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Old 04-07-2011, 08:55 AM   #61 (permalink)
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Whether its considered manly activities or not, here is what I do that makes my day a little brigher.

Golf, portrait drawing, bass guitar, gardening - and actually that is pretty much it. Dont do much else on a regular basis.
Golf!!!

I'm going to take this thin stick, with a slightly thicker part at the bottom and hit that little bitty ball into a whole that's somewhere over that hill - so far away that I either can't see it, or I need a flag to be able to spot it.

Yes - in other words - I've tried it enough to know that I totally suck at it!!! Although I do enjoy the serenity of a golf course and usually the company I keep.

And I guess its the only "sport" you can do while drinking beer at noon.
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Just one more note on exercise.

MEM advised taking hand weights on your walk with you.

Damn - what an experience.

Feels like an elliptical workout while you can enjoy the outside.

I've got the tingle just from walking around the block and doing a few sets of isometric stuff while walking (for 1/2 hour)

Can't wait to do it again.
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I've got the tingle just from walking around the block and doing a few sets of isometric stuff while walking (for 1/2 hour)
What kind of isometric stuff?
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:15 AM   #64 (permalink)
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What kind of isometric stuff?
Curls, turn the dumbbell sideways and work your forearm, hold them behind your head and slowly raise them skyward in sequence, waist up to your chin slowly, pressing them slowly skyward as if you had a bar between them, etc.

Still tingling

So much more than simply doing it anaerobically
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Strength training is primal. Man vs. Weight.

It's important, from a health perspective, and from a mental health perspective.

I am not and have never been a big guy, but I won't ever stop working out. I may take an occasional break ...

So NG, I definitely advocate strength training. Results usually come quickly, they are measurable, and by it's nature, strength training challenges you to consistently make progress.

It will also help you sculpt a killer beach bod ...

I also like fishing, and have rediscovered paintball. Nothing more fun than stalking your friends and lighting them up like a Christmas tree.

Good friend of mine and I are planning on a freshwater fishing trip up in Maine.
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Strength training is primal. Man vs. Weight.

It's important, from a health perspective, and from a mental health perspective.

I am not and have never been a big guy, but I won't ever stop working out. I may take an occasional break ...

So NG, I definitely advocate strength training. Results usually come quickly, they are measurable, and by it's nature, strength training challenges you to consistently make progress.

It will also help you sculpt a killer beach bod ...

I also like fishing, and have rediscovered paintball. Nothing more fun than stalking your friends and lighting them up like a Christmas tree.

Good friend of mine and I are planning on a freshwater fishing trip up in Maine.
Also hoping to carry gains from weight training back into whatever martial art I pick back up with.

So Conrad - you are walking - in your neighborhood? or a gym? - while throwing weights around at the same time?

I've thought about that before - but I've NEVER seen anyone do it.

I've seen one or two people - years ago - throwing weights around (curls, presses) while on the bike machine.

Funny how fitness trends change. Strength training seems to have made a big comeback. Very practical - training yourself to lift, push and pull heavy objects.
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Walking in the neighborhood - fresh air.

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Also hoping to carry gains from weight training back into whatever martial art I pick back up with.

So Conrad - you are walking - in your neighborhood? or a gym? - while throwing weights around at the same time?

I've thought about that before - but I've NEVER seen anyone do it.

I've seen one or two people - years ago - throwing weights around (curls, presses) while on the bike machine.

Funny how fitness trends change. Strength training seems to have made a big comeback. Very practical - training yourself to lift, push and pull heavy objects.
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My top two:
- Strength training - the goal is to be fit AND have a nice strong upper body. Some women like the giant steroidal gorilla look. Many others are quite happy with a guy looks like a welter weight boxer. I don't take steroids so I did the WW boxer look in my mid 20's and have simply kept it. 6 pack is now a 4 pack - hey at least it hasn't turned into a keg.
- Verbal skills - and my top two there:
1. being funny
2. being able to tease / banter be playful - clever with other people - women get hot watching you skillfully joust with other folks be they men or women

Verbal skills can definitely be greatly improved with practice.
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Any advise as to what to read on how to improve these verbal skills? I don't have an issue with communication, per say, and can joke with the res of them...but there's just that little extra you see in some people that truly makes them proficient speakers.

Already working on the Working Out at the gym. I'm loving the definition coming out in my body now. I can honestly say...I'm looking forward to having one of those beach bodies, finally. Talk about a confidence booster.
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I've always wanted to be awesome at martial arts. Something really deadly. Hmmm....what's that saying about my psych...lol
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MEM,

Any advise as to what to read on how to improve these verbal skills? I don't have an issue with communication, per say, and can joke with the res of them...but there's just that little extra you see in some people that truly makes them proficient speakers.

Already working on the Working Out at the gym. I'm loving the definition coming out in my body now. I can honestly say...I'm looking forward to having one of those beach bodies, finally. Talk about a confidence booster.
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Memorize some good quick jokes.

I'll give you a few here:

"Why are there no Disney parks in China?"

There's no one tall enough for the good rides....


"What's the difference between a porcupine and a BMW?"

With a porcupine, the pricks are on the outside.


For AFEH:

"What's the difference between a Harley and a Hoover?"

The position of the dirtbag
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What's the difference between a Jersey girl and a lightbulb?

You can eat a lightbulb if you really have to.
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Also hoping to carry gains from weight training back into whatever martial art I pick back up with.

So Conrad - you are walking - in your neighborhood? or a gym? - while throwing weights around at the same time?

I've thought about that before - but I've NEVER seen anyone do it.

I've seen one or two people - years ago - throwing weights around (curls, presses) while on the bike machine.

Funny how fitness trends change. Strength training seems to have made a big comeback. Very practical - training yourself to lift, push and pull heavy objects.
Not sure of your age, but look up aging and muscle loss. It might help convince you to make weights a permanent part of your life.

Like some of the others, I don't like the really large muscle look, but I have worked out for around 30 years. There's no jar I can't open, and the abdominal stamina is helpful in certain ... intimate situations. Still, I only view the weightlifing as a foundation for the other things I like to do, whether as a hobby ... or whatever.
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Not sure of your age, but look up aging and muscle loss. It might help convince you to make weights a permanent part of your life.

Like some of the others, I don't like the really large muscle look, but I have worked out for around 30 years. There's no jar I can't open, and the abdominal stamina is helpful in certain ... intimate situations. Still, I only view the weightlifing as a foundation for the other things I like to do, whether as a hobby ... or whatever.
39 here. Would like to lose weight. Seems like more articles these days recommend losing weight by gaining muscle and increasing your metabolism - as opposed to the old (5 years ago) theory of aerobic exercise.

As for muscles - I just want some good old fashioned functional strength. Want to be able to move or lift heavy stuff - including people (judo throws).
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39 here. Would like to lose weight. Seems like more articles these days recommend losing weight by gaining muscle and increasing your metabolism - as opposed to the old (5 years ago) theory of aerobic exercise.

As for muscles - I just want some good old fashioned functional strength. Want to be able to move or lift heavy stuff - including people (judo throws).
I'm torn on this theory. Some articles say increased muscle mass will burn LOTS of extra fat, but then others indicate that it's not as large an increase as some people indicate.

Me, I'm just up for building more muscle because, well, it DOES look awesome. Plus healthy for you!
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