Fitness Resolutions

 

Hello everyone! It's that time of the year again when everyone and their mother will be talking about getting healthy in 2021. I know that many of you are struggling with losing weight or preventing weight gain.  I'm building a small business as a consultant helping people with exactly that so I'm wondering, for all those that are struggling with losing weight what are your biggest roadblocks? What are your goals for 21? 

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  • Analyst 1 in AM - Equities
Jan 1, 2021 - 5:44pm

As someone whose weight has been an elevator my whole life, simple this year is to lose it as sustainably as possible. For reference, I am 6 feet and a college senior. I have listed my fluctuations below, most of which occur because I go hard on a binge fest to drop weight. At the same time, I have suffered from a lot of depression due to significant personal events (death of close family/friends etc.) which has impacted my eating habits. Simple goal is to target 1 pound a week to get it down slowly. 

Current Weight: 295 

HS Senior: 190 

College Freshman: 275

College Sophomore: 220

College Junior: 280

Hopefully accomplish it. 

 
  • Analyst 1 in AM - Equities
Jan 1, 2021 - 5:44pm

meant whose weight has gone up and down like an elevator*

 
Jan 1, 2021 - 7:04pm

I'm sorry to hear about the death in your family. We have all been there, or will be one day. You are right to think longer term, that's a great mindset. Can I ask why you say you go hard on a binge fest to drop weight?

 
  • Analyst 1 in AM - Equities
Jan 1, 2021 - 7:47pm

It just happens naturally unfortunately with my personal strife. It is not something I think is healthy at all. Definately is a split. For instance, lost a close friend between my HS senior year and freshman year and turned to binge eating as a way to relive stress and relax, and after another personal event between freshman and sophomore year, ate significantly less (probs around 1300-1400 cals) for three or four months and did not even realize it. It is definately not healthy and something I am trying to change. 

 
  • Analyst 1 in AM - Equities
Jan 1, 2021 - 7:49pm

to add on, I definately feel like I am an anamoly as I faced a lot more strife than the average person over the past few years of my life. Food just happened to be a medium where I could either ignore or relieve my feelings/problems

 
Jan 1, 2021 - 11:43pm

What is your plan to lose the weight? 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
  • Analyst 1 in AM - Equities
Jan 2, 2021 - 9:53am

Atm I am home so really just eating. More moderate carb and fat and high protein. Don't go to the gym rn (at risk family & have one in my school home with my roommates) but will go once I am back in school. Born and raised in Manhattan. So am just focusing on walking as much as I can instead of taking subway/uber. Walked from UWS to FiDi to hangout with friends yesterday for example. Doing the little things. 

 
Jan 1, 2021 - 11:39pm

2019 was a much heavier training year for me than 2020. I want to train more this year, eat more, get stronger, get faster, get bigger. I'm cutting right now at 188lbs and looking to get more lean, then a focus on building speed and adding strength along the way. I'm pretty fast right now in cycling and running. My "A" race of the year is in September, a 70.3 distance half iron triathlon. 
 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jan 2, 2021 - 6:30pm

Briguy123

I love how 70.3 is a half iron man. That's a killer goal for 2021. Do you know your ideal race weight? 

My PR for 70.3 is 4:48. I'm looking to hit 4:25 at possibly 180-185lbs.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Jan 2, 2021 - 8:55am

I don't have any specific goals but I am having fun with putting on some muscle and getting a little cut. I do not have the discipline to get shreaded.  All I want to do is improve my body without the process being a burden.

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Jan 4, 2021 - 2:57pm

Briguy123

Excellent! What's most burdensome for you? 

The time that is takes to get results and not being able to eat like I did when I was a teen.  

 

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Jan 4, 2021 - 11:02pm

financeabc

I don't have any specific goals but I am having fun with putting on some muscle and getting a little cut. I do not have the discipline to get shreaded.  All I want to do is improve my body without the process being a burden.

You have to find an activity you enjoy and that gets your HR up and you're set. 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Jan 2, 2021 - 11:23am

My goal is to gain muscle mass and be more lean, I am currently at 6' 2" and diet weight is 215 lb lean, off diet weight is 225-230 lb. The pandemic is really bad for me, my home gym isn't equipped with the right plates and machines. Even started running :(

 
Jan 2, 2021 - 4:49pm

Olympic barbell
4x 40lbs plates
2x 15lbs plates
couple of dumbbells up to 50lbs
resistance bands
body weight gear
1x bench

 

that's all I have. is it not much, but a real gym would be better.

 

 
Jan 2, 2021 - 11:30am

I want my front squat to bend the bar

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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Jan 2, 2021 - 4:51pm

just 2 plates :( I'm using them to try to strengthen my upper back mostly actually because I feel it's a weak point. Good for mobility too I feel like

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/
 
Jan 4, 2021 - 11:03pm

Briguy123

haha if the bar aint bendin, you just pretendin.

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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Jan 2, 2021 - 4:18pm

Bench 370 so I can say my max is higher than my dad's ever was (365). Current max is 325, historical peak was 330 back in high school. Probably won't get there but fun to try and beat my old man.

Dayman?
 
Jan 2, 2021 - 5:10pm

Not really yet since the goal so far has been getting back to where I was during my senior year football season like 7 years ago, but I have read a good deal about it online and will probably try it out. Getting back into benching has been surprisingly easy, and after about a month of being super sore from heavy lifting, I felt pretty comfortable and getting from 285 to around 315 was not as difficult as I thought it would be. Now that I'm back home where I have my own bench press (my favorite one ever that I'm most comfortable on) and my dad can spot me, I am more keen on doing more creative, focused workouts now that I don't have to worry about hogging equipment at a gym.

Dayman?
 
  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Jan 2, 2021 - 5:17pm

Used to bench 2 plates and squat 3 plates in HS. I used to be able to flex my arms and see all my veins pop out. People used to call me Mr. Chest or "Pechos" in Spanish bc of how big my pecs were. 

Unfortunately, U.S food and going to College got me fat. Recently got a personal trainer, started taking hydrolzied whey, and taking 5grams of creatine a day. Been on the grind for about 3 weeks and already see veins where I did not have before. I do not have a weight goal, more of a functional goal where I can bench, squat, run, and be physically strong.

 
Jan 2, 2021 - 5:29pm

Not a dig or anything but squatting 3 plates isn't as impressive as you think it is lmao. I started squatting roughly 185x5 in Sept and I'll be breaking 315x1 in a couple of weeks.

 

Edit: Apparently my calculated 1RM is 330 but I've never gone below 5 reps so I wouldn't really know.  

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Jan 2, 2021 - 7:57pm

Yes. Have been living here for 4 years now (University and now job) and food is always the issue. Whenever I go home (international) I shed an insane amount of weight and eat a lot more than I do at uni/in the US. I shed so much weight to the point people think I have a Personal Trainer or something at home lol. Recently found out about MyFitnessPall so am tracking macros and whatnot in the US to get lean. Am trying hard to look and feel good but there is an insane amount of sugar/chemicals in US food.

 

I do not eat unhealthy things but always find myself feeling lethargic and gross in the U.S. I was in the gorcery store the other day (In E.U) and was trying to find Jell-O. Found out they do not sell Jell-O in E.U since the colorant and other chemical causes brain damage??? Like what the fuck.

 
Jan 4, 2021 - 11:06pm

Briguy123

Excellent, sounds like your well on your way. Is US food your biggest issue? 

US food is one of my biggest issues.

 

What are they serving in this country? Why is organic so much more expensive? What's with all the processed foods?

 

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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Jan 2, 2021 - 6:00pm

Im just over 6"2 hovering at about 175 lbs. Been trying to bulk up for a while benching and lifting and all that stuff. My bench has been a huge weak spot and right now my usual sequence is 95 10x5 (I know, real low). Anyone have tips on how to get this up? I feel like I might have hit a plateau recently.

Also just found out I have pretty significant hypertension (not crazy but definitely too high considering I'm in college) so definitely trying to get back on the treadmill but cardio is just the worst. Would love to hear any thoughts on how to get into and stick with a running routine.

 
Jan 2, 2021 - 6:08pm

Do lots of supplementary chest exercises. E.g. heavy-ish dumbbell press, lighter incline dumbbell press (really focussing on chest contractions), push ups (often neglected with beginners) and chest press machines. If you go ham on those for a few weeks, while trying to go heavier on bench (do like 5x5), it'll work

 
Jan 2, 2021 - 7:24pm

I hear you. Are you currently doing 95lbs for 10 reps X 5 sets? Plateau's happen try switching up your training. For example, adding bands to your pushups, varying tempo, different set/rep scheme. Are you running to combat the hypertension?  Other forms of cardio can fun and more easy to stick to. 

 
Jan 4, 2021 - 1:07pm

on hypertension, be sure you're getting readings in the morning, without stress, and in a fasted state. I once told a nurse I had 3 espressos because I wasn't expecting a screen and she wrote down that I was hypertensive. if you weren't expecting to have HBP and you're relatively healthy otherwise, it could've just been a bad reading. one positive does not mean you have hypertension, but you should monitor your results over time to see if there is a pattern

on running, you've got to find a motivator. for me, it's podcasts, usually Jocko or Goggins. I find it hard to complain about my 4th mile when Jocko is talking about guys wearing full fatigues in 100+ degree heat on basically no sleep or food.

I'd also argue that you need to go slow. my first runs were 1 mile, maybe 1.5, just to get use to the soreness in all of those places. I'd then push it a little (distance, not pace) and run at that distance for a while. you'll notice your pace should gradually decline over time, which is why I'm a fan of tracking results so you can see how you've improved (every shoe company has an app for this). there's an article on Medium called "all of your runs should be easy runs" and basically it's saying when you're beginning to run, your body needs lots of time to adapt, so fuck those guys who run 10 miles a day and then 20 on saturday, your knees, shins, and hips need to get used to running. your first goal should be something like 5 miles over 3 runs in one week (assuming you have some semblance of fitness but aren't a runner).

feel free to follow up with questions

 
Jan 4, 2021 - 10:57pm

thebrofessor

on hypertension, be sure you're getting readings in the morning, without stress, and in a fasted state. I once told a nurse I had 3 espressos because I wasn't expecting a screen and she wrote down that I was hypertensive. "

100%. Same goes with any bloodwork. Make sure mimic the exact conditions every time you test. 

 

 

 

 
Jan 2, 2021 - 6:16pm

Get back down to 200lb.

Increase the compound lifts I can do by 20% in terms of overall weight. No 1RMs (too risky for spinal issue)

3x a week of flexibility work to keep my spinal issues in check.

Cut down caffeine to no more than 300mg a day (almost done)

Blue light wipeout by 11 PM

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Jan 2, 2021 - 6:30pm

Before starting IB I was 233 (6'5) after losing 30 pounds. I gained 20 pounds since starting... I don't have a treadmill/workout equipment but I'm just using that as an excuse. I think my group has a "gym" culture (second years hit the gym for 45 min around 7pm and most associates aren't gonna bitch at you but I'm not sure if that applies to me (6 months in)

 
  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Jan 2, 2021 - 10:01pm

In 253 now :( problem is the diet. I get up at 8:30am and work until midnight/2am everyday without getting up. During the week I have cold brew with some almond milk and for lunch random things like chicken and rice or spaghetti and for dinner (get seamless and live at home in a small town in Texas) so fast food and chipotle. I was going to get a deadlift bar but it's like $400 for a set 

 
Jan 3, 2021 - 11:31pm

Gained about 30lbs during quarantine due to stupid-long work hours and utter halt in any movement. Left toxic job in Oct and starting November started to go on cut so looking to get back down to 190 now from about 220 as a 6'1 guy. Have been doing fasted cardio and eating much cleaner so looking to keep it up now.

 
Jan 13, 2021 - 5:33pm

Core exercises will help, holding Superman variations, and shoulder work should get you ready 

Have fun - sounds awesome 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Jan 5, 2021 - 1:01pm

half marathon training 

currently can run like 5-6ish miles but want to improve my running and be able to run a half marathon with a decent time by the end of the year

WHERE ARE ALL MY RUNNERS, let me know how y'all train and what you do 

 
Jan 5, 2021 - 2:14pm

not currently, just on some training plans hoping to improve my running ~ not an advanced runner at all, the main goal is just to get better, and hopefully there will be a race on the books soon

Currently do HIIT workouts once a week as well as strength/weight training 2x-3x a week but curious what y'all do

 
Jan 5, 2021 - 2:48pm

College XC/Track runner here. I'd say the most important aspect of training is running consistently (6-7 days/week). For instance, you'd probably get more benefit out of doing 6 shorter runs a week than doing 3 longer runs, even if the total weekly mileage was the same. Additionally, unless you've already been doing high mileage, you'd likely get the most benefit initially from doing more volume rather than trying to do a bunch of fast workouts. If you're training for a half marathon, I'd recommend trying to do a longer run once a week, which you could try to slowly build-up to the 10-15 mile range. Let me know if I can answer any questions!

 
Jan 5, 2021 - 3:16pm

did my first half after only 2 months of training. if you can run 5-6 comfortably (comfortably meaning you can do it for consecutive days) you're probably ready for a half marathon. what I did was run 3-6mi 4 times a week and then 8-10 on Saturdays. a couple of weeks of that and I did my half one random Friday. was exhausted but fuckin pumped that I finished without stopping.

for programming, check the navy seal fitness guide, chapter 4, page 66 & 67: https://www.usuhs.edu/sites/default/files/media/mem/pdf/navysealfitness…

for training, you should absolutely strength train. one of my best childhood friends is an ultra runner and kinesiologist who used to coach a D-1 track team, he noticed a meaningful improvement when his runners would strength train and recommends it for everyone, even someone like him who'll run 20 miles hungover. no, you should not be powerlifters, but things like kettlebell swings and squats, deadlifts, glute bridges, and so forth could do wonders for efficiency, speed, and injury prevention

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26694507/

 
Jan 5, 2021 - 3:45pm

ya overall im an intermediate runner ~ for me my initial goal is to try to consistently run 6ish miles comfortably before I increase mileage

but totally agree with y'all with strength training 

that's def a key part that is a MUST when training 

 
Jan 6, 2021 - 12:44pm

I have found the overhead press to be useful for runners because it requires a lot of core strength and coordination/ balance.  Also, consistent VMO work, Hamstring strength and glute activation are common problem areas for people who run a lot. I would make sure your covering a least these in your training. 

 
Jan 7, 2021 - 4:21pm

Batman-Robin98

WHERE ARE ALL MY RUNNERS, let me know how y'all train and what you do 

My new race shoes arrived this morning. Nike Alphafly Next%. Tried them on - they fit like a glove. Super light. Kind of felt like squishy light clown shoes when walking around - but when I got on the treadmill, they felt great. 

First session on the treadmill was at 6:05 pace average for 3mi. I started at 8.0mph and went up to 11.0mph. 10 -11mph felt incredibly easy with these shoes.

Second session today was an outdoor run in my Zoom Fly 3 trainers. 3.18mi at 7:48 pace. Light and easy. I'm cutting this week for a 5K on Saturday. I've gone from 188.0lbs Monday to 184.0lbs today with a low of 183.6. I am thinking of running 3mi again tonight just to burn more calories and get a little leaner. Probably will just do a light run in my trainers to make it 9mi for the day. I'm currently at 33.6mi for the week.

Also, I'm doing long term training for a 70.3 half Ironman in September - looking to hit a 7:00 pace for 13.1 that race. 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Jan 5, 2021 - 3:47pm

Nice job!

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Jan 5, 2021 - 3:18pm

I've never struggled with my weight, but I've always struggled being consistent with going to the gym and lifting. This year, I'm really going to prioritize lifting and consistently building muscle (more so than running)

Haven't missed a day this year 💪🏼

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