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Fitness Anybody else doing crossfit? Feb 16 2015
14:55 (UTC)

Been a few weeks now. How's it going?

One of the big benefits to XFit is its scalability. Instead of doing as many box jumps as fast as you can, you should be doing quick-paced step-ups. Don't do burpees, do squat thrusts. Etc. If your exercise leaders can't help you get up to speed, then maybe this isn't the box for you.

Metcon workouts in general are good to have in your arsenal, but not the only thing out there. Personally, I've never been able to really work them in, but then again my fitness regime is different. I'm traditionally heavily biased towards either endurance or strength, so when I've focused on triathlon, I can take a minimum amount of metcon before overloading my body and tearing down some endurance. And when I've taken a break from triathlon and lifted heavy, excessive metcon interfered with recovery and limited my strength gains. HOWEVER. I know many triathletes who've incorporated the two and are pretty happy with the results, so I know it's possible. Just protect your body and give it time to adapt.

Fitness Starting College, New Lifter Oct 06 2014
20:12 (UTC)
Original Post by glitch267:

Please read entire post before responding. Thanks. I am going to start with my basic stats, then move onto more in depth information, and finally pose my questions that are based on my information. I am looking for feedback on my plan, advice, encouragement, and answers to my questions. Please don't just say read the stickies, I have. I want feedback from real people.

My stats: 5'7 inches 110~115 pounds Male, 18 years old

See, this is all I need to read. Just eat, man. Eat cheeseburgers and drink whole milk for about three months, then start to taper off white bread and red meat and replace with broiled chicken and skim milk. Plenty of eggs, lettuce, zucchini, broccoli, olive oil, avocado, whatever healthy stuff you can get your hands on. No supplements. Why do you need supplements? Has a medical doctor prescribed them? Do you have a genetic condition that requires some combination of pills? Bars are convenient sources of energy, but not food. Stop it with the caffeine pills. Make friends with black coffee and drink a lot of it. Even mix it with milk and sugar if you need to. You'll burn it off.

Stay away from the machines. Oy. You don't need to build up strength to learn correct form. All a leg press machine will do is give you undeserved confidence in your squat, and you'll think, "No, I don't need to start with an empty bar, I can leg press 225!" And you'll get hurt and then you'll blame the bar for your troubles. Instead, start with an empty bar, get the form down, add a little weight, and build from linear progression. You can be a beast by May.

This is the best time in your life to do this. Your body is primed to build, if you foul up and damage yourself you'll heal quicker than you ever will again, you don't need to count calories or macros, just eat good foods when you're hungry and stop eating when you're not hungry, and you just may set yourself up for a lifetime of strength. You're in class maximum 18 h/week, you can schedule 3 days/week in the gym, and if you treat it as non-negotiable as your other classes you will also set an incredibly important precedent for your future self.

Fitness Zombie 5k! Oct 06 2014
19:53 (UTC)

I did one last year. I wasn't impressed. I was expecting to be chased, and all I got was zombies standing in one place who would grab your flags as you ran by. Weaksauce. If I do one again, I'm going to hold my flags away from them, and if they she-dog that I'm not playing right, I'll invite them to try and get a flag.

Fitness How much time should I wait between races? Oct 06 2014
19:27 (UTC)


Fitness Too obsessed Oct 06 2014
17:30 (UTC)
Original Post by celebre95:

I have a problem. It seems like fitness has taken over my life, and not in a good way. Exercising, eating healthy, goal weight and my body looks is everything I think about. When somebody mentions success in life- weight loss and fit body is the first thing that comes to my mind.

Am I the only one? :( 

I feel like it's getting out of control. That is the first thing I think about in the morning, and I also think about it a lot during the day, so it's taking too much of my time. 

What should I do? :(

Find a competent therapist who is equipped to help people with these issues. You think you have a problem? Then whether or not you actually do have a problem, you owe it to yourself to see it through. You deserve the support of someone who will help you to make good decisions.

Wanting to be healthy/fit/strong isn't itself a problem. When that want takes over your life, there's the problem. You can do this! Just need to find balance.

Fitness Need some encouragement: 6K in less than 2 weeks? Oct 06 2014
17:21 (UTC)

Wish I'd seen this earlier, I'd have advised you to race. There's something energizing (to me) about being in a race, and I think if anybody wants to be a runner, their best bet is to experience a race firsthand. 2.2 to 3.7 is a stretch; running the whole way would probably have not been possible for you, but you probably could have pulled off run 8 min and walk 1 min. And yes, couch-to-5k is your friend if you want to actually train for this. Good luck!

Fitness Standing Desk - Back Pain Oct 06 2014
17:04 (UTC)

If the mat's too squishy it's even more fatiguing because your legs are constantly trying to keep you balanced. Do other people have ones that you could try? What are your options? This would be something your company provides, yes?

I rigged a standing desk setup a while back. I can stand for about an hour a day, and beyond that I'm even more tired and achy. I know it's seemingly counterproductive but maybe you need a stool to take rest breaks (5-10 min/h?).

Fitness Adult Trike Jul 18 2014
20:26 (UTC)

relevant: metafilter post on tricycle racing, tricycle touring, and the obligatory crapping all over the source material, but ignore the haterz. P.S. you are now obligated to post pics of yourself on your shiny new ride (it's in the TOS, or at least it should be).

Fitness How long should it take to run a mile?? Jul 03 2014
18:32 (UTC)

(wonders if the OP set out to run a mile on 6/7/07 and is just about back to the computer yet)

The Lounge Need help - Cheering up? :3 Jul 03 2014
14:39 (UTC)

Hey guys I'm back! What's going on? [reads thread]

Groovy. Anybody bring popcorn?

Fitness Overbuilt quads Jun 09 2014
14:47 (UTC)

Your takeaway should be that even your own mother may be unintentionally saddling you with baggage that you absolutely do not need. Really? Out of all the things you are, she has to point out that she thinks that a specific part of your legs are ugly? What the hell kind of thing is that to say to a kid, let alone your kid? "Honey, I'm so proud of all that you've accomplished in school and in your personal life, and you're a wonderful skater and athlete, but OMG your thighs are hella chunk and you need to fix that or you're a completely worthless waste of my DNA. Kisses!"

No, I'm not exaggerating. The OP was asking for help in correcting this flaw. BUT IT'S NOT A FLAW.

Fitness Running nutrition Jun 09 2014
14:32 (UTC)

At Ironman Lake Placid last year, I brought a bag of peanuts, golden raisins, and dried pineapple in my bike special needs bag (pick up halfway through the ride). At the time I got the bag I was not hungry at all, but following my nutrition plan (gel every 45 min, 1-2 bottles gatorade/hr, solid food every 90 min). About an hour later I realized I hadn't eaten anything and I was starting to feel my blood sugar drop. Uh-oh, not what you want to feel when there's 30 miles to go and then a marathon in front of you. So I pounded the fruit/nut mix (probably 500-800 kcal?) and drank as much gatorade as I could stomach, and within half an hour was back in the game.

The aid stations on the marathon can get absurd. I remember my first one had M&Ms, gummi bears, Snickers, a few Twinkies, chicken broth, and de-fizzed Coke. You never know what you might find appealing at that point in the day.

Back on topic, I had a big box of Target brand fruit snacks that my kids stopped eating, so I used them training/race fuel for a few months. They were tasty, about 100 kcal/pack, good size, and they gave me enough energy to keep moving. I'll also bring PB&J as a backup (protip: thin layer of peanut butter on both slices of bread, big blob of jelly in the middle, seal all around the edges of the bread). Once I brought a Moon Pie. That was tasty but a little too dry.

As far as gels or chews go, I'll train with them so it's not a total shock on race day, but they're not my main source of calories.

Fitness Getting back to normal? Please give me some advice!! Jun 09 2014
14:10 (UTC)

You already have a summer body. When you take your body into summer, it becomes a summer body. The crazy thing is that it's also your winter body.

Fitness increasing run speed Jun 09 2014
14:09 (UTC)
1 beginning speedwork beginning 5k training plan

Read the instructions and caveats. Speedwork is hard on your body. Don't do it without sufficient prep (6 months of running 3 days/week). Do one day per week. Get plenty of sleep. Wear sunscreen. Call your mother. Etc.

Fitness loosing belly fat? Apr 15 2014
15:27 (UTC)

What exactly will losing 20 lb allow you to do that you can't currently do? Is your weight restricting your movement? Do you feel your stamina is lacking? Does your stomach literally get in the way of your dancing?

Fitness Is this Workout Routine okay? Apr 15 2014
15:26 (UTC)
Original Post by bubbakoo92:

Ladydog, I took the time to read over some of your posts and blog site. You got a smart marketing scheme going on. Your spite and general hatred really does fuel a good following. I'm sorry you do find so much satisfaction in trying to bring others down.

If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

Fitness Supersetting Apr 15 2014
15:06 (UTC)

Supersetting is great when it's needed. But you're a long ways away from exhausting linear progression. Squat, press, pull 3x/week for 6 months will get you so much more than any split routine.

Fitness question for experienced runners Apr 15 2014
15:02 (UTC)
Original Post by realrawhealthyandfit:

Sometimes I have rougher days than others and i just kinda have to "get through it" and somedays I feel as if I broke every personal record. (Running has been mentally challenging, part of why I'm loving it so much!)

I'm sure time will improve as I lose weight as well, but I'm running my first official 5K may 16th for Susan G komen and would love it to be under 40 minutes.

Would appreciate any advice.

One nice thing about C25K is that you're setting PRs every dang week. PR isn't reserved for people who can break 10:00/mile pace, or who have the right shoes. It applies to you this week for running 15 min without stopping, and it applies to you next week for running 20 min without stopping. And whatever your time is on 5/16 will become your 5k PR.

Leave the speedwork until you've finished C25K and have another 3 months of consistent training under your belt. You will see significant speed gains just through regular training. Honest.

Fitness Weight Goals Mar 11 2014
01:50 (UTC)

Week 10 current (total/projection):

  • S: 2.3 (24.3/78)
  • B: 40 (572/3096)
  • R: 23 (155/768)
  • L: 0 (7900/?)