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1 minute ago, Tywin et al. said:

Did you watch with audio? The sticks have three different colors and the trainer calls out which color to grab after he throws them. Extra wrinkle that makes it super hard.

Oh, ok, fair enough. I still think the first one is significantly more impressive.

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1 hour ago, ljkeane said:

Oh, ok, fair enough. I still think the first one is significantly more impressive.

I kind of stuck between the former looking more impressive while the latter might actually be harder. I think that if I really wanted to I could train to do the first one, but I have little faith in myself that I could ever execute the second one, and that guy is training for a position in a sport I used to play and was really good at (at least through the HS level).

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Lost 16 pounds in 6 weeks. A whole lot fitter, I was walking along high moors and hills yesterday and running half of it easily uphill without losing too much breath. Still aiming to eventually lose another 16 or so pounds so I’m halfway to my goal which is awesome. But I’m in no rush - it’s gonna happen because I’m working towards it happening - but not overnight and that’s cool. 

I think I almost feel comfortable enough to start going to the gym or join a running club.

Edited by Theda Baratheon

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5 hours ago, Theda Baratheon said:

Lost 16 pounds in 6 weeks. A whole lot fitter, I was walking along high moors and hills yesterday and running half of it easily uphill without losing too much breath. Still aiming to eventually lose another 16 or so pounds so I’m halfway to my goal which is awesome. But I’m in no rush - it’s gonna happen because I’m working towards it happening - but not overnight and that’s cool. 

I think I almost feel comfortable enough to start going to the gym or join a running club.

awesome, congrats!

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18 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:

Did you watch with audio? The sticks have three different colors and the trainer calls out which color to grab after he throws them. Extra wrinkle that makes it super hard.

I can imagine myself with enough practice doing the second one, I could never achieve the first.  Both seem super pointless though.  There are so many people who commit such huge time and resources to trivial shit, its amazing we ever thrived as a species (or by thriving as a species it gave people the time to do pointless shit).

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18 minutes ago, BigFatCoward said:

I can imagine myself with enough practice doing the second one, I could never achieve the first.  Both seem super pointless though.  There are so many people who commit such huge time and resources to trivial shit, its amazing we ever thrived as a species (or by thriving as a species it gave people the time to do pointless shit).

The first one is a pointless, look at me, exercise. I can see some value in the second one though. Kamara is an elite running back, and that drill is designed to test your balance and eye sight, which is key for a RB.  

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1 hour ago, Tywin et al. said:

The first one is a pointless, look at me, exercise. I can see some value in the second one though. Kamara is an elite running back, and that drill is designed to test your balance and eye sight, which is key for a RB.  

I thought it was just some gym douche showing off.

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4 hours ago, BigFatCoward said:

I thought it was just some gym douche showing off.

Don't get me wrong, he has posted videos to show off, but he is a freak:

 

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I was too weak to stay away from doing a pull day despite my issues with the elbow, so tonight I did the following:

deadlifts (reps of 225 lbs, 8-9 reps, personal best since getting back to gym)

seated cable rows

inverted pull-ups

lat pull machine (but one that moves with the seat a bit as you do it)

The deadlifts do not seem to mess with my elbow in the slightest which probably isn't surprising, but tonight it seemed like the cable rows also did not.  And I noticed, and maybe here this is a benefit of having put on some size and strength these last several months, I felt like I was really able to do the exercise with almost all of the force coming from my back and not from my arms.  In a way that I don't think I've been able to do it in the past.  It's a good feeling.

The other two, the inverted pull-ups and the lat pulls, I think I touched the elbow a bit more and we'll see how it goes in the next few days.  

Fully realizing you guys said some substantial time off might be the prescription for the elbow, but I wanted to give this a shot with the ones that I thought wouldn't be as much of an issue.  Left out a few that I know would murder the elbow like upright rows and dumbbell curls.  

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Went for a run today. My shin felt okay, still had some pain, but it was very slight, brief and only for about four times. I guess another week of rest should do it.

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20 hours ago, Triskele said:

I was too weak to stay away from doing a pull day despite my issues with the elbow, so tonight I did the following:

Was this joke intentional?

Either way, I chuckled.

Edited by A True Kaniggit

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16 hours ago, A True Kaniggit said:

Was this joke intentional?

Either way, I chuckled.

I meant it in a fairly serious fashion.  I am semi-addicted to lifting at the moment.  It is easily more emotionally taxing for me to not go to the gym than to go.  

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40 minutes ago, Triskele said:

I meant it in a fairly serious fashion.  I am semi-addicted to lifting at the moment.  It is easily more emotionally taxing for me to not go to the gym than to go.  

My mistake.

I thought you were being ironic. Using the word, "weak" when talking about something that requires strength.

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Been in the same situation, went to the gym knowing i shouldnt, ended up sidelined for about two years and havent felt fully recovered (dont think ill ever be fully recovered, but almost) until recently, and its been five years now. I acctually posted in an iteration of this thread that going was a bad idea before i went. :D 

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Down nearly 20 lbs today, not exactly 'lean', but comfortable in my clothes and body.  Today starts my summer schedule of 4 softball games a week plus tournaments.  Only getting to the gym once a week w/ the baby though.  Glad to get there that much.

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Steady 18km run on Sunday at 5:08/km. Fairly happy with that, and would gladly have done the extra 2 miles if I'd had some water with me (and I hadn't conveniently ended right on my doorstep). 

I'm about to head out of the door now, and as a result of some magic I can't fathom, I am actually excited to do so. Probably just the fact that after 6 months of miserable pre-dawn slogs in the cold and wet, it's actually nice outside.

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On 5/13/2019 at 4:04 PM, aceluby said:

Down nearly 20 lbs today, not exactly 'lean', but comfortable in my clothes and body.  Today starts my summer schedule of 4 softball games a week plus tournaments.  Only getting to the gym once a week w/ the baby though.  Glad to get there that much.

20 in one day sounds extreme...

But seriously, been thinking about buying a squat rack for the basement.  That and the right sort of mat, as long as I can squat and deadlift, my back feels so much better.  It's got to be doable for less than $500 right?

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Im getting one too, and i doubt ill spend more than 300, though i need one i can easily take out and then put away.

Edited by Mikael

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On 4/18/2019 at 11:34 AM, RenlyIsNotRight said:

A few months back I posted about how I'd gotten down to 225ish after being up in the 260s a year prior to that (I'm 6' 3'' for reference) via mostly elliptical, biking and a slightly better diet but felt like maybe I was plateauing/still needed to lose another 15ish lbs.

Since then I've started running (up to 4 miles a day now) and have cut sugary drinks out of my diet, as well as mayo and ranch on sandwiches (using a lot more avocados instead). Weigh about 210 currently so I guess I hit my down 15 pounds goal but I still feel like I could afford to a lose another 5 or 10. Regardless, was pretty cool looking back at that post and seeing I've come along.

Now down to 207. Last time I was this thin was at least 3 years ago now.

Still doesn't feel like enough haha. Think I'm gonna see if I can't try to get under 200 - last time I weighed under 200 I was probably 20 and I was hanging in the upper 190s while swimming. But we'll see I guess. Pretty proud of myself regardless though.

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I feel like a dodged a bullet last night. My knee felt a little funny while stretching, and during my warm up run I heard a staggering loud pop in my knee. It didn’t hurt at first, but within a few minutes I couldn’t put weight on it. I laid down for about 10 minutes, started stretching, got up and was just fine for the most part and was able to workout for another hour or so. I took it easy to be safe, but I feel absolutely fine this morning.   

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