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Old 10-18-2014, 06:00 PM   #1201
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I am getting back into weight lifting, after substituting other gym activities partially or completely for a couple of months. I feel healthier, stronger, and younger when I have been lifting weights a lot.

So, after a few "puny" sessions to get my weight lifting re-started during the last couple of weeks, on Friday I lifted 17.4 tons on the 21 weight machines that I use. (Not all at once! This is the summation of all the lifts in all the sets on all 21 machines). I feel like 16-18 tons is a good, normal amount of weight for me to lift on these machines so that was a minor triumph. This post includes a table listing the machines that I normally use. I also use the Keiser upper back machine, which IIRC is not in my list because it was broken at that time.

I must admit that I feel great! It's good to be back lifting weights. Between that and my normal household duties (grocery shopping, laundry, and gardening today) I feel tired and very well exercised tonight.
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Old 10-18-2014, 08:54 PM   #1202
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Now that weather while still very warm is not quite so inviting to be outside, I am back to rowing daily. I don't know if this is correct or not, but I tend to favor continued medium force exercise over weight lifting, or jogging. (I'm not allowed to jog anyway, post hip replacement.)

Rowing for me is perfect. There is enough on YouTube to keep me interested all year, and I can rack up the kilometers without feeling stressed. It strengthens my legs and upper body, especially back. There is zero downtime. I pull on some shorts, row, then shower quickly and I am done. No travel, no paying for a meal because I am famished after rowing, no going out into the rain to get home.

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Now that weather while still very warm is not quite so inviting to be outside, I am back to rowing daily. I don't know if this is correct or not, but I tend to favor continued medium force exercise over weight lifting, or jogging. (I'm not allowed to jog anyway, post hip replacement.)

Rowing for me is perfect. There is enough on YouTube to keep me interested all year, and I can rack up the kilometers without feeling stressed. It strengthens my legs and upper body, especially back. There is zero downtime. I pull on some shorts, row, then shower quickly and I am done. No travel, no paying for a meal because I am famished after rowing, no going out into the rain to get home.

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As the poster child for the Concept II, I didn't realize you cut back your rowing workouts over the Summer. Your logic on why rowing is perfect for you, seems well placed.
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In the past ten days I really got back into weight lifting, increasing weights substantially at every workout and not feeling sore at all. Today the weather was cool, sunny, and dry - - a perfect day for working out, and I felt like putting my all (consistent with good form) into weight lifting. So, I lifted substantially more than my previous lifetime best, which was on June 2nd of this year. Adding up all the reps for all the sets, it came to 27.5 tons. I am going to be sore tomorrow! But as for today, it was such fun though I can't describe why. I guess it is just empowering.

Anyway, here's what I lifted this time. So far, so good, for age 66 1/2. I am determined to do whatever I can within reason to keep strong and capable as I charge into life's later years.

poundssets of 10machine
1402Keiser triceps pushdown machine
702Keiser upper back machine
502Keiser biaxial chest press machine
1002Nautilus lateral pulldown machine
452Nautilus fly machine
602Nautilus triceps extension machine
1152Nautilus abdominal machine (first round)
602Cybex arm extension machine
1806Cybex calf rotator machine
902Cybex leg curl machine
1406Nautilus leg press machine
402Cybex overhead press machine
1552Cybex back extension machine
402Nautilus arm curl machine
652Nautilus chest press machine
1302Nautilus compound row machine
1102Cybex hip abductor machine
1652Cybex hip adductor machine
1152Nautilus abdominal machine (second round)
652Keiser leg extension machine
854Cybex seated row machine
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Adding up all the reps for all the sets, it came to 27.5 tons. I am going to be sore tomorrow! But as for today, it was such fun though I can't describe why. I guess it is just empowering.
Your in beast mode - we need to get you a t-shirt that says "Go Heavy or Go Home".
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:06 PM   #1207
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Your in beast mode - we need to get you a t-shirt that says "Go Heavy or Go Home".
Well, if I get as sore as I expect, then I'm not going to feel too tough tomorrow morning....

Gosh it was fun, though!
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My workouts the last couple of weeks, including today, have been spending a few hours a day tackling landscaping tasks, garden clean up, and prepping the homestead for the coming winter season. For relaxation and unwinding I go for long brisk walks (4 mph) like tonight until I got rained out after only 3 miles. Otherwise, it's fairly long bike rides of 10-15 mikes like yesterday afternoon.

My friends call my rides and walks workouts, but I call them "me time".....a time to chill.
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What was Your Workout Today?

3 times a week do about 20 minutes (about "20 tons") of a variety of machines and free weights. 6 days a week do about 350 calories (30 minutes) on treadmill. Top of all workouts with as many chin ups I can do.

Trying to retire healthy and strong in 3 years.

If I could only stop drinking so many cokes and eating cookies...
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7.5 mile hike. i need to keep this up through winter to keep the 25 lbs from coming back
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I walked a couple of miles at a leisurely pace on a bike trail. It was great to be outdoors in the sun with the autumn leaves swirling about. The end of the week is supposed to bring colder temps and the "s" word (snow). I would imagine (hope) it is only a few flurries. A friend from NOLA (she splits her time there in retirement between FL) texted me today and invited me down to escape the first cold snap but there are some brewing medical issues with a handicapped cousin so I don't feel comfortable leaving the area for the next month or so until they are resolved.
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Tuesday:

20 laps around basketball court to warm up

Beard Crawls down length of court and back
Broad jumps down and back (stop every 10 jumps and do 3 burpees)
Repeat 7 times

Skipped Wednesday

Thursday:

Superset of 4 sets each:
10 stiff leg deadlifts (105 pounds)
10 standing leg press (135 pounds)
10 Romanian deadlifts (85 pounds)

3 sets 30 reps of one-leg weighted bench step ups with a leg raise (25 pounds in each hand)

Superset of 3 sets each:
21 leg curls (split into 7@105 Lbs, 7@90 lbs and 7@50 Lbs(
45 calf press (230 Lbs - 15 at each angle)

Megaset of 5 rounds (4 stations, 4 people, continuous rotation with no rest):
30 Leg extensions (10 each leg and then 10 both legs) at 130 Lbs
(All other stations are continuous and key off the person doing leg raises for time)
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25.5 tons today. After last Monday's workout, it almost felt like slacking off - - lots easier than it might have seemed a couple of weeks ago. So, I am speculating that maybe it is good to push the limits once in a while like that.
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My wife and I go to the gym Mon-Fri in the morning (9ish) for a couple hours. 30 mins cardio ( 8 min mile 3.5 miles on treadmill and a cool down) then weights. Different muscle group each day.

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3 hours of doubles pickleball this morning. I started playing in September and am completely addicted. Our club plays 7 days a week twice a day so there is almost always a game going.

I get really bored with the gym so am glad to have found a social game that makes me run that I enjoy.
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I went out for a nice leisurely, brisk walk for an hour, and got in just over 4 miles. I might get in a couple more miles later tonight before bed time.
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The gym was in disarray for a week plus while they did some major renovations. We drug a lot of equipment down to the basketball court and improvised. Lot's of innovation - here are a few of the moves we did:

One leg deadlifts. Great core and balance exercise:

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Box jumps. 5 sets of 25 reps with 1 minute rest. These will improve explosive power and jack your heart rate up into the red zone.



Battle Rope Burpees. Another hard cardio exercises



Alternating Medicine Ball Pushups:



And my favorite - Towel Pushes:

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Monday:

Bench Press: 10x155x4
Decline Press: 10x165x4
Dumbbell Press: 10x60x4
Pec Deck: 10x80x4
Cable Flys: 10x50x4
Shoulder Press: 10x60x3
Dumbbell Shoulder Press: 10x35x4
Prone Dumbbell Flys: 10x20x4
Dips: 10x4
Skull Crushers: 10x70x3
Tricep Cable Extensions: 10x160x3
Tricep Rope Extensions: 10x130x3
Tricep Reverse Extensions: 10x40x3
Machine Tricep Extensions: 10x160x3

I'm working thru a rotator cuff/impingement issue right now.
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Monday:

Bench Press: 10x155x4
Decline Press: 10x165x4
Dumbbell Press: 10x60x4
Pec Deck: 10x80x4
Cable Flys: 10x50x4
Shoulder Press: 10x60x3
Dumbbell Shoulder Press: 10x35x4
Prone Dumbbell Flys: 10x20x4
Dips: 10x4
Skull Crushers: 10x70x3
Tricep Cable Extensions: 10x160x3
Tricep Rope Extensions: 10x130x3
Tricep Reverse Extensions: 10x40x3
Machine Tricep Extensions: 10x160x3

I'm working thru a rotator cuff/impingement issue right now.
Just a few comments, you might want to back off all the presses if you are experiencing impingement in a shoulder, especially at the weights you have listed. Also, I would recommend you consider balancing push exercises with some pulling exercises to avoid imbalances, same with triceps, balance those out with some curls.
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Just a few comments, you might want to back off all the presses if you are experiencing impingement in a shoulder, especially at the weights you have listed. Also, I would recommend you consider balancing push exercises with some pulling exercises to avoid imbalances, same with triceps, balance those out with some curls.
Thanks for the good advice; I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit these are relatively light weights for me after almost thirty years of powerlifting. The shoulder issue is from a 3rd degree right shoulder separation over ten years ago, I've got a steel band that is holding my clavicle in place. I took a break from working out over the summer and that shoulder will quickly atrophy.

Monday/Thursday are chest/shoulder/tricep push days, Wednesday is leg day, Tuesday/Friday are back/bicep pull days. I've been on this cycle now for just shy of 12 weeks and my shoulder is doing much better; I'll have one week of full rest coming up and then change my routine for the next 12 week cycle.
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