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Need a Fun, Family-Friendly Workout

I'm trying to get my family to stay active together during the winter. I was thinking about workout videos, but I'm not sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by Comrade Doll on Nov 18, 2015 - 10 answers

Flex vs Charge HR: which fits a beginner better?

Please help me pick an activity tracker that fits my needs from the seemingly limitless options out there. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Nov 17, 2015 - 17 answers

Planet Fitness vs. "regular" gym for a middle-aged man

51, overweight, just started lifting using the Stronglifts 5X5 program. I'm considering switching to Planet Fitness. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Nov 2, 2015 - 8 answers

2 days in NYC or BOS to become a competitive lifter

i'm an intermediate to solo lifter looking to move to amateur competition. I'll be idle in Boston or NYC (haven't decided yet) on Nov 8 - 10. what workshops or retreats could help me up my game? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Oct 28, 2015 - 4 answers

Attractive and stylish women’s gym bag, that doesn’t look like a gym bag

I’m looking for bags to use as a gym bag, that don’t look overly gym-y or sporty. I like stylish, pretty, feminine things (more along the lines of Anthropologie, J.Crew, Lululemon), but not overly bright girly/pink things (i.e. not Lily Pulitzer or Vera Bradley). Do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Oct 28, 2015 - 11 answers

Beginners Home Fitness Program?

What are some recommended home exercise programs, with videos online or DVD, to guide me through workouts on a daily/weekly basis that are very friendly to beginners and exercise n00bs? Personal recommendations are especially welcome! [more inside]
posted by ellerhodes on Oct 25, 2015 - 16 answers

You are not my fitness instructor, but...

Help me develop a good plan to stay active! [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Oct 20, 2015 - 16 answers

Help me find a fitness tracker that tracks body temperature

I'm looking for a fitness tracker (or really any sort of everyday wearable, as opposed to a workout-only wearable) that tracks biostats/vital signs/whatever you want to call it throughout your day and night. My primary interest is in body temperature. Beyond that, I don't really have a specific feature profile I want - I know from researching it temperature is hard to find. Do you know of one? What should I get? More details of what I'm trying to do and what I've already tried are inside as always. [more inside]
posted by dust.wind.dude on Oct 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Suggestions for fun home exercises that are not just exercise routines

Like the title says, what are some fun home exercises that aren’t just workout routines but more in the vein of yoga or bellydancing or even pole-dancing (those are the only three I can think of)? [more inside]
posted by atinna on Sep 26, 2015 - 16 answers

Best YouTube Workout Videos

I'm looking for the best YouTube workout videos/channels, in the 20-60 minute range. Specifics for me inside but I'm happy to also have recs for great videos that don't suit me now but may suit my later, or help other people! [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Sep 18, 2015 - 11 answers

MyFitnessPal+Fitbit Flex=?

Help me figure out how to best use a Fitbit Flex and MyFitnessPal together. [more inside]
posted by still bill on Sep 12, 2015 - 3 answers

Dealing with the first white/gray hairs... trichotillomania edition.

Tips for dealing with the first white/gray hairs... hair pulling trigger warning. [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Sep 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Not looking for a six pack but I'd like to drop the spare tire

Reasonably fit lady in her late 30s having trouble looking like I actually work out. How to actually get physical results when I do mostly all the right things? Snowflakes of mild despair inside. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Sep 8, 2015 - 19 answers

What's a good balance board for a standing desk?

I use an adjustable desk at work, and alternate between sitting and standing. After a coworker mentioned the Level, I really want to try using a balance board while standing, but maybe not a $400 one! So what should I look for instead? [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Sep 7, 2015 - 1 answer

Trying to track my runs in the most minimal, future-proof way possible

There are tons of apps to use an Android phone to track runs. But most of them are subscription-based, bloated with features that I don't care about or want, and lacking in features I do want (simplicity, future-proof-ness; I want my data to remain usable indefinitely). [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel on Sep 3, 2015 - 9 answers

downloadable workout videos for the time poor

I've got a fair bit of travel coming up in the next couple of months, and am time poor at the best of times. Any suggestions for a source of free/cheap downloadable workout videos that are primarily bodyweight focussed? My motivation fluctuates, but I find things like videos and apps are generally helpful to staying fit and focussed. [more inside]
posted by tim_in_oz on Sep 1, 2015 - 10 answers

Walk this way! But how much?

It's finally time for me to get serious about getting healthy. Walking more is a key part of this. But is there a 'too much more'? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by SquidLips on Aug 30, 2015 - 20 answers

Wearable [whatever] to track HIIT sessions?

I recently bought an Ironman Essential watch by Timex because I thought it would track intervals, but it seems to only have 1 timer. I need something that will track a warm up of 1m/30s for 10 reps, then a workout of 2m/1m for 7 reps, then a cool down walk. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Aug 30, 2015 - 3 answers

Playground [in the city of brotherly] love

I'm looking for a playground (or any public park) that has the equipment necessary to perform pull ups, and less importantly but nice to have parallel bars for dips as well, in (or near) the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood of Philadelphia. [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Aug 28, 2015 - 2 answers

One elbow clicks while lowering overhead press. Fixes/workarounds?

My left elbow clicks on the medial side while I'm lowering the barbell during overhead press. It feels like a tendon's out of alignment and is having problems sliding over the bone or something - maybe an early case of golfer's elbow, but I don't know. It happens every rep, and has gotten more pronounced over a few sessions. My right elbow doesn't do this, and my form looks symmetrical. [more inside]
posted by randomname25 on Aug 26, 2015 - 10 answers

How can I build cycling endurance?

This is a cycling and fitness question. Three years ago some punk stole my cheap but lightweight yard-sale-bike and I replaced it with a new Trek 7100 hybrid. It's kind of lumbering and heavy but I like it. Last week I started a class on Mondays that's 4.5 miles from where I live. The ride is 99% flat but nearly killed me last week and this week, too. Help! [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna on Aug 12, 2015 - 32 answers

Staying positive while losing weight

I need to lose a lot of weight, but I have trouble sticking with tracking my food or an exercise routine without backsliding into depression and frustration with myself. Please help. [more inside]
posted by thetortoise on Aug 11, 2015 - 36 answers

How to get into personal training?

Should I become a personal trainer, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jul 30, 2015 - 7 answers

How can I blend in socially in my field, esp. at my new internship?

I am currently interning and hope to work long-term in the environmental field (but office-based). I like outdoor activities but I am a bit overweight, out-of-shape and am inexperienced. Most of the people in my field are super fit and outdoorsy, and have already invited me on a variety of excursions that are way above my skill level. I've had to decline them all because I know it would be unmanageable at my current fitness state, and I'm worried people will just think of me as anti-social and unlikeable. How can I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by majesty_snowbird on Jul 12, 2015 - 14 answers

Seeking a fitness expert who'll give me the info to exercise on my own

I would like to find someone in NYC who can advise me on designing an exercise program suited to my fitness, age and goals, but not a personal trainer I visit regularly in order to actually do that exercise. Does this kind of person exist? [more inside]
posted by oliverburkeman on Jun 27, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me become an exercise class expert!

OK guys after years of beer and strolls instead of water and workouts, I want to get back into the intense exercise game. My goals are to reduce anxiety, improve mood, and overall to feel better, healthier, more flexible, more active. But... how do exercise classes / studios work? [more inside]
posted by Uncle Glendinning on Jun 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Chasing Two Rabbits: weight lifting and a six minute mile

Can anyone recommend a routine that will allow me to continue weight lifting while simultaneously working toward a six minute mile? [more inside]
posted by mannermode on Jun 7, 2015 - 4 answers

Does bicycling reduce your stomach?

Pretty straightforward question: does biking reduce your stomach? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jun 2, 2015 - 21 answers

Exercise spread out over the day - studies?

How does the body respond to small amounts of body-weight exercise spread out over the day compared to a half hour block? Especially looking for evidence, studies, and cites. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jun 2, 2015 - 2 answers

Wanted: The Diogenes (Fitness) Club

Please help me select a new fitness activity that will push me to greatness without pushing me over the edge. Difficulty level: awkward solitude-loving INTJ. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on May 26, 2015 - 19 answers

The 1960s Female Physique

How does one attain a 1950s/1960s body? [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on May 13, 2015 - 16 answers

The transition to triathlon

I've played rugby for almost ten years and after all this time, I want to mix it up a little and do a triathlon. My issue: overweight and not just a little intimidated. [more inside]
posted by thefang on Apr 22, 2015 - 8 answers

Exercisefilter, broke-ass misanthrope edition

I’ve never been a fitness junkie or even really in shape. But I’m ready to start exercising regularly. I am ready to lose weight and also crank out the endorphins. I am hoping there are some good regimens for broke-ass misanthropes like me. Broke-ass misanthropic details await within. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Apr 19, 2015 - 30 answers

If you were my personal trainer, how would you schedule my workouts?

I am looking for guidance on how to maximize the effectiveness of my workouts while keeping my overall fitness practice diverse, challenging and appropriate for my body's recovery needs. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Apr 19, 2015 - 8 answers

What's the best way to track my bike trips, past and present?

I've recently started counting calories and tracking my exercise. I understand that accuracy can be difficult with this sort of thing, but I refuse to accept My Tracks' statement that I only burn 158 calories on my 7 mile bike ride to work. Is there an immediate answer to this, and is there a $100ish fitness tracker that would do a better job in the future? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Apr 6, 2015 - 12 answers

Full body dumbell workout videos on youtube.

I'm looking for basic full body dumbbell workout videos similar to this one by Gabriel Davidson. I'm not looking for a cardio workout or exotic this month's fitness magazine injury inducing exercises. I just want a youtube workout mirror situation. [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Apr 6, 2015 - 3 answers

I need suggestions for fitness programs to build upper-body strength

I am a dragon boat paddler and while I love the sport, I've hit a plateau and I'd like to supplement it with another fitness activity. Also my dragon boat coach has said that I lack upper body strength. So I really really need to build up. The problem is that I either suck at everything I've tried so far, or my hearing loss makes it so that I can't fully participate in it. [more inside]
posted by starpoint on Apr 5, 2015 - 20 answers

Anything to hide my Scoliosis??

I'm a healthy 30 something year old who has had scoliosis all her life but didnt show until I started developing. As a performer I have to keep in shape and look extremely camera ready. Please help. [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Apr 5, 2015 - 5 answers

Keep those knees rigid. Jerk that lower back.

Can you provide feedback on my dumbbell-centered weightlifting routine? [more inside]
posted by a manly man person who is male and masculine on Mar 27, 2015 - 3 answers

help with physical therapy expectations

Currently having Physical Therapy for hip anteversion/knock knees and general postural issues; what kind of pain is it 'normal' and beneficial in the long run to feel? Only muscular or is it okay for PT to provoke the outside of knee pain that I want to fix as well? [more inside]
posted by opalshards on Mar 26, 2015 - 9 answers

Good body weight exercises that need minimal/no equipment

I'm looking for recommendations for body weight exercises I can do at home and on my own schedule that require minimal or no equipment. [more inside]
posted by slogger on Mar 25, 2015 - 27 answers

Should I run?

Should I run? Complications: fat, crackly knees, plantar fasciitis, clumsiness. If I should run, any advice on doing it right? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Mar 18, 2015 - 22 answers

Which activity tracker is best for me?

I'm thinking of getting an activity tracker, because my activity levels vary wildly from day to day and I want to get a handle on how much I'm doing (preferably with some sort of calorie tracking). My main goal is to increase my general fitness, secondarily to lose weight. But I've got some indecision as to which one to go for. My only major criteria is that it has to be clipped to my bra (wrist mounted ones are not an option because of my work), and it has to work with my iPhone and Windows 7. [more inside]
posted by Vortisaur on Mar 8, 2015 - 9 answers

How do I engage my calves more when cycling?

After 8 months of cycling 14 miles a day to work and back (I have always been a recreational cyclist) my thighs have stripped off fat I didn't even know was there and built muscle well. But how can I get my calves to do the same? I use SPD's so there is some static engagement, but short of consciously pressing and releasing the pedal will every stroke, how do I engage my calves?
posted by Gabriel ricci on Mar 1, 2015 - 11 answers

Nutrition app with customizable target macros

Looking for a diet tracker app or website with the following functionality: [more inside]
posted by emkelley on Feb 25, 2015 - 3 answers

How can I quantify these fitness scores?

Hey math/fitness nerds. I'm working on a pet project. I'm trying to quantify general fitness levels across a population based on a few different scores. I have the tests, but need help setting up the values of each score. [more inside]
posted by Telf on Feb 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Is a sports bra necessary for women or is this a marketing ploy?

Do I really need to wear a sports bra when I exercise or is it fine to wear a regular bra with medium support /underwire? More inside... [more inside]
posted by partly squamous and partly rugose on Feb 21, 2015 - 35 answers

Breathing and Swimming

I'm trying to get back into swimming for my own personal fitness, and it's tougher than I thought it'd be to pick it back up. I took a TON of swimming lessons as a kid/teenager, and so I'm finding it fairly easy to remember how to do the strokes themselves, but not easy at all to remember how to breathe and not hyperventilate while I'm doing front crawl, breaststroke, etc. Any tips from MeFi swimmers? [more inside]
posted by augustimagination on Feb 21, 2015 - 22 answers

Practical alternatives to weightlifting?

I'd like to become physically stronger. I've tried weightlifting, but I have trouble staying interested in repetitive tasks without a practical, tangible goal ("get muscles" is a goal, I guess, but somehow it's not enough to keep me focused). What are some practical, everyday, hobby-like activities I can get interested in that might help me become stronger? [more inside]
posted by honey wheat on Feb 19, 2015 - 24 answers

Fitness/exercise tracking

Any recommendations for a fitness tracking website/app/service that meets the following requirements? I want to be able to manually enter swimming data via their android app or website, use their android app to track cycle rides on my phone, import running data from my Garmin device (forerunner something or other) or Garmin website and use the decent selection of UK food in their database to track calorie consumption. I’m not overally bothered by the community aspect (got bored of Fitocracy very quickly), I just want to get my data geek on.
posted by fatfrank on Feb 16, 2015 - 2 answers

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