Fitness Catch-All

I just want to put a shoutout to Cronometer. It's been SO MUCH BETTER than the bloatware of MyFitness pal. It also has a great web app to boot. So much of Myfitnesspal is behind a paywall whereas Cronometer gives you all the essential things for free. If you're tracking your macros, give it a shot. It's helped me on my cut losing 15 lbs over the past 3 months.

https://cronometer.com/

Day 88.

Starting weight: 270
Current weight: 239.4

I am hoping to sustain this current rate. My motivation has a dipped a bit the last 10 days but crossing 240 was a big mental boost.

ColdForged wrote:

I finished my 18th Spartan Race last weekend, the Asheville Sprint. I'm pleased with my prep, what with my running streak (sitting at 579 days today) and participating in an OCR workout at an OCR gym every week for the preceding 6 weeks. My knee, knock on wood, has been behaving and letting me run more than a mile for a while now. As such, I had my best finish ever, finishing 3rd in my age group and in the top 1% overall in the open division.

Reaper81 wrote:

Day 88.

Starting weight: 270
Current weight: 239.4

I am hoping to sustain this current rate. My motivation has a dipped a bit the last 10 days but crossing 240 was a big mental boost.

Congrats to both of you! Awesome work.

Yesterday I hit Day 100 on my 30-minutes of aerobic exercise streak. Mission accomplished. For the time being, I'm going to stick with it. Starting about 20 days ago I added in "6+ hours of FitBit sleep" and that's been going well too. I've noticed a difference in my energy and concentration.

My tentative plan is to get to Day 160, then start a focused effort on better nutrition.

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Not much to add to the conversation other than a sweet deadlift PB! Tried out the uni's gym yesterday and it was really solid. Lots of barbells, good equipment...But really limited plates. I was going to try for 5kg above my best, but could only find two 5kg plates so...I went from 160kg to 170kg (375lb)! That's nice little bump over double-body weight for me, and a number I've been trying to hit for about 2 years now.

For reference, when I resumed working out 6 months ago, my PB was 140kg. Prior to that, when I was being coached, my PB was 155kg.

REALLY proud of that one. Onwards to 200kg.

That's a great milestone mate. Well done.

2X is a great achievement on the journey.

I agree.

I am back into legs, but my first workout was 285x5x3 for deads. Long way to go.

Be glad you aren't using squared off plates. I've got scarring about 15" up my shins from those things settling backward when I put them down.

Update from a previous post, I did go to Muscle Activation Techniques twice now. I do like what they do. I do know that it is helping with my knee injury. If you're stuck with current injuries, or looking at a new approach to treatment, give their website a look. Lots of practitioners across the globe.

I can now Squat twice my weight! I just hit 340 on this squat. I wish I got a bit lower but I'll take it. THis is the 4th month in a row where I was able to up my 1RP +5 pounds.

I had to kill my running streak at 657 days. Been muddling through pain in the sacroiliac joint for about 6 weeks, lowered to the minimum run daily, other methods to try to deal with it but no joy. Decided to call it quits on the streak to try to get it to mend.

It's tough getting an injury of any kind when you are in a routine. Your mind is ready to do something but you know you shouldnt and it's frustrating. I somehow got bicep tendonitis and can really do important lifts like deadlift, rows, or even cable flys. Forget doing bi/tri or any back lifts. I am pretty bummed that I can't do my normal thing for a week or two. The only thing I really can accomplish without making it worse are legs and bench presses all week!

I picked up a Kettlebell (20kg) a couple of weeks ago and it’s been such a worthwhile purchase. I keep it near my desk and if there’s ever a lot screen in a game or a long queue in a multiplayer game, I grab it and knock out a couple swings.

I’ve also been using it as a 20-30 minute quick morning workout to get the blood pumping but so far have been limited to swings and goblet squats. Does anyone have any advice or resources to expand my kettlebell movement repertoire?

staygold wrote:

I picked up a Kettlebell (20kg) a couple of weeks ago and it’s been such a worthwhile purchase. I keep it near my desk and if there’s ever a lot screen in a game or a long queue in a multiplayer game, I grab it and knock out a couple swings.

I’ve also been using it as a 20-30 minute quick morning workout to get the blood pumping but so far have been limited to swings and goblet squats. Does anyone have any advice or resources to expand my kettlebell movement repertoire?

Off the top of my head...lunges, teapots, one armed press, get ups, dead bugs, stiff leg DLs. Each of those has been programmed lately as an accessory.

ColdForged wrote:

I had to kill my running streak at 657 days. Been muddling through pain in the sacroiliac joint for about 6 weeks, lowered to the minimum run daily, other methods to try to deal with it but no joy. Decided to call it quits on the streak to try to get it to mend.

Sorry to hear this ended! Get well quickly!

My streak made it to 162 days and then I stopped. It has served its purpose and I want a recovery day in the week so I can work out harder and longer when I exercise. I'm now doing six workouts per week, shifting to more running for aerobic, and have added three lifts to the week. Steady as she goes.

On the topic of lifting, I've built a new lifting routine instead of the one I was using forever. I've found this guy's stuff on YouTube (Built with Science) to be very helpful. Some of his stretches on improving posture are eyeopening. Thumbs up so far from me.

staygold wrote:

I picked up a Kettlebell (20kg) a couple of weeks ago and it’s been such a worthwhile purchase. I keep it near my desk and if there’s ever a lot screen in a game or a long queue in a multiplayer game, I grab it and knock out a couple swings.

I’ve also been using it as a 20-30 minute quick morning workout to get the blood pumping but so far have been limited to swings and goblet squats. Does anyone have any advice or resources to expand my kettlebell movement repertoire?

Comrade, you should check out Enter the Kettlebell.

And More Russian Kettlebell Challenge

Some of my favorite moves are:
High Pull (not sumo high pull swing high pull)
Double High Pull
KB Snatch
Around the worlds

The first minute of that Enter The Kettlebell video is comedy gold.

Oh, yeah. It's absolutely cheesy and sometimes cringeworthy but it's still a great resource. I love watching it.
One place I disagree with you is that it's not just the first minute. The entire thing is comedy gold (but also informative).

I missed this one, though.

The Russian Kettlebell Challenge

Simple and Sinister is a popular intro program for kettlebells. The kettlebell thread on reddit is a great resource as well.

Been running S&S for about 6 months now and it's made a huge difference for me. Strength, mobility and conditioning.

Man, I wish I could trust my right knee to do squats, as it stands I do decline leg presses and am coming close to hitting a personal milestone. When I was in my 20s I could leg press in excess of 700 lbs and I just hit 640 lbs just this past Friday (now in my mid 40s) performing a 8 reps on the last set.

I am hoping to break the 700 lbs barrier by next spring!