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    Ok so with limited time/money, it appears I don't have a lot of choice in strength training and I've decided to give in and use the weight machines available at my college fitness center. I need to do *something* and something is definitely better than nothing.

    Any suggestions/advice for making the most of using this infernal contraptions?

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    I'd look into the Body By Science stuff.
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    • #3
      umm... pushups, pullups, squats, planks. none of these cost any money to do and would be a million times better then the machines.
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      • #4
        Wall press, hand stands (and can graduate to doing pushups while in handstand stance)

        also lifting toddlers & milk jugs!
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        • #5
          Playground monkey bars. All a person needs and then some.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by FairyRae View Post
            I'd look into the Body By Science stuff.
            Thanks, I'll look into that.

            Originally posted by Mike Gager View Post
            umm... pushups, pullups, squats, planks. none of these cost any money to do and would be a million times better then the machines.
            Acknowledged, and while great in theory, I SUCK at motivating myself to do more than a few at random periods throughout the day. I need a fitness environment or it doesn't happen.

            Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
            Wall press, hand stands (and can graduate to doing pushups while in handstand stance) also lifting toddlers & milk jugs!
            I am (unfortunately) toddler-less. I do lift heavy spools at work, but that's far from a true workout. :/

            Originally posted by Knifegill View Post
            Playground monkey bars. All a person needs and then some.
            I love the playground! Unfortunately getting to one at ass-crack early ain't happening for me... and winter's coming.

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            • #7
              I am quite similar to you. I belong to a gym, because I know I won't work out if I don't make it part of my schedule to go to a gym and lift. I can't work out at home, too many distractions (like a 5 year old and a 7 year old). That being said, I don't really use the equipment at the gym, except for the dumbbells. I get too dizzy doing jackknife presses, doing anything upside down. So, I do overhead presses instead. Not as good, but I'm fairly sure that Sisson didn't mean for me to make myself sick while working out, so you do what you gotta do.

              Since I need the gym for a psychological crutch and for the gym nursery, so here's what I do: M-W-F: Walk 30-45 minutes, depending on my day's schedule, Do Sisson's 5 Essential Movements (push-ups, pull-ups, squats, overhead press, planks), about 1 hr 15 min; T-T: Walk on the treadmill again, at least for an hour. I have to walk on the treadmill, unfortunately, for my Move Slowly stuff. I have some orthopedic stuff that prevents me from doing much else. I've never seen a gym that didn't have a pull-up bar or a small area where you can do planks and such, except for my college gym in the early 90's, which was really more of a walk-in closet than a gym. I think they were more concerned about the sports teams' gyms than the people who actually paid to go to school there, but I'm not bitter, lol. They did have a pull-up bar, just no place to do exercises that don't require equipment.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
                Any suggestions/advice for making the most of using this infernal contraptions?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
                  I am (unfortunately) toddler-less.
                  Borrow one if you have neighbors, LOL. Offer to watch them so neighbors can go have some adult time. You can easily use said toddler for bench press if you get to play wrestling. Grace thinks it's hilarious when I bench press her 30 lb little body
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                  • #10
                    I would love to do that if/when I get the time. It'd be good Mama practice!

                    FWIW, my schedule is as follows.

                    Monday/Wednesday- Work 8:30am-5:00pm
                    Class/homework 6:00-9:00pm

                    Tuesday/Thursday- Yoga 7:00am-8:25am
                    Work 8:30am-5:00pm
                    Algebra 6:00pm-8:10pm

                    Friday: Work 8:30am-5:00pm
                    Java Therapy 6:30pm-10:00pm

                    Gym/Workout time will be Mon/Wed/Friday from 6:30am-8:00am. Really that is the only time I have to use the fitness center on campus.

                    Weekends are a mish-mash of studying, homework, online courses, housework, cooking, and what socialization I can squeeze in.

                    Of course this will ALL change come next semester and I'll have to start all over again.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
                      Acknowledged, and while great in theory, I SUCK at motivating myself to do more than a few at random periods throughout the day. I need a fitness environment or it doesn't happen.
                      First of all, that's nothing more than a limiting belief. You changed your whole body, didn't you? You can get past this way of thinking. Second of all, who says you need to work out continuously for a set amount of time? Find bodyweight exercises that you can't do more than 5-8 reps of (for example I use pistol squats, modified one-arm pushups, handstand pushups, etc) and do those at your "random periods."
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                      • #12
                        js290-- Thank you! The video was very helpful!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
                          First of all, that's nothing more than a limiting belief. You changed your whole body, didn't you? You can get past this way of thinking. Second of all, who says you need to work out continuously for a set amount of time? Find bodyweight exercises that you can't do more than 5-8 reps of (for example I use pistol squats, modified one-arm pushups, handstand pushups, etc) and do those at your "random periods."
                          While true, I also acknowledge that I have been on this path for 4 years now. I'm tired, and I'm lazy. It seems like the longer I do this, the harder it is to find motivation.

                          I'm not going to stop doing the random stuff, but even with doing random squats, lunges & push-ups, I've gotten weaker and more jiggly without a set routine. I need a routine, a gym (and yes if necessary stupid weight machines) to keep me moving forward.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Sanctus Real View Post
                            *snip* I get too dizzy doing jackknife presses, doing anything upside down. So, I do overhead presses instead. Not as good, but I'm fairly sure that Sisson didn't mean for me to make myself sick while working out, so you do what you gotta do.
                            While I won't argue with the last bit here, you can train your body to handle being upside-down. Just headstands against a wall for a few seconds at a time, outside of your regular workout time, will start training your body to handle the different flow of blood. It helps your circulatory system, as well as your lungs and lymphatic system.

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                            • #15
                              Leg press
                              Chest press
                              Rows
                              Overhead press
                              Pulldowns

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