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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #600 on: March 31, 2017, 12:53:13 PM »
January summary:
For my 'daily minimums', I only had 8 days completing all 10. My big downfall is eating fish every other day. I had 27 days where I did 9/10 tasks, and all but 2 of those it was the fish that I didn't get.

For 'do something every day', I batted 100% (although the day I moved furniture could arguably have been skipping, since it really wasn't *that* hard, but hey, it still got me moving). These go above and beyond the daily minumums- ie, the 5 goblet squats in the morning don't count for these, and neither does the short AM yoga flow.
I did 10 days of yoga
I did 7 weight lifting workouts
Nature: Snowshoeing 1x, hike x1, beach walk x1
Local walks: I did 15 walks, all but 2 were more than 1 mile

On to February! Goals:
-Do better with fish (minimum 10 days with all 10 daily minimums)
-Do 20 local walks
-Do another 10 days yoga minimum
-Do 10 weight lifting workouts

February summary:
-Yoga was put on hold because of my knee issues. Luckily, these seem to be resolving! Been focusing on changing running form and working on various PTs- clamshells, arch strengtheners, etc.
-Ran 26.6 miles total. (11 runs)
-Did 11 walks, but with the runs, this adds to more than my goal of 20 local walks- I consider this met!
-Biked 9.8 miles (5 bike rides)
-1 day total 'fail'- I did nothing. Zero. Zilch. First one of the year. Hopefully the only!
-9 days of doing 10/10 daily minimums. 16 days of 9/10. A trip to seattle threw off 3 days of minimums. Mainly the others were due to not doing fish (every other day goal for meeting the minimums).

March goals:
-Go to the yoga classes I bought on groupon, lol. I'm hoping to do 4 real classes in march.
-Continue the couch to 5k program.
-End of month, do either or both: 5k color run with neighbors, local park 5k.
-Goal of 1 bike ride per week
-Runs+Walks >20.

Okay, so March... went well, in many respects, and yet my goals don't reflect that well.
-Go to the yoga classes I bought on groupon, lol. I'm hoping to do 4 real classes in march.
Only made it to one, but I DID activate the groupon and go once, which is the big hurdle for me. (New things = scary, haha)

-Continue the couch to 5k program.
Rocked this one. One run was pushed back because I picked up an extra work shift, but that was all.

-End of month, do either or both: 5k color run with neighbors, local park 5k.
Neither of these happened. Color run never came together with neighbors, and the local park 5k was the day I picked up that work shift. Will plan to do one in April though.

-Goal of 1 bike ride per week
Did not happen. Only 2 bike rides this month. In my defense, it rained a LOT.

-Runs+Walks >20.

So close... 19 days! Although a couple days I doubled up on walks, so maybe that counts? I forget how I counted it for Feb, haha.

Otherwise- 1 total 'fail' day, no work, no activity. This has happened each month, so I've decided I'll just build this in- one allowed fail each month.
-All time high of 16 days of 10/10 of my daily minimums. All 15 other days were 9/10. And like February, it was because of the fish ;) Haha. I'm slowly making my peace, and dare I say, starting to ENJOY some preparations of fish!

So, April goals:
-20 walks + runs
-finish out the couch to 5k program, then move to 2 days per week running
-once C to 5k ends, add 1 scheduled day lifting per week
-3 yoga classes at the studio
-15 days of 10/10 daily minimums
-2 hikes
-Run a 5k at some sort of organized event
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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #601 on: April 01, 2017, 08:44:30 AM »

February checkin:

Cardio: 14/16 workouts
Strength: 15/16 workouts
Weight: 157
BF: 16.8%
Diet: On track

March checkin:
Cardio: 13/17 workouts
Strength: 10/17 workouts
Weight: 156
BF: 16.5%
Diet: On track, started tracking calories

I let myself lose motivation during a couple of weeks. I just did not want to do boring shoulder rehab. I think I'm ready for another shoulder strength test, and then I'll be back to regular upper body workouts. I started tracking calories about 10 days ago, because I've been going up and down a bit for the past 6 weeks. That will give me some concrete numbers to work with as I try to lose this last few pounds of fat. I started on the deadlift program mentioned earlier in the thread, and tested my max beforehand. I'm currently at 185, and will test again after 10 weeks. My goal is 225 at the end of that time.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #602 on: April 01, 2017, 01:43:02 PM »
March check-in:

5/10 runs. 

Body fat %:  Well, in case this is entertaining - I accidentally broke the scale!  Somehow it had gotten into measurements using "stone" instead of pounds or kilos; when I sort of stomped on while trying to find the trick of changing the measurement, I broke the display.  More data in future...

Began tracking food I eat also.  Clearly this has improved the amount of vegetables; junk food reduced somewhat.  More details to come in future. 

Thanks to everyone in this thread for their inspiration.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #603 on: April 01, 2017, 05:13:59 PM »
Having the hardest time gaining weight still. A month or so ago I added in two cups of Greek yogurt daily along with a bunch of fruit in it. That's well over 600 calories and I've still been stuck around 201-203 lbs. I'm probably around 12% BF but trying to bulk up before I start cutting hard. I finally caved in and ordered 10 lbs of weight gainer. I found some that's 600 calories per serving with only 5g sugar, so that's good. I could easily gain weight with candy and pizza but I'm doing it very clean. I'll replace a normal protein shake with the weight gainer and that should also have me hovering around the 4000 calorie per day mark. I haven't been "working" hard at work, and I've only upped the gym this year to 4 days a week vs last years 3. Granted, my workouts now are a bit longer and I've changed my cardio from treadmill/eliptical to plyo type stuff. Kettle ball swings, box jumps, alex pushes, etc.

Have been staying pretty committed. Maybe miss a meal a month and a gym day every couple months. We do skip on the cardio maybe once every other week though.

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« Reply #604 on: April 02, 2017, 02:12:17 PM »
I'm late to this but could use a little boost/accountability. 

Loved reading through goals and resources as it helped me define some/add new and even start a new program this week.  Thanks to all for letting me steal ideas!

So for 2017: 
--Lose 8 pounds (bc it breaks one of those psychological barrier numbers)
--Get to 16% BF (currently at 19.something)
--Be able to do splits...started 30 day split program at the beginning of this week (if successful, add other challenges from same site)
--Make 6pk abs...I think this will take more time (2018 goal?) but will get started by adding ab work 3x week
--Improved flexibility all over...esp left arm mobility...stretching program daily...explore pilates?
--Run 3-4x week with intervals, speed or hill work 1x week. Build up to being able to run 10 miles comfortably
--Trainer: 1x week: add in pullups, dips and TRX backbend work (be able to do 10 unassisted dips/pullups, 20 pushups and unassisted backbend.... gracefully
--Yoga 1x week
--7 minute plank: practice 3x week
--Press handstand: practice 2x week
--Bike for nearby errands daily
--Go one 1 hike/walk with kids monthly
--Passagiata: 3 nights a week
--Swimming: define when water available...unsure when/where that will be
--Be able to do slack line: unpack and find a place to use it
--Branch out socially during fitness stuff
--Keto: continue with current plan

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« Reply #605 on: April 02, 2017, 03:40:18 PM »
I'm late to this but could use a little boost/accountability. 

Loved reading through goals and resources as it helped me define some/add new and even start a new program this week.  Thanks to all for letting me steal ideas!

So for 2017: 
--Lose 8 pounds (bc it breaks one of those psychological barrier numbers)
--Get to 16% BF (currently at 19.something)
--Be able to do splits...started 30 day split program at the beginning of this week (if successful, add other challenges from same site)
--Make 6pk abs...I think this will take more time (2018 goal?) but will get started by adding ab work 3x week
--Improved flexibility all over...esp left arm mobility...stretching program daily...explore pilates?
--Run 3-4x week with intervals, speed or hill work 1x week. Build up to being able to run 10 miles comfortably
--Trainer: 1x week: add in pullups, dips and TRX backbend work (be able to do 10 unassisted dips/pullups, 20 pushups and unassisted backbend.... gracefully
--Yoga 1x week
--7 minute plank: practice 3x week
--Press handstand: practice 2x week
--Bike for nearby errands daily
--Go one 1 hike/walk with kids monthly
--Passagiata: 3 nights a week
--Swimming: define when water available...unsure when/where that will be
--Be able to do slack line: unpack and find a place to use it
--Branch out socially during fitness stuff
--Keto: continue with current plan

Regarding 6 pack - I wouldn't waste too much time doing ab work. You already have abs, but the key is getting your BF low enough for them to show. Working that section won't make fat disappear, nor will it make them grow and protrude out extra or anything. A couple times a week is enough, but I wouldn't put much of a focus on that. The popular saying is always "abs are made in the kitchen" I.e. You just need to get your BF low enough for them to show.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #606 on: April 02, 2017, 05:46:44 PM »

March check-in:

March goals:
- workout every day, but drop weight exercises to every other day for recovery time. Fill in alternate days with biking now that the snow is gone.
No missed days! I biked most days (seventeen) and am doing half my weight stuff on one set of days, the other half on the alternates - so recovery is there, but I'm still doing some weight stuff daily.
- increase kettle bell swings to 85 per day
Success - and I started April with 100 swings.
- increase bent arm hang to 8 seconds
Meh - I made it to 8 seconds on one day, but averaged just over 6. Still, it was better than the month before.
- start c25k again when the field I run in gets less soggy
Did this twice. But when the weather's nice, I still just like biking.


April goals:
- Keep working out every day.
- Increase bent arm hangs to 8 seconds more consistently
- do c25k at least twice per week
- I've started eating shitty snack foods. I can absorb a fair amount of that from biking (I'm at 580 miles for the year so far), but not all. So a new goal is to limit that to weekends, and M-F make my snacks healthy - salads, healthy smoothies, pumpkin seeds, real food.  <-- putting that in writing!!!

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« Reply #607 on: April 03, 2017, 08:31:31 AM »
March check-in: I'm behind where I should be for the 100 hours of yoga goal. That may have been an overly ambitious number, but I'll stick with it for now and see if I can catch up at my next milestone. I've definitely been doing yoga more than twice a week, and I have a plan to retrieve my bike in a couple of weeks!
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« Reply #608 on: April 03, 2017, 09:00:01 AM »
Oh hopefully didn't find this too late...Is it too late to join? And if not how do I join?

BJ already hit that answer. Not too late at all. If you have goals, just post them here, and I'll get you added to the participant tracking post. If you aren't sure yet, just comment in here and talk about kind of what you want, and we can help set some goals up for you.

I'm late to this but could use a little boost/accountability. 

Loved reading through goals and resources as it helped me define some/add new and even start a new program this week.  Thanks to all for letting me steal ideas!

Great artists and all that.

Welcome to the Gauntlet. I've got your goals added to the participant tracking post. If you could look them over, and let me know any changes, it'd be much appreciated. Also, use2betrix hit the nail on the head in regards to the six pack, but I did leave in the ab work goal.
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« Reply #609 on: April 03, 2017, 09:46:36 AM »
Also, use2betrix hit the nail on the head in regards to the six pack, but I did leave in the ab work goal.

Thanks Use2betrix & Jordanread.  Probably true on the abs, but I'm not ready to admit it.  A quick search suggests I'd need to get to 15% BF or less, and I think even when I was at that % many years ago, I don't think I had ab definition.  Maybe a 2 pk.  So I think I have work to do.   Plus I have those ab separation issues from pregnancy (diastasis recti?)  A quick search on fixing that suggests I should avoid regular ab exercises and planking.  Anyone here have suggestions on that?  I tried some recommended ones this AM, but feeling meh about them. 

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« Reply #610 on: April 03, 2017, 10:05:13 AM »
March update. Did not lose weight but I think I have gained muscle and lost fat, judging on how clothes are fitting. New bike is up and fitted to me pretty well with a few minor tweaks needed. I got three hours of paid time at work to exercise per week (apparently a long in place program that was secret). So I have increased my running from one time per week to three times per week with great results. My pace is slowly increasing and I can do four miles or four and a half very nicely now. Weather is improving with more outside rides. Road 31 miles yesterday. Need to be more consistent about getting in 3 swims per week.


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« Reply #611 on: April 03, 2017, 10:13:07 AM »
Also, use2betrix hit the nail on the head in regards to the six pack, but I did leave in the ab work goal.

Thanks Use2betrix & Jordanread.  Probably true on the abs, but I'm not ready to admit it.  A quick search suggests I'd need to get to 15% BF or less, and I think even when I was at that % many years ago, I don't think I had ab definition.  Maybe a 2 pk.  So I think I have work to do.   Plus I have those ab separation issues from pregnancy (diastasis recti?)  A quick search on fixing that suggests I should avoid regular ab exercises and planking.  Anyone here have suggestions on that?  I tried some recommended ones this AM, but feeling meh about them.

No suggestions on the ab separation issues, as I've never heard of it. How long is your slackline? I have a 25 meter one but haven't practiced hardly at all this year. It is by the computer, so I was hoping to get good via osmosis, but I don't think that will work.
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« Reply #612 on: April 03, 2017, 10:31:54 AM »
Also, use2betrix hit the nail on the head in regards to the six pack, but I did leave in the ab work goal.

Thanks Use2betrix & Jordanread.  Probably true on the abs, but I'm not ready to admit it.  A quick search suggests I'd need to get to 15% BF or less, and I think even when I was at that % many years ago, I don't think I had ab definition.  Maybe a 2 pk.  So I think I have work to do.   Plus I have those ab separation issues from pregnancy (diastasis recti?)  A quick search on fixing that suggests I should avoid regular ab exercises and planking.  Anyone here have suggestions on that?  I tried some recommended ones this AM, but feeling meh about them.

You're definitely correct about "normal" ab work worsening diastasis recti. While I admittedly haven't given birth (or even gotten pregnant... hopefully soon!), one of my close friends found this article very helpful: https://wellnessmama.com/60398/diastasis-recti/ Katy Bowman also has a book out on it, named "diastasis recti". She can be woo-y, but she's got a great background in PT and I've always found her physiology to be spot on. Again, I haven't personally used these resources, but I have used the same people's sources for other things and found them solidly helpful.
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« Reply #613 on: April 04, 2017, 06:31:01 AM »
First quarter check in.  Making good progress on my upper body strengthening goal.  I can do two pushups now in good form.  I think I'll probably exceed my goal of 5 pushups before the end of the year.  Still not close to doing a hanging pull up, but am getting stronger.  I can hang from the bar for a long time now (hands/forearms stronger and bad shoulder cooperating) and I am doing lat pulldowns three times a week.  Will be so excited if I can make it to a pull up. 

DH modified our workout room to include an awesome hand-over-hand monkeybar track that runs the length of the room along the ceiling.  Can't do that yet, but that is another thing I will work toward.  DH and our kids use it, and it looks like a lot of fun.
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« Reply #614 on: April 04, 2017, 07:09:56 AM »
I may hop in this thread just to keep myself accountable and because i am bored af at work right now.

I typically lift 5 days a week and hate cardio. Me and a buddy just switched to a program lifting 3 days per week and doing some HIIT cardio 2 days per week. I will probably throw in another day of cardio and some body weight stuff one day on the weekend and maybe add some cardio during our lifting days.

I typically hang around 188-193lbs..lately it has been closer to 193. Yesterday i weighed in at 195.8 after a weekend of drinking and eating like complete shit. I have no real big fitness goals or aspirations. My main motivating factor and goal is to just not become another office statistic and maintain a healthy blood panel. With that said, i would like to loose some weight.

April 3rd actual - 195.8
June 2nd goal - 182.8

That is 13 pounds in 9 weeks. Guess i better get to it then. Far less drinking, a much cleaner diet (especially on weekends), and a bunch more cardio. Hopefully those things combined will do the trick.

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« Reply #615 on: April 04, 2017, 07:17:10 AM »
I may hop in this thread just to keep myself accountable and because i am bored af at work right now.

I typically lift 5 days a week and hate cardio. Me and a buddy just switched to a program lifting 3 days per week and doing some HIIT cardio 2 days per week. I will probably throw in another day of cardio and some body weight stuff one day on the weekend and maybe add some cardio during our lifting days.

I typically hang around 188-193lbs..lately it has been closer to 193. Yesterday i weighed in at 195.8 after a weekend of drinking and eating like complete shit. I have no real big fitness goals or aspirations. My main motivating factor and goal is to just not become another office statistic and maintain a healthy blood panel. With that said, i would like to loose some weight.

April 3rd actual - 195.8
June 2nd goal - 182.8

That is 13 pounds in 9 weeks. Guess i better get to it then. Far less drinking, a much cleaner diet (especially on weekends), and a bunch more cardio. Hopefully those things combined will do the trick.

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« Reply #616 on: April 04, 2017, 07:40:58 AM »
I may hop in this thread just to keep myself accountable and because i am bored af at work right now.

I typically lift 5 days a week and hate cardio. Me and a buddy just switched to a program lifting 3 days per week and doing some HIIT cardio 2 days per week. I will probably throw in another day of cardio and some body weight stuff one day on the weekend and maybe add some cardio during our lifting days.

I typically hang around 188-193lbs..lately it has been closer to 193. Yesterday i weighed in at 195.8 after a weekend of drinking and eating like complete shit. I have no real big fitness goals or aspirations. My main motivating factor and goal is to just not become another office statistic and maintain a healthy blood panel. With that said, i would like to loose some weight.

April 3rd actual - 195.8
June 2nd goal - 182.8

That is 13 pounds in 9 weeks. Guess i better get to it then. Far less drinking, a much cleaner diet (especially on weekends), and a bunch more cardio. Hopefully those things combined will do the trick.

Welcome Andy! You want me to just add the weight loss goal?
yea...why the hell not...

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« Reply #617 on: April 04, 2017, 07:48:06 AM »
yea...why the hell not...
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« Reply #618 on: April 04, 2017, 09:03:28 AM »
Yesterday I "graduated" from PT for my right shoulder. They gave me a t-shirt and a home exercise routine. I set up my home gym area to make the equipment I need accessible and did my first workout this morning. It's all high rep, low weight stuff. It gets lots of blood flowing into the joint. I get a nice pump from it - very bodybuilder like :)

I am highly motivated to keep this from happening again. Aside from being painful, I have spent over $1500 and driven almost 800 miles to get this fixed.

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« Reply #619 on: April 04, 2017, 09:09:48 AM »
Yesterday I "graduated" from PT for my right shoulder. They gave me a t-shirt and a home exercise routine. I set up my home gym area to make the equipment I need accessible and did my first workout this morning. It's all high rep, low weight stuff. It gets lots of blood flowing into the joint. I get a nice pump from it - very bodybuilder like :)

I am highly motivated to keep this from happening again. Aside from being painful, I have spent over $1500 and driven almost 800 miles to get this fixed.

Yay graduation! And I'm so glad to hear you're committed to staying on top of the home exercises. I didn't, after my neck injury, and I regret it all the damn time.
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« Reply #620 on: April 04, 2017, 10:23:08 AM »
Yesterday I "graduated" from PT for my right shoulder. They gave me a t-shirt and a home exercise routine. I set up my home gym area to make the equipment I need accessible and did my first workout this morning. It's all high rep, low weight stuff. It gets lots of blood flowing into the joint. I get a nice pump from it - very bodybuilder like :)

I am highly motivated to keep this from happening again. Aside from being painful, I have spent over $1500 and driven almost 800 miles to get this fixed.

Yay graduation! And I'm so glad to hear you're committed to staying on top of the home exercises. I didn't, after my neck injury, and I regret it all the damn time.

I've been doing daily exercises and stretching all along. This is just a little more involved. The cause of my injury - basically bad posture and overuse - means I could easily mess myself up again. Can't have that, it's Unmustachian!

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« Reply #621 on: April 04, 2017, 12:20:12 PM »
The cause of my injury - basically bad posture and overuse - means I could easily mess myself up again. Can't have that, it's Unmustachian!

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« Reply #622 on: April 04, 2017, 12:31:59 PM »
The cause of my injury - basically bad posture and overuse - means I could easily mess myself up again. Can't have that, it's Unmustachian!

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« Reply #623 on: April 04, 2017, 04:48:02 PM »
How long is your slackline? I have a 25 meter one but haven't practiced hardly at all this year. It is by the computer, so I was hoping to get good via osmosis, but I don't think that will work.

I think I'll be doing osmosis too.  One tree in the backyard.  Side yard has "rubble".  Front yard....well, I live on the world's busiest street and I'm not sure I have the chutzpah to practice out front.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #624 on: April 04, 2017, 05:55:54 PM »
Well, I'm almost at the end of the C25K program that I'm doing. Technically the next run I'm supposed to do should be the 5k length, but I don't think I'm quite ready for it yet. I may throw in an extra workout or two before trying the full 5k, just to get myself feeling a bit more comfortable. I did, however, check my calendar today and I'm still on track to hit 10k the weekend of memorial day, which is a race I'm thinking of running. Oh, and my husband just decided he may want to do a 5k the first weekend in June, which would actually work perfectly with my plan to cut my distance the week after the 10k. Fingers crossed he wants to stick with it.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #625 on: April 05, 2017, 12:32:20 PM »
I felt inspired by House of Cards today. For those who have never seen the show, at one point the main character's wife gives him a rowing machine and tells him to start using it. From that point, the rowing machine shows up every so often in scenes. The place I'm renting at currently has a pretty decked out gym that is free for residents to use. I decided to try the rowing machine. I've never used one before because it looked intimidating for some reason.

I simultaneously feel good and feel like it kicked my butt. I rowed for about 17 minutes, and was out of steam at that point. Going to try to see how far I can up that amount before I move out. :D
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« Reply #626 on: April 05, 2017, 12:36:25 PM »
I felt inspired by House of Cards today. For those who have never seen the show, at one point the main character's wife gives him a rowing machine and tells him to start using it. From that point, the rowing machine shows up every so often in scenes. The place I'm renting at currently has a pretty decked out gym that is free for residents to use. I decided to try the rowing machine. I've never used one before because it looked intimidating for some reason.

I simultaneously feel good and feel like it kicked my butt. I rowed for about 17 minutes, and was out of steam at that point. Going to try to see how far I can up that amount before I move out. :D

Just be sure to check your form! I've seen some people row with really bad form.

Super awesome though. I'm really jealous. I would LOVE a rower for our home gym, but good ones are $800+ =(
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« Reply #627 on: April 05, 2017, 12:52:15 PM »
I felt inspired by House of Cards today. For those who have never seen the show, at one point the main character's wife gives him a rowing machine and tells him to start using it. From that point, the rowing machine shows up every so often in scenes. The place I'm renting at currently has a pretty decked out gym that is free for residents to use. I decided to try the rowing machine. I've never used one before because it looked intimidating for some reason.

I simultaneously feel good and feel like it kicked my butt. I rowed for about 17 minutes, and was out of steam at that point. Going to try to see how far I can up that amount before I move out. :D

Just be sure to check your form! I've seen some people row with really bad form.

Super awesome though. I'm really jealous. I would LOVE a rower for our home gym, but good ones are $800+ =(

Oh man. I have a rower on the bowflex (and a squat attachment, preacher curl, etc), and it is quite the burn. I'm almost at the point of giving it away, since I've dropped the price by $400, and haven't had a single email. I'd offer to send it to you for shipping, but I'm pretty sure shipping would be around $800. :) I forgot about rows though. They are ridiculously fun.
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« Reply #628 on: April 05, 2017, 01:12:38 PM »
I felt inspired by House of Cards today. For those who have never seen the show, at one point the main character's wife gives him a rowing machine and tells him to start using it. From that point, the rowing machine shows up every so often in scenes. The place I'm renting at currently has a pretty decked out gym that is free for residents to use. I decided to try the rowing machine. I've never used one before because it looked intimidating for some reason.

I simultaneously feel good and feel like it kicked my butt. I rowed for about 17 minutes, and was out of steam at that point. Going to try to see how far I can up that amount before I move out. :D

Just be sure to check your form! I've seen some people row with really bad form.

Super awesome though. I'm really jealous. I would LOVE a rower for our home gym, but good ones are $800+ =(

Yeah, the rower felt good. I liked that it felt like I was getting more of a workout than, say, a treadmill. I don't know why the treadmill seems so super popular when I don't feel like I get anything different from just taking a run outside. The rowing motion is hard to get without water nearby and a boat you can row with! It was way more fun than running on a treadmill too. The time I was on it went by fast!

I took your advice on form and watched some videos on YouTube of how to do it correctly. I *think* I did it mostly correctly (I saw a few places where I could definitely improve!), but the gym's mirrors aren't visible from the rowing machine. I'll have to take someone down there with me one day so they can give me feedback. The time of day I usually use the gym no one else is there.

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« Reply #629 on: April 05, 2017, 01:14:51 PM »
I felt inspired by House of Cards today. For those who have never seen the show, at one point the main character's wife gives him a rowing machine and tells him to start using it. From that point, the rowing machine shows up every so often in scenes. The place I'm renting at currently has a pretty decked out gym that is free for residents to use. I decided to try the rowing machine. I've never used one before because it looked intimidating for some reason.

I simultaneously feel good and feel like it kicked my butt. I rowed for about 17 minutes, and was out of steam at that point. Going to try to see how far I can up that amount before I move out. :D

Just be sure to check your form! I've seen some people row with really bad form.

Super awesome though. I'm really jealous. I would LOVE a rower for our home gym, but good ones are $800+ =(

Yeah, the rower felt good. I liked that it felt like I was getting more of a workout than, say, a treadmill. I don't know why the treadmill seems so super popular when I don't feel like I get anything different from just taking a run outside. The rowing motion is hard to get without water nearby and a boat you can row with! It was way more fun than running on a treadmill too. The time I was on it went by fast!

I took your advice on form and watched some videos on YouTube of how to do it correctly. I *think* I did it mostly correctly (I saw a few places where I could definitely improve!), but the gym's mirrors aren't visible from the rowing machine. I'll have to take someone down there with me one day so they can give me feedback. The time of day I usually use the gym no one else is there.

I already think I'm going to miss it when I move!

Glad I could help! =) And you can always opt for propping up your phone and filming a bit of your row to give you a good idea. Can't see it from multiple angles like if someone is helping you though. I struggle with that with running stride all the time. Just end up hauling my husband out on a run with me and having him check my form, haha.
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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #630 on: April 05, 2017, 02:51:57 PM »
Haven't checked in since the start of the new thread.  Rack Pull has been increasing nicely.  375 lbs for several sets of 3.  I backed off for a few weeks because I thought I may have pulled something in my abdomen/gotten a hernia.  After a bit of achiness the next few days I haven't had any issues.

I'm kind of in limbo with moving for the next few weeks so I'm getting used to a different gym and not having regular meals.  Gains are on hold, just working for maintenance for now.

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« Reply #631 on: April 06, 2017, 01:32:00 AM »
March check-in:

Totals from my Garmin for Feb (And annual goal progress):
13 runs for 63 miles (no goal for running)
9 bodyweight workouts (a little ahead of schedule for the year)
17 yoga classes (ahead of schedule for the year)

Strength progress (context is the Reddit bodyweightfitness recommended routine):
Moved on to ring dips and they are kicking my butt. I can do 6, but my arms shake and it feels a little out of control. I think it's improving now after a couple of weeks.  Pullups have not improved at all, in fact might have regressed a little, still at 8 on the first set then 7/6. Maybe I'm doing something wrong? It may be because I'm gaining a bit of weight too.
Figured out I can do three sets of 8 ring pushups if I change my form a little to put my hands directly under my shoulders instead of back by my ribs. I don't think it's cheating, just maximum leverage. Now I moved the rings back to my ribs again to make it harder on purpose. I have to admit, it did give me an ego boost to figure out I can do 3 sets of 8 the other way.
Still working tuck front lever but it's hard to tell progress since the difficulty changes immensely with my leg position. I took a video but it's not very good because I'm doing it in a doorframe pullup bar and you can't see my whole back in the video. I'll have to make a special trip to a park near my house to do a better form check video.

Flexibility progress:
I increased my passive stretching time in the evenings and I started to notice a little more hamstring progress in my left leg, but my right leg is not cooperating. I think it has an issue. I'm going to try to see a PT this month.

Running:
Increased mileage a little in March. Planning to add more hill work and keep increasing distance in April.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2017
« Reply #632 on: April 09, 2017, 12:22:32 PM »
Quarterly statistics.




Didn't have time to put in the unit abbreviations. Weight is in lbs and kg, everything else is inches and cm. The shoulders, chest, and waist are all very cool to see. A lot less barrel like currently. And this is way more than sustainable.
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« Reply #633 on: April 11, 2017, 06:47:27 AM »
I will join. May be late but here I am.

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« Reply #634 on: April 11, 2017, 07:17:34 AM »
Just a quick update here.
HAven't been doing as many walks/bikerides etc as I would like, but I have been making an effort to do the Blogilates beginners calender. (Pilates).
I'm currently on day 10, and today I discovered I can actually fit a top that I haven't worn for several years due to having gained weight. Used to be too tight around both the belly and the arms, and there is definitely some slack there now.
I did manage to get the kayak out yesterday, so pretty happy about that.
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« Reply #635 on: April 11, 2017, 08:00:06 AM »
Just finished my garage gym at the beginning of the year, and started on the 5x5 program.  Goal for the year is hit 5x5 @225 lbs consistently.  Yesterday's workout was @135 lbs, so assuming the program works perfectly it should take 1 1/2 more months to hit.  In my past experience it doesn't go that quickly, so we'll see what happens.

Once I'm doing 2 plates for reps consistently, I'll reassess whether I want to go heavier or change it up.  Likely I'll go back to Olympic lifting or crossfit at that point for fun and just maintain the squat strength.  A few years ago I was squatting that much, but also doing Olympic lifting and crossfit and ended up overworking myself and hurting my knee.  Injury prevention is a priority this go around.

Increasing flexibility is another big goal for the year, but isn't as measurable to me.

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« Reply #636 on: April 11, 2017, 05:28:43 PM »
Well, I reached the end of my C25K trainer, which theoretically means I should be able to run a 5k. However, for the  first time of doing this program (which I've done like 3-4 times) I can't seem to complete the full distance. I'm getting extremely frustrated with myself because running has never felt quite this hard before in the 5 or so years that I've been doing it. I'm running so slowly that it practically counts as walking and yet I'm almost gasping for air in the middle of my workout.

Does anyone know anything about exercise induced asthma? I'm starting to wonder if there isn't a reason for all of my troubles...

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« Reply #637 on: April 11, 2017, 05:41:26 PM »
I had the same problem. My problem breathing was because I wasn't exhaling fully. You can't breathe in deeply if you're breathing out shallowly. I have to consciously make myself push the air out of my lungs with my stomach muscles

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« Reply #638 on: April 11, 2017, 06:44:33 PM »
Completed by first triathlon for the year - placed 3rd in my age group! I hoped to podium this year (but it wasn't on my official goal list) and I made it on the first go. :)

Maintaining a sensible training schedule - slower than last year w/ hopes of not exhausting myself and over training. So far so good. I do need more time to swim - but that will be easier over the summer.

Ran 5 miles - no walking - this morning. This is the longest successful run for me. Minimal knee pain and my shins are complaining a bit this morning. I'm icing and will have a PT appointment tomorrow.

I have my first 10K in about 2 weeks. Hope to hold a 9 min pace. Race is mostly slightly downhill and is known for PRs.

Next tri is mid or late May (I can't remember).

Also - exercise = I can eat all the things!  Running leaves me absolutely famished.

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« Reply #639 on: April 12, 2017, 05:08:21 AM »
I will join. May be late but here I am.

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2.Abs definition by the end of the year
3. Gain muscle and tone

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Welcome to the gauntlet. I've got you added to the participant tracking post. I broke up your last goal into two, one for gaining muscle, and one for increasing tone. Subjective vs. objective goals essentially. It sounds like you are in the increase mirror lust camp, although i just mentioned it because mirror lust is fun to say/type.

I'm currently on day 10, and today I discovered I can actually fit a top that I haven't worn for several years due to having gained weight. Used to be too tight around both the belly and the arms, and there is definitely some slack there now.
I did manage to get the kayak out yesterday, so pretty happy about that.

That is awesome all around!!

Just finished my garage gym at the beginning of the year, and started on the 5x5 program.  Goal for the year is hit 5x5 @225 lbs consistently.  Yesterday's workout was @135 lbs, so assuming the program works perfectly it should take 1 1/2 more months to hit.  In my past experience it doesn't go that quickly, so we'll see what happens.

Once I'm doing 2 plates for reps consistently, I'll reassess whether I want to go heavier or change it up.  Likely I'll go back to Olympic lifting or crossfit at that point for fun and just maintain the squat strength.  A few years ago I was squatting that much, but also doing Olympic lifting and crossfit and ended up overworking myself and hurting my knee.  Injury prevention is a priority this go around.

Increasing flexibility is another big goal for the year, but isn't as measurable to me.

Very cool. I still don't have any official goals for you. Not a big deal, but if you want something specific, just post, and I'll get you added within a day or two.

Completed by first triathlon for the year - placed 3rd in my age group! I hoped to podium this year (but it wasn't on my official goal list) and I made it on the first go. :)

That is amazing. Great job!!
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« Reply #640 on: April 12, 2017, 06:37:01 AM »

Very cool. I still don't have any official goals for you. Not a big deal, but if you want something specific, just post, and I'll get you added within a day or two.

5x5 @ 225 lbs Squat by 12/31/17, thanks!

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« Reply #641 on: April 18, 2017, 10:58:22 AM »
I have achieved another one of my goals: retrieving my bike. Unfortunately, the goal doesn't really feel finished yet, since the bike needs work before I'll feel safe riding it. The bike shop that I could have easily gotten it to closed a couple of months ago, and I want a better way to get it to another bike shop (already recommended by a fellow forum member!) than taking the front wheel off and stuffing it awkwardly in the back of my car.

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« Reply #642 on: April 18, 2017, 02:23:11 PM »
Does anyone have a recommendation for a car bike rack, or suggestions for how to find one that's appropriate for the car I have?

I have the Saris Bones 2-bike now because it was recommended on The Wirecutter. It's working out well. For a previous car I used to have whatever cheap 2-bike rack comes up highest in the Amazon search results (Allen Sports Deluxe, I think). Honestly, that one worked great and it was cheaper.

As for which cars it will work with, these racks and this style of rack in general attach to the car using long straps that make them super adjustable and will fit on almost any car, whether sedan or hatchback.

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« Reply #643 on: April 18, 2017, 03:09:25 PM »
Quarterly statistics.




Didn't have time to put in the unit abbreviations. Weight is in lbs and kg, everything else is inches and cm. The shoulders, chest, and waist are all very cool to see. A lot less barrel like currently. And this is way more than sustainable.

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« Reply #644 on: April 19, 2017, 08:32:20 AM »
Does anyone have a recommendation for a car bike rack, or suggestions for how to find one that's appropriate for the car I have?

I have the Saris Bones 2-bike now because it was recommended on The Wirecutter. It's working out well. For a previous car I used to have whatever cheap 2-bike rack comes up highest in the Amazon search results (Allen Sports Deluxe, I think). Honestly, that one worked great and it was cheaper.

As for which cars it will work with, these racks and this style of rack in general attach to the car using long straps that make them super adjustable and will fit on almost any car, whether sedan or hatchback.

Great, thanks! Part of my problem is that when I searched, I was getting either the type of rack that goes on the back of the bike or the stationary type that you lock the bike to--and then one that attached to a car with a rear external spare tire. So I wasn't sure what the options were out there.

Now that I've found the correct Amazon category, I can review them properly. Plus, Amazon seems to have (for at least one rack) specs to tell you whether it will fit on your car. The Allen Sports Deluxe may well be what I end up going with.
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« Reply #645 on: April 19, 2017, 09:34:59 AM »
After a slow start to the year, I'm back on track (and even slightly ahead of schedule) on my bike-to-work goal.  I've ridden 9 days of the 26 I'd targeted.  That's 34% of goal and 32% of the way through the time allotted to reach that goal.  I need to keep this up now (riding 2-3x per week for the past few weeks), because I know it will drop off in the summer heat.

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« Reply #646 on: April 19, 2017, 04:25:52 PM »
I have achieved another one of my goals: retrieving my bike. Unfortunately, the goal doesn't really feel finished yet, since the bike needs work before I'll feel safe riding it. The bike shop that I could have easily gotten it to closed a couple of months ago, and I want a better way to get it to another bike shop (already recommended by a fellow forum member!) than taking the front wheel off and stuffing it awkwardly in the back of my car.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a car bike rack, or suggestions for how to find one that's appropriate for the car I have?

Sorry I missed this.

I use the built in roof racks on my Subaru Outback and have attached two of the Yakima Frontloader racks.  They fit bikes from 20" up to 29" wheel size and only hold the bike by the wheels.  Those Frontloaders have survived both this car and my previous car where I used them in combo with Whispbar roof racks.

With a rear rack that is attached to the tow hitch on the car, a mate has a Thule Euro Ride 3 on his car and it's reasonably easy to use, just sometimes a bit of a jigsaw puzzle to fit the bikes in.  Another mate has a simple two bike one that clamps over the towball itself, he also has my old Whispbar roof racks and uses Thule ProRide racks.

I have room for one more bike rack for the roof and I will probably pick up a Thule ProRide that way I can transport the bike I have with fenders, as fenders aren't compatible with the Yakima Frontloader front wheel clamp.

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« Reply #647 on: April 20, 2017, 07:19:07 AM »
Thanks, GT! I don't think your suggestions will be helpful as we have neither a roof rack nor a tow hitch, but I appreciate it all the same :)

And of course now that I've posted and gotten advice on everything, I found a couple of people selling racks locally on Craigslist, so hopefully we will be picking one up on Saturday for $20.
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« Reply #648 on: April 20, 2017, 04:43:13 PM »
Thanks, GT! I don't think your suggestions will be helpful as we have neither a roof rack nor a tow hitch, but I appreciate it all the same :)

And of course now that I've posted and gotten advice on everything, I found a couple of people selling racks locally on Craigslist, so hopefully we will be picking one up on Saturday for $20.

That's OK, you could always buy roof racks and then add bike racks to it.  But if you're getting something off CL for $20, then you're sorted and in a MMM way too.

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« Reply #649 on: April 24, 2017, 05:04:44 PM »
Ran my first ever 10k. It was fun! I didn't die! I was hoping for. 9 minute pace and managed 8:47. Vey happy with myself. Being more sensible with my training this year is paying off. It was literally the farthest I have run ever. I hadn't done the distance in training. Making a 10 k was a huge accomplishment for me. It also opens the door to do an Olympic distance tri at some point.

I have an hour now, paid for by work, to exercise 3 mornings per week. I have to get up at 4:45 to do it. I haven't missed a day. This is huge for me and has really helped my running. If I run fewer than 3 days per week I just can't seem to manage to make any progress in terms of speed or stamina

I am being more disciplined in taking care of my legs in recovery with ice and foam roller. Makes a huge difference. Getting dry needling at PT which is also aswesome and effective and so painful.

Next triathlon will be May 21 or so. Lake swim. Likely to be cold. I need to get out in my wetsuit and spend some time in it (short term goal) because I hate it so much and I am unaccustomed to it.

Here I am after the race looking pleased with myself.
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