Fitness Catch-All

Top_Shelf wrote:

$340 for 215lbs is a crazy good deal in Covid Times. Nicely done.

Indeed. That sounds like a great setup staygold!

Hey gang, I'm looking for a mess-free chalk to use for kettlebell workouts. My office space is also my workout space, so I don't want to be liberally spreading chalk dust around for my PC fans to ingest.

I used to have a chalk-ball, and that was a pretty good solution, but it's years old and needs replacing.

Anyone got an improvement on that to recommend?

EDIT - I've never tried a liquid chalk, but maybe that's my answer?

If you're doing kettlebells, why not a glove?

Top_Shelf wrote:

If you're doing kettlebells, why not a glove?

Same reason not to use gloves with a barbell - weakens your grip. That's the opposite effect I'm after, and is MORE likely to launch a kettlebell across the room.

Not to mention, that if they DID make it easier to grip, that would be training your grip LESS, which defeats the object of training in the first place.

Not exactly an answer to your question but - I use powder coated kettlebells. They are just rough enough to help with grip without causing dermal trauma. Never felt the need to use gloves or chalk.

Heretk wrote:

Not exactly an answer to your question but - I use powder coated kettlebells. They are just rough enough to help with grip without causing dermal trauma. Never felt the need to use gloves or chalk.

My KBs are powder coated, but I have unusually sweaty hands. And have stepped up to a bigger KB too - it's swings with that one (and one handed swings with the next one down) where I really feel the need to chalk to stay safe at the end of a set.

I think liquid chalk might be what you’re looking for.

Jonman wrote:

My KBs are powder coated, but I have unusually sweaty hands. And have stepped up to a bigger KB too - it's swings with that one (and one handed swings with the next one down) where I really feel the need to chalk to stay safe at the end of a set.

Clearly the answer is that you need to dip your hands up to the wrists in industrial strength adhesive, and then dip them in a bucket of mid-grit sand. You could also dip your arms up to the elbows if you want to ensure your planks are super stable, and the bottoms of your feet for a surprise advantage during the next village egg-and-spoon race.

Coldstream wrote:
Jonman wrote:

My KBs are powder coated, but I have unusually sweaty hands. And have stepped up to a bigger KB too - it's swings with that one (and one handed swings with the next one down) where I really feel the need to chalk to stay safe at the end of a set.

Clearly the answer is that you need to dip your hands up to the wrists in industrial strength adhesive, and then dip them in a bucket of mid-grit sand. You could also dip your arms up to the elbows if you want to ensure your planks are super stable, and the bottoms of your feet for a surprise advantage during the next village egg-and-spoon race.

Fyi if anyone is looking for a solid workout app Freeletics is pretty great. I still recommend fitness blender on youtube too. Trying to keep my progress going.

Looking back to the start of 2021, I'm now consistently jogging 5ks for my thrice weekly exercise. Getting there required being a lot less competitive with my younger self and setting realistic goals for a 55 year old. Now it's a matter of balancing a meaningful level of exercise and not over-exercising. With a one in three likelihood of developing psoriatic arthritis, I'm occasionally concerned about developing crippling knee pain, but so far jogging is the exercise I find least boring and the only one I have found I can make a part of a regular schedule.

Alright, checking back into this thread.

I haven't worked out seriously in about a year. COVID was the first problem, but then I was diagnosed with Grave's disease (overactive thyroid). I didn't realise anything was wrong at first, but it became clear that I wasn't myself when I couldn't even manage my usual walks, and I'd never stop sweating! The doctors were a little worried about my heart, because it was constantly well above normal resting rates.

I'm finally medicated and feeling back to my normal self. I still have to watch my heartrate, and I've lost almost all of my strength. Between being sedentary for so long, and my metabolism burning up everything else, I feel like I'm back to square one. I'm weak, but going slowly and letting muscle memory do the rest.

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Anyway, for the thrilling part of my tale,

Because I have horrid knees and can't squat, I decided to try sled pushing. It's great! Huge workout, I can bend my knees in a way that lets me push hard with no pain. Excellent.

Did a few laps, didn't think too much of my heart of lack of fitness. Started to find it hard to breathe, heart rate was higher than it's been in months. I got really worried and my body wanted to puke! I'm in a new gym and barely know the layout so I run into the change rooms - looks different, panic, it's the women's change rooms. I'm SO lucky nobody was undressed. I ran out and goddamn sprinted to the correct bathroom trying to hide my face.

Not the best introduction to my new gym, but outside of that I LOVE it there. So many racks, nice functional area, big space. Just need to remember which bathroom is which

First outdoor run of the pandemic, all and all I felt pretty good about it. Indoor training has been 5k on the treadmill with an incline, this morning I did 3.5 miles, walked for a short bit and finished up the last couple of miles at an acceptable pace.

I have been off the gym wagon since the last lockdown in Greece. As much as I can "love" gym, I am really liking the set up now. I started back two weeks ago, which was two weeks after my first Moderna shot.

I schedule an appointment. I have a trainer who I share at most with 2 other people (and half of the time, the other person is my wife, so...bonus). I really don't know if I could bring myself to do the gym without the trainer there. I have some lower back issues, and the main trainer I am with seems to magically know just what I can and cannot do, just how much I can push, and slowly, how to strengthen my lower back and core so that I have less problems.

And it's not any more expensive than a "regular" gym.

TLDR; a trainer beside you is so awesome.

Today is the first day back at the gym since COVID. New gym, though. As always, I'm kinda freaked out to be working out in public, but it's needed. I gained all my weight back and then some during my work from home status.

bestseoexpertin wrote:

Anyone have a good nutrition resource?

Honestly, again YMMV, but I know for myself that I am more likely to eat right with someone to report to. I get a discount to see the nutritionist at the gym in the private school where I work. When I see her once a month, I keep on target much better than trying to do it all on my own.

Plus she has the things she clips on me to measure body fat. And boy that's fun....(it's really not, but back when I was losing fat and gaining muscle, so my weight wasn't changing a lot...it felt SO much better to see the fat % go down while the scale showed jack sh*t.)