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Why weightlifting still works for me 3 years later
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: January 27, 2017 01:49PM
I thought I would share my workout experiences with you all here just in case someone could use this information. This works for me, it may not work for you. I have my reasons listed below. Whatever activity you chose, have fun.


What works for me:

I began weightlifting a little of 3 years ago. It started out as working some dumbbells while I was on a stationary bike. After about 2 months of that, I studied proper technique and used dumbbells and a universal weight lifting machine at a gym. This gave rise to the MR Forum Fit Club posts. In 3 years of lifting, I have gone from feeling very out of shape (well, round shape) to manageable amount of body fat percentage. I also improved my diet by cutting down on sugar and reading labels. My vitals have improved and I feel better overall.

I analyzed why weightlifting works for me and not other exercises and I came to a few conclusions.
-I can exercise on my own schedule and pace.
-No need to get a team together to have a quorum necessary to play. No one is relying on me to show up.
-I can lift until I am tired, rest, and lift again.
-I dislike the variable of weather. Gyms are typically climate controlled with no rain to deal with.
-I can get work in while you are on the road with resistance bands. Adjustable dumbbells don't take up a lot of room.
-Gym membership at recreation centers tend to be reasonable and low hassle.
-Adjustable weight are regularly sold on online classifieds if you don't want to pay for a gym
-You can watch a show while you do some work.
-Body weight exercises can be done almost anywhere
-Added muscle mass increases metabolism.
-2 workouts a week is enough for steady results.
-Some days I have a 90 minute workout in me, some days I only have 45 minutes.


What doesn't work for me:

Jogging and walking: I get winded too easily and dislike changing weather conditions. I don't like the sensation of my brain bouncing around.

Crossfit: Many similar elements to weightlifting but it tends to be done with a speed and timing component. I know that I would get too competitive and get myself hurt by lacking a sense of control. I also do not have the endurance to do that much work in a short amount of time. Crossfit can get pricey depending on a the gym.

Organized and team sports: My exercise pattern and availability is fluid so being tied to a schedule and having people rely on me doesn't work. Price can be a factor. Season length may not result in year round availability.

Aerobics, high intensity exercise, Zumba, Jazzercise: Programs such as P90X and aerobics don't work for me since I can never get to the end. Heck, I can't even get to the 10 minute marl of the warm up for the Insanity workout. I have entertained the thought of trying to finish one workout but darnit, I am too lazy. Zumba type workouts are not for me, I have never liked exercises in mass and in unison.

Elliptical: Same as prior reasons, endurance and lack of interest, even if I watch a show on the ipad.

Biking: Same as jogging, I get winded and I dislike dealing with the elements. Maybe if I lived in San Diego then I would change my tune. I also have the fear of getting hit by a car as I have covered many bike/motorcycle crash scenes in my news work. I have had some close calls. In the era of smartphones, I just don't feel safe enough.



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Re: Why weightlifting still works for me 3 years later
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: January 27, 2017 01:57PM
.....worth....the weight.....



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Re: Why weightlifting still works for me 3 years later
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 27, 2017 03:28PM
what kind of routine do you follow?

I should do more weight lifting

(and you should probably do more cardio winking smiley )



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Re: Why weightlifting still works for me 3 years later
Posted by: Don C
Date: January 27, 2017 04:04PM
On the same theme, I have had very good results working with a trainer.

He certainly pushes me much farther than I would go on my own while not pushing me beyond what I can do. We cut back the weights or reps if a new routine is too much.

Cardio is on my own before we start then we cover a lot of different areas, legs, back, arms, balance. Typically a set runs about six weeks. As I get better with each routine, we'll go from two to three repetitions or add weight (or both). Over the course of a year, We'll address muscles that I would never touch on my own.

I do about an hour with him once a week, then try to repeat the routine on my own one other day during the week. I am much stronger than when I started. Weight is down, but that has more to do with eating habits than exercise.

Silver Sneakers pays for the gym time; I pay for the trainer time and it is well worth every penny. My wife was skeptical at first but agrees that the cost is worthwhile. Josh moved from a gym half a mile away to a gym several miles away and we followed him because of the value we place on his services.
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Re: Why weightlifting still works for me 3 years later
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: January 27, 2017 04:04PM
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I don't like the sensation of my brain bouncing around.

I don't have that problem—I'm, um…how you say…"light headed"…
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Re: Why weightlifting still works for me 3 years later
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: January 27, 2017 04:06PM
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mattkime
what kind of routine do you follow?

I should do more weight lifting

(and you should probably do more cardio winking smiley )


Some people who really get into it will work muscle groups in a rotation. They will work the Back, arms, legs, shoulders on separate days. I just don't have time to hit the gym 4 days out of the week. What I basically do is Tuesday and Saturday where I do shoulder and back exercises, then do arms and legs on the other day. They key is to do a variety so you don't become unbalanced.

Here are some basic illustrated exercises fro dumbbells [www.workout-routine.com]

For a bit more advanced, I really like this guy at Athlean X. He gives very practical and medically informed advice. He is the opposite of what you find on Youtube which is full of "Bro Science" bad info.



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Re: Why weightlifting still works for me 3 years later
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: January 27, 2017 05:06PM
I tried lifting weights, but they're so heavy!

<rim shot>

Thanks folks, and please tip your waitress!

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Re: Why weightlifting still works for me 3 years later
Posted by: clyde
Date: January 27, 2017 05:39PM
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Rick-o
I tried lifting weights, but they're so heavy!

<rim shot>

Thanks folks, and please tip your waitress!

{Woulda used this joke for the Friday Funnies, but...)

Nice going, Rick. Let's hear a Buddy Rich rim shot in a ceramic tile shower for your contribution!
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Re: Why weightlifting still works for me 3 years later
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: January 27, 2017 09:15PM
Great to hear. I wish I could mountain bike more, but weather and time are my constraints.

The Mrs competes in her first weight lifting meet tomorrow.




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Re: Why weightlifting still works for me 3 years later
Posted by: billb
Date: January 27, 2017 09:21PM
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I tried lifting weights, but they're so heavy!

<rim shot>

Thanks folks, and please tip your waitress!

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Re: Why weightlifting still works for me 3 years later
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 27, 2017 10:22PM
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Jogging and walking: I get winded too easily and dislike changing weather conditions. I don't like the sensation of my brain bouncing around.

Well thats gonna be a bummer when the zombies come.





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Re: Why weightlifting still works for me 3 years later
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: January 28, 2017 11:27AM
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Jogging and walking: I get winded too easily and dislike changing weather conditions. I don't like the sensation of my brain bouncing around.

Well thats gonna be a bummer when the zombies come.

It just need the run faster than the slowest person in my group.



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Re: Why weightlifting still works for me 3 years later
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Date: January 28, 2017 02:29PM
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Re: Why weightlifting still works for me 3 years later
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: January 28, 2017 03:51PM
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OK, here is the late Larry Scott. One of bodybuilding's greats and a near and dear friend to me. The Scott Curls, originally known as the preacher curl, was named for him due to his constant use of it. I still do that lift in his honor.





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Re: Why weightlifting still works for me 3 years later
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 29, 2017 01:34PM
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Jogging and walking: I get winded too easily and dislike changing weather conditions. I don't like the sensation of my brain bouncing around.

Well thats gonna be a bummer when the zombies come.

It just need the run faster than the slowest person in my group.

Sounds like you might be that person... =)





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Re: Why weightlifting still works for me 3 years later
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: January 29, 2017 04:35PM
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Jogging and walking: I get winded too easily and dislike changing weather conditions. I don't like the sensation of my brain bouncing around.

Well thats gonna be a bummer when the zombies come.

It just need the run faster than the slowest person in my group.

Sounds like you might be that person... =)

We'll see. WIll you be in my group?



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