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    hi all

    so i still have around 6 months to go on my gym contract and it is close to work for me so if i can still utilize something i have to pay for that will be a bonus. my question is...

    - what gym activities can i do that are as close to PB recommendations as possible?

    off the top of my head i am thinking..

    - brisk walking on the treadmill - 30mins?
    - steady pace rowing - 15mins?
    - moderate level weight lifting - 10 reps x 3 sets?
    - squats with or without dumbells for added weight?
    - dead lifts?
    - machine assisted pull ups?

    thank you!
    Claire

  • #2
    Starting Strength. Buy the book. Keep the gym membership. Lifting heavy things is one of the PB laws. Otherwise, walk outside if you can as much as your schedule permits, preferably somewhere outdoors with fresh air and some trees. And sprint occasionally, but you can hold off on that until you've acclimated to the progressive resistance provided by the SS program.
    The Champagne of Beards

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    • #3
      Yeah, do real barbell weights. I am a 48-year-old woman and I do barbells. The most I've ever squatted so far is 140 (I weigh 135.) The most I've ever deadlifted is 165. My groceries weigh more than the dumbbells most women I see lift. Also, use the exercise bike for your sprints. It's easier than running because you won't trip and fall.
      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
        Yeah, do real barbell weights. I am a 48-year-old woman and I do barbells. The most I've ever squatted so far is 140 (I weigh 135.) The most I've ever deadlifted is 165. My groceries weigh more than the dumbbells most women I see lift. Also, use the exercise bike for your sprints. It's easier than running because you won't trip and fall.
        Good point on the exercise bike. Easier on the joints too.
        The Champagne of Beards

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        • #5
          how many squats are you doing at that weight?
          at the moment i am squating with a barbell of about 66lbs and i do 10 to 14 reps for 3 sets
          pretty much the same for dead lifting too.

          i dont mind doing the treadmill for sprinting, i just put about a 30sec sprint into every 4 to 5 mins of brisk walking... sound okay?
          i also love the cross trainer.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by wattfood View Post
            how many squats are you doing at that weight?
            at the moment i am squating with a barbell of about 66lbs and i do 10 to 14 reps for 3 sets
            pretty much the same for dead lifting too.

            i dont mind doing the treadmill for sprinting, i just put about a 30sec sprint into every 4 to 5 mins of brisk walking... sound okay?
            i also love the cross trainer.
            Doesn't sound like it's heavy if you're lifting it 10-14 times. Sets of <5 are great for stimulating strength gains. Sets of >5 are better for stimulating hypertrophy gains. Since each reinforces the ability to make gains in the other, sets of 5 are really highly recommended.
            The Champagne of Beards

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            • #7
              - brisk walking on the treadmill - 30mins?
              stick it on a hill program if you do use a treadmill.

              if you are squatting or doing any other movement, make sure you do the full ROM. i pretty much just deadlift and do good mornings with the barbell. i use dumbbells alot too for things like walking lunges, benchpress, OH split squats and so on. machines i generally use the leg press for single leg presses and the cable machines for flys and cable cross overs and the like. ooh and not forgetting stiff arm pushdowns!

              +1 on the exercise bike for sprints. altho you can do them on the rower too or the cross trainer.

              re:machine assisted pullups. i have always been told the machines dont help you do a pull up. our gym doesnt have an assisted pull up machine so i never tested the theory. we do have a pullup bar and i started doing static hangs at the top position and controlled negatives and then plyo pull ups.

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              • #8
                I can only do one squat and 3 deadlifts. Who cares?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by oceangrl View Post
                  I can only do one squat and 3 deadlifts. Who cares?

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                  Get a lighter bar. You'll see better progress if you start at a weight you can handle for 3 sets of 5 and add weight, even if it's in tiny increments (1 lb or even less) every workout.
                  The Champagne of Beards

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
                    Get a lighter bar. You'll see better progress if you start at a weight you can handle for 3 sets of 5 and add weight, even if it's in tiny increments (1 lb or even less) every workout.
                    Okay I'll try it. I sort of liked hefting one weight (and looking cute doing it).

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                    • #11
                      Storming here and supposed to be climbing tomorrow.

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                      • #12
                        I sort of liked hefting one weight (and looking cute doing it).
                        2 funny. hefting one weight the last thing i look is cute as it is so freaking heavy. my neck veins bulge when i do 1 rep deads and the world spins.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by seaweed View Post
                          2 funny. hefting one weight the last thing i look is cute as it is so freaking heavy. my neck veins bulge when i do 1 rep deads and the world spins.
                          I don't look cute on purpose..it is just natural. Yea..I dont go to the neck vein and spinning world place. I don't feel good doing that. I'd love to see you hang from a scarf.

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                          • #14
                            I don't look cute on purpose..it is just natural
                            LOL me neiither. i try to avoid the neck vein most of the time but just occasionally i end up having to do one of those 1RM lifts. normally i much prefer to heft around a decent size weight with grace and poise and all my hair and makeup in place LOL i aint hanging from no scarves in this life! ugh!!!!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by seaweed View Post
                              LOL me neiither. i try to avoid the neck vein most of the time but just occasionally i end up having to do one of those 1RM lifts. normally i much prefer to heft around a decent size weight with grace and poise and all my hair and makeup in place LOL i aint hanging from no scarves in this life! ugh!!!!
                              Seaweed..never say never and I am SO serial (baby daughter always said that) about the scarf thing. Very challenging and hard. Handstand doesn't come close.

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