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    Anybody here a fitness nut? I thought it might be fun to have a thread to talk about fitness topics, since we all know all clothing looks better on you if you're in shape!


    As for me, I try and do some lifting/cardio a few times a week, and bike in the warmer months. I did something to make my shoulder really sore recently (probably a combination of stepping up my workouts and sleeping on it funny), so as I'm starting to work out again I'm trying a low-weight, slow-movement, higher-rep workout to see how that goes.


    Any good fitness tips, thoughts, stories, or just want to tell everyone about your workout routine, post it here!


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    I've been doing Stronglifts 5x5 with a coworker since January, so we go 3x a week at lunch. I've been doing karate for almost 4 years and started doing jiujitsu after class one night a week a few months ago, so I'm often sore and bruised.


    I'm just getting back into running. I trained up and ran a half marathon last spring, then got lazy over the summer and hurt my leg in karate last fall. Every time I ran it would hurt and make me change my gait so my knee would ache. Just adding running back in as a warmup before lifting.


    So yeah, I'm trying to get back into shape after putting on some holiday pounds.


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    Me and the wife have been doing P90X for the last couple of months. So, far I'm down from a 48/50 long to 46 and I have one 44L (it has generous proportions) as well. The routine is pretty good, good mix of cardio and resistance training. After we had our son and I started my masters I gained about 80lbs. Slowly working that off.


    A good work out and dietary plan is the Abs Diet. The editor of Men's Health co-wrote it and it works. I did it about 7 or so years ago and got in pretty good shape. You can get the book on amazon for a pretty cheap compared to similar books.


    I kicked boxed for many years but bad knees and weight gain have impeded me doing that, hopefully when I drop more weight I can kick start that up again (bad pun intended).


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    I was really into weightlifting throughout high school and college. After I graduated college I got into distance running and I've been into it ever since. I normally run 3-4 days a week and run 5K's, 10K's, and half-marathons. I'm also a registered dietitian and sports nutrition is a big interest of mine.


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    I run pretty regularly and just finished my 2nd half marathon last week. I finally got serious about my exercise last June/July and dropped about 50 pounds up till now. I generally try to get at least an hour in of cardio/weightlifting 5 days a week. Sticking to fresh foods (aka not fried, fast food, ect.) and just generally eating less combined with the workouts has gotten me here.


    A big one for me was cutting out that late night snack shortly before bed. Even though a lot of times it was after a workout, it still was a bad habit as anything eaten that late goes straight to storage.


    Naturally once I was looking and feeling much better, I ended up wanting to show that feeling off through nice clothes, hence my arrival here...


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    Runner-Guy and Ounce, you guys read that book Born to Run. Great story and interesting opinions on the whole "barefoot" running movement. I got some Vibram 5 Finger cross trainers, extremely comfortable and I feel that they did make a positive difference in my running (especially with bad knees) but at the end of the day I just cant convince my body to run


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    I need help from you fitness nuts ! I'm an avid road cyclist, but my upper body lacks definition. I tried the good ol' weight lifting, but it bores the hell out of me. Also tried P90X, but I couldn't do plyometrics since people live downstairs and there's a lot of jumping involved.


    I'm considering going to classes at a nearby gym, but I'm still looking for alternatives (ideally to save money). Any other ideas for me ?


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    I did weight training in college, but I've never really been one for cardio - partially because it's boring for me and partially because of a back injury in high school that prevents me from running very far or bouncing around to much without incurring a back ache.


    After graduation, I was in league softball, but I haven't really done much in the way of physical activity in years.


    We've fitted out one of the spare bedrooms as a home gym with a (rather nice) spin bike, a full set of resistance bands, an ipod dock, and TV w/ DVD player, but we haven't been using any of it like we should. I keep saying "I'll start this week", but this week never comes.


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    @Jessy: Have you considered resistance bands? Bodylastics is a very popular brand:


    http://www.bodylastics.com/


    They can reasonably simulate a large number of weight training exercises. You can do it while you watch TV if it's boring. or if you like, they also make workout videos to follow along with.


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    What I didn't like about weight lifting is the repetition, just standing there lifting weights. If I have to watch TV at the same time to make it less boring, then it's not what I'm looking for. I'm looking for something more...engaging ?


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