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Old 09-05-08, 12:32 AM
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Originally Posted by luribe View Post

finally there a really good book on bodyweight training -- "never gymless", here's the link -- http://www.rosstraining.com/nevergymless.html
Yes, excellent site. I have his books. Also, check out:

www.crossfit.com
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Boy theres a lot of gym fanatics here. You couldn't hold me down in one of those places if you tried. I swim 3 times a week. Its quite easy to fit it in between lectures if you're a student. You come home quite tired though, after riding to uni, swimming, and sitting through tons of lectures.
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drink beer.
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I also paddle in summer and XC ski in winter.

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Weights, crunches etc. in my basement 3x a week. And an almost two year old little boy who keeps me going.

I hate the gym.
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Originally Posted by powerband View Post
Pushups, pullups and jump burpees. Kipping pullups. Handstand pullups. Rope climb. Stone throws, forwards, backwards, and stone slams straight down. Sledge hammer swings onto an old tire or onto a log. Google is your friend.

Good luck.
Heh, sounds like Crossfit workouts.

edit: D'oh! Just saw your entry at the top of this page. It is Crossfit!
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My occupation is more than enough upper body workout. This is a mixed blessing, because my body is proportioned well enough and I suppose my strength is well-rounded, but I'm dang tired just about all the time.
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I got a kayak in early summer and have been paddling twice a week. It's great upper body workout but doesn't bulk me up. Also a lot of fun.
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You could get a Power Tower. If you dont want to be bored lifting free weights at home or going to the gym. Push ups (regualar and declined), pull ups, sit ups, and dips. Dips are the key, you can start adding weight to all of those as you go. If you want endurance than do a 1000 sit ups a day, talk about boring. If you want to get a little bigerr though add weight to your exercises and stick with 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps per set. Besides, unless your like 12% body fat or less, you could do million sittups a day and never get abs.

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You just attach weights to the belt and let them hang inbetween your legs.
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Originally Posted by lisitsa View Post
Boy theres a lot of gym fanatics here.
It's part of my workday, actually.

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You could get a Power Tower.
Those are pretty darn cool. A little bit of everything crammed into a small space, and without weighing a couple hundred pounds, either.
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upper body

I use my dumbbells sometimes and I practice archery for fun. My work is isometric for my upper body and as a result I have strong fingers and arms. My area of weakness is in my abs and and lower back due to inflexibility from cycling so much. I plan to add more stretching, ab work and weight training to my body maintenance routine. I bicycle because I enjoy it but it is fairly one dimensional.
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Originally Posted by charles vail View Post
I use my dumbbells sometimes and I practice archery for fun. My work is isometric for my upper body and as a result I have strong fingers and arms. My area of weakness is in my abs and and lower back due to inflexibility from cycling so much. I plan to add more stretching, ab work and weight training to my body maintenance routine. I bicycle because I enjoy it but it is fairly one dimensional.
You know I used to have alot of lower back problems from the age of 17 to 23 due to a bad car wreck and also from driving a forklift in and out of trailers 10 hours a day for years. I started working out at the gym, including back extensions in there and walla, no more back pain ever. I now do them weighted with a 15lb. medicine ball against my chest. Try em, couldnt hurt.

http://www.myfit.ca/exercisedatabase...xercises&ID=48
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Whatever my trainer tells me to do, She switches things up about every 2 months. Her and her husband both used to race mtb, He raced against the big boys back in the 90's so both of them know what workouts you need along with the bike.

Lots of core.........
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After spending a lot of money joining gyms and not going to them I decided to build a gym in the basement. I purchased a strengthening station at a yard sale. I will obtain free weights and a bench at some other yard sale. I then challenged my co-workers to a health month to get motivated to go down to the gym. Of course I will win the contest because I commute to work every day.



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Old 09-05-08, 09:29 PM
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Originally Posted by lisitsa View Post
Boy theres a lot of gym fanatics here. You couldn't hold me down in one of those places if you tried. I swim 3 times a week. Its quite easy to fit it in between lectures if you're a student. You come home quite tired though, after riding to uni, swimming, and sitting through tons of lectures.
That's fine, but by doing NO strength/resistance training, you're not doing anything to improve your bone density. Lifting weights does that. Running does that. Cycling and swimming aren't load bearing.
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Old 09-06-08, 08:59 AM
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Bungees, medicine ball, dumbbells, pull up bar, a little yoga and some calisthenics, less of the yoga and calisthenics lately because I'm working on the house and have almost no clear floor space I used to do judo and aikido but it got too expensive and time consuming given my schedule.
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i gave yoga the old college try and am satisified with the results and the instructor.

medicine ball + partner would be nice as well, as would more kegstands.
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Rowing machine, upper bod & wind workout. Got some small free weights in the living room.
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Originally Posted by Schwinnrider View Post
That's fine, but by doing NO strength/resistance training, you're not doing anything to improve your bone density. Lifting weights does that. Running does that. Cycling and swimming aren't load bearing.
Why do you need to improve your bone density?
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Originally Posted by Nozzle View Post
Cyclocommuting is making my legs sek-c

It gets me thinking about that other half of my body that could use work. I've read that a lot of commuters here save money on, among other things, gym memberships. If you're not going to the gym, what do y'all do about arms/abs/chest/back exercise? I'm leaning toward crunches and free weights myself but that sounds... well, boring...
Haven't read any of the other posts...just too many. Two words: Yoga and Swimming. Yoga for flexability, breathing and strength. Swimming for toning, definition, breath control...strength, also. There's a book called 'Light On Yoga' by B.S.K. Iyengar that's the 'gold standard' of Hatha yoga. There's another one by Swami Vishnudevananda called 'The Complete Illustrated Book Of Yoga' that's long out of print, but can probably be found in paperback. It's got the 'Sun Salutation' group of movements that is the basic yoga morning/evening exercize.

Swimming I find to be very rhythmic and helps me w/concentration and tenacity when climbing hills. I do a combination of breast stroke(1 lap) and freestyle(2 laps). I breath from both sides on every 3d stroke during freestyle to maintain balance. First breath right then two strokes, then breathe from the left and so on. There's a 'power transfer' that happens when your upper body is 'self-sustaining' in terms of strength, ie from your abs up. Your lower body doesn't have to contribute as much to balance and can be freed to do the 'power grind' necessary for hill climbing. If your comparatively weak in your upper body some of the 'power base' of your legs will have to shift to holding your upper body in position, lessening the amount of stamina available to your legs. IMHO weight training will increase bulk, but not necessarily strength in the amount required to 'move' that bulk unless you're blessed w/a good weight to strength ratio, naturally. Although it DOES contribute to greater bone density.

BTW, there's NO way around good old-fashioned 'crunches' for ab work. Do 'reverse crunches', too for your lower back. Face down, hands behind head, fingers locked, LIFT and HOLD...2...3...4...5 and down. There's no shortcuts for those two areas of ones body. Just gotta 'suck it up' and deal... In two months you'll be a different cyclist...
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Swim and Bowflex round out my upper body workouts, cycling and running take care of the legs.
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Hauling a heavy recumbent bike with a motor and battery up steps. Oh, yeah, I swim, too, but I mainly do flexibility exercises in the water. My upper body strength is pretty low.
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Originally Posted by uke View Post
Why do you need to improve your bone density?

So they don't break easily. Stress strengthens bones.
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Hockey. Even though "legs feed the wolf" in hockey, there's quite a bit of core strength through the back and abs. Wrists for shots. Elbows muscles for cheap shots, shoulder muscles for body checks, and punching muscles when called upon.

Seriously though, I used to do a lot of pushups. 2 or 3 sets of 30-50 from various positions. Plus pull ups/chin ups front and back. Dips. Crunches. What started out as something to do while the shower warmed up ended up taking up almost 45 min when I was getting in better shape. Then I went to the gym one day and got 3 times the workout in half the time. I hate the gym but once your body gets used to just it's own body weight, weight training is the best way to go. Plus, I noticed I was getting "deeper" into the muscles. For example bench presses seemed to penetrate to deeper muscle tissue and more area than pushups. And I was using a variety of pushups to try and hit all of the pec areas. Plus at the gym I was able to add biceps and tricep specific exercises. I didn't do a lot of leg work just because of all of the biking and hockey I played, but I would at least try and get one day out of the week that hit the legs. I only hit the gym 3 times a week max. So much better than trying to crank a bunch of pushups every day. (I don't weigh much so my body weight alone isn't enough to really push muscle growth.)
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