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    • Exerbusi2
    • By Exerbusi2 12th Apr 17, 9:28 PM
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    I'm a Personal Trainer - What do you guys do to stay fit?
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    • 12th Apr 17, 9:28 PM
    I'm a Personal Trainer - What do you guys do to stay fit? 12th Apr 17 at 9:28 PM
    Hi everyone!

    Seeing as this is the fitness corner of the forum, I'm interested to know what do you guys do to stay fit and healthy?

    I'm a personal trainer and fitness blogger, so am always interested in hearing about what people do to stay fit and healthy!

    I'll start. My training consists of the following...
    • Olympic Weightlifting
    • General Strength Training
    • Road Cycling
    • HIIT
    • Yoga (a little)
    • 5 a side football (occassionally)

    My main training is the Olympic Weight Lifting and the HIIT, but in the summer I'm out on the bike a lot and quite like a weekly HIIT session.

    I'm in the gym around 5 times per week, 45-60 minutes per session.

    How about you guys?
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    • Mr.Generous
    • By Mr.Generous 12th Apr 17, 9:58 PM
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    • 12th Apr 17, 9:58 PM
    After a 3 year break I am back at the gym. 4 times per week about 80 mins.

    Age 52 male, overweight but on its way down!

    I start with a couple of weight machines, arms and legs.

    Cycling 20 mins, currently hitting 11.5 kms and burning 250 cals.

    Cross trainer next, 20 mins. manage 250 / 260 cals on that too.

    Treadmill walking uphill 15 Deg at 6.6 kmh for 22 mins to burn 300 cals.

    I feel so much better now I'm exercising again. Wife and daughters keep fit and used to go to weight watchers, now we have a family weigh in every Wed evening.

    I watch quite a few personal trainers at the gym, absolute torture what they get people doing! Simple stuff but looks really tough.
    • ceredigion
    • By ceredigion 12th Apr 17, 10:07 PM
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    • 12th Apr 17, 10:07 PM
    Your definition of "fit and healthy?" is ?
    • SmallL
    • By SmallL 13th Apr 17, 12:20 PM
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    • 13th Apr 17, 12:20 PM
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    • 13th Apr 17, 12:20 PM
    I''m mid twenties and Female.
    The only excersize I do is climbing in an indoor gym (mainly bouldering) 3 times a week between 1 hour and 2 hours at a time.
    Started approx 1 year ago at 58kgs and unable to do a chin-up. I'm now 51kgs and can do 4 consecutive wide-grip pull ups.


    My diet isn't brilliant, i tend to 'reward' myself with food unfortunately!
    • keran77
    • By keran77 14th Apr 17, 7:10 PM
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    • 14th Apr 17, 7:10 PM
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    • 14th Apr 17, 7:10 PM
    A weekly run of between 4 and 7 miles, a yoga class and a body step class is what I do most weeks. I like to add body pump or insanity classes in summer when I feel more motivated.
    • cjdavies
    • By cjdavies 15th Apr 17, 9:02 AM
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    • 15th Apr 17, 9:02 AM
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    • 15th Apr 17, 9:02 AM
    Gym 3 times a week, weights, mix it up.
    Week 1 - light, 20 reps
    Week 2 - high, 5 reps
    Week 3 - pyramids

    I want to attend more, do some classes as my gym does it.

    Also I want/need to het up in the morning and do some of those 30 day challenges

    I'm now buying a dairy to keep track of the weights, so I know what weight to start so it's not too light/heavy from last one and see the increase.
    Last edited by cjdavies; 15-04-2017 at 9:04 AM.
    • YORKSHIRELASS
    • By YORKSHIRELASS 16th Apr 17, 8:57 PM
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    • 16th Apr 17, 8:57 PM
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    • 16th Apr 17, 8:57 PM
    Hi

    I am 45, used to be seriously into my running but it has wrecked my knees so after getting some professional advice I now know that the key thing for me is to mix it up doing different types of exercise.

    A typical week for me would be one kettlercise class, one long cycle ride if the weather permits, and three 45 minute gym sessions. Gym sessions will always include some weights and either the cross trainer, bike or rowing machine. I run on the treadmill once a week as a treat!

    I also do 10 minutes pilates every morning and plenty of stretching after the gym work.
    • Exerbusi2
    • By Exerbusi2 18th Apr 17, 8:35 AM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 8:35 AM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 8:35 AM
    Seems like we have an active bunch in here then!

    I had my first gym session yesterday after a few days off over the bank holiday - it was an OK session, but I've certainly lifted better.

    It's OK though, after a few sessions back I know everything will feel normal again.

    Really need to spend some time on my back and hip mobility though - too much driving over the last few days has left me feeling a bit stiff.
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    • Kunoichi73
    • By Kunoichi73 18th Apr 17, 10:43 AM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 10:43 AM
    At the moment, I'm running 4 or 5 times a week and swimming once a week. Normally I weight lift 3 times a week, run 2 or 3 times a week and do Brazilian Jiu Jutsu once or twice a week, with the occasional snowboarding session. At the moment my weight lifting stuff is in storage because I recently moved house and need to get a shed gym built in the new place. I hate not being able to lift weights! Once I have the shed, I will get back to lifting and add some cycling to my routine too.
    • Exerbusi2
    • By Exerbusi2 18th Apr 17, 2:26 PM
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    Sounds like you're doing really well Kunoichi73!

    Do you compete in any sport or just exercise for you health?
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    • Kunoichi73
    • By Kunoichi73 18th Apr 17, 2:36 PM
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    Sounds like you're doing really well Kunoichi73!

    Do you compete in any sport or just exercise for you health?
    Originally posted by Exerbusi2
    I mainly exercise for health reasons and because I just love doing sport. I did a 12 hr team relay race a few years back and really enjoyed it but missed the next couple of events because of an ankle injury. I did a 5km run last year too. Once I get my gym set up again I want to build up my lifting and maybe (shoulders willing) compete in local power lifting events. One of my work colleagues is trying to persuade me to do a triathlon, but that will have to wait until I get my bike out of storage. At some point I may think about competing in a no gi grappling competition. I'm not particularly competitive, except with myself. I enjoy hitting PRs, particularly with my weight lifting.
    • Missli
    • By Missli 18th Apr 17, 6:34 PM
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    I used to go running 3 times a week, plus at least 2 fitness/work outs. I also used to do loads of walking. I have a bike, but the roads aren't safe enough near me.
    I'm going to start going to the gym and running again.
    • ceredigion
    • By ceredigion 18th Apr 17, 8:12 PM
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    Exerbusi2
    I wasn't being flippant with the question " Your definition of "fit and healthy?" is ?". It is a genuine Q.
    Me, I ride a bike (a lot). Tried running and the gym but not for me.All though I am getting old now, 49 years so the days of competitive cycling are probably behind me. The last time I was in the lab my stats where
    VO2Max 71 ml/min/kg
    LT threshold 87% of max
    HR at rest 27 bpm
    BMI 20
    9% Body fat.


    Two British championship's wins and a place to place record to my name for time trailing and a 1st cat road man.
    • jack_pott
    • By jack_pott 18th Apr 17, 9:25 PM
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    I've got two personal trainers, one for each foot.
    • mysterymurdoch
    • By mysterymurdoch 19th Apr 17, 6:34 AM
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    I was a middle distance runner in my teens, 15 min 5k, under 2 for 800, all when I was 15-16, but university saw the introduction of birds and beer in my life and that was that. Now I do mountain biking and enjoy nothing more than carrying my bike up a munro or 3 and riding it down, trying not to fall off.
    • pink princess
    • By pink princess 19th Apr 17, 7:39 AM
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    I run 30 miles a week

    Walk 100000 steps a week

    Hatha yoga daily

    Have 2 half marathons in May

    After those I start brick training
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    • Exerbusi2
    • By Exerbusi2 19th Apr 17, 7:51 AM
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    Wow! There are some really fit people in this group - some impressive stats here!

    What's interesting to me is the correlation between level of fitness and (for want of a better word) 'success' in life. Maybe it's improved focus, health, energy levels, productivity etc, but generally the fitter people are the high achieving in life they seem to be.

    Do you think this correlates with your own experiences? When you're fitter do you feel you do better in life generally?
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    • bertiewhite
    • By bertiewhite 19th Apr 17, 8:38 AM
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    I have to keep fit for my job and they provide a gym & time to use it in work so I generally go a couple of times a week to use the cross trainer & free weights.

    If I didn't have these facilities, I've got a fairly healthy lifestyle anyway eg. dog walking, walking to the shops instead of driving etc. and would never pay for a gym or trainer.
    • brat
    • By brat 19th Apr 17, 11:41 AM
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    Like bertiewhite, I have a job that requires a level of fitness to keep my specialisms. Unlike bertie we have no gym at work and no work time allocated to maintain that fitness. :/

    I was never sporty when I was younger. If anything I was overweight as a child and teenager, and did no exercise. I started running in my mid 20s, to keep weight off and to keep fit. Now I cycle and run. At the moment I'm cycling on average 220 miles per week and running about 10 miles per week. I don't do gym work, because I'm not desperate to build upper body strength and weight. I do mess around with some barbells at home, and do some sit ups and press ups.

    My cycling FTP (Functional Threshold Power) is 295 watts which is about 4.9 watts/kg power/weight ratio, which allows me to maintain a decent cycling pace. I don't race, other than on online gaming apps like Zwift.

    I'm a steady runner, not quick, but no slouch. My fastest 5k parkrun this year is 19mins 40 secs.

    For me, fitness has a direct correlation with happiness and sense of personal self worth. I've never been particularly ambitious, other than to ensure my family are comfortable and have opportunities.

    Keeping fit and active, especially as you get older (I'll be 60 in June) means that you don't have to limit your options. My retirement present for next year is a 10 day cycling holiday with a friend in the Italian Alps. Bring it on! Fitness is a precious gift.
    Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
    • andygb
    • By andygb 19th Apr 17, 11:16 PM
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    In my late fifties now, and used to compete at cycling, badminton, running, cricket, tennis and football in my younger years. I now go five times a week to the gym, spending an hour there, mixing cardio, resistance and weights, starting off with a warm up (dynamic stretches), doing the main work then stretching out at the end.
    I used to be a 3 hour marathoner, and could do 2500 metres on a Cyclops rower in 8 minutes 35 seconds, but those days are long gone.
    I qualified as a level 2 fitness instructor last year - something I am very proud of.
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