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  1. #51
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    Bleh, just 33 today. I'll come back stronger tomorrow, hopefully. Too tired now to outdo myself.

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    I found the perfect song to do this to. It pumped me up so I could do 37.
    Last edited by Gray; 14th Oct 2019 at 21:31.

  2. #52
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    Just 28 today, despite having awesome music. I blame a lack of sleep.

  3. #53
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    I took a day off. You have to heal some even if you don't feel sore. I was certain I could now do 40 but, instead of the usual quick 30 then the painful slowdown, I started to slow at 20. By shear force of will I got to 39 but could not force the last one. Not for anything. Some of it must be mental and some of it is getting the first 30 quick without slowing. The slower you go the harder. It's hard on my lower stomach area. I wonder if I had pooped first if I could have gotten the last one. I was so close. Maybe I should just be glad I didn't poop ON my last one. I was straining something awful. I think I will take tomorrow off too and try Thursday.

    I was hoping the regular exercise along with the walking would help you sleep better.

  4. #54
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    Yeah, you're right, you need some time to recover. I try to go to the gym 2-3 times a week, but I can't go two days in a row, my body needs to heal first, and it heals a lot slower now, so if I -do- manage three times in a week, that might wear me out and I probably can't go at all the following week. But push-ups is only a quick little thing, especially if you like me are still stuck at the 30s, so I don't mind too much doing that every day, until I feel it's too painful, in which case I'll give it a rest for a couple of days.

  5. #55
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    With practice you'll get better at it. The last time I started exercising massively with sit ups, push ups and star jumps, I had sit ups at 400. Same with the rest. Though this was in 50 step increments, rotating to the next and so on. Used to go to bed completely drenched in sweat (like I'd jumped in a swimming pool). Had to stop after I started getting really bad aching legs and arms. The aches turned out to be unrelated and due to head elevation when sleeping.

  6. #56
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    Registered: Feb 2002
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    I can't imagine 400 sit ups. Even back when I had a six pack I don't think I ever got over 75 at a go.

    Okay 40. And I even felt I could go a few more but I didn't want to push it. Maybe 45 next time. Fast is absolutely key for me. If I didn't do the first thirty fast then the last ten would be nigh impossible. If I ever do make 100 I'm posting it on facebook. If I do one a second then maybe it won't take over thirty minutes to load.

  7. #57
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    Going on exercise bike I don't mind, though again been lazy with that. When I do do it I'll go in it for an hour. Another big sweat resulting activity.

  8. #58
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    Bikes I can do. I wish that was the challenge, I'd have a fair chance of winning, growing up cycling in a hilly town. But I've slept pretty poorly this week, and I'm still struggling with the lower 30s. I'll let you know once I get past 40. It might be a while.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tocky View Post
    If I ever do make 100 I'm posting it on facebook.
    If you feel you're getting close to 100 and just might make it, rig a camera before you attempt it, just in case, then post it somewhere later.

    I'm pretty confident I won't have to figure out how to do this myself, so no tech support from me, I'm afraid.
    Last edited by Gray; 20th Oct 2019 at 00:22.

  9. #59
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    Honest question: is there any practical use for a six-pack?

    I'm very practical when it comes to exercise. Having strong legs makes sense, because it allows me to get from A to B. I can walk or take my bicycle. If there's enough snow, I can go by skis and even get some arm exercise, although not so much any more. Lived I on an island, it would make sense to regularly go rowing/canoing or skating. Even core exercises make sense (help with keeping a good posture, which helps avoiding back problems), even if their use is not as immediate. Abs, though: Are those purely decorative or do they serve an actual purpose? Like, could you open a bottle with your abs? That might prove useful some day.

  10. #60
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    Having a six-pack has more to do with the amount of fat you have than muscles, so yeah, unless you're an athlete or a body-builder who needs to keep a low amount of body fat, they are for vanity.

    However, if you're asking whether abs are useful, yes they are. They help with posture and they protect one of the most vulnerable parts of your body.

  11. #61
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    Registered: Aug 2004
    You can't really meaningfully distinguish between core strength and abdominal strength. The latter is an important part of the former.

    That being said, that "6-pack" appearance also needs low body fat, as Starker said. Lower than health considerations would recommend, as I understand it.

  12. #62
    Quote Originally Posted by SubJeff View Post
    So what are TTLG up to? I'm sure SD is pushing some monstrous weights by now, and Tony must be doing some secret service/marine training with risk of death daily. What about everyone else, how are you staying fit?

    Nope. As I've mentioned, the reason I'd say everything is classified is because overclassification is rampant and literally everything except PR talking points is classified.


    These days I'm in a high travel gig at one of the large consulting firms. It makes fitness relatively challenging because during the week you're stuck with crappy hotel gyms that rarely have enough equipment to do an actual workout. I've settled into a routine where my travel days are rest days, I do cardio during the week, and hit the local gym to do weights Fri-Sun.


    I'm still a long ways off from my peaking but it's rapidly coming back. One thing that's massively helped is seeing a chiropractor so I'm rediscovering enough flexibility to start throwing my old boxing combos smoothly again, and focusing more on core/back exercises is something I hadn't done enough previously so putting more emphasis there this time is having some significant benefits to other lifts.

    is there any practical use for a six-pack?
    So you can cosplay as Dante.

  13. #63
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starker View Post
    Having a six-pack has more to do with the amount of fat you have than muscles, so yeah, unless you're an athlete or a body-builder who needs to keep a low amount of body fat, they are for vanity.

    However, if you're asking whether abs are useful, yes they are. They help with posture and they protect one of the most vulnerable parts of your body.
    By "abs" I meant the clearly visible, highly defined kind (the so-called "washboard"). What I was also curious about was if a visible abdominal muscle is somehow better than a less visible -- practically speaking (not taking into account that less body-fat could be an advantage for athletes). I take it the answer to that is that it's not. I remember watching some video about bodybuilders versus powerlifters, who focus on different things, but both are considered strong (and by "body-builder" I mean the old type, like Arnold and the likes, and not so much today's body-builders, of which many seem to have taken it way too far).

  14. #64
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    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Different people will have a more visible six-pack with a different amount of body fat. It's good to have a strong core, which they are part of. It protects your back and groin from injury. You don't need to be cut to shreds to have one though.

    Anyway, I'm now planning on doing a bunch of cycling sportifs next year, to get ready for the 74km one. It's hard to find time, but I have to start training now if I expect to survive the plans for next year. Having the goal is hopefully going to motivate.

  15. #65
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    Registered: Aug 2002
    Location: Deep inside mediocrity
    I'm 47 and only slightly overweight. I've worked in the cycling industry since 1994 and currently I am living in Arizona. I've spent most of my years in Western Washington cycling, hiking, kayaking and rafting in the cold rain year round. Now I ride in the dry heat almost year round. I only miss about a month of outdoor cycling a year. The indoor time I spend on a trainer or just read on the couch. Last April I got back on riding road and mountain bikes almost daily and have lost twenty pounds. I also have changed my diet quite a bit and so my cholesterol has dropped 20 points. The only bad part is that I've had high blood pressure for many years without knowing it because I went a long time between doctor visits. The amount I was cycling in the past with high blood pressure contributed to my heart becoming enlarged so now I have to be super careful when I ride and I really shouldn't do any heavy lifting. Still I'm in fairly decent shape and feel pretty good most days. It also may have helped that I switched from drinking American whiskey to Scotch and Irish whiskey. I don't really have the time or the energy to really get back into the best shape possible but doing something almost everyday really makes a difference in the long run. I also stopped eating cheeseburgers and french fries except on rare occasions and that really helps.

  16. #66
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Sounds like you've done a great job tbh!

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