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Postby . » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:06 pm

yeah the one time i hurt my back doing em it was bad for like 4 months

that and the time I tried to curl reps with 70lbers are literally the only times i've hurt myself working out
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Postby mcwop23 » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:13 pm

considering for real putting on 10-15lbs immediately then try to swap fat out for muscle while maintaining weight this winter

it never seems to work
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Postby ocean pimp » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:55 pm

Kenny wrote:I bought a home rowing machine, I think it'll be a good way for me to stick to excercise as I can do it in my house and listen to podcasts/watch tv at the same time

I got 2 months to lose weight so I look all schvelt when I go home


i love a rowing machine

this thread reminding me how far i have to go and how i should never take as much time off as i have been.
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Postby Kenny » Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:32 pm

did 12 minutes on the rowing machine tonight. I'm so out of shape it whooped me but it does feel good to be on the right track. I've been doing it for only half a week so it's no time to start congratulating myself yet, but I want to keep it up.

Hopefully I'll see some results by the time I go home in November.
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Postby speakers » Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:47 pm

Ken you ever try intervals on your rower?

My fave way to do cardio, and I hate cardio
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Postby This Guy » Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:56 pm

What do you do for intervals? I either do 250M, 1 min, or 500M depending on the workout. 20 sec row/10 sec rest are good but destroy my hands.
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Postby . » Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:00 pm

I'm putting all my home gym equipment on eBay what a stupid idea that was
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Postby . » Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:01 pm

There's an la fitness every 3 miles here and my garage is just full of weights
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Postby . » Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:03 pm

Meanwhile I wasnt too far off on my post illness weakness prediction
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Postby Kenny » Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:37 pm

What are intervals? No, I'm brand new at doing any kind of exercise.

Maybe once I get a bit more in shape I'd go to a gym but man I do not want to be doing a shitty job in front of people right now
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Postby speakers » Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:09 pm

This Guy wrote:What do you do for intervals? I either do 250M, 1 min, or 500M depending on the workout. 20 sec row/10 sec rest are good but destroy my hands.


I usually do 30/30

going hard and then active rest

6 rounds
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Postby speakers » Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:17 pm

Kenny wrote:What are intervals? No, I'm brand new at doing any kind of exercise.

Maybe once I get a bit more in shape I'd go to a gym but man I do not want to be doing a shitty job in front of people right now


intervals just means you vary the intensity (in this case, let's say strokes per minute) over set periods of time

as above, I usually do 30 seconds high intensity (around 40 spm) then 30 s low intensity (say 25 spm)

every pair of those is 1 round

try to go as hard as you can in the "work" 30s and back off as much as you need in the "rest" 30

aim 3-6 rounds to start and as you progress you can increase intensity and/or number or rounds

you can track progress by seeing how far you row in the number of rounds you plan to do and then try to beat it next time

I much prefer this style of training because I find it less boring and more efficient vs rowing at the same pace for a long time

I'd suggest getting some quick tips on good rowing form via YouTube or something too

it's not a complex movement but some basic cues helped me a lot
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Postby dvr » Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:24 pm

Anyone else lap swim?
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Postby . » Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:12 pm

for a few years I'd get up at 5, go down to the park that had open lanes and do it for 30 minutes

something about being up that early and under water would occasionally give me panic attacks where I was sure I was about to drown

i'm also not a particularly good swimmer, I only have a front crawl. another troubling part was everyone there at that time was wearing the olympic swimming shorts and I'm like cmon now
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Postby . » Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:13 pm

probably the best cardio in the heart/lungs sense tho
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Postby ouroboros » Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:24 pm

Used to swim more when I was younger, but every few years I'll get back into it for awhile. The smell of chlorine in the early AM... almost as good as coffee.
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Postby Spoilt Victorian Child » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:05 am

I was on a swim team when I was a kid. I think I started when I was 5. Every summer day we had practice at whatever awful hour... it was probably 7 because I don't see my mom consistently getting me somewhere any earlier than that. Christ if you take a day with a high of 82 it might only be 67 degrees at 7 AM. Anyway one year June rolled around and it occurred to me that I knew lots of people who weren't on swim team, so I probably didn't have to be either? Then I quit.
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Postby . » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:14 am

it did make my days better
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Postby quinine » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:25 am

I've never swam for fitness before but just moved to a building that has a pool so figured I outta start. I'm a regular cyclist and ride pretty hard, but man. I did six laps front crawl and was physically ill when I got out

ps is a lap really just one length down the pool? that doesn't sound right
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Postby . » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:41 am

it's a long ways

i think my biggest problem at the time was this pool was both a lap pool an a diving pool so there was something unnerving about being 40ft above the bottom in pitch black barely awake
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Postby dvr » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:16 pm

Real Love wrote:it's a long ways

i think my biggest problem at the time was this pool was both a lap pool an a diving pool so there was something unnerving about being 40ft above the bottom in pitch black barely awake


Oh yeah, I can see that.


I swam competetive from ages 5-21. From about 14-18 I also played water polo. So many early mornings jumping into a freezing pool I dread getting in the water now, not refreshing at all. There were definitely some deep, dark ominous pools. Also some pools with turds rolling along on the bottom.

The last few years I've made myself swim once a month or so, just hop in swim a 500 (20 lengths) and call it good. I'd like to join an adult masters program but I'm always slacking on it, and now where I live there isn't one. I grew up calling a lap just one length, but now some people refer to a lap as 2 lengths, so I dunno.
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Postby mcwop23 » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:18 pm

i plan on getting into swimming once i'm old and can't lift anymore and have nothing better than to lounge in a pool in a house i hope to live in
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Postby ouroboros » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:20 pm

Real Love wrote:it's a long ways

i think my biggest problem at the time was this pool was both a lap pool an a diving pool so there was something unnerving about being 40ft above the bottom in pitch black barely awake


Swimming over the deep end always made swim faster...
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Postby ouroboros » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:21 pm

mcwop23 wrote:i plan on getting into swimming once i'm old and can't lift anymore and have nothing better than to lounge in a pool in a house i hope to live in


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Postby dvr » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:36 pm

I remember when I was 6 or 7 I won a raffle to swim in some celebrity race. It was Summer Sanders, Marc Spitz, and a few other former Olympians. I was pissed when I found out my parents had entered me and I had to do this. I remember squeezing my ice cream cone and destroying it. There were a few other kids in "Fastest Man Afloat" race but they were older. In the home video of it (I only remember the ice cream squishing) everyone finishes the race and stand up cheering me on into the finish. There is a huge crowd all around the pool also cheering. In about 3 seconds I touch the wall, jump out of the pool ignoring Matt Biondi leaning over into my lane trying to shake my hand and b-line it through the crowd back to the ice cream stand.
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Postby dvr » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:50 pm

Another time I remember being at a swim meet and it was drizzling. Walking around the pool throughout the morning we all kept thinking there were termites eating our feet, turns out the starter system was wired faulty and we were getting electrocuted
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Postby ouroboros » Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:02 pm

Swim cap or no swim cap. What do others prefer?
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Postby deep blue meanies » Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:17 pm

i think swimming is the only exercise i really enjoy

going before work/uni when it's warm out is truly the best
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Postby pokethedoke » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:31 pm

should I do crossfit or something? If I paid 150$ or something and had a 6 pack in a month I'd say its worth it
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Postby pokethedoke » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:31 pm

I just don't want to be one of those losers on instram posting about crossfit all day
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