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    Quote Originally Posted by Jones28 View Post
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    Itís a nightmare, but it depends on what you want to get out of it? Stronger means a whole different range of things and could range from lean and highly toned or going for size.

    I alternate my weeks, have a week of strength which means using weights at the higher end of my one rep maximum (the most you can lift as a one off), going for lower repetitions and higher weight.

    The following week do lower weights with higher reps.

    Iíd recommend you go to a trainer and get yourself a training programme. Itís important that youíre getting things like form and appropriate exercises for what you want.

    Goal setting is a good starting point.

    Gym hero pro is a good app for you to have a look at.
    Cheers! itís Lean Iíd prefer to be honest, I used to run a lot mostly half marathons and 1 full, I would like to get back into it so anything too big would hamper that, my issue right now is Iím starting right from 0 again and just cardio is boring the life out me, my gym at the moment is busy classes are full because Iím their at opening thereís not much choice anyway so for 3 months Iíve just been trying to get my 5k times down and cycling throwing in some rowing the occasional swim, Iím needing more to keep me occupied, il make an app with a trainer tomorrow see what they offer


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    Quote Originally Posted by speedy_gonzales View Post
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    Re gym:
    If the gym has classes, then activities similar to body-pump are good for general cardio and strength training. I'm fairly poor at going to the gym and sometimes quit exercises when I'm not entirely engaged, however, I've never yet walked out of a class. One you start, there's something about the collective that drags you over the line.
    If no classes are available, then you need a gym buddy, preferably someone with similar outcome expectations. Training partners are good to encourage you to squeeze out that next rep, and you do likewise for them.
    If you can't find a partner, then you need a program. An absolute minimum of 3 days a week, breaking it up to arms/shoulders, back, legs.
    For each visit, at least 5 exercises working on just one of those muscle groups with 3/4 sets, 8-12 reps. Cardio to warm up/down and on 2 other days of the week an intensive cardio sesh on a treadmill/bike/elliptical trainer.
    There are plenty apps out there with free training programs and clear concise guides on how to carry out the basic exercises be it free-weights or cable/resistance machines.

    All that being said, I quit the gym a few months back as is done it for a couple of years straight with satisfactory returns initially but I settled in to a routine that wasn't giving me any gains. Last summer I started to get back in to running (after 30 years) and got in to doing 5 mile runs a few nights a week. I actually prefer a low carb diet and a few runs compared to working hard at the gym and "feeding" my body.
    Yeah I get what your saying, 5/6 years ago I was big into cardio, running spin class etc didnít even bother looking at the weights area to be honest I think my attitudes changed now Iíve not really got the time to be running to get to where I was so Iím looking at other ways

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    Apologies for bumping such an old thread.

    How is everyone getting on? I realised last month that since roughly this time last year, I'd put on almost 4 stone (12 7 to 16 2) and have now started trying to fix it.

    Down at about 15 7 just now, but a long way to go!

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    Tip from me is to try non alcoholic beer. Not saying all the time but if it's just one or two during the week then it's likely the taste you're after rather than the alcohol. Lots of good non alcoholic ones these days and they are much lower in calories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onceinawhile View Post
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    Apologies for bumping such an old thread.

    How is everyone getting on? I realised last month that since roughly this time last year, I'd put on almost 4 stone (12 7 to 16 2) and have now started trying to fix it.

    Down at about 15 7 just now, but a long way to go!
    So after my 4.5 stone weight loss I managed to keep it off for the first 3 months of lockdown, but put nearly 2 stone back on recently. The purchase of a PerfectDraft beer pump hasnít helped
    Anyway, after the semi on Sunday Iím going on a month detox to sort myself out for Christmas.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CallumLaidlaw View Post
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    So after my 4.5 stone weight loss I managed to keep it off for the first 3 months of lockdown, but put nearly 2 stone back on recently. The purchase of a PerfectDraft beer pump hasnít helped
    Anyway, after the semi on Sunday Iím going on a month detox to sort myself out for Christmas.


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    My lockdown experience has been the same, this time last year I was at the gym every day and eating healthily, not really eating any crap like crisps and chocolate etc.

    Am heavier now than I was when I started on that health kick, have totally gotten out of the routine of regular exercise and it's not unknown to scran a share bag of chocolate with the Mrs while binge watching a box set in the evenings.

    Coincidentally, me and the Mrs are both "back on it" today so will see how we get on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy View Post
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    Tip from me is to try non alcoholic beer. Not saying all the time but if it's just one or two during the week then it's likely the taste you're after rather than the alcohol. Lots of good non alcoholic ones these days and they are much lower in calories.
    Unless you are consuming lots of lager than swapping in some non alcoholic drinks will make a negligible impact on weight (if any at all).

    For people wanting to lose weight id recommend 3 simple things:

    Cut out sugar. If you are taking in alot of sugar at the moment this will likely have the biggest impact.

    Try intermittent eating and only eat in a 6 hour window each day.

    Excercise is good for mental well-being but actually has a small overall impact on weight loss. Your diet is absolutely the key and unless you are burning a huge amount of calories every day with excercise it won't make of a difference.
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    Iím a terrible emotional eater and have made a breakthrough this year by following a simple rule - if I have a craving for junk food I have to make it from scratch. Whether itís KFC, McDonalds, brownies, doughnuts - must be made from whatís in the cupboard.

    If you can be bothered making it then itís a craving worth satiating. If itís not then itís wanting to eat out of boredom/unhappiness/stress and should be ignored.

    It works very well.


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    I made what I thought was a throwaway comment about running on Twitter last week and ended up being interviewed for a book someone was writing. Fame at last

    Back in February I was running a huge mileage every week training for my 3rd ultra marathon. The last weekend of the month saw me complete a long run of 30 miles with over 1300ft of elevation. Then that race was cancelled, then another went, then another and suddenly there was nothing to aim for. I signed up for the rearranged Edinburgh marathon that was set for this month but my training was half hearted because I guessed, correctly as it turned out, it wasn't happening. I generally run alone but always enjoyed my Saturday morning at Parkrun. I wasn't someone who attended religiously every week but I was there frequently and the social aspect was huge. It was little more than a few nods and exchanging a few words but it was a steady interaction and hearing people talk about races they had done, applauding people who reached one of the milestones or whatever created a bit of a sense of community.

    I was asked to explain how the loss of motivation and loss of the social aspect had affected me. I've not put on a huge amount of weight, just under a stone, but I've gone from the fittest I have ever been to struggling to run a half arsed sub 30 5K. It's a mixture of physical and mental. The book is exploring the impact of the cancellation of Parkrun on physical and mental health. In England it was being officially 'prescribed' for those with certain mental health conditions as well as those with type 2 diabetes or obesity and the like. There are various studies that paint a pretty grim picture.

    I think a loss of routine and a loss of discipline is to be expected when something so unexpected happens. No one could have imagined we would have a year like this. Unfortunately the open ended nature of it means I'm struggling to get out and run with an eye on next years races. Two I had planned to run have already cancelled so I think next year, or the early part of it, is already a write off.
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    At the start of 'working from home' (ie March) I started a slow increase in weight.
    I made an effort and managed to shift a stone and a half.
    Half a stone has crept back on now and need to sort it out.
    I dont drink in the house, so it takeways because im too knackered/cant be bothered to cook and any sweets around the house.

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