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Sokiru 14 July 31, 2013 at 11:59 AM in Other
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So, in an attempt at keeping our discussion going about the ways in which we are trying to eat healthier/lose weight and be more active in our lives. I thought it would be nice to have a specific thread dedicating to encouraging and sharing tips and ideas for those of us yearning for a more active lifestyle.

We all may have differing opinions on games, consoles, and Curtie's analogies, however I think most of us can agree on the need for a more healthier lifestyle!

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I've also done P90X and hip hop abs with my wife. Neither one was really worth it. Hip hop Abs was a complete joke. P90X concentrated a lot more on putting on lean weight than it did for upping cardio and getting a good interval workout.
Have to disagree on both counts. I've done Insanity, P90X and Hip Hop Abs, and while I know everyone gets different things out of exercise programs, I lost 3 lbs and 1" off my waist in the first week of HHA, and before that lost 30lbs through P90X and got in amazing shape. You can also tailor the P90X program to whatever you want it to be, lean, cardio, etc.

HHA is silly but it's actually a decent cardio workout.. but man, is Shaun T ever a different guy between Insanity and HHA laugh out loud
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You forgot the part where the hipsters softly play their guitar as they place them in the banana boxes.
They actually serenade them do they?
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Insanity is great. Talk about being a sweaty mess afterwards...

I finished July with 193 road miles. Unless there is a terrible heatwave (which is likely in August) I expect to go over 300 this month.
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Insanity is great. Talk about being a sweaty mess afterwards...

I finished July with 193 road miles. Unless there is a terrible heatwave (which is likely in August) I expect to go over 300 this month.
Dude that is AWESOME! I am considering getting a bike and biking to work a few days a week. Also, I have been considering doing Insanity, but no one I know has the stuff.
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Insanity is great. Talk about being a sweaty mess afterwards...

I finished July with 193 road miles. Unless there is a terrible heatwave (which is likely in August) I expect to go over 300 this month.
Quote from Sokiru View Post :
Dude that is AWESOME! I am considering getting a bike and biking to work a few days a week. Also, I have been considering doing Insanity, but no one I know has the stuff.
Is here an Insanity/P90X equivalent that is a little (ok a LOT) more entry-level? Looking for stuff that I can actually do for an extended period of time.
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i did a double take when I saw this thread. laugh out loud

I've been lifting pretty religuously for the last year. But I've been lifting for much longer than that, on and off though.

My Deadlift is up to 300lb (1RM)
My bench is up to 235lb (1RM)
Squat is up to 265lb (1RM)
Overhead Press is up to 160lb (1RM)
I can now also do something like 22 pull ups in a row before failure. I can do a a lot more doing them in sets of ten with about a minute of rest in between.

/end brag

My diet has been all over the place lately though. From August 2012 - January 2013 I followed strict South Beach Diet ("SBD") guidelines and lost about 25 pounds goin from 185 - 160. I've been gettin on and off the wagon since Fenruary of this year and my weight is currently at 168lb but I'm sure it's not all fat as I've put on some muscle. I wish I took some accurate readings though before/during.

The diet will be a life long struggle for me but the weightlifting and my obsessive need to hit new PR's has become well......an obsession. hah. Long term goals are 300 lb bench and 400 lb DL. As for squat...I dont have a long term goal as I don't care as much (probably because it's my weakest lift) in terms of ratios to myother lifts.

BUt damn it....diet is the key. I gotta get a better handle on my macros and sleeping (hard with a sick baby) to optimize my results....sigh. It's tough with a kid though. Likeyesterday I ate shit all day long (home helping out with sick baby and also supervising minor home remodeling).

EDIT:

All that said, if youguys want to do any strength and/or hypertrophybased training let me know! I can talk about this shit for hours.
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Have to disagree on both counts. I've done Insanity, P90X and Hip Hop Abs, and while I know everyone gets different things out of exercise programs, I lost 3 lbs and 1" off my waist in the first week of HHA, and before that lost 30lbs through P90X and got in amazing shape. You can also tailor the P90X program to whatever you want it to be, lean, cardio, etc.

HHA is silly but it's actually a decent cardio workout.. but man, is Shaun T ever a different guy between Insanity and HHA laugh out loud


Hip hop abs is a complete joke for me. My problem with it is it doesn't have nearly enough resistance and everything is just keeping moving. P90X is the complete opposite. I struggled to keep my heart rate up going hard on exercises.

With Insanity the first month is decently relaxing but the second month bumps up everything quite a bit. The second month of insanity is some of the hardest workouts I have ever done.
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Is here an Insanity/P90X equivalent that is a little (ok a LOT) more entry-level? Looking for stuff that I can actually do for an extended period of time.

Do the first month of insanity and just don't push as hard. That's about as low level as you would want to get while still getting your heart rate elevated.

Hip hop abs is more cardio oriented and less of a drain on your overall body but your legs will probably hate you for it if you aren't ready. You also look insane doing it if someone walks by the front of your house and looks through your window....

You don't have to go 100% with the workout. The goal of insanity is pure interval training which is getting your heart rate up then letting it drop back down after a good burn. Probably the hardest part about the first month is staying hydrated.
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Dude that is AWESOME! I am considering getting a bike and biking to work a few days a week. Also, I have been considering doing Insanity, but no one I know has the stuff.

Get it off the pirate ship site. I bought the DVDs then downloaded it anyways since its way more convenient to just have them on my xbox instead of swapping disks.

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So apparently when I was at the grocery store the other day I picked up "Organic" bananas instead of regular bananas. Anyone know the difference?

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Quote from Sokiru View Post :
Dude that is AWESOME! I am considering getting a bike and biking to work a few days a week. Also, I have been considering doing Insanity, but no one I know has the stuff.
Thx. I try to ride at least 3x a week. About 18 miles round trip. I used to have to mentally prep for it in the morning cuz the ride would punish me, bad. But now it's nothing to do and I am currently looking for ways to extend my route.

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Is here an Insanity/P90X equivalent that is a little (ok a LOT) more entry-level? Looking for stuff that I can actually do for an extended period of time.
Go grab Insanity off XS and check it out. It's hard but just do what you can and take a 30 sec break when you need to. I started out huffing and gasping but I would pause the video, catch my breath and get back to it. You will be AMAZED at how fast your body catches up. Before you know it, you are doing the whole workout without stopping. (In each video there are cooldowns/stretch times where you also have time to recover)

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i did a double take when I saw this thread. laugh out loud

I've been lifting pretty religuously for the last year. But I've been lifting for much longer than that, on and off though.

My Deadlift is up to 300lb (1RM)
My bench is up to 235lb (1RM)
Squat is up to 265lb (1RM)
Overhead Press is up to 160lb (1RM)
I can now also do something like 22 pull ups in a row before failure. I can do a a lot more doing them in sets of ten with about a minute of rest in between.

/end brag

My diet has been all over the place lately though. From August 2012 - January 2013 I followed strict South Beach Diet ("SBD") guidelines and lost about 25 pounds goin from 185 - 160. I've been gettin on and off the wagon since Fenruary of this year and my weight is currently at 168lb but I'm sure it's not all fat as I've put on some muscle. I wish I took some accurate readings though before/during.

The diet will be a life long struggle for me but the weightlifting and my obsessive need to hit new PR's has become well......an obsession. hah. Long term goals are 300 lb bench and 400 lb DL. As for squat...I dont have a long term goal as I don't care as much (probably because it's my weakest lift) in terms of ratios to myother lifts.

BUt damn it....diet is the key. I gotta get a better handle on my macros and sleeping (hard with a sick baby) to optimize my results....sigh. It's tough with a kid though. Likeyesterday I ate shit all day long (home helping out with sick baby and also supervising minor home remodeling).

EDIT:

All that said, if youguys want to do any strength and/or hypertrophybased training let me know! I can talk about this shit for hours.
Agreed. The thing that hurts ME the most (outside of always fighting a diet) is my idle work time. I work on the computer about 55-60 hours a week. Have an 8 yr old, going through a separation/divorce. The silver lining cloud is my work was only 1 mile from home. Now it's 6+. Bike commuting to work at the new, more distant location ended up being best thing that's happened cuz it'd the main thing that's helped me lose weight.

I still lift regularly. I have a nice setup on my patio. I posted it elsewhere but here is my lift routine. Unfortunately I am always without a spotter so I can't really ever go to true muscle failure. Instead I have to go up & down the rack, so to speak...

           
 Monday – Chest    Thursday – Shoulders    
 ExerciseSetsRepsTempo ExerciseSetsRepsTempo 
 dumbbell flys34-82s up 2s dn shoulder press-dumbbell press34-82s up 2s dn 
 dumbbell press34-82s up 2s dn side raise34-82s up 2s dn 
 incline press34-82s up 2s dn reverse flys34-82s up 2s dn 
 incline fly34-82s up 2s dn front raise34-81s up 1s dn 
 bench press34-82s up 2s dn shrugs34-82s up 2s dn 
      upright rows34-82s up 2s dn 
 abs-crunches & bicycles38-301s up 1s dn      
           
 Tuesday – Lats    Friday – Arms    
 ExerciseSetsRepsTempo ExerciseSetsRepsTempo 
 overhand pulldown34-82s up 2s dn tri-lat bar pushdowns34-82s up 2s dn 
 bent dumbbell rows34-82s up 2s dn tri-dumbbell french press34-82s up 2s dn 
 underhand pulldown34-82s up 2s dn tri-skullcrusher34-82s up 2s dn 
 bent over rows34-81s up 1s dn bi-straightbar curls34-82s up 2s dn 
 reverse overhand pulldown34-82s up 2s dn bi-hammer curls34-82s up 2s dn 
      overhand reverse curls34-82s up 2s dn 
 Wednesday – Legs         
 ExerciseSetsRepsTempo abs-crunches & bicycles38-301s up 1s dn 
 lunges34-82s up 2s dn      
 stiff legged dead lifts34-82s up 2s dn      
 squats (dumbbell-olympic bar)34-82s up 2s dn Cardio minimum = 30min a day    
 weighted calf raises34-82s up 2s dn      
 hamstring curls34-82s up 2s dn      
           
 abs-crunches & bicycles38-301s up 1s dn      
           
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You guys don't just dance the pounds off with kinect games?
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You guys don't just dance the pounds off with kinect games?
I have a friend who has the Nike+ game for Kinect, anyone have any experience with that? He said it ties into the Nike+ he has on his phone when he goes running.
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I have a friend who has the Nike+ game for Kinect, anyone have any experience with that? He said it ties into the Nike+ he has on his phone when he goes running.
I have no idea about that. I use cardiotrainer when I run. It plays my playlist, keeps track of my speed and distance and tells me at where I'm at every 10 minutes. That's good enough for me and its free.
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i did a double take when I saw this thread. laugh out loud

I've been lifting pretty religuously for the last year. But I've been lifting for much longer than that, on and off though.

My Deadlift is up to 300lb (1RM)
My bench is up to 235lb (1RM)
Squat is up to 265lb (1RM)
Overhead Press is up to 160lb (1RM)
I can now also do something like 22 pull ups in a row before failure. I can do a a lot more doing them in sets of ten with about a minute of rest in between.

/end brag

My diet has been all over the place lately though. From August 2012 - January 2013 I followed strict South Beach Diet ("SBD") guidelines and lost about 25 pounds goin from 185 - 160. I've been gettin on and off the wagon since Fenruary of this year and my weight is currently at 168lb but I'm sure it's not all fat as I've put on some muscle. I wish I took some accurate readings though before/during.

The diet will be a life long struggle for me but the weightlifting and my obsessive need to hit new PR's has become well......an obsession. hah. Long term goals are 300 lb bench and 400 lb DL. As for squat...I dont have a long term goal as I don't care as much (probably because it's my weakest lift) in terms of ratios to myother lifts.

BUt damn it....diet is the key. I gotta get a better handle on my macros and sleeping (hard with a sick baby) to optimize my results....sigh. It's tough with a kid though. Likeyesterday I ate shit all day long (home helping out with sick baby and also supervising minor home remodeling).

EDIT:

All that said, if youguys want to do any strength and/or hypertrophybased training let me know! I can talk about this shit for hours.
Keep working on those squats! Not much better out there for a full body exercise.Do you do any other olympic lifts? I've never been that great at them, but cleans are another total body workout.
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Quote from Roland Deschain View Post :
i did a double take when I saw this thread. laugh out loud

I've been lifting pretty religuously for the last year. But I've been lifting for much longer than that, on and off though.

My Deadlift is up to 300lb (1RM)
My bench is up to 235lb (1RM)
Squat is up to 265lb (1RM)
Overhead Press is up to 160lb (1RM)
I can now also do something like 22 pull ups in a row before failure. I can do a a lot more doing them in sets of ten with about a minute of rest in between.

/end brag

My diet has been all over the place lately though. From August 2012 - January 2013 I followed strict South Beach Diet ("SBD") guidelines and lost about 25 pounds goin from 185 - 160. I've been gettin on and off the wagon since Fenruary of this year and my weight is currently at 168lb but I'm sure it's not all fat as I've put on some muscle. I wish I took some accurate readings though before/during.

The diet will be a life long struggle for me but the weightlifting and my obsessive need to hit new PR's has become well......an obsession. hah. Long term goals are 300 lb bench and 400 lb DL. As for squat...I dont have a long term goal as I don't care as much (probably because it's my weakest lift) in terms of ratios to myother lifts.

BUt damn it....diet is the key. I gotta get a better handle on my macros and sleeping (hard with a sick baby) to optimize my results....sigh. It's tough with a kid though. Likeyesterday I ate shit all day long (home helping out with sick baby and also supervising minor home remodeling).

EDIT:

All that said, if youguys want to do any strength and/or hypertrophybased training let me know! I can talk about this shit for hours.

Squats are going to be your biggest payoff by far. Bench is one of the most useless lifts you can do especially in comparison to dead lifts, cleans and squats when you actually want to apply your strength to a sport/activity.
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