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My MR Forum Fit Club results so far
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: February 10, 2020 01:27PM
Got inspired by the MR Forum Club, although I felt the monthly dues were way too high.

My main goals were larger arms and stronger knees. Also just getting off my ass.

I'm 64, and trying to hang on to the original knee components. My right has really been giving me dull pain for the last 6 months, and I wanted to see if I could avoid surgery.

I know, most PT people shy away from these types of knee isolation machines shown in the attached pics. But with careful (ie low) load and range, my experts said this can be useful. And so far, the dull pain has lowered significantly.

I had a breakthrough realization with arms about 2 months ago, one of those duh moments, where I realized that because of the small size of both biceps and triceps, they exhaust very quickly, so I never really was able to exhaust them and find the burn. I then watched this guy (which big arms) work on his arms using the "drop set" approach: do one set at my max for 10-15 reps, then once exhausted, drop the weight to whatever allows you to do another 10 reps, and keep going down in load for 5 or 6 sets of 10. Wow, a difference. I stopped paying attention to the weight, and just went after that 10-15 per set and whatever weight I could lift, dropping it each time. Huge difference for me. These are the biggest arms I've ever had, even compared to my 20s.

My other tip is: find a accountability partner, someone who chides you into showing up. For me, that's turned out to be my wife. I wouldn't have hit the gym 50% of the time I have in the past 3 months without her "we're going to the gym today!" shout from the other side of the house, and most days I yell some swear word under my breath or "I'm too damn busy!" but when it's time, I quickly change and we're off to the gym.

Also, we're in and out in 30 minutes. We hit it hard, no joking around, no chatting, and get in there and mean business. We average four times a week.

Last tip is probably the most important: I can't work out without motivational music. Took me awhile to find my groove, but found that the progressive house stuff works really well for me. I created a back-to-back 8 song workout that I uploaded to Music, got a knock-off bluetooth headphones. Music is extremely personal, and what works for one person won't work for another. But after finding this musician called Richard Bass, I knew I'd found my inspiration. His stuff totally puts me into that focused zone.

I've found I completely suck at losing weight, but have decided to not worry about the weight and just think fitness. Eating mainly plant-based foods, but like to break all the rules a few times a month.

(Seriously: we found LA Fitness deal that costs us $52/month, for both of us. That's $26 each, which was a steal in our eyes. No towel service, but clean showers and sauna).






Mac Pro 2013 3.7GHz Quad-Core, 32G RAM Catalina 10.15.x Dual 25" Acer 1440p LCDs11" i5 MacBook Air



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 02/10/2020 01:31PM by tuqqer.
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Re: My MR Forum Fit Club results so far
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: February 10, 2020 02:16PM
That's great. You're motivating me to get back at it. I've been up and down for a year or more. I've got the time now but not the motivation.

On the arms thing,do you start your first set with the highest weight and work down?



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Re: My MR Forum Fit Club results so far
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: February 10, 2020 02:26PM
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mrbigstuff
On the arms thing,do you start your first set with the highest weight and work down?

Yes. I figure out what load I can handle for a set of 10 or 15, and still stay in good form. I rest say 15 seconds, drop the load to whatever I can handle for the next set of 10-15, and so on, through about 4 or 5 sets. That last set's weight is almost nothing, like 2 bars/10 pounds or so, but that's where I really start to feel the burn and change.

Also, another thing I learned watching others: it's okay to do partial range sets, meaning say curling up just a few inches on the curl machine, which ends up just firing the lower elbow attachment area. That's often how I finish a lot of muscle group sets. Not going through the whole range but more of a isometric thing.



Mac Pro 2013 3.7GHz Quad-Core, 32G RAM Catalina 10.15.x Dual 25" Acer 1440p LCDs11" i5 MacBook Air
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Re: My MR Forum Fit Club results so far
Posted by: Don C
Date: February 10, 2020 02:53PM
When my physical trainer starts a new routine every couple of months we do a set of 15 reps, then 12, then 10 at the same weight. As I get used to that weight, we up the reps shooting for 15, 15, 15 and if she is feeling really mean <g> we'll start a fourth rep and see how far I can go.

What counts the most, of course, is getting a routine that you will DO. Good that you found yours and that it is getting results.

I opted to stay with a trainer. She sets me up with things that I would not think to do, but more than that, sets a goal that is harder work than I would do on my own. "Well, that's good enough" is way too easy!
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Re: My MR Forum Fit Club results so far
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: February 10, 2020 04:53PM



This post was a great bit of good news on an otherwise not so great day. I wish you much continued success.



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Re: My MR Forum Fit Club results so far
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: February 10, 2020 05:00PM
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pRICE cUBE
Will Ferrell.

I've been told my workouts look similar to Will Ferrell here. A lot of karate moves between sets.



Mac Pro 2013 3.7GHz Quad-Core, 32G RAM Catalina 10.15.x Dual 25" Acer 1440p LCDs11" i5 MacBook Air
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Re: My MR Forum Fit Club results so far
Posted by: pdq
Date: February 10, 2020 06:31PM
I just saw this: If you can do 40 push-ups at one go, at an (average) age of 39, you'll have less heart disease later on than someone who can do less than 10.

Really? Gosh!

I am shocked, shocked!
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Re: My MR Forum Fit Club results so far
Posted by: The UnDoug
Date: February 10, 2020 06:37PM
You look like a Japanese porn star! (For those who don't know---good for you....but they pixelate the naughty bits, and that was sort of what his tuqqer's pic made me think of. Not that I've ever watched Japanese porn, mind you.



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Re: My MR Forum Fit Club results so far
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: February 10, 2020 07:04PM
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The UnDoug
You look like a Japanese porn star!

As luck would have it, that's how I've made much of my money in my 64 years. And the reason I need to keep in some semblance of shape.



Mac Pro 2013 3.7GHz Quad-Core, 32G RAM Catalina 10.15.x Dual 25" Acer 1440p LCDs11" i5 MacBook Air
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Re: My MR Forum Fit Club results so far
Posted by: Speedy
Date: February 11, 2020 05:50PM
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tuqqer
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The UnDoug
You look like a Japanese porn star!

As luck would have it, that's how I've made much of my money in my 64 years. And the reason I need to keep in some semblance of shape.

I’m impressed because most porn producers want younger actors. Good for you!



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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