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Awkward question for the guys
caponerd48 posted a topic in General FitnessHey fellas! Ok so here's the situation. I've started the Stronglifts 5x5 program which includes doing a lot of squats. Aaaand... my underwear can't hack it. Sadly several pairs have bit the dust, ripping from the movements. Any suggestions for sturdy underwear that is not too expensive?
BattleBear posted a topic in WarriorsAnyone else go for some innocent clothes shopping and find yourself in a clothing war? I find that most/all women's shirt sleeves are way too tight. They fit everywhere else, but they just can't contain my guns! I'm not saying I'm super crazy swole or anything, but I would like some work shirts that don't look like the the sleeves are about to explode off. I know guys have this problem, but seriously, do clothing manufactures expect all women to be afraid of getting any muscle (or fat, for that matter) on their arms?
Cold weather running/Bantha Gear
Mike_d85 posted a topic in General FitnessAfter looking around a bit I can't find a thread on winter running gear. I don't trust what I find actually searching for stuff in online stores . I thought I'd ask my dozen or so quesitons here. I just moved from the sub-tropical SE united states to the barely above-arctic New England area. I have only run in shorts or track pants. Back home if it was below 40 degrees I didn't go outside and I'm pretty sure following that rule means I won't be running for a very long time in the near future. What do I actually need? Is there special gear that is smarter, stronger, faster, better, and less likely to make me form icicles? Are leggings really worth $120 or is that the premium I pay for letting everyone look at my calves? Look at them. Look at my gorgeous, sculpted calves everyone. You can't touch them because I can't afford to replace these pants, but look at them in their chiseled and masculine glory. Is there different gear for when it's below freezing or do I just throw a jacket on top? Do people just not run if it's too cold? Is there an unsafe temprature (where you risk hypothermia or something)? Should I just grit my teeth, say "hang it" and hit the pool and the treadmill at the Y? Are my shoes going to make a difference (other than avoiding ice patches and slush puddles)?
"Headlights" when running?
Brekketechie posted a topic in General FitnessHello ladies, so I recently noticed that when I do long runs (which for me are about 5 miles) I get "headlights" (perky nips!) which show through my sports bra AND shirt. When I discovered this during cool down stretches I was mortified. Any recommendations? Has anyone else experienced this? I'm kind of a shy person, so this makes me uncomfortable... :/
Etchi's second challenge- 'Knowledge is Power'
Omega v1.1 posted a topic in AssassinsThe main thing I took away from my first challenge was the absolute importance of knowledge as a facilitator of progression. I set out my goals but as the days and weeks progressed I came to understand that first and foremost you really have to know what you are doing and what you are aiming for, if you want to achieve your goals. I wasn't 100% clear on what I wanted to do or how was best for me to do it, so I fell a little short. This time around, rather than working towards a specific life goal, my plan is to build some foundations with my overall goal to be to increase my general knowledge concerning both myself and exercise in general and therefore be better prepared not just for future challenges but for life in general. My goals are: Fuel Knowledge: I reached my goal weight a while ago but now my problem is that I'm still losing weight and it appears that it's not just fat that's going- my lean body weight is also dropping which isn't good if you're trying to build muscle. I'm working out regularly so I know that this really comes down to my diet. I've got to up my calorie intake to a level where I'm either staying the same weight or even putting on the pounds, preferably in muscle. More importantly I've got to look at my macronutrients, specifically my protein levels. I'm trying to take on more protein than I used to but I don't think it's nearly enough. My plan of attack then is to start off on the first week just keeping a record of my food intake using Myfitnesspal so I'll have a better understanding of what I'm eating and then from there, start changing my diet to improve my protein/fat/carbs ratios. Following on from that I will then gradually change my daily meals/ supplement them accordingly to a level where Iâ€™m consuming enough calories and protein. A= consistently hitting calorie/ protein goal B= understand what improvements I need to make and be on the way to achieving them C= be aware that Iâ€™m not eating right but make no attempts to improve F= be aware that food is something exists to be eaten but have no understanding of what Iâ€™m really putting in my mouth. CON- 4 WIS- 2 Exercise Knowledge: I am gradually learning more by perusing the Nerd Fitness pages however I strongly feel that there are still large gaps in my knowledge especially relating to very elementary areas of anatomy and physiology as they relate to exercise. My aim is, by the end of the six weeks to have a better understanding of my body and body weight exercises so my primary goal here is to read and more importantly understand all of â€˜Overcoming Gravityâ€™. Iâ€™ve made a couple of attempts at it before by have either run out of momentum or given up due to a lack of understanding. This will not happen again. A secondary goal, which wonâ€™t contribute to scoring, is to create a reading/resources list for further study. Any suggestions for furthering reading material or useful websites etc are very greatly appreciated. A= read and understand the whole damn thing B= read 75% C= read 50% D= read 25% F= fail to read and understand any of it. WIS- 3 Body knowledge: Not so closely related to increasing knowledge and I'm not going to even attempt to create a tenous link: I feel my legs and core are much stronger than my upper body so I'm really going to focus more on pulling and pushing than anything else and specifically pulling. It is by far and away my least developed area so, whilst I don't imagine that I'll reach the stage where I can do a pull-up in 6 weeks, I'd definitely like to feel that they are in reach and that my last are getting stronger. This morning I went back to my standard exercise of body weight rows and Iâ€™m massively bored of doing them. Each day I dread having to do them and consequently I never have quite the motivation to push myself. I want to turn this around but I think my best way forward is to move on to something a little harder so Iâ€™ll be forced to stretch myself rather than continue trudging along in my rut. From now on then, rather than hammering ineffectually away out the same old rows, Iâ€™m going to spice things up with assisted pull-ups and negatives. Iâ€™ve got a pull-up bar but its collecting dust so itâ€™ll be good to actually use it and I think that to be actually dangling rather than lying down when I work my muscles will feel more like Iâ€™m progressing towards doing those elusive pull-ups. Iâ€™m not sure the best way to monitor my progress with these so Iâ€™m going to stick to my unachieved target of 2 sets of 20 bodyweight rows by the end of 6 weeks from the last challenge unless somebody can suggest anything better. A= 2 sets of 20 bodyweight rows B= 2 sets of 15 (75% of target) F= anything less. I can already manage multiple sets of between 10-14 so anything less than sets of 15 arenâ€™t progress. STR- 4 Life Goal: Sartorial Knowledge: According to one of the Assassinâ€™s core textbooks: â€˜An Assassin must always act with style. Without style, he's just an expensive thug. They must always dress stylishly in black (which, although not the best colour for being unseen at night, is the correct colour for being an Assassin)â€™ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ankh-Morpork_Assassins%27_Guild#Code_of_conduct Since losing a fair chunk of weight, a large proportion of my wardrobe now either no longer fits or is old and badly worn. My life goal for the challenge therefore is to go through every article of clothing I own and make a decision to keep, discard or replace. Iâ€™ve split them up and I shall aim to tackle one type of clothing per week: Underwear, shoes, t-shirts, tops, bottoms and miscellaneous. A= all clothes sorted B= 5 out of 6 categories C= 4 out of 6 categories D= 3 out of 6 E= 2 out of 6 F= 1 or less CHA- 2
How many exercise clothes do you have?
Leithient posted a topic in General FitnessHi everyone! I'm trying to declutter my wardrobe and I've found a huge trouble with the "fitness" module! I don't know how many shorts, T-shirts, shoes... are the "basics". So I've thought that maybe asking here I'd find some inspiration. How many clothes do you have in order to do exercise? Winter/Summer, it doesn't matter!