"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?
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]
Salt n' Pepa's Push It always does it for me, but it's getting old. What song gets your blood pumping every time?
What do women wear under workout shorts? [more inside]
About five years ago, I had an incredible, full-service gym that provided for every need I had. Now I'm in the NYC area - where can I find a gym that offers all the services I need? (Or at least, most of them.) [more inside]
I've been working out for about two months with a personal trainer. She started off having me do full body workouts that I quite enjoyed - they were sort of boot camp style, in that it was a combination of strength and cardio (ie. lots of burpees and mountain climbers and planks, mixed in with compound strength bearing exercises.) Much to my surprise i have gotten much fitter than I've ever been before, pretty quickly. Now my trainer is transitioning me to workouts that alternate upper body and lower body each day, with more of a focus on strength vs cardio. Is this better? [more inside]
Help me get over my gym anxiety and stay motivated to exercise. [more inside]
Before the holidays I started a new strength training regimen and I've been really consistent so far. I really, really want to keep it up during an upcoming trip to NYC in February. I haven't had much luck searching for gyms with single-visit fees or similar. Can anyone offer advice / help? [more inside]
I do not like working out for the sake of working out. But I do love working hard and vigorously if it means I am being productive and getting something done. Can you help me come up with ideas of working hard and having a tangible result at the end? [more inside]
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]
What are the best sites for streaming fitness videos? [more inside]
Free online workout videos? [more inside]
Is an under-desk pedal exerciser a worthwhile supplement to an existing weight-loss / exercise regimen? [more inside]
Why, all of a sudden, does a small glass of wine make me feel drunk? [more inside]
iPhone workout logging question I'm looking for a fairly precise logging app for workouts – particularly weight training for the iPhone. Let me log with minimal taps and enter my own workouts. [more inside]
Tips for urban cycling as aerobic/cardio workout? [more inside]
My husband has recently started using the weight machines at the Y. He wants to build strength and muscle mass as quickly as possible, while hopefully also losing some fat. What is the best strategy if we assume that for the time being, he is not going to switch to free weights? [more inside]
MeFi fitness gurus, point me to the best 8 week fitness plan [more inside]
Tips on focusing during workouts, and how to push myself through the hard parts? [more inside]
Is there a swim shirt that will help keep me warm in the pool? [more inside]
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]
I need a virtual personal trainer. Know of any sites that will send me a daily exercise routine? [more inside]
I'm looking for workout ideas for an hourglass shape, so I can stay curvy but be more fit and toned. I don't go to the gym because I don't want to look like I go to the gym - I'd rather have a Beyonce or 1960s bikini kind of shape. [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.
Crossfitters: I'm pretty new to the world of Crossfit, and I've ripped the calluses on my palms. What sorts of treatments and supplies can I use to keep working out despite my tender mitts? [more inside]
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.
What headphones should I buy for running and the gym? Wish list: Sounds better, and doesn't fall out as easily as the Apple earbuds; lets more ambient sound through than those in-ear headphones with silicone tips; includes an inline microphone and controls that actually work with an Android phone. [more inside]
Need a suggestion on a protein supplement that tastes good, has the right ingredients, and doesn't cost more than a new car. Complication: I need it to be in packets. [more inside]
I'm a skinny girl, and I'm sad about my cellulite. What can I do? [more inside]
Workout to achieve "Abercrombie and Fitch" bodyshape? [more inside]
Help a middle aged guy develop his upper body. [more inside]
As a former smoker I find that a good, vigorous workout makes me absolutely crave a cigarette. What is that?! [more inside]
What's a simple workout that can help me get into the habit of regular gym visits? [more inside]
So I'm getting old and finally joined a gym. Now I need suggestions for some workouts and maybe an android ap for tracking said workouts. [more inside]
Workout plans to compliment Insanity workout? [more inside]
Recommend some quick exercises that I won't get bored of and can do at home. [more inside]
What lifts should I do to increase the width (from front and rear) or general diameter of my biceps/arms?
What lifts should I do to increase the width (from front and rear) or general diameter of my biceps/arms? [more inside]
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]
Anyone else have a history of numb feet while working out (mainly elliptical or stationary bike--not running or walking) and figure out what it was? [more inside]
Looking for gym advice when it comes to lower reps/heavier weight vs high reps/lighter weight. [more inside]
WorkoutFilter: More Bruce Lee, less Schwarzenegger. More Pacquiao, less Tyson. How can I get strong without getting big? [more inside]
I need some Bollywood music for my 10k run (runtime: 60 minutes). [more inside]
My familiarity with exercise footwear is limited to my running shoes. What should I be looking for in a gym shoe? [more inside]
Cool Workout Names? [more inside]
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?
Truths about working out and nutrition? [more inside]
Can you recommend a good zumba-like work out video? I'm looking for something is fun, challenging and will help get me heart rate up, but is suitable for uncoordinated people. [more inside]
What happened to my motivation and discipline with exercise that I had so proudly acquired and maintained for 5 months?!! [more inside]
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!