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  • #16
    Originally posted by jfreaksho View Post
    it'll just be a little slower progress than if you went 2-3 times per week.

    actually if you tried giving your body more rest you might be surprised that that isn't the case

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    • #17
      Yes!

      DH lifts only once a week. The rest of the week, we do body-weight volume training for less than 20 minutes. We do it at the park while DS rides his bike or plays.

      Seriously, it's good.

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      • #18
        Ive been wondering this myself.
        I also walk 4-5 km each night, I even ran a little last night for the first time in a while LOL

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        • #19
          Originally posted by zoebird View Post
          Yes!

          DH lifts only once a week. The rest of the week, we do body-weight volume training for less than 20 minutes. We do it at the park while DS rides his bike or plays.

          Seriously, it's good.
          This is my plan when the weather permits! 30mph winds at a high of 35 won't allow that today though.

          Anyone have any program suggestions to follow? I reall like doing supersets. Lately I've been doing:
          Warm up: Squats 1x10 with bar, 1x7 with 90lbs
          Squat/Lat Pull 3x5 alternating
          Lunges 3x12/Bench 3x5 alternating
          Push-ups 2x13 (increase 1 each week)/Deadlift 1x5 alternating
          Tree hang - hang from branch as long as I can in an attempt to some day do a pull-up. I'm under 10s at this point.

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          • #20
            i really don't get all the reps and sets, you just need high intensity, the sort of weight that you can do between 6-10 reps of to failure.

            If you go to failure (over a short rep range) your body will respond with muscle gains. anything else just seems like a waste of time

            Also i don't even really start aching proper until 2 days later and don't stop aching for a few days, there's no way i could (or should) train again in that timescale, might as well let the body recover before stressing it again.
            Last edited by Greenbeast; 02-11-2013, 07:57 AM.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Greenbeast View Post
              actually if you tried giving your body more rest you might be surprised that that isn't the case
              I think this depends. If you are on the newbie learning curve, chances are, after you get past the initial stage of easy soreness, you can skyrocket your gains by going several times a week versus 1. When you start going past a certain weight, which I've seen around 1.5-2x body weight squat, you might be better off going only once.
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              • #22
                Originally posted by teach2183 View Post
                I have a 2.5 and 4.5 yo that I'm home all day with and will be chasing at the park again once the snow melts.

                I dont know how well this counts, or if it even does, but I like to think it does but when I do things like load and unload the washer/dryer (front loads) and the dishwasher, and putting stuff in lower cabinets. I do it in squat form. While I am hand washing dishes or working on stuff at the island, or reaching up to upper cabinets, I do it calf raise style.

                I also do a "bathroom set". I am usually not missed for the few minutes it takes to do a set of squats, calf raises, and wall pushups. I usually do the calf raises while washing and drying my hands. I drink alot of water, so I have lots of opportunities to do those, though I don't do them every time.
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                • #23
                  I'm doing a once-a-week visit to the gym and it seems to be changing my body comp, albeit slowly. I do the big 5 from Body by Science and also a 3 minutes of wind sprints on the stationary bike (20 seconds full out, 10 seconds rest, repeat).

                  Upper body muscles are starting to "pop" a little and the stomach is shrinking. Of course, diet's a bigger part of the latter. But that's also true if your an every day gym rat.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by gopintos View Post
                    I also do a "bathroom set". I am usually not missed for the few minutes it takes to do a set of squats, calf raises, and wall pushups. I usually do the calf raises while washing and drying my hands. I drink alot of water, so I have lots of opportunities to do those, though I don't do them every time.
                    You get to go to the bathroom by yourself?! Sorry, it seems I'm followed everywhere including into the bathroom. If the wind calms down a bit today we'll get outside.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by gopintos View Post
                      I dont know how well this counts, or if it even does, but I like to think it does but when I do things like load and unload the washer/dryer (front loads) and the dishwasher, and putting stuff in lower cabinets. I do it in squat form. While I am hand washing dishes or working on stuff at the island, or reaching up to upper cabinets, I do it calf raise style.

                      I also do a "bathroom set". I am usually not missed for the few minutes it takes to do a set of squats, calf raises, and wall pushups. I usually do the calf raises while washing and drying my hands. I drink alot of water, so I have lots of opportunities to do those, though I don't do them every time.
                      I do calf-raises while brushing my teeth every morning and every night. I thought I was the only one who did calf-raises in the bathroom!
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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by MissJecka View Post
                        I do calf-raises while brushing my teeth every morning and every night. I thought I was the only one who did calf-raises in the bathroom!

                        I find I do them more and more. I just made some green tea in the keurig and I was doing them as I getting it all ready. I just love the way it feels, and amazed at how much easier it is now than when I first started. I use to have great legs, if I do say so myself. I really would like to have them back. I think it all helps. DH said he is seeing/feeling the definition. Bonus!
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                        • #27
                          Age makes a difference, too. I couldn't keep up the 3x a week stuff and I haven't reached a bodyweight squat yet. I've recently reached a bodyweight deadlift, but it's starting to look like I'm only going to be able to increase the weight every other week.
                          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                          • #28
                            i find it depends how hard i try as to how long it takes me to recover. if i wasnt constantly pushing myself, i could go every day and be sweet. my personal trainer is prob mid 30s and male. he trains heaps but he only does one body part/area per week to give them himself to recover and build muscle. so split programs. i do fullbody once a week. i also find if i do the same exercises every week, instead of constantly changing it, i dont get DOMS after about 3 weeks. the muscles just feel tired instead for about 3 days.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                              Age makes a difference, too. I couldn't keep up the 3x a week stuff and I haven't reached a bodyweight squat yet. I've recently reached a bodyweight deadlift, but it's starting to look like I'm only going to be able to increase the weight every other week.
                              Fair enough. For someone who is older, I would recommend more rest, just because recovery is just going to be harder on someone older than someone younger.
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