Fitness Catch-All

Peloton has been my main fitness for the last year, as I had to give up running due to back pain. I’ve found 4 or 5 instructors I can deal with, and gained a lot doing the power zone programs. I even managed a 4 hour black diamond mountain bike ride late last summer, despite not having been on a mountain bike in about 20 years, thanks to peloton:)

FINALLY!!

After all the gyms in Quebec being locked down since december, they are opening up again on the 14th.

I've had my Peloton for almost a year now. I agree that finding instructors who fit your temperament is very important (hello, Dennis Mortin and Matt Wilpers!)

I think taking a variety of classes has been motivating for me also. I was mostly doing Power Zone cycling classes for the first six months but was starting to get a bit bored. Recently, I've been doing cycling classes that are based around the type of music that I like as well as alternating upper body strength training classes into my routine. That variety has helped me stay motivated.

Considering picking up the Tread to introduce a bit more variety into my aerobic workouts but not ready to bite the bullet just yet.

Pinkerton wrote:

I've had my Peloton for almost a year now. I agree that finding instructors who fit your temperament is very important (hello, Dennis Mortin and Matt Wilpers!)

I think taking a variety of classes has been motivating for me also. I was mostly doing Power Zone cycling classes for the first six months but was starting to get a bit bored. Recently, I've been doing cycling classes that are based around the type of music that I like as well as alternating upper body strength training classes into my routine. That variety has helped me stay motivated.

Considering picking up the Tread to introduce a bit more variety into my aerobic workouts but not ready to bite the bullet just yet.

Same:) Those are my go to instructors.

I think i'm done with running, otherwise i'd consider a tread. But if they came out with a rower, i'd be all over it.

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Not so much exercise related, but health related. Hubby and I have purchased the Oura ring. I am interested to see how it works to help us manage our general health. If anyone is interested, I have a ring sizing kit you can have. Just send me a pm.
I prefer to workout in the pool. I am looking forward to the ring being waterproof.

I ordered my Oura in late November, hasn't been delivered yet. Sure takes time.

Kiri wrote:

Not so much exercise related, but health related. Hubby and I have purchased the Oura ring. I am interested to see how it works to help us manage our general health. If anyone is interested, I have a ring sizing kit you can have. Just send me a pm.
I prefer to workout in the pool. I am looking forward to the ring being waterproof.

How do you like the ring so far?

Not much to add here, but I've felt in a rut regarding workout music. I've been adding to a workout Spotify playlist for a while, and it's fine, but it's kinda hard to find good songs that I won't tire of too quickly. I can only take the techno/EDM playlists so much before I'm over 'em.

So recently I tried something else: watching '90s pop-slasher movies. I've watched I Know What You Did Last Summer and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. It doesn't pump me up but I don't know I need to get pumped up. Having a distraction is kinda nice.

I'm gonna make a playlist on Just Watch of stuff streaming on my services.

Game music is a good alternative to high beats per min music.

Important to have FUN on the fitness journey and this channel is amazing:

Jujimufu is pretty entertaining as well. I've seen Eric on his channel before.

I've done some searching but haven't found anything. Any GWJ folks on Strava? There seems to be a biking group from 2015 or so but nothing more recent. I've increased my fitness regiment over the last year and I'm doing more regular running now. Just looking to connect with others for encouragement and comradery. I can create a new GWJ group if anyone is interested.

Hey, a question for people who know stuff:

I've been doing a few pull-ups a bit lately, just casually while on walks, but whenever I do there's this spot on my upper abs that gets very sore. I assumed it was weak muscles getting sore because I don't normally use them, so I'd leave them alone and try again maybe a week later. But even after a few months, the same spot gets quite sore each time I try a few more pull-ups.

The spot is at the top of the abs, on both sides, just below the ribcage. Like if you start at both nipples and move down until there's no longer a rib in the way, those two spots.

Is this just a weak muscle that will eventually get stronger, or am I doing pull-ups wrong, or what's going on? For reference I'm not particularly fit or unfit, just a random mesomorph who does a couple of planks every week or three.

Have you woken up in a strange hotel room bathtub filled with ice and a note to call 911 recently?

What are your legs doing while you're pulling up?

My guess is that you're pulling your knees up, or kicking as you go up?

Try doing the pull ups with a "quiet body". Nothing south of the lats needs to be tense - legs and core should be relaxed.

It's probably also a sign of weakness in that area (not unusual for folk with desk jobs), which you can address with any number of core exercises. If you want a new cheap fitness gadget, get an ab wheel - they'll teach your upper abs a thing or two. Caveat - you can mess yourself up with poor form - the trick with an ab wheel is (a) don't roll out too far and (b) keep abs tense throughout by holding the cat part of a yoga cat-cow stretch throughout (i.e. pull your belly button up to the ceiling) - that prevents your back from collapsing at the rolled out position which is A Bad Thing.

Meg Squats, a powerlifter, had a good video about doing pull-ups well.

Hmm, thanks for the replies. Surprisingly, the video is pretty much exactly what I've been doing - doing negatives until I could do a positive, and form-wise having the core involved but not moving. The only thing I did differently is I started doing them underhand and moved to overhand later.

So I guess it's just some weak muscles getting sore. I'll take it slow and see what happens.

Ordered an Ergatta rowing machine. Only had it for 4 days, and turns out I'm super out of shape (Holy cow is rowing hard!). I've been able to row around 5 minutes at a time, once I did 10 minutes but I was a bit light-headed after that so going to dial it back some. It's SUPER fun and game-based instead of an instructor yelling at you. It cost a pretty penny so my wife and I are hoping to create a habit of using it everyday. We have 30 days to decide but based on the little experience I have with it so far, I'm enjoying it.

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Other than that, I've signed up for a bunch of medals for walking through the Shire. You get a map on your phone, postcards, it's a lot of fun. This link talks about the challenges.

Here are the medals you get for finishing the different distances. It makes walking more fun because you are walking with a purpose

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Nice! I wish I had the space for a rower. Just need one of my boys to move out so we can turn their room into a gym.

Spoiler:

Who am I kidding. They’re never going to leave

PaladinTom wrote:

Nice! I wish I had the space for a rower. Just need one of my boys to move out so we can turn their room into a gym.

I made that suggestion to my wife.

She was horrified that we were not going to keep their rooms available for them once they are no longer living here.

mudbunny wrote:
PaladinTom wrote:

Nice! I wish I had the space for a rower. Just need one of my boys to move out so we can turn their room into a gym.

I made that suggestion to my wife.

She was horrified that we were not going to keep their rooms available for them once they are no longer living here.

I thought my wife would feel the same as yours, but when we talked about I learned she has plans to turn one room into an art studio!

I turned my three-car garage into a zero-car gym and there's plenty of room for the rower!

Seriously tho, that decision has been paying dividends - I've now turned into the de-facto personal trainer for several of my friends - we have a standing weekly workout that I program, and all 4 of us are now visibly fitter than when we started.

Jonman wrote:

I turned my three-car garage into a zero-car gym and there's plenty of room for the rower!

Seriously tho, that decision has been paying dividends - I've now turned into the de-facto personal trainer for several of my friends - we have a standing weekly workout that I program, and all 4 of us are now visibly fitter than when we started.

This is amazing. With that much room it's got to be impressive.

Pics!

It's a work in progress - has been since I moved in a year ago, and will continue to grow incrementally. Realistically, it's taking up 1.5 cars of that garage at this point.

Currently it's a 6 x 10 area of rubber floor-matting, almost a dozen kettlebells ranging from 5lbs (hilariously small, mostly bought as a joke so my 7 year old has her own kettlebell) up to 55lbs, pull-up bar, plyo box and an erg (rowing machine). But that's sufficient equipment to program solid-AF workouts for the 4 of us. There's a few assorted bits and bobs to go along with that, ab wheel and push-up handles and weighted vest, and I've repurposed my 5 gallon plastic emergency water jugs as extra weights for farmers walks (a full one is 45 lbs)

My gym shopping list is going to more than double the matted area (as that's only realistically good for two people at a time currently), add in a flat bench and a set of adjustable DBs, and an adjustable mace. Maybe a dip station and a heavy bag too.

I originally had plans to add a squat rack and bar + plates, but the deeper I've gotten into kettlebells, the less interested I've gotten in the kind of 1RM style of training that is barbell. Kettlebells feel like a better way to train through middle-age and into old age, much better functional strength and mobility gains than with traditional barbell training (which I'm not knocking, I did that for years).

That sounds so cool. Really great you are able to share with buddies and help them be healthy too.

The real question: what flags are you running in there?

Top_Shelf wrote:

The real question: what flags are you running in there?

Genuinely don't understand the question.

The joke being that the silliest/stupidest/dude-broiest part of a home gym is putting up 3x5 flags on the wall.

Pretty sure this got started with CrossFit boxes going nuts with service branch and US flags but with the Covid-caused explosion of home gyms (Rogue/Rep, et al) it's gone crazy. Some of the regular flags I see on r/home gym:

Thin blue line
BLM
Some variation of Arnie from Pumping Iron
Nobody Cares Work Harder
Pride
Universities
Soccer teams (if gym is located outside USA)
Many 2A/gun-related flags
Dude-bro statements about lifting hard
Favorite home gym product provider
Dwight Schrute's Gym for Muscles (from The Office)
NFL teams
Dragonball Z

Basically a bunch of identity stuff.

I am guilty of this myself.

And I love it every time I'm out there in the garage.

Ah right.

Well no flags, and there ain't gonna be any.

Only wall adornments are a whiteboard, air temp thermometer and a gym clock.

I did think about pinning up Gym Rules, as follows:

Don't be a dick.
Know your limits and push gently against them.
If it hurts, stop doing it.
Be awesome.
Eat more protein. No, more than that.

Jonman wrote:

It's a work in progress - has been since I moved in a year ago, and will continue to grow incrementally. Realistically, it's taking up 1.5 cars of that garage at this point.

Currently it's a 6 x 10 area of rubber floor-matting, almost a dozen kettlebells ranging from 5lbs (hilariously small, mostly bought as a joke so my 7 year old has her own kettlebell) up to 55lbs, pull-up bar, plyo box and an erg (rowing machine). But that's sufficient equipment to program solid-AF workouts for the 4 of us. There's a few assorted bits and bobs to go along with that, ab wheel and push-up handles and weighted vest, and I've repurposed my 5 gallon plastic emergency water jugs as extra weights for farmers walks (a full one is 45 lbs)

My gym shopping list is going to more than double the matted area (as that's only realistically good for two people at a time currently), add in a flat bench and a set of adjustable DBs, and an adjustable mace. Maybe a dip station and a heavy bag too.

I originally had plans to add a squat rack and bar + plates, but the deeper I've gotten into kettlebells, the less interested I've gotten in the kind of 1RM style of training that is barbell. Kettlebells feel like a better way to train through middle-age and into old age, much better functional strength and mobility gains than with traditional barbell training (which I'm not knocking, I did that for years).

Finally getting the garage gym back in order this week. Jonman, have any good resources or tips for creating a kettlebell routine? Since I’ve fallen off the wagon I figure KB is the best way to blend some high intensity heart pump with full body conditioning but I’ve never found a good KB regimen I like.