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    The time has come!!

    Ok.. cleared for working out now! I will be using my gazelle as I will be doing 4:30am workouts but want to add some strength training. My goal: I WANT TO DO A PUSHUP (real, strong not wobbly-no snickering please). I know I need to start slow and build.

    Here is what my plan is:
    Gazelle 3 times a week for @ 30 min (with an occassional sprint)
    strength training 2 times a week (girl push ups, plank?, some dumbells)
    other 2 days play

    Suggestions??
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    Not sure what a gazelle is, at least in this context. But the PB fitness guide gives a great explanation of working up to doing pushups. Essentially, you start with doing wall "pushups", more accurately pushouts, and work your way up.

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    I didn't even know they still made those things!



    Why not uh... just go walking? Those things are kinda, bull.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davem View Post
    I didn't even know they still made those things!



    Why not uh... just go walking? Those things are kinda, bull.
    1. I can not go out and walk especially at 4:30am where I live.
    2. they are low to no impact and its recommended based on recent surgery
    3. As long as I am moving what's the difference between that and a treadmill?
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    I have a friend who uses a Gazelle all the time. She really likes it but it would drive me nuts.

    I recall hearing a long time ago that the problem with equipment like the Gazelle is that a lot of the motion is from momentum. However, given your situation with your foot, I say anything that gets you up and moving is good for you

    Whatever you do is going to be miles better than sitting on your hiney and hopefully soon you'll be able to get out there and do some walking!
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    while there might e some momentum, you can defiantly work up a sweat and get the heart rate up. I have a treadmill too so I am working up to that.

    Oh.. and this fall/winter/spring I will be doing some water aerobics. My goal is to get to the point I can do the "river run" this summer. Our water park has a lazy river and before the park opens they have a class where you run the river (against the current of course).
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    Day 1 4:30am.. I think waking up hurt as much as the workout. Well I cant say I hurt, but I "feel the burn"? Actually, feels good to be moving again!
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    In my opinion, the Gazelle re-creates a motion that does not occur in our natural gait. I would stick with the treadmill.

    For strength training, I would follow Mark's Primal Blueprint Fitness circuit. It'll whip you into shape.
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    Why can't you walk outside, and why wake up that early? I think 4:30am is a little too korg-y, for me at least.

    To answer your question regarding the treadmill - impact, naturally. You need to eventually receive impact to an area to condition it to said impact. So in effect, to be able to walk more, walk. To run more, run. To lift more, lift.

    For me, I want to be really efficient at sitting, so I sit a lot. (Curse of the office.)
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    Well, I set out on the week-day walk to the bus at 4:45 am to get to the office by 6 am, so I can relate...

    The cardio I like doing at home is all sort of dancing, kickboxing, yoga, and back Before Gym I did a whole bunch of weights and intervals with the dumbells, resistance bands and ball. I do not know the nature of your injuries, but my all time favorite non-weighted excersies are:

    Wall sit, walk out push-up, front and side planks & upward dogs, burpies, mountain climbers, standing MC's, squat jumps, 180 degrees jumps, bow, bicycle crunches, reverse crunches and lateral leg-arm raise

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