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 -
Thanks to following the advice from some previous AskMeFi threads, I have finally gotten back into a regular workout routine. I am still working to find a set of exercises I can alternate between that make the best use of the time I have and that I do not dread doing. I've found that I really appreciate exercises that work multiple parts of the body simultaneously (I think it keeps me from focusing on how unpleasant the strain on any one body part is), especially ones that work my core without having to do situps. For example, squats combined with overhead press. Googling hasn't been that fruitful.
What are some other exercises or combination of exercises that I can use to maximize my workout? I do not have a gym membership, but I have a good set of free weights and resistance bands at my disposal.
posted by C'est la D.C.
on Oct 20, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
I'm not looking to become a muscle guy, but I'd like a weight/exercise regimen that will help me tone my upper body. Can anyone give me a suggestion? [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes
on May 22, 2013 -
I need some ideas that are dead simple and un-screw-up-able for how to balance my cardio program with strength training...at home, without equipment. [more inside]
posted by Pomo
on Mar 26, 2013 -
Need a website or book that has daily workout routines. What I'd like is one that has a time for cardio and then a daily focus on arms, legs, or core, etc. Sort of like you'd get from a trainer but something you can do at home. We have an elliptical, awesome weight bench, and other assorted exercise equipment. Suggestions? (Woman, btw). I'd love it if it somehow tied into the BodyMedia Fit or Spark People, but it doesn't have to.
posted by Raichle
on Feb 25, 2013 -
Weight Loss and Benchpress Plateaus: Help me burst through my stagnation! Details inside... [more inside]
posted by MMALR
on Dec 26, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I started going to the gym 5 days a week last year and am managing to hold steady with that. I do one hour a day, 15 minutes running, 15 minutes yoga, and 15 minutes weights. (The remaining 15 minutes is me lying on the ground breathing heavily at various points.) Should I be concentrating on one of the three at a time? [more inside]
posted by Dynex
on Jun 27, 2012 -
Are there any guidelines for the sizes of food called for in recipes in books and magazines? Basically, I'm wondering how long it takes for new recipes to catch up to changes in food packaging, how large is large, and who decides that? [more inside]
posted by amarynth
on May 7, 2012 -
Help me design a strength-training workout with this Technogym equipment. [more inside]
posted by jayder
on Apr 21, 2012 -
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 -
Bay area lifters, please recommend a gym in Mountain View or Sunnyvale with bumper weights, chalk, quality bars, proper squat racks (power rack with safety pins) and benchpress (with spotter pins). [more inside]
posted by rr
on Jan 16, 2012 -
I like running and swimming, and try to do about half an hour of each at least three or four times a week. Now I've started weight training three times a week as well. Should I reduce the cardio if I want to gain muscle faster? I'm a naturally skinny ectomorph that has a hard time putting on mass.
posted by moorooka
on Dec 20, 2011 -
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 -
There are plenty of charts that show calories burned from running. But is figuring calories burned lifting weights this simple? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind
on May 10, 2011 -
Looking for books that will encourage me to go to the gym. I am making it once a week, sometimes twice. I am okay with memoirs or fitness books. Your own stories or tidbits of advice are helpful, too. Bill Phillips _Transformation_ has a useful chapter as does his older book _Body for Life_. Luckily I work in a library and am the location now. Sooooo, your thoughts, and I will look on the shelves. I have great books on home on what exercises to do, just not things on getting me up and running. (The 30 pounds of fat are getting to me.). BTW, Happy Holidays.
posted by snap_dragon
on Dec 19, 2010 -
I'm doing Starting strength and I have just begun. Right now my bench press is at 90lbs. What would be a reasonable goal for my bench press by the end of the year? [more inside]
posted by josher71
on Oct 12, 2010 -
What's the best way for a girl to build upper body strength with weights (and not hurt herself)? [more inside]
posted by bluelight
on Sep 8, 2010 -
What's the best way for me to gain a bit of muscle, without losing my six-pack? I'm skinny and would like to fill out a little bit. I keep getting advice that I have to eat a lot in addition to working out. The next part is silly, but please bear with me: I like having a six-pack. What are your personal experiences with going from skinny to athletic while trying to keep your ab definition? I'm a guy.
posted by anonymous
on Apr 3, 2010 -
Pimp my workout. From Weekend Warrior to all-around Athlete? I want to be in all-around great shape; I want to improve my cardio ability and improve my strength. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip
on Jan 23, 2010 -
In order for a male who's 30-40 lbs overweight to lose that extra weight and look reasonably toned by working out 3x/week for 30 mins each, is it better to a) do something like the Spartacus workout
(high-intensity circuit training with somewhat lighter weights) or b) do more traditional lifting of heavier weights? Or some combination?
posted by Malad
on Jan 3, 2010 -
I'm want to cut back on my weight training, but I'm not sure how best to do it. Is there a good once-a-week casual approach to weight lifting? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak
on Dec 29, 2009 -
What's the best way to take my workout routine to the next level while spending ten days with my family? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi
on Jul 17, 2009 -
Is there any reason that barbells would be indispensable from a serious stength-training program? Or are dumbbells just fine? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks
on Jul 1, 2009 -
I am getting soreness/discomfort in a strange place while doing squats: on the outside of my right leg only, 4-6 inches above my ankle. I'm returning to weightlifting after a year off with unrelated shoulder injury, and this happens with very little additional weight beyond just the bar. Should I be stretching, starting with less weight, or something else?
posted by stopgap
on Jun 6, 2009 -
What's the benefit of multiple sets of one exercise at a time vs. one quick set of several exercises repeated? [more inside]
posted by smelvis
on Apr 20, 2009 -
[ExcerciseFilter] What's a good target for weight gain in strength training? Not to say body building, but general fitness-level training. I can't seem to find a clear resource for equating weight training to muscle mass. [more inside]
posted by cavalier
on Feb 27, 2009 -
What are some basic exercises to get ripped in the style of Fight Club Brad Pitt or Tupac, not the steroid style Arnold/body builder type? [more inside]
posted by four panels
on Dec 16, 2008 -
What is the best way for a fairly unmotivated but still moderately fit guy with a lot of time on his hands to build upper body mass in the comfort of his own home?
posted by zaebiz
on Sep 29, 2008 -
I've been lifting weights for a long time, but recently decided to switch from the machines to mostly free weights and cable lifts. I've done a lot of reading on the subject, and have cobbled together the following routine that seems to be giving me some results, but I wanted opinions on what muscles I might be missing/which exercises might be superfluous. [more inside]
posted by prior
on Sep 8, 2008 -