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Old 12-20-2017, 12:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Welcome all to the Road to Spring 2018 thread! Whether new to fitness or old hands, post here your fitness, exercise, nutrition, weight gain/loss goals and updates for the next 90 days! Read here for inspiration and information from other members. What else are you going to do all winter?! Good luck!
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Old 12-20-2017, 01:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You'll find the old thread here;

https://www.soberrecovery.com/forums...2017-a-13.html (Road To Winter 2017)
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Old 12-20-2017, 02:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The day before winter starts is a good day to start the Spring thread! Thanks Upstairs and Opivotal.

I enjoyed Zumba today. I can't move as fast as the "young" instructor yet I get a good cardio work-out. In a few minutes, I'll be at the gym for upper body strength training (delts/back/pecs).
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Old 12-20-2017, 05:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hola all! Traps, Delts, & Forearms were worked out today. This days routine is taking me close to 90 minutes. I have the time to do it, but ugh.
I reckon on this new thread I should shake up the routines a bit and make some goals to achieve by spring. Lotsa time! For now, Iíll add in a half hour cardio on the weekend mornings. Reintroduce dips and pull-ups. And start doing some regular Ab work. Not lofty goals, but realistic ones. Welcome to the new thread all! Oh, and thanks for including in the link to the old thread Opivotal!
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Old 12-21-2017, 06:49 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Morning all,

Yesterday as it approached 3pm and getting ready to leave work, I thought of skipping my upper body routine on Wednesdays. My head said to me, 'heck, you're in good shape, maintaining and you went to zumba at noon, you can go straight home'.

And I thought of you guys and this thread. For me, it's not just to brag about or report on my work-outs. I'm here because of the support we give to each other.

I went across the street to the gym, did a short yet intense routine, and then went home to a delicious dinner of kale/squash soup and a plain hamburger patty.

I too will think about a goal or goals for Spring 2018.
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Thanks for starting this thread now that a new season is upon us.

My goals for the near future are to continue to hit the gym 5 times a week and do some at home bodyweight exercises at least once per week. Longer term I want to start running again. Short distances and slow at first, but eventually building up mileage and speed.

After yesterday's struggle at the gym it was nice to have a more energized and normal workout. Not in the great category, but a far cry from what took place about 24 hours before.
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Did a HARD back and bicep workout yesterday, along with HIIT and abs. Woke up SO SORE this morning!

Working on my real estate classes. Will go to gym if I have time.

(BTW, this is Road to Autumn for our antipodian friends!)
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Old 12-21-2017, 04:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hola all! Had a great Leg workout today. I was kind of worried as after watching some powerlifting videos on YouTube, I decided I wasnít squatting low enough last workout. The result being my knees have really smarted since. They still hurt actually, but i didnít feel them as I worked out today so I guess Iím good.
Ringo123 I most definitely enjoy the support I gain from this thread and Iím happy I help give it in return if possible. Iím very sure I would have skipped many a day except that I feel accountable to keep at it, even if no one would notice. I hope everyone has a great weekend if I donít see you here!
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Greets everyone,

Been continuing the three-day rotation of the following:

1-Chest, shoulders, triceps
2-Back, biceps and stationary bike
3-Legs/cardio (mainly a pseudo rest day)
Core (abs/lower back) daily.

I've made substantial strides in the last three months with probably a 20 lb weight loss and net upper body lean mass gain, although the weight has fluctuated somewhat due to the creatine content (which I swear by) in my pre-workout.

I'd like to start targeting more specific muscle groups and vary my regimen a little (muscle confusion is a concept)...

The daily workout has been absolutely *critical* for me to start the day with a positive mindset.

Good thread!
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Old 12-22-2017, 06:46 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Welcome Toddman!

Regarding goals: continue with my current exercise regimen, continue to maintain a healthy weight and not get fixated on the "number" so much.

A goal that I would benefit from is portion size control on the weekends. I'm very strict during the week and let up a little Sat/Sun which results in a fast every Monday.

Being Friday and a person of routine, bicep/tricep before taking off for the afternoon not having to return to work until Wednesday morning. Yippee!
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Old 12-22-2017, 08:07 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Good morning! Welcome to the thread TheToddMan! That seems like an intense schedule youíre keeping with the workouts. I used to do everything in three days...twenty years ago, lol.
I was I a lot better shape in those days, but I do remember I would only do 2-3 exercises per body part. It was enough for me back then I guess.
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Hola and TGIF all! Four day weekend here so I did my Chest & Triceps workout early. Great workout. Course any workout feels great compared to working out with a cold. Back & Biceps are tomorrow plus that half hour of cardio I said Iíd start doing on weekends.
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Hey guys,

Actually was going to try skipping today and sleeping in (been dealing with a little cold like Upstairs) and couldn't get back to sleep after resetting my alarm

Wound up just doing a 'light' leg workout and barely making it to work on time. Joked with another regular at the gym that I was 'addicted' to fitness. He probably wondered why I amused myself with that statement!

Onward..

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Wow, Road to Spring already! Thanks for the new thread

I, too, like being a part of this group to help stay accountable.....I haven't been to the gym since Wednesday...only two days ago but it feels like forever!
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Saturday morning fun at the gym. Four rounds of:

Duffel bag cleans and squats
Mountain climbers with gliders
Inverted pushups
Alternating heavy ropes with rear lunges
Ball slams
Box jumps with a squat
Rowing machine
Db weighted step ups

During the last round on what turned out to be my next to last rep on the weighted step ups my foot clipped the front of the stool and I almost fell over. Fortunately, that was the worst of it.
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Managed to get to the gym after work today - an hour on the "step-liptical" set to the strength program, alternating resistance so it helped get my heart rate up. Workout #16 checked off on my 100 workout challenge.....got lotsa work to do!
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Hola all! Back & Biceps are done! Deadlifts were tough again. Instead of just stretching me thinks I need to add in some warmup sets if Iím going to avoid injury. I switched out my db preacher curls with standing hammer curls. I just wasnít feeling much doing preacher curls. Tomorrowís routine is Traps, Shoulders, & Forearms before I head out for a Christmas party. Iím staying off the scales until the New Year.

Great job making it to the gym Purps! I know you work everyday. Glad youíre OK Gonnachange! Take care all!
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Hey folks,

Excellent workout today. Hit pushing muscle groups (chest, shoulders, tri's) and wound up having another guy come up and ask me to evaluate his bench press form and also wound up getting a little gassed (to the point of being a little dizzy even halfway through my shoulder routine. I'm seeing gains but also thinking that I might be getting ready to hit a proverbial plateau; starting to think that I may need to begin addressing a muscle group a day to keep the muscle confusion in play. Anyone else had to deal with that recently?

Take care all--stay in the fight!

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Welcome to the madness Toddman.

If you're doing the three day split and not taking time off, I think you're OVERTRAINING, not undertraining. Work the crap out of a muscle group, but give it time off to regenerate and grow. Remember you're tearing down muscle fibers in the lifting phase, but giving them plenty of protein and your body plenty of rest in between!

Whenever I plateaued, I found that I could break through it by NOT training for a bit. Or doing something else other than weights. One thing that I found worked really well for a rest was to workout every other day, but do full body each time. Maybe 8-12 movements (plus abs), and not every-set-to-failure-drop-reps.

How long have you been training steadily, and how old are you? Early gains are easy, you can put on muscle just by thinking about it!

I used to do the push/pull split for two days then legs on the third day (rinse and repeat) but I found it was better to isolate the bodyparts more.

Remember that the crazy workouts that you read in the bodybuilding mags, like split DAY routines (back morning, chest afternoons, etc) are usually done by people on crazy roid cycles, and I'm assuming you're natty. When I was training with the roidhead bodybuilders I tried to do what they did. It was very bad at first because I felt horrible, and then I badly injured my shoulder.

I did my shoulders, traps, forearms and abs today. Ran out of time before cardio.

The gym has limited hours tomorrow, but I'm going to try and get legs and an hour of cardio (plus a 20 minute HIIT warmup).

I need to say Bye, Felicia to this midsection.
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I used to work out about 4-5 days a week (all upper body) with some cardio interspersed a number of years ago. Now I'm over 40 and getting back into the swing of things on the fitness front for the first time in years, so some extra recovery time sounds like a great idea . My original thinking was the third day was recovery for my upper body (mostly cardio with a few leg presses) but I'm starting to wonder if a four-day rotation would be even more advantageous (day four just being a day off in earnest). I limit myself to a little over an hour given time constraints during the week (working out before heading to the office) but am also considering adding in an extra 30 minutes if I do go with the four day cycle.


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