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9-Mar-21 11:54am
#1
Scott
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It's been a while since we've had one of these threads going so I thought I'd start up another. What's everyone doing for exercise these days? What are your current goals and how are they progressing?

My current fitness goals

1) Run 5k in 27 minutes - I did a fair amount of running last year and reached my previous goal of running 5k without stopping (first time since high school). But, my pace was pretty slow. My running slowed down a lot over the winter, but now that it's warming up again I've been able to get out there more. I'm able to do the first two miles on pace but then I'm pretty spent. Just gotta keep going a little further each time and I'll get there.

2) Have a flat stomach - The last time I had a flat stomach was probably around 2012/2013, but then having two young kids began to take it's toll. When I first start exercising again last year, around the time Corona hit, I was around 185lbs. I've had a couple setbacks here and there that resulted in multiple weeks of not working out and backtracking a lot. But, as of this morning, I'm officially in the 160s for the first time in forever, weighing in at 169.4. Honestly, 170 was my goal for a while, I thought that would be enough for a flat stomach. But, I still have a bit more belly fat that needs to go, so I'll keep chipping away at it. I've cut way back on sugar, and we've been eating out less than ever, so that's been helping. I'm coaching my daughter's volleyball team, so that's keeping me even more active beyond my workouts. Also, now that the weather is starting to warm up, I'll be out and active more in general (winter really hit me hard this year).

3) Do 10 chin-ups - I'm up to 7 right now. The more weight I lose, the easier it's getting. Shouldn't be too much longer before I reach this goal.

My current workouts

1) Running - This one has been sporadic due to winter. Basically, on the rare days it would get above 50 degrees, I'd go for a run if at all possible. But like I said, it's starting to warm up, so I'll come up with a more consistent schedule soon.

2) HIIT workouts - Toward the end of last year I was starting to have some knee pain and needed to cut back on the running. Then I heard of HIIT workouts and thought it would be a good way to lift while also getting cardio. It seems to be working well. My muscle mass isn't quite what it used to be, but I've lost a lot of weight so I'm happy. Once I reach my goal, I'll start lifting heavier weight again. Here's what I've been doing:

2A) Triceps/shoulders/legs
-Jump rope 90 seconds
-20 push-ups
-20 squats/lunges (alternate between the two)
-20 dumbbell flys
-20 dumbbell shoulder press
-Rest 1-2 minutes. Repeat 2 more times.

2B) Biceps/core
-Jump rope 90 seconds
-Chin-ups (as many as I can)
-20 bent-over rows
-20 bicep curls
-core (I have multiple core exercises that I alternate between)
-Rest 1-2 minutes. Repeat 2 more times.

I know these aren't the most intense HIIT workouts in the world, but they've worked well for me. That said, I'm open to any suggestions for changes, or additional/alternate exercises to add to either one.

What's everyone else doing to stay/get fit?
9-Mar-21 12:06pm
#2
LinksALefty
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Let's do it @Scott !

My journey has been similar to yours.


I was always "in shape" to a point but then 3 kids and 15 years of desk job got me about 30 lbs heavier.

My wife is amazingly fit and a healthy eater. She got me into tracking macros and plant based diets. That mixed with running got me down to my goal weight of 160lbs.I capped off my journey with a marathon for my birthday last year, as a big "I did it!" but then I haven't done much since then (about 6 months ago).

So your post is well timed. Now that my weight is where I'm happy with it, I'd like to look more defined and lose the gut, something more than just "not fat".

I currently run a 5k 3-4 times a week.
I have a all-in-one home gym that can do just about any press,curl, etc. I just have never been very good at weight training. So I'm going to follow some of your workouts listed to guide my efforts.

Thanks!

9-Mar-21 12:13pm
#3
LinksALefty
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Also, I'm disappointed that you missed the perfect name for this thread...



GymTZ

9-Mar-21 12:23pm
#4
nonamesleft
Silver Good Trader

LinksALefty wrote:
Also, I'm disappointed that you missed the perfect name for this thread... ...
Ha! That's great!
9-Mar-21 12:24pm
#5
nonamesleft
Silver Good Trader

Scott wrote:

I'm officially in the 160s for the first time in forever, weighing in at 169.4. Honestly, 170 was my goal for a while
So then it looks like you need to gain .6 pounds to hit your goal. You can do it! :)
9-Mar-21 12:37pm
#6
nonamesleft
Silver Good Trader

Did a bunch of hammer curls and bicep curls last week. Haven't done those in ages. Arms were pretty sore. But it felt invigorating.

Would like to get back into boxing. That was some great cardio/impact activity (not sure what to call it). Used to have a punching bag + stand, but gave them away (the stand was a monster in terms of space and had to go). I'm thinking about maybe getting an upright punching bag. Not quite the same, but it's an alternative.
9-Mar-21 1:43pm
#7
Scott
GameTZ Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews

LinksALefty wrote:
Let's do it @Scott ! My journey has been similar to yours. ...
Very cool! I forgot to mention the desk job, it's the same for me. Getting to work from home so much the last year has been great, it's been much easier to not sit too long, and to squeeze in workouts. It's going to be hard when things go back to normal.
9-Mar-21 1:43pm
#8
Scott
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LinksALefty wrote:
Also, I'm disappointed that you missed the perfect name for this thread... ...
Fixed!
9-Mar-21 2:59pm
#9
Dasgessabel
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I dropped 20 lbs over coronavirus lockdown doing workouts. I mainly do lifting, don't do much cardio except for weekends. I got up to 180 lbs, but I'm 5'8 and wasn't doing much at the time so got kinda chubby. Now I'm between 150-160.

5 days a week I alternate full body barbell exercises in my small little home gym like Squats, BP, Rows, etc. I'm doing heavier weight so I do 2 minute rests between each set, and between 3-5 sets depending. And each day I do at least 20 pullups (usually 2 sets of 10, sometimes I go as many as I can in one sit, my record so far is 15). It's alot but when I first started back, I only did 3 days a week. Now i'm up to 5.
9-Mar-21 3:02pm
#10
JD
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I'm thinking about doing 100 situps a day for 30 days, i wonder if it would help to lose belly fat?

9-Mar-21 3:04pm
#11
LinksALefty
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Scott wrote:
LinksALefty wrote:> Also, I'm disappointed that you missed the perfect name for this thread...> > ... Fixed!
Oh crap, sorry, i found a better one...



GainsTZ

9-Mar-21 3:14pm
#12
Scott
GameTZ Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews

Dasgessabel wrote:
I dropped 20 lbs over coronavirus lockdown doing workouts. I mainly do lifting, don't do much cardio except for weekends. I got up to 180 lbs, but I'm 5'8 and wasn't doing much at the time so got kinda chubby. Now I'm between 150-160. 5 days a week I alternate full body barbell exercises in my small little home gym like Squats, BP, Rows, etc. I'm doing heavier weight so I do 2 minute rests between each set, and between 3-5 sets depending. And each day I do at least 20 pullups (usually 2 sets of 10, sometimes I go as many as I can in one sit, my record so far is 15). It's alot but when I first started back, I only did 3 days a week. Now i'm up to 5.
Nice! It's crazy to think back to high school...I used to be able to do 20-30 pull-ups in a minute. Now, I've worked my way up to 7!
9-Mar-21 3:16pm
#13
Scott
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JD wrote:
I'm thinking about doing 100 situps a day for 30 days, i wonder if it would help to lose belly fat?
I'm no expert, but I think you're better off using that energy other ways, getting cardio, lifting weights, etc. You can't really target belly fat, you just have to lose fat in general.
9-Mar-21 3:17pm
#14
Scott
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LinksALefty wrote:
Scott wrote:> LinksALefty wrote: |>> Also, I'm disappointed that you missed the perfect name for this thread... |>> |>> ...> > Fixed! Oh crap, sorry, i found a better one... ...
Noice!
9-Mar-21 3:19pm
#15
Dasgessabel
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Scott wrote:
Dasgessabel wrote:> I dropped 20 lbs over coronavirus lockdown doing workouts. I mainly do lifting, don't> do much cardio except for weekends. I got up to 180 lbs, but I'm 5'8 and wasn't doing> much at the time so got kinda chubby. Now I'm between 150-160.> > 5 days a week I alternate full body barbell exercises in my small little home gym> like Squats, BP, Rows, etc. I'm doing heavier weight so I do 2 minute rests between> each set, and between 3-5 sets depending. And each day I do at least 20 pullups (usually> 2 sets of 10, sometimes I go as many as I can in one sit, my record so far is 15).> It's alot but when I first started back, I only did 3 days a week. Now i'm up to> 5. Nice! It's crazy to think back to high school...I used to be able to do 20-30 pull-ups in a minute. Now, I've worked my way up to 7!
Yeah, that kinda strength is hard to gain as you get older, but easier to build back up to if you've had it before, if that makes sense. I wrestled in high school and pull-ups were nothing, so like you, I'm hoping to get somewhere back close to that form myself. I have faith we can do this!
9-Mar-21 3:21pm
#16
Dasgessabel
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JD wrote:
I'm thinking about doing 100 situps a day for 30 days, i wonder if it would help to lose belly fat?
I look at losing fat kinda like credit card debt, when you wrack it up it's best to just pay it all down rather than trying to hyper focus. Once you've started cutting some of it down, then you can narrow the focus down. Like Scott, definitely not an expert, but that's how I've always approached fat loss
9-Mar-21 3:42pm
#17
Scott
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Dasgessabel wrote:
Yeah, that kinda strength is hard to gain as you get older, but easier to build back up to if you've had it before, if that makes sense. I wrestled in high school and pull-ups were nothing, so like you, I'm hoping to get somewhere back close to that form myself. I have faith we can do this!
I didn't wrestle or anything like that, just took weight-training every semester. I wasn't fat, but I wasn't scrawny either, so I built up a ton of upper body strength while still staying thin. The weight training teacher would calculate our "power index" (as he called it) periodically. He would add up 3 or 4 of our maxes, then divide by our body weight. I was always #1, by a lot lol I also had the most push-ups in a minute, 78.

But yeah, I'm not thinking it's realistic to get back to that. I'll just be ecstatic when I reach my goal of having a flat stomach again!
9-Mar-21 3:43pm
#18
NatGasHole
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Anybody in here do BodyPump? I've been doing it for around 5 years now. I'm usually the only guy in class but I don't care. It's an extreme workout a lot of guys think is too womany. I thought this too until my wife finally talked me into it and haven't stopped doing it since. Hits all your muscle groups and takes 1 hour. If you do it 3 times a week you'll see big results.
9-Mar-21 3:56pm
#19
nonamesleft
Silver Good Trader

@Scott 78 push-ups a minute? That sounds pretty impressive. No breaks, and about 4 every 3 seconds.
9-Mar-21 4:04pm
#20
sa330206
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Main goal is to try and stay in shape and gain some strength. I usually try to work out 3-4 days a week with a major exercise as part of each workout.

Day 1 - Chest/Triceps - Barbell Bench Press is the major exercise.
Day 2 - Back/Biceps/Grip - Barbell Deadlifts are the major exercise
Day 3 - Shoulders/Triceps - Overhead Barbell Press is the major exercise
Day 4 - Legs/Biceps - Barbell Squats is the major exercise

I will also throw in an Ab workout with the chest or shoulders workout. I always make sure to give atleast 2 days break between Chest/Shoulders or Back/Legs workout.
9-Mar-21 4:23pm
#21
Alaisiagae
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader

I avoid strenuous workouts (the joys of having fibromyalgia). I'm trying to work back up to doing a little cardio (~20 minutes) every day. It will be nice when the snow melts and I can take walks outdoors again.

Combination of diet and exercise has helped me lose a lot of weight and I'm even slimmer than I was in college - though I have, like, zero muscle tone.


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