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ST for middle aged man in not great shape

Monday, February 17, 2014

DH has finally recognized that maybe a bit more exercise and ST might actually help lower his blood pressure, which is occasionally worrisomely high. his current main exercise is walking to and from work 5 days a week (a little over a mile each way). so he wants me, as the great expert :-(, to recommend something. i personally have no idea about what is appropriate for guys, or what they might find annoying. i use coach nicole videos, especially, the different bootcamp series, and also when i'm ambitious, jillian michaels 30 day shred, which i think is directed at women, but not to say it wouldn't work for men. but i'd like recommendations from guys who have not always been bodybuilders (which hes not interested in) and in good shape. maybe some particular exercises, with or without video, for starting out for a couple of weeks, and then maybe a video or 2 by some guy who is good … but this is for health and (hopefully kind of fun), not getting super strong etc.
ok maybe i should add that he's overweight but not obese, a hs math teacher who spends a lot of time at his computer, runs a lot of errands on foot, discovered at the end of C25K that it hurt his knees. we live in a city and walk a lot. no car.
and stuff we could do as a family (18-year-old DD as well) would also be appreciated.

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SEABREEZE65 2/17/2014 10:28AM

    My husband has a weekly routine that is not the same everyday. He does continue to go to the gym and use weight (resistance) machines two times a week and feels much stronger since he added this.

He does not use any videos.

He does yoga a few days a week. He does his sciatica exercises a few days a week. He does some weights at home and some sit ups and push ups.

He also does cardio, but that is not ST.

Here is a link to a full body iron strength workout that is designed by a guy and is a very good workout.


There is no link button here.... so it must be copied and pasted. I've tried it a couple of times and want to fit the entire workout into my schedule.

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MBTEPP 2/17/2014 9:44AM

    My DH was motivated by my results too, but HIIT with Jillian Michaels was not his first choice;)

We are fortunate to have a home gym that we have accumulated over the years. He started out with a trainer and learned how to properly use equipment. He started using the treadmill every morning, and went from walking to jogging. Your DH may find that his knees won't bother him, as he loses weight.

Now DH is back to the training and learning about interval training, after losing 60 lbs and wanting to lose more. He is running is first 5K this weekend, and quite excited about it.

Good luck, whatever he chooses. It is nice having similar lifestyles and eating habits. We hike together when we can now. We have become connoisseurs of fish and how it is served. We continue to motivate each other.


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WILEE323 2/17/2014 9:12AM

    Does he have access to weights or need a body weight workout? A twice a week, full body ST that I do (and I lift like a guy!) is chest press/one arm row, alternating biceps curls/triceps extension, military press/rear delt lift/anterior-lateral lift. Each is a superset with no rest. I throw a leg exercise in with each superset also i.e. squats, lunges, deadlift, calf raise.

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SHOOPETTE 2/17/2014 8:27AM

    don't know if you are wii fit fans or knect but these offer games you all can do.

family runs could be fun too though I figure they are way behing your level!

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NATPLUMMER 2/17/2014 8:07AM

    Maybe try the beach body program power 90. It's the predecessor to P90x and is less hardcore...about 30 minutes. Led by Tony Horton. Can use weights or bands.

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GHOSTFLAMES 2/17/2014 5:43AM

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