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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

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

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

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

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

Better fitness mags for women?

Really over Fitness and its monthly workouts. What should I subscribe to instead? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Jan 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Simple home workout routine?

I'm adding dumbells to my elliptical and I'm looking for a reasonable home workout routine that I can use as a guideline. [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon on Jan 8, 2013 - 14 answers

Help me get the body I want in 8 weeks

MeFi fitness gurus, point me to the best 8 week fitness plan [more inside]
posted by Megami on Sep 17, 2012 - 11 answers

Time vs Effort at the gym

Exercise n00b here. For strength training, is it better to A) work the muscle to exhaustion, or B) work the muscle for a long time? (I have asked my physical therapists and received conflicting answers, hence this question.) [more inside]
posted by ook on Sep 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Tracking exercise minutes

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 - 4 answers

My wrist is derailing my chest presses.

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 - 14 answers

What's your Bollywood Power Song?

I need some Bollywood music for my 10k run (runtime: 60 minutes). [more inside]
posted by vidur on Feb 19, 2012 - 12 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

Cool Workout Names?

Cool Workout Names? [more inside]
posted by redandblue on Jan 13, 2012 - 18 answers

Injured while working out with a personal trainer - Opinions?

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 - 15 answers

Walking a half marathon

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 - 13 answers

Walking a 5K

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 - 17 answers

stickK - did it work for you?

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 - 9 answers

Teach me how to swim at the gym

What can I wear (other than a traditional bathing suit) while swimming at the gym? And how to start a very gentle swimming regimen while dealing with major back problems? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 22, 2011 - 26 answers

Out with the old, in with the (hopefully new) treadmill!

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 - 8 answers

If I was in World War II, they'd call me Spitfire...

Hard-driving techno/electronica/beats&breaks workout music at 124 - 128 beats per minute? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Apr 13, 2011 - 9 answers

Exercise clothes for men - what to wear to the gym?

Exercise clothes for men: Please help a complete newbie feel comfortable working out in a gym and on the trails. What should guys wear to work out? [more inside]
posted by trystero on Jan 8, 2011 - 18 answers

You'd think that stretching 4 times a day would do it!

I stretch 3-4 times a day (for about 10 minutes each time), and get 1-2 massages a week, but my muscles are still SO tight, and my flexibility isn't increasing! What can I do? [more inside]
posted by hasna on Jan 4, 2011 - 17 answers

Working Out with Buffy!

How do I get in shape Slayer-style? [more inside]
posted by platinum on Dec 25, 2010 - 13 answers

5x week running programs?

Couch to 5k - 5 times a week? [more inside]
posted by felspar on Nov 13, 2010 - 16 answers

"Vomitin' when runnin' means yer winnin'!!"

Better late than never? I just finished my bi-annual Personal Fitness Assessment for the military and really need a "game plan" for getting a better passing score next spring. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Oct 21, 2010 - 17 answers

Help me get my wreck of a body into some kind of shape, please

I just started working out at my university's gym, but I have some difficulties and some questions... [more inside]
posted by patheral on Oct 13, 2010 - 31 answers

Running hacks, anyone?

Running hacks? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on May 26, 2010 - 28 answers

Can you help me identify movies about exercise?

Can you help me identify movies about exercise? About working out, exercise trends, aerobics, jazzercise, etc. Sort of in the vein of this SNL skit. To clarify, I am NOT looking for instructional videos [unless they are really funny or bizarre], documentaries are okay, but mostly I would like suggestions of movies...about exercising.
posted by rokabiri on Jan 26, 2010 - 22 answers

Muscles without reinventing myself

What's the simplest way to build muscle without becoming an exercise person? Please read my whiny, pigheaded conditions inside. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Dec 2, 2009 - 65 answers

Help me be a stronger person

I work out at home. I'd like to add some free weights to my workout routine, but I don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by misha on May 20, 2009 - 20 answers

The first session was free, but are the next ones worth it?

FitnessFilter: how should I evaluate options for a personal trainer at a local gym? Lots more discussion inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 18, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me build an exercise routine.

General advice in the area of finding my exercise/fitness niche? Good, structured DVDs or programs to try? [more inside]
posted by so_gracefully on May 8, 2009 - 12 answers

A clean pair of clothes...really?

Is gym-provided workout clothing safe to wear? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Dec 29, 2008 - 10 answers

I need to pick a hairstyle and run with it.

If keeping sweat and hair out of my face while running is my only consideration, would it be better to cut my hair short, or to let it grow out and wear it in a ponytail? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Jul 9, 2008 - 28 answers

Bikemata workout work-around

Does anyone know any good upper-body exercises that don't require the use of my hands? [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Jun 6, 2008 - 21 answers

Building stamina

Slow stamina increase while exercising. When will it get better? [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Mar 20, 2006 - 20 answers

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