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  • Can anyone help me with a fun form of exercise? :)

    At the moment, I am doing Wing Chun once a week and do bodyweight strength training 3x a week. I don't do cardio or sprint sessions, because I get some form of cardio in the kung fu classes and when doing the exercises. I walk to most places, too.

    I find that the bodyweight exercises are well, boring. I love calisthenics, love the idea of using your own body as a form of resistance and will always go back to them but the same routine 3x a week is just a drag. I have some days where I cannot wait to get under the bar and will put all my effort into the reps but more often than not, I get bored. This is probably the reason I change routine every 2 or so weeks because I am constantly looking for something new and have a constant thought in the back of my head that the programming is bad. I know if I keep one routine up and stay consistent, I'll see results - but it isn't fun.

    I do need a bit of play too. While I have friends, I don't have a huge social life and they're all away working or spending time on the couch, while I am unemployed and try to make the most of my time jobless.


    I've dabbled the following in the past few years:
    • Jogging (C25K) - fun
    • Tae Kwon Do - fun
    • Capoeira - fun
    • Parkour (fun)
    • Wing Chun Kung Fu - fun



    Ideally, I would like to look good naked (don't we all ) and get stronger, but the most important thing is movement and play. I'm a big fan of MovNat, Exuberant Animal (thanks Lewis) and well, having fun.

    Current stats are 5'8", 155~lbs, 15% BF. Would love to be 160lbs with 10-12%~ bf. Thinking of just hitting the iron 3x a week and go look for recreation sport around my area too (ultimate frisbee anyone?)

    What do you guys think?
    "Strong, healthy, happy and free. Our default state, if we trust and respect nature." - Erwan Le Corre

  • #2
    Bench pressing little kids is always a pretty good form of exercise. And as a bonus, you will always go to failure (since their capacity for the game exceeds your own).
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    • #3
      Originally posted by magicmerl View Post
      Bench pressing little kids is always a pretty good form of exercise. And as a bonus, you will always go to failure (since their capacity for the game exceeds your own).
      I do have a little brother, but he's a bit on the big side. I think he'd be my 1 rep max unfortunately ;D Gotta get him primal!

      Last edited by Colibri; 06-19-2012, 02:07 PM.
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      • #4
        Parkour...... 'nuff said!

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        • #5
          I did like parkour. In a perfect world, I'd be active every day. Capoeira, wing chun, parkour, some walking, swimming, etc.
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          • #6
            Crossfit. If you can find a good box you get a great workout that will never bore you... it's also a great place to make friends and meet people.
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            • #7
              Try strongman training or sandbag lifting (both of which can be done for free). But first you need to stick to something and get your head around the idea that routine is pretty important sometimes.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Goldsmith View Post
                Crossfit. If you can find a good box you get a great workout that will never bore you... it's also a great place to make friends and meet people.
                Crossfit is way too expensive here, and there's only one box in my location Thanks though!


                Originally posted by Coach Palfrey View Post
                Try strongman training or sandbag lifting (both of which can be done for free). But first you need to stick to something and get your head around the idea that routine is pretty important sometimes.
                Free strongman training? Also yeah, I do understand the importance of routine - without a doubt. It's just that the form of exercise I do is just not enjoyable - I aim to fix that
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Goldsmith View Post
                  Crossfit. If you can find a good box you get a great workout that will never bore you... it's also a great place to make friends and meet people.
                  Or you can look up the crossfit website for inspiration for workouts, and do them yourself without paying the ridiculous monthly prices

                  Edit: whoops, did not see the op's reply. Well, I think it's still applicable advice
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                  • #10
                    It's entirely possible to construct a very effective strongman training session using tyres, rocks, logs and sandbags - most of which can be obtained for free.

                    My site has some sandbag ideas - you could also take a look on EliteFTS for some more inspiration.
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                    • #11
                      Sports. Pick one, have fun with it. I only "exercised" so much cause it prepared me for the thing I actually wanted to do.....WIN.

                      After sports I chose HIT ( Body by Science is a good book to start with)....cause exercising isn't what I live to do. I work very hard for a short time and infrequently so that I can enjoy everything else.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for the opinions guys. I think it's about time I change it up. I'll be probably (more than likely) be doing Starting Strength soon
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                        • #13
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TorMag View Post
                            Sex.
                            Ya beat me to it.
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                            • #15
                              Look for groups near you on meetup.com that are focused on fun, outdoor activities. You can cover off exercise, play and socializing all at once.

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