Hey all! So I decided to just kind of take the reins on this and start the new topic. Zodberg, I love what you did with the 2013 post and I hope we can keep this kind of success on this page.
With that being said, for those of you unfamiliar, here it is: Use each other to motivate each other to either 1) Continue working out and working towards your goals weather they be 1lb, workout once a week, drop 100lbs or whatever, sky is the limit here! or 2) Get away from the computer, off the couch, and working out a bit to better your health. This is the place to come if you are a first timer, we promise to be easy on you, or if you are a workout guru to come pass on your knowledge to others. Here is Zodberg's original message to the Allspark community:
It's recently become evident that a considerable number of Allsparkers are overweight, out of shape, and generally having difficulty looking good in a swimsuit. So with the new year coming it was agreed in the other thread that we ought to work together in trying to attain the goal of getting a few steps closer to better health and appearance. I volunteered for the task of managing this whole thing because I think weight loss is pretty neat.
We'll share personal behaviour, report binges, get rid of secret food stashes, getting into the habit of jogging and other soft and hard exercise. I might have some friends I know who have advice to contribute to film some fun videos about tips in fitness, like I could get some exercise tips from this guy who works in a dojo and whatever.
So while we're all going to start getting fit in 2013, I think everybody interested in being involved can start by listing everything. So this is charting the starting point so in twelve months we can look back and see how radically some of us have changed.
-Current eating/exercise habits.
-Personal history, relevant background details, adorable child pictures.
-Changes you're planning, research you've done. Work-out routine?
-Goals (Post a picture of the celebrity who looks like a better version of you).
If you're not comfortable posting a picture of yourself, don't worry about it!
We might pester Kalidor to give us a not-so-public forum like P&R if this idea is popular enough. Maybe even a modest prize for whoever has changed the most (for the better). And I'm open to other ideas.
Take all the candy from Christmas you haven't eaten, and give it to your friends. Don't eat it. Don't. Put that chocolate Santa down! Just go for the candy cane instead. And some Eggnog, yeah."
Again, I think this is great and I think it is something we need to keep moving and pushing each other.
When I came to the forum I posted a longer page to help describe myself, my styles, weight and suggestions. Here that info is:
I am 6'2", 230lbs. Im comfortable at that weight, just want to slim down the mid section. At a school now where we have been doing a lot of ruck marches and HERO Crossfit workouts. Those are all designed around military members who have been killed in the line of duty and were big supporters of Crossfit. Today we did the Lt. Murphy workout. 1 mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats and another 1 mile run. Easiest way was to run your mile and then do sets of 5 pulls, 10 push, 15 squats for 20 rounds. Now I cant do pull ups for jive. 1) I suck at upper body with those. Pull ups engage every muscle pretty much in your upper body. 2) I broke my arm/dislocated my wrist a little over a year ago and still have a metal plate in my arm with 6 screws. So the weight of pulling up takes its toll after awhile. For those listed, here is the link to the workouts. Obviously you can motify them anyway you see fit to meet your physical limitations.
Doing these workouts I have noticed a huge amount of strength in my body since starting this school a couple of weeks ago. I have used the TRX systems before and really enjoyed this. Between these workouts and my own personal goals I decided to order a TRX system today for when I get home. I can set up my own home gym with TRX, Kettle bells, medicine ball and an exercise ball in my garage.
I already have a road bike that I like to go out on but I also have a CycleOps trainer that I can hook my bike up to. If you have a mountain bike and not a road bike, do not fret. You can simple change out your back tire to a road tire and still use it. Can be a bit time consuming but its better than dropping money on an entire new bike. That will also be part of my above mentioned home gym.
For motivation, for me, nothing beats music. If you need something else, I suggest you look up a man named Eric Thomas on YouTube or go to his webpage, ETEnterprises. He puts out a free video on Sunday nights/Monday mornings called Thank God Its Monday. They are usually about 10 min long and tosses out free advice on how to motivate yourself to reach your goals and dreams. There are some other videos on youtube of him talking. My fav one is this: How Bad Do You Want It?
Normally for me at the gym I do Arms/Shoulders, Back/Chest, Legs. Normally 3-5 sets of 10-15 reps per set. I try to run at least 1.5 miles every time I go since that is what I have to do for my PT Test. On Cardio days I will extend it out to 3-4 miles. One Workout that is good, 30 min treadmill, 30 min Elliptical and 30 min Exercise Bike. Its kind of like running a mini Tri. Now dont let that work scare you, its not as bad as it seems and you will burn around 1000 calories. A book I read years ago that I still really like and I think has a good workout and diet system is Body For Life.
The main part is diet. There are all kinds of calorie counters out there. My Fitness Pal is a pretty legit option. Its what Weight Watchers uses for their program so you can track daily what it is you are eating. Most of us have smart phones, download the nutritional guides that are on there so when you go out to eat you know exactly what it is you are eating.
For running and biking I like to use my Garmin Forerunner 205. It tracks where you go just like Map My Run or one of those programs, but using the GPS satellites to a bit better degree IMO. Plus, you can import your runs into Google Earth and see just where exactly it was that you went. For running shoes, find a local running store, go get on their machines. They will watch you run and see how your foot moves and will suggest pairs of shoes for you. Best of all, ITS FREE for them to do that. Now of course they want you to buy their shoes, but that is your choice.
This is just some ideas of what I like, have done and have had positive results on. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me. Ive set up personal workout programs for others before and would be more than happy to do it for anybody on here, just tell me what it is you want to do and where you are currently at. The last bit of advice I can give for those of you wanting to lose weight and/or just get in better shape: Get off your ass and do it. And if you feel like quitting, you are already in pain, you are already hurting, why not push through and get your reward?"
Its a new year, it can be a new you! All you have to do is want it. I will leave with 1 final video from Eric Thomas that is now a year old, "What do you want" This is the video that helped me with getting a promotion, hopefully it will help you with your goals. My goal, lost 15lbs by June.
These are my new years pics. Both are from the day after Christmas on a family hike in Red Rock Canyon. Everybody post there pics. Use your pictures as your motivation and comparison from now until the end of the year. Maybe even in June post a new pic of where you were at. I dare you.
Edited by Darth_Prime, 12 January 2014 - 12:02 PM.