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I live out in the woods and could not go to a gym if I wanted to, due to responsibilities at home- BUT! I'm in amazing shape. Pushups are fun, lunges make me walk faster, walking on my toes while cooking in the kitchen keeps my legs thin, and pinch-gripping bricks while taking a walk, are only a few of the things I throw into my day.

Chop wood, climb trees, balance yourself on the railroad track, and try not to fall off.
Play "stick tag"/ AKA sword-fighting. : D

But no, as far as pumping real iron, no. I use the bench-press down the road every so often, but I rarely go over 100 pounds (I weigh 135-150pounds, 5'8" tall)


Do you mind sharing some of your cardiovascular and weightlifting routines. I'm trying to get into better shape myself lol. i use to lift heavy now I'm all about form and repititions smile


Long duration held isometric body-weight exercises are a great cardiovascular workout.
Example, I'll pick an exercise every few weeks, and slowly increase the duration of static held positions. I clocked myself at holding a halfway pushup for 165 seconds all at once, and a 160 second horse stance.

It takes a lot of heart-work to hold isometric poses for long durations. The key is to keep breathing normally at all times. When you get shaky, you know you've held a long isometric contraction.

I do lots of various pushups, clap pushups, and held pushups, because all of them affect muscles in different ways.

Same for lower body, eccentric, plyometric, and isometric exercises, when all combined over a period of time, build a very lean and athletic body.

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So you will do like a push up then hold yourself in the push up position for about 160 seconds, then go down, repeat for as long as your body can hold? Same with pull ups? I'll have to give all these workouts a try. Seems very useful. Plus I'm not looking to build muscle for show, more to use it for strength, endurence, and speed.


I'll hold it halfway, with no locked joints. You won't reach 160 seconds the first time, unless you're already a beast. Static holds are quite different than pumping iron - and it builds a lot of strength on slow twitch muscle fibers. So, you can switch it up each week, adding reps, and adding more time to your holds.

Bruce Lee did isometric holds, and a number of other things - But his power rack allowed multiple variations of numerous isometric holds, so yes, doing pullup static holds will effectively work you out too.

And what you can do is start at a 30 second hold, and either increase it each week, or when you feel you've recovered. And only go up by 5 to 10 seconds at a time.

I don't believe in working until your muscles give out. If you start to get shaky, or wobbly, you're done.


ah, I see. So one week, do it normally, then the next week for example I'm doing a squat, squat down and hold it for 5 seconds 5 times 3 sets, then give out if im done afterwards. I like the idea of this. I'll definitely give it a try thanks for the info bud!
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For the people lifting weights up and putting them back down, do you have any specific goals you want to achieve? Do you train more for strength or aesthetics? Also, post your stats & workout routines!

My gym journal.

I myself lift weights to increase my strength, and I've hit some new PR:s since about a week back.

Since I started lifting I put on a decent amount of volume, and I'm hoping that my strength gains will be linear.

A comparison pic from when I barely hit the gym, to a more recent one from just a few months ago.

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Hey! Congrats on the amazing transformation - well done!

Of all the things I have learned in my time at the gym, strength training/weight lifting is probably by far my favorite thing. I never knew how motivating it is to be able to lift weight, and I was never strong enough to try until recently. I used to be morbidly obese, so weight lifting wasn't even in my vocabulary. Now, I cannot imagine a week without it! I train to feel and be stronger - for me, it is almost a form of meditation to lift weights. I just get in this mental zone where I tune everything out but me and the weights.

My goal is actually to be able to deadlift 320 lbs or what I used to weigh. I am doing pretty well with that - I can lift 240-260 lbs. now on my deadlift, which has me super excited. I'll get that 320 yet! biggrin

Be well and keep lifting like you mean it!
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Thanks!

I agree totally, being able to hit the gym has become more and more of a lifestyle for me, and knowing that I gain strength after every visit motivates me even more. smile

Nice! Most meatheads in my gym can barely lift over 220 lbs, let alone 240!


I've only been working out and I can deadlift 330, but I only bench press 140 sad
Some new stats this week, managed to DL 140 x 1, and benched 110 as well. smile
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Routine changes every 2 weeks. xD

As for myself 6ft 2in - 228lbs

Arms = 16.5in

Chest = 45in

Legs / thigh = 25in

legs / calves= 16in

Last bench was 180lbs

Just gotta keep on trucking- a torn ACL, broken bones here and there, and being hit by a car is not going to stop me. xD
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Some new stats this week, managed to DL 140 x 1, and benched 110 as well. smile
Awesome job - keep up the great work biggrin
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Routine changes every 2 weeks. xD

As for myself 6ft 2in - 228lbs

Arms = 16.5in

Chest = 45in

Legs / thigh = 25in

legs / calves= 16in

Last bench was 180lbs

Just gotta keep on trucking- a torn ACL, broken bones here and there, and being hit by a car is not going to stop me. xD
That;'s the spirit! Keep on going - slow and steady and in balance until your body get all back in shape from the accident. Hope you are well otherwise biggrin

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I went ahead and updated the theme on my blog today. http://kristraining.tumblr.com/

Worked shoulders & traps today, with some cardio at the end. OHP is up at 60 kg, but I'm hoping for results next time. smile
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I went ahead and updated the theme on my blog today. http://kristraining.tumblr.com/

Worked shoulders & traps today, with some cardio at the end. OHP is up at 60 kg, but I'm hoping for results next time. smile


Well done! biggrin You know, I have a shirt that says "My traps hurt" XD It is true - they are alwasy sore these days LOL! But it was sweet - I set a new pr on my back squat - 145 lbs. Whee!

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I went ahead and updated the theme on my blog today. http://kristraining.tumblr.com/

Worked shoulders & traps today, with some cardio at the end. OHP is up at 60 kg, but I'm hoping for results next time. smile


Well done! biggrin You know, I have a shirt that says "My traps hurt" XD It is true - they are alwasy sore these days LOL! But it was sweet - I set a new pr on my back squat - 145 lbs. Whee!

- Sisky

Thanks, you're too kind. smile

Uugh, my traps have been killing me the last two days. The soreness never goes away. wink

Congrats!
Strength and endurance, the size that goes with it is a happy bonus.
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Hey all!

Right now I have a gimped right leg/lower back from a squished muscle so no big lifts for me. I'll be good to go in a week or so. Until then, I am focusing on cardio and flexibility!

Be well and happy lifting! 3nodding
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Tried to deadlift 135lbs (which is a bit over my bodyweight) and FAILED. But I can now deadlift over 100lbs, which is a huge improvement! My first time deadlifting was March 24, and I completely wrecked my glutes and hams lifting puny 24lbs x15 reps. Imagine that!

Next time I'm going to try 125lbs. If I succeed, I can officially say I lift 100+lbs more than I did on my first workout rofl

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Right now I have a gimped right leg/lower back from a squished muscle so no big lifts for me. I'll be good to go in a week or so. Until then, I am focusing on cardio and flexibility!

Ouch, what happened? I assume it's not bad enough to impede cardio?
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In three weeks I've gotten my DL from 315 to 335 after having not done them in a year. Decided to stop being a f** and get down to business with the deads.
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i have just started to jogging which is only good at losing wieght and keeping fit
wondering if you can help me out with a fitness plan?

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