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RodeoSchro

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The THIRD Org Fitness Thread - It's a Summer Time Thang!

Well, it's MAY! For many, the start of swimsuit season. For others, swimsuit season is in sight. And for those of you at the bottom of the world, it's starting to get cold!

We discussed what to accomplish in April. For those who were able to stick with it in April, I know you're feeling pretty good about the upcoming summer. No matter where you are with respect to your ultimate fitness goal, you're feeling and looking better than you were 30 days ago, aren't you?

Heck yes you are! highfive

With an eye toward June, we know that another month's worth of work, discipline and dedication are going to result in a GREAT time at the beach/pool/nudist camp. (This is a judgment-free thread)

Now, for those of us who may not have done everything we wanted in April, do not despair. We still have MAY! I know for a 100% fact that if you dedicate yourself to a healthy and fitness-oriented month, you'll hit the official start of summer feeling pretty dang good.

But here is what we need in order to make that happen:

A COMMITTMENT.

If you didn't do what you wanted in April, will you commit right here, right now, to make May a great month? Will you commit to eat right and exercise? Will you commit to do that every day?

If so, join me in signing this contract:

I, ________________________, do hereby COMMIT and PROMISE that I will eat right; exercise religiously; and approach everything in a positive manner every single day in May 2018. By inserting my name in the space above, I am setting this COMMITTMENT in writing.

You can post that here if you want, or just print it out and tape it to your bathroom mirror, or both. It's up to you! But I do know that if you make a promise to yourself like this and it's in writing, you are far more likely to keep it.

So, here's mine!

I, RodeoSchro, do hereby COMMIT and PROMISE that I will eat right; exercise religiously; and approach everything in a positive manner every single day in May 2018. By inserting my name in the space above, I am setting this COMMITTMENT in writing.

Good luck!

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Reply #1 posted 05/02/18 10:36am

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i admire your enthusiasm, but i personally don't rely too heaving on short or mid-term goal setting around fitness, certainly not the extent that i sign contracts with myself. i generally just try to maintain a reasonable lifestyle, get as much exercise as i can while still living a life i find reasonably enjoyable.

i decided earlier this spring to not run my 3rd half marathon, at least not this year. i did it once to prove i could do it & a 2nd time to prove i could do it a little better. a 3rd time felt like it be pushing myself to get to a standard that i'd more or less already met, so i'm leaving the jogging to the odd little run here & there. i might do a charity 10k in the fall.

all of which will leave me plenty of time for biking this summer. as i'm sure no one remembers, i did a 6 hour 122 km ride last summer that remains my longest uninterrupted (more or less - i do occasionally stop for a snack or whatever) biking session to date. so while i don't have a specific regimen or any such business, i do have an objective for summer 2018: get in at least one 130km ride.

[Edited 5/2/18 10:39am]

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Reply #2 posted 05/02/18 12:46pm

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damosuzuki said:

i admire your enthusiasm, but i personally don't rely too heaving on short or mid-term goal setting around fitness, certainly not the extent that i sign contracts with myself. i generally just try to maintain a reasonable lifestyle, get as much exercise as i can while still living a life i find reasonably enjoyable.

i decided earlier this spring to not run my 3rd half marathon, at least not this year. i did it once to prove i could do it & a 2nd time to prove i could do it a little better. a 3rd time felt like it be pushing myself to get to a standard that i'd more or less already met, so i'm leaving the jogging to the odd little run here & there. i might do a charity 10k in the fall.

all of which will leave me plenty of time for biking this summer. as i'm sure no one remembers, i did a 6 hour 122 km ride last summer that remains my longest uninterrupted (more or less - i do occasionally stop for a snack or whatever) biking session to date. so while i don't have a specific regimen or any such business, i do have an objective for summer 2018: get in at least one 130km ride.

[Edited 5/2/18 10:39am]



I do remember your 1/2 marathons! I was in awe - I think I could run a 0.001 marathon, and that's about it.

Let us know how the 130km bike ride goes!

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Reply #3 posted 05/02/18 12:52pm

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I rang in May yesterday with a rare mid-week trip to the gym. I've either got to move my office back close to my home or, I guess, find a gym around the office.

Anyway, thanks to the conversation with Phishanga, I'd gone back to the Arnold Schwarzenegger method of "Lift as much as you can, as many times as you can" routine. And yesterday I decided to see how it was working.

I put 266 on the bar. Until yesterday, I'd lately been maxing out at 1 - 3 reps at that weight, which is disappointing. I decided I wanted to get to the point that I could do 10 reps at that weight. (I think my record is 6 reps.) So...

...I did 6 reps yesterday! Man, it was so much fun. I didn't know if I could get that last rep up. I bet it took me almost 10 seconds to complete it. But I wouldn't quit! It felt so incredibly awesome when I finally got it all the way up. (Please, no "That's what she said!" jokes, LOL.)

Once again we find out that whatever Arnold says is true!

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Reply #4 posted 05/02/18 12:52pm

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I don´t believe in commitments and new year´s resolutions. I just go to the gym and train really, really hard and make sure I get enough protein. But even when I pay attention to my protein intake I realize that other people are way more serious when it comes to protein. They consume at least 150 grams per day. I´m happy when I drink a shake in the morning or evening ,and one right after my workout, and of course eat a proper meal. This gives me roughly 90-100 grams of protein.

.

I work out at least three times a week and if I don´t , I at least make sure to train really hard in those weeks when I can´t make it to the gym more than one or two times.

Running, or rather, short sprints are my next goal, and I want to swim more often. Problem is that I hate public pools and lakes and rivers, so I rarely go for a swim when I´m not at the beach.

.

Rodeo, do you take any supplements? Protein? Zinc? Vitamin D? Testosterone boosters? Whey protein or casein? Or just protein rich food?

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Reply #5 posted 05/02/18 1:01pm

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RodeoSchro said:

I rang in May yesterday with a rare mid-week trip to the gym. I've either got to move my office back close to my home or, I guess, find a gym around the office.

Anyway, thanks to the conversation with Phishanga, I'd gone back to the Arnold Schwarzenegger method of "Lift as much as you can, as many times as you can" routine. And yesterday I decided to see how it was working.

I put 266 on the bar. Until yesterday, I'd lately been maxing out at 1 - 3 reps at that weight, which is disappointing. I decided I wanted to get to the point that I could do 10 reps at that weight. (I think my record is 6 reps.) So...

...I did 6 reps yesterday! Man, it was so much fun. I didn't know if I could get that last rep up. I bet it took me almost 10 seconds to complete it. But I wouldn't quit! It felt so incredibly awesome when I finally got it all the way up. (Please, no "That's what she said!" jokes, LOL.)

Once again we find out that whatever Arnold says is true!

Arnold is the master of bodybuilding and he trained really hard with heavy weights but remember that he was also a proponent of high volume training and he did not always max out when it comes to smaller muscles such as biceps and triceps.

I usually make sure that I go to the max with my weights every now and then but most of the time I don´t really train to failure. Sometimes it makes sense to shock the muscle with less weight and more reps. So every now and then I train my arms and shoulders with less weight than usual, and then , a couple of days later, I go to the max.

For example, I do biceps curls with dumbells and I start with 20 lbs to warm up, then I go to 25 lbs for two sets, and then 30 lbs for the last two sets, and I do some hammer curls right after the normal curls.

After that I train with the barbell and usually start with 25 lbs and then go all the way up to 60 lbs or maybe 70 lbs and I do the same with my triceps and shoulders but every once in a while I train with lighter weights for a week , or maybe two days a week. And then I try to go for as many reps as possible.

And I am a firm believer in dropsets (or pyramids), too.

I try to be careful with the really heavy weights in the long term, though, because it can really mess with your central nervous system if you train with extremely heavy weight all the time, and it can also mess with your joints. Of course it all depends on what you are doing and how.

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Reply #6 posted 05/02/18 1:44pm

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KoolEaze said:

RodeoSchro said:

I rang in May yesterday with a rare mid-week trip to the gym. I've either got to move my office back close to my home or, I guess, find a gym around the office.

Anyway, thanks to the conversation with Phishanga, I'd gone back to the Arnold Schwarzenegger method of "Lift as much as you can, as many times as you can" routine. And yesterday I decided to see how it was working.

I put 266 on the bar. Until yesterday, I'd lately been maxing out at 1 - 3 reps at that weight, which is disappointing. I decided I wanted to get to the point that I could do 10 reps at that weight. (I think my record is 6 reps.) So...

...I did 6 reps yesterday! Man, it was so much fun. I didn't know if I could get that last rep up. I bet it took me almost 10 seconds to complete it. But I wouldn't quit! It felt so incredibly awesome when I finally got it all the way up. (Please, no "That's what she said!" jokes, LOL.)

Once again we find out that whatever Arnold says is true!

Arnold is the master of bodybuilding and he trained really hard with heavy weights but remember that he was also a proponent of high volume training and he did not always max out when it comes to smaller muscles such as biceps and triceps.

I usually make sure that I go to the max with my weights every now and then but most of the time I don´t really train to failure. Sometimes it makes sense to shock the muscle with less weight and more reps. So every now and then I train my arms and shoulders with less weight than usual, and then , a couple of days later, I go to the max.

For example, I do biceps curls with dumbells and I start with 20 lbs to warm up, then I go to 25 lbs for two sets, and then 30 lbs for the last two sets, and I do some hammer curls right after the normal curls.

After that I train with the barbell and usually start with 25 lbs and then go all the way up to 60 lbs or maybe 70 lbs and I do the same with my triceps and shoulders but every once in a while I train with lighter weights for a week , or maybe two days a week. And then I try to go for as many reps as possible.

And I am a firm believer in dropsets (or pyramids), too.

I try to be careful with the really heavy weights in the long term, though, because it can really mess with your central nervous system if you train with extremely heavy weight all the time, and it can also mess with your joints. Of course it all depends on what you are doing and how.



I agree, and I don't think proper form can ever be stressed enough. I don't mention it as often as I should and I'm glad you did!

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Reply #7 posted 05/02/18 1:48pm

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KoolEaze said:

I don´t believe in commitments and new year´s resolutions. I just go to the gym and train really, really hard and make sure I get enough protein. But even when I pay attention to my protein intake I realize that other people are way more serious when it comes to protein. They consume at least 150 grams per day. I´m happy when I drink a shake in the morning or evening ,and one right after my workout, and of course eat a proper meal. This gives me roughly 90-100 grams of protein.

.

I work out at least three times a week and if I don´t , I at least make sure to train really hard in those weeks when I can´t make it to the gym more than one or two times.

Running, or rather, short sprints are my next goal, and I want to swim more often. Problem is that I hate public pools and lakes and rivers, so I rarely go for a swim when I´m not at the beach.

.

Rodeo, do you take any supplements? Protein? Zinc? Vitamin D? Testosterone boosters? Whey protein or casein? Or just protein rich food?



No supplements, mainly because I don't believe in them very much. But does pickle juice count, LOL? I usually drink a bottle of that before bed, in order to help keep my legs from cramping at night. That's a result of a bad reaction to a diabetes medication called Invokana. Man, please don't EVER take Invokana. It messed me up really, really bad.

My diet isn't as good as it should be. I'm resigned to the fact that I'll probably never have a perfect diet.

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Reply #8 posted 05/03/18 1:01am

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RodeoSchro said:

damosuzuki said:

i admire your enthusiasm, but i personally don't rely too heaving on short or mid-term goal setting around fitness, certainly not the extent that i sign contracts with myself. i generally just try to maintain a reasonable lifestyle, get as much exercise as i can while still living a life i find reasonably enjoyable.

i decided earlier this spring to not run my 3rd half marathon, at least not this year. i did it once to prove i could do it & a 2nd time to prove i could do it a little better. a 3rd time felt like it be pushing myself to get to a standard that i'd more or less already met, so i'm leaving the jogging to the odd little run here & there. i might do a charity 10k in the fall.

all of which will leave me plenty of time for biking this summer. as i'm sure no one remembers, i did a 6 hour 122 km ride last summer that remains my longest uninterrupted (more or less - i do occasionally stop for a snack or whatever) biking session to date. so while i don't have a specific regimen or any such business, i do have an objective for summer 2018: get in at least one 130km ride.

[Edited 5/2/18 10:39am]



I do remember your 1/2 marathons! I was in awe - I think I could run a 0.001 marathon, and that's about it.

Let us know how the 130km bike ride goes!

When I was about 12, I set myself a goal to run the London Marathon when I was 18, 21, 40 & 60. I ran it when I was 19 and 23 (you can't aways get in on the years you want) but so far have not run it in my 40's. Inspired by my own uptake of fitness and running again, I've just entered the London Marathon 2019. Here's hoping I get in (I'll find out in October - I'll be training to be at a comfortable half-marathon by then) - That'll be the one in my 40's ticked off!

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Reply #9 posted 05/03/18 1:03am

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damosuzuki said:

i admire your enthusiasm, but i personally don't rely too heaving on short or mid-term goal setting around fitness, certainly not the extent that i sign contracts with myself. i generally just try to maintain a reasonable lifestyle, get as much exercise as i can while still living a life i find reasonably enjoyable.

i decided earlier this spring to not run my 3rd half marathon, at least not this year. i did it once to prove i could do it & a 2nd time to prove i could do it a little better. a 3rd time felt like it be pushing myself to get to a standard that i'd more or less already met, so i'm leaving the jogging to the odd little run here & there. i might do a charity 10k in the fall.

all of which will leave me plenty of time for biking this summer. as i'm sure no one remembers, i did a 6 hour 122 km ride last summer that remains my longest uninterrupted (more or less - i do occasionally stop for a snack or whatever) biking session to date. so while i don't have a specific regimen or any such business, i do have an objective for summer 2018: get in at least one 130km ride.

[Edited 5/2/18 10:39am]

Where Rodeo can't run, I can't cycle. I really am hopeless - probably about 2 miles is my best. Your distances are impressive, well done! (ps. I'm in discussion with my husband about taking my motorbike test and getting a motorbike, but I guess that doesn't count).

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Reply #10 posted 05/03/18 4:39am

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Hey - somebody motivate me, I haven't been to the gym in about 10 days now.... sad

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Reply #11 posted 05/03/18 7:45am

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maplenpg said:

RodeoSchro said:



I do remember your 1/2 marathons! I was in awe - I think I could run a 0.001 marathon, and that's about it.

Let us know how the 130km bike ride goes!

When I was about 12, I set myself a goal to run the London Marathon when I was 18, 21, 40 & 60. I ran it when I was 19 and 23 (you can't aways get in on the years you want) but so far have not run it in my 40's. Inspired by my own uptake of fitness and running again, I've just entered the London Marathon 2019. Here's hoping I get in (I'll find out in October - I'll be training to be at a comfortable half-marathon by then) - That'll be the one in my 40's ticked off!




highfive Awesome! Best of luck, I hope you get in!

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Reply #12 posted 05/03/18 7:47am

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maplenpg said:

damosuzuki said:

i admire your enthusiasm, but i personally don't rely too heaving on short or mid-term goal setting around fitness, certainly not the extent that i sign contracts with myself. i generally just try to maintain a reasonable lifestyle, get as much exercise as i can while still living a life i find reasonably enjoyable.

i decided earlier this spring to not run my 3rd half marathon, at least not this year. i did it once to prove i could do it & a 2nd time to prove i could do it a little better. a 3rd time felt like it be pushing myself to get to a standard that i'd more or less already met, so i'm leaving the jogging to the odd little run here & there. i might do a charity 10k in the fall.

all of which will leave me plenty of time for biking this summer. as i'm sure no one remembers, i did a 6 hour 122 km ride last summer that remains my longest uninterrupted (more or less - i do occasionally stop for a snack or whatever) biking session to date. so while i don't have a specific regimen or any such business, i do have an objective for summer 2018: get in at least one 130km ride.

[Edited 5/2/18 10:39am]

Where Rodeo can't WON'T run, I can't cycle. I really am hopeless - probably about 2 miles is my best. Your distances are impressive, well done! (ps. I'm in discussion with my husband about taking my motorbike test and getting a motorbike, but I guess that doesn't count).



Fixed it, LOL. But the truth is that if I took up running, I already know from past experience that I'd screw up my back, hips and knees. And probably feet. I'm just not genetically disposed to run!

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Reply #13 posted 05/03/18 8:34am

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RodeoSchro said:

maplenpg said:

Where Rodeo can't WON'T run, I can't WON'T cycle. I really am hopeless - probably about 2 miles is my best. Your distances are impressive, well done! (ps. I'm in discussion with my husband about taking my motorbike test and getting a motorbike, but I guess that doesn't count).



Fixed it, LOL. But the truth is that if I took up running, I already know from past experience that I'd screw up my back, hips and knees. And probably feet. I'm just not genetically disposed to run!

LOL. I fixed mine too. I have to admit running does take its toll on my knees too, but I'm just not very sensible biggrin

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Reply #14 posted 05/03/18 8:35am

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maplenpg said:

When I was about 12, I set myself a goal to run the London Marathon when I was 18, 21, 40 & 60. I ran it when I was 19 and 23 (you can't aways get in on the years you want) but so far have not run it in my 40's. Inspired by my own uptake of fitness and running again, I've just entered the London Marathon 2019. Here's hoping I get in (I'll find out in October - I'll be training to be at a comfortable half-marathon by then) - That'll be the one in my 40's ticked off!




highfive Awesome! Best of luck, I hope you get in!

Thank you. I'll keep you posted.

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Reply #15 posted 05/03/18 8:36am

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domainator2010 said:

Hey - somebody motivate me, I haven't been to the gym in about 10 days now.... sad

I've always said that often the hardest part is putting on your trainers and going out the door. Once you've done that it's not so bad.

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RodeoSchro said:

KoolEaze said:

I don´t believe in commitments and new year´s resolutions. I just go to the gym and train really, really hard and make sure I get enough protein. But even when I pay attention to my protein intake I realize that other people are way more serious when it comes to protein. They consume at least 150 grams per day. I´m happy when I drink a shake in the morning or evening ,and one right after my workout, and of course eat a proper meal. This gives me roughly 90-100 grams of protein.

.

I work out at least three times a week and if I don´t , I at least make sure to train really hard in those weeks when I can´t make it to the gym more than one or two times.

Running, or rather, short sprints are my next goal, and I want to swim more often. Problem is that I hate public pools and lakes and rivers, so I rarely go for a swim when I´m not at the beach.

.

Rodeo, do you take any supplements? Protein? Zinc? Vitamin D? Testosterone boosters? Whey protein or casein? Or just protein rich food?



No supplements, mainly because I don't believe in them very much. But does pickle juice count, LOL? I usually drink a bottle of that before bed, in order to help keep my legs from cramping at night. That's a result of a bad reaction to a diabetes medication called Invokana. Man, please don't EVER take Invokana. It messed me up really, really bad.

My diet isn't as good as it should be. I'm resigned to the fact that I'll probably never have a perfect diet.

I´ll have to investigate a bit deeper regarding that Invokana stuff. I´m taking something, but I think it is not the same active ingredient. At least I hope so.

" I´d rather be a stank ass hoe because I´m not stupid. Oh my goodness! I got more drugs! I´m always funny dude...I´m hilarious! Are we gonna smoke?"




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Reply #17 posted 05/03/18 9:21am

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RodeoSchro said:

KoolEaze said:

I don´t believe in commitments and new year´s resolutions. I just go to the gym and train really, really hard and make sure I get enough protein. But even when I pay attention to my protein intake I realize that other people are way more serious when it comes to protein. They consume at least 150 grams per day. I´m happy when I drink a shake in the morning or evening ,and one right after my workout, and of course eat a proper meal. This gives me roughly 90-100 grams of protein.

.

I work out at least three times a week and if I don´t , I at least make sure to train really hard in those weeks when I can´t make it to the gym more than one or two times.

Running, or rather, short sprints are my next goal, and I want to swim more often. Problem is that I hate public pools and lakes and rivers, so I rarely go for a swim when I´m not at the beach.

.

Rodeo, do you take any supplements? Protein? Zinc? Vitamin D? Testosterone boosters? Whey protein or casein? Or just protein rich food?



No supplements, mainly because I don't believe in them very much. But does pickle juice count, LOL? I usually drink a bottle of that before bed, in order to help keep my legs from cramping at night. That's a result of a bad reaction to a diabetes medication called Invokana. Man, please don't EVER take Invokana. It messed me up really, really bad.

My diet isn't as good as it should be. I'm resigned to the fact that I'll probably never have a perfect diet.

Pickle juice? Seriously?

I use magnesium for that. Haven´t had restless legs in a long time.

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Reply #18 posted 05/03/18 9:24am

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RodeoSchro said:

KoolEaze said:

Arnold is the master of bodybuilding and he trained really hard with heavy weights but remember that he was also a proponent of high volume training and he did not always max out when it comes to smaller muscles such as biceps and triceps.

I usually make sure that I go to the max with my weights every now and then but most of the time I don´t really train to failure. Sometimes it makes sense to shock the muscle with less weight and more reps. So every now and then I train my arms and shoulders with less weight than usual, and then , a couple of days later, I go to the max.

For example, I do biceps curls with dumbells and I start with 20 lbs to warm up, then I go to 25 lbs for two sets, and then 30 lbs for the last two sets, and I do some hammer curls right after the normal curls.

After that I train with the barbell and usually start with 25 lbs and then go all the way up to 60 lbs or maybe 70 lbs and I do the same with my triceps and shoulders but every once in a while I train with lighter weights for a week , or maybe two days a week. And then I try to go for as many reps as possible.

And I am a firm believer in dropsets (or pyramids), too.

I try to be careful with the really heavy weights in the long term, though, because it can really mess with your central nervous system if you train with extremely heavy weight all the time, and it can also mess with your joints. Of course it all depends on what you are doing and how.



I agree, and I don't think proper form can ever be stressed enough. I don't mention it as often as I should and I'm glad you did!

Proper form is so much more important than just lifting extremely heavy weights. Proper repetitions make your muscles grow much better than heavy lifts with bad form.

Of course heavy weights are important, too. But like you wisely said, proper form cannot be stressed often enough.

I know professional bodybuilders, really big dudes who´ve won awards, and they tore their biceps because of extremely heavy weights and bad form. You´d think a pro would know better but sometimes ambition leads to silly mistakes.

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Reply #19 posted 05/03/18 11:19am

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KoolEaze said:

RodeoSchro said:



No supplements, mainly because I don't believe in them very much. But does pickle juice count, LOL? I usually drink a bottle of that before bed, in order to help keep my legs from cramping at night. That's a result of a bad reaction to a diabetes medication called Invokana. Man, please don't EVER take Invokana. It messed me up really, really bad.

My diet isn't as good as it should be. I'm resigned to the fact that I'll probably never have a perfect diet.

I´ll have to investigate a bit deeper regarding that Invokana stuff. I´m taking something, but I think it is not the same active ingredient. At least I hope so.



Invokana is a drug for Type II diabetes. Unless you have Type II, you probably aren't taking it.

One of the side effects of Invokana - which I found out about the hard way - is that it can dehydrate you internally. That's what happened to me. From the waist down, I was, and still am, almost completely dehydrated. This leads to incredible lower-body cramps. Heck, even my TENDONS cramp. The pain is excrutiating, and you can't stretch out the pain with tendons like you can with muscles.

I quit taking Invokana about 2 years ago but the effects remain. You used to see commercials on TV for Invokana. Now all you see are commercials from lawyers asking, "Have you or your loved one had limbs amputated after taking Invokana?" When I see those commercials, I feel fortunate that all I've had are debilitating cramps.

I tried everything for the cramps - magnesium, special cramp pills, stretching, elevating my legs when I sleep. The two best things I've found are Hyland's Leg Cramp Pills, and pickle juice. Most nights they work, but not all nights.

You mentioned "restless legs" but I think what I have is the exact opposite. Leg movement and/or stretching while lying down during the night is what causes my cramps. Heck -and this is 100% true - sometimes just THINKING about them causes them. I can lie completely, perfectly still but if the thought of cramps enters my mind, BOOM! Could be my hip, or ankles, or foot arches, but something can cramp. Not much fun!

All I can do is treat the cramps as they come, and hope that one day whatever Invokana did to my body will wear off.

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Reply #20 posted 05/03/18 11:26am

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I agree, and I don't think proper form can ever be stressed enough. I don't mention it as often as I should and I'm glad you did!

Proper form is so much more important than just lifting extremely heavy weights. Proper repetitions make your muscles grow much better than heavy lifts with bad form.

Of course heavy weights are important, too. But like you wisely said, proper form cannot be stressed often enough.

I know professional bodybuilders, really big dudes who´ve won awards, and they tore their biceps because of extremely heavy weights and bad form. You´d think a pro would know better but sometimes ambition leads to silly mistakes.



Yep! I guess the best way to describe my program is that I lift the most weight I can, as many times as I can, using proper form on every rep.

I've always felt like that besides leading to injuries, bad form negates the effects of the movement you're doing. What's the use of curling 100 pounds if you're rocking it to get it up? The biceps are the muscle you're supposed to be working, but they aren't the muscles doing the work. The back is.

So my feeling is that if I do a rep with bad form, best case scenario is I wasted the rep and the work. Worst case is I've done that AND gotten hurt.

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No supplements, mainly because I don't believe in them very much. But does pickle juice count, LOL? I usually drink a bottle of that before bed, in order to help keep my legs from cramping at night. That's a result of a bad reaction to a diabetes medication called Invokana. Man, please don't EVER take Invokana. It messed me up really, really bad.

My diet isn't as good as it should be. I'm resigned to the fact that I'll probably never have a perfect diet.

I´ll have to investigate a bit deeper regarding that Invokana stuff. I´m taking something, but I think it is not the same active ingredient. At least I hope so.

My cousin has type II diabetes and the doctor started him on Victoza. Saw him in February and he looked great. He and my big bro are the same age. He was always the stout one, my brother always the skinny one. They are now the same weight for the first time in their lives (brother of course has put on some weight). My cousin said he is just following the diabetes diet...not really working out. And this is the first time in about 20 years that his blood sugar has been under control. Just thought I'd throw that out there!

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LadyLayla said:

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I´ll have to investigate a bit deeper regarding that Invokana stuff. I´m taking something, but I think it is not the same active ingredient. At least I hope so.

My cousin has type II diabetes and the doctor started him on Victoza. Saw him in February and he looked great. He and my big bro are the same age. He was always the stout one, my brother always the skinny one. They are now the same weight for the first time in their lives (brother of course has put on some weight). My cousin said he is just following the diabetes diet...not really working out. And this is the first time in about 20 years that his blood sugar has been under control. Just thought I'd throw that out there!



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Reply #23 posted 05/28/18 1:28pm

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I joined a 24 hour fitness centre the other week - I’m going 3 times a week and I’m there between 90minutrs and 2 hours.
When I’m there 2 hours I’m spending an hour doing a yoga class and an hour on the tread mill - brisk walk
The other days I use the excercise bike, treadmill and rowing machine and a bit of weight lifting to tone my arms

My big prob is my tummy.... hope that goes soon mad. !

My goal is to get my bikini body back smile
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Reply #24 posted 05/28/18 7:15pm

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I don´t believe in commitments and new year´s resolutions. I just go to the gym and train really, really hard and make sure I get enough protein. But even when I pay attention to my protein intake I realize that other people are way more serious when it comes to protein. They consume at least 150 grams per day. I´m happy when I drink a shake in the morning or evening ,and one right after my workout, and of course eat a proper meal. This gives me roughly 90-100 grams of protein.

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I work out at least three times a week and if I don´t , I at least make sure to train really hard in those weeks when I can´t make it to the gym more than one or two times.

Running, or rather, short sprints are my next goal, and I want to swim more often. Problem is that I hate public pools and lakes and rivers, so I rarely go for a swim when I´m not at the beach.

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Rodeo, do you take any supplements? Protein? Zinc? Vitamin D? Testosterone boosters? Whey protein or casein? Or just protein rich food?

I still use a variation of Dr. Layne Norton's PHAT routine. I changed a few things because I can't go max heavy on certain exercises like squats or deadlifts anymore.

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I joined a 24 hour fitness centre the other week - I’m going 3 times a week and I’m there between 90minutrs and 2 hours. When I’m there 2 hours I’m spending an hour doing a yoga class and an hour on the tread mill - brisk walk The other days I use the excercise bike, treadmill and rowing machine and a bit of weight lifting to tone my arms My big prob is my tummy.... hope that goes soon mad. ! My goal is to get my bikini body back smile



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Reply #26 posted 06/13/18 3:28pm

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Gotta little bump in the fitness routine...a restricted esophogus. Which you find out you have when you try to wash down your food with a liquid and it feels like you're drinking six razor blades from a plastic cup!

As Dr. Beeper so eloquently said in The Second Funniest Movie I've Ever Seen:

"Snake a tube down his throat. I'll be there in three or four hours."





They're snaking away tomorrow (Thursday) morning. I hope it works because I'm getting tired of milkshakes, scrambled eggs, pancakes, cheese enchiladas and pasta with no meat!

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Reply #27 posted 06/16/18 12:58pm

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Gotta little bump in the fitness routine...a restricted esophogus. Which you find out you have when you try to wash down your food with a liquid and it feels like you're drinking six razor blades from a plastic cup!

As Dr. Beeper so eloquently said in The Second Funniest Movie I've Ever Seen:

"Snake a tube down his throat. I'll be there in three or four hours."





They're snaking away tomorrow (Thursday) morning. I hope it works because I'm getting tired of milkshakes, scrambled eggs, pancakes, cheese enchiladas and pasta with no meat!

Sounds painful. Hope you're feeling much better now!

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RodeoSchro said:

Gotta little bump in the fitness routine...a restricted esophogus. Which you find out you have when you try to wash down your food with a liquid and it feels like you're drinking six razor blades from a plastic cup!

As Dr. Beeper so eloquently said in The Second Funniest Movie I've Ever Seen:

"Snake a tube down his throat. I'll be there in three or four hours."





They're snaking away tomorrow (Thursday) morning. I hope it works because I'm getting tired of milkshakes, scrambled eggs, pancakes, cheese enchiladas and pasta with no meat!

Sounds painful. Hope you're feeling much better now!



Thanks! All better now!

The procedure was easy - I was completely knocked out. In fact, the doctor said he didn't really have to do anything. I guess he just kind of wiggled around in there and now I can swallow again!

I did learn one painful lesson, though. They tell you not to drink after you've had anesthesia. They are right! I had one little drink that night at dinner and it gave me a headache like I haven't had in YEARS.

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Reply #29 posted 06/26/18 7:12am

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Tomorrow, June 27th, I have an appointment with a trainer at my charit...er I mean gym.

I am going to get back into it. nod

Details to follow.

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