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Complementing Crossfit and Tracking Training Goals

How should I complement my crossfit workouts with strength, cardio and plyometric training? What are some ways (templates and or forms) that you use to track your progress in the gym? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Apr 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Please help me find a term for this strength/endurance concept.

I am looking for a clever descriptive term for the idea of training with a "hardship" that when omitted later, makes you feel super-strong. Like when baseball players put that donut thing on their bats while taking practice swings. (Donuting?) Or when you ride a really heavy bike, then switch to a lighter one. Or practice at high altitudes, and compete at low altitudes. Is there already a term that describes this? If not, I am open to any ideas.
posted by oxisos on Apr 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Nutrition questions for a fitness newbie

So I started working out for real this year as part of my New Year's Resolution. I'm currently doing a version of crossfit, mixed with occasional rock climbing, and I'm seeing good results (Stats below). The problem is that most dieting and training advice I can find for guys is geared towards those who are starting out skinny. I started out overweight and out of shape. I'm currently at what would be a good weight if my BF was lower. What are some good diet resources for someone in my situation? (I like my training regimen and I'm not looking for a new one) [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Mar 31, 2014 - 3 answers

Athletic performance enhancement through ...science?

What are some peer reviewed, field tested (and legal) methods of improving performance in the gym and on the field, that do not involve transfusing blood or hiring Lance Armstrong's support team? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Mar 30, 2014 - 13 answers

How does a 20 yr old healthyish student get back in shape without dying?

The fact I never liked the "traditional" forms of exercise never bothered me before. That is, until it recently dawned on me activities like going to the gym or running might be the only options I have left. But, with sensitive knees and shins from growing quickly and the residual effects of childhood asthma still occasionally inhibiting my ability to do cardio, these activities seem more foreign than ever. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by intelligentfool on Oct 27, 2013 - 26 answers

Help, I entered an obstacle run and I hate running

So I entered this mud race this morning, kind of on a whim after a friend told me she entered. I was going to do the 12k with friends, but it was full, so I'm doing the 6k by myself. I'm really concerned about the running part because I hate running with a venomous passion. [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Aug 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Timeline of fitness gains with added core strength training

Starting with a personal trainer doing strength training 1x/ week. How long before I start to see real results? [more inside]
posted by mmmmbobo on Aug 15, 2013 - 7 answers

What should I know before doing my Half-Ironman distance triathlon?

I am doing my first Half-Ironman distance triathlon in two weeks. (Gulp). What should I know? [more inside]
posted by suki on Aug 12, 2013 - 10 answers

2.5 km to 10km in a month?

Hello. I am signed up to run the Manchester 10 k on 26 May. I have never run any kind of race in my life before, and am REALLY „not sporty“ though I am used to hiking/cycling. I have not, to put it mildly, trained as much as I should. By now I can jog for 2.5 – 3 km in half an hour, and have mostly „trained“ on the treadmill rather than outdoors (I strained a muscle running outdoors and feel like it’s my muscles and joints that are most struggling with the running rather than anything „cardio“ related as such. So my actual question: is it still possible to get myself into a condition where I can get round the route without walking it and without injuring myself (too badly) in the remaining time? [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Apr 25, 2013 - 16 answers

Daring to pick three of good/cheap/fast

I'm looking for a fitness watch I can use for interval training. I don't need anything fancy, but I do want something that'll vibrate in place of beeping. Can anyone recommend something? [more inside]
posted by andrewcilento on Apr 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Critique my workout

Strength trainers/weight-lifters of Metafilter. Could you take a look at my workout and let me know your thoughts? Anything glaringly missing or redundant? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Nov 9, 2012 - 6 answers

I am about to start using the "Greyskull LP" workout programme. What size weights should I begin with?

I am about to start using the "Greyskull LP" workout programme. What size weights should I begin with? I am a 24 y/o, 5'5", 60kgs male.
posted by FuckingAwesome on Jul 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Concept2 training tips

I have a Concept2, a ton of motivation, and some clear cut goals. But lots of questions as well... [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Jun 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Walking a 5K

I just signed up for a 5K on Dec. 3. I'm certainly not ready to RUN 3.1 miles, so I'm going to walk it (and the event is called a run/walk, so it is a walker-friendly race, at least). What kind of training can I do before then to do my best that day, since there's barely any time left? I'm at a healthy weight and in OK shape but usually only exercise one or two times a week. I'd like my time to be under one hour, if possible. Tips? (Bonus question: are most 5Ks walker-friendly?)
posted by trillian on Nov 9, 2011 - 17 answers

How do I loose weight and gain muscle at the same time?

I wake up in the morning at 6am and walk 2km (1.2 miles) to the gym and back five days a week. My workouts last 45 minutes and are aimed at sculpting, working on a body part per day (back, shoulders, chest, arms and legs). I weigh 100kg (220 pounds) and am 180cm (5.9 feet). I want to weigh 85kg (185 pounds). What and when should I eat to loose weight and gain maximum muscle mass? and how long should it take for me to loose this weight? I work from home as a software developer and sit on my ass all day so I don't get any more exercise than that...
posted by Bacillus on Oct 11, 2011 - 21 answers

It's all about my personal best

What should my speed goal be to walk a 5k? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Aug 31, 2011 - 22 answers

Need a reason to put on the running shorts.

Need help setting and measuring new fitness goals, but don't want to train for a marathon or similar long race. Any other ideas? [more inside]
posted by the foreground on May 18, 2011 - 11 answers

How does a not-couch-potato start running?

I'm looking for a beginner running program that's geared to someone with good initial fitness and isn't quite as beginner as Couch-to-5k. Any recommendations of a good program or any experiences you have to share? [more inside]
posted by The Michael The on Jan 26, 2011 - 12 answers

How can I as a new runner start slow when I feel like I have a running start?

I'm new to running, but am already very fit and active (cardio workouts 5-7 times a week.) New runners are warned to take it slowly and not push themselves, but how does this apply to someone who's not coming off a couch towards a goal of 5k? [more inside]
posted by palegirl on Dec 15, 2010 - 28 answers

I'm a little thicker, make me quicker

Decided to run my second marathon--AZ Rock 'n Roll Marathon. Would appreciate some advice about my unique situation... [more inside]
posted by jdlugo on Oct 9, 2010 - 4 answers

A 120 bike ride for a simple daily commuter: absurd goal?

Bike/sport enthusiasts: can a daily bike commuter but otherwise not sporty person hope to finish a 120 miles bike ride in one go? [more inside]
posted by Sijeka on Jul 17, 2010 - 15 answers

What is the quick and dirty road to fitness?

Fitness filter: I need to get as fit as possible in the next 12 days, how can I do it? [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Jun 7, 2010 - 16 answers

Supplements that work?

What workout supplements do you have experience with and have worked for you? Looking for strength/endurance supplements. [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon on May 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Self-conscious perfectionist wanting to change so she can train better

Please help me be less self-conscious at the gym [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis on Dec 2, 2009 - 17 answers

Curious Yoga Novice Seeks Guidance

Tips, advice, recommendations, insight, cautions, suggestions and matters unforeseen concerning the addition of yoga to my fitness regimen. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Sep 17, 2009 - 17 answers

Marathon training clerical error

runningfilter: I just found an extra week in my marathon training schedule (because I started a week early)-- help me decide how best to use it. [more inside]
posted by activitystory on Aug 12, 2009 - 7 answers

I could deadlift that weight if I could just bend over that far....

Adding Pilates or other stretching to a weight training routine - how? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jul 27, 2009 - 13 answers

How to get into health and fitness industry

I am interested to hear about opinions about the health and wellness industry and potential jobs. I have been in corp. america for almost 10 years and tired of the inability to help and make a difference in peoples lives. [more inside]
posted by ecco21 on Jul 18, 2009 - 6 answers

The first session was free, but are the next ones worth it?

FitnessFilter: how should I evaluate options for a personal trainer at a local gym? Lots more discussion inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 18, 2009 - 9 answers

Better Breakdancing: How can I decrease my downtime from strenous practice sessions?

Better Breakdancing: How can I decrease my downtime from strenous practice sessions? I'd like to double the amount I train without risking injury or constant soreness. [more inside]
posted by ManyNinjas on May 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Running Longer and Longer Distances

What do I need to know/buy/wear to run longer and longer distances? [more inside]
posted by yeti on Mar 23, 2009 - 17 answers

Angel: base miles Devil:CYCLOCROSS who should I listen to?

The angel sitting on my right shoulder calmly says "base miles base miles base miles." The devil on my left screams CYCLOCROSS!! Can I keep both of them happy? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Oct 10, 2008 - 6 answers

Do weight training supplements do anything -- good or bad?

I'm looking to shake up my workouts, shed the excess poundage, and get some more definition -- basically, I'm bored, not making much headway, and would like to get over the hump to better health/muscle shape. Since it's hard to tell the difference between the shills and the real online reviews, advice, etc., I need some Mefite first-hand experience with hydroxycut or similar supplements. [more inside]
posted by liquado on Jul 9, 2008 - 11 answers

RUN, FAT BOY, RUN

How do I go from out-of-shape to a baseline level of fitness in a relatively short time without giving myself a heart attack or a stroke? [more inside]
posted by scrump on May 13, 2008 - 16 answers

Good weight training rest day activities

WeightliftingFilter: Good Activities for rest days between working out? [more inside]
posted by sirion on Apr 28, 2008 - 10 answers

Creative outdoor exercises for bootcamp fitness program?

Been to any good fitness bootcamps recently? [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 on Feb 14, 2008 - 10 answers

Help me improve my pushups.

Help me improve my pushups. I've been doing martial arts 5 nights a week (M-F) for 9 months now. We do anywhere from 30-150 pushups a night, but I'm incapable of keeping up with the rest of the class and have not really improved much since I started. [more inside]
posted by bindasj on Jan 18, 2008 - 21 answers

Weight, weight, don't tell me...

Cardio isn't doing it for me. The diet change is working verrry slowly, but I want to lose 10 pounds. Problem is, I can't lift anything heavier than 15 pounds, so is weight training even an option? [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Oct 22, 2007 - 20 answers

Help me run in a 10K next weekend.

What can I do in a week to train for a 10K race? [more inside]
posted by wabash on Apr 21, 2007 - 25 answers

martial arts for exercise?

what is the potential of practicing martial arts as form of exercise...and what style? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise on Dec 28, 2006 - 17 answers

I'm beginning to lift weights for the first time in my life. Help!

I'm beginning to lift weights for the first time in my life. Help! [more inside]
posted by JPowers on Sep 20, 2006 - 25 answers

Help to separate the (whole) wheat from the chaff

I'm thoroughly baffled about how I should eat. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jun 21, 2006 - 11 answers

Recomendations for good indoor bike trainers?

I want to purchase a bike trainer so I can ride indoors during the winter months. What sorts of things should I look for? [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt on Jan 25, 2006 - 20 answers

Biking in the Basement

I'll soon have a basement, and be able to bring at least one bike inside for the winter, so I'm wondering: do I want a trainer? If so, do I want rollers, a fan-trainer, a fluid-trainer, a mag-trainer, what? I'm not a racer, I'm just looking for an alternative to spinning classes to keep my lungs in shape.
posted by bonehead on Dec 19, 2003 - 5 answers

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