Workout/Lifting Thread and Health Thread

Automatik Senior Member
15,737 posts 94 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sat, Aug 8, 2020 2:23 PM

I love the look of the Fenix. Only reason I have an Apple Watch is because iPhone.


My friend has the Fenix 5 Plus and the new Samsung g20 Ultra. Baller setup. 

gut Senior Member
18,369 posts 94 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sat, Aug 8, 2020 2:37 PM
posted by Automatik

I love the look of the Fenix. Only reason I have an Apple Watch is because iPhone.

I don't disagree.  But I think, ultimately, I passed on it because it didn't have as many features as the top Android watches.  Some of the Garmin use a proprietary software which is rather limited, and others that use Android didn't have all the sensors, or lacked NFC or music storage for example.

It's a crazy market.  Android watches from TAG and Fossil don't have a heart rate monitor and/or GPS or NFC despite costing a small fortune.  There's a singularly great weightlifting app (Progression) that is only available on Android and IOS.

The Galaxy Watch 3 was, I hoped (pending FDA approval and a software update), almost everything I could want.  If I can't figure out the always on display issue I'm returning it.  It could be the watchmaker app that needs updated, but apparently Samsung blacks it out if you try to make it brighter than 15% in dim mode.  It's fine for a black & white watchface, but that's boring.  Shame on Samsung for telling me how I should use my watch.

birddog23 Senior Member
1,173 posts 6 reps Joined Aug 2010
Sun, Aug 9, 2020 8:42 AM

Local guy in our town just ran his 100,000 mile yesterday. 

Yes 100k miles of running. Insane. 

Automatik Senior Member
15,737 posts 94 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Aug 14, 2020 10:35 AM

Here's my gym for the foreseeable future. Holy shit, bikes have come a long way. Rides like a dream, but I'm dealing with neck stiffness. Either posture is off, bike needs tweaking....or a combo of both.


gut Senior Member
18,369 posts 94 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Aug 14, 2020 10:40 AM

Man, finding free weights that aren't gouging you for 3-5X retail is almost impossible.

IronMaster just got a little stock in, but I missed out on their drawing.  Next one isn't until mid-September.

Can't find plates anywhere.  There might be some olympic plates out there, but I don't have the space for olympic bars.  Not really interested in overpaying for someone's rusty old plates off EBAY.

I assumed most of this stuff came from China, and figured supplies would have been rolling back in by now.

kizer permanente Senior Member
1,309 posts 14 reps Joined Aug 2017
Fri, Aug 14, 2020 11:14 AM

since my wife and i don't go to the gym anymore we started working on a home gym for our basement.

Bought some free weight plates and dumbbell bars from a local place and a bench off amazon. Also bought a Peloton and a rowing machine. 


I ordered this but it doesn't ship until Sept 10th. https://www.powertec.com/products/workbench-levergymr-yellow

gut Senior Member
18,369 posts 94 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Aug 14, 2020 11:53 AM
posted by kizer permanente

I ordered this but it doesn't ship until Sept 10th. https://www.powertec.com/products/workbench-levergymr-yellow

I don't have space for anything like that.  Just have a simple adjustable incline/flat bench.  Nice piece of equipment, though.  If I had space, I'd probably go for something like this:

https://www.amazon.com/Equipment-Exercise-Attachment-Multi-Grip-Optional/dp/B07C9896CM/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=squat+rack+with+lat+pull&qid=1597420126&sr=8-5

Been keeping an eye on dumbbell plates.  And I've snagged some 10's and 7.5's, at "reasonable" prices to complement the 40-lb set I got.  But looking for some 50's and 25/35's for deadlift, and to lesser extent rows and squats.  Not looking to get much more on the dumbbell plates as I'm planning to get the IronMaster set

Verbal Kint Senior Member
1,062 posts 16 reps Joined Jul 2017
Fri, Aug 14, 2020 11:55 AM
posted by kizer permanente

since my wife and i don't go to the gym anymore we started working on a home gym for our basement.

Bought some free weight plates and dumbbell bars from a local place and a bench off amazon. Also bought a Peloton and a rowing machine. 


I ordered this but it doesn't ship until Sept 10th. https://www.powertec.com/products/workbench-levergymr-yellow


That is a lot of $ for all those, rowing machines went for a premium during the restrictions


gut Senior Member
18,369 posts 94 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Aug 14, 2020 11:58 AM
posted by Verbal Kint

That is a lot of $ for all those, rowing machines went for a premium during the restrictions

Nothing tops $4-5 per lb for weight plates.
friendfromlowry Senior Member
7,778 posts 73 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Aug 14, 2020 11:59 AM

This all sounds like a pain in the ass. 

kizer permanente Senior Member
1,309 posts 14 reps Joined Aug 2017
Fri, Aug 14, 2020 12:21 PM
posted by Verbal Kint


That is a lot of $ for all those, rowing machines went for a premium during the restrictions


Yeah it wasn’t cheap. I think the plates and dumbbell bars were a couple hundred themselves. The bench was like $100 so it wasn’t terrible. The peloton was the most at $2250 and the rowing machine was $500. But that lever gym and bumper plates were $2k.

We’re about 5 grand in it. Our gym membership was $200 a month so it’ll take 2 years to pay back  


Ironman92 Administrator
56,729 posts 143 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Aug 14, 2020 12:26 PM
posted by birddog23

Local guy in our town just ran his 100,000 mile yesterday. 

Yes 100k miles of running. Insane. 

There is a guy here in town about 60 years old and he still runs 50-60 miles a week...he’s been running that way at least back to the mid 80’s.....he’s gotta be getting there


gut Senior Member
18,369 posts 94 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Aug 14, 2020 12:27 PM
posted by kizer permanente

We’re about 5 grand in it. Our gym membership was $200 a month so it’ll take 2 years to pay back 

When you have that time and motivation, a gym even 5 minutes away can't beat having it at home.  Although I've always found it less motivating lifting at home by myself.  But cardio all day - because all you do at the gym on cardio is listen to your tunes or watch tv, anyway.

Only thing that sucks about the spinlock dumbbells I have is it takes too damn long to change weights.  Between warming up and supersets I spend all my rest time rushing to change plates before my next set.  The IronMaster are easier to change, and it will give me a second set of dumbbells to make life a little easier.

gut Senior Member
18,369 posts 94 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Aug 14, 2020 12:30 PM
posted by Ironman92

There is a guy here in town about 60 years old and he still runs 50-60 miles a week...he’s been running that way at least back to the mid 80’s.....he’s gotta be getting there

Screw that.  Walking takes more time, but all the research I've read says it's just as good for heart health....without the physical toll on your body.


friendfromlowry Senior Member
7,778 posts 73 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Aug 14, 2020 12:41 PM
posted by kizer permanente

Our gym membership was $200 a month so it’ll take 2 years to pay back  


Wtf?
Automatik Senior Member
15,737 posts 94 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Aug 14, 2020 12:50 PM

Equinox or similar I'm assuming.

kizer permanente Senior Member
1,309 posts 14 reps Joined Aug 2017
Fri, Aug 14, 2020 1:27 PM

That’s the family rate 


Verbal Kint Senior Member
1,062 posts 16 reps Joined Jul 2017
Fri, Aug 14, 2020 1:36 PM
posted by gut
Nothing tops $4-5 per lb for weight plates.

Dam, I remember that is was like $.50 - $.60 per lbs, at Play it Again not more than 8-10 years ago

I paid similar for dumbbells there


gut Senior Member
18,369 posts 94 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Aug 14, 2020 1:47 PM
posted by Verbal Kint

Dam, I remember that is was like $.50 - $.60 per lbs, at Play it Again not more than 8-10 years ago

I paid similar for dumbbells there

It's closer to $1 per lb normally, now.  A little more for dumbbells, a little less for larger plates, a little more for smaller plates.

I almost pulled the trigger on a couple of 50-lb plates for $100 each, but I decided I wanted ones with handles.  The 50-lb plates with handles are like $180 each right now, plus tax.

Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
3,345 posts 25 reps Joined Oct 2010
Fri, Aug 14, 2020 1:54 PM
posted by Ironman92

There is a guy here in town about 60 years old and he still runs 50-60 miles a week...he’s been running that way at least back to the mid 80’s.....he’s gotta be getting there


He's a genetic machine.  A lot of people could never pull that off.  I'm a stocky built guy.  I ran ~15-20 miles per week for almost 20 years (from ages 25-45).  My knees are wrecked with osteoarthritis now.  I loved running, but it beat up my body.  I know other people who have similar stories.  


Guys like the one you described were always a curiosity.  I'd see them in 5Ks and half-marathons.  60, 70 years old and able to run no problem.  Granted they were rarely fat and usually had one of those slighter, small boned builds.  Anyway, that's a pretty impressive acheivment.  

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