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Old 10-22-05, 10:08 AM
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Winter Weight Training....huh?

I just packratted a very used but still serviceable Bowflex and a leg extension bench from my neighbor's Sat. morn garage sale. WooHoot.

Now, what the hell do I do with it? Thought I would augment my weekday evenings on the windtrainer with some weight lifting (make that bowflexing). Given my build and my 58 years, don't expect to buff out but would like to firm up. Got the well-thumbed Bowflex exercise manual that came with it.

Besides being mindful of starting slowly, alternate days, etc. any advice on combining windtrainer with a weight resistance routine....I know/think Stapfam and others do this kind of thing winters.

Any pointers from cross-trainers out there? For that matter, besides indoor riding, what do people do besides eat and wait for longer, more rideable days?

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I'm envious! I've wanted a bowflex for a long time, but have neither the budget nor the room for one. I almost got the Weider Max on sale at $230 + $100 for delivery / set-up, but then read too many negative reviews on the internet. I'd love to have my neighbor sell one at a garage sale! I'll be curious as to the replies and advice you get here. Congrats!
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Gary.....I was lucky. I got both pieces for less than what some people pay for a pair of zoot road shoes. We should start a sticky thread for divorced-single-guys-with-kids-on-a-budget. You may not be so envious when I smack myself in the face with a gone-awry tension rod. David.

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Gary.....I was lucky. I got both pieces for less than what some people pay for a pair of zoot road shoes. We should start a sticky thread for divorced-single-guys-with-kids-on-a-budget. You may not be so envious when I smack myself in the face with a gone-awry tension rod. David.

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Boy would that be a great idea! I could get some tips on how to "decorate" my place -- right now there's two kids bikes in the corner of the dining room, while my sweet MTB lives in the living room, right by the front door, ready to go. The floor pump is disguised as an interior decorating fashion statement (post modern or something!) by the "entertainment center" (actually, a serving rack normally found in a kitchen). Spare tires are leaning against a bookcase.

When I first became single, I tried hard to create a "normal" look to my place, like a home usually looks. The longer I'm single, the less I care about that. I just want enough room for my stuff, i want it fairly neat, and that's about it!

So, if I ever get a bowflex, all it has to do is fit. i don't care if it looks good!
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D.G......you might try putting a lamp shade over the floor pump! I see it as a way to keep young. My place looks something like my bedroom when I was in high school. I sometimes think I go out riding because life on the road is so much more orderly. My daughter is off at college and my son lives-in while a local jc student. Sometimes I'm not sure who the adolescent is.

Better put some cycling content in: Got the trainer set up this morning with "utility bike" attached. (In my case, a '92 SunTour/Mavic/Shim. Bridgestone).Everyone should have a utility bike for shooting around town, wind trainer stuff, drying laundry on, taking to the beach, and maybe, because it's so informal and seemingly indestructible because you don't baby it, your most fun bike. Gary, your old MTB, when you get your new bike, will become your "utility" bike.
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"Cycling Past 50" by Joe Friehl has a nice section on weight training. I know nothing about the Bow-flex, but I'm sure you can use it to work various muscle groups that you about.
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Can't tell you about the new"toy" you have got, but I have found that if I do not get extra exercise to my normal Riding , I start to lose fitnes fairly fast. To supplement this- I go to the local gym.

I mainly go for Cardio cascular, and spend 1 hour in 10 minute spells going from machine to machine to get the range of exercises to build thighs, torso, buttocks etc. Start off on the first machine as warm up- surprise surprse- this is the bike. By the end of 6 machines I Have reached my Max HR and am shattered.

Then it is down to the weights room. I am not strong on upper body, but I do use these machines to get full movement on low weights but lots of repetitions. I mainly go in for leg strength and there are a couple of machines that I scare the posers with at the weights I pull. (nothing better than getting the Body fanatics struggling on a weight that you have just got bored with after 50 repetitions.)

Now there is the best bit of any Hard training session and I doubt that there are many homes that have one. The ideal machine for cooling down and relaxing at the end of a hard session- The Sauna.
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I use the Total Gym because of its compactness and ease of use. The only problem is that the resistance can only go so high as it uses your body weight. You increase the resistance by increasing the incline of the bench, but I'm already at the highest level. I'm not out to get muscle bound and, because of this, it's been fine to this point. Does a great job of firming. Still, I might want buy a new one as they're pretty cheap and allow to add weights to the bench now to increase resistance.

Hey, congrats on the new piece of equipment, by the way. If not for space considerations, I'd get myself a Bowflex or something nice like that.

As far as the topic, nothing makes me feel better for the rest of the day than a great upper body workout. I do it regularly.
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