Fitness Resolutions Volume 2

Today, January 15 marks the official end of new year resolution season. The day when the crowds in the gym mysteriously start to dissipate. For those of you who have a health/fitness goal, are you still getting after it? What is your plan? Anyone out there getting sidetracked? Why?

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Jan 15, 2021 - 1:44pm

Not getting sidetracked - continuing what I've done since COVID hit. Mixing it up between cycling, running and weights - all at home. Running when it's warm enough (it's not anymore... ever) and alternating otherwise. 

I'll say that I've gotten into the Peloton content - It's a bit preachy at times, but I don't have to think much which is a plus - combined with a Schwinn IC4 bike which I really like. Not as elegant as the Peloton, but just as effective. 

Love my Bowflex adjustable weights - have had them for years, but never really used them. At this point, I'm more consistent with workouts than prior to COVID and, honestly, probably more effective. 

Jan 15, 2021 - 5:45pm

Have lifted 5-7x/ week for the better part of the past decade. Decided to start incorporating cardio into the routine regularly. Have a goal to run my favorite hike by the end of hiking season. Starts at 7k elevation, ends at 10.5k, 10 ish miles round trip. Will be hell, but solid progress thus far and stoked to start changing up the routine. 

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Jan 15, 2021 - 7:22pm

Nice!

"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 18, 2021 - 5:52pm

Built my own wfh gym setup this past summer so have been getting back into powerlifting. Hoping to hit 405 S, 275 B, 500 DL by summer if I stay injury free

Jan 19, 2021 - 9:03am

I've been taking a daily walk with my daughter in the baby carrier since she was pretty small. She's like 23lb or some shit now. I wonder how long I'll be able to keep it up. It's pretty fucking tough, actually. Because she's hanging off the front and not sitting on your back, your whole posterior chain has to pull way harder the whole time. You can really feel your hammies and upper back pull to keep your center of gravity.

heister:

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

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Jan 19, 2021 - 12:57pm

Dude that was literally my thinking months ago. I was like yo if I can just keep carrying this kid as she grows and my deadlift and squat keeps doing up, I can probably rule the world by 45.

heister:

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

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Jan 22, 2021 - 10:17am

I think an overlooked workout goal is safety. A few years ago my boss (who was like 37 at the time) was in great shape--he looked terrific. One day he pushed himself too hard working out and injured his back. Fast forward 12 months and he looked like sh*t. I don't look like a Greek god, but I've never been willing to push myself (especially lifting) to the point where I could get injured as it could potentially ruin the rest of my life.

Another overlooked workout goal is long-term sustainability. I think getting used to yourself at sub 10% body fat is a recipe for depression later in life and probably divorce (as you slowly change away from the man she fell in "love" (lust) with). I don't engage in workout or eating habits that aren't sustainable long-term, even if it results in me not be shredded today (to what end?).

Finally, another workout behavior that boggles my mind is running outside in the hot sun. In exchange for a good cardio workout you are slowly "leather-izing" your skin, ensuring that you'll look like sh*t at the age of 30 or 35. Excessive sun exposure (after smoking) is the #1 reason for premature skin aging.

In other words, people who push themselves super hard to look like 1990s Lex Lugar and who consistently expose themselves to large amounts of sun are destined to look like the current Lex Lugar.

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Jan 22, 2021 - 12:34pm

Safety is absolutely number 1 and yes it is overlooked all too often. It requires a thoughtful and balanced approach to training to avoid these kinds of pitfalls. And to your point if you get hurt working out and then gain a ton of weight because you cannot workout, that is an ineffective training program. Long term sustainability is smart too, working out is a life long endeavor. What does your routine look like?  

Jan 22, 2021 - 1:26pm

Briguy123

Safety is absolutely number 1 and yes it is overlooked all too often. It requires a thoughtful and balanced approach to training to avoid these kinds of pitfalls. And to your point if you get hurt working out and then gain a ton of weight because you cannot workout, that is an ineffective training program. Long term sustainability is smart too, working out is a life long endeavor. What does your routine look like?  

TLDR: Secret to no disease and perfect bloodwork? Stay a little chonky, routinely strength train moderately, walk a few miles a week, keep stress low, and eat a balanced diet a little more weighted toward high protein. That's it. That's how you get perfect bloodwork and no sickness. On the other hand, you won't crush Tinder.

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I have a somewhat counterintuitive approach (read: correct approach) to overall life fitness. I see many of my peers workout really hard and diet like crazy and they achieve amazing body goals for a brief period of time. It definitely helps them with Tinder and they have more fun on the beach, without a doubt. However, I have yet to see one non-professional (that is, someone who doesn't do fitness for a living) maintain a Greek god body into a long-term relationship with a woman (or man, and I'm including my gay friend). There are many reasons that 80(?) percent of divorces are initiated by women, but I have to think that falling for a man who is ripped or jacked who then becomes average or fat is not helpful to this cause (100% of my married male friends have become fat, except for my friend who had cancer).

A study was released a few years ago that showed that people who are slightly "overweight" are the most healthy (which calls into question what is and isn't overweight). My BMI is 25.3, just slightly above overweight (>25), and some of it is definitely "chonk" (LOL). I haven't been sick in at least 10 years and last time I had my bloodwork done the nurse was in shock over my essentially perfect levels of blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. (she said my bloodwork looked like I was a health nut).

My health routine: stay a little chonky, routinely strength train moderately, walk a few miles a week, keep stress low, and eat a balanced diet a little more weighted toward high protein.

Array

Jan 22, 2021 - 5:44pm

That is an interesting take. I believe that you can sustain am impressive physique for a long time if your have the right tools and discipline. And no I don't mean gear. But I hear what you are saying. Can you provide that study you referenced I am very curious?

Jan 22, 2021 - 7:20pm

Briguy123

That is an interesting take. I believe that you can sustain am impressive physique for a long time if your have the right tools and discipline. And no I don't mean gear. But I hear what you are saying. Can you provide that study you referenced I am very curious?

I definitely agree that you can sustain a great physique for most of your life with the right discipline, but let's be real--most men (not all but most) lose the discipline as their romantic relationships stabilize, their testosterone falls, and their motivation declines. And the physique evaporates so fast.

Anyway, an article about the study which provides some caveats but here is the sum: for people who haven't smoked, the BMI associated with the lowest risk of mortality is 26.1., which agrees with other large studies that also assert that being slightly overweight is optimum for health. My commentary is that this must throw into question what it really means to be overweight.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/could-a-few-extra-pounds-hel…

Array

Jan 22, 2021 - 5:32pm

My goal is to stay fit and build a little muscle without getting injured.  I try to workout everyday but I think I may have to pull back a little on jumping rope, as it is starting to affect the back of my knees.  If I do 500 jumps, I have been feeling a little sore.  My form is probably not great.  I bought a mat to reduce the impact and I think it helps a little.  I probably should only jump every other day and do other stuff on the off days.  

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