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#354246 - 09/07/11 09:56 PM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: Amie]
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That,s cool. It was the, um, overall look I was worried about. There should only be one grunt. wink

For the record, I have never been that well muscled. I'm satisfied with being fit enough for a round of golf and two rounds in the bar afterward.


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#354263 - 09/08/11 12:31 AM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: fredk]
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Originally Posted By: Amie

Okay, I don't look like Grunt, but . . . loving it anyway


I concur with Fred! In fact if you did look like Grunt it would be a tad disturbing.

I havenít ever tried them but one of the most fit looking guys I know at work exclusively uses kettlebells rather than traditional weights.

For the record Fred, Iíve never been that well muscled until recently. In the Marine Corps I never got above about 134 lbs. , and even as a firefighter though I got up to 165 lbs. I never looked as big as I do now at about 172 lbs. Iíve still got about 30 lbs. to go to reach my genetic muscular potential lifting natural but the easy gains are dropping off so the ratio of fat to muscle Iím gaining is going up meaning I will have to start cutting more often or buy a separate set of ďfat pants.Ē

Iíve already gotten to the point where my loose fit jeans are rubbing bald spots on the front of my thighs because of how big my quads and hams have gotten. It helps that I started out so skinny at about 140 lbs. this time around because of all the running I was doing but everyone I know has commented on how big Iíve gotten in such a short time.

On a side not I finally upped my max Bench to 225 lbs. and my max Deadlift to 350 lbs. Iím going to try for a 300 lb. Squat Thursday. However, Iím not sure if Iíll be able to gain much more strength in the coming two months since Iím just now starting slow cut (about 200-500 kCal deficit/day).
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#354265 - 09/08/11 01:21 AM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: oldskoolboarder]
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Originally Posted By: oldskoolboarder
Jason, I agree w/ you on the Atkins. I never saw anyone on that for long periods.

However, paleo is a much more sustainable diet, granted it's only become more popular in the last few years. It's a huge component of the crossfit community. The problem w/ the Atkins is that there was no restrictions on processed foods, sugars and alcohol. BTW I don't follow paleo completely, but I do adhere more to the spirit.

If you're interested, my obsessive blogging friends write a lot about it.

http://www.fitbomb.com/p/why-i-eat-paleo.html

And his wife shows that eating this way can actually be tasty as opposed to restrictive.

http://nomnompaleo.com/

The purpose of Atkins was to lose weight. Paleo aims to have you eat better by eliminating processed foods. Will you lose weigh eating paleo? Not on it's own but you may lose weight and you'll definitely feel better.


Glad you liked his site. Yeah, he and his wife are avid bloggers and great writers. I've definitely noticed increased strength and more alertness going paleo-like. Still can't give up my fancy cheese, beer, and ice cream, though. But I did hit at least 3 personal records in strength (deadlift, jerk and front squat) this month alone, which is a first.

Nomnompaleo brought some primal cookies to our Labor Day BBQ. Those cookies were DELICIOUS and had no refined sugar or wheat. Most of those 'fake' cookies taste like REALLY bad power bars, but not these. Highly recommend that primal recipe.

http://nomnompaleo.com/post/9911253784/paleo-eats-9-5-11

Agree w/ you on the kettlebells. I've been doing that for a year in Crossfit and I'm amazed how much you get out of it.

BTW, Crossfit Muskoka isn't that far from Axiom...

http://www.crossfitmuskoka.com/


Edited by oldskoolboarder (09/08/11 01:25 AM)

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#354268 - 09/08/11 05:57 AM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: oldskoolboarder]
Amie Offline
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Thanks for the find on Crossfit Muskoka - I'm definitely going to read up on it this weekend. I only workout at home (hard to find an excuse not to, since the living room is always right where I left it . . .) but it looks like some of those moves could easily be incorporated.

The kettlebell swings are the only kettlebell exercise we do here but it's really effective just the same. I started out by making a kettlebell with plumbing parts and weights, to get an idea of what my best weight would be, and then I bought one I could grow into. After years of Jane Fonda, it's sure a change!
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#354294 - 09/08/11 01:24 PM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: Amie]
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I made 300 lbs. on the Power Squat today and probably could have gotten 315 lbs. if I hadnít pissed around at 300, but leaving some in the tank gives me an easy goal to shoot for in another week or so. This was despite still feeling like Iíd been in a train wreck from the max effort Deadlift two days ago, and getting a bug up my butt and going jogging a couple miles before work yesterday.
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#354298 - 09/08/11 02:28 PM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: grunt]
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Lots to do w/ kettlebells

Turkish get ups are surprisingly challenging and effective.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kceqruSY64

And there's the kettlebell snatch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLx0GcWi2-I&feature=related

If you have interest in watching Crossfit and ESPN2 is available in Canada, they're replaying the 2011 Crossfit games. Men's, women's and masters (including over 60 yrs) divisions. Inspiring.

http://eon.businesswire.com/news/eon/20110907007322/en/CrossFit/Reebok-CrossFit-Games/ESPN2

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#354300 - 09/08/11 02:48 PM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: oldskoolboarder]
Amie Offline
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Whoa! I use a 30lb kettlebell (that's embarrassing to say after Grunt made 300lbs!) - I don't think I could even get the first step done in the Turkish snatch. But I'll give it a try! I tried a back bridge this morning (shown on one of the links you sent) and stretched some muscles that hadn't been stretched since 5th grade. Gonna try that one again for sure!

ESPN2 isn't available in Canada.
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#354316 - 09/08/11 05:44 PM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: Amie]
oldskoolboarder Offline
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Registered: 05/25/03
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Loc: Menlo Park, CA
Bummer for Canada.

You can still watch events from the website though.

http://games.crossfit.com/features/videos

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#354323 - 09/08/11 07:41 PM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: Amie]
fredk Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
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Loc: Canada
Originally Posted By: Amie
...After years of Jane Fonda, it's sure a change!

Jane Fonda Thanks you. grin I heard an interview with her a couple of days ago. Cool lady! From what she said, those videos made her a lot of $$
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#354365 - 09/09/11 06:39 AM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: fredk]
Amie Offline
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Yes, I just read an interview with her in our nation's gossip rag (Macleans) and she does seem cool. Of course, a lot of $$ is probably relative when you're married to Ted Turner!

I remember the first day I had to switch over to doing aerobics on the projection screen, after we ditched the old big-screen TV. Whoa! Those aerobics people all wear tights! That's why their legs don't jiggle when they jog! LOL.
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