I loved the comic!
When I came into this post I was shocked to find so many people hating on Fitocracy. I feel like I need to come to their defense a little bit to even out the negative/positive ratio.
These guys bust their asses daily. Working round the clock and barely sleeping to fuel the fire for this project. They've given out countless invites through Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, etc. They're all very involved in the fitness community, have knowledge of fitness and nutrition and are passionate about what they're doing.
If you don't like something about the site, address it with them in the forums. They want to make the site as user friendly as possible and able to be accessed by anyone. I think, if anything, we owe this team a bit of thanks for bringing something new to the table to try and keep fitness fresh. Making tracking your progress fun, even.
So thanks Dick, Brian and Daniel for all your hard work, dedication and passion to what you're doing.
Here's their proposed game plan for Fitocracy in the future.
Here you go. Lift them up by their chest unless front squatting, in which case it may be easier to lift up by their triceps.
Don't do this.
Cycled 1011 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats (the length of the UK) in 9 days, averaging 112 miles/day.
Edit: Here's the routeplan if you're interested (all the ones beginning with LeJog) and my fitocracy account (managed to top the 7 day leaderboard for the past 5 days :D). I also lost 2.3kg over the trip :p
I've wasted too much time in this shit-hole - too many pointless arguments, creating/being a part of drama, etc. Lifting was taking over my life to the point where it was - eat, sleep, work, lift, reddit (about lifting).
A couple of things I want to say to the general Reddit population,
I'll be on chat, Fitocracy (for now), and Facebook and am more than willing to help with lifting questions or whatever. If you can't reach me there then die.
A bit of repetition here, but:
My wife uses http://www.fitocracy.com/ and really likes it. I signed up, but starting up a game when I get home from the gym > logging my work out. I believe (?) it was created by a redditor. I go to the gym 3x a week, but I still enjoy gaming much more than going to the gym.
edit: how to get in w/o waiting for an invite http://www.fitocracy.com/register/?invite_code=OREXI
I've been following a variant of Layne Norton's recommendation here and here. I like the stationary bike because it lets me maximize intensity while reducing risk of injury (it's hard to fall and hurt yourself when you're sitting on your ass). The quad pump is pretty sick, too.
The site is in beta. The site was developed and is run by 3 people with a user base now in the tens of thousands. Fitocracy is free.
The site is not too focused on strength training. There are tons of running quests. You can input so many exercises that aren't even related to strength training, so I'm going to chalk your comment up to the fact that you really don't know what you're talking about.
Here's your major improvements and road map that you said don't exist.
Sorry for the angry tone, but cut these guys some slack.
Sorry, I came off like an ass.
I'll be honest, I'm a bit jaded/bitter because I've heard the 'all powerlifters are fat' joke so many time over the last 3 years (and don't get me started on the people that try to one up you, "Yeah, back in high school I was squatting 600 lbs for reps, but now my knees are fucked so I don't squat any more"). Well, that, and I'm a 123lb-class lifter. And I'm tired as all hell after today's workout.
One of the biggest things powerlifting has taught me is that size has no bearing (to the extent most people are used to) on one's strength. I will say that having a huge-ass gut is great for squats (not from personal experience) ... and benching ... not so much for deadlift though.
I have a crush for Scotty's ability to clearly not give even half a fuck, as evidenced by that post.
My burning question is to yougotposted; why u mad?
Worked 2.5 years for a small environmental testing company (field testing, research, consulting/report-writing). Lots of travel, ~10-15% below average pay, but promotionis came really quickly so my job title was really nice for the resume (and I got to file a patent!).
Then, I left to join a tech startup (Fitocracy). No pay for 6 months but got an equity stake. Completely unrelated to my previous job, but the fundamental engineering skills I gained in college have been invaluable. I was a self-taught programmer, but engineering hopefully teaches you very good Google-fu, so you can look up most anything. Learn fast, read docs, and don't be afraid to dig into something you don't understand. Isolate what you know and don't know, then start hacking away at the stuff you don't know. In a few hours, you'll probably have a working understanding of how to do something. it's truly amazing.
So I don't use the flow equations I learned in college, but I do use the analytical logic for breaking problems down and solving them piece by piece.
My rotund Latin teacher used to joke: "I'm in shape. A circle is a shape."
But seriously, if you're interested in exercising and developing a healthier lifestyle, you should check out the Gaymers Fitocracy group. They're a friendly, active, and incredibly sexy group.
>Helmut Strebl doesn't want to look like you either
HAR!! That's the funniest thing I will probably read all day, thank you.
[4realz], it's exactly like the forum thread S_knight linked to earlier. "Oh she's really strong! Amazing lifts! But I wouldn't want to look like that!" Bullshit, if they put in the work to get those lifts, they absolutely would want to look like her...or better. So many excuses to not work hard. It just boggles my mind.
Ditto. Hard to stay motivated when you can eat what you want and nobody is banging on your door at 430 to go PT.
Actually, you much of a gamer? My buddy just introduced me to this thing called Fitocracy which is a workout log force bred with an RPG (complete with "Achievements" and "Quests"). It's a gimmick but so far it actually does make me want to work out, if only so I can make my next level. PM if you want an invite.
Edit: Jaysus, didn't expect such a response. I'm out of invites but I sent 10 or so of them out. If each of those fine folk come back into this thread they should have 10 invites of their own to give out to other redditors.
Is pretty awesome, it's kindof a real life fitness rpg combined with an exercise tracker.
You track your workouts and level up based on how you do. It has a pretty neat quest and achievement system too.
No such thing as toned muscle or bulk muscle. Its all the same muscle. To look more "toned" you need to lose bodyfat while having muscle. A good diet and lifting program will help to those goals. And no, a woman that lifts heavy does not get huge. See this for an example of a woman who lifts heavy.
I stole this from this Fitocracy post (cross posting is a time honored karma whoring technique):
> This guy left me this message in my youtube inbox because I commented "Auschwitz-mode achieved".
> "hey dipshit
Fat fuck that thinks he's a bad ass- mode achieved. I have news for you.....no matter how much you bench, or curl, or squat to try and improve your body,,,you're still not going to be able to change your ugly fucking face. Have fun being a virgin the rest of your life, bitch. Oh, and thanks for viewing and commenting on my vid"
Check out /r/leangains. The community sucks but the method is awesome and works great. Even if you don't fast with your diet, the concepts of RPT and double progression work great for preserving muscle mass and ensuring you're not going overboard with lifting on a caloric deficit.
Edit: I forgot to add that I also have a crush on mkhockeygeek's ass...I'm not sure about the rest of him, but I don't think I'll ever get bored of seeing this pic
Here's a couple celebrity examples. And here's a personal example to show it on a less extreme body type
>I knew I had an impact on the community, but not to the extent I found. I realized it was kind of selfish of me to up and go when I was doing so much for you.
...because his absence would be such a tragedy.
I think I've made it perfectly clear that I would sleep with ANY of the men here. I hate to name favorites because on any given day they can change, but as of right now, my favorite eye candy is probably Gabe. I'm always entertained by Nerdlinger's comments (I love you for your mind). My girl crush is smoftiebear cuz...damn girl!
I have no questions at this time.
I was rock climbing for about 9 months beforehand with a bit of fuckarounditis on machines thrown in.
Feel free to be skeptical, but I want real progress and embellishing ain't gonna help that. If it matters, here's my fitocracy profile: http://www.fitocracy.com/profile/lokichilde/
tl;dr: I don't really want to exercise and am looking for some external motivation.
I'd suggest lurking around fitness sub-reddits/sites and reading the information they offer, turning exercise into a game using something like fitocracy, looking at transformation pictures and stories, joining a gym for their wide variety of cardio machines (you clearly don't want to run).
Hey there :) I'm a newfag...Started lifting/working out about three months ago. I'm female, 21, 5'4", 177 lbs, 41"-28.5"-42.5". Fitocracy here, Fitness blog here (Progress, thick, tight, etc). I am a mechanical engineering student at U of T & work at a gourmet burger place on the weekends (no one cares). I have good taste in bums. <3
I use this one aswell, thought I don't really like it. But haven't found anything better.
It is ok as long as I don't deviate too much from my routines.
I mostly use it to remember what to input to Fitocracy anyway.
I too ran recently after a very long time. Where earlier I have run 2 half marathons, it is now difficult to finish even a mile. And although not being able to run like before sucks, it feels great to have restarted that journey.
Also, check out Fitocracy. It is very helpful to keep you motivated and eager to keep running. Let me know if you need an invite.
>are there any other things I can do to track progress?
If you have a tape measure, you can calculate your ratios.
General rule of thumb is:
When you gain muscle mass, your shoulder to waist ratio will increase (more muscle = broader shoulders while waist doesn't grow as much)
When you gain fat, your shoulder to waist ratio will decrease (fat accumulates in the abdominal area).
Same for the converse:
When you lose muscle, your shoulder to waist ratio will decrease (shoulders become narrower)
When you lose fat, your shoulder to waist ratio will increase (waist becomes thinner)
This will give you a more objective measure of your overall progress taking into account two variables: fat loss and muscle gain.
Now look at the workout.
Edit: TL;DR: this girl logged barbell box squats on fitocracy, bragged about her PR on facebook, and is actually squatting in the Smith machine.
Did you see the recent travesty of "video proof" from the dude logging multiple 40-rep sets of parallel-grip pullups?
EDIT: this guy posted this rebuttal to 'all the haters" - you're going to love his moves.
When you find your core to be holding your lifts back--though that can be difficult to judge. I normally do all my warmup sets (squats, deadlifts) without a belt and then put it on for my work sets. It helps both, but helps more with squat.
I just tried my entire DL workout today without a belt or chalk (exclusive of my missed 585 lb. PR). The lack of chalk made a bigger difference than the lack of a belt.
I enjoy being unknown and stealing upvotes.
I'm like that kid in the corner who got the extra capri-sun and oreos because the teacher felt bad for me.
EDIT: Since everyone's doing it. and I suppose my secret crush is that fag GZCL, since I'm always texting him dick pics. IDK why he never responds though.
[4realz] The site is all about the points, that's the purpose. MMORPGs take actions to prevent gaming the system and that's what this about.
Granted, he doesn't think he is gaming it, it's clear he is just ignorant and/or an idiot, but to think he one is one of the top athletes of the last month is silly and that's what the site is about.
Tell me these are equivalent workouts (only 7 pts difference):
I'm sure atticus_lock is a cool dude that doesn't afraid of anything, and I'd love to see what he's do for the quests, but I'm not sure he'd be the best choice.
We're also going to be releasing a new tagging feature shortly so you'll easily be able to tag your profile "Reddit" and find other Redditors as well :D
Edit: Here's my profile.
Edit 2: Ok, apparently I'm a retard. Vanity URLs do work!
Edit 2: The tagging feature is now live! Just add the "Reddit" tag to your profile and then use it to quickly find other Redditors!
I found this article extremely interesting. It goes into why women hit plateaus that men don't. Namely, you are cutting too deep and need to start lifting to build muscle so you can burn more calories at your resting rate, which allows you to eat more while cutting so you son't kill yourself during a cut.
That group has some real teapots (posted in another group):
> One of my runs, all the hard work and all the sweat, is the equivalent in points of ONE lift of someone's.
>runs 15 min mile
>runs 2.3mi in 34min
maybe it's because she's got neither speed nor distance
Since this is basically a repost of what you just PM'd me (plus a link to me asking about deadlifts and getting some good feedback? for some reason?) here's my response:
> Dear Bob,
> I've been lifting somewhat consistently since late September 2010. Counting the stretches of fuckarounditis but excluding the whole months I ended up punking out and blowing off that makes about 14 months, a little over a year. My lifts are pathetically weak, they're right here. I've got nothing to prove, especially not based on how much metal I can pick up and put down; that's for my own benefit, not yours. Otherwise I try to contribute to a community that's given me some valuable inspiration and direction, and to help curb fuckwits still mired in the same bullshit and rationalizations that I've fought with my whole life. And I'll be damned if I know what that has to do with you, you miserable, bitchy old man.
And no, my peak DL last summer was something like 245x5. It's lower now.
And frankly, I was never entirely sure if you actually got banned or not. You do seem awful butthurt over it though. I'd offer you a sympathy hug but I'm afraid you might crush me with your big manly arms.
EDIT: 245X4, sorry. Feel free to comment on form.
I like the points as a bit of added fun, so I don't care too much. I do wonder at how they decide the points when I see people on stationary bikes getting >4000 points while poor McMasochist has his cross-country skiing capped at 700 points.
Get on fitocracy and you'll be shown how little you do and how much you could be doing.
My crushes are no secret: Sareon already knows how much I suck his dick, Hermy and Spazzy are my boys <3, and Ragehole makes my heart soar.
EDIT: Oh, and anriar and abes are my on the DL lovers.
DbC, 19, male, Australian (and overly patriotic on the internet), 6'4", 230lbs, still fatter than I'd like and my lifts are shit (mostly due to a back injury that I harp on and on about).
My Fitocracy account. Suck it down fagz.
I'd also like to point out (for some reason) that I've been here for ages.
Fitocracy is in beta but it gives you points/quests/achievements/etc for exercise.
I think this invite code is valid: http://www.fitocracy.com/register/?invite_code=FITTITFTW
Then you can follow a bunch of people from the fitocracy users assemble thread on fittit.
Nice! 100lbs is a nice round milestone, awesome job! What sort of programming are you using?
Speaking of mmorpg playing, some neat people made Fitocracy, a real-life fitness game that keeps track of your actual lifting stats sorta like an RPG. I'm glad you respecced to "badass," keep it up! Reddit post from last week
Who else is on the popheads fitocracy group aside from my boos /u/cloudbustingmp3 and /u/scherbesdfs and I think /u/batmanji?? I'm obsessed with it now even though its UI is soooeewerrr bad
Fitocracy Theme Song of the Week: Motivationnnnn
EDIT: JOIN US HERE AND BE UP IN THE GYM WORKING ON YO FITNESS http://www.fitocracy.com/group/21495
For the record I have her bike she has in her dressing room it's awesome! And here's a quick great workout with it http://www.fitocracy.com/knowledge/dr-layne-nortons-best-damn-cardio-humanly-possible-in-15-minutes/
If you're doing bench work alone, without safety bars, use dumbbells; that, or know how to do the roll of shame.
Helpful article: "How to Bench Press Safely Without a Spot"
Not sure how legit this is, but I try to do this at the end of every lifting session. I hate cardio mostly due to the boredom, but I found this goes by pretty fast since you're loathing the next HIIT segment.
Remember, weight loss is 80% diet, 20% exercise. C25k will help get you fit, but it won't make you lose a lot of weight, not alone. I'd also suggest a website like MyFitnessPal (which also has a great phone app). It has a great calorie counter aspect. Lots of people also like Fitocracy but it's more general fitness and less focused on diet than MyFitnessPal.
Also remember, if you start to diet, don't cut your calories too severely at first. Since you're exercising your body will want more calories than it gets right now, so a harsh "austerity diet" will be hard to maintain. Cut calories slowly over the first 2-3 weeks to avoid crazy hunger pains that will make you tend to overeat when you finally let yourself have some food.
And of course, good luck! :)
Well I really was able to start building muscle after I started keto. I'm suspicious I have IBS because it's unbelievable how much protein I need to build and maintain muscle (probably not absorbing it properly), but on this diet it's easier to reach those levels and stay at a normal caloric intake. I'm not bulking as much as I'm going through a slow recomp, maintaining my calories at less than 2k. But I have gained significant muscle, much more than I've ever had in my life. I haven't taken pictures in a while and maybe I can get some later, for a small crappy photo you can look at my fitocracy profile.
Edit: found another picture on computer. Bam!
They could even more easily check total time logged when there is a time component. That would allow them to catch guys like this more easily.
23.5 hours plus 20 miles of running. He says he was including workouts from the day or two before, but the day before that he logged another 21+ hours of work.
Context, after I posted my recent blog post on that red meat study (basically, "Leave epidemiological research alone!") there was a paleotard shitstorm. In the end, Dayne kept on fucking mentioning Pomegranates.
So now I'm researching Pomegranates as a fruit, as well as the Punicalagins and now Punicic bioactives.
(The 'Also known as' section is going to be changed in a bit, but is just an easter egg at the moment)
I'm switching to 5/3/1. That is not a fail.
Here's the fail; I have been away from the gym for 2 weeks. I tried testing 1RMs on Friday (getting a base for my 5/3/1 cycle). Link to fitocracy where I logged all my fail. Missed at 275lb squat, missed a 150lb OHP, missed a 225lb Bench.
TLDR: I'm weak.
Regarding my secret lady crush, I'm only going to say that I would never sleep with any of the women in this sub, even if you inundated me with naked pictures of yourselves. Go on, try it.
I'm this wuss over on Fitocracy.
Hi. I'm a skinnyfat newfag with 4 months lifting experience (cue "All Hail Rippetoad!"), and bench less than edubation. I over-analyze random crap over on /fitness and /weightroom. Hprotagonist over on fitocracy.
I post around here sometimes, but not as often as r/weightroom
I know some of you, but a lot of you I don't know (as is obvious from the frequent "who are you?" questions I get on IRC).
Fitocracy profile is under the same as my reddit name, so you can get my numbers, picture and other shit from there.
Fitocracy is a great way to keep yourself motivated IMO. You'll need to find someone with invites remaining though.
Alternatively, set yourself goals that are difficult and that you want to achieve. When I get bored with the conventional lifts, I make up new ones, and that keeps me entertained through plateaus.
Is this Cardio routine as good as they're claiming?
Anyone with flashy comebacks for the hamster isn't doing anybody any favours. When a woman mentions a fuckboy, you automatically know what is happening there. It's not a man 90-95% of the guys around the world can be. Basic RP theory. You are aware. That should be enough.
As for male shaming, talk about real shaming.
The kind fathers have to face for not paying alimony or child support from a ONS.
Compare that to what dumped women will be calling this guy behind his back and you will see this post is a fucking joke.
If you wake up flatter and bloat through the day, definitely take a careful look at your food log. You mentioned you eat mostly broccoli--what if you tried subbing out something else for a day or two? Or just sticking to meat/cheese for a day to get back to baseline and then add in foods over a period of hours spaced out to see what makes your body react.
I've also found personally that something like Sprite Zero (or any diet sodas) will make me puff up. Sometimes it's worth it as a treat, but most of the time it actually makes me turn to water instead.
If you were underweight before, you may not have a lot of muscle mass. Any kind of resistance training will help that, which can make your body look totally different at a higher weight than you were before. Here are some good photo examples of what I mean: http://www.fitocracy.com/knowledge/why-weight-loss-is-not-the-king-of-achievements/
Hell, I only went through just the first couple pages of people who are following me and found these guys...
...all of whom are guys who only follow women. I never know if I should be flattered or creeped out when one of these guys follows me.
This is going to be my 2nd round. Round 6 was really great for me -- I only lost 1 pound, but I definitely feel stronger and have more endurance. I was unfortunately derailed towards the end and didn't finish strongly (got bronchitis!) but I feel like round 6 helped me develop tools and habits to benefit me this round.
Fitocracy name: Apoptoeses
Current/Highest Weight: 153lbs
Lowest Weight: 119 lbs
Upper arm max: 13" (a big problem area for me!)
Thighs max: 24-5" (left is 24, right is 25...)
90DG: -10lbs (143)
LTG: -37lbs (115)
Current gym routine is 25-30' elliptical, then weight machines. The elliptical portion is done on med resistance for the first mile, high resistance for the 2nd, and ease back into low resistance for the 3rd. Just being able to do a 10min mile pace on the elliptical is awesome for me -- at the beginning of Round 6 I couldn't. Now I can do the first mile in just under 8 minutes (my record) and can finish 2 miles in 18-19 minutes. I know these times don't exactly translate to "real" running but I hope to build my strength and endurance to start to do trail running.
I am hoping this cycle to transition from weight machines to barbells and squats. I really need to find someone to teach me proper form for the squats though. I'm trying to read up on it and I just don't think I'll be able to properly critique my form myself.
I may try controlling my diet more strictly this round. Right now I am eating pretty healthy, no simple sugars/processed foods in my diet and I increased my (vegetarian) protein intake. I have trouble sticking at 1200 calories though, and I need to work on it -- I'm usually at 1500-1700.
Anyway, met some great people last round, can't wait to start again this round!
edit: whoops, still haven't gotten used to being 24.
Shortkid has it figured out:
> From the "Become a Hero" page (http://www.fitocracy.com/become_a_hero/)
>Exclusive early access
Supporting us as a Hero means the world to us. To show our gratitude, we will give you exclusive access to new features before they're released to the rest of Fitocracy. And yes, we will continue to add more features that only Heroes can enjoy.
>This was the biggest draw for me to become a hero (I don't need more routines or to copy someone else's, nor do I care about a silly title or a badge), and I have yet to see any exclusive early access items. No point system testing, no early badge feedback, still haven't seen the much talked about iPhone app, etc.
>I'll believe it when I see it ... there were big plans for September 2011 and those still haven't happened yet.
>This hasn't been addressed yet - the entire thread was misdirected to the iPhone app, not the backlog of promised features from over a 1/2 year ago.
>No point system testing
No early badge feedback
iPhone app was supposed to be live last month (http://www.reddit.com/r/Fitness/comments/ojj58/unlimited_fitocracy_invites_for_fittit_before_we/c3hydpl)
Over-focusing on the Shorty awards (even posting to FCJ about it) instead of the numerous bugs
[irrelevant to this thread] Telling advanced lifters that they shouldn't be using the site for it's intended purpose
Etc., the list goes on
Sounds like fitocracy.
I'm working on a system (the overall idea and inner-workings) that includes everything else, a sort of competition, in the little spare time I have. I love your ideas, and I'll definitely take them into consideration.
Can someone give me a ballpark figure of how long and hard it would be to make this reality? I'm looking for a partner to help make this real.
When starting out, I worried more about the times than the distance. I used a GPS aided program to keep track of my progress and how far I run. The two I have yet to decided between are Endomondo and RunKeeper. I like endomondo better when it comes to how it tracks and displays the data from your run, but I also like RunKeeper because of it's ability to sync with Fitocracy.
My next run I'm going to try to run both at once, so that I can get the best of both worlds, we will see how that goes.
Both allow me to see how far my run is each day, luckily the route I take is about 2.93 miles or so. So to get the full 5k, I made a few adjustments, and Bam, there was my 5k for future runs.
I've found it pretty useless, I just basically treat it like facebook and see how many joke groups I can create before I get banned. You're welcome to join my newest group, "I love big salty cock".
As a female, you should amass a large group of ~~stalkers~~ followers very quickly who will praise every workout you do as if you just broke a world record and will keep their hopes depressingly high that one day, if they give you enough props, you might sleep with them.
Weights that small are referred to as "Barbie weights" and just don't do you any good. You're definitely missing out on lifting big. My current numbers are 125 squat, 140 deadlift, and 75 bench. I know plenty of women who lift bigger, too. One really cool female lifter and Redditor is missdeejers if you want to check her out. Very tiny and very strong. I recommend using either Starting Strength or Stronglifts 5x5, as mentioned in the FAQ. They're great beginner lifting programs, and take you through step by step on how to do the lifts. You start off with just the bar (45lbs), learn the exercises, and move up from there.
well i have a few crushes (sorry BYU i guess im a whore):
shortkid is my shorty,
scotty is my DILF,
desperatenachos and i are planning on procreating, WellTolerated is my motivation(kelly rowland style), UTO is my favorite horny ass
and all the ladies cuz, ya know, i like to hump
For those of you who are looking to improve your plank times, I have created a new Fitocracy group, 5 Minute Plank. Come join!
THE LOOONG WEEKEND
I ate and drank too much on Thanksgiving (why break tradition?), but with exercise, diet and some fasting, I kept my weight the same as the week before.
I managed to run >5 miles and do a heavy squat workout.
Today is all about getting back into the groove. I'm refocusing on hitting daily eating goals (LeanGains), and improving my lifts and cardio.
I'll be heading to the gym later today to do bench press day. And calf raises and planks every hour with katiekatums.
Sure! You can follow me on Fitocracy: http://www.fitocracy.com/profile/Afrim/
I am 33, 5' 9" and currently weight 189.8 lbs and bulking probably sitting at around 15% body fat. I have been working out for just a little over a year. I started doing Starting Strength around January. I took about 5 weeks off in April due to a surgery. During the summer months I went on a Keto diet while doing SS. Lost some strength because of it but didn't care since I just wanted to look good for the beach.
I got off Keto around September with a new focus on size and strength. So I now eat 3 eggs over easy in coconut oil with toast and two cups of milk every morning. Followed up with some kind of high protein meal for lunch such as turkey sandwich or chicken cutlets. Steak chicken or fish for dinner. I pay no attention to carbs or fat. I eat plenty of ice cream and popcorn and milk throughout the day. I find it difficult to get in the required amount of calories without the ice cream or a mocha frappucino.
I take a whey shake with creatine after each workout.
In January my squat was around 185 it went to 295 very quickly. At that time I was taking ON Serious Mass which made me seriously fat. Then I had a surgery followed by the keto diet so I had trouble seeing those numbers until September.
I have been very consistent. Aside from the surgery and a couple of vacations I have not missed any workouts. I also quit my job in June to work from home as an iPhone Developer so sleep has not been a problem.
These are currently my lifts:
You get a fitocracy invite! And you get a fitocracy invite. Everyone gets a fitocracy invite!
Sub 4 minute miles! Going for well over an hour without a problem!
Time to run a marathon! Or... cycle...
At 5'11" and 200ish from nothing but an elliptical (it's safe to assume his diet isn't so great) he must be one hell of an example of skinnyfat.
> tpunch - you should try something different
> codeodor - I agree. I like to get active with friends occasionally on the weekends, and one of these days I might pick up some free weights to start weight training. But as far as calories per unit time, which is what I'm most interested in right now, it's top notch
> I certainly want to get into weight training, but I have no convenient way to do so at the moment.
> my resting heart rate is below 90
STOP THE PRESSES!
Fitocracy is lots of fun, and you can log all you exercises, not just running. It uses a levelling system to keep things interesting, and lots of redditors are on there. I would equate it to r/fitness in that it is a little more strength-focused than running, but I would still recommend it.
> Branded Preworkout
NUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE MONIES, THINK OF THE MONIES!!!
Here was my response to stephahnie on Fitocracy.
If you want to go super crazy animal madness pump then also toss in 50g of caffeine and 100g of Tyrosine into the mix. You could also get the 'electrolyte mix' from Trueprotein and toss that in, and some coenzyme Q10 capsules.
It'd be a huge batch that you could use for the entire year and it would be much cheaper than Jack3d and White Flood; with the same basic profile as White flood but with even more stuff. Also much more coenzyme Q10, white flood probably has like 1mg/scoop and they just put it in so they say they did.
It's website to track and log your workouts where you earn points for what you do and can compete and complete quests and challances. It's got a pretty big population of r/fitness users.
If you want an invite PM me your email and I'll ship one out to you.
What happened is that the fittit group started a challenge wherein people have a week to get the most points. The winners are the top 15 but I'm not sure what they win beyond pride and maybe a sense of accomplishment. On the first day svunt logged a pretty sweet workout that was all heavy singles. The big deal about that was that the point system is skewed heavily towards the first rep. So, for example, squatting 250x1 will get you 90 points. But squatting 250x5 will only get you 95 points. (or something like that). Svunt ended up get nearly 10,000 points for his workout. Literally two days before everyone was shitting their pants when scotty got a ~3000 point workout that was done with just kettlebells, so 9000+ points was a total shock.
In the end, there was massive dramedy as people accused him of point whoring, gaming the system, and on and on. The admins ended up consolidating his reps into a few sets (svunt, being the magnanimous gent he is, consented) and his points were reduced.
phew. That was long. are you up to speed?
Just want to let you guys know that we're focusing primarily on the social community aspects right now so we are all ears when it comes to adding features and improving any aspect of the site!
Also, helpful tip: every profile has a link in following format:
Go a little lighter maybe.
Also, check out this pic. http://www.fitocracy.com/knowledge/wp-content/uploads/et_temp/5103314145_9d4ac20a89_o-3249937_640x320.jpg
You don't have to tuck you fingers in like in the pic, but the placement of the hand in the corner of the bell is key. Keep the handle right in the meaty part between the thumb and index finger.
It makes the bell feel like it's part of your arm. Hope that helps.
Cleaning and also cooking! Though possibly because I'm super short, cooking for me involves lots of steps up to reach things in cabinets.
If you use fitocracy, they have some nice pre-made workouts that I do sometimes. They usually involve bodyweight squats, push-ups, glute bridges, planks and jumping jacks.
Here's one of the bodyweight ones
gonna have to rep it for Fitocracy
Not as simple as the 5x5 app but I'd say it's pretty great, The iOS app is apparently way better though :(
Edit in a couple links for ease of use: Android & iOS
First there is no way to target fat, secondly like everyone else says weight is almost entirely diet based.
Yes biking is a GREAT cardio exercise but it works different muscles than running. Losing weight will make climbing easier, you are pulling less weight up the wall. Frankly, as a male and speaking aesthetically, you look amazing, my female roommate says so too and that she hates you for looking better than her. If you want to do more cardio for general fitness and have a stationary bike I would recommend this workout shown on here recently followed by a solid 5 minute jump rope and a 2 round tabata of burpees and mountain climbers.
If you want to loss weight because you are worried you look fat stop that... Stop it right now. If it is for your climbing you need to find out what your actual body fat percentage is so you can stay in a healthy range. Also to get better at climbing training your grip with weights will help, your arms and back with chin ups and maybe some rows, and your legs with plyometrics like box jumps and the like. Also some flexibility work for some of those stretched out positions.
The effect that anti-inflammatories have on exercise are overstated. Without a link to the study he is quoting I'm pretty skeptical about the "one third" claim. Nevertheless, taking anti-inflammatories as a way to avoid "bulkiness" wouldn't be a very good strategy when you could just avoid the exercises that cause "bulkiness".
That being said, you definitely should do the exercises that supposedly cause bulkiness (lifting in particular). If you exercise for the sole purpose of losing weight then you'll end up losing a ton of muscle and when you reach your goal weight you'll end up being skinny fat (thin, but you wont look good). Having some muscle on your frame while being low body fat is how you look good. Lifting is what preserves and builds muscle. Also, bulkiness doesn't just happen all of the sudden. You won't just wake up one day as a huge hulking monster. It takes years and years of dedicated lifting and eating to reach hulk mode. And women don't get huge without steroids. See this for an example of a woman who lifts heavy all the time and has been for a while. A far cry from bulky.
Sorry for rambling and givingt a bunch of advice you didn't ask for. I'm just trying to help. I've seen too many people spin their wheels and give up when they try to do this stuff. Check out the FAQ in /r/fitness if you're interested in more info.
Calling out usually happens on their walls and is discouraged in the forums (unless they open themselves up to it). Though that would be a good group to make. A place to share all of the BS workouts you see on the site.
Hold on, I'ma go make one.
Here's the group for thems what wants to join.
After finishing my deadlift workout yesterday I decided to rep out the 225 left on the bar. Got 23 reps (no bouncing) before stopping and walking away. Then 10-15 seconds later another 3 reps.
*silvys random knowledge bombs get me really goin, he also took time for a personal nutritional consult with me a few months ago. learned a shit load. full homo
*folow dis if u jrk ever tim
*no questions, ill just continue lurkin
edit: also I have no idea how to make an ordered list with bullet points.
Fitocracy creator here. Since I'm a huge LSU fan, I'm hooking up the code "LSU" with 1000 invites :) Go wild.
If you use the code, please upvote and share so other people can try Fitocracy. :)
13 days without cheating on my food. My twice weekly calorie spike is helping squats, deadlifts, and myself mentally. My first free-for-all cheat meal is in 3 weeks (after I max out my bench press post-Smolov Jr. cycle #1). Weight is fluctuating a bit and I'm either down 1 or 2 lbs this week, so that's good, should make next week pretty nice. As always, I'm on Fitocracy under the same name.
Another New Years procrasturbator checking in.
For those of you that can't see that, I started in February and today I deadlifted 380lbs at 6'6" and 200lbs bodyweight.
Some people from /r/fitness created a exercise level up system called Fitocracy. You might wanna check that out cause it sounds similar to what you have been doing.
I think it's much easier to do intervals on a bike or elliptical than a treadmill.
When I was going to the gym more I did this: http://www.fitocracy.com/knowledge/dr-layne-nortons-best-damn-cardio-humanly-possible-in-15-minutes/ before every workout. Easy way to add intervals.
You may want to give this a read: http://www.fitocracy.com/knowledge/my-only-weight-loss-regret/
If you're drinking a gallon of water a day and not replacing salt, you're likely low on it. The guy in the article doesn't specifically say "electrolyte depletion," but that's what it is. He does mention being cold all the time.
Power Clean and Press 5x5.
If you're not trying to inhale ALL the air by the time you're done, you're not lifting hard enough.
(Serious note: HIIT shows promise RE: fat loss without muscle loss. linky )
Browse around on the fitness subreddits: /r/fitness, /r/bodyweightfitness, /r/running, /r/weightroom
For someone who is just starting out, I would suggest a beginner program like Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength. It consists of basic compound lifts (squat, bench press, overhead press, deadliest, power clean) that'll help build a foundation of muscle. I've been messing around in the gym for years, but actually having a program to follow was better than figuring out what I wanted to do once I stepped foot in the gym. If you can afford it, read the Starting Strength book or watch a bunch of videos on YouTube to learn about proper form technique. If you do decide to go with SS, you're gonna want to start out very lightweight, then add 5 lbs to each lift every single workout until you can no longer do that. The website I linked should explain more. Stick with it for about 2 years or until you can no longer add on weight, then find another program to follow in the /r/Fitness FAQ.
I've also found that when one addiction gets shut down, another might try to take its place. My main addiction has always been porn, masturbation, and orgasm (but primarily porn). When I was a junior in high school, I realized how many hours I wasted watching porn every day. I'm not saying that everyone has this problem; some people can be functional while still being able to join those kind of pleasures, it was just that I couldn't function at all. With that being said, I'm also gonna leave a link to a subreddit that has been helpful to me over the past couple years: /r/NoFap
Good luck on your journey, friend!
That's the reason I front squat. If I lean forward, I dump the weight. It forces me to maintain an upright posture. Also, I would guess that the posture required to perform the lift properly has secured my good posture day to day walking around.
Yo Elliot video on front squat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEwzyHeAlos
Article on front squat - http://www.fitocracy.com/knowledge/how-to-front-squat-and-how-it-makes-you-a-diesel-gym-beast/
HIIT is a cardio ideology, not a resistance training one. That being said, most resistance training programs with rest periods follow the same school of thought (since there is intense work, followed by rest).
Layne Norton (bodybuilder and biochemistry PhD) suggests 30s intense:90s rest intervals. He enjoys it on the bike, while I prefer it on the rowing machine or with a jump rope.
The work:rest ratio is the most important factor for HIIT. Rest intervals should be at least 3-5x as much as the work interval, and work intervals should not last more than 30s. If your work interval lasts longer than 30s, you are probably not exerting yourself enough. Likewise if you need less than 3x the amount of time to rest.
I enjoy smaller rests and smaller work cycles. I typically do 20s work, 100s rest, and do 8 cycles (with a 5 min warmup, this takes 21 mins). I try to break 600 watts with the rowing machine during the work interval and hover around 100 watts during rest and warmup. On the jump rope, the work interval is double unders and the rest interval is single unders.
It's not about motivation. I'm not motivated to do half of the things I do (eat, brush my teeth, shower, go to work), I just do it because it has to be done.
But, when it comes to exercising, I'm in your boat.
To combat it, I finally ponied up and paid for one of Fitocracy's Group Workout things. I'm only a week in (doing a body weight only thing so I don't have to pay for the gym, too), but so far I absolutely love it.
1 Time: the exercises the trainer gave me are about 30 minutes - perfect for me.
2. Money: at about $1.60/day, I can afford and justify that.
3. Most importantly: it has me answering to a real person - and the group - when a workout can't or won't get done. I can be very forgiving and full of excuses when answering to myself. Answering to someone else was the kick in the butt I needed. And that person is very supportive.
I've also simply had workout buddies to workout with (we would do P90X together). Or, some friends would signup for a mud run like Tough Mudder and get to training. Either way, I had someone to answer to, and that's what has worked best for me when I'm in the same mindset as you.
I made this butternut squash protein-rich mac&cheese last week and it was really good.
Had a big party on the weekend and made my own hot wings, pulled pork, roasted pumpkin seeds, guacamole, and grilled vegetables.
I also made this caramelized onion dip and it is truly amazing. Go easy on the cayenne.
Step one is knowing your body, listening to it, and not overtraining. Try measuring RPE. Also get a feel for whether you are at a point at which you need to reset your cycle by around 4 weeks or alternatively start tapering your reps/sets. Assuming you have that in check, a few things you can do: