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Working Out...Time Of Day/Motivation

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Stryker44, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. Fletch

    Fletch To The Moon

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    LIKE A BOSS! Hilarious!
  2. CATCH17

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    I do Cardio after I lift.

    Usually for about 10-15 minutes. Sometimes I don't even do it.

    I make sure im in a calorie deficit and that determines my weight loss more than cardio or lifting.

    So if im lifting weights my body is burning a lot of calories anyways so the cardio just isn't as important.
  3. Stryker44

    Stryker44 Active Member

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    Is it natural for your weight to fluctuate within a 10 lb range each week?
  4. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    Depends.

    If I eat/drink all weekend, I can go up 7/8 pounds from Friday night to Monday morning easily. Its probably mostly just water weight.
  5. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    I'm the same way, only I do cardio before. 15-20 min on the bike...use it as a warm up more than anything lol

    I think I find cardio to be more valuable than you though, I just don't do much of it b/c a) I'm lazy and b) i play a lot of lacrosse and bball for cardio
  6. Stryker44

    Stryker44 Active Member

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    How bout muscle soreness? When extremely sore is that a sign a rest day is needed?
  7. Tawney88

    Tawney88 Active Member

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    I only do cardio. I run 5-7 days a week. I'm in my 40's and am 164lbs at 6'1. I hate lifting.
  8. Ntegrase96

    Ntegrase96 Well-Known Member

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    When your muscles are extremely sore, give them a break. Muscles need time to recover and grow.
  9. Stryker44

    Stryker44 Active Member

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    Can anybody do a handstand pushup or have tips for learning? Trying to develop this skill.
  10. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler Zone Supporter

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    Grab this guy, he is sure to help with work-outs!

  11. RastaRocket

    RastaRocket Sanka, Ya Dead Mon? Ya Mon.

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    I'm usually in the gym at 10 or 11 pm... Hooray for job seeking!

    I enjoy it because it's the same 10 or 11 people there every night and I never have to wait on anything.
  12. RastaRocket

    RastaRocket Sanka, Ya Dead Mon? Ya Mon.

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    Just my opinion, but you should do legs by themselves; it's too big of a muscle group to do with something else, especially back. Are you doing squats and dead lifts on the same day?

    I do...

    Chest/Triceps
    Back/Biceps
    Legs
    Shoulders (sometimes throw shoulders on another day or add cardio)
    Ride my bike
  13. RastaRocket

    RastaRocket Sanka, Ya Dead Mon? Ya Mon.

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    Depends what is sore. If your legs are sore (like mine are right now), then do some upper body. I'm doing Chest/Triceps tonight. Basically, you can work out whatever isn't sore and you'll be fine. If your whole body is sore, which can happen a lot when first getting into a routine, then you should take a rest day.
  14. CATCH17

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    I agree with you but I only do 3 MAYBE 4 lifts with my legs and I don't do deadlifts because my gym has a terrible setup for it and I have a bulging disc as well so it's just not worth it.

    I substitute the deadlift with a good mornings machine (like a reverse crunch) with a 25 pound weight.

    So usually I just squat for 4 sets, then do 4 sets of ham curls and 4 sets of quad extensions. Oh and some calf raises.

    Then I do about 4 backs lifts as well.


    My legs are naturally big too so it's not like I have to do a whole lot for them.
  15. Ntegrase96

    Ntegrase96 Well-Known Member

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    Time of day: Mornings

    I workout at 6:00am on weekdays for about an hour and 15ish, waking up at about 5:30 each morning. I don't trust myself to come home at 6:30 in the evening and go to the gym when Netflix is so tantalizing.

    I usually get to sleep before 10:00pm on work days, so I'm getting almost a full 8 hours. I don't feel tired at all as the day goes on. Really the hardest part is just getting out of bed.

    Motivation:
    So to help with that, when I wake up, I gulp down a whey protein shake and eat either 2 apples or 2 oranges or one of each. That wakes me up pretty quickly. And furthermore, after I developed it into a solid routine (after about 2 weeks) I have a hard time sleeping through that small meal, so that's even more motivation.

    Also, I'm on an 1 week on 1 week off schedule with Cellucor C4 that has me wide awake in about 5 minutes. It has a lot of different stuff in it seems like they mostly market it as Creatine Nitrate. It has a slightly higher concentration of caffeine than a normal 20oz coffee, but it's in a 6 oz serving so it's not a ton at one time. If you need severe help waking up, focusing, and having energy for a really good workout in the morning, that stuff is great.
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  16. Jenky

    Jenky Well-Known Member

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    I take c4 too, cause it's safe with proven ingredients. It's a little underdosed and on the expensive side, but there are sites that give you a good deal on 60 servings. I've seen it go as low as $29.99 for 60 servings.
  17. Lonestar94

    Lonestar94 Well-Known Member

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    Interesting, I was under the impression that all the zoners here were armchair commando's that ate chips and drank beer all day.
  18. Lonestar94

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    If anyone is interested in my routine, here it is:

    Monday / Wednesday / Friday: 3x max Pushups, Pull ups, Chin ups
    Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday: 30 Min. Cardio (Alternate running, walking) and 3x max crunches.

    If anyone has a better solution for core than crunches let me know, cause i heard they are bad for your back.
  19. Jenky

    Jenky Well-Known Member

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    Crunches are good as long as your lower back doesn't leave the ground. Other than that, you're doing a situp. The LOWERBACK is key in every exercise.

    But you can also do leg raises, windshield wipers, jackknife crunches, russian twists, etc.
  20. Teren_Kanan

    Teren_Kanan Well-Known Member

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    I've gotten into it all pretty hard. Bodybuilding.com has been my go to website.
    Clear goals on my intake, and workout, and am now supplementing as well.

    Intake goal:
    2600 Calories (about a 15% calorie deficit)

    Macro-nutrients:
    200g Protein
    100g Fat
    200g Carbs

    Leaves me at around 2200 calories, so I go a bit heavier in one or the other depending on the day, leaves some breathing room. But those are supposed to be my minimum requirements daily.
    Eating a lot of chicken, whole grain rice, avocado's, stuff of that nature. I eat red meat here and there throughout the week. I've actually been finding it hard to hit 2600 calories while eating healthier foods. It's a lot easier when you order pizza/eat out a couple times a week.

    Supplements:
    Whey Protein powder (3 times daily on workout days, 2 times on non workout)
    Creatine 5g daily
    Opti Multi Vitamin 2 a day
    Omega 3 2 a day
    Flax seed oil 2 a day
    Pre-Workout supplement by Musclepharm.

    I will eventually add Casein once I start putting on more muscle.

    I work out early in the morning.. but for me it's near the end of my day. I sleep 10am-6pm and work out at about 6am, so a few hours before bed.

    Wednesday: Chest/Triceps/Calves
    Thursday: Back/Biceps/Abs
    Friday: Off
    Saturday: Shoulders/Traps/Calves
    Sunday: Legs/Abs
    Mon/Tue: Off

    Currently working with weekly micro-cycles.
    Week 1: 12-15 reps. I do a Pause-Break after my final rep of every set. I stop for about 15 seconds, then go again to muscle failure (Generally 3-4 more reps)
    Week 2: 9-11 reps with increased weight. I do a Pause-Break on all final sets.
    Week 3: 6-8 reps with increased weight. I do a Drop-Set after my very last set of each exercise. I immediately drop the weight by about 25% and go again until muscle failure
    Week 4: 3-5 reps with increased weight. I do a Drop-Set after my very last set of each exercise.

    I then basically repeat the month this way.

    I start every workout with a 5 minute warm up jog on treadmill at 6mph, and end them the same way (except leg day, no post workout jog..). I do my sets at a steady pace, keep myself breathing deep and sweating.
    I do leg day last because it's hard enough just sitting/standing after leg day, I don't want to have to walk around a gym and move weights etc while my legs are still recovering, so I do them right before my 2 days off.


    I spent the last 6 months getting used to going to the gym, and learning all I could about eating right. Now I have officially started my real routines/diet/supplementation. I will be weighing myself once a week, as well as taking front/side photo's and taking my measurements. I will report back here with some before/after if all goes according to plan.
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