Workout/Lifting Thread and Health Thread

BR1986FB Senior Member
27,923 posts 112 reps Joined Feb 2010
Thu, Jan 9, 2020 7:41 AM

Still hitting it hard trying to keep what muscle I have left while shedding fat. Had to bite the bullet and join the local Planet Fitness so I at least have a treadmill to walk on. The belt folded over on mine and the repair cost would've been almost as much as what it cost me to purchase it. So I walk at PF and weight train in the garage.

like_that 1st Team All-PWN
29,228 posts 304 reps Joined Apr 2010
Wed, Jul 15, 2020 9:31 AM

Any swimmers here?  I am thinking about starting to swim laps and was wondering what should I strive for as a begginer lap swimmer.  1000M?

Verbal Kint Senior Member
1,062 posts 14 reps Joined Jul 2017
Wed, Jul 15, 2020 2:33 PM

Swimming is more about breathing technique than cardio in the beginning

The increase in distance might be exponential the first few times

Depending the press conference tonight (I'll keep the politics out of this), our pool recently opened back up, and I plan on starting only about 40%-50% of where I left off when it closed in March, even with my cardio still high from biking and running 

iclfan2 Reppin' the 330/216/843
9,465 posts 78 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Jul 19, 2020 1:57 PM

Anybody have a Pelaton or a Myx bike? Been lazy as shit recently and it’s catching up. Usually just run for exercise but with 2 kids and it being in the hundreds with heat index every day,  that’s tough right now. 

Fab4Runner Tits McGee
6,997 posts 63 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Jul 19, 2020 2:08 PM
posted by iclfan2

Anybody have a Pelaton or a Myx bike? Been lazy as shit recently and it’s catching up. Usually just run for exercise but with 2 kids and it being in the hundreds with heat index every day,  that’s tough right now. 

A couple of my friends have cheaper bikes and just use the Peloton app for their rides and other workouts. They both really enjoy it.

birddog23 Senior Member
1,173 posts 6 reps Joined Aug 2010
Mon, Jul 20, 2020 2:07 PM

I started running in May. It's been an interesting journey especially since I've only strength trained for the last 9 years and if I ran, it consisted of short sprints.

I have started doing my runs at night (in town so we have street lights), and I really like that compared to morning or day runs.

Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
3,345 posts 21 reps Joined Oct 2010
Mon, Jul 20, 2020 3:46 PM
posted by birddog23

I started running in May. It's been an interesting journey especially since I've only strength trained for the last 9 years and if I ran, it consisted of short sprints.

I have started doing my runs at night (in town so we have street lights), and I really like that compared to morning or day runs.

How far are you going?


I've had to pretty much stop running because of my knees.  I ran 3-5 times per week for 20 years.  I've found other things to take it's place, but I miss it.  

birddog23 Senior Member
1,173 posts 6 reps Joined Aug 2010
Mon, Jul 20, 2020 3:53 PM
posted by Dr Winston O'Boogie

How far are you going?


I've had to pretty much stop running because of my knees.  I ran 3-5 times per week for 20 years.  I've found other things to take it's place, but I miss it.  

Nothing crazy. Typically going between 2-4 miles. I run 3 or 4 days a week and get a lift in 1 or 2 days in my garage.


Not a huge fan of distance running and quite honestly, anything over 3 miles and I start to get bored lol. But it is interesting to challenge myself some days and see what I can do as far as pace/distance is concerned. 

I’ll probably work up to 5 miles and that’ll be my max mileage. Once fall gets here I will hopefully start lifting a little more regularly.


Also....runners high, haven’t gotten that yet. What’s it feel like?

In all seriousness though, I have noticed my breathing is a lot better from when I started in May. I remember my first mile and thought I was going to die haha. No I’ll look at my watch and 2.5 miles feels like nothing.


Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
3,345 posts 21 reps Joined Oct 2010
Mon, Jul 20, 2020 4:04 PM
posted by birddog23

Nothing crazy. Typically going between 2-4 miles. I run 3 or 4 days a week and get a lift in 1 or 2 days in my garage.


Not a huge fan of distance running and quite honestly, anything over 3 miles and I start to get bored lol. But it is interesting to challenge myself some days and see what I can do as far as pace/distance is concerned. 

I’ll probably work up to 5 miles and that’ll be my max mileage. Once fall gets here I will hopefully start lifting a little more regularly.


Also....runners high, haven’t gotten that yet. What’s it feel like?

In all seriousness though, I have noticed my breathing is a lot better from when I started in May. I remember my first mile and thought I was going to die haha. No I’ll look at my watch and 2.5 miles feels like nothing.


Runners high?  I think I've had it after running between 5-15 miles on maybe -10 different occasions over the years.  If what I experienced was "runner's high", then runner's high is a huge feeling of serenity and peace that lasts for a couple of hours after finishing the run.  


Good luck in your running.  Best form of meditation I know of.

Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
3,345 posts 21 reps Joined Oct 2010
Fri, Jul 31, 2020 3:51 PM

Here is a  high intensity interval workout on the elliptical I've been doing.  If you go all out, it's a ball buster.


- 5:00 warmup

- 8 rounds of :30 sprints followed by 1:30 of slow-to-moderate pace.

The elliptical I used goes to a 25 resistance.  I used a resistance of 12 for the sprints and 8 for the rest periods.  The first few rounds were pretty easy.  Then it became a fight with the devil.  Feels good afterward though.

friendfromlowry Senior Member
7,778 posts 68 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Jul 31, 2020 11:38 PM

So i got a Whoop today for my birthday. I kept hearing Russillo talk about it on his podcast all the damn time and wanted to give it a try. It’s probably something I’d never buy myself but my parents wanted to get me something so I suggested it. Just got it set up, so we’ll see.

If you’re not familiar, it’s suppose to track your exercising, sleeping, etc. My mom was reading testimonials about it on the website and there was one where it helped someone detect Covid because their respiratory rate had been higher than usual. I’m interested to see how it goes. 

birddog23 Senior Member
1,173 posts 6 reps Joined Aug 2010
Sat, Aug 1, 2020 12:29 PM
posted by friendfromlowry

So i got a Whoop today for my birthday. I kept hearing Russillo talk about it on his podcast all the damn time and wanted to give it a try. It’s probably something I’d never buy myself but my parents wanted to get me something so I suggested it. Just got it set up, so we’ll see.

If you’re not familiar, it’s suppose to track your exercising, sleeping, etc. My mom was reading testimonials about it on the website and there was one where it helped someone detect Covid because their respiratory rate had been higher than usual. I’m interested to see how it goes. 

So a smartwatch?


friendfromlowry Senior Member
7,778 posts 68 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sat, Aug 1, 2020 1:01 PM
posted by birddog23

So a smartwatch?


Yes.


Automatik Senior Member
15,737 posts 92 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Aug 7, 2020 12:05 PM

I have a friend who's a diehard Whoop user. Started way back when Rogan plugged it.

I like the sleep tracking aspect and the app is great, but no screen no go for me.  I'll stick with Apple Watch.


I've been running again, I hate it so much. Still waiting for a bike I ordered in late June. It's frustrating. Should have it within the next month.

Whatever happened to COA? I know he was big into cycling. Wish we could have some more discussion about that. I'm very new to it (grew up riding BMX) so before all my research I was clueless regarding "modern" bikes.

friendfromlowry Senior Member
7,778 posts 68 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Aug 7, 2020 10:55 PM

Calling it quits on Whoop already. I don’t think it’s meant for people with wildly varying sleep schedules like myself. I have zero data available right now. It counted my sleep last night as a Thursday nap. 

gut Senior Member
18,369 posts 88 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sat, Aug 8, 2020 5:46 AM
posted by friendfromlowry

Calling it quits on Whoop already. I don’t think it’s meant for people with wildly varying sleep schedules like myself. I have zero data available right now. It counted my sleep last night as a Thursday nap. 

Dropped $500+ on the new Samsung watch. Found out they Apple-d me on the always on display.  Left outraged hot takes everywhere I could post a review,

Returned.  And, yeah, claimed defective because I'm not paying a re-stocking fee for that bullshit,

Automatik Senior Member
15,737 posts 92 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sat, Aug 8, 2020 11:53 AM

Wut? 

Always on didn’t work? 

gut Senior Member
18,369 posts 88 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sat, Aug 8, 2020 11:59 AM
posted by Automatik

Wut? 

Always on didn’t work? 

It does, Samsung just forces it to 15% brightness because of burn-in or battery.   And that basically ruins it because 15% just isn't enough..

Automatik Senior Member
15,737 posts 92 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sat, Aug 8, 2020 12:03 PM

If not Apple Watch try the Garmin Fenix 5.

gut Senior Member
18,369 posts 88 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sat, Aug 8, 2020 12:16 PM
posted by Automatik

If not Apple Watch try the Garmin Fenix 5.

I looked at the Garmin, but all you gain over other watches is an on-demand SpO2 sensor.  Not sure how good the Samsung is, but it has 8 heart rate sensors when other watches have 2-3 (yet it supposedly isn't more accurate).  Apple is no better than the top Android watches, other than it's ECG feature but severely limits your options on watch faces.

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