I’m a longtime triathlete who’s been asked to stop doing bouncy, ballistic-type activities for awhile, and no exercise on my back. I can ride a little and I can swim a little, but I can’t run, which is my primary passion. I figure I should probably start weightlifting more anyway, since I’m over 40 and need to worry about losing muscle mass. [more inside]
What are the exercises that will help me improve my arms for lifting up the weights for squats without a squat rack? [more inside]
I am looking for input or even some plans that might help me keep on track and ultimately get my brain and body in better shape. My main goal is the brain shift and habit and then if I lose weight that is awesome. [more inside]
Because of other commitments that are unalterable in the next 6-12 months, I can only do weight training on weekends. [more inside]
It seems like though I exercise regularly, I'm just getting stiffer/weaker, rather than stronger. [more inside]
I sing. I also have started lifting moderately heavy weights fairly recently. Will the latter mess up the former? Details inside. [more inside]
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]
Are you aware of any strength-training resources geared towards people with hypermobility syndromes? If you are yourself a hypermobile person who lifts weights or does any other type of strength training, do you have insights to share? I have joint hypermobility issues throughout my body which make me very prone to tendinitis, sprains, tenosynovitis and other injuries. In the past, when I have undertaken fairly conservative strength training programs under the supervision of experienced, qualified personal trainers, I have always injured myself. [more inside]
I have never been able to do a single pull up in my life. Please teach me how to do one. [more inside]
So I'm going to the gym - awesome. Cardio, weights, stretches, I am so there. I'd like to add things to my routine, but I'm a little bit overwhelmed by all the advice on the internet. I'm also uncertain about the importance of form for squats, given that I seem to see people whose form is all over the place. Questions inside! [more inside]
Is it a really bad idea to put a power rack with barbell and weights in our utility room? [more inside]
A friend of mine started walking about an hour a day earlier this year, and now, 6 months later, says he has lost the enthusiasm to start his other anaerobic workouts. [more inside]
I'm looking for advice on combining cycle commuting with gym-based workouts. [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for adjustable dumbbells and a workout bench which will incline and decline. [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]
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.
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?
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]
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]
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.
Weight Loss and Benchpress Plateaus: Help me burst through my stagnation! Details inside... [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 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.
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]
I'm a skinny girl, and I'm sad about my cellulite. What can I do? [more inside]
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]
Help me design a strength-training workout with this Technogym equipment. [more inside]
Recommend some quick exercises that I won't get bored of and can do at home. [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?
Do squats really help with building your upper-body? [more inside]
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]
Weight training equipment and advice for a pre-teen athlete? [more inside]
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.
Truths about working out and nutrition? [more inside]
Please concoct me a free-weights routine. Pretty much beginner. [more inside]
Can you help me break through a weight training plateau? [more inside]
Strength training basics for women, please. [more inside]
What is the general public perception of weightlifting and/or bodybuilding in the USA? Do men and women view it differently?
Help me find a specific type of gym for my parents in Lowell, MA. [more inside]
There are plenty of charts that show calories burned from running. But is figuring calories burned lifting weights this simple? [more inside]
I'd like to learn more partner based exercises to do at home. [more inside]
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.
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]
What's the best way for a girl to build upper body strength with weights (and not hurt herself)? [more inside]
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.
Help me develop my pectorals! [more inside]
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]
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?
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