Ross Enamait has a book called Never Gymless that does an amazing job teaching what you can do with bodyweight exercise.
This thread makes me cringe when I look at the lifestyles many of you live.
Originally Posted by Vhan juju
I walk, I swim, I dance, I garden (and I have a big garden; we're not talking about swanning around here... it's break that stone/carry that load). I do what I need, as I need to.... but, sometimes I just think it's a nice day, have a cup of coffee and watch the world go wild.
I wouldn't touch an exercise machine for the simple reason that I wouldn't use it more than a couple of times. Better borrowing the neighbour's dog and go out and see other people than sweat staring at a wall.....
I used to be in pretty good shape, then I moved to the city for college and stopped working out like I used to back home. I do walk alot, but my cardio sucks these days, been busy and lazy for the last two years.
Still, the effort I put in back then still works. I have asthma and I started running in varied terrain and biking to build my lungs up, I was on medication my whole life up until that point, two times a day... after a year or so of 30 minute high-intensity biking/running a day, I stopped taking my medication and have never gone back. I've probably only taken it 4-5 times the last four-five years.
I smoke, I drink, I also walk 20 miles a week and eat mostly chicken, fish and raw vegetables and fruit.
Not healthy, I just always liked quite healthy food..I don't have the gene that wants to eat cakes, I'd rather have carrots .Or Tomatoes.
Bacon rolls on Saturday morning though, hell yes..
Last edited by Flake; May 13th, 2009 at 10:27 AM.
I've found that a kettlebell's a pretty handy thing to have around. Gives you a heck of a workout in a short amount of time and builds quite a bit of strength, really nice alternative to spending tons of money on a gym or equipment. Also forces you to keep your back straight, which is good if you're drawing at a desk all day and tend to hunch over.
Hey Granny, check this out, thought you might like it. This is sick and insane. One of my boys in my band sent it to me. BTW, thanks for the help man.
Did you see the parkour loonies jumping off Edindurgh castle? That was pretty sweet. It's a medieval castle on the side of a mountain so any jumping is quite high up.
Edit: It was part of a series called "Jump Britain" I think, should be on Google vids or Youtube.
Last edited by Flake; May 13th, 2009 at 11:39 AM.
Hell yeah man, that is a great idea. Be sure and post some, ok? We should all get together at a con this summer and film our adventures.
I just finished 12 weeks of p90x.. sounds cheese, but my mom came home with it and i'm like.. alright, let's do it. that was in february. i haven't seen tone in my legs since i was a figure skater in grade 7, so it's done a good job. i do about 50 squats a day followed by 5-10 power squats (jumping out of the squat), and i'm continuously building but my pushups.. getting a full range of movement with face an inch from the ground and back up.. i also bought a bike a week ago, first one since high school. i'm currently trying to build up to 15km, which will get me to rock climbing without giving a cent to the gas station, and then 25 km, which is the distance i will need to be able to do morning and evening to get to work and back home.. if i manage that, my car will be rendered useless until september. fabulous. in addition, i'm gluten-free, soy-free and vegan, don't smoke, drink about once a month.. once in a while i cave for chips, which are my one junk food weakness... and i still function in society.. lol
Bought myself 100 kg of weights and am currently deadlifting, overheadpressing, curling, you name it, everything that i can do with the one semi-olympic barbell that I have. It only cost 200 bucks. I've got to get back in shape... I was in my best physical shape about 2 years ago, when I was weightlifting in a gym, and doing capoeira at least 3 hours each day. Damn hard, but fun.. and the ladies noticed hahah. But then I got injured, and 2 years later, the damn belly is bulging! the elbow is way better, but i still got to get stronger to be able to do all those capoeira moves..
I used to do some weightlifting sporadically but started getting into routine and sticking to it about a year and half ago. I brought a workout station (with bench press, pulldown, etc.) and installed it in my house. After I outgrew it I started going to the gym 2-3 times to pump some serious iron.
I don't do much aerobic exercises because I walk during my lunch hour and do a lot of yard work...I have a garden and a big yard and I only have a push mower to mow it all with.
Of course, I had to change my eating habits...it didn't make sense to exercise and keep shoveling crap into my body, only to make more work to take it off. I now only eat one big meal a day and some snacks during the day. I can enjoy eating a triple whopper after a heavy workout and not worry about putting on extra pounds because I only eat what my body need or use.
I walk 30 meters everyday to get breakfast!
Back when I was in the Air Force I ran 3 miles a day and worked out every other day. But after I got out, I let myself go and now I am 195 lbs at 5'10" frame. Morbidly obese for a Korean standard. Now I walk 2 miles a day and work out 3 times a week. I am really trying to lose my facial and abdominal fat.
Originally Posted by Vhan juju
I'm bumping this old thread for some questions I have.
So I've lost a ton of weight over the past couple of years but despite the fact that I've grown much, much thinner my body still looks pretty gross once the clothes are removed. I'm still continuing to lose weight, which is great, but that's not helping my muscle tone so much. Also I've noticed a real shift in metabolism lately, meaning I'm getting fuller on much less food than I used to.
Out of my whole body, I have by far the most amount of weight on my abs/belly and on my thighs and upper legs. I also have quite a bit on my chest. Are there any specific exercises I can do every day or every other day that would help me burn away that fat?
As for exercises I'm doing now, I try to do hatha yoga (mostly Bikram, recently) every day and I take a lot of hikes and walks. As for diet, I'm a vegetarian so I eat mostly veggies and I try to balance out my protein and calcium. In general I try to avoid sugar and other processed crap. I think I eat fairly healthily.
I also really HATE doing standard exercises. I get flash backs to middle/high school PE which were the worst times in my life and it just feels so petty in its own right. I like yoga because it's really a form of meditation and it works the mind as well as the body. And with hikes, of course, you're concerned with the beauty of the place in which you're hiking, not on the actual physical action. But I guess that, just until I burn off this dreadful layer of fat that I've had my whole life, I could do a few exercises...
Hey Jake. You can't spot reduce fat, i.e specifically lose fat on the waist or thigh area. People distribute fat differently but if you keep losing weight it will go eventually. The best idea now would be to get to a gym and do weight training. Something like;
Wed: Bench press
Sat: Overhead press
3 sets of 5 reps for each lift. Or there are other routines like Stronglifts which are pretty similar.
For diet, keep your protein high with dairy products/protein powder, tofu and eggs.
Hope this helps.
I am in a somewhat similar situation where I am quite happy with my muscle mass but need to reduce overall body fat just a tad. My thoughts are to add more cardiovascular exercises to my routine. I know you want to avoid running and all that type stuff but you really need to get your heart rate up to burn. I think the best thing for the situation is interval training. It might be running or biking and other gym like activities but the time spent on it is much shorter. You basically work out really hard and fast for a minute then moderate for 30 seconds then back and forth. Start out for just five minutes and work your way up to 20 or so. So at the end of a hike just burst some energy into a set. This way you avoid 1.5 hour long ride/run/whatever but you still get the boost of metabolism. Make sure you stretch though, the first time I tried it I killed my legs because I didnt stretch. Maybe you can do a pushup into this http://www.bodylanguageabq.com/yoga.jpg then down and back up the other side.
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Stopped eating at the worst part of my alcoholism. I was so psychotic that I thought lack of food was making me evolve into a giant 4th dimensional insect. Alas, it was actually just a very bad thing to do to my body and mind.
I've been getting on my incline treadmill intermittently..and I am eating solid food again.
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But there's plenty of exercises you can do at home.
For specifically losing weight cardio I imagine would be the best route, just burning calories, more than you take in specifically, but personally I'd try to just vary it up, get a schedule going. Work this type of muscle and exercise on these days, this other group on those other days, then of course a day of rest every certain day or so.
Pushups are an in general exercise which people underestimate. People can bench hundreds of pounds and still barely do 20 pushups. Pushups work a large amount of muscles and you can vary them up/do them anywhere.
The closer your hands are together and the further apart they are works completely different muscles. You could put a backpack with weight on (though be careful not to overload or here comes back pain, might wanna hold off on that one, a weighted belt would be better), one of my favorites is a deep pushup. Basically get on an elevated platform, for me I used 3 chairs, one for each hand and one for my feet. Then you lower yourself below the chairs, hold it for a few seconds then come back up.
Even if I'm not doing any other exercise right now, I still do pushups. You can do pushups anywhere at anytime and it takes maybe a couple minutes at most. Situps may be good for calories, though crunches for abs, but for abs you have to reach below a certain body fat level. Weights are for building muscle, while the other stuff above would probably be more so for toning.
But in all honesty you can youtube different routines and burning more than you take in is the way to lose weight. (easier said than done). Though I'm not an expert, I've just seen some decent results on my own at home since I first started and I'm doing it fairly casually.
Exercise is like drawing, everyone can do it in their own way. But the more you put into it the quicker you'll get there.
For me I have the opposite issue as you or friends, I'm decently skinny, and trying to work my way up. Getting there. While it sounds like a "Oh boo hoo for you, ya bastard!" situation. When your trying to gain weight in a healthy way, you realize.... ..... food is fucking expensive.......
If I exercise too much I lose weight, if I don't at all you don't gain any muscle at all.