I find if you go at the same time every day you will make some buds who make exercising a lot more fun. Plus they give you shit if you miss a day.I never liked going to the gym partly due to the atmosphere and I just get bored lifting weights. Luckily, I was introduced to a bouldering gym with a full gym/yoga/HIIT classes included with the membership. I find myself motivated to workout to gain strength/endurance to complete climbs. Also, bouldering is hard and you have to problem solve so it's engaging mentally. I added kettlebell 5 days a week( 8 week kettlebell program ) and a 5k run 1-2 x week. Looking to add a steep hike in place of a run.
From past failures of not keeping with my regimens, I had to find thing I enjoy and not feel like I'm doing a chore.
I get my group workouts when I climb so we can talk beta for problems and push each other. Over the years I enjoy running/training alone and fitting it into my schedule. I communicate a lot at work so any chance I can just do something alone is nice.I find if you go at the same time every day you will make some buds who make exercising a lot more fun. Plus they give you shit if you miss a day.
Of the times you went to the gym, what’s the longest amount of time in months that you went consistently 2-3 times a week?Personally, I can't stand gyms.
Anybody else here hate gyms? And if so, what do you do to get your exercise in?
Looking for some ideas on how to get more in shape, but in ways I would actually enjoy. I do enjoy doing bodyweight workouts at home or at the hotel (travel lots), I occasionally do yoga with the wife, and I'm looking at getting a cheap road bike.
Looking to get some motivation and ideas from you guys that also hate gyms.
I do Mark Rippetoe’s strength training. In my teens and 20s I did all the machine bullshit and got injured every couple of months. Now I squat, bench, deadlift, and chin ups with some stabilizer lifts thrown in and haven’t had a lifting injury in at least 5 years.I guess I kinda hate all the equipment as well...I come from a powerlifting background and do not understand all the machines.
People could accomplish a lot more and get way bigger if they ditched all bullshit variety...adaptions is key....you do not adapt when you do not persist.
Several articles have come out the last week saying that bike sales are through the roof, and I've seen way more people out enjoying trails on both bike and foot, and hitting the water in kayaks. These are all good trends. I don't know how it will carry over to traditional indoor gyms, so we'll have to wait and see. I'm hopeful that people build some healthy outdoor habits while the weather is good and that momentum carries over to the gym as winter hits.Agree 100%.
It will be very interesting to see what sort of short term and lasting behavioral traits come out of this "pandemic". I think it's going to re-shape the world in certain ways, certainly from a behavioral economic standpoint.
Rippetoe is a little too basic for me...but I have totaled elite several times in several weight classes too.I do Mark Rippetoe’s strength training. In my teens and 20s I did all the machine bullshit and got injured every couple of months. Now I squat, bench, deadlift, and chin ups with some stabilizer lifts thrown in and haven’t had a lifting injury in at least 5 years.
Machines are a waste of space.
Yeah, I don’t do anything competitive. I’m not even close to the strongest guy in my gym on a pound for pound basis. Still I’m real happy with Rippetoe. No injuries and I am enjoying the lifts.Rippetoe is a little too basic for me...but I have totaled elite several times in several weight classes too.
when people hear me say that about “starting strength” they always get the impression that I’m against it. I’m not.
when a new guy ask me about getting into powerlifting I always tell them to start with starting strength to get the basics...if they are already a casual lifter or bodybuilder, I have them jump straight into Sheiko
see, I usually end up getting in better shape during the winter. I do NOT do cardio when it gets cold and end up working out an hour or two more and adjust my diet.Yeah, I don’t do anything competitive. I’m not even close to the strongest guy in my gym on a pound for pound basis. Still I’m real happy with Rippetoe. No injuries and I am enjoying the lifts.
In the winter I tend to get a fair amount of gains, but as the snow melts I usually start training for backcountry mountain hunts and shed 20-30 lbs in the process.
Dump the wheelbarrow out (preferably into a deep hole, not just on the ground) and re-fill it every couple of minutes, and then I might start to agree that's a decent use of your half-hour.One of the best workout you can do at home is load up a wheelbarrel and walk around with it for about 30 minutes.
Louie Simmons who is the top powerlifting trainer in the world is basically the godfather of the sport, has his guys do this exact same thing.Dump the wheelbarrow out (preferably into a deep hole, not just on the ground) and re-fill it every couple of minutes, and then I might start to agree that's a decent use of your half-hour.
On a side note, I was digging a trench for a new gas line earlier this summer, and was doing a bit of math on the effort to keep my brain occupied. IIRC, average calculated power was in the neighborhood of 10 watts, and my measured heart rate was about what I'd expect if I was churning out 150-175 watts on the bicycle or rowing machine.
Hell yea Metal for life.Love lifting. Love it. In a gym,fine. At home, fine. At my shop - way best. Lots of room and full of heavy metal and my weights. I can always change it up.
Here lately I have increased my reps but really slowed the pace down (not a crawl, but not running through the set) and as a result have found myself “tuning in” to the muscle groups I’m working. That mental connection wasn’t intentional but it’s has been a game changer. Both my strength and lifts have improved. Had I not been sticking with it all this time I would have missed this aspect of it. I have also found that through slowing down I have become more "meditative" during it all as a result. Way better workouts, more aware of what's being used and what needs to be adjusted. Sounds a bit woo-woo, but learning this beats the hell out of trying to sling weights to get stronger and only getting hurt. I think it’s the cumulative time in any type of gym that gets you those sorts of lessons. If I hadn't kept going into ANY available gym to get the reps in who knows if I ever would have learned anything.
Last night's "workout" was cutting and placing the poles for my kids' new playhouse. Not sure what the bottom 8' of a standard creosote-soaked utility pole weighs, but it felt somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 lbs. Tipping those upright before picking them up and dropping then into the hole felt like a decent workout. Wrestling an entire 35' pole into position to buck it with the chainsaw was also a tidy piece of work that felt just a bit more challenging than the typical Pendlay row. Overall, I don't believe that I missed too many muscle groups.Louie Simmons who is the top powerlifting trainer in the world is basically the godfather of the sport, has his guys do this exact same thing.
It forces you to maintain balance while moving heavy loads which is a better exercise of the muscle groups, and will increase overall strength.
At the end of the day, its about moving heavy shit and you can use just about anything to train hard.
Go do some Krav instead.Try jui jItsu.
I got into cycling too, but its kinda boring IMO, doesn’t really transform the body, and ends up being worse of a gear obsessive money pit that shooting.
Jui jitsu is a super fun way to get HIT excercise, strength training, and flexibility all at once. Not to mention Knowing how to handle yourself without firearm is pretty good to know, and you’ll make awesome friends.