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User avatar #30157 - marinepenguin (04/27/2015) [-]
www.t-nation.com/training/most-painful-way-to-build-muscle

Doubling muscle size via stretching with weights?

Interesting article to say the least. Might try a couple of these to see how they work.
User avatar #30158 to #30157 - lordketchup (04/27/2015) [-]
so let's say im doing db overhead press
am i suppoe to hold it at the top or what?
User avatar #30160 to #30158 - marinepenguin (04/27/2015) [-]
Bottom, this is during a stretch. So it's like an Iso hold but during the part of the movement where the most stretch is occurring.
User avatar #30161 to #30160 - lordketchup (04/27/2015) [-]
aight, might try this when im doing dips on wednesday
User avatar #30156 - pwnagraphy (04/27/2015) [-]
So now it's out of winter and it's really fucking nice out, I've been doing more of my work outside. Because of this I've developed a deep hatred for the inside of my gym for god knows what reason. I've been doing a lot of Strongman circuit recently Prowler sled (on concrete which is a bitch and a half since it gets stuck on every fucking pebble) Tricep Extension sled, Pull Fly sled, Log Press, and 650lb Tire flips, all down and back in a circuit , program is as follows

Day 1: Bench, Circus Dumbbell, Lat pulldowns, Tricep Extension, Bicep Curl, 1 hour of Strongman Circuit outside

Day 2: Squat, Deadlift, Strongman Circuit 1 hour, cooldown with 10 Uphill sprints 50 yards, walk back downhill after each

Day 3: Pure Strongman Circuit all day 2 1/2 3 hours , including Sledge hammer 25 reps each arm, 50 with both each side, Goblet Squat on tire the elevation and ability to go past parallel works the shit out of your traps , Decline Situps with medicine ball throws each rep. Do this for 2 1/2 3 hours then cooldown with Parking Lot suicides

Day 4: Rest

The gains have been fucking ridiculous. All of my lifts have gone up like 10-15 pounds in 3 weeks, everything feels faster, and I feel tired after all mt workouts again meaning I'm actually doing something. Question is, is this too much cardio? I'm not trying to lean out or get aesthetic, I just wanna be strong as fuck
User avatar #30163 to #30156 - Draigor (04/27/2015) [-]
This sounds really intense. If you can keep up with all that cardio then go ahead.

What do you mean with "Goblet squats on tire"?
#30164 to #30163 - pwnagraphy (04/27/2015) [-]
This, except have your feet on either side of a tire used for flips, so much wider out. It works your groin and quads more like this. The way I do it for traps is to have the dumbbell at crotch level, so arms fully extended and down like a caveman. That works traps a lot more
User avatar #30166 to #30164 - Draigor (04/27/2015) [-]
Ahh ok thanks
User avatar #30154 - Draigor (04/27/2015) [-]
Deadlifted treefiddy x7 this morning. Really surprised myself.
Specifically concentrated on applying my set up cues separately: Bend down, breath into stomach, load hammys, flex lats, pull slack out of bar, explode
User avatar #30155 to #30154 - pwnagraphy (04/27/2015) [-]
Good shit mang

Tap n Go or resets?
User avatar #30162 to #30155 - Draigor (04/27/2015) [-]
Resets for daayyyyysss.
#30151 - John Cena (04/27/2015) [-]
Anyone know anything about flexibility for beginners?

Theres a lot of contradicting and badly explained stuff on the internet, i researched a lot i just wanna know if anyone has had actual succes
User avatar #30152 to #30151 - Draigor (04/27/2015) [-]
I swear by Defranco's Limber 11.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSSDLDhbacc

I also did this routine on rest days when I was a beginner to improve my flexibility
breakingmuscle.com/yoga/increase-strength-by-integrating-yoga-10-essential-postures-for-strength-athletes
#30150 - nimba (04/27/2015) [-]
Rare Pepe from the early days of this board, way back in 2012
User avatar #30143 - manflino (04/27/2015) [-]
Im terrified of squatting, but i want to try it, what to do? i have a medical history of back problems
User avatar #30179 to #30143 - nyawgga (04/27/2015) [-]
Make sure you know how to squat WITHOUT a barbell first.
User avatar #30149 to #30143 - nimba (04/27/2015) [-]
If your worried about your back go get checked by a doctor and see what they think about a program and whether they think it will help or endanger you.
That aside, you have access to a barbell right? Just do sets with the unloaded barbell on, working entirely on your form. Watch videos and read the comments of people squatting or get somebody you know to show you or both. It's NBD once you lock in the proper form and then you'll get to start on those gains.
#30140 - europe (04/27/2015) [-]
Nononono   
The fucking gym is closed today
Nononono
The fucking gym is closed today
User avatar #30142 to #30140 - nimba (04/27/2015) [-]
workout in the park like some terrifying convict
User avatar #30141 to #30140 - europe (04/27/2015) [-]
National holiday, see
User avatar #30136 - marinepenguin (04/27/2015) [-]
When's everyone's favorite time of day to workout? I've always enjoyed working out either before bed at like 9:30-10, it's dark and cool outside, peaceful and easy to focus, awesome for setting PRs. Or I like working out around 12-3, right during the heat of the day. Those are the best for high intensity workouts where you're dripping in sweat, I always feel accomplished during those.
#30159 to #30136 - lordketchup (04/27/2015) [-]
the morning is the most comfy
User avatar #30153 to #30136 - Draigor (04/27/2015) [-]
In the morning with an empty gym
User avatar #30147 to #30136 - manflino (04/27/2015) [-]
Usually at 7 PM, mainly because of my job, it's always full of people, lucky for me, winter is comming in muy country, when it's cold the gym it's almost empty
User avatar #30144 to #30136 - nimba (04/27/2015) [-]
Mornings, it motivates me for the rest of the day which is usually sedentary study
User avatar #30139 to #30136 - europe (04/27/2015) [-]
Anywhere before 6PM
User avatar #30138 to #30136 - dvmaster (04/27/2015) [-]
I can only do it between 7 and 10 because college it's ok because the gym is usually empty at that time
User avatar #30137 to #30136 - thebestpieever (04/27/2015) [-]
Used to be morning for a run and most other stuff then a run at 6. Then I moved to Mexico and it's hot as shit so I do it at around 2 in the morning or so. 10 AM at the latest.
User avatar #30134 - marinepenguin (04/27/2015) [-]
Squatted 3 plates for 5. Maybe I can say I lift a little now.
User avatar #30135 to #30134 - marinepenguin (04/27/2015) [-]
www.t-nation.com/training/3-keys-to-a-big-raw-squat

Awesome squatting tips too. Since we're on the subject.
User avatar #30131 - AnFour (04/27/2015) [-]
WATER FAST?
Hey, fitness, I'm currrently on a water fast for acne. I have pretty bad cystic acne. I've done A LOT OF research on this and how it can cure it and everything. Just wondering if any of you have tried it for acne, did it work? I'm currently on my 10th day and I'm kinda seeing results, but not really, how long would it take for me?
User avatar #30145 to #30131 - nimba (04/27/2015) [-]
No idea, I used to rub toothpaste on my spots when I was a disgusting greasy pubescent though, don't know if it's the same thing or not
User avatar #30224 to #30145 - AnFour (04/28/2015) [-]
How old are you now?
User avatar #30236 to #30224 - nimba (04/29/2015) [-]
nineteen, I don't have any spots now if you're wondering
User avatar #30246 to #30236 - AnFour (04/29/2015) [-]
im 20, but i dont get regular acne, I get cystic acne, which scars you for life.
#30126 - kibbleking (04/26/2015) [-]
>be 6'2"
>be 250
I started exercising daily a few weeks ago and now I'm down to 243. I'm doing it!
User avatar #30148 to #30126 - manflino (04/27/2015) [-]
Do it faggit
User avatar #30129 to #30126 - sugoi (04/26/2015) [-]
You can do it!
User avatar #30117 - pwnagraphy (04/26/2015) [-]
>Out of town visiting brother
>Go to his gym
>Nice enough place
>Turn corner
>3 squat racks
>1 synthol mode group with selfies and loud noise
>1 fat guy nothing against it personally but please use proper form throwing his back into it
>And 1 manlet tier kid who looked 14, set up the bar, put weights on, gloves, then sat down on the bench and watched Pewdiepie without headphones
>Tell brother I'm gonna go run for a warmup
>Go back to his house and stay there for the day doing pushups and situps
#30128 to #30117 - John Cena (04/26/2015) [-]
10/10 choice mate
User avatar #30124 to #30117 - fuzzybutt (04/26/2015) [-]
The gym in my town is really small, but has 12 treadmills and 8 workout bicycles. I think other than that there is a rack of dumbbells and that's it. There are maybe 2 of either machine occupied at a time (at most) and they're all taking the space of something far more useful.

Plus it's across the road from a secondary school so it's always full of school kids aged 13-16. It'd be nice seeing kids trying to stay fit when it's currently cool to smoke weed and sit around doing nothing, but they are pretty loud and obnoxious. Glad I ain't paying £35 a month to go there.
User avatar #30146 to #30124 - nimba (04/27/2015) [-]
oh man that's the worst. I go to this huge multi level gym. Fucking hundreds of treadies and bikes of all sorts and machines galore. Guess how many squat racks there are? two. there's two squat racks.
#30122 to #30117 - baglesbites (04/26/2015) [-]
You should have gone alpha male I.E. douche bag meat head in one of those gyms and deadlifted as loud and heavy as possible.
User avatar #30102 - marinepenguin (04/25/2015) [-]
Warning, blasphemy incoming:


Considering taking bench press out of my chest day entirely. And doing incline bench, db bench, and dips as my main chest movements.
User avatar #30180 to #30102 - nyawgga (04/27/2015) [-]
Decline?
User avatar #30186 to #30180 - marinepenguin (04/28/2015) [-]
No need, dips work better, plus my lower chest is fine.
User avatar #30127 to #30102 - studbeefpile (04/26/2015) [-]
I don't have a problem with that.

You have my blessing to do so.
User avatar #30130 to #30127 - marinepenguin (04/27/2015) [-]
Thank you based fat powerlifter
User avatar #30133 to #30132 - marinepenguin (04/27/2015) [-]
We're all gonna get there man.
User avatar #30123 to #30102 - donnybergerstory (04/26/2015) [-]
Lots of fitness guru dudes say that flat bench isn't even necessary. Mostly just incline or decline. But yeah, dips are gr8.
User avatar #30121 to #30102 - lordketchup (04/26/2015) [-]
i don't even do bench anymore, only dips and incline
User avatar #30114 to #30102 - Draigor (04/26/2015) [-]
Dips are killer, I should cycle them into my accessory work.

Thank goodness you're not a powerlifter, otherwise it would be some grade A blasphemy lol
User avatar #30116 to #30114 - marinepenguin (04/26/2015) [-]
Yeah I said it was blasphemy purely because most people on this board seem to lift like powerlifters. I like lifting more like a bodybuilder.
User avatar #30106 to #30102 - MatthewsGauss (04/25/2015) [-]
I'd add cable cross instead of db bench because I fucking love cable crosses
User avatar #30108 to #30106 - marinepenguin (04/25/2015) [-]
Don't have a machine for cables or I'd be doing that already.
User avatar #30110 to #30108 - MatthewsGauss (04/25/2015) [-]
I feel for you
User avatar #30112 to #30110 - marinepenguin (04/25/2015) [-]
Chest flys work just fine for me.
User avatar #30104 to #30102 - nimba (04/25/2015) [-]
there's a fair number of people who don't think they're extremely useful (using your pecs to press?) so fair enough
User avatar #30109 to #30104 - marinepenguin (04/25/2015) [-]
There are better movements for building size to your chest, dips being one. The bench press really isn't great at building size.
User avatar #30120 to #30109 - nimba (04/26/2015) [-]
you talking about body weight dips btw? I got a hole to fill in a routine and thinking about adding them
User avatar #30125 to #30120 - marinepenguin (04/26/2015) [-]
I'd be adding weight.
User avatar #30103 to #30102 - liftingexplain (04/25/2015) [-]
That's not blasphemy, sometimes treating other movements as primary movements can really spur some strength and size gains. Dips especially would be good.
User avatar #30076 - cloakndagger (04/24/2015) [-]
Yo, guys, I got some questions here. I recently downloaded this app on my phone, it's this sorta line of fitness coach things that's targeted at different muscles. One for abs, one for squats, one for pushups, planking, and other ones that have to do with weights, (Which I don't own, no I don't lift. Yet.)

Anyways, I've been working out every day, and now I have a friend telling me that'll fuck me up. True? If so, what should I do about it, because the app has rest days spaced something like 5 or 6 days apart. Designate my own rest days?

What do?
User avatar #30077 to #30076 - nyawgga (04/25/2015) [-]
Working out same muscles every day = waste of time unless you're on steroids, maybe.

The whole point of building muscle and strength is so that you damage the, and then they recover by rebuilding the next couple days.

Tell the app to go fuck itself and space your rest days less than 5 or 6, you only need two, three rest days a week.
User avatar #30093 to #30077 - cloakndagger (04/25/2015) [-]
So work out a couple days in a row and then take a day off? I could really use some kind of guiding hand from someone who knows what the hell they're doing, you know? I'm wanting to build muscle, which I've always been somewhat slow at for some reason. I can never really get much results.

My arms are a problem area. Most guys I know make pushups look easy as fuck. I can barely manage 20, and that's if I push myself to the point where I'm literally pouring steam into it. I weigh around 160-170 at about 6 feet, so I'm at a healthy weight.

I'm hoping to work on my stomach as well, because I'm tired of my stomach looking sort of flabbish with my shirt off even though I'm not fat by any means. Got any tips or hints for me? Some basic guidelines to follow?
User avatar #30101 to #30093 - nyawgga (04/25/2015) [-]
Straight up, for the past 4 months since I started working out, I spent like 2-3 hours in the gym, four days a week. I think that was too much for me, so I simplified the exercises, and lowered it down to an hour. I haven't gotten any gains as of yet, and I'm still stuck at 146 lbs. If you want to lose fat as your primary objective, that's really easy. All you gotta do is HIIT cardio 3 - 4 times a week. If you want to build muscle too, I'd lower the HIIT to 2 times per week max, because your body needs the rest time
User avatar #30097 to #30093 - fuzzybutt (04/25/2015) [-]
Doing a 3/4 split is a good start (Do a day, miss a day, do a day etc.)

Not having a rest day after every workout seems kind of counter productive to me but I know a lot of people still do it. Especially those on multiple supplements.

If a workout is easy enough you can do it 5 or 6 days in a row with no pain, it's probably not intense enough either. I can usually barely lift most of my limbs and my abs feel tight and painful through the next 24 hours and I NEED to extra time to recuperate.
User avatar #30105 to #30097 - nimba (04/25/2015) [-]
tbh I sometimes do 3 days in a row in the gym, but I split my days by muscle groups so I don't think there's really any danger.
User avatar #30113 to #30105 - fuzzybutt (04/25/2015) [-]
Yeah, if they're different muscle groups there's no problem. But doing a full body workout daily would be pretty tiring with no rest days. Especially increasing reps/sets/weight every time.
User avatar #30074 - sineztro (04/24/2015) [-]
Hey /fitness/ I wanna fast for two days, no religious reason nor dietary reason, just out of curiosity. I am not an active person but I do wish to maintain my level of semi activeness, how much fluids should I be drinking and anyother tips would be kindly appreciatred.
User avatar #30092 to #30074 - studbeefpile (04/25/2015) [-]
Advice? uhhhh....hmmm...Well, it's gonna hurt....a lot. Just be ready for that.
User avatar #30073 - nimba (04/24/2015) [-]
anybody want to get their jimmies rustled?
www.jasonshonbennett.com/health-questionnaire.html
because boy oh boy this questionnaire is something else
User avatar #30118 to #30073 - pwnagraphy (04/26/2015) [-]
"We know the standard human potential is around 120 years old or around six times longer than reaching adulthood. This is the typical lifespan of animals in the wild."


Seppuku
User avatar #30107 to #30073 - envinite (04/25/2015) [-]
Such a life of a dietitian who try to market their e-book.
User avatar #30098 to #30073 - fuzzybutt (04/25/2015) [-]
39. Losing points for living with smokers and being on medication seems a little stupid.

And some of the questions were things I've never heard ANYONE do. Fasting, drinking cider vinegar, meditating, not getting sick at winter at all..
User avatar #30091 to #30073 - marinepenguin (04/25/2015) [-]
47. The meat related ones were dumb.
User avatar #30078 to #30073 - nyawgga (04/25/2015) [-]
I got a 12

Even though I would not change a single aspect of my life
#30072 - poundzero (04/24/2015) [-]
Today was a good day for fitness!
First of all, I have lost five pounds since I started commenting on here and
I four repped my three rep for bench today (175)! And this has been a weight I have always struggled with; I was always on the edge by five pounds each time. I get to test my three rep for bench on Monday, and I will post it on here.

It has only been about two weeks, and this board has already made a significant impact in my life. Thank you guys so much.
#30061 - John Cena (04/24/2015) [-]
god dammit I had a wet dream, will this kill my gainz?
User avatar #30115 to #30061 - Draigor (04/26/2015) [-]
Just make sure to suck out the semen out of your sheets and you'll be fine
User avatar #30099 to #30061 - fuzzybutt (04/25/2015) [-]
Everyone knows semen is pure protein leaving the body, why do you think gay guys are always ripped?
User avatar #30047 - nanako (04/24/2015) [-]
So last week, i had a cool idea.

I want to learn a martial art, and my favourite weapon has always been a stick for some reason Quarterstaff Marial Arts

See video as a good example. I have many broom handles, metre sticks, and other assorted things i could use,but they don't seem like great weapons. I like the style, but not necessarily the implement.

Plus, i lift. So i feel like i should be doing something bigger.

Anyways my great idea was to practise this kind of stuff, but to replace the stick with something much heavier.
An unloaded olympic barbell. Over 2 metres long, solid steel, weighs 20kg. Spinning and swinging this thing around is hella hard, and slow. Very slow. I can do most of the same motions, but in bullet-time. And making it change direction uses a lot of my body, pretty much every part of it. After 5 minutes practise my back and arms were aching and my heart was racing.

So i took a couple days to rest, and went back to it yesterday. Wow.
I feel amazing, is like my strength has literally doubled, i can move it so much faster now. It's still far from easy, but this practise seems to be working things that stronglifts isnt, and making me a lot more well rounded.

i'd love any other thoughts on this, am i just insane swinging a barbell around? It feels pretty good. And i figure with sufficient training it could be an absurdly powerful weapon. It's like two sledgehammers together
#30064 to #30047 - nimba (04/24/2015) [-]
yfw
yfw
User avatar #30070 to #30064 - nanako (04/24/2015) [-]
yep its kinda like that, except i'm not a chubby weakling so i look far more awesome :3
User avatar #30058 to #30047 - lordketchup (04/24/2015) [-]
it sounds really dumb
User avatar #30051 to #30047 - marinepenguin (04/24/2015) [-]
While it's a neat idea, you're better off actually training with a real quarterstaff or stick of some kind. That sort of stuff really works your coordination and endurance more than strength. Swinging around a 45 pound barbell is probably not the best idea in terms of a safe and injury free environment. I know what youre saying though, I've been getting really interested in doing something martial arts wise.
User avatar #30041 - minorian ONLINE (04/24/2015) [-]
Most sources I can find say that the average amount of push ups I should be able to do is between 17-29... I can do 9, and that's actually more than I usually can. I can do around 40-50 on my knees like a bitch, and some sources I found says that you should divide by two if you do them on the knees? Is that true?

How fucked am I? I am 185 cm tall and weigh 75 kg. Am I really in the group with "very poor" physique?

if you think I'm skinny now, know that I actually weighed less than 55 kg back in December
User avatar #30049 to #30041 - nanako (04/24/2015) [-]
you should do some basic lifting to strengthen your back.

A back that's growing and healing does feel like an injury, but as long as you're moving with good form you shouldn't worry about it too much, just take a nap afterwards, sleep while you heal.

also if you don't have weighs, two good back strengthening exercises are curl-ups/situps (not crunches), and planking. To do situps properly you'll need a friend and/or something to hook your feet under.
User avatar #30050 to #30049 - minorian ONLINE (04/24/2015) [-]
I do sit ups, using my closet as counter balance, and it doesn't hurt as much. Onlly real push ups (not on my knees) hurt like a bitch. It's always there, nagging under my right should plate, it just becomes unbearable, when working out.

I'm not totally new to training, I used to be in OK shape, I just went into a rough patch, smoking weed all day and not really eating, so I went from 70 kg to below 55 kg. Since December though, I went back up to 75, but it's all fat I guess, since I haven't trained at all basically. Maybe that's why I have these back pains; my muscles were fit for carrying my 55 kg body, but gaining 20 kg in 4 months without any training may have been to quick for my natural muscle gain to follow up? I have no idea, man.

Thanks for the advice though. I am gonna focus mainly on sit-ups and planking until I can do push-ups without those obstacles. I just went mostly with sit-ups, because like every guy, I just wanted the chest, shoulders and triceps, lol

Any advice on training biceps without equipment?
User avatar #30045 to #30041 - nanako (04/24/2015) [-]
hi again ^_^

I have a tip, try doing either wall pushups, or kneeling pushups.

Wall pushups are where you lean forward against a wall at about a 45 degree angle, and push yourself away from it.

Kneeling pushups are pretty much as described, they put less strain on your back, by allowing your legs to take more of the weight.
User avatar #30048 to #30045 - minorian ONLINE (04/24/2015) [-]
Hey, lol! "Kneeling pushups"? Pretty much as describes as in wall pushups, just on your knees? Or is it possibly those bitch-pushups I was talking about?

Thanks, man, I'd like to become fit, sure, but man, those health issues tho, so I feel like I have to do something about it
User avatar #30053 to #30048 - fuzzybutt (04/24/2015) [-]
Do you mean Box Pushups (where you are kneeling with your legs making a right angle) or 3/4 pushups (where you are kneeling but with your waist lower to the floor at the same level as it would be doing normal pushups).

If they're Box pushups you could try 3/4 pushups (you might have to look up a picture since my description isn't great).

If they're already 3/4 pushups you could do them with a long eccentric movement. So when pushing up from the ground, do it in the 3/4 position kneeling, but on the way down straighten your legs to a normal position and lower yourself over a few seconds (5 is about ideal) before touching your knees to the floor and pushing back up. Again, not the best description but there are plenty of pictures and videos that explain it much better.

To be honest though, 9 isn't that bad. Did you just do the 1 set of 9, or did you try again? Give yourself a 90 - 120 second break and try another 9. 3 sets of 9 really isn't bad at all.
User avatar #30054 to #30053 - minorian ONLINE (04/24/2015) [-]
It was 3/4 push ups. I will try using the technique you described.

I tried again minutes after the 9, but my back just felt like shit, so I couldn't get back up at the 5th. I just tried again after resting for like 30 minutes, and I could do 15 this time, before my back gave up, and then 2 other sets of 10 with your recommended 2 minute breaks.

9 not bad? It's in the "very poor" on most charts for my age, haha
User avatar #30055 to #30054 - fuzzybutt (04/24/2015) [-]
Everyone's different. The same with BMI "charts", they're often flawed.

I know more people my age who do less than 4 than I do who can manage more than 4.

And a fairly large percentage of those couldn't do one pullup or pushup. Hell, even I couldn't 5 months ago before I started working out.

Unless you do a particularly physical job or have a fairly active lifestyle, it's surprising how "weak" some people feel when they attempt a normal pushup or pullup and find themselves struggling. The only exceptions I know of are a few friends of mine whose body fat % is so low that even despite never doing weight training, they can still get as many pushups out as me who has done them for months.
User avatar #30057 to #30055 - minorian ONLINE (04/24/2015) [-]
You're really a confidence booster, man. Thank you.

Back when I was 55 kg, I could do push ups on one hand and the ones, where you clap after each push up. I could only do like 3 or 4, but I could. A pretty good example of how there are many more factors than just the amount you can do, since I was the epitome of unhealthy as a 20 year old guy 185 cm tall.

I'm 75 kg now though, and as you described, just 3 weeks ago, I struggled at my 2nd or 3rd push up. It just feels wrong that it's my back that gives up, before my arms even start to acid up. Hopefully I can correct that quickly.
User avatar #30059 to #30057 - fuzzybutt (04/24/2015) [-]
I had quite a bit of back pain when I first started too. If you're sat down a lot it could be posture related, or simply just not stretching enough beforehand. But I think the main culprit will just be lack of flexibility from not doing it before. Over the course of the first 2 months mine gradually got better just with stretching (as boring and mundane as it sounds) and keeping up a routine.

If it stays a problem, you could always try Bench Press (either with a barbell or dumbells). Lying on your back usually lets you get a little more comfortable, and it's the same muscles used. Plus you can change the weights. Planks are also good for the same muscles, but personally they mess up my back even more than push ups.
User avatar #30060 to #30059 - minorian ONLINE (04/24/2015) [-]
"sat down a lot" only time I stand up, is when I wake up, getting food or going to the toilet. Besides that I'm just sitting in front of a computer. Just a few months ago, my feet swelled to twice their size and they felt like I had strained something, but it was literally because I sat down too much.

I stretch a lot, since it helps, but I just started working out again, so I am confident that I will experience the same development as you. About the planking, yeah, holy shit, I used to beat the fit guys back at gym class at that, but now I can only do it for like 20 second, before I have to relax my back. I wanna do bench press, but I have no access to equipment. I have tried doing it with an old chest and besides the tension from being afraid to drop it, it felt great working out on my back; no pains at all, just a little sore in my right side. Damn, you think you're in the worst shape you can be, and then this sort of shit happens, hah
User avatar #30062 to #30060 - fuzzybutt (04/24/2015) [-]
I was housebound for 5 years and spent 99% of that time in front of a PC too, so I know how it feels. My muscles atrophied to the point that climbing the stairs would get me out of breath. 2 years down the line and it's still not easy, but I lost around 40lbs of fat last summer and have maintained my weight whilst building muscle in the last 5 months with a limited diet and no equipment. As long as you've got the willpower and you get the form right, you can build up from nothing.
User avatar #30063 to #30062 - minorian ONLINE (04/24/2015) [-]
Housebound for five years? I can't even remember, where I were in life five years ago. Did you suffer an injury or something like that?

It's just a matter of motivation for me. In gym class, I managed to get 02, without even showing up. I began worrying about my average though, so I began attending every class the next trimester... which resulted in a decrease to 00. Not kidding, I got better grades for not attending. That's how "good" I am at athletics and sports.

I have loads of time now though, since I can't get neither an education visa nor a work visa, so I literally have nothing to do for the next 4-5 months, so I might not even need motivation and train out of boredom instead, haha
User avatar #30071 to #30063 - fuzzybutt (04/24/2015) [-]
Had what I can only describe as a mental breakdown. I can still only go around 5 miles from home, and only a mile or so comfortably. Dropped out of school at 14, 20 years old now. Only really started working out to give me a reason to get out of bed atleast 4 days a week, and it's serving it's purpose well enough so far. Plus boredom. When you can only go a couple of miles from home and you live in the middle of nowhere there isn't much to occupy yourself with.
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