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The Real Maroonblood
On 15/05/2020 at 21:07, RS86 said:

I'm currently the heaviest I've ever been and just ate an indian curry :lol:. Trained hard tonight though so I earned it

I'm back to being wiry due to lack of pub beer.

The wife's jealous :laugh:

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RS86
1 hour ago, The Real Maroonblood said:

I'm back to being wiry due to lack of pub beer.

The wife's jealous :laugh:

 

I've been fighting the temptation to sit in the garden with some beers this past week or two when the weather has been so good lol.

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Alan_R

Global running day apparently

 

Got a half marathon done this morning. Get in

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Governor Tarkin
On 03/06/2020 at 15:19, Alan_R said:

Global running day apparently

 

Got a half marathon done this morning. Get in

 

Nice one.

 

Doubt I could manage a half marathon at the moment.

 

Trying to get 3 x 5k runs in a week as a minimum. Times vary between 24 -27 minutes depending on proximity to drinking sessions and which direction the wind is blowing from on Redford Road.

 

Was pinging the 5k runs in at bang on 19 mins on the treadmill at gradient 2 six months ago, but I was probably putting in > 60k per week when offshore.

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Alan_R
1 hour ago, Governor Tarkin said:

 

Nice one.

 

Doubt I could manage a half marathon at the moment.

 

Trying to get 3 x 5k runs in a week as a minimum. Times vary between 24 -27 minutes depending on proximity to drinking sessions and which direction the wind is blowing from on Redford Road.

 

Was pinging the 5k runs in at bang on 19 mins on the treadmill at gradient 2 six months ago, but I was probably putting in > 60k per week when offshore.

 

Impressive times!! Im a plodder. My PB on 5km is 22min. But that was 4 years ago, i want to get back there. Recently been getting between 24-29min depending on trail/road/hills.

 

Sub 30min used to be a struggle so nice to know progress being made.

 

I done a 5km yesterday morning and for whatever reason i was so sluggish. 34mins. Not about the time but just annoyed me that it wasnt a good run, felt such a struggle.

 

So ran double and smashed out 11km in the evening. Felt a lot better after that.

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ri Alban

Enjoying Big Ronnie Coleman on the Joe Rogan experience. 

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Alan_R

Anyone follow david goggins on social media? Guys a machine and comes out with some great quotes

 

 

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RS86
On 13/06/2020 at 16:47, ri Alban said:

Enjoying Big Ronnie Coleman on the Joe Rogan experience. 

 

Really enjoyed that episode.

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Alan_R

33km run done today. My furthest ever. Slow time but happy to get distance in.

 

Lots of jambos out today. At least 4 commented on my hearts gear. If that was any of you, cheers. Its amazing what a wee comment does to lift the spirits when you are 20km deep.

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RS86
2 hours ago, Alan_R said:

33km run done today. My furthest ever. Slow time but happy to get distance in.

 

Lots of jambos out today. At least 4 commented on my hearts gear. If that was any of you, cheers. Its amazing what a wee comment does to lift the spirits when you are 20km deep.

 

33km, awesome!

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ri Alban
10 hours ago, Alan_R said:

33km run done today. My furthest ever. Slow time but happy to get distance in.

 

Lots of jambos out today. At least 4 commented on my hearts gear. If that was any of you, cheers. Its amazing what a wee comment does to lift the spirits when you are 20km deep.

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Forkbeard
18 hours ago, Alan_R said:

33km run done today. My furthest ever. Slow time but happy to get distance in.

 

Lots of jambos out today. At least 4 commented on my hearts gear. If that was any of you, cheers. Its amazing what a wee comment does to lift the spirits when you are 20km deep.

20 mile... That's impressive. Well done. You make me jealous. 

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Taffin
On 27/06/2020 at 18:38, Alan_R said:

33km run done today. My furthest ever. Slow time but happy to get distance in.

 

Lots of jambos out today. At least 4 commented on my hearts gear. If that was any of you, cheers. Its amazing what a wee comment does to lift the spirits when you are 20km deep.

 

Nice one, well done 🙌🙌 you've inspired me to try and add a bit of distance next time out... I'd like to get a 10 miler in, I've not done that for about a year and a bit. 

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Alan_R

Not including the bike.

 

Ive ran 500km since start of lockdown.

 

No one cares but im pleased with the effort qnd continuing to ramp it up

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Alan_R
Posted (edited)

Im not into weights. But i need to mix it up when im not running/cycling. Trying to introduce some workouts as im right into the running but dont want to end up like a noodle (long way off that as still overweight)

 

Ive been doing a dumbell routine and press ups/dips. I could do zero press ups, now i can do reps of 25 ok. No big deal for some but all start somewhere.

 

Anyway my question as ive no intention of going to gym or bulking but want some definition... ive been reading about doing insanely high reps to melt fat. 100 reps of a single excercise etc.

 

May seem daft but this actually seems more attainable to me than higher weights.(im feeble) plus i can do at home with the minimal stuff i have

 

Any thoughts? Advice?

 

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Taffin
2 hours ago, Alan_R said:

Im not into weights. But i need to mix it up when im not running/cycling. Trying to introduce some workouts as im right into the running but dont want to end up like a noodle (long way off that as still overweight)

 

Ive been doing a dumbell routine and press ups/dips. I could do zero press ups, now i can do reps of 25 ok. No big deal for some but all start somewhere.

 

Anyway my question as ive no intention of going to gym or bulking but want some definition... ive been reading about doing insanely high reps to melt fat. 100 reps of a single excercise etc.

 

May seem daft but this actually seems more attainable to me than higher weights.(im feeble) plus i can do at home with the minimal stuff i have

 

Any thoughts? Advice?

 

 

What's your aim when you say definition? Just to lose more weight to show what you've already got or to build some muscle?

 

Being honest, either way I'd suggest lifting heavier weights or some kind of hiit kettlbell/heavy rucksack circuit with a focus on your legs and then continue the upper body routine you have going on. More muscle will help you burn more fat and the circuits will help your aerobic fitness when it comes to running too.

 

I'm also a big fan of sticking some weight in a backpack and walking for an hour too.

 

You're probably underestimating the amount of work and calories you'd need to do and intake to bulk up given the amount of running you've been doing (great going btw!)

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9 minutes ago, Taffin said:

 

What's your aim when you say definition? Just to lose more weight to show what you've already got or to build some muscle?

 

Being honest, either way I'd suggest lifting heavier weights or some kind of hiit kettlbell/heavy rucksack circuit with a focus on your legs and then continue the upper body routine you have going on. More muscle will help you burn more fat and the circuits will help your aerobic fitness when it comes to running too.

 

I'm also a big fan of sticking some weight in a backpack and walking for an hour too.

 

You're probably underestimating the amount of work and calories you'd need to do and intake to bulk up given the amount of running you've been doing (great going btw!)

Cheers for input. Theres not much there to show off. No upper body strength haha. I guess i just dont want to do too much cardio to the detriment of any muscle that is there.

 

Ive always been active even overweight, lots of football, occassional badminton etc. Its just recently ive made a conscious effort to shift the beef. As such my legs are solid (been running stairs/squats etc too) so just need to teach myself what to do for upper body.

 

My next goal is to manage a pull up. Ive not tried but im pretty certain i couldnt even manage one

 

Probably good advice re kettlebell and weights. Will keeps my eyes peeled at anyone selling after lockdown fad 

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Taffin
39 minutes ago, Alan_R said:

Cheers for input. Theres not much there to show off. No upper body strength haha. I guess i just dont want to do too much cardio to the detriment of any muscle that is there.

 

Ive always been active even overweight, lots of football, occassional badminton etc. Its just recently ive made a conscious effort to shift the beef. As such my legs are solid (been running stairs/squats etc too) so just need to teach myself what to do for upper body.

 

My next goal is to manage a pull up. Ive not tried but im pretty certain i couldnt even manage one

 

Probably good advice re kettlebell and weights. Will keeps my eyes peeled at anyone selling after lockdown fad 

 

I'm the same, I've no upper body strength and hampered by a shoulder injury. I'm maybe 6 months ahead of you on the journey, I've shifted the beef but now wanting to look a bit better.

 

I've strung up some rope over a beam in my flat to do a DIY TRX row...I'm very curious to see if I can do any pull-ups now after a few months at it as I'm not sure I could do more than one before.

 

You can't really go wrong with push ups and rows/pull-ups. Try and get some kind of overhead press in there too for the shoulders. By all means once doing loads of those become easy then weights serve a purpose but by the sounds of it what you're doing is pretty on the money. Just stick with it and keep trying to increase your volume and consistency and I'm sure the results will come. 

 

Or make some kind of sandbag (probably cost about 20 quid to get the stuff) and just move it about the place, lift it over things, throw over your should or tie a rope to it and reel it in.

 

I get seriously bored in the gym and using the kettlbell, the sandbag and making little circuits have been a lot more enjoyable to me and as such I've stuck to it more.

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1 hour ago, Taffin said:

 

I'm the same, I've no upper body strength and hampered by a shoulder injury. I'm maybe 6 months ahead of you on the journey, I've shifted the beef but now wanting to look a bit better.

 

I've strung up some rope over a beam in my flat to do a DIY TRX row...I'm very curious to see if I can do any pull-ups now after a few months at it as I'm not sure I could do more than one before.

 

You can't really go wrong with push ups and rows/pull-ups. Try and get some kind of overhead press in there too for the shoulders. By all means once doing loads of those become easy then weights serve a purpose but by the sounds of it what you're doing is pretty on the money. Just stick with it and keep trying to increase your volume and consistency and I'm sure the results will come. 

 

Or make some kind of sandbag (probably cost about 20 quid to get the stuff) and just move it about the place, lift it over things, throw over your should or tie a rope to it and reel it in.

 

I get seriously bored in the gym and using the kettlbell, the sandbag and making little circuits have been a lot more enjoyable to me and as such I've stuck to it more.

Few things there thats inspired me. Sounds like youre puttin in a good effort.

 

Id rather get creative like that than sit in a gym

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Tazio

A mate decided to try and get a bit fitter and lose weight during lockdown. So far he’s lost 2st and is now the same weight he was as a teenager. He’s not the type to exercise but instead does a daily 10k walk with 10kg of weight in his rucksack and swears by it. I don’t own scales but reckon I’ve put a bit on but I’m cycling a lot more as I’ve got the time to do it beyond commuting so doing about 150k a week. 

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3 hours ago, Tazio said:

A mate decided to try and get a bit fitter and lose weight during lockdown. So far he’s lost 2st and is now the same weight he was as a teenager. He’s not the type to exercise but instead does a daily 10k walk with 10kg of weight in his rucksack and swears by it. I don’t own scales but reckon I’ve put a bit on but I’m cycling a lot more as I’ve got the time to do it beyond commuting so doing about 150k a week. 

Thats brilliant. Was he a big guy to start with?

 

Good going on the bike. Getting to some serious distance.

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Tazio
16 minutes ago, Alan_R said:

Thats brilliant. Was he a big guy to start with?

 

Good going on the bike. Getting to some serious distance.

He was one of those guys that was always just a bit too heavy that you knew could get into a good shape if he tried, not strictly fat but a bit shapeless. 
I’ve always ridden but had got out the habit of doing more than the quick commute to work and had got really bad for dodging it at the slightest excuse. Not the longest distances ever but not bad considering I’m 54. 

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davemclaren
On 16/07/2020 at 23:13, Tazio said:

He was one of those guys that was always just a bit too heavy that you knew could get into a good shape if he tried, not strictly fat but a bit shapeless. 
I’ve always ridden but had got out the habit of doing more than the quick commute to work and had got really bad for dodging it at the slightest excuse. Not the longest distances ever but not bad considering I’m 54. 

I went out cycling for the the first time in 20 odd years this week. Been out three times now and building it up gradually  I’m avoiding any busy roads and mainly doing cycle paths. My longest cycle to date was from Shawfair to Roslin and back again on the old loanhead/Penicuik railway. Need to research other cycle paths I can drive to. 

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Gerd Muller

Never been a fan of running but recently started the Couch to 5K. 9 weeks to build up to 30 mins of running. It's going well and noticing a wee difference already but early days. 

 

Diet is horrendous and probably drink too many beers usually over the week however since I've started this running, lost half a stone, no beers during the week. Been doing the running about 5PM so after lunch I dont have snacks which I'd normally do. 

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Alan_R
14 hours ago, Gerd Muller said:

Never been a fan of running but recently started the Couch to 5K. 9 weeks to build up to 30 mins of running. It's going well and noticing a wee difference already but early days. 

 

Diet is horrendous and probably drink too many beers usually over the week however since I've started this running, lost half a stone, no beers during the week. Been doing the running about 5PM so after lunch I dont have snacks which I'd normally do. 

Good effort mate. How many weeks in are you?

 

Im by no means an expert but my method was just go straight for 5km. Even if you walk most of it. Keep hitting 5km, next youll run half of it. Week after the walking portions will almost disappear. Repeat with 7/10/15km etc.

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22 hours ago, davemclaren said:

I went out cycling for the the first time in 20 odd years this week. Been out three times now and building it up gradually  I’m avoiding any busy roads and mainly doing cycle paths. My longest cycle to date was from Shawfair to Roslin and back again on the old loanhead/Penicuik railway. Need to research other cycle paths I can drive to. 

 

Lots of great cycle routes out this way. 

 

Dalkeith campus is a good start point. From there you can do.

Dalkeith > whitecraig > musselburgh > the pans

 

Dalkeith > ormiston > pencaitland > haddington

 

Dalkeith > eskbank > penicuik 

 

Dalkeith > gilmerton > loanhead > rosewell

 

Dalkeith > whitecraig > newcraighall > holyrood > edinburgh

 

All these are cycle paths, either away from traffic or very minimal road sections

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9 minutes ago, Alan_R said:

 

Lots of great cycle routes out this way. 

 

Dalkeith campus is a good start point. From there you can do.

Dalkeith > whitecraig > musselburgh > the pans

 

Dalkeith > ormiston > pencaitland > haddington

 

Dalkeith > eskbank > penicuik 

 

Dalkeith > gilmerton > loanhead > rosewell

 

Dalkeith > whitecraig > newcraighall > holyrood > edinburgh

 

All these are cycle paths, either away from traffic or very minimal road sections

Thanks. 👍

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Alan_R

Sorry dont really know where else to ask...

 

As i try incorporate a bit weights/resistance into my workouts few things.

 

Doing press ups my left arm just doesnt feel good, almost like the left elbow locks/clicks sometimes. Means my movements arent always smooth coz of it. Ive watched lots of vids about form etc and nothings really helped. Unless i drop and blast out say 10 really quick ones but im not sure then im doing them properly.

 

Secondly. I get a slight blurriness of vision/dizziness after even short amount of reps. This could just be coz im so feeble lol. It subsides after about 20secs

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2 hours ago, Alan_R said:

Sorry dont really know where else to ask...

 

As i try incorporate a bit weights/resistance into my workouts few things.

 

Doing press ups my left arm just doesnt feel good, almost like the left elbow locks/clicks sometimes. Means my movements arent always smooth coz of it. Ive watched lots of vids about form etc and nothings really helped. Unless i drop and blast out say 10 really quick ones but im not sure then im doing them properly.

 

Secondly. I get a slight blurriness of vision/dizziness after even short amount of reps. This could just be coz im so feeble lol. It subsides after about 20secs

 

Be careful with the dizziness and keep an eye on it not getting worse, but it's probably just from your body not being used to holding that position and straining through the reps. Make sure you're breathing throughout and not holding your breath while doing them...I'm quite bad for that myself.

 

For the elbow maybe try doing a set with your hands elevated (on the kitchen worktop or sofa) to reduce the pressure before going into the proper ones. I've got to warm the range of motion up in my right shoulder before push ups. 

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On 18/07/2020 at 08:09, davemclaren said:

I went out cycling for the the first time in 20 odd years this week. Been out three times now and building it up gradually  I’m avoiding any busy roads and mainly doing cycle paths. My longest cycle to date was from Shawfair to Roslin and back again on the old loanhead/Penicuik railway. Need to research other cycle paths I can drive to. 

 

Get yourself onto Ride with GPS and you can look up logged rides for various start points, of various lengths. These will be a variety of routes/paths etc but at least will give you some ideas.

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ri Alban

Runners might like this. 

 

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Alan_R
On 19/07/2020 at 14:11, Taffin said:

 

Be careful with the dizziness and keep an eye on it not getting worse, but it's probably just from your body not being used to holding that position and straining through the reps. Make sure you're breathing throughout and not holding your breath while doing them...I'm quite bad for that myself.

 

For the elbow maybe try doing a set with your hands elevated (on the kitchen worktop or sofa) to reduce the pressure before going into the proper ones. I've got to warm the range of motion up in my right shoulder before push ups. 

 

This was actually really helpful.

 

This will seem stupid as hell but i didnt really notice i wasnt breathing, or not properly. All my effort was on the exercise that i was unconsciously holding my breathe 😂😂 

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davie1980

Do we know when gyms open yet.

 

I'm still seeing advice saying they won't reopen before the 31st.

Feels a bit late in the day not to have a more accurate update than that.

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3 hours ago, davie1980 said:

Do we know when gyms open yet.

 

I'm still seeing advice saying they won't reopen before the 31st.

Feels a bit late in the day not to have a more accurate update than that.

Don’t expect them to open then. 

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7 hours ago, davemclaren said:

Don’t expect them to open then. 

 

Oh thanks for the advice chief, not sure what I would have done without you telling me that.

 

Anyone have a meaningful contribution to the discussion. 

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1 hour ago, davie1980 said:

 

Oh thanks for the advice chief, not sure what I would have done without you telling me that.

 

Anyone have a meaningful contribution to the discussion. 

ok, given what was said last week re priorities I would not expect them to open before the schools do on 12/8 with an update given tomorrow. 
 

That’s as much as I can commit to at the moment. 😄

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14 hours ago, davie1980 said:

Do we know when gyms open yet.

 

I'm still seeing advice saying they won't reopen before the 31st.

Feels a bit late in the day not to have a more accurate update than that.

 

I will take a guess at mid-late August (think they opened in England last weekend?). We tend to be a few weeks behind so best guess would be another 3 weeks for gyms. 

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21 hours ago, davie1980 said:

 

Oh thanks for the advice chief, not sure what I would have done without you telling me that.

 

Anyone have a meaningful contribution to the discussion. 

September is what I heard for all the Renfrewshire liesure complexes, but I'm hoping the gyms are in the next couple of weeks. 

We should find out today. 

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I play amateur football. Been told not to expect any training before end of oct earliest.

 

Taking a tough line. Teams kicked out league if found to be breaching any rules.

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Gyms not opening 'til Sept 14th.

 

I'd be better keeping my views to myself on that woman.

 

Sweat on sunbeds - fine

Grouping in pubs - fine

Protesting - fine

Public transport - fine

 

Lifting weights taking care of your mental health? Virus will get ya.

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1 hour ago, Wham Bam Austin McCann said:

Gyms not opening 'til Sept 14th.

 

I'd be better keeping my views to myself on that woman.

 

Sweat on sunbeds - fine

Grouping in pubs - fine

Protesting - fine

Public transport - fine

 

Lifting weights taking care of your mental health? Virus will get ya.

 

It really is ridiculous. From a health point of view you would think gyms would be a priority. 

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On 30/07/2020 at 14:12, TheOak88 said:

 

It really is ridiculous. From a health point of view you would think gyms would be a priority. 
Hopefully gyms open and maybe do a rota where you book a certain time and only a certain amount t of people would be aloud in the gym at a time

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LIFT gym on Gorgie rd have posted the following. Nicola Sturgeon has been invited to see the changes they have implemented, but whether she does...

 

 

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