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Aug. 21st, 2016 | 12:12 pm
posted by: vicar in gymrats

After having foods out with a fellow gymratarian, and discussing that which was once gymrats, I said we should look up gymrats on facebook because that's where most seem to have migrated. Well, I did, and there are bazillions of groups going by that name.

Is there is for-real from-this-group gymrats on fb? Care to link me in?

If not, should there be?


care of https://www.facebook.com/vicarz

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I will pump you up

Aug. 1st, 2016 | 09:00 am
posted by: hajiomatic in gymrats

what makes for a good workout at the gym for you?

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Jun. 21st, 2016 | 08:04 am
posted by: hajiomatic in gymrats

At what weight do you alternate/use a mixed grip on a deadlift?

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what's up with the mysterious wooden stick

Jun. 17th, 2016 | 10:23 am
posted by: piperki in gymrats

I see guys at the gym pick up this long wooden stick and do earnest-looking twisty moves like this (but usually standing up).

Exactly what miraculous core-strengthening power does a lightweight wooden stick have? Not a lot of resistance with that stick, right? I don't get it.

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Yoga has Amazing Benefits for Mental Health

Jun. 10th, 2016 | 02:01 pm
posted by: wealthishealth in gymrats

As we age we begin to forget our children's name and where we put our keys again, well recent research has shown yoga and meditation can improve mental health! I have been doing yoga for 5 months and I feel so much sharper than I did 5 months ago. I no longer have panic and stress attacks like I used to do and I am sleeping better as well. Yoga is a great way to strengthen your core and boost flexibility as well!
If you wish to see the study conducted please check this article here to learn more.

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3 Incredible Strength Training Exercises (For Aging Recommended by a Spine Surgeon)

May. 24th, 2016 | 04:11 pm
posted by: wealthishealth in gymrats

A top spine surgeon in LA recommends these 3 exercises:
1. Hip Extensions
2. Goblet Squats
3. Dumbbell Rows

Current medical research suggests that strength training exercises are the most effective fitness regimen for maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle. Yet less than 25% of people over the age of 45 participate in strength training exercises. There is also no disputing that the strength of our muscles slowly and spine consistently declines as we age unless we do something about it.
Read more here.

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How to work out like a man

Mar. 20th, 2016 | 04:22 pm
posted by: vicar in gymrats

One of those posts about wondering what other people are doing in the gym, made by someone that isn"t a place-setting competitor himselfCollapse )

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Protein drink that's not hard to swallow

Mar. 4th, 2016 | 09:37 am
posted by: lurkingheretic in gymrats

Hey there, tattoo lady here.

Back in Korea for one more year and I'm hoping to get healthier.  Right now my concern is losing some weight while not feeling hungry all the time.  As it stands I drink a lot of mochas and don't get enough protein, and I tear up my ankles often enough that exercise (bicycling, mostly) has become sporadic.  This will not do.

I already take a C/collagen for my wrinkles (I'm just under 50) which seems to help heal my ankles a little faster. Folic acid for my hair/nails/heart--you see where this is going?  I'm vain; friends call me a hedonist.  At just over 200 pounds I look the part.

Why protein?  School lunches, my primary meal of the day, tend to lack it. With GERD I can't eat a large dinner, and with work large breakfasts don't work unless I drink them in the taxi. So what protein powder do you recommend?

Needs:  can't taste horrible.  Should mix with water (preferably), espresso, or whole milk. Should stave off the hungries all morning. If taken in the evening, should digest easily. Needs to be available in South Korea, meaning GNC, CostCo, or GMarket.com.  I am trying to *lose* weight without losing strength, but I figure watching portions should accomplish that.

I have access to a tiny gym here at work, but when the day is over I generally don't have the energy to use it.  The bicycle (typically 2-3 times a week) is transportation to get home.


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About those push up fails - I was sick

Mar. 1st, 2016 | 03:40 pm
posted by: vicar in gymrats

So it turns out, with regard to my not being able to do many push-ups,
I was sick.
Real noodle twister, huh?

That and really I was trying to do burpees in my living room because I was so congested I couldn't breath at all, and was thinking "Gee, exercise and a high heart rate always seems to clear my system" so I defaulted to "Let's do burpees in the living room - because I feel bad."

On the other hand, I've now added them back in as an in-between exercise for bench and lat pulls.

Unrelated: today I had a good day with deadlifts based solely on a bar with newer / sharper knurling. I didn't realize how much of the time I was trying to keep my grip tight.

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2 random questions

Feb. 12th, 2016 | 10:07 am
posted by: vicar in gymrats

Caution: I am at home with a devastating man-cold. If you're the fairer sex, you may get infected and die from reading this post. You should wash your hands.

1. Are push-ups hard if you lift?
I used to be far weaker, but could pop out 50 push ups pretty easily. I'm home sick, and was going to take some god-awful squirt-in-your nose drug but couldn't inhale at all...so I crossfitted some burpees (drop to push-up, stand, jump and clap, repeat) to get the exertion=breathe effect.
To my shock, the push-ups were slow and hurt a bit. I tried some on their own and...they felt hard. Am I weak from being ill (no feber) or is something else going on?
Now granted, my elbows are horrible from boxing many years ago and I'm still always balancing pain in those joints. But...and I know I'm sick, I just felt heavy. Well I am heavier, but only about 30 lbs while my bench is up 40-50 lbs or so? Before I give up my snuggeeblankets to experiment with push-ups, should they be difficult? Is 50 a normal not-athletic average number?

2. Why am I sick?
I am sick for the 3rd time this winter. When I get sick, it's easily 8-13 days. I'm HIV neg (tested). Even when I get better, it takes weeks for the congestion to return to normal levels.
I seem to be taking care of myself, lifting 4 days a week for 1-2 hours per day (more if you include the warmups). I eat a fairly healthy diet free of fast food (unless you include subway) and full of meats and veg. I drink a bit, but not to blackout or daily levels (varies tremendously based on social stuff). I do work out in large gyms and ride public transportation which would expose me to pathogens, but I remain stunned at how often and how bad I get sick. It is really screwing with my program.

Any random theories, crackpot or educated, appreciated.

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