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Old 01-21-2012, 12:27 PM   #61
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My upper body strength training is splitting up medium size logs for kindling and carrying wood inside in LL Bean bags.
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Isn't it satisfying to split those logs?!!

I have a stump in the garage that I balance an oak piece on. Then I come down on it with a splitter ax. Over time I've figured out when it's hopeless -- when an oak piece has too many knots in it or the grain is funky. Have gotten better at not stressing my lower back in the cold weather and I'm a light weight guy.

Also have developed an Lsbcal patented system for starting a fire in the small wood stove we have .
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Isn't it satisfying to split those logs?!!

I have a stump in the garage that I balance an oak piece on. Then I come down on it with a splitter ax. Over time I've figured out when it's hopeless -- when an oak piece has too many knots in it or the grain is funky. Have gotten better at not stressing my lower back in the cold weather and I'm a light weight guy.

Also have developed an Lsbcal patented system for starting a fire in the small wood stove we have .
Patented huh? Do tell.

I find that the smaller diameter branches (not the trunk) are free of any knots or burls. My wood is pre-cut by the wood delivery guy, into pieces approx 16" in length and at most 7" in width. I also use a long handled splitting ax, balancing each piece on a cross section of tree trunk. I do this all in my enclosed porch, so no weather effects on me or the wood.

Mr B watches me and just shakes his head in wonder that his lady can actually use an ax.
I am very careful about where my legs are positioned in case the ax slips or deflects off.
Even with padded bicycle gloves on, I can only do about 12 pieces before my hands start complaining in the thumb joint area. So I give it a rest and do some more a few days later.
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Here's my system for starting fires. With this system you do not need any kindling. I have used it to start fires with big honking pieces of wood. I tend to have only big pieces, because all my wood is split by hand, and smaller pieces equals more splitting.

Anyway here's the system that I've used for years.

1. Put 2 TBS of vegetable oil in a dixie cup.
2. Wad up a half piece of paper towel, and stick it in the oil
3. Place the cup in the fireplace or wood stove
4. Put pieces of wood around it, very close (that is, make a little house).
5. Light it

There's no flare up. The oil burns slowly and cleanly, and by the time it is out, the wood is burning.

What is your system, LSB?
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I cannot believe this. Apparently we geniuses have independently discovered complementary techniques!

I think my wood splitting technique is almost identical to Freebird's. Would only add that I put on safety goggles, an extra step that seems unnecessary but you never know for sure.

Al's mentioning of creating a little house is just the way I thought of it too. You have the floors and walls and ceiling and then you burn it down! Ha!

Here is my (patent pending) technique. It sounds a little complicated but it's really pretty simple:

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1) Purchase (a) a lighter wand, (b) a small fire starter brick that generally measures about 2 x 6 inches and (c) a small butane Ronsonal (or other) lighter fluid plastic bottle.

2) Cut up that starter brick with a knife or small ax into about 8 chunks and store them in a zip lock bag. Each chunk will light a fire.

3) Build the floor and a few sides of the little starter house. Place one of those starter brick chunks on the floor of the house. Squirt a bit of lighter fluid on the chunk.

4) Continue to build up the little house with the walls and ceiling as the fire is taking hold. It's helps to make the ceiling out of soft kindling.

5) After some minutes the fire should be going well and consuming the little house's ceiling.
I generally purchase a box of those starter bricks and that lasts maybe two seasons depending on how many fires you have. The small lighter fluid probably lasts a season for me.
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I like the elliptical machines, low impact, great calorie burner.
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A bit OT, but I find this approach to be fairly effective:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&v=SS7n4kVL5kA
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A bit OT, but I find this approach to be fairly effective:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&v=SS7n4kVL5kA
I can't wait to forward this to my engineering-student daughter!!
Do you reactor controls guys still wonder why the rest of the submarine crew was always a little skittish around you?
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I can't wait to forward this to my engineering-student daughter!!
Do you reactor controls guys still wonder why the rest of the submarine crew was always a little skittish around you?
"Geez, Eng! You said you wanted this fixed. You didn't say HOW".
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Here's a picture of one of my workouts:

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Impressive neck muscles Al.
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This will scew up my workout routine. I like to run 3x per week, but I tripped at the deer lease and fell on a pointed log. Can't walk much less run.
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This will scew up my workout routine. I like to run 3x per week, but I tripped at the deer lease and fell on a pointed log. Can't walk much less run.
Ow!! Sorry to hear/see this. Hope you are able to get back to running before too long.
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That log looks petrified. Did you split it will one swing?
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That log looks petrified.
I'd be scared too, if someone came at me with an axe.
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That log looks petrified. Did you split it will one swing?
Yes. It was madrone that I got free on craigslist, and it split easily.
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This will scew up my workout routine. I like to run 3x per week, but I tripped at the deer lease and fell on a pointed log. Can't walk much less run.
Thank God the shorts weren't damaged!
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I started a new workout in December that is 6 days a week for about 30 minutes to complete. Day 1, 3, and 5 I do three circuits with dumbells that are only multijoint or compound exercises. One or two minutes of rest between circuits. On days 2, 4, and 6, I do a high intensity cardio on a treadmill for 20 minutes with alternating speeds that gets my heart rate up to 90%. So far so good. I feel great.
You workout sounds really good.

Suggest changing half your cardio workouts to be longer and slower, say 45 minutes at a max 75% RHR. That causes different changes in the body than your intense workouts.

For your lifting I would suggest getting the books by Frederic Delavier "Strength Training Anatomy" and "Strength Training Anatomy Workout". Be sure you are strengthening your posteriod deltoids and mid/lower traps. He says they are under developed in most trained people and the over trained chest pulls the shoulder joint out of alignment.
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I see that you just registered on this forum today, so welcome to the ER Forum.

Please take the time to introduce yourself in the "Hi, I am..." section of the forum so that we can get to know you. Thanks!
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This has been a great thread.

My workout routine for the last five weeks has been walking on the beach with my DH. We are up to four miles a day and do it just about every day. I'm amazed at how much of a workout we are getting just by walking on sand. I've definitely noticed an increase in strength and I've probably lost some weight even though I've been eating more. (can't stop trying all the good food around here, lol)

We are also in the process of getting an exercise room together in a spare unit in our condo building with some of the neighbors. We donated an elliptical, somebody else donated a weight bench/weights so soon I plan to add some work with the weights. I probably won't use our elliptical anymore because like I said I am getting a good work out on the sand.
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I see that you just registered on this forum today, so welcome to the ER Forum.

Please take the time to introduce yourself in the "Hi, I am..." section of the forum so that we can get to know you. Thanks!
WTR, what happened to your lovely avatar? Or was that reallly you?
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