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Should I still do leg workouts during cycling season?

I'm looking for advice on combining cycle commuting with gym-based workouts. [more inside]
posted by sevenyearlurk on Jul 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Just joined a gym for the first time in a while, looking to get healthy

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]
posted by codacorolla on May 29, 2014 - 9 answers

Anyone seen this Olympic weightlifting warm up video?

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.
posted by rorycberger on Apr 5, 2014 - 1 answer

Lifting + eating + cardio = ?

Trying to build muscle bulk but I feel totally confused by the advice about eating and cardio. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Mar 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Cable machine routine for novice strength training

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]
posted by chesty_a_arthur on Jan 30, 2014 - 5 answers

Starting Strength forever...

Can the Starting Strength program be my only strength program? [more inside]
posted by VTX on Dec 1, 2013 - 9 answers

Experiences of females that started weightlifting?

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)
posted by athena2255 on Oct 16, 2013 - 31 answers

Feeling discouraged with weightlifting - vegetarian edition

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]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2013 - 17 answers

Best for bicep beginner: dumbbells or barbell?

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?
posted by iamisaid on Sep 28, 2013 - 8 answers

lift alone?

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]
posted by slow graffiti on Sep 23, 2013 - 28 answers

What weightlifting can I do at home to increase upper body strength?

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]
posted by ocherdraco on Aug 22, 2013 - 30 answers

Where around Cambrigdge, MA to aquire a better physique.

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?
posted by sendai sleep master on Jun 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Lat pulldowns inconsistency...what's the deal?

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?
posted by blnkfrnk on May 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Mobilize me

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]
posted by downing street memo on Mar 26, 2013 - 6 answers

$500 or Less to a "Summer Body"

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]
posted by Urban Winter on Mar 20, 2013 - 12 answers

Old shoulder dislocation + new strength training = ?

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]
posted by MaddyRex on Feb 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Men's underwear for weightlifting

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.
posted by lizbunny on Feb 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Los Angeles: Top-level functional movement coach/postural alignment/etc?

Visiting Los Angeles at month's end, seeking a pro to troubleshoot knee problems. [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Jan 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Weight Loss and Benchpress Plateaus: Help me burst through my stagnation! Details inside...

Weight Loss and Benchpress Plateaus: Help me burst through my stagnation! Details inside... [more inside]
posted by MMALR on Dec 26, 2012 - 11 answers

Are free weights better than unfree weights?

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]
posted by supercoollady on Nov 22, 2012 - 15 answers

Squat injury

What kind of doc or therapist should I seek about my weightlifting lower back injury? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Nov 15, 2012 - 12 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

Like The Hacker's Diet for muscles?

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]
posted by SampleSize on Sep 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Finished New Rules of Lifting for Women, what next?

I just finished the weight training program from the New Rules of Lifting for Women, what should I do next? [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Sep 7, 2012 - 7 answers

Other motivations in weightlifting besides beating your own records?

How can I regain my motivation for weightlifting, when it feels like I am going in circles? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Aug 11, 2012 - 13 answers

"Muscle weighs twice as much as fat"

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?
posted by musofire on Jul 6, 2012 - 34 answers

Workout websites/apps/suggestions?

Looking for workout routine suggestion sources, primarily for weightlifting routines. [more inside]
posted by EggplantPizza on Jun 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Is it messing up my results to spread a weight lifting session over the course of an evening?

Is it messing up my results to spread a weight lifting session over the course of an evening? [more inside]
posted by whoaali on May 28, 2012 - 10 answers

Weight lifting formulas?

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]
posted by Vault13 on May 13, 2012 - 7 answers

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]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Mar 24, 2012 - 7 answers

How can I get strong without getting big?

WorkoutFilter: More Bruce Lee, less Schwarzenegger. More Pacquiao, less Tyson. How can I get strong without getting big? [more inside]
posted by damo on Feb 26, 2012 - 17 answers

Strength Training/Stretch Routine for Runner ?

Strength Training/Stretch Routine for Runner? [more inside]
posted by Carius on Feb 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Seroquel and the Miracle of Losing Weight?

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?
posted by snap_dragon on Feb 19, 2012 - 11 answers

Gym Shoe Recommendations Please

My familiarity with exercise footwear is limited to my running shoes. What should I be looking for in a gym shoe? [more inside]
posted by sillymama on Feb 18, 2012 - 11 answers

help me help myself get muscle-y in Portland!

Where can I learn to lift weights in Portland? [more inside]
posted by vespabelle on Feb 4, 2012 - 2 answers

Which is the least bad for muscle growth: to drink alcohol before or after exercise?

Which is the least bad for muscle growth: to drink alcohol before or after exercise? [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on Jan 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Help Me Keep Fit in My New (York) City

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]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah on Jan 3, 2012 - 3 answers

protein intake, how does it work?

How do I get enough protein on a moderate weight-lifting regimen without spending lots of money on food? [more inside]
posted by clockzero on Nov 14, 2011 - 28 answers

Workouts that spare the spine.

Seeking alternatives to weightlifting to stay fit and nurture a newly temperamental back... [more inside]
posted by artemisia on Nov 2, 2011 - 19 answers

Good StrongLifts-type dumbell exercise programs?

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]
posted by Jacen Solo on Sep 25, 2011 - 9 answers

weight a sec

Please concoct me a free-weights routine. Pretty much beginner. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Aug 31, 2011 - 14 answers

Stronglifts - Weightlifting Wall - Should I switch?

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]
posted by rdurbin on Aug 22, 2011 - 11 answers

I can run 10 miles. Now what for strength?

For what level of strength training does my running the Army 10 Mile now qualify me? [more inside]
posted by metajc on Aug 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Deadliftophobia

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]
posted by dontjumplarry on Aug 16, 2011 - 12 answers

How can I increase the intensity of my workouts?

How can I increase the intensity of my workout without making it longer? Complications: I can't run, lift, or swim. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Jul 7, 2011 - 23 answers

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]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night on Jul 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Alternative weight lifting equipment locations

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]
posted by Punkey on Jun 17, 2011 - 8 answers

What do people think of weightlifting?

What is the general public perception of weightlifting and/or bodybuilding in the USA? Do men and women view it differently?
posted by unixrat on Jun 10, 2011 - 23 answers

Whats the best thing (supplement or otherwise) to give me more power and energy when weightlifting WITHOUT makin me tweak?

Whats the best thing (supplement or otherwise) to give me more power and energy when weightlifting WITHOUT makin me tweak? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Jun 9, 2011 - 18 answers

Losing Motivation with weight loss.

I've been working out and seeing progress but everything seems to be like taking 2 steps forward and then 1 step back, making it hard for me right now to keep up the motivation. Just trying to figure out if I am doing anything wrong or if something could help. [more inside]
posted by loser8008 on May 18, 2011 - 8 answers

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