Fitocracy Catch-All

m0nk3yboy wrote:

Between breaking both my arms, and buckling my spine in a MC accident 4 years ago

I knew Minecraft was bad for you =/

Maq wrote:
m0nk3yboy wrote:

Between breaking both my arms, and buckling my spine in a MC accident 4 years ago

I knew Minecraft was bad for you =/

MotorCycle

m0nk3yboy wrote:
Maq wrote:
m0nk3yboy wrote:

Between breaking both my arms, and buckling my spine in a MC accident 4 years ago

I knew Minecraft was bad for you =/

MotorCycle :lol:

Ah. I was thinking that was a pretty extreme way to break a computer game addiction.

Maq wrote:
m0nk3yboy wrote:
Maq wrote:
m0nk3yboy wrote:

Between breaking both my arms, and buckling my spine in a MC accident 4 years ago

I knew Minecraft was bad for you =/

MotorCycle :lol:

Ah. I was thinking that was a pretty extreme way to break a computer game addiction.

It's nothing my (long suffering) wife hasn't considered before now.

Well I just got a gym membership so I'll start logging again (seemed silly just logging 30 minutes of cardio a few times a week). Does anyone still use this thing?

H to the ickle wrote:

Well I just got a gym membership so I'll start logging again (seemed silly just logging 30 minutes of cardio a few times a week). Does anyone still use this thing?

I love fitocracy and was trying to corral people on IRC to use it just the other day. Friend me up, I'm gravitypulls on there and I'm in the GWJ group.

I was hoping that they'd finally added an Android app.

I'm still on and poking around.

Hey all, I just joined Fitocracy the other day and it's awesome that there's a group of GWJ'ers on there. I'm gamerparent on there, and I'm just looking to stay motivated to be more active every day. I need to shed a few pounds and keep my heart healthy...

CannibalCrowley wrote:

I was hoping that they'd finally added an Android app.

They've just announced last week that they've started coding it, so soon hopefully!

gamerparent wrote:

Hey all, I just joined Fitocracy the other day and it's awesome that there's a group of GWJ'ers on there. I'm gamerparent on there, and I'm just looking to stay motivated to be more active every day. I need to shed a few pounds and keep my heart healthy...

Awesome! Welcome to fito! I saw you friended me, if you've got any questions I'll be happy to answer what I can or point you in what's hopefully the right direction.

I'm still there and ploughing my way through C25k and 100 pushups. I've 86ed refined carbs as well so I'm slowly shedding my new dad weight. Last weekend's cakeday notwithstanding.

I restarted using the site a month or so ago.

A GWJ challenge is starting soon.... so it's the perfect time to log your activities.

Re: Fitocracy

I've assumed the Mantle of Admin Powers for the GWJ Fitocracy group, and will be making challenges happen on a regular basis.

The Fall challenge is a 6-weeker, starting on Oct 11th and running up until Thanksgiving.

Join up!

Following that, I'm thinking of an advent calendar push-up challenge.

gravity wrote:
CannibalCrowley wrote:

I was hoping that they'd finally added an Android app.

They've just announced last week that they've started coding it, so soon hopefully!

Provided the app is decent, they'll have me as a member when it's released.

Jonman wrote:

Re: Fitocracy

I've assumed the Mantle of Admin Powers for the GWJ Fitocracy group, and will be making challenges happen on a regular basis.

The Fall challenge is a 6-weeker, starting on Oct 11th and running up until Thanksgiving.

Join up!

Following that, I'm thinking of an advent calendar push-up challenge.

Just joined the challenge! I've gone from level 4 to 7 in the last week!?!? Who would have thought a casual night fill position would result in 5 x 5 hour low intensity workouts a week.

Making a huge difference to my weight, and I've actually been able to tighten my belt an extra notch, just to keep my pants up! Wifey is super jealous of the losses.

I'm losing weight, feeling fitter (in terms of stamina) and they are paying me to do it? Niiiiice!

I keep forgetting about fitocracy. It doesn't run "at work" so I can only log in from my room, where the slow internet makes the site damn near unusable.

I generally remember it after my long runs, I log in to make sure I capture those points and it re-ignites my desire to use the site.

I just wish that Garmin Connect would buy them or they would join with myfitness pal or one of the other many calorie counting sites out there.

By the time I log into Garmin Connect and upload my run, add that same run to myfitnesspal and then add my calories, then jump over to joes goals and give myself a checkmark for working out, I'm usually "logged out". If a website would combine the ability to track calories with the ability to level up, that would be awesome sauce.

Now, about the challenge. I am here to officially talk trash. I actually get home the weekend before turkey day. That means I have about six weeks left here in the stan. I have been slowly ramping up to prepare for my return to the real world and as such, am running and lifting like crazy. I know I'm going to put on ten pounds when my feet hit the ground (beer alone) so I need to lose as much as possible before my return. That's bad news for all of you. Get ready to move fast and hard googers, going to have to catch me

Tim

infromsea wrote:

I just wish that Garmin Connect would buy them or they would join with myfitness pal or one of the other many calorie counting sites out there.

It's a bit of a long way around, but I upload to garmin connect, to which I have runkeeper connected. Fitocracy connects directly to runkeeper. Sounds more complicated than it is, really.

Jonman wrote:

Following that, I'm thinking of an advent calendar push-up challenge.

I think I'd be very much in on a push-up challenge. A-dog's performance in the push-up challenge that just finished was nothing short of amazing, and it totally inspired me.

Anybody had dealings with lower back pain?

I was doing deadlifts after taking a couple months away and went too heavy. I tweaked my lower back and it's been bugging me since (month or two)

I can't do squats or deadlifts since. I loaded up 135lb for squats last week and as soon as I brought it down I felt my back spasm. The next day I tried to do deads with 70lbs (I was at 225 earlier this year) and it was just pain.

I've just been trying to stretch and do hyperextensions. I really want to do squats and deadlifts again though and be able to move freely again.

I've injured my back a few times, basically I stop all strenuous physical activity until the pain subsides, then resume. In most cases, that's roughly 4 days of pure rest. No stretches or lifts of any kind, or even other exercises. Each time it's the same injury, though, when it happens again.

Secret Asian Man wrote:

Anybody had dealings with lower back pain?

I was doing deadlifts after taking a couple months away and went too heavy. I tweaked my lower back and it's been bugging me since (month or two)

I can't do squats or deadlifts since. I loaded up 135lb for squats last week and as soon as I brought it down I felt my back spasm. The next day I tried to do deads with 70lbs (I was at 225 earlier this year) and it was just pain.

I've just been trying to stretch and do hyperextensions. I really want to do squats and deadlifts again though and be able to move freely again.

Therein lies the problem with DL. You want to work your back at a much lower weight than even what little you were doing. Back pain should not be taken lightly, and you're probably off the weight for a while.

Swimming is good. The way in which it works your back tends to help pain in those areas. Likewise body weight exercises. BW squats, lunges, and pullups will collectively hit most everything. There's another thing where you go into push-up position and then alternate lift one hand towards the ceiling. Stretching can help. Running, oddly enough, is another good thing for your back.

Also: patience. Lots and lots of patience.

Secret Asian Man wrote:

Anybody had dealings with lower back pain?

I was doing deadlifts after taking a couple months away and went too heavy. I tweaked my lower back and it's been bugging me since (month or two)

I can't do squats or deadlifts since. I loaded up 135lb for squats last week and as soon as I brought it down I felt my back spasm. The next day I tried to do deads with 70lbs (I was at 225 earlier this year) and it was just pain.

I've just been trying to stretch and do hyperextensions. I really want to do squats and deadlifts again though and be able to move freely again.

Stretching, NSAIDs, rest, and the mental fortitude to understand that you need to stop loading your back with weights until the pain has completely resolved, in a time-frame that may take months. Given that the evidence suggests that surgery is no better for chronic back-pain than conservative measures, it's probably better to err on the side of caution. There are few patients who are more miserable than chronic back-pain sufferers who cannot get relief.

Thanks for the advice. Should I also be avoiding other weight exercises?
I've still been doing other weight exercises. Chest, shoulder, upper back stuff. I've had a couple instances when handling the weights I would feel a twinge in my lower back. Exercises I've been mostly doing is bench press, lat pull downs, dumbbell rows, seated shoulder press.

Swimming does sound like a good idea as I want to train for the Alcatraz swim for next year.

Secret Asian Man wrote:

Thanks for the advice. Should I also be avoiding other weight exercises?
I've still been doing other weight exercises. Chest, shoulder, upper back stuff. I've had a couple instances when handling the weights I would feel a twinge in my lower back. Exercises I've been mostly doing is bench press, lat pull downs, dumbbell rows, seated shoulder press.

Swimming does sound like a good idea as I want to train for the Alcatraz swim for next year.

My very inexpert advice would be to avoid *all* weighted exercise for fear of re-injuring yourself and putting your recovery back even further.

Perhaps the best advice you're going to get on here is: go see a physical therapist. For no other reason than diagnosing someone through a webforum isn't exactly precise.

I did Escape From Alcatraz this year. Really good race. The swim wasn't anywhere near as bad as it was made out. With a wetsuit, neoprene booties and two swim caps, I barely even felt the cold. Only thing that I screwed up was not "swimming across the river" enough, and I ended up fighting against the current for the last few hundred yards. My advice for that race is to get a bunch of hill training in on the bike - the bike course is short, but has lots and lots of vertical. If you're able to train with groups, that's valuable too, there's a *lot* of bikes on the road and it gets seriously congested in places.

Good point, I hate going to the doctor or PT, but it's starting to affect my quality of life.

Congrats on the race. It looks like a lot of fun. Well if SF has one thing it's hills.

Coldstream wrote:

There are few patients who are more miserable than chronic back-pain sufferers who cannot get relief.

QFTmothereffingT!

Buckled spine from a motorcycle accident, still suffering 5 years on. It never goes away, you find ways to deal with it.

Secret Asian Man wrote:

Good point, I hate going to the doctor or PT, but it's starting to affect my quality of life.

Then do it (please), because that is quality you do not want to compromise.

Does anyone have tips for increase grip strength? I feel like I can deadlift more than I am currently but holding onto the damn bar is keeping me from it.

Weakest chain will catch up, don't use straps and other cheats. Short of that, farmer walks and thick bar training. As far as I'm concerned, the old school idea of wrist curls and finger curls are curses from the RSI Devil.

Also try switching up alternating grip between sets.

H to the ickle wrote:

Does anyone have tips for increase grip strength? I feel like I can deadlift more than I am currently but holding onto the damn bar is keeping me from it.

I know a lot of people use straps for deadlifts when that becomes a problem.

Otherwise
http://stronglifts.com/7-ways-increa...

Maybe some bar hangs? The article mentions chalk but that doesn't really increase strength.

H to the ickle wrote:

Does anyone have tips for increase grip strength? I feel like I can deadlift more than I am currently but holding onto the damn bar is keeping me from it.

I have a problem with losing grip on my deadlifts as well. Have you tried using chalk, gloves or straps? The gloves seems to help me a little bit but I still have trouble holding on most of the time. I wonder if using those handheld grip things would help out at all?

Also, finally created my fitocracy account (captdomano) so look for me on there