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After 20 years I've sacked off my gym membership/rant


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4 minutes ago, Hancock said:

I used to be able to do 20+ in my 20s whilst hanging off the scaffolding at work. I never thought much of it then it was just something i could do. Haven't done any for 15 years or so, and imagine id struggle to do 2 today.

 

I can do seven +15kg or six +20kg, so maybe 12-15 unweighted.

Need to find me a gym for in Sheffield tomorrow morning!

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5 minutes ago, Stuey said:

I can do seven +15kg or six +20kg, so maybe 12-15 unweighted.

Need to find me a gym for in Sheffield tomorrow morning!

Thats dedication, when im working away i just sit in my hotel watching youporn.

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My gym is a disgrace. When anything breaks they don't fix it and there's always some excuse about cannot get the spare part or whatever. Aircon busted, Jacuzzi has been broke since reopening after lockdown, spin dryer machine for your swim stuff has vanished, etc. etc. Steam room "borken" this week but will be fixed Real Soon Now... somehow expect that will be permanently offline as well. I really feel they might be having money problems so saving on maintenance and energy.

Not that I can get petrol to go there...

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On 04/10/2021 at 18:51, Big Boy said:

Could just be a muscle spasm but also could be "butt wink" (you're safe to google this!).  If you can then get someone to check your form.

Saw my osteopath and he done his bit, reckons its some bone of the lower right handside that ive put out of position. It was just when i started lowering and it went ping!

Going to be more like a 6 weeker by the looks of it, and will cost a pretty penny!

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On 23/07/2021 at 11:25, Alex said:

I've never stretched, before or after, not for any exercise. I know all the advice and I'm sure it's good, just could never be arsed and it's never been a problem for me.

The majority of the science I have read `shows`/suggests that stretching afterwards makes no difference...perhaps it was only performed on sprightly youngsters, because as an older subject I definitely need post-workout stretching.

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On 22/09/2021 at 09:49, Hancock said:

I joined a gym for 3 months at the beginning of august at a total cost of £129.

Been about 4/5 times, and haven't been for a few weeks.

Always kept fit and healthy up until just before lockdown when i injured my arm, but it seems i've hit the wall at 46 and completely lack with energy to get back into it.

 

`Been there, got the T-shirt`...always been sporty/fit, but found from 40s onwards I got more niggles/injuries, and took longer to recover.

This was initially a bit soul destroying having to admit I was `getting old`, but once I accepted it and that I couldn't expect myself to perform the same as when I was 20/30, and also took a mindset "Whatever I do is better than nothing" the motivation came back. I have found

1. routine,

2. setting realistic age related goals, and

3. mixing things up

has maintained my motivation, so for example:

1. Try to keep to the same days/time each week, and if I don't feel like it/feel off colour go anyway and give it 10 mins before `binning` session; I usually find that I then complete it and feel great afterwards.

2. Use `Age grading` measure, for example (http://www.howardgrubb.co.uk/athletics/wmalookup06.html) and try to consistently perform above a certain level I.e for 5k run my goal is 80% [National level], and I currently maintain above 75%.

3. Running, try different routes/distances/paces. Gym, avoid getting into rut of regular suite of lifts etc...although I train for fitness/strength not aesthetics/bulk.

Finally, the importance of rest days/easy recovery sessions (2-3 per week), recovery week/two week periods (once every 3-4 months), and give injury/niggles a two week break however better they feel.

Take this approach/mindset and I believe you will a) be fitter/healthier than the majority of the UK population whatever their age, and b) hopefully have a longer period of healthy old age rather than just being kept alive...look on it as `paying` insurance.

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On 25/09/2021 at 16:54, stop_the_craziness said:

Yep.  Some of my best days on the bike have been days where I nearly didn't go at all.  When I get back from one of those I think "Why on earth did I feel like I didn't want to do that?"  It's so strange.

Agree, most PBs have been on those days where I have felt "Mmm I don't feel up for it today", and ironically on those days where I have felt `on fire` I haven't performed as well...perhaps it something to do with taking the mental pressure off yourself?

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10 hours ago, MrXxxx said:

Agree, most PBs have been on those days where I have felt "Mmm I don't feel up for it today", and ironically on those days where I have felt `on fire` I haven't performed as well...perhaps it something to do with taking the mental pressure off yourself?

I would say about 75% of sessions are going through the motions. Sometimes it only takes the right song to come on and you can be proper flying.

Having a meal with just the right nutrients the evening before can work too - even just adding 7-8g salt to a meal can work 

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11 hours ago, MrXxxx said:

`Been there, got the T-shirt`...always been sporty/fit, but found from 40s onwards I got more niggles/injuries, and took longer to recover.

This was initially a bit soul destroying having to admit I was `getting old`, but once I accepted it and that I couldn't expect myself to perform the same as when I was 20/30, and also took a mindset "Whatever I do is better than nothing" the motivation came back. I have found

1. routine,

2. setting realistic age related goals, and

3. mixing things up

has maintained my motivation, so for example:

1. Try to keep to the same days/time each week, and if I don't feel like it/feel off colour go anyway and give it 10 mins before `binning` session; I usually find that I then complete it and feel great afterwards.

2. Use `Age grading` measure, for example (http://www.howardgrubb.co.uk/athletics/wmalookup06.html) and try to consistently perform above a certain level I.e for 5k run my goal is 80% [National level], and I currently maintain above 75%.

3. Running, try different routes/distances/paces. Gym, avoid getting into rut of regular suite of lifts etc...although I train for fitness/strength not aesthetics/bulk.

Finally, the importance of rest days/easy recovery sessions (2-3 per week), recovery week/two week periods (once every 3-4 months), and give injury/niggles a two week break however better they feel.

Take this approach/mindset and I believe you will a) be fitter/healthier than the majority of the UK population whatever their age, and b) hopefully have a longer period of healthy old age rather than just being kept alive...look on it as `paying` insurance.

Wholly agree, just getting to the gym is a success in itself, not at all bothered about lifting heavy and excessively ... but even still the energy has just left me, and i'm as stiff as can be.

Thought i'd merely pinged my back, but 10 days later and after seeing an osteopath, its still in bad nick ... as soon as i get my life in order i'm going to start yoga or something that involves stretching for 20/30 minutes a couple of times a week.

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2 minutes ago, Hancock said:

Wholly agree, just getting to the gym is a success in itself, not at all bothered about lifting heavy and excessively ... but even still the energy has just left me, and i'm as stiff as can be.

Thought i'd merely pinged my back, but 10 days later and after seeing an osteopath, its still in bad nick ... as soon as i get my life in order i'm going to start yoga or something that involves stretching for 20/30 minutes a couple of times a week.

See a physio and get a series of back stretches to do every morning first thing after sliding out of bed....this is what I do every day due to an ex-rugby injury when I was younger, and it keeps any issue at bay.

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2 minutes ago, MrXxxx said:

See a physio and get a series of back stretches to do every morning first thing after sliding out of bed....this is what I do every day due to an ex-rugby injury when I was younger, and it keeps any issue at bay.

My hamstrings are what causing the problems, tighter than a nuns crispy bit.

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13 hours ago, MrXxxx said:

The majority of the science I have read `shows`/suggests that stretching afterwards makes no difference...perhaps it was only performed on sprightly youngsters, because as an older subject I definitely need post-workout stretching.

with regard to running, there was a study that showed that those who stretch before running are no less likely to be injured than those that don't. The important factor is warming up, and doing a proper warm up is important. Doing some stretching then going straight in to a sprint is a not an adequate warm up.

Also, some suggestion that for endurance running, lack of flexibility is a good thing, you don't need huge range of motion for endurance running, and having strong but rigid tendons etc helps with elasticity, being too flexible makes you less efficient. As an analogy, a tight spring versus a loose spring. That's not to say having no flexibility is a good thing, but the sweet spot doesn't require being a yoga master, or doing any yoga for that matter.

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7 hours ago, snaga said:

with regard to running, there was a study that showed that those who stretch before running are no less likely to be injured than those that don't. The important factor is warming up, and doing a proper warm up is important. Doing some stretching then going straight in to a sprint is a not an adequate warm up.

Also, some suggestion that for endurance running, lack of flexibility is a good thing, you don't need huge range of motion for endurance running, and having strong but rigid tendons etc helps with elasticity, being too flexible makes you less efficient. As an analogy, a tight spring versus a loose spring. That's not to say having no flexibility is a good thing, but the sweet spot doesn't require being a yoga master, or doing any yoga for that matter.

The only people I see stretching in the gym are the obvious newbies, it seems they think it sends a signal that "I'm serious about this!"

It's also an easy way to waste ten minutes at each side of the workout and then after say/think that you spent an hour at the gym...

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9 hours ago, Hancock said:

Wholly agree, just getting to the gym is a success in itself, not at all bothered about lifting heavy and excessively ... but even still the energy has just left me, and i'm as stiff as can be.

Thought i'd merely pinged my back, but 10 days later and after seeing an osteopath, its still in bad nick ... as soon as i get my life in order i'm going to start yoga or something that involves stretching for 20/30 minutes a couple of times a week.

 

1 hour ago, Stuey said:

The only people I see stretching in the gym are the obvious newbies, it seems they think it sends a signal that "I'm serious about this!"

It's also an easy way to waste ten minutes at each side of the workout and then after say/think that you spent an hour at the gym...

I go to a (slightly yoga based) stretch class once a week. Full of very flexible women. It's great. 

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11 hours ago, Hancock said:

My hamstrings are what causing the problems, tighter than a nuns crispy bit.

Ah, from the squat sessions you did....I got this too, especially in my glutes....i was literally looked as though I had shat myself when walking/really painful.I remedied this by adding a daily stretch, lie on your back with bum about 2 inches fro door/door frame, lift pelvis and cross one leg over other knee, gently 'sink pelvis. You will feel the glutes/hamstrings gently stretching...solved the problem and now I do it daily, and before/after any exercise involving those muscle groups.

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2 hours ago, Bear Hug said:

 

I go to a (slightly yoga based) stretch class once a week. Full of very flexible women. It's great. 

I suspect your motives are compromised :)

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1 minute ago, snaga said:

I suspect your motives are compromised :)

It takes some mental, physical and spiritual effort... But I try not to stare too obviously. 

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9 hours ago, Bear Hug said:

 

I go to a (slightly yoga based) stretch class once a week. Full of very flexible women. It's great. 

Takes bravery to go to such places that are full of women!

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20 hours ago, Hancock said:

My hamstrings are what causing the problems, tighter than a nuns crispy bit.

Loads of great stretches online. Just go to YouTube and find a few that feel ok for you. 

Although by the sounds of it it's gonna be hard work for the first few weeks. 

Worth it though.

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2 hours ago, ccc said:

Loads of great stretches online. Just go to YouTube and find a few that feel ok for you. 

Although by the sounds of it it's gonna be hard work for the first few weeks. 

Worth it though.

Yes its a simple as that, which in reality is actually dead hard when in a lifetime of activity i've barely done any stretching.

If i could go back in time and was looking to keep my body in peak shape for as long as possible, i'd have done nothing else but stretching and callisthenic exercises ... pushing heavy weights in the air is the easy option. 

 

 

 

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25 minutes ago, Hancock said:

Yes its a simple as that, which in reality is actually dead hard when in a lifetime of activity i've barely done any stretching.

If i could go back in time and was looking to keep my body in peak shape for as long as possible, i'd have done nothing else but stretching and callisthenic exercises ... pushing heavy weights in the air is the easy option. 

 

 

 

2-3 weeks and you will see and feel huge differences. That ain't hard work :Old:

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7 minutes ago, ccc said:

2-3 weeks and you will see and feel huge differences. That ain't hard work :Old:

I've just got motivated!

 

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On 13/10/2021 at 06:43, Bear Hug said:

I go to a (slightly yoga based) stretch class once a week. Full of very flexible women. It's great. 

Do you participate or just watch through the window

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