with these, but they make me wary for some reason.  I would try the lifting straps before these.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #774 on: July 05, 2017, 04:55:38 PM »
What's the issue with the deadlift?  Is it grip strength? Or something wrong with your hands?

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I have rheumatoid arthritis so my grip strength is terrible, and unlikely to improve. My hands are often super-duper inflamed and have trouble gripping daily objects like pens and pots, let alone 150+ lb ones. I do use the mixed grip already, which has helped. I have been looking into the straps, but the fact that those are smaller objects mean that it will actually probably be harder to for me to grip. I think I need to actually get something that cushions the bar for me like this. That's similar to the adaptive devices that I use to hold pens, forks, etc. Perhaps I can get my health insurance to buy them..

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Those fat grips are usually used to work on grip strength, or rather they make it harder to hang on by increasing the diameter of the bar.

The lifting straps might be a good option for you.  They wrap around the bar and around your wrist and lock you in pretty good.  They also come off easily when you let go.

They also make deadlifting hooks.  I don't have any experience with these, but they make me wary for some reason.  I would try the lifting straps before these.

Interesting about the grips, usually for arthritic people we use increased width to make things easier, as grasping small objects is much harder for us (my hands don't make a full fist, for example.) Like this is what I use on pencils/pens:


My wrists are quite bad as well (I can't fold them back enough to do pushups for example, have to use bars, one has metal in it) so I am not sure I want to add any pressure on them. Those straps make me nervous, as do those hooks. I still haven't figured this out quite yet.
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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #775 on: July 06, 2017, 08:24:15 AM »
mm, with your health issues I wonder if you'd be better off developing posterior chain strength with different exercises, like hyperextensions and reverse hypers. I kind of fear for your wrists and hands with too much deadlifting. Plus a 165lb deadlift is not bad at all at your height and weight.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #776 on: July 06, 2017, 08:41:09 AM »
I jogged 5 miles on Tuesday. Yesterday I did 25 minutes of weightlifting, and 30 minutes of cardio on the staircase machine.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #777 on: July 10, 2017, 07:52:04 AM »
Because 2017 is apparently the year of stupid injuries I inflict upon myself, early last week I was teasing the neighbor children by stomping around pretending to be the big bad wolf... I stomped down my right foot, felt a sharp pain in my foot and up my ankle. Iced it. It felt fine by the next morning but was a dull ache by the end of the day. Took that day and the next off. Felt fine so I went for a short, easy run on day three. Dull ache by the end. Sigh. Took two more days off and ran a 5K I had already signed up for, dull ache by the end. Double sigh. Running seems to be my only issue with it though. I have been cycling and swimming with no issues. I'll continue that and take a few more days off from running. I just don't want to risk a dull ache becoming something more serious like the back strain did earlier this year. Perhaps I'm learning?

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #778 on: July 10, 2017, 09:07:22 AM »
You might consider having a doctor look at it.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #779 on: July 10, 2017, 01:59:02 PM »
You might consider having a doctor look at it.

I will if a few more days off don't help it. It literally only aches after a couple miles of running, so I'm hoping it's just a little injury that the pounding from running is irritating while it heals. I'm just frustrated because this year every time I seem to get into a running groove, something has knocked me out of it. I've had silly, small injuries (not running/fitness related. Usually because I've done something dumb) or gotten the worst cold of my life that would. not. go. away. It'll be fine though, marathon not a spring and all that.
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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #780 on: July 10, 2017, 03:40:54 PM »
You might consider having a doctor look at it.

I will if a few more days off don't help it. It literally only aches after a couple miles of running, so I'm hoping it's just a little injury that the pounding from running is irritating while it heals. I'm just frustrated because this year every time I seem to get into a running groove, something has knocked me out of it. I've had silly, small injuries (not running/fitness related. Usually because I've done something dumb) or gotten the worst cold of my life that would. not. go. away. It'll be fine though, marathon not a spring and all that.

@hudsoncat you and I sound a lot alike. I had the same thing happen to my ankle about three weeks ago. I was just walking around work, took a step, and shooting pain went from my foot to my ankle. Wound up taking two full weeks off running, while doing stretches/calf raises (which were the exercises I was given several years ago when I had Achilles tendinitis). My ankle is finally feeling better, and now my back is starting to bother me (I have horrible back problems, but it hasn't bugged me in a while). Sigh. 

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #781 on: July 10, 2017, 06:29:17 PM »
Well I'm happy to report that I did 45 minutes of cardio on the staircase machine yesterday, and 30 minutes of cardio on the elliptical machine today. Then I taught yoga class.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #782 on: July 11, 2017, 06:18:45 PM »
I am curious about the work towards doing the splits. I've never been able to do them, even when I was doing yoga regularly as an adult and was otherwise super bendy. Couldn't do them as a teen when I was taking dance, although at the time I never specifically worked on doing splits.

Is there a website or general guidance for working towards this?

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #783 on: July 12, 2017, 01:28:32 AM »

Is there a website or general guidance for working towards this?

The general feedback I get is that being a runner is not good for doing splits. I tried the 30 days of splits program. For me, I think it might take 365 days. I also bought a stretching program a couple years ago and that seems like a better choice as it really helps position you for each stretch...and that makes a big difference for me. Most of my work focuses on hip flexors.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #784 on: July 12, 2017, 09:17:03 AM »
I don't think being super flexible is an advantage. Strength and a certain amount of muscle tightness is protective of the joints, it prevents the joints from getting damaged from being overstretched.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #785 on: July 12, 2017, 03:10:30 PM »
Yea, over-flexibility isn't good for joints. That being said, if you're a dancer or your preferred form of expression is artistic + physical in some way, flexibility is a requirement. I couldn't compete with less than this level of flexibility in figure skating (minimum split height level for women above the 7th level out of 8 testing levels:)



Overall, running/training for marathons is way worse for you than running 5K every day. Doesn't mean some of us don't desire + enjoy working towards marathons (or splits).
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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #786 on: July 17, 2017, 07:52:17 AM »
Back to running with no foot pain. We visited family this weekend who live in a very hilly neighborhood with long, steep hills this weekend. I went for a run one day and decided to tackle the biggest hill just to see if I could. On the way up I looked at my watch at one point and was running a 15:56 minute per mile pace. On the way down I decided to let it rip and see what I could get down too, 4:43 minute per mile pace. Suffice it to say, my normal running pace is usually somewhere in the middle of those paces. I wish we lived closer, I think I'd be a much stronger runner if I ran those hills frequently!

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #787 on: July 17, 2017, 05:49:17 PM »
Yea, over-flexibility isn't good for joints. That being said, if you're a dancer or your preferred form of expression is artistic + physical in some way, flexibility is a requirement. I couldn't compete with less than this level of flexibility in figure skating (minimum split height level for women above the 7th level out of 8 testing levels:)

Overall, running/training for marathons is way worse for you than running 5K every day. Doesn't mean some of us don't desire + enjoy working towards marathons (or splits).

This is a conversation I have with DH often, because he can get pretty obsessive about his fitness stuff. Are you doing it for health? Because at a certain point, you cross the line from "optimal for health" to "sacrificing health to reach a goal". Which is fine if you're doing it consciously and it's a choice, but if you're unaware and unclear on your goals and your WHY, it can be a dangerous proposition.
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