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8/29/10 6:08 A

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Go for a walk. The jog for 30 seconds and walk for 1 minutes. Try that for a while and jog for 1 minute, walk for 30 seconds....on and on and do that for 30-45 minutes. Just to get yourself started.

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8/28/10 9:51 P

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Have a treadmill and a tony gazelle thingy that I never use. I need to figure out how I'll exercise if I ever want to get healthy!

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8/27/10 2:04 A

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Maybe when I get to 225 or so I'll consider it! As I said, my main concern is my knees, and my non padded floors at home. I know plyometrics is great for the cardio, but I'm not sure about my joints. At least not yet. Give me a year or so, and then........

I'd actually LOVE to try it sometime!

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8/26/10 10:00 P

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I have been through the X 3 times, I do it every winter, and it is awesome, stick withit, do not give up and make it a priority, maybe you can not do it all the first couple of weeks, so what, get better at what you can do and keep working on what you have trouble with. I will start another round in november, and will bring to each work out


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8/26/10 11:39 A

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I like the idea of the p90x series. I did 4 weeks of it back in the spring of 2009. I think you have to be in the right mentality. You have to already be pretty darn physical so as to not run a higher risk of injury, in my opinion. I see it as something I will do once I get back to my goal weight, because at that point I will be very physical and be looking for the Spike that p90x provides. The ab ripper X alone, however, is something I can, and will incorporate into my routine now.

I'm a big believer in Body for Life's workout schedule. I started BDF workouts and nutrition (protein powder only) back in 1998 when I lived in Japan. I got down, over two years, to 210 lbs from about 265. In 2007 (almost a decade later!!!) I went from 240 to 190 in just over 3 months by using Sparkpeople's food & exercise logging (still using BFL workout schedule). It's the portion control that I learned from Sparkpeople.

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8/26/10 11:16 A

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Hey,

Just wondering how you like the P90x series? I have his 10-minute trainer, which I actually found to be pretty tough. Thought about getting the P90x, but not until I'm down to 225 or so. I can just see what the plyometrics would do to my knees if I tried it now!! Just curious what your experiences with it have been! Is it really better than programs such as Body For Life, or other programs that you can find out there for less?

Tom

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8/26/10 11:10 A

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Hey, Guys,

First thanks for the replies! You are hard core :-). I'm headed that direction, just starting REALLY slow. Right now I'm doing only 2 days a week of resistance training, using resistance bands, and starting with really light resistance, only 1 set of 15 for now, and I'll be gradually increasing the resistance and sets over time. I'm using the "toning" chapters of a book called "Fitness Weight Training" as a guide. And being REALLY careful with the knees, of course!!!

Again, thanks for the replies!!

Peace,
Tom

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8/26/10 10:38 A

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Hey, Mzungu-Tembo here...kind of an old-timer, but been away for a while.

I have a nice homemeade setup in my garage which, with my initial SparkPeople exercise success in 2007, proved that a little is enough to succeed.

I have an incline-flat-decline bench, dumbbell posts, one straight bar, and various weight plates. I mainly use the 12-10-8-6-12-12 structure of Body for Life for my workouts. Mostly with dumbbells. The only exercises I use the straight bar for are BB deadlifts, BB rows, and rarely BB curls.

Of course I have a TV in to corner with p90x DVDs, a nice chin-up bar I built that hangs from the ceiling. My wife's elliptical machine (which she wants to sell and that I never use).

I work out with weights 3x a week and run 3-4 times a week. My neighborhood loops is a perfect 3.2 miles, so just a tad over a 5k run. I also have a running track at work, which like today I will use during lunch.

Now the goal is to do what I did in 2007 and stay that way.

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8/26/10 8:51 A

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Free weights, Bench (incline/decline/leg attachment),2 bars, dumbells, and a heavy bag.

I strength train 3 days a week, heavy bag at least 2 (I hate traditional cardio, so the heavy bag is an awesome replacement).

I train alone (sometimes my 6 yr old wants to work out with me). The trick is to do higher reps with lower weights, then increase the weight slowly. When you do, drop the reps a little and work back up. If I'm doing 12-15 reps for 3 sets (good form) I know it's time to raise the weight, but then I'll drop down to 8-10 reps. When I'm back up to 12-15...

The advantages are tremendous. 1. Weights will get your heartrate up, which is what you want. 2. Weight training continues to burn calories long after you stop. That's just not true with traditional cardio. 3. Building up the muscle in the back, knees, and shoulders can help protect those areas as you become more active (if you went to physical therapy for your knees you'd be doing a lot of the same stuff). 4. In a year, you will look freaking awesome instead of looking like some skinny geek!

You can do this!!

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8/26/10 7:05 A

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I have free weights with bench, Nordictrak ski (love it) rower, Pull up tower (still not skilled on that at all) Doing better using them again. It takes time to get into the routine. I mostly use dumb bells when working alone for safety

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DADDYBYDAY's Photo DADDYBYDAY Posts: 319
8/26/10 2:22 A

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Just checking in for day 3. I'm still hanging out, working my plan, and feeling pretty good about things. Of course I'm fully aware that I'm in the "diet-honeymoon" phase, and that it will get harder. Still, I'll enjoy this while it lasts! I posted some details about the day in my blog, feel free to take a gander, and comment if you'd like!

Now, a fun question for the day:

What types of fitness equipment do you have, and to what extent do you use it? I know I have some stuff that I use, and some stuff that is basically an expensive hatrack. I'll share some of mine, I'd love to hear your stories.

1) I have a bowflex sitting out in my garage. Bought it about 4 years ago, acutally like the feel of using it, but we don't have anyplace to set it up in the house (it just takes up too much space), and I live in the dessert where it is either really hot or really cold. So, if I ever need to hang up coats in my garage....

2) Bench, about 250 in plates, dumbells, curling bar, and bar. Also in garage, see notes above. And frankly, I just don't feel safe doing free weights by myself, especially with the young kids around. It's sitting right next to the Bowflex....

3) Sole Elliptical. This one is in the house, right in the downstairs "music/exercise/play/utility" room. We seem to spend a great deal of time keeping my kidlets OFF of the elliptical. I really like elliptical runners, great weight-bearing exercise that is easy on the joints. Used it quite a bit when I got it, now the Wii has pretty much taken over. I use it about once every 1-2 weeks now.

4) Wii. I know, it's just a video game console, but I LOVE the Wii fit plus package witht he balance board. The Workouts and exercises are only OK, and I don't like how the little mini-routines are put together (except for the "warm up" and the "rest" routine, which I use as a cool down), but the games are just a lot of fun!! And in the wings I have "EA Sports Active," which I set aside as the workout routines are great, but feature a lot of leg work, and I'm trying to be careful about my knees.

5) Bodylastics Resistance Band set. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!! I got the top of the line set, cost about a tenth of the cost of the Bowflex, and the resistance is awesome. This is my main form of resistance for strength exercises now. And the entire "home gym" fits in to a teeny-tiny bag if I need to go someplace. Use this a lot.

That's about it in the house now, as I've donated the bottom of the line Total Gym and the Power Rider to trift stores long ago.

You know, I've really done my share to keep the exercise and fitness industry in the country lucrative, haven't I???

The main thing that I've learned is that just about all these things work well if you use them, and don't work at all if you don't!! The one promise that I made to myself while contemplating getting back into watching my fitness is that I'm not buying anything this time! I'm going to use the stuff I have (well, maybe I'll buy a DVD if I netflix it first, and it seems to work).

Well, there's my Fitness Equipment horror story!! Let's hear yours!!!

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