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by 88 · about 22 hours ago

Hey, so I recently picked up a copy of Gold Medal Bodies' "Rings 1" and "Rings 2" gymnastics courses, and I am looking to start very soon. I was working through a barbell strength training program, WS4SB 3, but the whole point of my doing this... (more)

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max_8 0 · August 25, 2013 at 3:27 AM

You really need to eat more. There's no way to get bigger and stronger without eating more. You clearly aren't eating enough. I recommend increasing your daily caloric intake to around 3000kcal/day. My 120lb 5'1 girlfriend eats 3000kcal/day for... (more)

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by 15 · about 22 hours ago

So since I started Paleo about a month ago. Ever since I switched diets, any time I start working out, whether cardio, weightlifting, zumba, pump, running, just anything really, I have this uncontrollable urge to just sob. I usually just push... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · August 05, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Hormones will definitely rebalance when you eat a nutrient-dense Primal diet. It will probably go away in a couple of months or less. In the meantime, if you are in a private place when working out, then go ahead and let the tears flow. Crying... (more)

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by 789 · September 28, 2014 at 4:02 AM

Sigh, I no longer have time to work out at my beloved muay thai -slash- kettle bell gym since I work a crap load of jobs and they're only open during my working hours. So, I figured I'd take up a "Super Sport" 24HF Gym Routine down the street to... (more)

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sage_ 0 · June 28, 2013 at 10:32 PM

buy some kettle bells and swing at home, on your work break or out on the lawn in the moonlight! maybe get a jump rope too? go to the local playground and climb the jungle gym, do pull ups on the monkey bars take a walk in the woods and climb... (more)

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by 5 · about 22 hours ago

Does anyone do Les Mills Bodypump? I read on here some folks bag it and say it's not like crossfit or heavy lifting, but it's not a fair comparison. I've been doing it for a few years and really enjoy it. I love the trainers and class atmosphere.... (more)

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Lazza 0 · May 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM

I did Body Pump regularly many years ago when I lived in London. I thought it was an absolutely awesome workout, ... highly recommended. However although promoted as a workout suitable for everyone I think those of "a certain age" (55+) might... (more)

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by 1772 · about 22 hours ago

Hey. My gym routine has grown a bit stale, and I'm interested in how you plan/structure your workouts and what you do at the gym? How do you keep from getting bored with your routine?

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thegiantess 0 · May 13, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Generally speaking I lift heavy 2 times per week. The lifts are comprised of the big 3 (squat, dead and bench) with 1 accessory movement. I do reverse pyramid style lifts, so by the time I am done I have done about 10-12 sets, depending on how... (more)

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by 103 · about 22 hours ago

Hi all, Can anyone give me any tips on the following: I'll be taking my second year university exams over the next 3 weeks and going to be studying each day with gym Monday-Thursday. So, which benefits me more? Gym first then studying or... (more)

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CJ_12 0 · May 01, 2013 at 7:48 PM

I agree that you should do it in between, but it's really just what's best for your body and when you're able to perform your best! Some days I like to study first, but some days I would rather workout first. It's really a body mechanism choice.... (more)

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by 53 · about 23 hours ago

From what I've heard, free weight training is recommended and weight machines are not thought to be effective. But I wanted to check in on that. I lifted on weight machines for years, and was strong (and regained strength quickly when I resumed... (more)

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flowers 0 · January 27, 2013 at 1:11 AM

I think that if you are trying to get the most out of your workout, free weights are the way to go. They work your entire body because they require coordination and stability. This is practical to everyday tasks, which is the essence of the paleo... (more)

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by 53 · about 23 hours ago

I spent years weight training on machines. The consensus here seems to be fairly well against that, even though I was pretty strong. (Lifted all of the stack on half the machines, lifted some of the lighter weight machines for that matter.) But... (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · January 21, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Hey. I think that always, the bread and butter of your training should be heavy (4-8 reps), free-weight compound lifts (barbell overhead presses, cleans, squats, barbell rows, benches, squats, deadlifts) along with heavy (4-8 reps), weighted... (more)

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by 5 · September 24, 2014 at 3:51 AM

I just finished my first whole 30 and I'm going for 60 now hoping to improve upon my shortcomings in my first 30, like eating 3 meals a day and not snacking so much. I love this diet. I feel MUCH better and I am very interested in the issues that... (more)

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run262_1 0 · January 08, 2013 at 3:27 PM

I think you're doing fine. Just stay with it (that's the key), before you know it, things will start to get easier. I know how frustrating it can be dealing with old injuries, remembering how you "use to be" and finding a starting place - it can... (more)

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by 20 · about 23 hours ago

I am a newbie and have really been enjoying the food aspect of Paleo. I cannot believe I am not jonesing for sugar; that is a major accomplishment! Ready to move onto integrations of exercise. I have been a slacker for a year or more, walking once... (more)

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Jay_15 0 · November 15, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Depends on your goals. If you want longevity and fitness to just live then you don't need a gym. Body weight resistance training and plenty of walking and just increasing your daily energy output with yard work and such will do. If you want... (more)

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by 50 · September 30, 2014 at 3:42 AM

I've been going to the gym on and off for almost 4 years now. I've gone almost every day this summer which is like 2 months. I think I have reached a plateu in my workouts however. I am 19, but I have trouble doing squats or anything that involves... (more)

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CD 0 · July 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I have herniated discs right now too. So I switched to split squats (where you hold the dumbells below your waist) which does not put as much pressure on my discs. Here's what I do, typically I do MWF, and rotate A, B, A, B, A, B, etc: A... (more)

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by 664 · September 29, 2014 at 3:38 AM

I am a hair over one month of eating Paleo. Overall I have been about 95/5 or 90/10. I am down 21 lbs from when I started and I feel better than I have in years. My body has leaned this way... head, neck, chest, stomach...and now legs while my... (more)

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Trelow 0 · July 22, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Squat heavy. Deadlift heavy. That's all you need.

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by 30 · about 23 hours ago

Hi, I have just started the Paleo diet and am loving it :) I find it quite easy to follow and really yummy! My only question is I'm a tad confused with people saying i should cut out fruit to lose weight? Isn't the point of paelo being about to... (more)

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Shari_Bambino 0 · July 06, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Isn't the point of paelo being about to eat as much fruit and vegies as you like? Nope. No it is not. That's the weight watchers core program you're thinking of. First welcome to PH! It's great that you are happy and are loving... (more)

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by 4273 · about 23 hours ago

What do you feel is the most worthless piece of gym equipment?

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Sol 0 · June 23, 2012 at 3:58 AM

The Hawaii Chair. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9_amg-Aos4

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by 20 · about 23 hours ago

I am moving to San Jose in a couple weeks. What are some good paleo/primal places to check out in the area? I am interested in restaurants, grocery stores, butchers, fish mongers, farmers' markets, CSAs, and places to work out, CrossFit or... (more)

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Heather_McCormack 0 · June 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I live in San Jose, we have Whole Foods Markets, great Farmers Markets, my favorite is the Campbell Farmers Market on Sundays, you can buy grass fed meat from Prather Ranch there (they sell here and in San Francisco), Farmhouse Culture raw... (more)

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by 3651 · about 23 hours ago

Thanks to urging from my young colleague at work who is into leangains, I signed up at the gym, and want to work on repairing what metabolism I may have left after (too long a story) obesity and a hormone train wreck. I'm 51, m, and went from... (more)

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Anonymous_Chump 0 · March 04, 2012 at 2:23 AM

I'm a lifelong exerciser type. I would imagine that it wouldn't be easy to get into a routine at 51 years of age. I applaud you for your results so far and your efforts and goals to continue on your path. You might want to simply focus on... (more)

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by 20353 · September 30, 2014 at 3:31 AM

What is your favorite floor surface for an inside weight gym? One that will minimize damage to the house but also provide a good workout surface? Perhaps something that could be placed on top of carpet.

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badly_dubbed 0 · February 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM

i use horse stall mats, found on ebay (8ftx4ft) basically 11-22mm thick rubber matting. just laid over the carpet and concrete floor.

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by 2171 · September 30, 2014 at 3:28 AM

I know that CrossFit is out there and has strong ties to Paleo-types and is favoured by them. But I was just thinking about the ideal gym. Because I am reading The Primal Blueprint and following Mark's Daily Apple, I began thinking about how you... (more)

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Bill1102inf 0 · January 16, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Get Your Grok On at 'Groks GYM and Paleo Feast' <- Or something. This would go over great in a city where its not easy to 'get away'... Take 1 big warehouse or empty Big Box Store (there should be plenty of these available) . Make a 'nature... (more)

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by 3690 · about 23 hours ago

Does anyone have an idea of where to start lifting heavy things given my background, and is it possible to do it at home, or is a gym inevitable? My primary goal is to gain power in the muscles I already have...perhaps a tiny bit of mass, and lean... (more)

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Mash 0 · January 07, 2012 at 2:09 AM

Well it's 01:52am and I am up waiting for a server to finish its fsck. You sound VERY similar to me. I have never set foot in a gym in my life, I don't really like the concept. Though I do very much want to join a CrossFit box this year. What I... (more)

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by 1906 · about 23 hours ago

I recently moved, so my very convenient access to a gym with always-available power rack and bumper plates has now vanished. Earlier in the year, I started the Stronglifts protocol, and switched over to Starting Strength later in the summer. I'm... (more)

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Evan_1 0 · December 23, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Seems like you answered your own question already! First - work on your strength gains first and reach your goals. However, if you feel your form may lack then you might want to stop by the gym or the CF box and get some help with form. Cheaper... (more)

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by 323 · about 23 hours ago

Hello. My name is Nick Kinsella and I am a Personal Trainer for a large commercial gym chain in the UK. I have been following a paleo diet for about a year and a half now and feel quite frankly fantastic. I have made a concerted effort to learn... (more)

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Adulescens_Appetens 0 · November 18, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Bacon shall sway the unbelievers.

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by 1906 · about 23 hours ago

I started the Stronglifts program a little while ago, and have slowly been adding weight to the bar. I have only one real complaint, and that's with some back pain on my right side, mid-back. The program calls for squatting three times per week,... (more)

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FED_at_LiveCaveman_com 0 · August 25, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Whether due to bad form or insufficient recovery, pain in the low back mean that you should not continue going heavy on squats three times per week. I recommend that you discontinue squatting with weight till the pain abates. Practice squatting... (more)

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by 128 · about 23 hours ago

I'm curious to see how many Paleo peeps are members of a Crossfit gym. I started looking at rates, and am a little blown away. Seems like $160/mo is the minimum. I have three gym memberships (so I have a gym that coincides with my major life... (more)

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Tim_5 0 · July 29, 2011 at 4:45 AM

I just joined on Tuesday, Cancelled 24 hr fitness, and pay $125 a mo for CF, after 2 days workouts, I got more out of that in 2 days with personal assistance and coaching than 5 years at 24HF... 3 gym memberships Wendy? Dump em!! Join CF for the... (more)

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by 50 · about 23 hours ago

I'm going to be travelling to London, DC & New York in May (staying in Central-West London, Virginia & SoHo) and am following a LeanGains method of training. Basically it's heavy weight lifting (compound lifting) and normally takes me... (more)

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Nick_A 0 · May 03, 2011 at 2:32 PM

check crossfit affiliates in these cities -- some of them have open platform rentals and all the bars/plates/space you need. i know my affiliate (crossfit south brooklyn) offers that. a lot of the big chain gyms aren't well equipped (and don't... (more)

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by 3509 · September 30, 2014 at 3:10 AM

I used to have back pain after seating long hours at the computer, and three months ago I discovered the gym ball as a desk chair. My back pain was gone in two weeks and I feel great with this new and very comfortable seating position. I am using... (more)

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bettyrocker 0 · April 22, 2011 at 12:45 PM

I used to use one back when I worked at a company that was later sold to Gaiam. I think we got them wholesale or something. I have to say I think my posture was worse and I had MORE back pain sitting on a ball -- I slouched even more than I... (more)