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Exercise
12-23-2013, 06:51 PM,
#16
RE: Exercise
@SiLVa: Kettlebells are great and really convenient. I've recently purchased a 20kg one for when I move house. At the moment I share a 16kg one with my brother. I have not unlocked anywhere near the full potential of using them but I get really good results from them. Their main convenience is that they take up no space and you can get good workouts with them without leaving home.

My kettlebell workouts consist of a circuit where I do several different kettlebell exercises targetting the whole body combined with bodyweight exercises such as chins, press ups, lunges, squats etc with the kettlebell where possible. A 5-10 minute circuit can get intense and I find it keeps the excess fat off and maintains muscle tone and vascularity. It certainly beats 45 minutes of cycling/treadmill etc in every department.
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12-23-2013, 11:20 PM,
#17
RE: Exercise
Really want to exercise. Good Job RR and April!!! Keep it up! Time to shovel snow. This counts for working out. Right?

P.S. Always wanted to do a handstand
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01-10-2014, 12:46 AM,
#18
RE: Exercise
well... i started working out a few days ago and I'm ripped! Just joking. I probably should do before and after pictures, along with measurements. I hardly ever weigh myself, maybe once a year. Right now I have a 30 lb weigh vest on. Part of me says I should do before and after pics and measurements, part me says screw it. I'm only working out to feel better and for strength. A lot people do it to look better; \I just care about feeling better and gaining strength. What do you think? Wish me luck.
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01-10-2014, 03:18 AM,
#19
RE: Exercise
(01-10-2014, 12:46 AM)RaFTertheONE Wrote: well... i started working out a few days ago and I'm ripped! Just joking. I probably should do before and after pictures, along with measurements. I hardly ever weigh myself, maybe once a year. Right now I have a 30 lb weigh vest on. Part of me says I should do before and after pics and measurements, part me says screw it. I'm only working out to feel better and for strength. A lot people do it to look better; \I just care about feeling better and gaining strength. What do you think? Wish me luck.

Hey Raf

First of all I would strongly recommend weighing yourself on a regular basis. Get a diary and write down your weight.

Here's a tip: wake up, take a piss and weigh yourself on an empty stomach. Passing urine is important for more accurate weight measurements. Depending on how full your bladder is, you could be holding nearly a pound or two in water weight. Also as the day progresses you will naturally get heavier due to fluid retention and food intake which is another reason to weigh yourself on an empty stomach in the morning as you should be keeping records and then comparing your data as it is compiled. Taken at different times will give wildly fluctuating results.

Also weight measurements should be taken with minimal clothing on - just underwear or even in the nude if your feeling frisky. The extra clothing will add weight to the scale and depending on the types you're wearing, will also give wild results - you may assume you've lost weight but it may be a simple case of changed clothing. Clear the ambiguity and just weigh yourself in your underwear.

Use that same diary to note what you're eating. Over time as you increase your understanding you can add more information such as portion size and protein/fat etc content. You will start to see correlations between eating and weight. Also meal timing as you can eat the exact same things but in different orders and get very different results. If I feel like eating junk, I'll have it earlier in the day.

Experiment with yourself as a lot of this is trial and error as everyone has different bodies/metabolisms/reactions to food so there is no one size fits all method.

That diary can also be used to track exercise progression. Just note down your activity and try and beat your scores on a regular basis.

Hope that helps and good luck, I'll post up relevant materials when I get some time.
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02-22-2014, 06:25 PM,
#20
RE: Exercise
SO I was working out hard for about 3 weeks. Then I got a new job and sprained my wrist. Before that I got sick and slept for 30 hours. So, I haven't worked out in a few weeks. I started do some stomache exercises, my own workout. I had trouble pissing today. A sharp pain near my stomache. I think this was due to my ab workout. Basically a lay flat and use me legs doing various exercises and some sit-ups. Probably because of my scoliosis, doing these workouts causes damage to my stomache or intestine. I don't know what to do now.
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02-22-2014, 08:23 PM,
#21
RE: Exercise
(02-22-2014, 06:25 PM)RaFTertheONE Wrote: SO I was working out hard for about 3 weeks. Then I got a new job and sprained my wrist. Before that I got sick and slept for 30 hours. So, I haven't worked out in a few weeks. I started do some stomache exercises, my own workout. I had trouble pissing today. A sharp pain near my stomache. I think this was due to my ab workout. Basically a lay flat and use me legs doing various exercises and some sit-ups. Probably because of my scoliosis, doing these workouts causes damage to my stomache or intestine. I don't know what to do now.

As much as I hate to say it, that would be grounds for seeing a doctor to make sure you haven't hurt anything that needs to be fixed.
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02-22-2014, 08:39 PM,
#22
RE: Exercise
(02-22-2014, 08:23 PM)Easy Skanking Wrote:
(02-22-2014, 06:25 PM)RaFTertheONE Wrote: SO I was working out hard for about 3 weeks. Then I got a new job and sprained my wrist. Before that I got sick and slept for 30 hours. So, I haven't worked out in a few weeks. I started do some stomache exercises, my own workout. I had trouble pissing today. A sharp pain near my stomache. I think this was due to my ab workout. Basically a lay flat and use me legs doing various exercises and some sit-ups. Probably because of my scoliosis, doing these workouts causes damage to my stomache or intestine. I don't know what to do now.

As much as I hate to say it, that would be grounds for seeing a doctor to make sure you haven't hurt anything that needs to be fixed.

I'd have to agree. I've never heard anyone report such an issue.
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02-22-2014, 09:46 PM,
#23
RE: Exercise
Yeah I don't know. Sometimes it feels like my spine is pushing into me like through my stomache. It probably has to do with the curve of my back. Now there are different types of back curves. I have a S-curve. Last time I checked years ago, it was around 40 degrees. Over 50 degrees they do surgery, but I wouldn't. If you stand against a door your back might have some space in between the door. I have a lot of space.

I've had these lipid bumps on my stomache for years. My friends thought I had cancer when I went tubbing one year. They didn't really say something at the time, but I heard later.

My blood work is outstanding. The doctor couldn't figure what was causing them. He wanted me to try some cholesterol drug, even though my cholesterol levels were fine. Now a few years have passed and the bumps grew in size and more have formed. Kind of wish I knew what was up or how to get rid of them. It's probably because of my back. I would go to the doctor if the pain lingers. In the past, the doctors I went to never really helped much.

You can get a Hernia internally. My guess is that with my back and doing sit-ups is what's causing the pain. When I do a situp it feels my stomache really pops out and becomes hard. I barelly have any body fat. So maybe with my spine being pushed in and doing situps and leg work outs, it pushing some things out.

I have a thing that lets me hang upside down. It's not a table but gravity boots. I really need to start using it. Maybe in 6 months I could stretch my spine an inch or two.

THANKS FOR THE CONCERN APRIL and EASY
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06-17-2014, 01:41 AM,
#24
RE: Exercise
Life commitments have made me a bit lax recently but I'm back in the gym and experimenting with a new diet plan. It essentially combines several different models but in a nutshell it is a repeating 5 day cycle which looks like this:

Day 1: no carbs
Day 2: carbs
Day 3: no carbs
Day 4: carbs
Day 5: fast/1 meal
Repeat

On days where I eat carbs I have a heavy weight session. My no carb days will have some type of cardio, usually kettlebells and bodyweight exercises performed in a circuit or a long walk while the fast day will have me eating anything I want for one meal. The fasted day actually begins the day before as I recently went around 17 hours (including sleep) without eating, ate then fasted again until the next morning where the cycle begins again. I didn't exercise during the 5th day.

The rationale behind the plan is to combine several theories in an attempt to find the holy grail of natural simultaneous muscle gain and fat loss. So far I have managed to retain muscle mass and lose fat but its still early so don't want to jump to any conclusions too soon. Anyway it combines carb and calorie cycling with intermittent fasting along with a high amount of food on heavy training days so you feed your muscles and try and burn fat the following day. I am encouraged by results so far but that could just be a case of not being in the gym for a while but I do like the method and will continue to use and tweak it until it proves ineffective.

My eating plan is high protein, moderate fat, usually every couple of hours. When I'm getting carbs they're usually fibrous or from vegetables. I have tried to devise a diet where hormonal considerations are taken into account so the foods I'm eating are chosen to help increase testosterone and minimise estrogen conversion which I'm led to believe is further helped with a fasted day. I'm taking creatine and only drinking distilled water and decaffeinated green tea.

I'll update when necessary but it would be interesting to see if anyone else wants to try it and compare results and discoveries. I'm not looking to put on much mass, just a bodyfat level in the low teens with good muscluar definition. Im giving myself around 8 weeks (1 gone already) to try it, circumstances dictating, and hope to eventually report back with some good results.
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06-18-2014, 04:19 AM,
#25
RE: Exercise
(06-17-2014, 01:41 AM)R.R Wrote: Life commitments have made me a bit lax recently but I'm back in the gym and experimenting with a new diet plan. It essentially combines several different models but in a nutshell it is a repeating 5 day cycle which looks like this:

Day 1: no carbs
Day 2: carbs
Day 3: no carbs
Day 4: carbs
Day 5: fast/1 meal
Repeat

On days where I eat carbs I have a heavy weight session. My no carb days will have some type of cardio, usually kettlebells and bodyweight exercises performed in a circuit or a long walk while the fast day will have me eating anything I want for one meal. The fasted day actually begins the day before as I recently went around 17 hours (including sleep) without eating, ate then fasted again until the next morning where the cycle begins again. I didn't exercise during the 5th day.

The rationale behind the plan is to combine several theories in an attempt to find the holy grail of natural simultaneous muscle gain and fat loss. So far I have managed to retain muscle mass and lose fat but its still early so don't want to jump to any conclusions too soon. Anyway it combines carb and calorie cycling with intermittent fasting along with a high amount of food on heavy training days so you feed your muscles and try and burn fat the following day. I am encouraged by results so far but that could just be a case of not being in the gym for a while but I do like the method and will continue to use and tweak it until it proves ineffective.

My eating plan is high protein, moderate fat, usually every couple of hours. When I'm getting carbs they're usually fibrous or from vegetables. I have tried to devise a diet where hormonal considerations are taken into account so the foods I'm eating are chosen to help increase testosterone and minimise estrogen conversion which I'm led to believe is further helped with a fasted day. I'm taking creatine and only drinking distilled water and decaffeinated green tea.

I'll update when necessary but it would be interesting to see if anyone else wants to try it and compare results and discoveries. I'm not looking to put on much mass, just a bodyfat level in the low teens with good muscluar definition. Im giving myself around 8 weeks (1 gone already) to try it, circumstances dictating, and hope to eventually report back with some good results.

I could help you if you want and if the site permits it.
Thanks for updating this thread. I haven't worked out in over a week after feeling some pain. Been biking a lot! It's really fun biking at night and down town. Well let me know, basically I have a lot of vids and books. The diet I could get you on is somewhat similiar to the one you are on now but a little more extremeand maybe gets your body to produce its own steroids. It's probably best not to go on the diet though because it's too extreme and probably not good for ones health/
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06-18-2014, 04:31 AM, (This post was last modified: 06-18-2014, 04:32 AM by R.R.)
#26
RE: Exercise
I'm always interested in relevant information. Post up what you have and I'll have a look at this extreme diet.
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06-18-2014, 11:31 PM,
#27
RE: Exercise
(06-18-2014, 04:31 AM)R.R Wrote: I'm always interested in relevant information. Post up what you have and I'll have a look at this extreme diet.

Ok give more a day or two to find it.
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