Got anything to talk about relating to working out, here's the place
I thought I'd open a new separate thread to discuss Gym, weights etc. Since it's closely related to sprinting, endurance running as well as running form and technique (having a strong core, etc) I thought I'd post it right here in the beginners section.
So, whether you use freeweights or a machine, whether you exercise in a gym or at home, whether you exercise alone or with others, let's talk, Gym! Pete, Steve, Tom, Andrew and any other guys (and gals of course) are welcome as well. OK, bad joke.
So, as for me, I use a Total Trainer 2000 exercise machine. I use it every other day for about an hour, and usually go running before or afterwards - and will again when my knee's better. I'm not a muscle-bound machine - far from it (wish I was) - I be an Ectomorph. Or skinny guy if you prefer. My goal is to pack on a little muscle, broaden out a little, get lots more definition and lose the stomach.
Gym? Whose he?
Hee hee hee...
Anyway, I've been looking into MaxiMuscle and protein shakes, that sort of thing. Has anyone here used them, if so do they actually make any difference and what do they taste like? Hope they're not euuughh....
And of course, how much do they cost and are there any lesser known brands that do exactly the same job for less money?
This looks good:
8 bottles - at three workouts a week, that'd last me almost three weeks. Might give it a trial to see if I see any difference, can always stop buying it if I don't.
This might be worth a try as well:
Promax Crisp Bars
Get yourself some of that Whey Protein from Holland & Barrett when it's on offer - just as good as the expensive stuff at a fraction of the price!
I use chocolate flavour for when I'm just making up a drink and vanilla flavour in my porridge every morning.
Thanks for the heads up! Does it come in banana flavour? That's my favourite milkshake flavour. Have you tried something like Promax - does it do the same job? Promax is about £25.99 at play.com (!) banana flavour - 908g.
I checked Holland and Barrett - it's more expensive than play.com right now, but as you said they often do great special offers.
Not sure if it comes in banana flavour, I just go straight for choccy and/or vanilla. Yum!
Vanilla works well for me as well. So, are you seeing a difference? My main aim is to get more toned really. I mean, I'm never going to have loads of muscle, so I'd rather go with definition rather than bulk, although as I said I am looking to pack on a little more.
It does come in banana at Holland Barrett's site by the way.
So what do you use, Blimpy? Free weights or a machine? I just find that using the machine makes it much easier to maintain correct form and of course it means you don't need various dumbells or things around the room.
I'm like you - very lean and am trying to build a bit of muscle. I AM seeing results, but that's not just through having the odd portion of Whey! I'm running a lot of miles every week and am in the gym 4 times weekly. My diet is also obsessively clean at the moment. (See how I added 'At the moment'?!!)
In the gym, do compound moves - Squats, Deadlifts, Pull-ups, etc. Also lots of core work, but change it every day - don't just do crunches lol!
Don't go near the machines - I did that for 2 years with no results. Now I've ditched the machines, I'm starting to see results in a very short time-span.
Yep, I don't just do crunches. I also do leg raises and today I added a crunch into that as well. Ouch.
So, compound moves are better overall than isolation? Chin-ups vs bicep curls for example? I can't do 'proper' chin-ups, but since the machine has varying levels of resistance, putting it on the top level allows me to do 8-10.
This is my machine, by the way:
I'm going to be getting some weights for it (as shown in the picture) as the leg exercises have become too easy. It must be doing some good because family members have said my shoulders look a little broader - family members who aren't free with their compliments.
Chuck Norris uses Total Gym
I wonder if he really does use it, or if he only endorses it to make some money...
I had to post these:
One thing I would say is that I don't buy this 6-8 minutes, or even 20 minutes a day - I don't think that would be effective at all. I usually do around an hour, maybe a little more when doing legs as well, which I'm not at the moment - doc's orders.
That's great going, Gastank - especially in this cruddy weather! I just know my legs are going to absolutely kill me after the first run back: I did five minutes of rowing yesterday by way of warming down after my Total Trainer session and today, my legs are mildly sore. That's after only five minutes. I plan to do ten to fifteen minutes running next Tuesday.
Personally, I just kitted my garage out with home equipment.
The gym is always closed when I finish my shifts, been getting lazy with the weight training. I'm not entirely sure how much I should be able to lift these days. Female, 19, around 110lbs?
Any ways, bought myself a cheeky wee spinning bike in the pre Christmas sale. Should be good now that I can't get running on the ice.
Can anyone recommend a decent treadmill on a near student budget?
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