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]
I recently finished reading the weightlifting program Starting Strength and would like to try to follow it this year. However, I'm in pretty bad shape for a 26-year-old man and I have a bunch of bad habits. Given this, how should I prepare to follow Starting Strength? For instance: How should I gain flexibility beforehand, if necessary? How should I look for a good trainer and a good gym? If you've been in my situation, what worked and didn't work for you? [more inside]
Please give me a simple weight training routine that is 1) simple 2) not overly time consuming 3) doesn't progress so fast that I punk out [more inside]
I'm looking for advice on combining cycle commuting with gym-based workouts. [more inside]
I used to have a high activity job that kept me in pretty good shape without needing a gym. Over the past few years I stopped doing that job on a regular basis and instead became much more sedentary while not eating less (factually: probably more). I've gained wait within that time, and have decided that I want to become more healthy by adding exercise back into my life. However, since I've never needed a gym before I have no idea what to do with my gym membership. Specifics inside. [more inside]
Has anyone seen this Olympic weightlifting video? I saw it a few years ago online but it may be older originally (c. 70s?). It showed a weightlifter (an Olympian or other high-level one, I think) "opening the gym" in the morning—turning on the lights, straightening some things, going upstairs, downstairs—all while down in the bottom of the squat position. I.e. Walking like a duck, bunny hopping up and down the stairs, etc. It looked exhausting but he was totally nonchalant about it.
Trying to build muscle bulk but I feel totally confused by the advice about eating and cardio. [more inside]
I'm 5'4", 145#, 35 years old, and I have access to limited free weights and a cable machine. I don't have access to barbell equipment more than once a week. I'm familiar with Starting Strength, Stumptuous, etc, but a little overwhelmed by the options, and I'm wondering if anyone can point me toward an appropriate routine or routine building app. I want this to be doable and I want to make progress and have a sense of accomplishment. [more inside]
Can the Starting Strength program be my only strength program? [more inside]
I switched from doing cardio to lifting weights at the gym, mainly because I LOVE IT. However, despite every website telling me that, as a woman, I won't get "big and bulky," I think I might be. I've gone up 1-2 clothing sizes, my butt has exploded, jackets now seem narrow in the chest ... It would be one thing if, standing nude in the mirror, I saw a 6-pack staring back at me, but I don't. It doesn't "look" like I've lost much body fat at all (but I can definitely tell that I've gained muscle - I've got a bicep! For the first time ever!). So, my question: will one day my muscle mass get large enough that my metabolism will rev up and my body fat will melt away? What are other ladies' experiences with beginning weight training and that effect on their body? (and I mean REAL weight training - bench presses of over 100 lbs, for instance - not lifting a 5 lb weight)
I started lifting weights at the gym about 8 months ago. Initially I made some small gains, but I quickly plateaued and now I feel like I'm putting way more in than I'm getting out of it. As a vegetarian, should I drink like 4 protein shakes a day? [more inside]
Weightlifting beginner looking to bulk up my biceps purely for aesthetics using free weights. I don't do any other weight training currently. Would I be better off with a dumbbell set like this or an EZ Curl barbell like this?
I hate "fitness culture" but I want to learn to lift weights. I have access to a small mostly unstaffed company gym. I would prefer to do this alone - is that reasonable or safe? [more inside]
I regularly walk 6+ miles a day. I'd like to extend my exercise to increasing my strength. Ideally, I'd do bodyweight exercises, but I've tried to do some recently, and my upper body strength is not capable of more than two pushups, nor a single chair dip . So, I need to build my upper body strength with weights, and I want to do so at home. I can get a set of dumbbells. Please tell me which ones, and how to use them. [more inside]
For the longest time I have been doing some kind of lifting or mild strength training (benching or pushups, curls, etc. mostly free weights) and am in fairly decent but skinny shape. At the moment I am regularly running 5 to 8 miles every other day and, without access to a gym, doing my darnedest to wing it with the free weights I have and pushups. I am looking to put on a good amount of muscle and am willing to put in the time and effort if I can find an approachable and worthwhile gym. Some googling suggests Total Performance Sports might be worth a look. I am a male in my 20s and I'm hoping to do a couple weeks of personal training to help get a routine down. Any suggestions, Hivemind?
My gym has two lat pulldown machines that I use. The bar-attached-to-a-cable version is much harder than the two-handles-that-meet-in-the-middle version-- the difference in what I can lift is about 30 pounds, with the cable version being much more difficult. My trainer tells me they are equivalent, and has checked my form and says it's correct. What's the deal?
I've been working out, lifting weights, on and off for five years, but I've never paid any attention to mobility/stretching. This is dumb. Please help me come up with a defensible plan. [more inside]
Stuck at a fitness plateau. Not weight loss - fat loss. I'm about 5-8% (not exactly sure; I only have inexact measurement options) below where I want to be, which is the 10% mark. Help me get to my goal or as close as possible by the summer (and stay there)! [more inside]
Now that I'm lifting heavier weights, how should I tailor my strength training regimen given that I have a four year-old shoulder dislocation? [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for men's underwear - comfortable, supportive, but keeps your package tucked back so you don't bash 'the boys' on the bar when doing deadlifts.
Visiting Los Angeles at month's end, seeking a pro to troubleshoot knee problems. [more inside]
Weight Loss and Benchpress Plateaus: Help me burst through my stagnation! Details inside... [more inside]
Why strength training, and what to do? I've been taking advantage of my free gym membership a lot more lately and I see people lifting weights a lot. I do the elliptical and the "Nautilus"-type machines, but I've gotten the impression that the barbell-style stuff is better for me. Is this true, and if so, how do I go about this? [more inside]
What kind of doc or therapist should I seek about my weightlifting lower back injury? [more inside]
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]
I'm making good weight-loss progress with The Hacker's Diet. Now, I'd like to add in exercise to build and tone muscle. I'm active and decent shape already, but don't do any weights. Is there anything as down-to-earth and straightforward as The Hacker's Diet for this? [more inside]
I just finished the weight training program from the New Rules of Lifting for Women, what should I do next? [more inside]
How can I regain my motivation for weightlifting, when it feels like I am going in circles? [more inside]
I'm working out, particularly around the torso, and I'm much stronger. My waistline hasn't budged. My weight has barely changed since I started going to the Y and doing 20 minutes of cardio a day plus lifting weights. Loving wife says that's because I'm building muscle, and "muscle weighs twice as much as fat." What's truly going on?
Looking for workout routine suggestion sources, primarily for weightlifting routines. [more inside]
Is it messing up my results to spread a weight lifting session over the course of an evening? [more inside]
If I know how much I can dead lift, is there a formula (or something similar) to predict healthy weights for other lifts? [more inside]
What lifts should I do to increase the width (from front and rear) or general diameter of my biceps/arms?
What lifts should I do to increase the width (from front and rear) or general diameter of my biceps/arms? [more inside]
WorkoutFilter: More Bruce Lee, less Schwarzenegger. More Pacquiao, less Tyson. How can I get strong without getting big? [more inside]
Strength Training/Stretch Routine for Runner? [more inside]
I'm taking 150 mg of Seroquel which has seemed to be helping. But i need to lose preexisting weight..about 40-50 lbs. All i read on the web are horror stories about people gaining 50-100 lbs even when they are doing cardio and weights. My question...anybody here either themselves or know people who have actually been able to lose weight while on seroquel if they followed the usual healthy eating and exercise 3-5 times a week?
My familiarity with exercise footwear is limited to my running shoes. What should I be looking for in a gym shoe? [more inside]
Where can I learn to lift weights in Portland? [more inside]
Which is the least bad for muscle growth: to drink alcohol before or after exercise? [more inside]
Looking for affordable, long-term outdoor group fitness classes in New York City. Or reasonably priced gyms with plenty of rowing machines and free weights. [more inside]
How do I get enough protein on a moderate weight-lifting regimen without spending lots of money on food? [more inside]
Seeking alternatives to weightlifting to stay fit and nurture a newly temperamental back... [more inside]
This $20/month gym looks awesome... but it doesn't have barbells, so I can't do StrongLifts 5x5. Should I go back to my old gym, or do you guys have an alternative structured dumbbell/machine-based/bodyweight strength training program? Or a better gym suggestion in downtown Manhattan? [more inside]
Please concoct me a free-weights routine. Pretty much beginner. [more inside]
6 months of starting strength. I am following the the program religiously. If it says squat, I squat. If it says eat more protein, I do. My gains have been ok but I have been stagnating a bit lately. I have been at 225 squat for a few weeks now. I am unhappy with the results. I feel like I am much stronger but that I don't appear to be much stronger. It might be that I am getting muscle but it's still under a layer of fat. The composition of my body is changing but not my outward appearance. [more inside]
For what level of strength training does my running the Army 10 Mile now qualify me? [more inside]
I'm starting a barbell program but deadlifts scare the crap out of me. What can I substitute that's safer (or are they absolutely essential)? [more inside]
How can I increase the intensity of my workout without making it longer? Complications: I can't run, lift, or swim. [more inside]
I have back pain in a weird spot, I have included a pic of me pointing to it, can you give me more information?
I have back pain in a weird spot, I have included a pic of me pointing to it. Can you give me more information? [more inside]
Love weight lifting, hate the drive to the local Megagym (or any gym). Reasonably cheap weight lifting equipment abounds, but space is a problem. I have a couple of options available, and I could use some help. [more inside]