I’ve noticed that wearing workout clothing/gear that makes me feel good, tough, and strong, can actually give me a little extra mental confidence to make me better, tougher, and stronger in my workouts. What kinds of workout clothing and accessories make you feel badass? [more inside]
posted by raztaj
on Aug 27, 2014 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 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 -
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 -
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 -
Recommend the apps, websites, technological gadgets for exercise that you can't live without. [more inside]
posted by annabellee
on May 3, 2013 -
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 -
Is an under-desk pedal exerciser a worthwhile supplement to an existing weight-loss / exercise regimen? [more inside]
posted by Alabaster
on Dec 29, 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'm looking for a simple iPhone app: I want to start exercising for 30 mins./day most days of the week, but I may not always get in the 30 mins. at once. (Apparently, it doesn't matter
.) I want an app that tracks my daily minutes of exercise (e.g., 10 mins. here, 10 mins. there) and tells me how much more I have at that moment till I get to my 30-minute daily target. It'd also be nice if it told me my weekly minutes up to that point. I track my food in another app, so I don't need it to track calories.
posted by trillian
on Jul 21, 2012 -
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 -
Can you recommend a way to make my wrist not whine at chest presses? Are there any women's fitness gloves that stabilize and support the wrists, without a lot of padding? Or a different solution? [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla
on Mar 13, 2012 -
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 -
Under the instruction of a personal trainer I strained my rotator cuff. A couple family members said that one of the reasons of having a personal trainer is avoiding this kind of thing and that I should find a different one.
I'd never worked out or used equipment in a gym. The personal trainer was aware of that. He had me doing dips on a piece of equipment that kept my legs up and in front of me. I was definitely straining, he was pushing me to keep going and then my muscles gave out and I dropped. It didn't hurt right away, it was several hours later that the pain came so we continued the regimen. This was my third session, second working upper body.
Should I get a different personal trainer or is this just something that happens and can be brushed off?
posted by mrflibble
on Dec 16, 2011 -
What happened to my motivation and discipline with exercise that I had so proudly acquired and maintained for 5 months?!! [more inside]
posted by daydreamer
on Nov 22, 2011 -
I want to walk a half marathon. My city's marathon is next fall, so I have plenty of time to get ready. I found various training plans online that range from 12-16 weeks, but that's really not what my question is about. I'm wondering, since I have almost a year till then, what should I do be doing now? Does it matter? I'm in good health but haven't exercised consistently lately. Also, general walking-a-half advice is very welcome!
posted by trillian
on Nov 22, 2011 -
I just signed up for a 5K on Dec. 3. I'm certainly not ready to RUN 3.1 miles, so I'm going to walk it (and the event is called a run/walk, so it is a walker-friendly race, at least). What kind of training can I do before then to do my best that day, since there's barely any time left? I'm at a healthy weight and in OK shape but usually only exercise one or two times a week. I'd like my time to be under one hour, if possible. Tips? (Bonus question: are most 5Ks walker-friendly?)
posted by trillian
on Nov 9, 2011 -
How can I make my new Iron Gym pullup bar fit in a doorway frame when the molding/trim is too thick (that is, the fastener designed to hook onto the trim cannot reach the top of it)? Or is there another similar type bar that can work with large doorway molding without screws/permanent wall damage?
posted by madscientist01
on Oct 26, 2011 -
Does anyone use stickK
? Has it worked for you? Any tips for making it work for me? I really
need to start exercising regularly but I just can't get motivated to do it lately, so I thought stickK might help. I'm interested in hearing from people who have used it for anything, though.
posted by trillian
on Oct 9, 2011 -
What exactly is the Transformation Super Challenge? Chris Krueger has some interesting YouTube videos
that claim to have a diet/exercise program that can work for anyone. However, the only way to find out about the program is to shell out $55 via his web site. In searching for any reviews of the program, I noticed that every link seems to go to a web page that he runs/owns. I can't find one single review that is not sponsored by Chris Krueger. Has anyone used this program, or can at least give a thumbnail sketch as to what it entails?
posted by unceman
on Aug 11, 2011 -
How can I feel less fatigued (and depressed) after intense exercise? [more inside]
posted by zvs
on Jul 26, 2011 -
I'm looking for a low-maintenance treadmill I won't break within a few years that I can run, jog, and walk on at home at varying inclinations and speeds. Difficultyfilter: Must offer in-home delivery and professional assembly and be able to hold hardcover books up to ~800 pages in thickness, if such a thing exists. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob
on Jun 12, 2011 -
How should an ex-junkie start exercising and being active again after pretty much ruining his body's constitution with drugs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 26, 2011 -
I am starting a serious workout program and would love to read positive motivational quotes to keep me pumped for this new journey...any ideas where I could find online? [more inside]
posted by matthelm
on Jan 19, 2011 -