Discussion in 'Survival and Wilderness Skills' started by Strigidae, May 2, 2020.
What are you all doing and what works best for you?
I do some basic stretches to keep my aching back limber but I get lax with them. I find lack of range of motion sets in quickly.
I was trying to do some body weight exercises but have fallen out of that as well. I felt so much better when I was going to the gym regularly about 5 years ago.
My gym is still closed. So I pushed my 19 stations routine out to the max with what I have at home. 4 times a week minimum + 8-10 miles of outdoor walking or hiking trails. Might as well use the isolation time productively right?
Whatever my back allows. I cycle 50 to 100 miles per week, run 10 or 15. I have kettlebells I try to do 6 days a week. I have set up a kick boxing area in my garage. I eat like a pig and drink a lot in the evening to equal things out.
Our gym opened back up Monday. We go early in the morning and there's only two other people ever there so we just wipe everything down good before and afterwards.
Otherwise, normal home routine is lots of pull ups, dips and pushups combined with some kettlebells and dumbells. Cardio is running or biking several times a week. Lots of jump rope both at home and at the gym.
If I was starting from scratch for home stuff I'd build a pull up bar and buy a jump rope. If I wanted to spend more I'd get an inexpensive dip station off amazon (if you don't have anywhere to hang a pull up bar there are a lot of pull up bar/dip station combos) and a couple different kettlebells.
Pullups, pushups and dips are simple and will continue to give results for a long time, especially if you do weighted versions.
Also, I love climbing a rope. Had one at the gym but that area is now closed. Have one I put up in the back yard and use.
Jump rope for five minutes. Climb the rope, do some pushups, climb the rope, do some pushups. Repeat until you can't get off the ground on the rope. Them jump rope more until you throw up or collapse.
I wish the gym had a climbing rope, sadly it is not so. Nor do I have the means to sit one up. That is a great advantage. I pushed out from around a 1000 reps per session, to over 2000 reps per session, ( about 1 1/2 hrs to nearer to 2-2 1/2 hours). The gym should reopen soon but I am not willing to yield what I have gained.
Pull Ups and Push Backs...old fashioned dinner table style.
I had got a mountain bike because my gym kickboxing and Krav Maga that I was doing 7 hours a week is still close doesn’t look like it will be open at least a month from now. so Mountain biking is kicking my butt. I still run here and there. I tend to do a lot of manual labor around the house so that beats me up a lot.
Ive been amazed at how little equipment you need for a good workout. There are a lot of body weight exercises that suck.
Bought a full set of resistance cables, to go with what I already had; an ab wheel, and a suspension trainer. Put all together and I can do everything I’d do at a regular gym. (I’m partial to Lifeline, but there are plenty of other brands.)
Can’t skip rope anymore (paralyzed right calf), which is too bad it used to be a big part of my training routine.
Walks always involve pushing my wife’s wheelchair, so that’s an extra effort.
All that, and a diet too!