Fitness? Let's talk.

 Matthew (@ojai)7 years, 10 months ago

“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.” – Louis Pasteur

The above quote is not actually a quote on fitness, I just apply it to such.

The reason I’m making this discussion is to discuss fitness, workout routines, overall personal mastery and health. Being somebody who trains in mixed martial arts, I not only have to stay fit but very much enjoy doing so. I think it’s very important to take care of your body and I think exercise and fitness should be a staple in living a healthy life. Often I hear people say they don’t like working out or simply don’t “feel like it”. I don’t get that, personally. But to each his own. Every person has their own values or things they are into and I’m not judging anybody who doesn’t workout or doesn’t feel the same way about it as I or someone else may.

But for those people who ARE interested, I would like to know what your fitness regime is like and what goals you might have.

Do you run? For how long or what distance?
Do you hit the gym and lift things up? What do you do at the gym?
Just workout at home? Tell me what you do.
Go swimming? Fill a brotha in.
Do workouts that are out of the ordinary? Like what?

—- Also what is your diet like?

If you have any videos, articles, or anything you want to contribute aswell please do.

My goal by asking you all this is to incorporate as many useful exercises and what not into my routines to continually better myself both physically and mentally.

On a side note: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Os5VI0_mso

August 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm
Olivia (90) (@lolivia) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

I go to a fight gym a couple times a week and practice Shotokan karate :)

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James (100) (@ilooklikeawaterbottle) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@ojai, nice quote

I lift things up and put them down. In the gym about three or four times per week. I feel amazing after intense workouts. Some of my best workouts have been completed in a state of meditation. I forget their are people around me. I sometimes I have to close my eyes while I focus on my breath, allowing me to get into the zone (ie. another world). I forget about how much weight I am lifting compared to the doosh next to me. I focus on how the weight makes my body feel and how I am in total control of it. I do a huge combination of exercises, but my absolute favorite is the power clean.

I am unable to run long distances due to a old knee injury. At the gym, I do the elliptical and play racquetball for cardio and warming up. I also bike around town on my road bike. I love my bike. Riding a bike in busy traffic is a huge rush. I am forced to be be ‘in the zone’ and I love it.

At home, I have a door gym by Everlast at home. I recommend it for anyone who wants to do effective resistance exercises at home. Its pretty awesome if you actually use it.

When I have access to a pool, I swim. Haven’t done it much lately, but it is one of the best total body workouts you can do. There are all types of exercises that you can do in water, swimming laps is just one of them.

My diet, in an ideal world, would be completely raw + cooked meat. Unfortunately, in the world I live(and love) in, it is almost impossible for me to be completely raw, hopefully someday. Now it is basically anything that is not manufactured.
check out https://www.highexistence.com/topic/junk-food-and-soda-group/

Also, this human was recently deemed by scientists to actually be the last living dinosaur on Earth.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpMit8SpqRA

And for the people who are not interested in working out, and are out out of shape, all you can do is continue to motivate and encourage them in becoming interested in their personal health. Just put out positive vibes, don’t act like a doosh meathead.

I exercise for the health of my heart and I am sorry for such a long post. Thanks for reading.

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Anonymous (291) (@) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

Do you run? For how long or what distance?
I do, three times a week, 15 miles a run.

Do you hit the gym and lift things up? What do you do at the gym?
no, I have a full bench set in my garage. My max press currently is 110, working towards 160. I can curl 95, and dead lift 100. Weighted crunches (45 pound weight)

Just workout at home? Tell me what you do.
Insanity, some more HIIT on the runs, resistance work, grip training (turned my house into a grip training zone) strength training. I have everything I need.

Go swimming? Fill a brotha in.
Nah, just causal swimming haha.

Do workouts that are out of the ordinary? Like what?
Erm, no. Out of ordinary, would be considered sword fighting, training involved with that. Other than that, no.

—- Also what is your diet like?
High in protein. Lots of fish. LOTS of vegetables. Very high in protein, low on starch (I do demolish brown rice), so so on fats, only consume whats necessary. And I mow down “good” carbs, especially on days I lift.

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Anonymous (291) (@) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

And what I tell people who are “ehhhhh” about getting fit, I tell them “your mind quits 100 times before your body does.”
And thats the fucking truth.
As I constantly say, “No one said this shit was easy, but the results are fucking worth it.”

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Jake (198) (@jesus) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

Weight: 145 lbs Height: 5 ’10

Do you run?

-Yes

For how long or what distance?

-4-10 miles depending on the day.

Do you hit the gym and lift things up?

-Not really, I do some exercises with weights, but most of my routine is cardio and core.

What do you do at the gym?

-I am a professional rock climber, so I spend 4-5 days per week at a rock climbing gym training. At the traditional gym, I focus on cardio and abdominals.

Just workout at home? Tell me what you do.

-Rock climbing! boxing is fun too.

Go swimming? Fill a brotha in.

-It’s a good substitute for running as it’s a bit more comfortable, but I am by no means an expert.

Do workouts that are out of the ordinary? Like what?

-Resistance training with a partner of equal strength.

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UnknownUniverse (2) (@unknownuniverse) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

I workout at home since I don’t feel like paying for a gym membership.
I mostly body weighted exercises such as pull ups, push ups, squats, with the added cardio and ab rountines to tone up and lose some body fat to get that forever wanted dream of a 6 pack.

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creds (36) (@creds) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

Do you run? For how long or what distance?
Yes. I run 6 km.

Do you hit the gym and lift things up? What do you do at the gym?
Yes. I focus on the bigger muscle groups, like chest, back, tighs, calfs, bic and triceps.

Just workout at home? Tell me what you do.
Seldom at home. It happens, but not very often. Sometimes i practice my tae kwon-do, because I currently is not a member in a club (too time consuming if I should train there enough to compensate for member fee).

Go swimming? Fill a brotha in.
No, but taking a swim course this fall. So then Yes.

Do workouts that are out of the ordinary? Like what?
I love climbing. Here is where I work on my core strength.

—- Also what is your diet like?
Prots and unsaturated fat. Some carb after hard work outs and some carbs when partying (beer, chips and pizza) for good mental spirit.

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My main work out is that I walk (or run if I’ve got a deadline) pretty much everywhere. I’m 2 miles to the next village over, which I walk to pretty much everyday (They have a local store…) or If I’m going else where, I will either walk there or talk to my train station which is 6 miles away. This keeps me pretty fit for a smoker and general dosser but I also do bench presses, crunches and sit ups just too keep me toned.

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James (100) (@ilooklikeawaterbottle) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@duckdodgersfromthe21standahalfcentury,

where do you live? sounds like my kind of place

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dylan (17) (@dylmill) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

Do you run? For how long or what distance?
Sometimes I get the urge to, and I will go whatever distance my body wants to at the time, usually a 10 – 45 minute window.
Do you hit the gym and lift things up? What do you do at the gym?
My principle source of exercise is lifting weights, namely for bodybuilding purposes. I enter deep meditations when I lift, usually a 1.5-2.5 hour session, 3-4 times a week, depending on how my body feels and what my goals are. I currently do a “upper” chest/upper back split one day, “middle” chest and lats another day and legs on the 3rd. Every so often I will throw in an arm day to directly train forearms, biceps brachii and triceps. Calves are twice a week.

Just workout at home? Tell me what you do.
I skateboard a lot, so that’s my primary source of cardio, and play other random sports sporadically. While at school, I practice several martial arts and my bike is my transportation. At home, I stretch a lot and try to keep limber.

Go swimming?
I did today, but it’s rare. I would like to swim more though, my appreciation for it has been renewed lately.
Do workouts that are out of the ordinary? Like what?
Random sports like tennis, swimming, basketball, soccer etc. SOmetimes I will randomly go for intense runs/obstacle courses by myself at night, or random martial arts stuff. I just wanna push my body in every direction. Oh and I do yoga.

—- Also what is your diet like?
Depends on my goals, but I try to eat clean as often as possible. Currently it’s a ton of protein, and vast quantities of calories overall. When I want to cut, I’ll not eat until at least 5:30 every day (intermittent fasting).

“lightweight baby!”

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yas (24) (@yasmine) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@ojai I feel ya! It’s the shittiest feeling on earth when you feel like your body’s not moving. It takes some dedication to get your ass off the couch and start moving though, so props to those that do (unless o’course you’re doing something you enjoy- that’s why I hat the gym). I run for as long as it takes me to free my mind. I do intervals though, sprint for a short while then carry on jogging just to get that extra workout. I also work on my abs, do fat losing exercises which basically means resistance exercises. I haven’t had the chance to try rock climbing but I will soon, sounds awesome.

As for my diet, I try to stay away from fats. Stick to veggies and protein.

I gotta say though, swimming is about as good as it gets to stay fit. Best workout, works all the muscles in your body plus you get that extra workout with the resistance from the water. Butterfly stroke for your shoulders, magic!

I really wana discover new ways to stay fit though, there’s nothing better than working out while enjoying the fuck out of it!!!!

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Manimal (2,998) (@manimal) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

Yes, it’s all about tenacity. Action, action, action, that’s the only thing that produces results.
While the fools are looking for the next fancy trick (*cough*bullshit marketing scheme*cough*) the champions are out there doing exactly what’s worked wonders since the beginning of time. WORKING THE FUCK OUT!

“When your mom thinks you can do no more you’re at 50% When you think you can do no more you’re at 60% maybe 70% at times. What we expect from you is 90% As for 100% that’s when you keel over and die.” – Wisdom I learned in military training.

Now for the questions:

[Do you run? For how long or what distance?]

-Every morning, no matter what. 10-15 minute jog and 15-20 minute interval sprinting. Additionally, once a week I run a mile (metric, of course, 10 km) trying to beat my record which is currently at 47,35.

[Do you hit the gym and lift things up? What do you do at the gym?]

-I got my gym at home. I use barbells and dumbbells, mostly dumbbells because they’e much more versatile. I mostly just do the good old tried-and-true exercises.

Current stats:
Benchpress 150 kg, squats 190 kg (I know, weak legs, don’t judge,) deadlift 220 kg. I weigh just under 100 kg, with 11% body fat. I know these stats aren’t that good, I’m still working on it.

[Just workout at home? Tell me what you do.]

-Every morning, after my running session, I do a ~30 minute full body workout, bodyweight only. I do pullups, various hanging crunches, planks, squats, and shit like that.

[Go swimming? Fill a brotha in.]

-In the summer I go swimming several times a week, I don’t really consider it a workout though. In the winter, not very frequently since the water is so damn cold.

[Also what is your diet like?]

I eat only fresh, organic produce. And I only eat the most nutrient dense, toxin-free foods. I get all my meats straight from hunters and quality butchers, and most of my veggies from local organic farms. Eggs, various meats and veggies make up most of my diet. No processed shit, no grains, no soy, no toxic oils like canola, no bullshit. I eat a diet rich in fats, especially animal fats, just like healthy humans have done for millions of years. I eat most of my food raw, and I keep my meals simple for optimal digestion.

That sums up my fitness, I think.

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Amateur boxing and all the lifting, running, hill sprints, bag work, sparring, mitts, etc. that go along with that.

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Obviously, you’re not a golfer (605) (@donjaime23) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

For guys: http://www.menshealth.com
For gals: http://www.womenshealthmag.com

Anything and everything fitness & nutrition for the average Joe/Jane. Check ’em out!

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Mike Wuest (510) (@mikeyw829) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

I’ve been into heavy lifting/sprinting and general explosive type workouts the past 7 or so years.. Basically since when I started. I quit football this year though and I’m sick of the same old routine so I’ve been taking a break for a while.

What I used to do (and still kind of do):
Lifted four times a week. I varied the amount of reps I did every couple weeks. So I’d start with 10-12 and finish about 10 weeks later with 2-3. Then I’d start over with different exercises. This works both endurance and muscular strength and will add size if you want it.

At my peak last summer I weighed 185 (I’m 5’9), bench 345lbs x 3 reps, squat 465lbs x 3 reps, and hang clean 290 lbs x 3.

I kind of sacrificed a lot of flexibility and was injury prone at times though. Also led to a lot of tension.

Also I did various sprinting and plyo metric workouts (like tabata training) and sprinkled core in a couple times a week on days I wasn’t lifting.

Im looking to find a more balanced routine though now, kind of Bruce lee style. I want to take a wholisic approach to it, not just physical.

@ojai, What kind of martial arts do you practice?

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Anonymous (291) (@) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

Jesus Christ.
I wish I could fucking press 200+ pounds.
Ya’ll are beasts.

Hahahaha some day.

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Manimal (2,998) (@manimal) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@alexa 200 lbs really isn’t much for a guy, unless he’s a small fellow, or does a lot of reps. The general consensus for good stats for a guy is 1.5xbodyweight. For a guy weighing 135-140 lbs lifting 200 lbs is pretty damn good, but most guys weigh much more than that, especially the ones who work out. I don’t know what the standards for weightlifting are on the other side of the pond, but I doubt it’s that different.

200+ pounds for a girl, that’s pretty good. With plenty of hard work, patience, and carbs it shouldn’t be too much trouble.

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Fluxface (32) (@fluxface) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

Skateboarding :) fun, challenging, very good training and discharge of obsessive behaviour.

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Anonymous (291) (@) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@manimal,
I’d love, love, love to manage to press double my weight, 220 (pounds, no kilos bahahaa). I just started benching several weeks ago and right off the bat I’ve managed to have a relatively OK max press, but I’m not all that impressed, I want more. So, yeah. Lots of Carbs. Lots of patience, and lots of sore fucking days. Haha. How long have you been lifting?

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Manimal (2,998) (@manimal) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

Benching twice your own weight is very tricky, especially seeing how the body gets heavier the stronger you get. 110 lbs after a few weeks is pretty good, keep it up and you will make lots of progress.

I’ve been lifting on and off for a few years, I started back in high school in the school gym. Then I rediscovered weed and stopped lifting. Then I got back to lifting in the military, but again I got distracted and stopped. I wasn’t into health and fitness back then, I just lifted to be buff, which I find rather pathetic now. Then I did get into health and fitness, but only did occasional heavy lifting since I was dumb enough to listen to the morons who weight training is bad. Later I got a physical job (demolition) which worked wonders for my body, and when I quit I needed something to replace it so I hit the gym. Then I met my mentor, who was into that heavy lifting shit and so I took it up again. That was roughly 2 years ago.

So I guess my answer is two years.

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FindYourGreatness (344)C (@jpete011) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

“Benchpress 150 kg, squats 190 kg (I know, weak legs, don’t judge,) deadlift 220 kg. I weigh just under 100 kg, with 11% body fat. I know these stats aren’t that good, I’m still working on it.”
-You’re right manimal, those are some down right shitty stats. Pathetic. Step it up a notch
:)

On a more serious note, I like to switch it up as much as possible and ‘listen to my body’ to do what feels right, learn what I want to work on, and to make working out more enjoyable and less repetitive/boring. I run usually about once a week, 3 miles or so. Sometimes I’ll do interval sprints (around 8-10) instead to raise my heart rate up.

I’ll hit the gym usually 3 times a week to lift weights. Each day in the gym I’ll work on what I feel needs work. i.e. If I haven’t done back and biceps for a while, I’ll focus on that more. But I’ll usually hit just about every muscle group each workout at the gym. Each muscle group I’ll choose one or two exercises. Each exercise I’ll do 3-4 sets, in the 8-12 rep range for each set (to failure), with 30-45 sec break in between sets.

I also have these really cool ‘stretchy workout bands’ that I can just pick up and do anywhere, really. I’ll go to the park or sometimes just do workouts in my room. I’ll do all types of workouts, and I try to incorporate the most movements of the muscles as possible (circular movements/stretches), instead of just doing the typical ‘up-down’ motions of most workouts. I think this improves range of motion and overall strength and muscle toning.

I also try to go to yoga classes 1-2 times a week which always feels great. In addition, I do this ‘bodypump’ class at my gym 1-2 times a week which is an ass-kicking hr long class of lifting weights and various exercises non stop.

One of the main things that helps me motivation wise (maybe the most important thing) is I have a ‘workout buddy.’ We motivate and push each other and workout almost everyday together.

I also have a pretty strict diet. Get mainly organic fruits and veggies (sometimes low prices gets me, though), grass fed and free range meats, nuts, a few supplements (calcium, fish oil, vitamin D, vitamin B12), dairy in moderation, grains in moderation, green tea. After reading The Yoga of Eating, I’m listening to my body more and eating what I feel my body wants (kind of hard to explain but its awesome and working really well) at each meal as apposed to what doctors or media tells you are the ‘right things to eat’ or what you should/shouldn’t eat daily. However, once a week I’ll have a cheat day, which I can eat whatever I want and whatever cravings I had during the week, I can unleash –This has does wonders for me as I can get those cravings out of the way and gives me a ‘treat’ that I always look forward to every week (motivating).
Peace out

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FindYourGreatness (344)C (@jpete011) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

**Forgot to mention, for the ‘listening to what my body wants’ part of my diet, this is not just eating whatever your mind/ego wants (such as ice cream binging, chocolate endulges, etc.) unless your stomach and body is truly craving that. If it’s just an emotional craving (ie “I just had a shitty day at work so I want to indulge in my favorite half gallon of chocolate chip butternut ice cream,” well that’s an emotional craving, your body really doesn’t want that shit at the time, most likely). Truly listening to what your body craves and separating that from ‘ego cravings’ or emotional comfort/satisfaction are different things.

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FindYourGreatness (344)C (@jpete011) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

Oh, also I do this workout routine every morning :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esHWsRvvp_s&feature=related

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I see lots of talk about benching on here (which is awesome), but remember to do enough back work to stay balanced. Plus strong scapular retraction muscles improve your bench.

As for the discussion about how much you should be able to lift it is also important to take into account how the person is built. For example I have insanely long arms (which is good for some things, terrible for lifting), making bench presses very mechanically difficult. So Although I can’t bench 1.5x body weight (a pretty standard benchmark as someone earlier said) I’d still consider myself pretty strong.

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Matthew (1,127) (@ojai) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

Ah thanks for the great responses, better results than I had expected! I’ve been reading all of them, taking something from each and adding it into tool box, if you will.

@lolivia, That’s awesome! How do you like it so far?

@ilooklikeawaterbottle, No need to apologize for a long post at all. I thank you for posting haha! Do you live in a big city where biking is very common for riding in the streets in traffic? I love biking, I need to get a new bike soon, actually. There’s a cool place that borders the Hudson river here in NY that has cliff-edge line trails you could call them. Riding along those are pretty exhilirating. I’m going to go back there soon.

@alexa, I’m impressed with your will! I can appreciate an attribute like that. Those two quotes in your second post are great aswell. I’m taking note and remembering those because they are very true. “No pain no gain”, as true as it is, is just too cliche…too stale. I like the ones you gave because they are definitely more thorough.

@jesus, How did you go about rock climbing and how much would you say it has done for you/benefited you? By the way, do you box as in training in boxing or just for fun and the workout?

@unknownuniverse, Dreams come to sleeping men my friend. “Don’t let your dreams stay dreams.” You can do it if you really want to just keep at it, tenacity my friend.

@creds, What/how do you climb? I’m interesting in climbing for three reasons. 1 being the fitness aspect. 2 being conquering my fear of heights. 3 being the adrenaline and feeling of it. You have a history in TKD?

@duckdodgersfromthe21standahalfcentury, That’s awesome though that you live in a place like that. Some people won’t even walk a mile if they NEED to they would just wait for a ride. Where do you reside?

@dylmill, You’re the second to mention meditation of some sort while you lift or work out. How exactly do you go about that? I understand how to do so I’m asking how you personally do so, though.

@yasmine, Haha exactly! What’s better than feeling good while bettering yourself? It’s a viciously awesome cycle.

@manimal, You’re the kind of person I would like to train with! That’s exactly what it is, consistent action. Once you think you’ve had enough, that’s when you’re just getting started. I like to place myself in the shoes of Sisyphus pushing the rock up the hill. I’m definitely using the wisdom you were given from military training too. What was that experience like by the way? Also, what dumbbell exercises do you do?

@mikeyw829, I like that lifting routine. I’m looking to add some more size so that’s perfect. I train in boxing, jiu jitsu, muay thai, judo and wrestling, though.

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