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I need an edge.

I need suggestions for what I should eat/drink prior to a very short but intense cycling workout. [more inside]
posted by repoman on Jul 25, 2014 - 22 answers

Informative, Dry Podcasts for Running

Astronomy Cast has been great, but I'd like to mix things up with other topics! What I'm looking for in a podcast: cerebral/abstract subject matter, steady talking by the hosts -- with few interruptions and few/regular hosts, relatively serious tone (not a lot of banter as well as not a lot of joking). An hour-long podcast would be ideal, but other lengths are workable. [more inside]
posted by rue72 on Jul 23, 2014 - 22 answers

Has a FitBit helped you get off your lazy a-- ?

I need to jumpstart my fitness which is currently non-existent. Would a FitBit help me (& the SO) be less lazy and more motivated? Did you use a fitbit or similar device to help you get on a fitness track? Or did you use another method?
posted by kmr on Jul 18, 2014 - 28 answers

Athletic bottoms that stay put

I am a chubby woman who likes to jog and dance. Where can I get athletic pants/shorts that stay up when I move? [more inside]
posted by Guess What on Jul 13, 2014 - 18 answers

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

Best Full-Body Strength Workout for Female Runner?

I'm slowly building up my speed and stamina as a runner -- I do roughly 15 miles of hilly outdoor running a week right now, and absolutely love it. I'd like to add in a full-body strength workout (+/- 30 min, 40 including stretching) three days a week. I'd also like this workout to be something I can do at home, with an absolute minimum of supplies (just body weight would be great), and that I can use for a long period of time. [more inside]
posted by rue72 on Jul 1, 2014 - 13 answers

In need of non-vomit-inducing insprational quotation

I need your ideas for sayings/quotations/an awesome slogan you just came up with yourself that conveys the idea that you should just get up and do your workout. It's part of a gift (for a very willing participant), but because that thinspiration stuff makes me want to hurl and because the quotation will be visible to other people, I don't want a "you will love your body more" or even "I really regret that workout said nobody ever" type thing. [more inside]
posted by atomicstone on May 29, 2014 - 27 answers

Should I Join a Gym?

I'm trying to exercise more, mostly for reasons like getting my appetite up and sleeping better -- I don't have any "fitness goals," this is more about making exercise part of my routine. In the past, I would just go running outside, but I've never kept up with it well and summer in DC is not the best time for running outside (swampy, "code red" days, etc). Should I try to commit to running outside and doing my usual "weight baring" exercises at home, or should I join a gym? [more inside]
posted by rue72 on May 28, 2014 - 12 answers

Rope jumping overdose?

Hypothetically, what would happen if one were to jump rope for 10 minutes of every hour of the working day, i.e. 10 minutes of rope jumping x8 every day, separated by 50-60 minutes of sitting at the desk. I'm looking for good and bad here. Would it kill your knees? Do wonders for your legs? Do not have much more effect than if you were to jump for only 10 minutes 3 times a week?
posted by Skyanth on May 19, 2014 - 19 answers

It's the small-space fitness challenge!

I need to develop a balanced daily workout for the next six months, specifically designed for limited and somewhat unusual spaces. Assume I have no access to traditional weights or fitness machines of any kind and that level ground and traditional cardio options will be at a premium. What 10 exercises can I do to approximate a whole-body workout? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on May 13, 2014 - 13 answers

grunt grunt grunt

I need a bit of feedback on the (in)efficiency of my gym regimen. [more inside]
posted by griphus on May 1, 2014 - 6 answers

My not-quite-crossfit class is changing its structure. Help me adjust

So right now, my rock gym has a private fitness class six days a week, modeled on crossfit but not officially affiliated. MWFS it's a fairly standard CF class with slightly different movements. T-Th, it's a more mobility-focused class based around MoveNat. In a month, the T-Th classes will be eliminated, and extra mobility will be added to the now 90 minute MWFS classes. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Apr 22, 2014 - 3 answers

Randomly getting a pump in one arm?

While working out tonight, I walked/ran for 15 minutes on the treadmill and started to warm up with light weights (one set of overhead barbell press). I then noticed that my left arm was engorged with blood - like a “pump” as if I had been working out intensely for a while, but my right was not. The medical advice line thought it wasn't cardiac, but I'd like to figure out what the cause might be. [more inside]
posted by Sexy Question Bot on Apr 9, 2014 - 15 answers

Looking for exercise legging suggestions

I feel self-conscious in tight legging pants but I think they are my best bet for comfort while working out and hiking. Can you help me find a pair I'll like? [more inside]
posted by imalaowai on Mar 31, 2014 - 18 answers

How'd you lose those last 10 lbs?! Tell me!

Were you ever not overweight or fat, but not fit either? Have you always had a belly, extra weight in your midsection? Did you have 10 lbs to lose? Did you lose it? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Mar 26, 2014 - 48 answers

Too cheap for the yoga life

Looking for recommendations for DIY yoga sessions. [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Mar 4, 2014 - 24 answers

Why am I not losing weight?

YANMD but should I see one? Seemingly unable to lose weight with diet and exercise. Details within. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Feb 2, 2014 - 40 answers

Best kickboxing DVDs?

I bought a Groupon for a month at a local kickboxing place and enjoyed it, but alas, joining apparently involves a year-long commitment at $120/month. In the interest of continuing to get into better shape while not racking up a massive bill, what DVDs would MeFis recommend? I can potentially do partner drills with my husband, or use the reflex bag we have as a target. Heavy bag work is probably out for space/structural reasons. (If it matters, I am in decent cardio shape but definitely don't have much in the way of upper body strength - I can maybe do 3-5 full pushups before I have to switch to my knees.)
posted by tautological on Jan 25, 2014 - 1 answer

How to hot yoga

I'm interested in trying a hot yoga class, but historically I've been one of those people that occasionally passes out from heat/humidity. Can (or should) I do this? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jan 20, 2014 - 27 answers

Help me work my triceps

I'm having a hard time finding a routine that works my triceps as much as I'd like, so I'm turning to the hivemind for some input. I've looked through other questions on the site, but as always, have some special snowflake needs. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl on Jan 16, 2014 - 18 answers

Do I NEED a personal trainer or is there an online resource?

Want to work out to facilitate a great deal of weight loss. Currently "holiday poor" and can't afford a personal trainer, but want to maximize my workout. Member of a gym. Is there a good web site that can help me plan workout routines and give me examples of workouts to do? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Dec 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Finding a gym partner in unique circumstances

I have a lot of trouble getting motivated to go to the gym and staying motivated once I'm there. I need a gym partner, but snowflake details are making it difficult. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Dec 6, 2013 - 9 answers

What's your favourite dance workout?

I love workout DVDs, but often HATE the music they have in them. I get especially annoyed when the instructor isn't even moving to the beat, so imagine my joy when I discovered Zumba a couple of weeks ago! I don't have a regular schedule, so can't really guarantee that I'll be able to attend classes, so I think I'll be exercising in my small living room. What other DVDs or styles of fun and intense dancey workout things should I try? Bonus points for something that burns off a lot in a short amount of time.
posted by joboe on Nov 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Apart from the William Tell Overture.

Classical music for workouts? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Nov 18, 2013 - 23 answers

Conundrum about working out preferences

What can I do at the gym that would mimic Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred? I like the idea of an intense, well-rounded program (abs, strength and cardio) that I can do every day, but I don't see myself bringing in my ipad to the gym and taking over a classroom. I tried this at home like you're supposed to but there aren't any suitable spaces in my apartment. I had a phase where I went to the gym and did the elliptical for awhile but I liked how this program was more well-rounded yet compact. Also I don't want to shell out for a trainer. Please advise..
posted by bleep on Nov 14, 2013 - 11 answers

Yet another workout app question

GymAppFilter: My trainer made me a sort of mix-and-match table of exercises so that I can work out on my own. Basically, I pick one exercise each from 2 or 3 columns, do them in a circuit 3 times. Then pick more exercises. There are about 5-6 exercises in each column. I have Cardio, Legs, Arms, Abs/Core, Chest, Shoulders. Cardio can go with anything. The Shoulder stuff also involves Legs and Chest also (lunges with presses, for example), so he recommended I not pair Legs with Shoulders and Chest. Everything else can go together. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Nov 1, 2013 - 3 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 Me Put Exercise In My Exercise So I Can Workout While I Workout

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 - 10 answers

Tall women of Metafilter: where do you buy your athletic T-shirts?

I'm looking for T-shirts or tank tops to wear while exercising. I'm 5'10" but wear regular length pants; my above-average height is all in my torso. I haven't found any tall-sized workout clothes. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Oct 17, 2013 - 24 answers

Please help me work up the nerve to start lap swimming again

I've done lap swimming very intermittently over the last 20 or so years. I think I'm an okay swimmer - I always did well enough when I was in practice - and I always liked the activity itself (made me feel a little more graceful than IRL). I can keep myself from drowning but I am way out of shape. I am motivated to start exercising and swimming is going to be the best option for my needs but I am really anxious about going. [more inside]
posted by Beti on Sep 24, 2013 - 25 answers

How can I feel clean and ungrimy after a workout?

Is there anything I can do to feel less disgusting post-gym? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Sep 15, 2013 - 18 answers

What are the best exercises for looking good naked?

What are the best exercises for looking good naked? [more inside]
posted by st starseed on Sep 1, 2013 - 17 answers

Workout apps for iPad

I have an iPad. I am looking for a good workout app to coach me through routines involving little or (better) no equipment. What do you recommend?
posted by nitsuj on Aug 14, 2013 - 8 answers

New workout

I have come to love and need regular, intense exercise and I'm looking for a new routine. Help? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Aug 12, 2013 - 17 answers

Sprint Strength? What's the searchable / proper name?

I have always had what I call 'sprint strength'... the ability to lift / perform extremely heavy tasks for a short duration. But that term seems (based on lack of relevant search results) to be my own interpretation and not common... what would you call it? Example: lift and carry 250 lbs a short distance a few times and done... no real stamina, just brute force (without injury)? I.e. Pick up 3 80lb bags of dry concrete with a growl and carry it to a nearby destination... Application: never done a lot of working out or weight training, but looking to play to my strengths in a future workout regimen. As always, thank you all for your input :)
posted by mrflibble on Aug 10, 2013 - 16 answers

Please recommend a good HIIT/Tabata DVD

I seem to do better with the structure of watching a DVD to do an interval workout than just trying to do it on my own. I'm looking for DVDs that focus on HIIT or Tabata intervals that I can follow along to. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Aug 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Youtube workout videos for a fitness beginner/couch lover?

I'm pretty darn overweight and do not exercise...at all. Recently, I found a series of workout videos on youtube that I actually enjoy doing and I'd like some help finding some more so I can keep going and not get bored and quit. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2013 - 11 answers

Why did this workout zap me so badly, and how can I fix this?

Today, I tried to get back into the swing of working out with the NYTimes seven minute workout. I made it until about Step 8 before I got light-headed and had to stop. I know I'm out of shape, but why did this workout zap me so badly, and what can I do to fix this? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Jun 11, 2013 - 27 answers

Need to get nice butt with butt squeezes?

To do so, how long every day i need to do them? I usually hold 10sec., should i hold more for faster results? Can i somehow get good bum in 2-3 weeks?
posted by Jasna88 on Jun 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Comfy Yoga/Workout Pants in the Right Texture for a Curvy Gal?

Hola folks! I am located in WNY area near the Canadian border (willing to drive into Ontario for shoppin'!) and am hoping someone can guide me in the right direction for the right kind of pants. I am looking for Semi-Fitted Lower-waisted (I am short waisted but have serious hips - I HATE those fold-down waist ones with a burning passion) Yoga pants to wear for Yoga & Workouts that also are *not* a matte/cotton type texture. I have light coloured animals in my home and also am self conscious about wearing light colours...hence for the sake of my sanity I like my yoga pants to be a "slick" texture and black or another dark colour. [more inside]
posted by snuffyrat on Jun 6, 2013 - 13 answers

A mysterious alien from a distant solar system wants to PUMP YOU UP

The only thing that gets me to the gym is watching science fiction movies on my iPhone. Can you recommend some more based on the criteria inside? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jun 5, 2013 - 23 answers

Definitely not crunch time

Annoyingly, crunches irritate a bulging disc in my back. Since I'm not keen on having surgery just so I can do this one thing (the disc doesn't otherwise bother me, as long as I keep my core strong), what alternatives to crunches can I try? If it matters: I do already do push-ups, planks and side planks.
posted by elizeh on May 22, 2013 - 13 answers

Best Fitness Apps

Recommend the apps, websites, technological gadgets for exercise that you can't live without. [more inside]
posted by annabellee on May 3, 2013 - 22 answers

Any downside to a combination cardio and strength workout?

Any downside to a combination cardio and strength workout? I have started doing combination cardio-strength workouts at my gym. A typical workout goes like this: 10-15 minutes on the treadmill, then I immediately do strength exercises, with no downtime between sets. For example, I’ll do a set of pull-ups, then straight to a set of chest fly on a machine, then a set of dips, then a set of ab crunches, then a set of shoulder presses on a machine, then back to the pull-ups, and the cycle repeats (though I often mix up the order depending on the availability of machines, and my mood). [more inside]
posted by Mechitar on Apr 25, 2013 - 7 answers

How to get curvy without getting dumpy?

I'm gaining weight for basically the first time. I'm happy about it- I've always wanted to be less of a stick- but I'm not happy about how the weight is sitting. Can I do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by windykites on Apr 4, 2013 - 30 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

Small, attainable fitness goals

I need some fitness goals beyond the vague "get in shape" and the too-common "run a marathon". Can you help me come up with small, concrete, achievable goals? [more inside]
posted by yawper on Mar 26, 2013 - 25 answers

Snowflakey workout music question #45356

"Abel" by The National, which is essentially "Born to Run" filtered through indie rock, is the perfect workout song for me, combining the key elements of (1) simple chord progression and song structure, (2) layered instrumentation, (3) lots of energy/intensity (including vocal energy/intensity). Recommendation engines' recommendations have been lacking in (1) and (3), so I'm turning to you guys: can you suggest songs with those elements?
posted by John Raskolnikov Gilson on Mar 24, 2013 - 15 answers

Is ice skating really that good an exercise for the beginner?

Everything I am reading about ice skating raves about what a wonderful workout it is and how you will develop a core-o'steel and burn no end of calories! How true is that, really, for the beginner? [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Mar 20, 2013 - 17 answers

The song that helps you make it those last few minutes on the treadmill?

Salt n' Pepa's Push It always does it for me, but it's getting old. What song gets your blood pumping every time?
posted by cherrybounce on Mar 16, 2013 - 60 answers

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