Dog Site - Dog Stuff
Dog Forum | Dog Pictures

Go Back   Chazhound Dog Forum > Dog Forum News > The Fire Hydrant


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #11  
Old 09-11-2012, 09:46 AM
Red.Apricot's Avatar
Red.Apricot Red.Apricot is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Southern California
Posts: 2,779
Default

I've put on 3lbs of muscle this summer (which isn't that much, but I can see it, and other people have commented that my shirts fit differently) just by doing push-ups, squats, leg-lifts and eating more protein.

I like to stand in the shower for a couple of minutes in the morning; now the rule is I have to be doing leg lifts or squats, lol. I do push-ups before bed and in the morning. Not tons, but even a few is better than zero.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 09-11-2012, 09:56 AM
Panzerotti's Avatar
Panzerotti Panzerotti is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Grande Prairie, AB
Posts: 950
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Beanie View Post
As an example, my mom (who I've been trying to get to eat better; she is a serial "LOW FAT" or "LOW SUGAR" eater which just means MORE CHEMICALS) asked me last night, "So what kind of healthy foods should I buy at the grocery store?"
"Um... meat. Vegetables. Fruit. Nuts if you want. Cheese if you want, full fat only. ...that's pretty much it. It's pretty easy."
I shop the outer ring of stores these days.
Yes! It's hilarious how easy grocery shopping is now. Meat? Check. Veggies & fruit? Check. Nuts? Check. I used to hate grocery shopping, now I love it.

I also hear you on the low carb thing. I am a fruit fiend. Carbs are important, especially to maintain energy levels for intense workouts. A lot of paleo people are big fans of sweet potatoes.....I like them in recipes, but they gross me out on their own. If you can eat them though, they are a great carb source.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 09-11-2012, 10:32 AM
Kilter Kilter is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 536
Default

Ditto on the keeping it simple thing. Do the outside ring of the grocery stores. If you can find a better meat source, go with it too.

I started getting meat at a butcher shop, that doesn't add chemicals and you know they know where the meat comes from (you park on one side, on the other side there is a loading zone with cattle chutes). Sounds strange, but it looks and tastes like real meat. I can't stomach even looking at the meat in the grocery store a lot of times, can suck it up if it's frozen and we have to get it.

Some people can do a major life change, some can't. I know I do best on a limited diet because it's easier in my head to say 'no, just having shakes and then dinner today' but those are sadly out of budget (for the good, healthy, low sugar shakes and supplements - $300 a month but it worked!).

My other half is stubbern, if I do a healthy low carb meal, he's going to add a side of bread and butter to it. Or worse, make himself a mayo/cheese sandwich instead. So I do minor changes for the household, like not buying much junk, doing boneless 'wings' instead of real ones (chicken breast cut into strips/chunks and baked then tossed in sauce) and so on.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 09-11-2012, 02:40 PM
Renee750il's Avatar
Renee750il Renee750il is offline
Felurian
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Where the selas blooms
Posts: 94,266
Default

Simple stuff -- because it can be overwhelming

Rule of thumb from bodybuilding: at least 1/2 gram of quality protein per pound of bodyweight per day. 1 gram is better. Different bodies use different proteins so find what works for you. You'll know. You'll feel it.

And lots of work, low, slow reps, weights as heavy as you can handle (without hurting yourself) for sets of 3-8 reps. If you can do more than 8 reps, add weight, or if you can't add more weight, concentrate on slower reps, especially the negative part of the movement.

And STRETCH between exercises. That will make a huge difference, not only in your flexibility, but in your results. You'll actually make better gains.

Above all, keep track of what you're doing, and track your results. Make changes as you go. There is no universal answer; your body is going to respond individually. I always get better results when I add some form of dancing discipline, often incorporating dancing movements with weights.

Lower body, particularly legs, usually takes more work. I worked mine three days on a full, heavy duty workout, with light workouts (like running up and down the bleachers at the football field) on the off days.
__________________
In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves. ~Buddha

Stupid is the most notoriously incurable and contagious disease known to mankind. If you find yourself in close proximity to someone infected with stupid, walk away as soon as said infection is noted.


There are few things more nauseating than pure obedience. ~ Kvothe

***8206;"silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation."
Rumi
Be a god. Know when to shut up.


Good Kharma Tags
Felurian
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 09-11-2012, 09:09 PM
CharlieDog's Avatar
CharlieDog CharlieDog is offline
Rude and Not Ginger
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Georgia
Posts: 9,138
Default

So far body weight is all I've been doing. I work out with squats, lunges, pullups pushups and dips in one day, plus planks, and then run a bit the next day. I'm not a runner, I don't want to be a runner, but I'd like to have the added benefit of being ABLE to run that running is the only thing that will give you that. So I guess I'm a reluctant runner. I play ZOMBIES a lot lol, to get me through it.

I'm following a fifty pullups plan thing as well, and considering joining a rock climbing gym because that is way more fun to me than going to a gym and lifting weights right now, especially as I'd be going alone, and it seems to be mostly HUGE dudes that are in the free weights section, lol

I've been consistently getting around 70 to 80g of protein a day, except on days where I don't really eat much of anything. My problem ends up being lack of appetite vs bad food. I don't typically eat junk because I can't really afford it first, and second my husband works out a lot, so we tend to have stuff like tuna, peanut butter, bananas on hand all the time. I'm not a fan of his protein shakes though, they're kind of gross

I'd like to get a barbell and some free weights, I've been searching craigslist but so far no luck on that. I've also considered using a sandbag/building one really.

I'd like more dense muscle vs lean muscle, and so far I think every thing has told me to get free weights and do 80% of what my max weight is for 3 to 6 reps a set. Also, eat more protein, lol.

Thanks guys! This is all very new to me, especially monitoring my diet. I typically have always eaten what I wanted to eat, because I don't get fat. I only know how much I weigh because DH jiu jitsu dojo/gym has a scale there. I really don't care WHAT I weigh, I just want to feel better, be stronger and look better. I'm a stick, lol, and I'm tired of being a stick


I love bread too I think that's the sticking point for me as far as Paleo, because I love sandwiches, hamburgers, tuna on crackers, tuna-mac, ect, and those are all grains.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 09-11-2012, 10:19 PM
Beanie's Avatar
Beanie Beanie is offline
Clicker Cult Coordinator
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Illinois
Posts: 13,428
Default

You're about where I am with protein... I want to be close to 100g per day at least. I bought BodyTech from Vitamin Shoppe, and I was REALLY surprised... I just mixed it with water, and the chocolate is actually good. It's 100 calories, 24g protein. It does have sucralose in it (boo!) but it's the very last ingredient in the otherwise pretty short and good ingredient list - also it was the best deal. So... for now I think this is my solution.
I had the same problem, I feel like I eat plenty, I'm really not hungry often - but I'm still low on protein, and sometimes even lower than I'd like to be on calories. Some people have suggested just eating anyway even if I'm not hungry, but I still have some, uhhh... food issues left over from my childhood that lead to an overeating problem which lead to me becoming a chunk, so honestly the idea of eating just to eat when I'm not hungry just isn't something I can do. So now I can just drink a shake after my workout to refuel my muscles, add in extra protein and a small bump to my calories too, and I don't have to worry about feeling like I have to eat when I'm not hungry just because.

The Jay Robb stuff is supposed to be a good protein powder, the egg protein is even better as far as ingredients go IMO. Optimum Nutrition is another good brand. I just bought the BodyTech stuff because it's BOGO 50% off right now and outside of the sucralose it's what I was looking for.

I know there's a good place online to buy protein powder for cheaper than Vitamin Shoppe... I just can't remember where now. I liked being able to go to the store and talk to people though. I might order online in the future now that I'm not so terrified of protein powder, haha, who knows.

I'm assuming you know all about these:
http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/workouts/
There's TONS more on YouTube if you look around too. Body weight exercises are amazing. If you want to lift heavy weights this won't help you, but to get over the gym shock, you might check for a gym that has the Les Mills brand and hit some BodyPump classes. BodyPump is lighter weights/TONS of reps, so not the heavy weights/low reps. But it will teach you form which you can then take down to the free weights and maybe you won't feel so awkward. You might also find a buddy in the classes who would be willing to hit the free weights with you; having a friend always makes it less intimidating! Also, I know some guys who lift crazy heavy weights downstairs and still enjoy BodyPump too, they don't believe it has to be one or the other. So might just be a good way to get introduced to it? Some people are not gym rats though and I understand that. You definitely DON'T need a gym to get stronger, fitter, and get some badass muscles.


I seriously want to start doing CrossFit stuff!! Because I am a special brand of crazy and so are CrossFitters and I kinda think we are totally a match LOL. There's a CrossFit gym here, but I don't know if I can afford it. I only belong to my gym right now because it's free through my work... =/ but yeah... I look at CrossFit workouts and instead of being scared I'm all "I WANT TO DO THAT." Special brand of crazy...
__________________


Auggie - The Flash RN NAJ MXP MJP CGC
Payton - Sharp Dressed Man NA NAJ CGC
Pepper - Chocolate Swizz-l-icious
& the pest, Georgie - Peach Pudding N Pie NA OAJ
The Sheltiechick Blog
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 09-11-2012, 10:45 PM
CharlieDog's Avatar
CharlieDog CharlieDog is offline
Rude and Not Ginger
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Georgia
Posts: 9,138
Default

All the crossfit gyms here aren't accepting new members. I mean, you can take classes, but for me that's not cost effective, and you can get put on a waiting list, but right now most of the waiting lists are 6 months to a year long.

I've actually taken the bodyweight routine from Nerd Fitness and just adapted it to what I want to be doing. I really really really HATE squats and lunges, but so far it's one of the few things that I've found that work your legs out and well, so I think I'm stuck with them I don't think jump rope gives you the same effect.

I could TRY to force myself to eat, but I've done that in the past and usually if I'm not hungry, I'm not hungry and any attempts at forcing myself make me want to throw up.

I think I should be hitting about 100 to 110g's of protein a day, and I'm just sitting here trying to figure that part out lol. DH buys EAS or something like that chocolate whey protein powder, so when he gets that again I'll have to figure something. I guess if I just drink that in some water or soy milk it won't be so bad. I'm not a huge fan of his strawberry banana shakes.

I've considered trying to add peanut butter to it, with like banana or apple, that doesn't sound so bad, and then I'd at least be getting SOME protein after a work out. I usually am ravenous after a good work out, so that's when I tend to eat and eat a lot. But once again, I usually have pasta with chicken, or something like that.

The rock climbing gym has like, 45 pound dumbbells, and I probably couldn't even do that for 3 reps, but I'll try next time I'm there just to see. The other issue with that is unless I have a membership, I'm going to the gym to climb, not lift weights, and I probably wouldn't go there to just lift weights and then leave, I'd want to climb, which I'd probably suck at after doing anything with the dumbbells.

On the OTHER hand, this could be the incentive DH nees to actually go buy some dumbbells.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 09-11-2012, 11:03 PM
AllieMackie's Avatar
AllieMackie AllieMackie is offline
Wookie Collie
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 6,483
Default

CrossFit's pretty awesome, but oh man, it becomes a LIFESTYLE. My cousin and her hubby have been super-involved for over two years. They did the CrossFit Games as Team Cayman, they're ripped to the nines and go every single day. My cousin even started CrossFit Kids to include their daughter. :P
__________________


Finnegan - Border Collie | Barrett the ferret | Stan & Fiora - the cats
RIP - Fozzy 1993-2006 Palom 2008-2010 Ysera 2008-2011 Basol 2008-2012 Freya 2008-2014 Porom 2008-2014
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 09-12-2012, 08:20 AM
Beanie's Avatar
Beanie Beanie is offline
Clicker Cult Coordinator
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Illinois
Posts: 13,428
Default

I'm a PB addict... it's kind of a problem. I eat about 2 tbsp a day, usually with my apple for lunch. I will neither confirm nor deny that sometimes I just eat a spoonful. And I'm planning on doing banana-PB-and protein powder shakes.
I went to the store and they only had creamy natural PB, they were ALL OUT of the natural chunky PB. And I was like this.



It's only a minor problem. =|



LOL but yeah, mixing protein powder with just water or some milk is just fine!
__________________


Auggie - The Flash RN NAJ MXP MJP CGC
Payton - Sharp Dressed Man NA NAJ CGC
Pepper - Chocolate Swizz-l-icious
& the pest, Georgie - Peach Pudding N Pie NA OAJ
The Sheltiechick Blog
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 09-12-2012, 09:12 AM
Panzerotti's Avatar
Panzerotti Panzerotti is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Grande Prairie, AB
Posts: 950
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CharlieDog View Post
I really really really HATE squats and lunges, but so far it's one of the few things that I've found that work your legs out and well, so I think I'm stuck with them I don't think jump rope gives you the same effect.
Learn to love squats! Even better, do them while holding something heavy, and make sure you're going ass to grass!

I am totally sucked in to the Crossfit cult now. I try to get to the gym 5 days a week, or at least 4, and when I finish a workout I immediately start looking forward to going back the next day.

Beanie, if you can swing the expense at all, go check it out!!!
__________________
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:12 PM.


1997-2013 Chazhound Dog Site