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Offline maggie

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Re: Fitness Questions
« Reply #25 on: June 15, 2004, 22:56:36 »
wow all this discussion of workout routines has me all boggled!  i'm in the process of trying to get myself in shape .. i'm an active person, always on the go...hiking, playing baseball etc.. but i have definitely gotten out of shape over the years.
I've started working out slowly by doing situps and pushups in the morning when i wake up.. i bike every evening on the back roads which have alot of hills- my bike runs are approx. 20 kms...and then i do situps, and handgrips after. I don't go to a gym because i really can't afford a membership, so i have a few free weights around to do bicep /tricep curls?? i have just started running again, but it is a struggle , my breathing is horrible!!! And i'm pathetic at pushups- i can't even do a mens pushup?  Any suggestions that would improve my workout and results would be appreciated!!! Oh and by the way... great job to all of you who have succeeded in getting themselves into great shape!!! Hopefully i'll be one of them soon!!!

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Re: Fitness Questions
« Reply #26 on: June 16, 2004, 00:23:39 »
maggie. Just do women push ups then after you can do alot of those, do men ones. You want to run better? Only way is to run more. Plus watch your diet, don't over kill it just stay away from sugar, don't eat late at night

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Re: Fitness Questions
« Reply #27 on: June 16, 2004, 11:13:52 »
Figured I may throw out an AB work out suggestion.  First off, this is for people who wish to strengthen each part of their abdominals in one basic excercise, and I warn you, its not for those of you with weaker abs.  I can do about 80 or more sit ups but this absolutly rips my abs.  It's called 5 minute abs, 1 minute per excercise but I wont lie, I can only do each excercise for 40 seconds, so I call mine 3:20 abs.   ;)

The point of this is to do each excercise for 1 minute, and then switch to the next right away, thus giving yourself a full 5 minute ab workout.

Ex 1.  Lie with your back on the floor, straighten your legs, and begin lifting them about a foot to a foot and a half off the ground, almost like your walking but with your back on the ground.  Don't let your feet touch the ground, they should come as far down as possible without touching the ground.  As one foot goes down, the other shoudl be going up.  Do that for one minute.

Ex 2.  Put your legs straight into the air, and begin lifting your butt off the ground. It'll feel uncomfortable at first but you'll get used to it.  This works your high abs.  Make sure not to put your hans under your hips for support.  Do that for one minute.

Ex 3. Crunches.  Yup, just do crunches for one minute.  NOT SIT UPS....crunches.

Ex 4. Straighten both legs out, keeping them off the ground and together.  Bring them into your chest, or as far into your body as you can, and then straighten them out again.  Like excercise 1, make sure not to let your feet touch the ground, and keep them straight.  Do for one minute.

Ex. 5.  Straighten your legs up into the air again , but this time bring them down to one side of your body, like your twisting yourself on the way down almost.  Then to the other side, and back and forth you go.  Do for one minute.

Now feel the burn.  I normally try to do one set using 40 second intervals, and a second one doing 30 seconds intervals.  Trust me, you WILL feel the burn.
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Re: Fitness Questions
« Reply #28 on: June 16, 2004, 16:39:42 »
Hrm, honestly, I was so worried about my being in good enough shape for the entry PT, but its honestly nothing to worry about, it is all very easy, and   I know people are going to freak out anyways, but they are minimums, which actually does mean, if you do better than them, they CAN'T deny your enrollment based on poor physical performance,   but don't just waltz in either, its a career path, be as prepared as you can be, but don't kill yourself and don't slack off either, its never too late to start, but it can be too early! (burn out, give up, etc)

Pushups and situps are an ok exercise, but they are very hard on the body and there are many other exercises that are far better for targeting specific muscle groups and aren't as hard on your joints and back.

Oh yeah? how are push ups and situps hard on your body (i'm not meaning this in a rude way, just wondering cus i've never heard that)

As for sit-ups/push-ups being hard on the body, they are. Plain and simple. just like a stepper or elipital machine is easier on the joints then running up stairs, or actually running outside, they are a form of cheating. Also, free weights are much better than machines if you don't want to do push-ups, but nothing can replace the push-up, when preparing for training courses, b/c that's the exact excercise you will be expected to do, you can't tell your instructer that u can bench twice your own weight, and expect him to find you a bench press while everyone else is going counting off-down-up-down-up ;-).  But, for me personally, I had been going to the gym 3 days a week regularly for 6mos doing various strength training exercises, all the important major muscles and stabalizers and minor muscle groups as well, ( I was using the RCMP preparation for the RPAT as a guide), however, when i decided to focus more on preparing for BMQ and swapped the bench press for push-ups, i found that at the early stages, I would have to stop not because of muscle burn or fatigue, but b/c my joints would be unbearably sore, far before my muscles were taxed my joints were telling me to stop, this went away for me after about 5sessions worth of push-ups/sit-ups, (one session: 1 set of 35, 1 set of 25, 1 set of 'till burn-out')
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Re: Fitness Questions
« Reply #29 on: June 16, 2004, 17:16:32 »
I agree with drebk, nothing will improve your pushup total more than...pushups.  I have benched (in fact I find it hurts my left shoulder if I overdo them) a lot over the years and to be honest have done nothing but pushups since January and was pleasently surprized to find that my chest has actually grown.  Progressively add sets and reps and you will be amazed at your progress.  Doing too many situps can cause the overdevelopment of the hip flexor and can cause back problems.  Make sure you throw other ab exercises in but remember nothing will improve your sit up total like...situps.
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« Reply #30 on: June 16, 2004, 17:45:05 »
I agree with drebk, nothing will improve your pushup total more than...pushups.   I have benched (in fact I find it hurts my left shoulder if I overdo them) a lot over the years and to be honest have done nothing but pushups since January and was pleasently surprized to find that my chest has actually grown.   Progressively add sets and reps and you will be amazed at your progress.   Doing too many situps can cause the overdevelopment of the hip flexor and can cause back problems.   Make sure you throw other ab exercises in but remember nothing will improve your sit up total like...situps.
Greg

is it not also true though that if you don't have strong enough abs that you can get back problems from that as well?

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Re: Fitness Questions
« Reply #31 on: June 16, 2004, 17:50:22 »
Yes, you need to develop the core.  Sit ups are not actually that great of an ab exercise.  I actually had my hip flexors cramp up on me one day after I tested on them.  Hurt like hell. 
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Re: Fitness Questions
« Reply #32 on: June 16, 2004, 18:06:05 »
Not sure where you are starting from but there are ton's of resources on the web, this seems like a good one - http://www.netfit.co.uk/abdominals-web-site.htm
Pick your level and go!  Try to mix things up on a regular basis, even just changing the order of the exercises will "confuse" your muscles and keep things fresh.
Good luck,
Greg
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« Reply #33 on: June 16, 2004, 18:14:41 »
Also, think about investing in a exercise ball if you don't like going to the gym, they are worth their weight in platinum for working out your core muscles, which are the cause of lots of injuries, too strong major muscles that overwork the weak stabalizers and down you go like a sack of taters, then just hop online and find the right excercises for your goals... oh, and it proabably helps to have a sibling that is a practicing physiotherapist to give u pointers and let u know when u are cheating =P
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Re: Fitness Questions
« Reply #34 on: June 17, 2004, 10:36:30 »
Try this one, I call them Holly's after Cory Holly who originally showed them to me at a seminar I attended.   He is a natural master bodybuilding champ.   You will need a chin up bar to do them.   Take a supinated grip, palms facing you, pull yourself up so that you are in a flexed arm hang with approx 90 degree angle on your arms and your eye's approximately even with the bar facing away from the wall.   Tuck your chin into your chest and bring your knee's up as you rotate your body up so that your back is approximately parallel to the floor.   Or as he describes them on his website, "Hanging Knee Raise (underhand grip on the chinning bar, bend arms at elbows slightly, raise knees above head through arms)"   I do 2 to 4 sets of only 8 reps as part of my ab routine and I definitely find them the most challenging.   I hope my description is clear enough, if you are finding them too easy, you are doing them wrong!
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Re: Fitness Questions
« Reply #35 on: June 23, 2004, 03:17:25 »
Greetings!
All good info this is a great topic!

Advice from a 35 year old fart Civi, and long time Martial Artist...
Don't underestimate the value of recovery and rest,  ditch diggers are seldom well built as they don't often allow time to rest from one day to another. 
Watch old Italian stonemasons work...efficient, well paced, and they do this till they are 80+, and even then capable of getting a death grip on yah.

As others on this topic have mentioned, working the upper body one day and work the lower the next is a good idea.
It keeps yah fresh, the blood pumping, allows for recovery, and like the old saying goes "often a change is as good as a rest".

Also keep it simple...I've never seen a workout routine that needed to be complex, and some of the best athletes in the world have gotten that way by good old fashioned free weights, and the regular old fashion "up's"  i.e...push-ups, chin-ups, and sit-ups.

Having said that some people need regular routine change to keep things from going stale..others don't.

My goal is to look up the requirements, and aim for 5 times the amount as a personal goal.

My old Modern Arnis instructor always drilled into us.."how you train is how you are going to react".
Other clubs couldn't touch us in martial ability.

Fin' have fun...it's not worth doing if yah can't have fun at it.
Cheers!
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Re: Fitness Questions
« Reply #36 on: August 20, 2004, 04:12:48 »
I don't see why people get to worked up about the whole physical test of the application process, it really isn't that hard.

All you need to do is 19 sit-ups, 19 push-ups, 6 chin-ups (which isn't tested), step test, handgrip test,  and swim (which also isn't tested). To train for these doesn't take long, you could probably build up to these requirements in 8 weeks (2months).

Step Test: Run monday, wensday, friday for the first 3 weeks. About 3-4Km don't worry about time, pace yourself so you can make it there without stopping. If you have to jogg super slow so it's almost like you're walking. Week 4 take off for resting so you don't get injured. Week 5 run 3-4KM at a pace of 8:30 per 1.5KM (1mile). Week 6-8 take it up to 5km. If you have a gym pass, great! Go to the gym and use that stepmaster. It will be a big help.

Push-ups: Only thing to help do better in these is more and more push-ups. You can try push-up prymids (search for on google). Also you can build up your triceps.

Sit-ups: I'm sure everyone knows how to do these  :-\. More and more sit-ups will build you up.

Handgrip: Buy one of those little sand bag ball thinggys (search on google), I don't see the need why to though that handgrip test is pretty easy. Also try squeezing things often, like bike leavers ect.


Don't over do any of these you might get injured if you're not used to exercise.


Also strech for 15minutes EVERYDAY before you do anything/

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Re: Improving my physical fitness
« Reply #37 on: November 13, 2004, 19:29:06 »
first of all

having abs that show, dont mean anything, as long as you working out your abs you'll be fine.

if you wanna see them you gotta watch your diet , cut all that crap you eat, out of it, and you abs will start popping up.

Heres are my trades and my work out plan...
combat ing,
infantry soldier,
armored soldier...

i go to the gym 5 days a week (been doing that for almost 10 years) i do my regular work out plan,

at the end i do 1 set of sit ups (best # of reps in a minute, about 40) then i do 3 set of crunches (slow reps) and 3 sets of leg raises (slowl reps)

after i hit my chin ups (1 set of about 10 to 12) then i hit my push ups (1 set of about 40 reps) and finish up with a 32 minutes jog that gives me my 6 km (3.75 miles), sometimes ill go 10 km (6.25 miles) in 50 minutes or so (i dont do that 10 km run very often cause i hate running)

i try to hit my run's at least 4 times a weeks and maximum 6 times a week.
I'm   in !!! (Jan 24 th 2005)

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Re: Improving my physical fitness
« Reply #38 on: November 15, 2004, 00:56:29 »
Try this routine for your pushups and situps, I got it off the net and it has done wonders for me.  I also have one for running, let me know if you want me to post that one too.


PHYSICAL TRAINING SCHEDULE I (Mon/Wed/Fri)
SETS OF REPETITIONS
WEEK #1: 4X15 PUSHUPS
4X20 SITUPS
3X3 PULL UPS
WEEK #2: 5X20 PUSHUPS
5X20 SITUPS
3X3 PULL UPS
WEEK #3,4: 5X25 PUSHUPS
5X25 SITUPS
3X4 PULL UPS
WEEK #5,6: 6X25 PUSHUPS
6X25 SITUPS
2X8 PULL UPS
WEEK #7,8: 6X30 PUSHUPS
6X30 SITUPS
2X10 PULL UPS
WEEK #9: 6X30 PUSHUPS
6X30 SITUPS
3X10 PULL UPS


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Re: Improving my physical fitness
« Reply #39 on: November 15, 2004, 18:09:20 »
I think if you add a good run on Tuesday and Thursday its a great work out plan.  IMHO  :)
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Re: Improving my physical fitness
« Reply #40 on: November 15, 2004, 18:37:36 »
I'm right now looking at two seperate jobs in the military, either the Military Police or the Infantry. Right now my workout is as follows

3 sets of 30 pushups
3 sets of 35 situps
run 3-6 miles

I can benchpress 325 pounds.

I do all of these excersizes atleast 3 times a week. Does anybody have any suggestions on how I can improve my physical fitness.

I'd also like to know how to develop my ab's also, it seems that no matter what I do, their is always that layer of fat their.

I highly doubt you are benching 325 pounds. And only doing 3 sets of 30 pushups. And dont have a serious lifting lifestyle. Most men never get past 225 for reps. You want help then dont lie.

And before you make any comments about benching I have a comp benchpress of 445 poundsX2

Abs are made in the kitchen and on the treadmill.  Eat right and run your *** off thats the way to get abs.

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Re: Improving my physical fitness
« Reply #41 on: November 15, 2004, 22:06:22 »
I highly doubt you are benching 325 pounds. And only doing 3 sets of 30 pushups. And dont have a serious lifting lifestyle. Most men never get past 225 for reps. You want help then dont lie.

I was thinking the same thing as you but didnt want to say anything... 

This is for the guy who wanted the cardio plan:

Running
Week 1: Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 2 miles per day, 8:30 pace 6 miles/week
Week 2: Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 2 miles per day, 8:30 pace 6 miles/week
Week 3: No running - High risk for injury
Week 4: Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 3 miles per day
Week 5: Monday - 2 mi, Tuesday - 3 mi, Thursday - 4 mi, Friday - 2 mi
Week 6: Monday - 2 mi, Tuesday - 3 mi, Thursday - 4 mi, Friday - 2 mi
Week 7: Monday - 4 mi, Tuesday - 4 mi, Thursday - 5 mi, Friday - 3 mi
Week 8: Monday - 4 mi, Tuesday - 4 mi, Thursday - 5 mi, Friday - 3 mi
Week 9: Monday - 4 mi, Tuesday - 4 mi, Thursday - 5 mi, Friday - 3 mi


I do the pushups and situps right after my runs, I find it works best then.

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Re: Improving my physical fitness
« Reply #42 on: November 16, 2004, 20:45:58 »
I've started using the Navy SEALS program as well. Hoping it wil bring my VO2 up quite a bit before I resit my PT. The strength part I had no problem w/ it was the VO2 that screwed me. Plus I hate running...no actually its the getting out and running that I hate! ha ha Once I'm out there and actually running I love it.

Just wanted to say I appreciated these posts. Now I know I'm following the right program.

Cheers!  :salute:

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« Reply #43 on: November 16, 2004, 20:50:38 »
One question though. On the Navy SEAL program it says "2 miles 8:30 pace"...what is the 8:30 pace?  2 miles in 8 minutes 30 secs?

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« Reply #44 on: November 16, 2004, 21:02:30 »
No bro thats 8:30mins for each mile. So a 17 minute run(itsa pretty slow for the first 2 weeks). Once you get to the second set of 10 weeks you are supposed to chip away at it until you are running about a 6:30minute mile for 6 miles....or better....Im not there yet...

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« Reply #45 on: November 16, 2004, 23:29:20 »
The cardio program is good for overall endurance but lacking interval training.  I find in training for cardio it is necessary to implement high intensity/short distance exercises that rapidly increase heart rate.  This sort of intensity is only found in interval training, and will dramatically improve your VO2 max (as measured by the 20MSR) as well as your general capacity for longer distances.

For example: 3 times full out at 400m, done 4 times...followed by 3 times at 150m, done 4 times...You can vary the distances, no more than 500m is what I tend to follow...

Also, training for push ups, pulls ups and sit ups may help PT scores, but if your not using a weight training program your really not gaining anything siginificant other than a higher capacity in a few specific exercises...

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« Reply #46 on: November 16, 2004, 23:41:02 »
For example: 3 times full out at 400m, done 4 times...followed by 3 times at 150m, done 4 times...You can vary the distances, no more than 500m is what I tend to follow...

CivU - I was reading about the intensity vs volume and how both are valuable. Now with what you said above - can you explain it a bit more. For example, if I'm running around the track are you suggesting doing spurts of 400m at full belt 4 x during the run? or how are you seeing it?

Sorry if I'm coming off a bit slow here.   :P

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Re: Improving my physical fitness
« Reply #47 on: November 16, 2004, 23:53:58 »
Sorry...that may have been unclear...

I mean...warm up jog as adequate

then...

Run full pace 400m (one lap of standard track) then walk a half lap...Repeat this two more times with the same half lap break, and then take a lap and a half of walking break...then begin again...do this 3 times in total (9 times of 400m)

Adjust accordingly depending on distance, less break for less distance...

The most imporant thing is to go as hard as possible...you will get slower over each set, but need to maintain cardio intensity...

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« Reply #48 on: November 17, 2004, 03:46:57 »
Sorry...that may have been unclear...

I mean...warm up jog as adequate

then...

Run full pace 400m (one lap of standard track) then walk a half lap...Repeat this two more times with the same half lap break, and then take a lap and a half of walking break...then begin again...do this 3 times in total (9 times of 400m)

Adjust accordingly depending on distance, less break for less distance...

The most imporant thing is to go as hard as possible...you will get slower over each set, but need to maintain cardio intensity...


Your point is true but Id argue that the ability to conduct yourself at a high level for a prolonged period is more important......and your sprinting periods will follow...Ive got my 10km run down to 37mins.....now I do that twice a week and started concentrating on sprinting...but my sprtining has improved from my distance running as well....

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« Reply #49 on: November 17, 2004, 10:47:20 »
From a VO2 study site:
"Numerous studies show that you can increase your VO2 max by working out at an intensity that raises your heart rate to between 65 and 85 per cent of its maximum for at least 20 minutes three to five times a week."

Most gyms have charts up on the wall with numbers to determine where your heart rate is as per your age.