Cook'd and Bomb'd

Forums => Remain Indoors (DEAD SOON) => Topic started by: Johnny Textface on November 07, 2020, 01:13:03 AM

Title: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Johnny Textface on November 07, 2020, 01:13:03 AM
I just finished the "Couch to 5k" app podcast thing. It actually should be called "Couch to 30 mins non stop" as distance isn't a factor.  Do we need to make our respiratory systems stronger.? Are you necking Vitamn D? Who else is fitter now?

I'm fit as fuck.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on November 07, 2020, 01:17:20 AM
Little bit yeah, regularly walking 3-5 miles a day. Quite enjoying it.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on November 07, 2020, 08:15:48 AM
Been on a diet since January. I started taking vitamin D supplements when lockdown started after I realised I would be out in the sun less and there were reports about deficiency being a big indicator of a weaker immune response to C19.

Started running at the start of June and now run 35-40 miles a week (5-6 days a week) and have run two half-marathons. I had fuck all stamina at the start of June but it all builds up so quickly. I basically did a Couch to 5K but at my own pace.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: non capisco on November 07, 2020, 08:27:44 AM
Been taking Vitamin D and zinc supplements because a doctor swore blind it was the most effective protection from severe Covid. Not my doctor, I should add, a bloke who said he was a doctor I was chatting to when we were both in the queue for a big unhealthy Vietnamese takeaway sandwich.

Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: BlodwynPig on November 07, 2020, 08:46:53 AM
Little bit yeah, regularly walking 3-5 miles a day. Quite enjoying it.

The opposite, since working for guberment, I'm working from 8 til late, so from 3-6 mile walks a day as a researcher, down to zero and doubled in weight due to nervous eating. They keep on saying "remember to look after yourself, have an hour walk at lunch", but they schedule meetings at lunch time. Will walk today, but it's not enough.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: hamfist on November 07, 2020, 09:13:06 AM
also been putting the D in my body

I lost 15kg since August and I am back into running again. I do a few dumbbell workouts and a bit of yoga too, nice end to the day. I am getting lean and firm baby. Lean and firm.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: BlodwynPig on November 07, 2020, 09:13:49 AM
More fattening up stories, please.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Zetetic on November 07, 2020, 10:12:24 AM
Went cycling a lot around empty industrial estates listening to noise pop and feeling sorry for myself during the evenings of the first lockdown.

Harder now with the short days, but have been frequently clearing off for an hour or so several times a day during work to do the same.

Various surges in alcohol and junk food consumption have fattened me a bit, I think, but I'm not really sure.

Have also started taking Vitamin D and proselytising to others about it, but not really on a 'ViD basis.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Zetetic on November 07, 2020, 10:18:44 AM
They keep on saying "remember to look after yourself, have an hour walk at lunch", but they schedule meetings at lunch time.
I suspect you're in a considerably less disposable position, but I've found scheduling your own "meetings" to try to keep space has some - limited - success.



Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jobotic on November 07, 2020, 10:37:27 AM
Since starting to take vitamin D two weeks ago I've had a hideous cold that won't go away or even improve. It's not covid, I had a test. Scientifically it's a fact that the D caused the cold. I haven't been drinking either. In fact the cold started the evening after a 10km run.

Fuck fitness.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: imitationleather on November 07, 2020, 10:45:54 AM
I've been taking vitamin D for years because once I had a blood test and I registered a zero for it, a result the doctor had never seen before.

Now I think about it, it seems more likely that it was a mistake.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Buelligan on November 07, 2020, 10:55:54 AM
Have taken vits for years, simply because it seemed wise.  Not any weirdies, I hasten to add, just basic multivits, iron, zinc, shit like that.  I might be marginally plumping at the moment but I'm happy about it.  When I was working all the hours, I was eating cake daily just to stop myself disappearing.  Now, I'm working a lot less hard so skipping the cake.  Skip the cake Blods.  Skip that fucking cake if you wish to retain your pelvis.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on November 07, 2020, 11:41:09 AM
Slime fit
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: olliebean on November 07, 2020, 12:09:57 PM
No, not getting fit. I have been exercising, which apparently isn't the same thing. I made an assumption that one would lead to the other, what a fool I was.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Pink Gregory on November 07, 2020, 01:36:15 PM
More fattening up stories, please.

My stretch marks from childhood overweightness have come back.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: thenoise on November 07, 2020, 02:01:09 PM
Daily walks were just about balancing out my late night food binges. Now my ankle is fucked, dead (fat) soon.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on November 07, 2020, 02:56:43 PM
I do the odd bit of strength training, when I remember/can be bothered. Cosmetically, I'm in good shape, but I have the lung capacity of a baby smoker. I used to cycle fairly regularly, but stopped five years ago, when I moved to a house on a terrifyingly busy road. I have thought for years that I ought to take up jogging or something, but I've never got around to it.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Dex Sawash on November 07, 2020, 08:17:01 PM
vitamin D

Vitamin D

the D


Vitamin D

vitamin D


vitamin D



jockice, how much more evidence do you need?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: DolphinFace on November 08, 2020, 12:19:23 PM
I last exercised in may. So 5 months of doing nothing has left me depressed. During that time I sold my bike to make space. Think that decision has haunted me ever since.

So end of October I splashed out on a Garmin 245, expensive running shoes and winter gear so weather is never an excuse and have started running.

I used to run a lot of half marathons but gave it up due to an Achilles injury. So it's been 5 years since I ran and after 7 runs this time round out my legs are absolutely fucked. My knees are in agony, both Achilles heals feel like they're being torn and my thighs ache like a twat.

I'm now also doing 5x5 strength training which is an excellent app for compound weight lifting.

But it's the running that has added joy to my life. Takes 10 minutes from my house to remote countryside and of a morning it's proper life affirming spirituality. When I'm pain free, I'm headed out there to get drunk on life and the smell of cow shit.

Can't emphasize how wonderful it is to be back running again.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: surreal on November 08, 2020, 12:40:07 PM
After putting some back on with the takeaways at the start, I started doing the Intermittent fasting in mid July and am down just over 10kg now.  It's really helped to get my calories under control and fixed my main problem which was finishing the day with a large meal - now I just drink water and coffee and don't eat until between 3-4pm, then I'll have another meal around about 6.30-7pm.  That splits my calories into 2 decent meals and makes it easier to hit about 1500-1600 most days, and gives me some leeway to have a bit more on days when I need it (like weekends). 

It's been a pretty steady drop, I'm plateaued at the moment though so need to be a bit more strict for a while, but whenever I've dropped weight in the past I have always hit a block at this point.  The key is going to be moving past it and carrying on downwards.  I need to lose about another 15kg to feel better about myself, but ideally about twice that.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on November 08, 2020, 12:55:48 PM
How do people actually lose this weight so easily then? I've lost bugger all.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on November 08, 2020, 02:41:49 PM
I don't think there's a universal solution for everyone, but the biggest steps for me were cutting down on biscuits and doing pullups. I'm no scientician, but it's my understanding that muscle burns calories even when you're not doing anything.

Aerobic exercise is good for general health, but I'm not sure it's much cop for losing weight. As I mentioned upthread, I don't exercise all that much, but I've remained slim throughout my 30s, after being a bit on the flabby side in my late 20s. Meanwhile, I have friends who go running regularly (one of them has even done marathons) but they haven't lost an ounce of fat as a result.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on November 08, 2020, 02:43:10 PM
More fattening up stories, please.

Eat so much friday night I had to leap out of bed to do a poo at 6am then 10am.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: chveik on November 08, 2020, 02:51:48 PM
How do people actually lose this weight so easily then? I've lost bugger all.

eat less and walk a lot.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on November 08, 2020, 03:00:50 PM
eat less and walk a lot.

I've been doing that.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: chveik on November 08, 2020, 03:15:03 PM
I've been doing that.

well then I'm truly sorry
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on November 08, 2020, 03:16:52 PM
Pullups. They're not just a brand of nappies.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: surreal on November 08, 2020, 03:19:11 PM
How do people actually lose this weight so easily then? I've lost bugger all.

Whichever method you pick, in the end it is all calories eaten Vs calories burned, whether you think of it that way or not. I got to IF in the end to solve my particular problem with eating big meals - reducing my eating window to 4-6 hrs gives me enough time for two filling meals which hit a deficit.  No exercise so far, although I do have a stationary bike.   I also log things in myfitnesspal, and have a handful of good meals and fast food choices logged that I already know the calories for so I can mix and match per day (if I eat this I can eat that)

Best help I got was on Reddit actually, the r/loseit and r/intermittentfasting subreddits are great for encouragement, genuinely good communities.

It's not easy to keep going, which is why I've been up and down my whole life.  The numbers are logical though, it's all just numbers.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Small Man Big Horse on November 08, 2020, 03:20:57 PM
How do people actually lose this weight so easily then? I've lost bugger all.

Getting diabetes worked for me. I've lost 2 and a half stone since April which I'm sure isn't as much as many, but I've done so just by changing my diet to all meals being vegetables and white meat / fish , bar cereal for breakfast and the odd treat day. I also came off my anti-depressants and wanked a lot more, but that's probably a coincidence as I'm back on them now but still losing weight.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Rizla on November 08, 2020, 03:21:40 PM
Bowl of oat bran 1st thing, along with a big fresh juice (beets, carrot, ginger and apple mainly) and a green smoothie (oat milk, spinach and banana, some nuts maybe). Could do with more exercise but the daily trip down Asda (for smoothie and juice ingredients) gives me about 6000 steps so could be worse. All but given up beer, apart from the monthly beer52 box of 10, just need to kick the 2 bottles of wine per night habit now and I'll be golden. I have been doing some of the best shits of my life.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on November 08, 2020, 03:41:32 PM
How do people actually lose this weight so easily then? I've lost bugger all.

Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE) is the amount of calories that your body burns in a day at your current height, age, gender and weight. Use this site to calculate it. (https://tdeecalculator.net/)

What I do is I take that TDEE figure at sedentary and I aim to eat 500 calories less on average per day across a week. So I'll have a takeaway per week but offset it with lower days. 500 calories per day across a week is the equivalent to one pound of fat. I then also try to burn an extra 3500 calories per week through exercise. I should end the week losing 2 pounds in weight broadly.

Men shouldn't go below 1500 calories a day on average and women shouldn't go below 1200.

You can estimate the calories burned with a walk or run using this site (https://keisan.casio.com/exec/system/1350959101).

Other things can impact weight. If you start exercising more then you will put on a fair amount of water weight. You just need to keep in mind that if you are sticking to a calorie deficit then you are burning fat and losing weight. Keep your protein and exercise up to stop losing too much muscle as you lose.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on November 08, 2020, 03:42:26 PM
It turned out I was doing intermittent fasting by accident, since I'm too lazy to get up and eat before lunchtime. I'm not sure how well it works if you're the type to get pissed off or light headed when you're hungry though. A friend of mine is really hardcore about it - not eating until the early evening - and they're like a zombie when they get back from work.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on November 08, 2020, 03:51:57 PM
Little bit yeah, regularly wanking 3-5 times a day. Quite enjoying it.

Genuinely misread it as that.

I've got a cardio and strength exercise routine that I do every night, my cat seems to enjoy "getting involved (in my way)" too.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on November 08, 2020, 03:56:50 PM
Wanking is pretty poor in terms of burning calories. Even 5 times a day.

You are better off with a vigorous run.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: hamfist on November 08, 2020, 03:58:35 PM
Wanking is pretty poor in terms of burning calories. Even 5 times a day.

You are better off with a vigorous run.

Do like me and wank while running
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on November 08, 2020, 04:08:12 PM
Do like me and wank while running

My route includes a primary school, mate.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on November 08, 2020, 04:11:34 PM
My route includes a primary school, mate.

Whatever floats your boat!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on November 08, 2020, 04:37:32 PM
I can't wank while running. My pants would fall down.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on November 09, 2020, 04:49:23 PM
I just remembered that I actually made the decision to stop exercising at the start of the pandemic. It was during the couple of weeks when selfish cunts had stripped bare all the shop shelves and I was genuinely frightened about having to survive on very little sustenance.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on November 09, 2020, 06:43:51 PM
Been cycling to werk. Doing that less now though as I'm in Scotland and it gets dark at 3pm and the Innocent Railway Tunnel is scary enough as it is.

The tunnel had a lighting upgrade a few weeks ago and that made it much more pleasant, but last week the new lights failed. Cycling home after dark I was very glad I'd treated myself to a 500 lumen headlight a few months back.

It's also scary to see how many cyclists, runners and dog walkers go along that tunnel with no lights or hi-vis gear at all, especially the dog-walkers when they're wearing headphones and their dog isn't on a lead. Last week I decided my hi-vis vest was inadequate and treated myself to something not unlike this sexy little number which makes me feel like Daniel Kitson at last year's Embra Fringe:

https://www.mountainwarehouse.com/adrenaline-waterproof-mens-iso-viz-jacket-p7003.aspx/silver/

Another good thing about the lighting upgrade is that it has encouraged more people to get down there and spray even more Tory-bashing graffiti on the walls. Good stuff. The tunnel is worth a visit if you're ever in Embra with a camera.

Anyway, getting fitter and my thighs are like granite now but I don't seem to be losing much weight. I've also got back into the yoga, mainly for back pain but it's definitely worked there. I've also cut down on midweek drinking and I've been making smoothies for breakfast but progress has been slow. Will keep it up though.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: sirhenry on November 09, 2020, 07:00:57 PM
Wanking is pretty poor in terms of burning calories. Even 5 times a day.

You are better off with a vigorous nun.
Ftfy

At the start of the first lockdown I found Ringfit Adventure on the Switch was really good for keeping getting fit. But one day it got me to do half an hour of nothing but squats and that fucked my knees for a week so I never went back.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on November 10, 2020, 09:33:00 AM
I’ve been trying with varying success to maintain my regular weight training routine, based mainly around compound barbell lifts, all the while sticking to my usual diet of fat-laden food and beer. I’m confident of soon reaching my goal of looking like a retired darts player.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: ASFTSN on November 10, 2020, 11:24:49 AM
October 2019: Discover against all the odds I actually like going to the gym and lifting weights. Begin to slowly actually make progress and put on weight and build small amount of muscle.

December 2019: Receive bizarre and terrifying blood test result to do with heightened ALT levels. Assume this is to do with weight lifting/and or high calorie diet based on what Dr Google tells me. GP "doesn't know" what happened.  Freak out and have several more blood tests. Eventually returns to normal.

January 2020: Keep going to gym.

March 2020 - present: No more gym for you ASFTSN. Carry on lifting weights as best I can at home, lose weight, become a bit scrawny again. Stop making progress but keep lifting 2-3 times a week with no bench/rack. Live in hypochondriac fear my ALT levels are secretly going weird.

To sum up: Deade soone.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Fambo Number Mive on November 10, 2020, 05:09:52 PM
Getting bored of the same old walks but am eating less and trying to eat as close to 5 a day as I can. Missing being able to leave my local area for a walk though.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Fr.Bigley on November 10, 2020, 05:21:07 PM
Walking a lot round 5-8km a day. Weight dropped dramatically when the weather was good. Not fat by any means but the shite weather and cheap booze certainly as helped put a pouch on.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: flotemysost on November 10, 2020, 07:48:26 PM
At the start of lockdown I half-heartedly joined in various Zoom yoga classes and online workouts etc. that people I know were inviting me to, more as a social thing/something to suggest doing with my flatmate/supporting my friends (as a couple of them are self-employed yoga/fitness instructors and were running "pay what you feel" classes).

It was fun enough to try a few times while there was fuck all else to do, but ultimately I'm just not a yoga/gym/fitness fanatic in the same way some of these friends are, so really I've just walked everywhere (the fact that I don't drive, and that getting on London public transport hasn't been the most appealing prospect this year, has admittedly helped).

Don't weigh myself these days but have been told I've got noticeably slimmer in lockdown, so yeah, more walking and less going to the pub did it for me.

Ironically, I was advised to consider looking into antidepressants at the start of the year, but I was hesitant, partly based on some friends' experiences of a) gaining weight and b) losing their sex drive. Little did I know a) possibly wouldn't have been a big problem, given all the walking, and b) possibly would have been a godsend given all the wanking
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on November 10, 2020, 07:53:48 PM
Another good thing about the lighting upgrade is that it has encouraged more people to get down there and spray even more Tory-bashing graffiti on the walls. Good stuff. The tunnel is worth a visit if you're ever in Embra with a camera.

I stupidly ordered something without checking the delivery address and it ended up at work so I cycled in to grab it in my dinner break, noticed some of this sort of thing en route.

I also felt very knackered after cycling up the hill to get into the place, definitely lost weight in my thighs.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: magval on November 10, 2020, 08:15:07 PM
Managed to get to the second last run of C25K (the fucking horrible 30-minutes-nonstop week) then got sick for a fortnight and haven't been able to get back into it at all. Still have the one last wee badge sitting unobtained.

I think the problem for me was I was actually a LOT heavier than I realised (I hadn't weighed myself in a year and put on nearly 2 and a half stone!) so even when I was able to finish the runs I didn't think I'd be able to, I probably SHOULDN'T have been able to. Those thirty minute jaunts were no fun at all. Didn't even get that running high afterwards like I did with the earlier programs. Still, my coach was Synthesizer Patel and I feel like I let him down.

Lockdown's been a bollox because I got into cooking a bit so put on weight that way, lost the running after the local school (around which my running track is built reopened) and I kept having to avoid bratty mothers who wouldn't observe the one-way arrows, and my daughter's just been born which has obliterated any sense of routine quite spectacularly. Spose I may just be a bit fat again for a while.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: chveik on November 10, 2020, 08:22:26 PM
Managed to get to the second last run of C25K (the fucking horrible 30-minutes-nonstop week) then got sick for a fortnight and haven't been able to get back into it at all. Still have the one last wee badge sitting unobtained.

I'm not sure you're supposed to run everyday (it could fuck up your knees). when I'm arsed I run 3/4 times a week for 45 min and walk a hour the other days.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: thenoise on November 10, 2020, 08:40:40 PM
Wanking is pretty poor in terms of burning calories. Even 5 times a day.

The trouble with wanking, aside from the fact that it's a mortal sin, is that 5 minutes after completion I am desperate for a junk food snack. No matter what time the day or night.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: magval on November 10, 2020, 09:54:36 PM
I'm not sure you're supposed to run everyday (it could fuck up your knees). when I'm arsed I run 3/4 times a week for 45 min and walk a hour the other days.

Bad phrasing, no, it was three runs in a single week just.

Thing is, I got into it quite well, got the gait analysis, bought good runners, made bpm playlists. Then quit it, like I quit everything else I get challenged while doing :-(

Words of encouragement please lads and lasses
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on November 10, 2020, 10:09:08 PM
Bad phrasing, no, it was three runs in a single week just.

Thing is, I got into it quite well, got the gait analysis, bought good runners, made bpm playlists. Then quit it, like I quit everything else I get challenged while doing :-(

Words of encouragement please lads and lasses

I'm a fat bastard and I did an "easy" run today which was 50 minutes without stopping. And I had fuck all fitness before June.

Just don't feel the need to follow a specific tailored running plan. It works for some and doesn't for others. Take it slower and go at your own pace. You'll get fitter and fitter without even realising it.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Head Gardener on November 18, 2020, 04:01:50 PM
this guy claims he was exercising at Speakers Corner https://youtu.be/NN6CQhQXSkk (https://youtu.be/NN6CQhQXSkk)
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: hamfist on November 18, 2020, 07:01:57 PM
I’m doing a “race at your pace” this month, along with an overseas friend for solidarity. This is instead of the usual organised runs I would do locally - you get a bit of a medal and a t-shirt, so some tat to commemorate it. I’m running 150mi / 242km in November
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Neville Chamberlain on November 20, 2020, 04:02:08 PM
Pull-ups are great! In a few months, I've gone from being able to do 0 to around 5 or 6 in a row with ease - proper ones too, from a dead hang position to chin over the bar. I've been going to the gym for a couple of years now and have always done lots of heavy pulling exercises with good form, but was never able to translate this strength to pull-ups. I actually realised that I wasn't lacking the strength, but the technique - although losing 12 kg certainly helped, too. The light-bulb moment was realising the pull-up is primarily a back exercise, so I started to really focus on activating my back and lats and I fairly shot up to the bar.

Once I can do 10 pull-ups in a row, muscle-ups are my next goal!

This is kind of relevant, I guess - someone mentioned pull-ups earlier!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: hamfist on November 20, 2020, 05:08:13 PM
have you got a pull up bar at home ? a doorframe one ?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Head Gardener on November 20, 2020, 05:39:04 PM
I've lost nearly 2 stone since August by sticking to eating only what my wife cooks - I used to snack between meals but by cutting that out the weight has dropped off me, and I walk the dog 3 times a day but that's it really
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on November 20, 2020, 06:37:59 PM
...I wasn't lacking the strength, but the technique - although losing 12 kg certainly helped, too.

I found this too. I used to do heavy lat machine pulldowns and barbell rows but really struggled with chins/pull-ups and only managed them when I dropped below about 15 stone. As soon as my weight crept up again - even by only 2-3kg - I started finding them near impossible.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Neville Chamberlain on November 20, 2020, 08:32:45 PM
have you got a pull up bar at home ? a doorframe one ?

Yep, one of these for lots of different grip types and widths: https://www.ebay.de/itm/Multifunktions-Pull-up-Bar-/264934025266
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Chedney Honks on November 21, 2020, 06:35:25 PM
I lost about three stone between January 1st and March 31st. Proper temple body tier, I had abs for the first time in ten years. I put two stone on in the intervening seven months but I don't really care. Having a belter of a time in many respects, buzzing off some arthouse cinema, playing on the PS5, laughing with my wife. Crying my eyes out listening to music and watching movies, proper catharsis. It is great! I hate a lot of people I meet now but I'm reassured that they will all die, most during my lifetime, and I'll get to enjoy the news. Aww. So sad. 😂😂😂
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Pink Gregory on November 21, 2020, 09:17:27 PM
Unbelievably, started doing Wii Fit daily during the furlough days, did fuck all to weight but maybe it stopped me getting fatter, hard to tell.  Quite enjoyed the yoga.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on November 21, 2020, 09:27:51 PM
Pull-ups are great!
...
This is kind of relevant, I guess - someone mentioned pull-ups earlier!
It was me! The lesson here is I'm always right.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: imitationleather on November 21, 2020, 09:40:41 PM
I hate a lot of people I meet now but I'm reassured that they will all die, most during my lifetime, and I'll get to enjoy the news. Aww. So sad. 😂😂😂

Well this doesn't seem very zen.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on November 21, 2020, 09:48:55 PM
Realised I can barely do a double chin anymore.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on November 23, 2020, 10:04:16 PM
I bought Nintendo Ring Fit right before second lockdown and it's the best thing I could've done for myself. I haven't lost any weight but it's making me sweat properly and my heart beat fast, and I've regained some of the definition I'd lost over the first lockdown. I'm also starting to like jogging.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: thugler on November 24, 2020, 10:27:24 AM
Pull-ups are great! In a few months, I've gone from being able to do 0 to around 5 or 6 in a row with ease - proper ones too, from a dead hang position to chin over the bar. I've been going to the gym for a couple of years now and have always done lots of heavy pulling exercises with good form, but was never able to translate this strength to pull-ups. I actually realised that I wasn't lacking the strength, but the technique - although losing 12 kg certainly helped, too. The light-bulb moment was realising the pull-up is primarily a back exercise, so I started to really focus on activating my back and lats and I fairly shot up to the bar.

Once I can do 10 pull-ups in a row, muscle-ups are my next goal!

This is kind of relevant, I guess - someone mentioned pull-ups earlier!

Also a big fan of pullups. The effect on my physique was massive from doing them regularly, not even doing colossal amounts. I can do about 15 proper ones currently in each grip at a time, have dreamed of muscle ups but i think that's a fair way off!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: ASFTSN on November 24, 2020, 11:00:56 AM
Pull up question - I don't have door frames that fit to my pull up bar any more (I have BIG DOORZ). I do however have a sturdy ledge above one of my doors that are situated in the corner of a room. Basically I can do a pull up motion, but my hands would be resting flat on top of the ledge.

Instead of my hands forming a grip like a C around a bar with my thumb, they're resting 'on top' of the ledge like an inverted capital L, and my thumbs don't grip.

Is this a safe/effective exercise? It certainly feels like a normal pull up in terms of back muscle being worked etc
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: thugler on November 24, 2020, 11:23:32 AM
Pull up question - I don't have door frames that fit to my pull up bar any more (I have BIG DOORZ). I do however have a sturdy ledge above one of my doors that are situated in the corner of a room. Basically I can do a pull up motion, but my hands would be resting flat on top of the ledge.

Instead of my hands forming a grip like a C around a bar with my thumb, they're resting 'on top' of the ledge like an inverted capital L, and my thumbs don't grip.

Is this a safe/effective exercise? It certainly feels like a normal pull up in terms of back muscle being worked etc

I'm not sure, it's probably roughly the same I would imagine. Only issue is you can't do the other grip
You could get a pullup bar that fits with a couple of little screws into a door frame rather than hooking over the top. Much more secure, and you can remove the bar part easily so it's not an eyesore.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: ASFTSN on November 24, 2020, 11:31:30 AM
I'm not sure, it's probably roughly the same I would imagine. Only issue is you can't do the other grip
You could get a pullup bar that fits with a couple of little screws into a door frame rather than hooking over the top. Much more secure, and you can remove the bar part easily so it's not an eyesore.

Yeah, thought about that, landlord issues though :/ Already pushing our luck with things we've drilled into and changed as it is.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on November 24, 2020, 12:26:02 PM
Remembered again why I utterly fucking hate the gym. Almost empty yet there's always some cunt on some machine I want to use doing a few reps and then spending five minutes on their phone, repeating that for half an hour.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: ASFTSN on November 24, 2020, 12:56:27 PM
Remembered again why I utterly fucking hate the gym. Almost empty yet there's always some cunt on some machine I want to use doing a few reps and then spending five minutes on their phone, repeating that for half an hour.

Just say "Excuse me mate can I just jump in and use that while you're resting?" or "Can we alternate please?"

BUT DON'T WHILE THE GYMS ARE CLOSED OBVS LOL
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on November 24, 2020, 01:50:55 PM
Cut down my daily dose of venlafaxine to 75%. Already losing weight without even trying. I wish I'd known venlafaxine turns you into a big sweaty beach ball a year ago.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Bernice on November 24, 2020, 02:52:07 PM
Pull up question - I don't have door frames that fit to my pull up bar any more (I have BIG DOORZ). I do however have a sturdy ledge above one of my doors that are situated in the corner of a room. Basically I can do a pull up motion, but my hands would be resting flat on top of the ledge.

Instead of my hands forming a grip like a C around a bar with my thumb, they're resting 'on top' of the ledge like an inverted capital L, and my thumbs don't grip.

Is this a safe/effective exercise? It certainly feels like a normal pull up in terms of back muscle being worked etc

This is fine but a little tougher because the grip isn't ideal. May give you monster hench hands, if that's what you're into. Obviously make sure the ledge can hold your weight!

I also advise any pull up enthusiasts start incorporating a 1 minute dead hang into the start of your session. Burns like a bastard at the end but has done loads for my tight back and recurring rotator cuff niggles.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Neville Chamberlain on November 24, 2020, 03:24:16 PM
Yeah, I think this is how climbers/boulderers often practice pull-ups because it more closely resembles the grip you need for climbing.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on November 24, 2020, 04:38:24 PM
Off into the cold, draughty garage shortly to do a bit - bench presses and barbell rows tonight. I’d do pull-ups too but unfortunately l’m too fat/weak I’ve got nowhere to fit a pull-up bar.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on November 24, 2020, 06:01:07 PM
Remembered again why I utterly fucking hate the gym. Almost empty yet there's always some cunt on some machine I want to use doing a few reps and then spending five minutes on their phone, repeating that for half an hour.
Perennial complaint of my strength training coach. "'Oh I spent two hours in the gym' - how did you spend two hours in the gym and not even sweat?! Do a couple of reps and then take pictures for Instagram!"
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on November 25, 2020, 02:25:02 PM
Ego Lifting: “The act of lifting heavy weights for the sole purpose of impressing other people in the room, usually done with awful form and gratuitous grunting noises.”

I’m sure none of the CaB gym-goers would be guilty of this sort of stupid behaviour.

For example, nobody here would let their ego take over and try to bench press too much weight, despite there being nobody else present to “impress”, with the result that they wake up the next morning with stabbing pains down the right side of the neck and into the shoulder blade, making breathing painful.

Not sure why I posted this random scenario because, as I said, nobody here would be stupid enough to do this. I certainly wouldn’t.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Ray Travez on November 28, 2020, 06:54:41 PM
not sure I'm getting fitter, but I'm slowly getting slimmer- have a two hour eating window in the evening, mainly fruit and low-fat stuff.

I've been supplementing vitamin D for years at 4,000 IU a day (during Winter), but I'm wondering if I should drop the amount to 400 or so. I've read that there might be complications with the higher doses; that they might decrease bone density. Need to read the latest studies.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: I.D. Smith on November 29, 2020, 06:02:31 PM
I've got worse during Covid. I was no super athlete, but I was reasonably fit before all this, with a mixture of lifting weights and treadmill running at the gym that I'd been doing regularly for years throughout my 30s. But since lockdown and all the gyms closing, I've lost all motivation to work out.

Something I've realised is that I seem to only be able to work out proper at the gym. It seems more of a chore to use the dumbbells in my bedroom which are about 2 feet away from my chair, than it is to get changed into gym clothes and drive all the way to my gym. Probably the lack of a bench means I'm limited in what I can actually do at home, so it kind of kills my motivation. I also find running outside harder and less enjoyable than just running on treadmill. I think it's because on a treadmill I can just zone out and listen to my music, whereas outside I'm constantly on high alert for traffic, slippy bits of pavement and dog dirt, so it feels a more stressful exercise.

Having said all that, I have been making a more conscious effort recently to get back into exercise more seriously. 40 is approaching and that, coupled with a recent unexpected death of friend, has made me a bit more aware of my own mortality and responsibility for my own health. I still had 3 Wispa Golds today, though. 
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: frajer on December 14, 2020, 01:41:35 PM
Got fittest I've been in over a decade during the summer months through a lot of cycling, and putting a stop to solo demolishing "share" bags of crisps.

Managed to maintain for a while but I'm officially piling it back on now. Had an entire big bag of Flamin' Hot Doritos for lunch yesterday, didn't even give it a second thought.

Should probably fire up MyFitnessPal again as holding myself accountable via cold, hard numbers to all the calorific shit I eat is the only thing that keeps me in check.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on December 14, 2020, 01:55:37 PM
I've put on about a stone in the past six months, now 12 stone at 5'11" which isn't really overweight but it tends to go to my tummy and face so I'm trying to eat healthier. I was at about 8 stone three years ago, a barely functioning skeleton, just because of having gone through a rough couple of years and not eating, and that's far far worse than being a bit overweight.

As far as general fitness goes, I'm fitter than I think I've ever been as an adult. Quit smoking two years ago, barely drink anymore, and have an exercise routine I do every night, and long brisk walks when it's nice out (that's not often, sadly). I do have to force myself to do it as I'm naturally a lazy person, but I'm always glad when I do, it never fails to make me happier. I can understand why people get addicted to it.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: katzenjammer on December 15, 2020, 10:40:51 AM
Remembered again why I utterly fucking hate the gym. Almost empty yet there's always some cunt on some machine I want to use doing a few reps and then spending five minutes on their phone, repeating that for half an hour.

I on the other utterly fucking hate the gym because even though I only ever spend a minute resting in between sets there’s always some sweaty cunt that gets arsey because I don’t want to alternate and mess up my rhythm, even though I tell them I’ll only be five minutes more
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on January 10, 2021, 01:19:42 AM
Yeah, fuck off Joe Wicks:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55601215
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: confettiinmyhair on January 10, 2021, 08:23:07 AM
Yeah, fuck off Joe Wicks:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55601215

The irony being that Bez's dancing would be more like PE than HIIT. Joe Wicks is essentially Ben Stiller's character in the film Dodgeball.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: amateur on January 12, 2021, 03:23:15 PM
I also find running outside harder and less enjoyable than just running on treadmill. I think it's because on a treadmill I can just zone out and listen to my music, whereas outside I'm constantly on high alert for traffic, slippy bits of pavement and dog dirt, so it feels a more stressful exercise.

I absolutely have to go running outside for all the reasons above - I need distractions, pace changes and obstacles or I lose all interest in the squalid little affair.

A white van intentionally splashed me about 4k into a run yesterday, it was exhilarating.

Lost a bit of discipline during lockdowns I and II. Aiming to get three runs a week in and have stopped boozing until March. Done this for the last couple of years and serves as a decent reset.

Not prepared to let the 'rona or, even worse, the tories put me off my self improvement goals.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: GMTV on January 29, 2021, 09:09:30 AM
Mulling over wasting money on a rowing machine for home. Makes perfect sense just now. Will definitely use it all time and get really fit.

So if anyone wants to buy a barely used rowing machine in a years time let me know.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Dex Sawash on January 29, 2021, 12:32:47 PM
Ordered a new stainless steel chain for my rower to replace the rusty original mild steel one. Rad as fuck. 
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on January 31, 2021, 12:10:12 AM
Doing Ring Fit Adventure five days a week now. Drinking 1.5-2L water a day. Lost 3.5lb in the last two weeks.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: sirhenry on February 01, 2021, 12:42:45 PM
Good to see it's not just me: https://www.reddit.com/r/RingFitAdventure/comments/kzev3g/my_legs_are_a_bit_tired_but_i_can_do_one_more/ (https://www.reddit.com/r/RingFitAdventure/comments/kzev3g/my_legs_are_a_bit_tired_but_i_can_do_one_more/)
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on February 01, 2021, 01:03:57 PM
Losing weight is a borderline impossibility for me anyway, but the shit cold has aggravated my permanent cough into something unbearable. Not even maintaining during The Covid. Warm weather please.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Fambo Number Mive on February 01, 2021, 01:11:11 PM
Hope you feel better soon bgmnts

I'm trying to do 60 press ups and 60 sit ups and some free weights every second day. Started with 20 press ups and 20 sits up a few weeks ago and have built it up to 60 of each. Getting pretty bored of it. My knees aren't great so don't really want to do squats.

Walking wise it's hard to motivate myself to do it if it isn't sunny, since I've walked everywhere locally dozens of times before. Managed to drag myself out yesterday for a short walk and for a slightly longer one today.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on February 01, 2021, 01:31:30 PM
Gone from 14st 2 on January 4th to 13st 3 today. Cut back on everything and exercising for 30 to 40 minutes at least four times a week. Running up and down hills, doing steps, pull ups, high knees, jumping, those things where you hold your arms out until they ache - trying to make it as high-intensity as I can, so when I get exhausted running up a hill then I do the arm thing and some high knees on the way down again.

With gainz like this, Hollywood buffness is in reach. I would love it if I could see all of my pubis; i.e if my gut was largely flat.

I run about outside, listening to music on my headphones, and I might toot a vape at the start and smoke a bong near the end, so it's actually one of the most pleasant parts of my day.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: phantom_power on February 01, 2021, 01:33:16 PM
I got really fit last year. I started doing Joe Wicks every day with the kids to keep them active and then carried on and started doing harder workouts. Then over Christmas got the vid, had no energy for a month and now am back to being flabby mess again. I will get back on that horse eventually but it is quite hard to get into that routine again
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on February 01, 2021, 01:34:41 PM
yeah in summer I got pretty fit doing the Insanity workout plan for about 7 of the 9 weeks you're supposed to do it for. I feel a bit more optimistic that these gainz will be lasting, though. I need a lifestyle change and recent bloodwork suggests that I've got a body that is prone to falling apart, just like my dad and his father before him.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on February 01, 2021, 05:30:34 PM
Good to see it's not just me: https://www.reddit.com/r/RingFitAdventure/comments/kzev3g/my_legs_are_a_bit_tired_but_i_can_do_one_more/ (https://www.reddit.com/r/RingFitAdventure/comments/kzev3g/my_legs_are_a_bit_tired_but_i_can_do_one_more/)
Yes. Accurate.

Every time Tipp asks me if I want to put the difficulty up I hesitate and then hear my strength and conditioning coach barking at me.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on February 05, 2021, 01:20:31 AM
Might give the Couch To 5K thing ago, just subscribed to it via my podcast app. Realised the reason I always hated running was exercise-induced asthma and it wasn't mere lack of fitness making me feel out of breath and like absolute crap afterwards.

Had a bit of a scare this week after a chest infection (confirmed as Not The 'Vid) caused a really nasty attack and one emergency GP visit later I now have a steroid-based preventer inhaler. Obviously I won't be able to go back to exercising right away but once I've had a couple of puffs every morning (ooooh, pardon!) for a couple of weeks and the 'roids kick in I might attempt Week 1 and try a gentle jog round the shared garden where fewer people can laugh at me. A bit of a Captain Tom pace to start off with, hopefully I won't end up like Captain Tom though.

What do you peeps who have done CT5K reckon then? I'm not too optimistic as I can't imagine ever enjoying running but I really do need to sort my fitness levels out, my lung health in particular. Heart, blood pressure, cholesterol etc are all fine apparently, it's my chesticular windbags that are letting the side down.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Schrodingers Cat on February 05, 2021, 10:50:28 AM
I made very half hearted attempt at getting fit at the start of the first lockdown which didn't last long. At the time I thought I was somewhere around 100ish kg, but looking back was probably more like 110khlg. But by August, I was getting close to 120kg (I'm not sure exactly what I got to, I know I was definitely over 118kg, but not sure how much more). Once the lockdown eased in the summer and rugby training restarted, I quickly got back down below 110kg. However, in November I started getting back into weight lifting for the first time in years. Starting with just a couple of times a week, then becoming before work mon-fri from the first week in January, and I spent my Xmas money on a bike, which I've been out on at least a couple of times a week since.

I'm now down to about 97kg, which I think is the first time I've been below 100kg as an adult. The sad thing noone tells you is that as you start to lose weight, you just become more and more acutely aware of the weight you still have to lose. I've lost about 20kg and I could easily stand to lose another 10 or more. My target now is to get to below 90kg (as close to 85kg as I can get) then look to increase my calories back up and try (lean) bulking back to about 95kg again. Though this of course pretty long term, and not something I expect to achieve soon, but it is doable. This time last year that wouldn't have sounded realistic to me, but I'm actually fairly confident I can manage this. Although, I have injured my shoulder this week, and previously I might have lost my rhythm  and stopped, but I still got up early this morning just to go for a run at 6AM as I couldn't do any weight lifting! What have I become?!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on February 05, 2021, 10:58:20 AM
To be honest, as someone who has finally come to terms with just being a bigger, wider, thicker bloke, I'd bite your hand off to be 97kg. I'd have assumed 97kg for a rugby player isn't that bad?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on February 05, 2021, 11:36:36 AM

What do you peeps who have done CT5K reckon then? I'm not too optimistic as I can't imagine ever enjoying running but I really do need to sort my fitness levels out, my lung health in particular. Heart, blood pressure, cholesterol etc are all fine apparently, it's my chesticular windbags that are letting the side down.

I did my own version of C25K really. Early on I felt like it would be too much for me, so I thought I would take it slower (as I was obese when starting it out) but actually I was then surprised how quickly I was able to build my stamina up. Honestly when I started I was breathless after 30 seconds of running but a few weeks in and I was able to run two or three minutes in intervals. You just continue to build up and build up trying to push yourself that extra minute or two every week. Eventually I was running six periods of five minute runs and I just combined that to make three ten minute runs and then eventually I was running 30 minutes without stopping. Then it was a matter of adding an extra five minutes to the run every week.

I think the key is taking it at your own pace. A light jog still builds up stamina, so don't think you need to run as quickly as you can. When I started it was 5-5.5 mph. Now I am still only around 6mph. Even then I find myself faster than some runners on the street. Trying to do too much too soon could cause injuries or could just demotivate.

After four months of running I was even able to do a half-marathon. I wasn't quick, but I got it done.
(https://i.imgur.com/gCihavO.jpg)


Since the start of the year I have tried to remain consistent with running 6 miles every day. I am starting to see my pace improve without trying.

One surprising thing that has come from the running is I have grown an inch in height. I was 6ft 1.5 and now I am 6ft 2.5. Apparently it is to do with working the core that causes it.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: thugler on February 05, 2021, 12:11:08 PM
I did my own version of C25K really. Early on I felt like it would be too much for me, so I thought I would take it slower (as I was obese when starting it out) but actually I was then surprised how quickly I was able to build my stamina up. Honestly when I started I was breathless after 30 seconds of running but a few weeks in and I was able to run two or three minutes in intervals. You just continue to build up and build up trying to push yourself that extra minute or two every week. Eventually I was running six periods of five minute runs and I just combined that to make three ten minute runs and then eventually I was running 30 minutes without stopping. Then it was a matter of adding an extra five minutes to the run every week.

I think the key is taking it at your own pace. A light jog still builds up stamina, so don't think you need to run as quickly as you can. When I started it was 5-5.5 mph. Now I am still only around 6mph. Even then I find myself faster than some runners on the street. Trying to do too much too soon could cause injuries or could just demotivate.

After four months of running I was even able to do a half-marathon. I wasn't quick, but I got it done.
(https://i.imgur.com/gCihavO.jpg)


Since the start of the year I have tried to remain consistent with running 6 miles every day. I am starting to see my pace improve without trying.

One surprising thing that has come from the running is I have grown an inch in height. I was 6ft 1.5 and now I am 6ft 2.5. Apparently it is to do with working the core that causes it.

6 miles a day is pretty great! I used to love it but I really only get the time/motivation to go a couple of times a week. I'd have to eat some serious dinners to do that distance every day!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on February 05, 2021, 12:13:08 PM
Impressive and motivating stuff JamesTC!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on February 05, 2021, 02:06:13 PM
6 miles a day is pretty great! I used to love it but I really only get the time/motivation to go a couple of times a week. I'd have to eat some serious dinners to do that distance every day!

You're not wrong. It is a balancing act eating enough to ease through the six-mile days but also lose 1lb a week.

It does mean I can eat takeaways regularly and still reach my diet/fitness goals which is absolutely lovely.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on February 05, 2021, 02:42:54 PM
I just realised I'm going for walks again but they're more like strolls, and it's technically rehabbing. What do you call it if you aren't injured but need to slowly build up from years of inactivity and joint/muscle pain? Is that rehab?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on February 05, 2021, 11:09:23 PM
What do you call it if you aren't injured but need to slowly build up from years of inactivity and joint/muscle pain? Is that rehab?
I call it "being sensible".
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Magnum Valentino on February 07, 2021, 10:31:29 PM
Ring Fit Adventure worth £130? Need to buy joy cons too as I sold mine to buy the pro controller.

Could do with something new, fun, challenging and indoors as the chill has put me off all outdoor exercise except quick walks for the dog but worried this is a gimmick and I'll not get the use of it.

Goal is to lose weight specifically til I get back down to my pre lockdown weight then focus on getting back into lovely running which I miss like a bastard but am too bouncy to even dream of attempting.

Have dreams where I'm running, it's that bad :-(
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on February 07, 2021, 11:27:27 PM
Ring Fit Adventure worth £130? Need to buy joy cons too as I sold mine to buy the pro controller.

Could do with something new, fun, challenging and indoors as the chill has put me off all outdoor exercise except quick walks for the dog but worried this is a gimmick and I'll not get the use of it.

Goal is to lose weight specifically til I get back down to my pre lockdown weight then focus on getting back into lovely running which I miss like a bastard but am too bouncy to even dream of attempting.

Have dreams where I'm running, it's that bad :-(
I'm normally shit at working out when left to my own devices, but the Adventure mode (the game part of the game) where you run through levels, beat monsters by doing exercises, and fight a steroid-arse dragon at the end of each world has kept me engaged. I've played it four/five times a week since I got it in October. I only took a break over Christmas. If you like videogames you'll use it.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: falafel on February 08, 2021, 07:27:52 AM
I can second that.£130 is a bit much but depends how desperate you are to exercise.

Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Magnum Valentino on February 08, 2021, 08:18:38 AM
Dreamt I was running again after posting that. Suppose I could always sell it on again if I don't get the use of it.

Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on February 15, 2021, 07:01:14 PM
I just went for a run. For the first time ever I finished a run and didn't feel like death afterwards. It was only Week 1 of Couch To 5K but that's a huge thing for me. Two weeks of being on the ol' steroid inhalers and it looks like they might actually have got my asthma under control.

I wish I'd been diagnosed earlier in life instead of having my teachers write me off as lazy, but I guess this means I'm not condemned to becoming a total Bargearse and there's still hope for me yet.

This is a huge thing for me, feeling a bit overwhelmed right now!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on February 15, 2021, 07:50:27 PM
Well done! Glad to hear the asthma isn't causing a problem.

When I started, I really couldn't believe how quickly it all built up. Three runs a week back then but my stamina just kept on rising and rising. You look at the Couch to 5K schedule and think it is unrealistic but your body really does adapt really well.

That said I had my times of feeling like death after a run. The worst was a few weeks in, I had to get out the shower after a morning run to sit down as I started to feel sick and light-headed.


I've been suffering from some calf issues since December. Bought some calf sleeves last week. Due to having near Shaqiri level calves, I had to buy the largest available and was still worried if they would be too small. In the end they fit okay. Have felt a little more strain in the calves whilst running but it is more spread out down the whole calf and I feel no pain afterwards so they seem to have done the trick.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on February 15, 2021, 08:35:40 PM
Had Chinese last night.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on February 28, 2021, 04:15:57 PM
When I started, I really couldn't believe how quickly it all built up. Three runs a week back then but my stamina just kept on rising and rising. You look at the Couch to 5K schedule and think it is unrealistic but your body really does adapt really well.

Just finished run #3 of Week Two. Went from "Urggghh, when is this going to end?" to "Oh, it's ended! That was quick!" by the third repetition of this week's run. Only running for 90 seconds at a time now but considering how wheezy I used to get I'm amazed at my progress. 30 minutes still feels like a stretch but I'm prepared to be surprised...

Just treated myself to a couple of nice warm running jackets with nice big pockets. Need something to put my phone in and didn't want to get one of those armbands. Did briefly ponder a bumbag but snapped right out of that.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Fambo Number Mive on February 28, 2021, 06:12:22 PM
Three hour walk yesterday. The sun helped. I'd done almost all of the walk a few months back though. There's almost nowhere local I haven't walked before. Instead kept a look out for birds to look at and budding plants.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Magnum Valentino on February 28, 2021, 09:15:39 PM
Just finished run #3 of Week Two. Went from "Urggghh, when is this going to end?" to "Oh, it's ended! That was quick!" by the third repetition of this week's run. Only running for 90 seconds at a time now but considering how wheezy I used to get I'm amazed at my progress. 30 minutes still feels like a stretch but I'm prepared to be surprised...

Just treated myself to a couple of nice warm running jackets with nice big pockets. Need something to put my phone in and didn't want to get one of those armbands. Did briefly ponder a bumbag but snapped right out of that.

Deadly, well done. You'll be able to do it, I managed a few of the thirty minute runs at the end but encountered a series of health setbacks and fell quite completely off the wagon. I've started right over and just finished week one again.

I'm knackered once the podcast program is over but, as I quite like Sanjeev Kohli telling me how well I'm doing and don't think I'll be able to improvise a run without him.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jobotic on February 28, 2021, 09:35:18 PM
I'm the opposite of you lot doing a great job of couch to 5km.

I was a decent runner and I can still run 10km, but I'm slower than I used to be and, more importantly, I just....can't be arsed with it. Which means I don't go very often, which means that when I do I'm fucked afterwards.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on February 28, 2021, 09:45:09 PM
Just finished run #3 of Week Two. Went from "Urggghh, when is this going to end?" to "Oh, it's ended! That was quick!" by the third repetition of this week's run.

Weren't you saying exercise was awful shit  that was impossible to enjoy just a few pages ago? Congratulations! 90 seconds is great; imagine when you didn't exercise if you were late for a bus and had to run for 90 seconds? It's pretty much half a song!

I used to absolutely hate exercise. I remember once playing a bat and ball game - rounders? -  at university and then throwing up. And then not doing it for years. Totally spent every PE lesson on the sidelines with the asthmatics despite having nothing wrong with me.  Apparently the gains in strength are lasting, and if one turns into a static puddle again, it only takes getting off one's arse a few times to get back to prior stamina.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on February 28, 2021, 10:10:19 PM
Just finished run #3 of Week Two. Went from "Urggghh, when is this going to end?" to "Oh, it's ended! That was quick!" by the third repetition of this week's run. Only running for 90 seconds at a time now but considering how wheezy I used to get I'm amazed at my progress. 30 minutes still feels like a stretch but I'm prepared to be surprised...

It will get to the point where you are running 30 minutes with intervals. Then the intervals will go down and down and eventually you will find yourself running the whole thing. You're making really amazing progress.

I'm suffering a bit of ankle pain at the moment so haven't ran much in the last week. I'll do 30 minutes tomorrow and then hopefully can get up to the 6 miles a day for the rest of the week.

What I do like about running with the injury is knowing when I have to stop that if it wasn't for a muscle or ligament that I would easily be able to continue. My breathing and heart rate are all fine so I know in that area I am really fit and am at the point where I could even continue after the normal 6 miles.

Just treated myself to a couple of nice warm running jackets with nice big pockets. Need something to put my phone in and didn't want to get one of those armbands. Did briefly ponder a bumbag but snapped right out of that.

I have a backpack strapped tight on both shoulders for my keys and phone. Can't be doing with anything in my pockets while I'm running.

I'm the opposite of you lot doing a great job of couch to 5km.

I was a decent runner and I can still run 10km, but I'm slower than I used to be and, more importantly, I just....can't be arsed with it. Which means I don't go very often, which means that when I do I'm fucked afterwards.

Nothing wrong with being slow. I only go around 6mph myself. Even at a speed I feel is slow, I still find I am a little faster than a good portion of runners. The important thing is getting the miles in, not how fast you run them.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jobotic on February 28, 2021, 10:18:38 PM

Nothing wrong with being slow. I only go around 6mph myself. Even at a speed I feel is slow, I still find I am a little faster than a good portion of runners. The important thing is getting the miles in, not how fast you run them.

Similar to me. I know you're right, but I used to be faster goddamit!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: buttgammon on March 01, 2021, 12:09:56 PM
I really want to get into running again, and it's just getting the push to actually do it. I used to be able to comfortably run up to about 7 or 8km but having started and stopped a few times over the years, I know how horrible and frustrating it is when you get back into it. If I walk up the stairs to my flat on the fourth floor I get out of breath, so I'm clearly unfit, but reclaiming it is a struggle. I have congenital achilles problems but I've actually found running helps loosen them up if anything; despite this, I've used that as an excuse to myself to put off starting again for ages.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: MojoJojo on March 01, 2021, 12:14:23 PM
I'm in the "need to start running again" camp too. Started in 2018 with C25k, but slowly stopped over October/November time and now finding even simple things leave me out of breath so a bit intimidated about starting again. Bought some new shoes so hopefully that will get me back into it.

I might start with C25k again to ease me into it. Part of why I stopped is I had a little break and when I tried again I found it a lot harder than expected and found that disheartening.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 01, 2021, 01:52:15 PM
I'm knackered once the podcast program is over but, as I quite like Sanjeev Kohli telling me how well I'm doing and don't think I'll be able to improvise a run without him.

That's the BBC one, right? I've just been doing the NHS one, with the lovely Laura and the music seemingly chosen for its motivational lyrics. Might be the same Laura on the BBC one actually, might give that one a go to mix things up a bit, cheers.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jaydee81 on March 01, 2021, 05:14:24 PM
Deadly, well done. You'll be able to do it, I managed a few of the thirty minute runs at the end but encountered a series of health setbacks and fell quite completely off the wagon. I've started right over and just finished week one again.

I'm knackered once the podcast program is over but, as I quite like Sanjeev Kohli telling me how well I'm doing and don't think I'll be able to improvise a run without him.

I'm doing Couch to 5k now. Started at the beginning of January, at which point I don't think I've ever continuously jogged for more than 5 minutes in my life. Was always a 'run to the gate at cross country and then walk up the hill, with intermittent 3 minute jogs' kind of kid. And that was in the 1990s. Now I've just finished Week 7 and can run for 25 minutes non stop.

I haven't given Sanjeev a try yet. I started with Sarah Millican because I thought she'd be understanding of my crapness, but the app kicked me off her for some reason so I've been training with Michael Johnson in my ears. Do you know what? It actually feels like he's proud of me when I finish a run. I feel like I'm training for the Olympics and Michael has my back.

I did try to listen to Jo Whiley once, had to turn her off after 60 seconds of 'casual chat'. Come on Jo, Michael's given me the thirst for medals now, we need to take this seriously.

I can't believe in January I was a bum, and now I'm thinking about X fitness, my 'core', interval training and Park runs. Kill me
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jaydee81 on March 01, 2021, 05:15:48 PM
Could we make a Spotify running playlist please?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 01, 2021, 06:55:22 PM
Just installed the BBC Couch To 5K app. Didn't realise you had to provide your own music. Was thinking of using Audacity to put together some running playlists so that works for me.

Not sure I can handle Michael Johnson giving me instructions though, I can just imagine an actual Olympic gold medallist making me feel hopelessly inferior. Think I'll start off with Sarah Millican: "Sometimes I'd rather be eating cake than running"- yep, that's more my style, I'll have your chirpy Geordie tones in my ears please.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 01, 2021, 07:32:32 PM
Could we make a Spotify running playlist please?

The NHS Couch To 5K podcast includes music at the right tempo and the right length for each run/walk. There's nothing in there I'm familiar with and I assumed that's because I'm an old person but now I know it's because all the tracks were produced especially for the app:

https://healthunlocked.com/couchto5k/posts/718553/is-there-a-track-list-for-couch-to-5k-podcast

Nothing I'd rush out and buy but it's nicely varied and it all works, and I guess the motivational lyrics (lots of stuff about being stronger and faster and how today's going to be the greatest day and you're going to make it etc) are deliberate.

Couple of free Couch To 5K mixes here (WARNING: may contain Coldplay):

https://carlifierce.com/5k-training-downloads/week-1-c25k/

I'm sure plenty of others are available.

Been thinking of doing a few themed workouts- not sure about Jazzercise but Ninetiesercise, Baroque Poppercise and Gay Discocise would probably work for me.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jobotic on March 01, 2021, 07:59:52 PM
Probably not a good idea to have headphones in to run is it? Unless you're on a treadmill.

I'm not trying to be self-righteous. At one point I used to wear headphones to cycle (!) until I went down a country lane oblivious to the fact that there was a fire engine stuck behind me. I thought the siren was part of the mix.Sp I'm a dick. But is it safe?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jaydee81 on March 01, 2021, 08:12:08 PM
I run circuits round my local park with headphones on, they keep my ridiculously long hair out of my face and also obscure the people shouting abuse at me.

Not sure I can handle Michael Johnson giving me instructions though, I can just imagine an actual Olympic gold medallist making me feel hopelessly inferior. Think I'll start off with Sarah Millican: "Sometimes I'd rather be eating cake than running"- yep, that's more my style, I'll have your chirpy Geordie tones in my ears please.

See I had this exact thought process, but I don't think Millican could really inspire me when she said 'if you have anything left in this last minute, go for it' or 'great job'. Come on Sarah, you're just sat in a VO booth in Soho aren't you? Go on, try Michael. I swear you won't go back.

Couch to 5K wise, it has succeeded in getting me to use BBC Sounds more. I'm basically looking for something familiar enough that it inspires me, but not too familiar that I get bored. I've listened to a few Nemone 6Mixes and Diplo+friends which has been OK. I've started using my own Spotify mix and I'm quickly working out which tracks need dropping.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 01, 2021, 08:12:31 PM
I do my running in a great big park, staying well away from roads and pavements, and I try and keep to the quieter paths (partly because of Covid, partly out of self-consciousness). Never had any problems, there are loads of runners and cyclists about and I think people expect them and people generally seem to be quite good at the ol' social distancing. I have however had a few near-misses when I'm walking round a certain corner near my flat- there's a high wall which makes it a blind bend and I've had a few runners almost smack into me. Also a few pavement cyclists doing the same, grrrrr.

I would never wear earphones when cycling.

The worst thing for me though is people walking along the Innocent Railway path while wearing headphones, with their dog walking beside them, off the lead, and neither human nor doggo wearing hi-vis. It's quite a narrow and steep path and not terribly well-lit and it's scary when you're going down it at speed and the person walking in front of you isn't responding to your bicycle bell at all, and then a cute little doggo jumps out and tries to run under your wheels *brrrrr*. I did once see a dog walker who not only had their dog on the lead but had also put a cute little hi-vis jacket on their doggo, but I have seen that exactly once. It's a nice part of Embra but really not ideal for dog walking.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jaydee81 on March 01, 2021, 08:15:23 PM
https://healthunlocked.com/couchto5k/posts/718553/is-there-a-track-list-for-couch-to-5k-podcast

I've read this and now I'm intrigued by the song 'You and Julie'. It sounds like the NHS made some library music which is somehow more addictive than the movie in Infinite Jest.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 01, 2021, 08:26:36 PM
I think this is the one:

https://youtu.be/9la1N-T9mlg

It’s better than The Killers, to be fair.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jobotic on March 01, 2021, 08:37:11 PM
Yeah fair enough if you're in parks.

I would never cycle with headphones in but stupidly that wasn't always the case.

Headphones piss me off flapping about nd falling out anyway.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jaydee81 on March 01, 2021, 09:00:21 PM
I have a SONY pair that go over my ears and don't wobble about. They do make my ears sweat like a pig (with sweaty ears) though.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on March 01, 2021, 09:06:20 PM
It's actually illegal in Florida, of all places, to ride a bicycle (or any means of transport) while wearing headphones. Riding a motorbike without a helmet on the freeway with a gun (and texting while you're doing it, until last year), no problem.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on March 02, 2021, 10:16:53 AM
I've ran with wired headphones but they do have a tendency to get in the way and rip out of your ears. I prefer to use wireless DJ-size massive ear-muff-style headphones - especially because the band that connects the earpieces together also acts as a headband and keeps my hair out of my face. I've experienced fleeting thoughts about how the earpieces might get sweaty and smelly but they seem to be made out of some water-resistant plasticy fabric.

Do the coaches just talk to you? I prefer listening to some high-tempo music.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: MojoJojo on March 02, 2021, 11:14:04 AM
I have Treks bone conducting headphones for running - they don't go in your ears, so less gross for sweat and you keep a bit more awareness. Also means I just have to press the button on the side to have completely unobscured hearing.

Do the coaches just talk to you? I prefer listening to some high-tempo music.

The podcast has high tempo music. It's actually specially designed running music in that the tempo is supposed to be your step pace for running at an efficient speed. It's a whole category of music.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 02, 2021, 11:34:56 AM
See I had this exact thought process, but I don't think Millican could really inspire me when she said 'if you have anything left in this last minute, go for it' or 'great job'. Come on Sarah, you're just sat in a VO booth in Soho aren't you? Go on, try Michael. I swear you won't go back.

Just tried to open Run #1, Week 3 but the app told me Sarah Millican isn't available for that week so I must choose another trainer, then I tried to choose Michael Johnson but it told me I didn't have enough storage space on my brand new phone with 128gb to be filled. Just reinstalled the app and got Coach Johnson ready to spur me on to Olympic gold now, just got to get some music on my phone and get my scallytastic Adidas hoodie on am I'm all set.

App is buggy as fuck, yes.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: buttgammon on March 02, 2021, 11:36:10 AM
I reached a lull in my thesis work this morning so decided to go for a run. Despite it being the first time in ages, it wasn't horrible. I did it slowly - only running for a minute at a time with walk breaks - and it was actually okay. The biggest problem was actually the cold. I was going to wear shorts but decided to go with some tights that I didn't even know I had; even so, it was bloody freezing. I also got to remove some racist stickers from the park during the walk breaks, so it was good for the neighbourhood too.

Glad to see the wireless earphone recommendations, because I have a big pair of headphones that's simply too bulky to take out. As it happens, I took my old iPod and some wired earphones, but I ordered a thing to put my phone in, so I'll have to get some proper wireless ones for when that comes.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Dex Sawash on March 02, 2021, 12:22:50 PM
I have Treks bone conducting headphones for running -

Have demo'd Aftershokz at in store display (risking skull covid) and they are great fit for purpose. Not sure I can justify the price. Tried 2 different knock-offs from Amazon, 1 sounded bad and was too small the other had something loose in one side and buzzed.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jaydee81 on March 02, 2021, 12:54:26 PM
The biggest problem was actually the cold. I was going to wear shorts but decided to go with some tights that I didn't even know I had

If quarantine has taught me one thing, it's to not give a toss what I look like when I go running. I didn't have any tracksuit bottoms at first so ran in my pyjamas for the first few weeks.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 02, 2021, 01:08:28 PM
For me it's all about practicality with the clothes. It's nippy out at the moment and it's also suprisingly hard to find women's running clothes with decent-sized pockets. I need something to put my massive phone and my inhaler in that isn't a bumbag.

Running jackets with pockets seem preferable to leggings, especially if they've got thumb holes. Also I've got my fleece-lined leggings on today, got a few cheapo pairs from TK Maxx and they've been a godsend. Got the warmer of the two running tops on, plus some trainers which were also from the Adidas Outlet- some bargains to be had there. You can't skimp on the trainers if you don't want to knacker your knees.

Also, men who wear running tights, you do wear shorts over them, right? ;)
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: buttgammon on March 02, 2021, 01:37:18 PM
For me it's all about practicality with the clothes. It's nippy out at the moment and it's also suprisingly hard to find women's running clothes with decent-sized pockets. I need something to put my massive phone and my inhaler in that isn't a bumbag.

Running jackets with pockets seem preferable to leggings, especially if they've got thumb holes. Also I've got my fleece-lined leggings on today, got a few cheapo pairs from TK Maxx and they've been a godsend. Got the warmer of the two running tops on, plus some trainers which were also from the Adidas Outlet- some bargains to be had there. You can't skimp on the trainers if you don't want to knacker your knees.

Also, men who wear running tights, you do wear shorts over them, right? ;)

Erm...

in my defence, I had a long top on. Also, having removed the racist stickers, I felt entitled to add some of my own visual pollution to the park.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on March 02, 2021, 05:45:43 PM
After resting a few days to see if my calf and ankle pain would alleviate, yesterday's mild 3 mile run was fucking horrible. By the end, my feet were going numb. Looked it up and was quite worried by some possible causes, but it seemed most likely to be trapped nerves. I had only been using new shoes for a week and had been using calf sleeves for around three weeks so I believed it could be one of them.

Went on my run today and decided to use no calf sleeves and old shoes and it was a breezy 5 mile run with hardly any lasting strain in my ankle. Clearly it is one of the shoes or calf sleeves. I'm inclined to think it is the calf sleeves as I have bulbous Shaqiri calves which were barely in the size range for the largest available sleeves.

Huge relief I'll be able to get back to 6 mile runs for the rest of the week.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on March 02, 2021, 06:16:23 PM
Me on my daily jog

(https://media0.giphy.com/media/1iTH1WIUjM0VATSw/giphy-downsized.gif)
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 02, 2021, 06:40:15 PM
Finished Couch To 5K week 3, run #1 earlier. The workout itself was surprisingly alright (thanks, Michael Johnson and jaydee81) but a few minutes after I got home I was coughing like a mofo and properly wheezing. Had to have a good huff of Ventolin and a sit down. Lately I've been using the ol' blue inhaler to open the pipes on occasion but I hadn't actually been wheezy for ages so that was a bit of a worry. Think I might call my GP for some advice but don't want to waste any precious NHS resources right now. Need to get my lung strength up though.

Actually felt good immediately after the last run though! Up to a whopping three minutes at a time now, and for me that's incredible.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Dex Sawash on March 03, 2021, 01:56:11 AM


Also, men who wear running tights, you do wear shorts over them, right? ;)

I wear the womens tights so no shorts needed.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Cuellar on March 03, 2021, 11:30:02 AM
I wish I could just wear leggings while exercising. Might start tucking.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Dex Sawash on March 03, 2021, 12:24:44 PM

Once you experience the comfort of the wider waistband made of same stuff as the legs you won't care about the tuck. I'm in ladies compression pants year round now. Just get the smallest ones that the seams don't pop.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jaydee81 on March 03, 2021, 12:29:48 PM
Me on my daily jog

(https://media0.giphy.com/media/1iTH1WIUjM0VATSw/giphy-downsized.gif)

I mean you joke, but I can't believe how much of a running bore I've become in 2 months.
Yes I'm still running the day after consuming a medium pepperoni Papa John's pizza, followed by most of a small pepperoni, but I can't actually believe after all these years thinking that runners were pricks and that it wasn't enjoyable, how addictive running actually is.

I'm going to start twatting on about Michael Johnson in Couch to 5K, but I did my first 25 minute run (Week 6 run 3 I think) and when he said 'one minute left, go for it' I totally felt like I had an entire new gear that I didn't know I had, and I was running like that Rocky gif above. Now, what I actually looked like is quite a different matter. But I came home and I felt like I was on MDMA. I had a runners high and now I find myself chasing it, whereas in January I was puffing when it came up to my 6th one minute run of the session.

I am now obsessed with my Strava pace per minute.

For me it's all about practicality with the clothes. It's nippy out at the moment and it's also suprisingly hard to find women's running clothes with decent-sized pockets. I need something to put my massive phone and my inhaler in that isn't a bumbag.

I have quite a good running belt that fits my phone and keys in, not sure about an inhaler. It is essentially a bumbag. What have I become?



Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on March 03, 2021, 12:34:03 PM
I mean, I played football three times a week between the ages of 6 and 16 and even then I found running absolutely abhorrent. That's only increased as I've withered into old age and gained enough weight to kill a human. The notion of it being addictive is laughable to me. Maybe it's genetic?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 03, 2021, 12:50:06 PM
I mean you joke, but I can't believe how much of a running bore I've become in 2 months.

I'm going to start twatting on about Michael Johnson in Couch to 5K, but I did my first 25 minute run (Week 6 run 3 I think) and when he said 'one minute left, go for it' I totally felt like I had an entire new gear that I didn't know I had, and I was running like that Rocky gif above. Now, what I actually looked like is quite a different matter. But I came home and I felt like I was on MDMA. I had a runners high and now I find myself chasing it, whereas in January I was puffing when it came up to my 6th one minute run of the session.

I am now obsessed with my Strava pace per minute.

Michael Johnson telling me I had one minute to go yesterday had a similar effect on me. Not tempted to get a Garmin or anything like that and become one of those runners, but a bit worried I might go a bit Ronnie O'Sullivan and become a running bore myself.

Got my pulse oximeter and my peak flow meter to measure my progress, it's all about health for me.

Quote
I have quite a good running belt that fits my phone and keys in, not sure about an inhaler. It is essentially a bumbag. What have I become?

I know they're practical but as a child of the 90's I just couldn't bring myself to wear one. Yesterday I saw a woman in a shellsuit top. She looked about 20 and must have bought it from a vintage place. That made me feel old enough, ta.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on March 03, 2021, 12:53:44 PM
I think running is kind of hypnotic and meditative. I'm listening to music now but I'm also typing this message and doing some work. When you're running, it's just you and the road (and your music). It's like mindfulness. It seems to shut off my mind better than everything else.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on March 03, 2021, 12:54:46 PM
Could you run without music?

The idea of going out for a walk without some noise filling my ears is terrifying.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on March 03, 2021, 01:00:38 PM
Could you run without music?

yeah but it's boring and I might end up thinking, and I don't want that.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 03, 2021, 01:04:38 PM
I think running without music would be a real chore for me. Also music stops me hearing anyone who might laugh at me. As it is all I notice is the bemused looks I get from dogs but I can handle that.

Doggo spotting is another perk of running, of course. Saw a corgi and a sausage dog on my last run. It's all very motivating: if they can run around happily on their stumpy little legs so can I.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jaydee81 on March 03, 2021, 01:56:15 PM
I mean, I played football three times a week between the ages of 6 and 16 and even then I found running absolutely abhorrent. That's only increased as I've withered into old age and gained enough weight to kill a human. The notion of it being addictive is laughable to me. Maybe it's genetic?

Hello me from 3 months ago
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jaydee81 on March 03, 2021, 02:00:34 PM
Michael Johnson telling me I had one minute to go yesterday had a similar effect on me. Not tempted to get a Garmin or anything like that and become one of those runners, but a bit worried I might go a bit Ronnie O'Sullivan and become a running bore myself.

Good old Michael, I'm going to miss him. There's a message he does at the end of Week 6 where he says something like 'look at you, you're a runner now' and yes I know it's prerecorded but... thinking about it maybe that triggered the MDMA rush.

Today he said, 'why not recommend the app to someone, I think you'd be a real inspiration to them with what you've achieved'... Michael I love you!

Anyway, I don't think I'll ever go full Garmin but I do sync my phone to Strava and Nike Runners Club, I am completely obsessed with statistics (27 years of Championship Manager and counting) and I find my miles per minute hypnotic, especially looking back at today and finding I ran my quickest ever kilometre today and it was at the end of my 5k run.

God I'm so boring
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 03, 2021, 02:05:46 PM
As long as you don't share your running stats on Facebook via Runkeeper or Strava or whatever. People who do that can run off the edge of a cliff.

Think Michael Johnson is my second ever sporting hero now. It's him and James Cahill.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 03, 2021, 02:17:17 PM
On the subject of leggings/running tights etc, back before I deleted my Reddit account because of all the awful people on threre I noticed Reddit had a weird obsession with leggings/yoga pants, with incel types frequently asking why feeeeemales wear them when they're too titillating to men/too casual/not titillating enough to men on larger feeeeeeemales/the patterened ones are ugly etc. I even saw people on there saying women should avoid wearing leggings at the gym to avoid distracting men.

Well, as many of you fellas have learned, they're practical and comfy as fuck. And the lairy patterened ones are just fun. I must have spent the majority of lockdown wearing leggings even when I haven't been exercising. Got to be proper activewear though, good, non-see-thru stretchy ones that last a long time. Nike do the best ones, and I've found two brands called Gaiam and RBX that are frequently found at TK Maxx and are also good. Just don't go calling them "meggings".

This is me now:

https://youtu.be/CYRENWT8lz8
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on March 03, 2021, 02:21:49 PM
To be fair it is a bit distracting when a woman is wearing leggings so tight you can see her colon when you're trying to do some work on the resistance machines. I've tried leggings and found joggers with a bit more give so much more comfortable physically and psychologically. But to each their own.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on March 03, 2021, 02:24:35 PM

I'm going to start twatting on about Michael Johnson in Couch to 5K, but I did my first 25 minute run (Week 6 run 3 I think) and when he said 'one minute left, go for it' I totally felt like I had an entire new gear that I didn't know I had, and I was running like that Rocky gif above.

I tried it a couple of years ago and couldn't even run a quarter of a mile before being horribly out of breath with painful numb shins. That's what 20 years of smoking and not exercising does for you. Actually started making progress after a couple of weeks of doing it but then got an awful dose of flu which messed up my schedule and I used it as a terrible excuse not to start again. Having quit smoking for a couple of years, and being fitter now than I've ever been due to home workouts I'm going to try it again. I'd love to just go out and run a few miles without stopping.

And yeah, I have friends on facebook who have been runners for years who share their stats "Just ran another 15k, feel great, yay!" and selfies of them looking like they haven't even broken a sweat every day, not a fan.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 03, 2021, 02:33:43 PM
The most distracting thing a man can wear in a gym is football shorts when doing yoga. Guys, you really do need longer length ones if you want to keep the boys in the barracks...

I can't believe I'm asking this, but does anyone use a GPS app to track their runs? I use Cyclemeter for cycling and hiking but there's an option for running on it too and I've yet to try it, might have a go at that tomorrow. Any other recommendations? I will never, ever upload my data to Facebook though, I promise.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on March 03, 2021, 02:52:38 PM
I use the Fitbit app to track my distance/steps. I don't have a fitbit but it works pretty much the same just on the phone.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jaydee81 on March 03, 2021, 02:53:47 PM
Strava is good. I spent lockdown 1 walking around London trying to write words that would show up on the map afterwards.

I think Nike Running Club is good, you can set a target of minutes or kilometres and it tells you every time you've run a kilometre and what your average time split is.

Making an Excel spreadsheet and putting all your times in is just an optional extra obviously
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 03, 2021, 02:56:03 PM
Strava is good. I spent lockdown 1 walking around London trying to write words that would show up on the map afterwards.

Bill Drummond also liked to do that, but before smartphones were invented. Did you write any naughty words? I must run a cock'n'balls one day.

Quote
I think Nike Running Club is good, you can set a target of minutes or kilometres and it tells you every time you've run a kilometre and what your average time split is.

I would like something that does distance rather than time, that sounds good to me, cheers.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jaydee81 on March 03, 2021, 06:01:15 PM
Yes heavily inspired by Bill Drummond. I dont like thinking about Bill since I felt like I made a tit of myself when I met him at a book signing pre Plague.

I managed to write BUM, POO, COVID 19 and HELLO
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jaydee81 on March 03, 2021, 06:02:34 PM
Nike Running Club also seems to have some good 'guided run podcast' things which I might start using post Couch to 5k
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: MojoJojo on March 03, 2021, 06:27:26 PM
I found finding an app that worked well with my phone took awhile. Strava was inaccurate, would have me zig zagging to both sides of the river, so would exaggerate my distance and speed. I then used endomondo which worked well but they closed it down. Run keeper tracked well, except it took like 5 minutes to get a fix. I've now moved to addidas running, which seems OK so far.

This probably not an issue if using a more mainstream phone, rather than a Xiaomi.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: amateur on March 05, 2021, 01:05:45 PM
Have managed to lose a stone and half since the new year. This is entirely down to 1. not drinking and 2. not eating out, one of which is less desirable to me in lockdown (feel like pure shit just want pubs back) and the other impossible.

Wasn't hugely unhealthy beforehand but sorting myself out has made this whole period feel like it's had some kind of meaning.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 05, 2021, 01:58:15 PM
"YESSSSSS! You did it!" Oh Coach Johnson, how would I be here, at Run #2 of Week Three, without your motivational smooth baritone in my ears?

Anyone else find they keep having to uninstall and reinstall the app because it keeps losing the audio? Just me?

Had a chat with my GP earlier and she told me I'm on the very lowest dose of inhaled steroids and it sounds like we need to double the dose. Was a bit wheezy again today but I'm feeling confident this can be sorted out. For now it's just a bit frustrating. I think my general fitness is fine- no tired muscles, no getting stitches etc- it's just my crap lungs holding me back. Hopefully not for much longer.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on March 05, 2021, 02:00:02 PM
You people losing weight seemingly effortlessly. Get to fuck you bastards.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on March 05, 2021, 02:06:57 PM
You people losing weight seemingly effortlessly. Get to fuck you bastards.

I lost a bunch of weight in January and then in February I stayed effectively the same. It was probably merely  a load of water that I pissed out over Jan.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Bernice on March 05, 2021, 02:46:18 PM
I've lost 15kg and then regained about 7 since a running injury knocked me out and the latest lockdown started to depress the fuck out of me.

Exercise and physical health are great for your mental wellbeing, but mental health is a precondition for self-care. Nasty little logical loop, that.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 05, 2021, 02:52:05 PM
You people losing weight seemingly effortlessly. Get to fuck you bastards.

I'm not losing weight :(
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Schrodingers Cat on March 05, 2021, 03:17:04 PM
You people losing weight seemingly effortlessly. Get to fuck you bastards.

Fuck's sake. Mate, stop doing this to yourself. It was the same earlier in the thread when you told me that 97kg was a pipe dream for you, completely ignoring that a few months earlier I had been 119kg (and I'm not a tall man - 5'9"). And if you think, "well I'm much heavier than that", I've got a friend, who partly inspired me to start losing weight properly, who at the start of the 1st lockdown (or just before) weighed 150kg, and now weighs 89kg. It is doable. Just not 'easy'. Stop telling yourself you can't. Obviously, if you have certain medical conditions (including physical disabilities) then it will be even harder for you, but it not impossible. Start small - running feel too difficult? Go walking instead, and build up to running. The best thing I did was probably downloading MyFitnessPal, and actually tracking what I eat. Plenty of little things add up, which you won't realise until you track them. At least that's what I found at any rate.

Of course, as well, if you are happy as you are and don't want to lose weight, then that's entirely up to you and noone, least of all me, can criticise you for it. But I don't get that impression from seeing you post about it on here.

I realise this will probably all come across as incredibly patronising, but I recognise where you're at. this isn't coming from some fitness freak gym bunny, whose always been below 10% body fat, and doesn't understand how anyone can find losing weight hard. I've been there. You assume that because you've always been big, then you always will. And it's not true. You can do it.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on March 05, 2021, 04:21:56 PM
I was only joking to be fair!

I wouldn't actually tell anyone getting healthy to get to fuck. Lol
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Schrodingers Cat on March 05, 2021, 04:39:07 PM
I was only joking to be fair!

I wouldn't actually tell anyone getting healthy to get to fuck. Lol

I know mate. It's just, and it may well just be me, but feel I like I have noticed you post a lot about your weight/health recently (and not just in this thread). And the way you write about it makes you look more than a bit down about it. Sometimes we need someone to give us a bit of a shake. I tried to write it in a positive way so hopefully it comes across as encouraging (both to you and anyone else in a similar position reading this) and not me having a go at you.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on March 05, 2021, 04:41:39 PM
I think thats because I recently saw that article in the guardian and that pissed me off, a lifelong struggle with weight is something that cant be sorted with a quick scheme like that. I'm actually about as comfortable with being fat as I've ever been. My language is just quite harsh.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: imitationleather on March 05, 2021, 06:17:05 PM
Because of me stupidly flat feet it's absolute havoc on my knees to run. So instead I've been quickly walking at least five miles per day along the river outside my flat. Dunno if I've lost any weight yet but it's nice to feel like I'm doing something.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on March 05, 2021, 06:29:58 PM
Worth remembering that when you start running (or any new exercise) that you can often put on weight before you start losing it. Your body retains more water in order to repair the muscles.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Schrodingers Cat on March 06, 2021, 02:01:29 PM
Ran 15k for the 1st time (ever?) today. The time was... well, we’ll not get into the time, but still pretty pleased as I could barely run 2.5km at the start of February without walking. My shoulder also finally seems to be close to recovery, so should be back weight lifting next week. Shame I missed the whole of February, but we’ve had it confirmed that rugby training should be back from 29th March, so gives me 2-3 weeks to get ready, then another 4 weeks gym-work before games are allowed to start (assuming no changes to the current roadmap[1]). I’m now just over 90kg, so should be able to tick off my second target by the end of the week (under 90kg), then onto 85kg in time for the start of matches being played. Then we start the slow process of (lean) bulking back to 90-95kg, but that’s a much more long-term target.

And I had my second Pfizer vaccine today. All in all, good weekend so far!
 1. good luck with that
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: amateur on March 06, 2021, 02:02:02 PM
Worth remembering that when you start running (or any new exercise) that you can often put on weight before you start losing it. Your body retains more water in order to repair the muscles.

You've also got to get in the habit of only weighing yourself once a week, tops, at the same time ideally. Doing it every day isn't accurate and can be highly demoralising.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: An tSaoi on March 07, 2021, 10:58:42 AM
I'd like to buy some weights. Not the big strong man thing you see at the Olympics, but those ones, what do you call them, dumbells?

Can anyone recommend what weights to buy - I mean the literal mass in kgs - for a completely inexperienced man with a cookdandbombd physique? I reckon I'd need at least a pair, but the sites I've looked at go from 1kg to 50kg or something. Do I need a range? I've watched a few youtube videos of people explaining all their dumbell exercises, but they never fucking tell you what actual weight they're using.

I don't want to ask on a proper website with normal people. HALP
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Bernice on March 07, 2021, 11:50:56 AM
Best to get ones with free plates so the weight is adjustable. Depending how strong you are to start with something like this will probably do you to begin: https://www.onbuy.com/gb/2pc-20kg-vinyl-dumbbell-set-adjustable-free-weights-set~c12270~p22003299/ . Ideally get something where if you want to you'll be able to buy some more 5/10kg plates in the future when you're hench.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: An tSaoi on March 07, 2021, 12:29:30 PM
That sounds clever, thanks.

Hang on... "Seller does not deliver to Ireland".

You fucking Brexit cunts.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Bazooka on March 07, 2021, 12:51:46 PM
I'd like to buy some weights. Not the big strong man thing you see at the Olympics, but those ones, what do you call them, dumbells?

Can anyone recommend what weights to buy - I mean the literal mass in kgs - for a completely inexperienced man with a cookdandbombd physique? I reckon I'd need at least a pair, but the sites I've looked at go from 1kg to 50kg or something. Do I need a range? I've watched a few youtube videos of people explaining all their dumbell exercises, but they never fucking tell you what actual weight they're using.

I don't want to ask on a proper website with normal people. HALP

If you want to keep it simpler, save space and money you could buy some resistance bands, which usually come in packs of varying weight/resistance band sets. They aren't as good as having gym equipment available, but you can build muscle, definition and strength effectively with them. I was a little dubious, but due to my covid forced living situation this year, I opted for some and they have been effective.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Fr.Bigley on March 07, 2021, 01:48:21 PM
Did a 13 mile walk yesterday, felt like nowt. 2 hours 40. leisurely to be fair. I'm not a fat cunt though so that helps. Running is for chumps.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: spaghetamine on March 07, 2021, 02:31:00 PM
Managed to lose most of my lockdown flab through a combination of intermittent fasting and daily long walks, everything is mostly shit but I am actually liking the shape of my own body again for the first time in a long while
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on March 07, 2021, 04:52:52 PM
You've also got to get in the habit of only weighing yourself once a week, tops, at the same time ideally. Doing it every day isn't accurate and can be highly demoralising.

I don't think this is necessarily true. In fact I think it's probably bad advice for many (but not all) people.

Weighing yourself each morning allows you to much more effectively track your weight trends, and allows for data anomalies. If you only track yourself once a week or once a month or whatever you are making yourself vulnerable to data error.

For example, several Mondays ago I apparently lost an entire kilo overnight. But by Tuesday I had gained almost an entire kilo back. Over the following week I slowly lost it again, until finally, the following Monday, I was back to the same weight. If I had only counted those two Mondays, it would look like I had made no progress that week. That would be wrong; the first Monday was a moment of random weirdness.

Here's a real slice of my own weight data. Imagine how misinformed you'd be if you could only see days A and B, or C and D, without the days between.

(https://i.imgur.com/xPmBY4y.png)

It's only by viewing data in the aggregate that the progress is clear. A moving average, which a weight-tracking app (I use Happy Scale) will give you, is a much better indicator of progress and it only works if you're able to feed it enough data.

I respect that for some people dealing with the erratic up-and-down rollercoaster of daily weigh-ins can be demoralising or confusing, but once you have an understanding that there will be up and downs, it's a much more reliable (and, for me, motivational) way of tracking stuff.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: An tSaoi on March 07, 2021, 05:17:13 PM
I was a little dubious, but due to my covid forced living situation this year, I opted for some and they have been effective.

What resistance level did you get?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Bazooka on March 07, 2021, 10:40:33 PM
What resistance level did you get?

15-35lb is the second lowest(the lowest is so weak it has no number, probably 5 or something) and the highest is 50-125lb, with two others in between. The good thing with bands is you can double them up to increase resistance. Set was about 35 quid on Amazon. I advise don't buy the ones with handles and metal clips unless you spend more, the cheaper ones of those just break, get the pure latex bands with no clips.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 08, 2021, 01:29:42 AM
I got a pack of resistance bands a few years ago after my then-yoga instructor recommended them for my slightly crap right hip. Seemed to work. Buggered if I can remember the exercises she suggested though. Anyone got a link or any advice on what to actually do with them?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on March 08, 2021, 07:16:15 AM
Downloaded weight and blood pressure apps at Popcorn's suggestion. And after putting on like 6lb in two days. I thought I could get away with drinking wine and spirits.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: buttgammon on March 08, 2021, 10:23:57 AM
Started adding a bit more time today and it went okay, but it did feel noticeably tougher than any of last week's runs.

My phone holder came and it worked surprisingly well with my big headphones. I also got some resistance bands as an impulse buy when I got the phone thing (this makes it sound like a midlife crisis fitness kick but I'm only 30!). I'm not entirely sure what to do with them.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on March 08, 2021, 11:51:45 AM
Downloaded weight and blood pressure apps at Popcorn's suggestion. And after putting on like 6lb in two days. I thought I could get away with drinking wine and spirits.

It could be a statistical anomaly!!!!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on March 08, 2021, 12:11:23 PM
It could be a statistical anomaly!!!!

Yeah it probably is. Did a wee and a big poo before breakfast and didn't eat or drink anything and I lost like three of those pounds.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 08, 2021, 03:06:52 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/RZvyS0bq/2-AE50089-1553-499-D-A1-A9-D6010-A34-F896.png)

Re. resistance bands -

I’m lucky in having a bench, squat rack and nearly 200kg of weights in my garage (not that I need that fucking much these days), but I bought these a couple of years ago and have found them to be a really useful addition to the free weights.

There’s a load of instructional videos on YouTube and if you choose the appropriate resistance you can pretty effectively hit all the main muscle groups. They’re also relatively safe, don’t make a mess and you can use them indoors.

(I understand they can also be used for BDSM purposes but I wouldn’t know anything about that sort of thing).
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: buttgammon on March 08, 2021, 04:19:35 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/RZvyS0bq/2-AE50089-1553-499-D-A1-A9-D6010-A34-F896.png)

Re. resistance bands -

I’m lucky in having a bench, squat rack and nearly 200kg of weights in my garage (not that I need that fucking much these days), but I bought these a couple of years ago and have found them to be a really useful addition to the free weights.

There’s a load of instructional videos on YouTube and if you choose the appropriate resistance you can pretty effectively hit all the main muscle groups. They’re also relatively safe, don’t make a mess and you can use them indoors.

(I understand they can also be used for BDSM purposes but I wouldn’t know anything about that sort of thing).


Glad to hear this, as it should stop them from sitting in the bottom of a drawer if I never use them.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: An tSaoi on March 08, 2021, 04:35:52 PM
I’m lucky in having a bench, squat rack and nearly 200kg of weights in my garage (not that I need that fucking much these days)

Circling back to dumbbells, what sort of weight(s) would you recommend for a beginner?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 08, 2021, 05:24:17 PM
Circling back to dumbbells, what sort of weight(s) would you recommend for a beginner?

If you get an adjustable pair rather than a range of fixed dumbbells of varying weights, you’ve got the option to buy extra plates as you get stronger (as Bernice said earlier). That normally works out cheaper and a single pair also takes up less space than a set of, say, six to eight separate pairs.

Not knowing your current strength level it’s hard to know what to recommend weight-wise but buying an adjustable set with a top weight of 20-25kg (each dumbbell) will probably be enough for starters. You can lift a lot more on compound exercises like bench presses and rows than on isolation moves like bicep curls, and a pair of 20-25kg should provide enough resistance for the presses and rows (unless you’re one of those annoying people who’s naturally freakishly strong).


Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: An tSaoi on March 08, 2021, 06:48:01 PM
Thanks.

It seems there's a lot of terminology I'll have to look up.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Mr_Simnock on March 09, 2021, 02:16:51 AM
Did a 13 mile walk yesterday, felt like nowt. 2 hours 40. leisurely to be fair. I'm not a fat cunt though so that helps. Running is for chumps.




Of course you did
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: poo on March 09, 2021, 09:27:16 AM
I'd like to buy some weights. Not the big strong man thing you see at the Olympics, but those ones, what do you call them, dumbells?

Can anyone recommend what weights to buy - I mean the literal mass in kgs - for a completely inexperienced man with a cookdandbombd physique? I reckon I'd need at least a pair, but the sites I've looked at go from 1kg to 50kg or something. Do I need a range? I've watched a few youtube videos of people explaining all their dumbell exercises, but they never fucking tell you what actual weight they're using.

I don't want to ask on a proper website with normal people. HALP


https://www.sweatband.com/powerblock-sport-50-adjustable-dumbbells-set.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMInK6LzPGi7wIVTdTtCh1ndgrSEAQYBSABEgI3ufD_BwE (https://www.sweatband.com/powerblock-sport-50-adjustable-dumbbells-set.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMInK6LzPGi7wIVTdTtCh1ndgrSEAQYBSABEgI3ufD_BwE)

Perfect dumbbell starter set. Ideal weight range for beginner.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jaydee81 on March 09, 2021, 11:20:28 AM



Of course you did

I've done a few 13 mile walks in lockdown, I've really enjoyed walking over Tower Bridge, then all the way along the Thames Path to the Greenwich tunnel, underneath and back around Rotherhithe. Just looked and I also did a good 15 miler across every bridge along the Thames from Tower Bridge to Battersea Bridge.. 13 bridges. Took a massive chunk out of my day though.

I do like the fact that some people on here are genuinely threatened by people honestly trying to use a lockdown where we can't leave their house apart from to work (if necessary) or to exercise as an opportunity to maybe re-think how they view their fitness and health.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: MojoJojo on March 09, 2021, 11:38:13 AM
Did a 13 mile walk yesterday, felt like nowt. 2 hours 40. leisurely to be fair. I'm not a fat cunt though so that helps. Running is for chumps.

I know you weren't being entirely serious, but being lucky enough to have both a job and kids, I don't have time to do regular 3 hour walks. One of the big benefits of running is it lets you get a lot of exercise in in a short amount of time.

In lot's of other ways it's really not great - a big strain on your joints and it works against developing flexibility. And doesn't do anything for strength.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Fr.Bigley on March 09, 2021, 01:05:20 PM



Of course you did


I'm not even kidding..13 miles is fuck all. I have the benefit of loads of countryside near me so off I went.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Mr_Simnock on March 09, 2021, 02:46:18 PM
13 miles is not the issue (20km) it's your pace, you claim to leisurely walk (roughly 7:40 min per km, that is very fast) at a pace not far off from the average pace of a UK female half marathon runner (6:16 per km pace), your time would be considered respectable for a well trained speed walker. No ones that quick, just drunk pub fantasists. 13 km in 2h 40 thats well within what I could believe.

EDIT: your benny bullshitting again arnt you

Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Fr.Bigley on March 09, 2021, 02:51:46 PM
Im 6'5 I reckon my stride alone would warrant that time and them some. Have away with ye, ye speed walker lover.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Mr_Simnock on March 09, 2021, 02:55:22 PM
your a bostoncrab bullshitter
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Fr.Bigley on March 09, 2021, 03:03:42 PM
your a bostoncrab bullshitter

*You're*
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Huxleys Babkins on March 09, 2021, 03:09:49 PM
Bigley done a Britneydozy (https://www.insider.com/britney-spears-usain-bolts-100-meter-dash-record-instagram-2020-3).
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Fr.Bigley on March 09, 2021, 03:30:06 PM
I am the fastest person on the planet, all you haters can just eat my dusty trainers. I also eat a lot of pies so that's what you call a fitness/fatness anomaly.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 09, 2021, 07:00:12 PM
Week 4 of Couch To 5k. Realised I'd been struggling with some of the longer runs because, in my attempts to keep to the quieter paths, I had been doing at least half of my running uphill. I guess that's why they're the quieter paths, duh. Tried a flatter route today and did much better, found I could run for five minutes no problem, maybe because I had inadvertently been pushing myself a bit further than Coach Johnson asked.

Anyway, five minutes is a decent chunk of the extended edit of Donna Summer's MacArthur Park from the very very gay running mix I put together with Audacity but I'm aiming to get through the whole 18 minutes eventually. Disco is very motivational, I recommend it. Think I'll do a bit of a breakbeat mix for week 5, really enjoying making workout mixes.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: buttgammon on March 09, 2021, 07:17:39 PM
I've been up and down with elevation (pardon the pun) but the hills are definitely taxing. When I was into running before, most of the routes I regularly used would end on the same very steep hill, and it was comfortable enough, but it's best being left until I'm fitter.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on March 09, 2021, 07:26:43 PM
I now add on a run around the block to the start of my run so it ends just before a long uphill. I felt like ending in an uphill was really hurting my calves. Feel much better now plus it has the advantage of walking a little further at the end for the warm down.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on March 09, 2021, 07:36:16 PM
I now add on a run around the block to the start of my run so it ends just before a long uphill. I felt like ending in an uphill was really hurting my calves. Feel much better now plus it has the advantage of walking a little further at the end for the warm down.

I used to start with a steep uphill but I'm changing it to around the block now, and then the steep uphill. Feels better.

There's another steep uphill I do at the end of my run. When I started in January, I knew it would exhaust me and that it would be impossible for me to do it. Now I can do the whole fuckin thing
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on March 09, 2021, 09:47:41 PM
I finished Ring Fit Adventure and now I get to play the levels all over again BUT TOUGHER and the big steroid-arse dragon is now all "C'mon Poirot let's work out"/"Wow that was something, see you down the road".

So that I don't get bored I got myself Just Dance. I thought, that'll be a nice relaxing alternative to Ring Fit Adventure for days when I feel tired/not really arsed.

Thirty seconds into the first dance "UGH GOD HELP ME I FORGOT HOW TIRING DANCING IS"
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: I.D. Smith on March 09, 2021, 09:51:22 PM
Week 4 of Couch To 5k. Realised I'd been struggling with some of the longer runs because, in my attempts to keep to the quieter paths, I had been doing at least half of my running uphill. I guess that's why they're the quieter paths, duh. Tried a flatter route today and did much better, found I could run for five minutes no problem, maybe because I had inadvertently been pushing myself a bit further than Coach Johnson asked.

Anyway, five minutes is a decent chunk of the extended edit of Donna Summer's MacArthur Park from the very very gay running mix I put together with Audacity but I'm aiming to get through the whole 18 minutes eventually. Disco is very motivational, I recommend it. Think I'll do a bit of a breakbeat mix for week 5, really enjoying making workout mixes.

This is a bit like my bit which although isn't particularly hilly to look at on first inspection, feels like a suburbanised Himalayas when you're running about it. I just started Couch to 5k today, and I think I'm going to have to try and work out a flatter route, at least initially, as I don't want my lungs exploding too soon into the program.

I actually had a decent cardio level before Covid, but since lockdown my cardio routine has dropped off a cliff, with only sporadic attempts at running throughout 2020. I think today was my first run since before Christmas and by 'eck I felt it.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Dex Sawash on March 09, 2021, 09:52:33 PM
Is it safe to search "ring fit adventure"
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: olliebean on March 09, 2021, 10:17:11 PM

https://www.sweatband.com/powerblock-sport-50-adjustable-dumbbells-set.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMInK6LzPGi7wIVTdTtCh1ndgrSEAQYBSABEgI3ufD_BwE (https://www.sweatband.com/powerblock-sport-50-adjustable-dumbbells-set.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMInK6LzPGi7wIVTdTtCh1ndgrSEAQYBSABEgI3ufD_BwE)

Perfect dumbbell starter set. Ideal weight range for beginner.

420 quid for a starter set? Fuck off.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 09, 2021, 10:28:41 PM
I was thinking the same. They look pretty snazzy (although I've always preferred barbells) but if I were after dumbbells I'd probably go for something like these:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/2302336507?iid=381536172520

I'm pretty sure I paid less for a squat rack, bench, 185kg of plates and a 20kg 2.2m Olympic bar.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: MojoJojo on March 09, 2021, 11:50:51 PM
I assumed poo was taking the piss.

It can be hard to tell when poo is being silly, as he's normally so serious.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Chedney Honks on March 10, 2021, 06:14:09 AM
your a bostoncrab bullshitter

What the fuck does that mean cunt
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: poo on March 10, 2021, 08:49:40 AM
420 quid for a starter set? Fuck off.

Oh. You asked for advice and this is my recommendation. Throw in a bench too and you're looking at £500 - that's for a complete home gym that will last you the rest of your life. Cracking value I reckon.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: poo on March 10, 2021, 08:52:10 AM
You can go cheap, but there's a good chance you'll tire of the clunky changeovers and general shitty feeling of the kit. With the Powerblocks you'll be looking forward to every session. Spread the cost over a year or two and it's one of the more sensible ways to invest your money.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: poo on March 10, 2021, 08:53:35 AM
I was thinking the same. They look pretty snazzy (although I've always preferred barbells) but if I were after dumbbells I'd probably go for something like these:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/2302336507?iid=381536172520

I'm pretty sure I paid less for a squat rack, bench, 185kg of plates and a 20kg 2.2m Olympic bar.


Total dogshit sorry.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 10, 2021, 09:00:13 AM
The dumbbells I suggested or the tat I bought?

Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: poo on March 10, 2021, 09:08:04 AM
the bells - absolute cank
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 10, 2021, 09:18:24 AM
You could well be right - there’s a load of cheap crap out there (and I’m not a fan of spinlock collars) but I’m sure you could still get a serviceable pair of 20-25kg dumbbells for less than £100.

Still, if you’re happy to spend the money I’m sure the set you recommended will be nicer to use and will last forever.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: MojoJojo on March 10, 2021, 10:07:11 AM
If you're looking for cheap dumbells and can put up with hassle, it's probably worth checking gumtree for them. Like a lot of exercise eqipment, people are often looking to get rid of old sets they bought with good intentions.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on March 10, 2021, 10:12:55 AM
is poo ripped ????
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: thugler on March 10, 2021, 10:21:24 AM
the bells - absolute cank

I mean how does that actually translate though? If they are the right weight and you can grip and lift them without them falling apart who cares?

I have absolute crap cheapo dumbbells I bought approx 10 years ago and they still work, I have to tighten the nut from time to time but that's it. Barbells it's probably a bit more important that they're not so crap sure.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 10, 2021, 10:37:47 AM
... Barbells it's probably a bit more important that they're not so crap sure.

True, but even then you’d probably have to buy really cheap crap before you get problems. The Olympic barbell I bought nearly six years ago looks OK but probably wouldn’t survive the pounding it’d get in a commercial gym. I use it, on average, three times a week for benching, squats, deadlifts (when I can’t find an excuse to not do them), etc. and it’s been absolutely fine (so far).
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Mr_Simnock on March 10, 2021, 02:34:18 PM
What the fuck does that mean cunt

Hows that gaming pub coming along bosto?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 10, 2021, 02:42:20 PM
Hows that gaming pub coming along bosto?

A few weeks ago I had an idea for a gaming steakhouse called "The Emancipation Grill" and thought "Damn, I wish I'd thought of that while Bosto's gaming pub thread was still going", so tjanks for mentioning it, Mr S.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: olliebean on March 10, 2021, 09:51:48 PM
Oh. You asked for advice and this is my recommendation. Throw in a bench too and you're looking at £500 - that's for a complete home gym that will last you the rest of your life. Cracking value I reckon.

If you're looking for something that'll last the rest of your life, fair enough, but maybe don't call it a starter set in that case. "Starter set" implies something simple just to get your started, with the expectation that you'll be buying something better or more comprehensive (and probably more expensive) in the future. Or that you'll try it and decide it isn't for you and you won't have wasted too much money on it.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: poo on March 11, 2021, 07:59:23 AM
You can add more weight. Get the blocks.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: GMTV on March 11, 2021, 10:13:03 AM

https://www.sweatband.com/powerblock-sport-50-adjustable-dumbbells-set.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMInK6LzPGi7wIVTdTtCh1ndgrSEAQYBSABEgI3ufD_BwE (https://www.sweatband.com/powerblock-sport-50-adjustable-dumbbells-set.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMInK6LzPGi7wIVTdTtCh1ndgrSEAQYBSABEgI3ufD_BwE)

Perfect dumbbell starter set. Ideal weight range for beginner.

That's a lot of money for someone just at beginner level wanting to try out lifting some dumbells. Surely be better to buy enough weight for about 10-20kg, and that'll keep you going enough to the point you can decide if its for you or not.

Dumbell set from decathlon, £45.

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/p/weight-training-20-kg-threaded-weights-kit/_/R-p-7449
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jaydee81 on March 11, 2021, 02:27:19 PM
Week 4 of Couch To 5k. Realised I'd been struggling with some of the longer runs because, in my attempts to keep to the quieter paths, I had been doing at least half of my running uphill.

I generally do circuits round my local park. It's about 300m long, so my main problems are passing the same people walking the other way repeatedly, experienced runners flying past me and making me depressed (a guy lapped me 4 times the other day) and the one bit of a ramp I have to go up. God the wind was so strong today, I felt like I was running on the spot at points. But, finished Run 1 of the FINAL WEEK! I think this might be the thing I've done in my life I'm most proud of. I'm really not a runner. I hate running. I've never been able to run. At points today I just wanted to give up and walk. But I didn't. I didn't want to let Michael down and I'm nearly there. God my calves were stiff earlier in the week. I still think I'm off a point where my body is used to doing this.

Anyway, five minutes is a decent chunk of the extended edit of Donna Summer's MacArthur Park from the very very gay running mix I put together with Audacity

Tracklisting please! My highest point running so far was my first 25minute run, a vast chunk of which was taken up by the full mix of I Feel Love. The tempo... the robotic nature... it's a stone cold gay disco running classic!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on March 11, 2021, 02:31:54 PM
If you really want to save some money

(https://imagesvc.meredithcorp.io/v3/mm/image?url=https%3A%2F%2Fstatic.onecms.io%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2Fsites%2F35%2F2019%2F10%2Fhomemade-dumbbells-the-good-mama.jpg)
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Bazooka on March 11, 2021, 02:34:07 PM
If you really want to save some money

(https://imagesvc.meredithcorp.io/v3/mm/image?url=https%3A%2F%2Fstatic.onecms.io%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2Fsites%2F35%2F2019%2F10%2Fhomemade-dumbbells-the-good-mama.jpg)

Drink gallons of spunk and shit your skeleton out?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 11, 2021, 02:45:03 PM
Drink gallons of spunk and shit your skeleton out?

Well the GOMAD (gallon of milk a day) diet is promoted by some as a way to reap maximum benefits when on a strength training programme.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 11, 2021, 02:50:29 PM
Tracklisting please! My highest point running so far was my first 25minute run, a vast chunk of which was taken up by the full mix of I Feel Love. The tempo... the robotic nature... it's a stone cold gay disco running classic!

The running bits are:

Queen - Don't Stop Me Now (practically made for running that one)
Confidence Man - Better Sit Down Boy (my snooker walk-on theme)
Scissor Sisters- Any Which Way
Donna Summer - MacArthur Park (Extended Suite)

Got Kylie's Your Disco Needs You, St. Vincent's Digital Witness and some Bowie slowies for the walking bits.

Might have to do a whole Giorgio Moroder mix at some point, good idea, thanks for the tip. Think I'll do a breakbeat one next, bits of Evil Nine, Tipper, Modeselektor etc. Might do a Kraftwerk one after that. Keep it varied. And fun!

Did Run #2 of Week 4 today. Stayed to completely flat paths and realised what a daft idea it had been to effectively start with hill running. Didn't need my reliever inhaler once. Managed about 1.5K today and felt like I could have done more. Now browsing the Adidas Outlet for moar running shoes. Becoming a bit of an addict and a running bore here, fucksake
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on March 11, 2021, 03:03:54 PM
Drink gallons of spunk and shit your skeleton out?

It's the fitness craze that's sweeping Hollywood.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jaydee81 on March 11, 2021, 03:22:08 PM
Now browsing the Adidas Outlet for moar running shoes. Becoming a bit of an addict and a running bore here, fucksake

I was reading someone say these are great for your knees the other day and it left me thinking where I've reached a point that I'm comfortable spending £250 on running shoes, and whether I'd be happy being mugged and left shoeless.

(https://cdn.sportsshoes.com/product/N/NIK17300/NIK17300_1000_1.jpg)

My dream (Jesus christ I am a running bore and I hate what I've become) is to go into Decathlon and have a cadence test.

Got Kylie's Your Disco Needs You, St. Vincent's Digital Witness and some Bowie slowies for the walking bits.

I had Peaches - Fuck The Pain Away for my 5 minute warm down walk the other day and it was perfect!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on March 11, 2021, 03:45:19 PM
I was thinking of blowing cash on some trainers. I've just circled through Tesco and Primark cheapo shoes and they fall apart relatively quickly. My latest Tesco trainers are on their last legs. Would like to buy something hard-wearing, vegan and with limited use of plastic, and that is actually intended for running. size 10 thx
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Mr_Simnock on March 11, 2021, 03:47:50 PM
I was reading someone say these are great for your knees the other day and it left me thinking where I've reached a point that I'm comfortable spending £250 on running shoes, and whether I'd be happy being mugged and left shoeless.

My dream (Jesus christ I am a running bore and I hate what I've become) is to go into Decathlon and have a cadence test.

I had Peaches - Fuck The Pain Away for my 5 minute warm down walk the other day and it was perfect!

Unless you can do a 5k in under 20 mins, 10 in under 40 mins you shouldn't be spending that much on one pair of running shoes. Just go to sportsshoes.com and have a look at the heavily reduced sales section, you can get £120 trainers reduced way down but they only have specific sizes, I don't bother with anything else.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 11, 2021, 04:20:36 PM
I was thinking of blowing cash on some trainers. I've just circled through Tesco and Primark cheapo shoes and they fall apart relatively quickly. My latest Tesco trainers are on their last legs. Would like to buy something hard-wearing, vegan and with limited use of plastic, and that is actually intended for running. size 10 thx

Ethical trainers? Hmmmmm... ;)

(Brooks and On are good vegan brands apparently)

I like Adidas trainers because they fit my weird long narrow feet, they have nice bouncy soles, they last for ages, and I'm a fuckin' scally.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jaydee81 on March 11, 2021, 04:20:47 PM
Its my knees though. I dont care if I can't run sub 20 minute 5k. I am an old man. My legs hurt. I like the idea of running on two bouncy castles
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 11, 2021, 04:53:27 PM
I started wearing running shoes for work a while ago. I have a non-sedentary job and spend a lot of it walking up and down stairs and along very long corridors and carrying heavy things. After my first week in the job my feet were really tired and sore, so I got myself some memory foam insoles which made a huge difference. By the time they wore out and needed replacing I noticed a lot of people wore bouncy running shoes so instead of new insoles I just got some trainers instead. I have only recently learned how good running shoes are for actual running...

I have two pairs of scally Adidas trainees, both with soles made out of something they like to call Cloudfoam™. Whatever that is it works, the heels are bouncy as fuck.

Been using the Adidas running app and it lets you know when you reach 500km on one pair of Adidas trainers so they can remind you to buy another pair of Adidas trainers. I don't mind though, any excuse.

I'm looking forward to TK Maxx reopening so I can get some more trainers as they always seem to have Adidas running shoes marked down to about £30. While I'm there I'm also going to get some new leggings. I don't like to order leggings online, best to get them from a physical shop so you can be 100% sure they aren't see-through. Going to go for the lairiest patterns I can find too. Was wearing my space leggings today, with a pattern that looks like astronomy photography. They're fun to wear and it's all motivational innit?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: olliebean on March 11, 2021, 05:48:41 PM
500km doesn't seem very far. That's less than 6 months if you only walk a couple of miles a day.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Fr.Bigley on March 11, 2021, 06:02:07 PM
Planned obsolescence innit.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 11, 2021, 06:12:46 PM
I find Adidas trainers last for ages and 500km isn't much, no. I imagine this is more about getting people to buy more trainers more often.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Mr_Simnock on March 11, 2021, 11:40:54 PM
Ethical trainers? Hmmmmm... ;)

(Brooks and On are good vegan brands apparently)

I like Adidas trainers because they fit my weird long narrow feet, they have nice bouncy soles, they last for ages, and I'm a fuckin' scally.

They will be totally fine for joggers with older limbs, spending £250 will get you no noticeable difference when going steady along. I replace mine about every 800-900k and I know when they need replacing, I start to pick up injuries to my ankles and knees, new pairs get rid of that in about a week and then I can get back to my usual routine.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on March 11, 2021, 11:52:30 PM
Schuh?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Mr_Simnock on March 11, 2021, 11:54:37 PM
These should be all you need if you just want support without wasting too much money. (https://www.sportsshoes.com/product/new692942/new-balance-fresh-foam-1080v10-running-shoes-%7E-aw20/#sku-new692942)
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Ray Travez on March 12, 2021, 12:21:20 AM
Drink gallons of spunk and shit your skeleton out?

made me laugh
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 12, 2021, 09:43:07 AM
These should be all you need if you just want support without wasting too much money. (https://www.sportsshoes.com/product/new692942/new-balance-fresh-foam-1080v10-running-shoes-%7E-aw20/#sku-new692942)

See also:

https://www.newbalance.co.uk/outlet/
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Magnum Valentino on March 12, 2021, 10:05:52 AM
Can I ask some questions of experienced runners?

Does there come a stage where it's safe to run daily? My understanding as a (second time) C25K user is that the rest days are critically important, but I don't know if that's only because we're beginners and are developing stamina in incremental stages. I get quite bored having to go back to looooong walks on the days when I 'can't' run just to make up for it. My overall goal ultimately is to be healthy, long term, but I've about two stone to drop before I get there and am trying to do that as quickly as is sensibly possible avoiding mental diets and cleanses and punishment workouts.

My other question is about stretching - I've got a set of nine dynamic warm up stretches and the standard eight that the app recommends for warming down, but occasionally I'll get upper back pain and I'm wondering how to tackle that. Stretching advice seems to focus on avoiding leg pain but I imagine I must be subconsciously tensing up my back when I run.

Once, last year, this resulted in upper trap pain so severe I had to lie on my side for an entire day. Never known pain quite like it.

Any standards to minimise risk of this, either pre- or post- exercise?

Thanks all. Thread has been very encouraging.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on March 12, 2021, 10:16:53 AM
I did a HIIT course called Insanity (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1REvOQCJ7UTWHrvusWqW-B_sKLDFD5St_) that was made for people stronger and more athletic than me, and even that had a rest day once a week.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: MojoJojo on March 12, 2021, 11:01:45 AM
Does there come a stage where it's safe to run daily? My understanding as a (second time) C25K user is that the rest days are critically important, but I don't know if that's only because we're beginners and are developing stamina in incremental stages. I get quite bored having to go back to looooong walks on the days when I 'can't' run just to make up for it. My overall goal ultimately is to be healthy, long term, but I've about two stone to drop before I get there and am trying to do that as quickly as is sensibly possible avoiding mental diets and cleanses and punishment workouts.

The problem with not having rest days is it doesn't double your rate of improvement and more than doubles your risk of injury. It will also lead to faster burnout. I think you need to be patient and just get the running habit established. There will come a point when running isn't a new and exciting thing and it's very easy to stop running then. You want to get running every few days established as an ingrained habit like brushing your teeth so you don't even have to think about it, you just do it.

Ultra-marathon runners and fitness instructors can do gentle 5ks on their rest days, but that isn't really exercise for them.

Quote
My other question is about stretching - I've got a set of nine dynamic warm up stretches and the standard eight that the app recommends for warming down, but occasionally I'll get upper back pain and I'm wondering how to tackle that. Stretching advice seems to focus on avoiding leg pain but I imagine I must be subconsciously tensing up my back when I run.

Are you carrying a phone/water bottle in your hand while you run? That's something that commonly causes shoulder/upper body pains in new runners.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: buttgammon on March 12, 2021, 11:07:47 AM
If you're used to carrying a phone, it's amazing how much better your posture feels when you don't do it. Since my phone cover came, running has felt much more fluid.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Cuellar on March 12, 2021, 11:09:41 AM
I've always found my right shoulder aching while running/after - I don't carry anything though. I try and relax my shoulders as much as possible but it never really helps.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 12, 2021, 11:09:59 AM
For upper back pain, go on YouTube and search for "yoga for upper back pain" and you'll find plenty of good little stretching workouts to sort you out. Yoga With Adrienne is always good and I'm a fan of The Bad Yogi.

I'm not sure about the cause but carrying something (like a water bottle) in one hand will unbalance you. Not sure how you're supposed to carry one though. I'm only doing short runs atm so just drink plenty of water before and after. What do long distance runners do to stay hydrated?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on March 12, 2021, 11:12:30 AM
I had significant neck pain / a headache and wanted to go to the hospital to make sure I wasn't dying. GP suggested it was actually to do with my posture when working from home and told me to stop sitting on the couch. Also ibuprofen gel and deep heat gel - and you can use ibuprofen gel a lot more than you can take ibuprofen.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: MojoJojo on March 12, 2021, 11:17:57 AM
I'm not sure about the cause but carrying something (like a water bottle) in one hand will unbalance you. Not sure how you're supposed to carry one though. I'm only doing short runs atm so just drink plenty of water before and after. What do long distance runners do to stay hydrated?

You get sort of backpack water bags with a tube to sip from. Some running belts also come with little water bottles, although it's pretty hard to drink from those without stopping.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 12, 2021, 11:41:25 AM
Ah, like a Camelbak type thing?

Just saw something on Amazon called a "hydration bladder". Unfortunate name, that. I also have to wonder how many people buy them for the purposes of smuggling their own drinks into sports events/theatres/hospitals etc.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: MojoJojo on March 12, 2021, 11:57:07 AM
Yes. Although another solution which is what I've done the few times I've gone on longer runs is have a small back pack with a water bottle, keys, wallet etc in. But then I planned toilet stops and stuff, so walking for a bit to get a bottle out of my bag didn't really bother me.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 12, 2021, 12:03:09 PM
I had significant neck pain / a headache and wanted to go to the hospital to make sure I wasn't dying. GP suggested it was actually to do with my posture when working from home and told me to stop sitting on the couch. Also ibuprofen gel and deep heat gel - and you can use ibuprofen gel a lot more than you can take ibuprofen.

Getting a proper desk makes a huge difference if you've been doing most of your work with your laptop on a coffee table, aye.

Also Voltarol (diclofenac) gel is much better than ibuprofen gel. Had an occupational health physiotherapist recommend it to me after I developed an RSI (a pipetting injury, nerdiest injury ever) and it turned out lots of my colleagues also swore by it for their own nerdy injuries.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on March 12, 2021, 12:43:43 PM
I had significant neck pain / a headache and wanted to go to the hospital to make sure I wasn't dying. GP suggested it was actually to do with my posture when working from home and told me to stop sitting on the couch. Also ibuprofen gel and deep heat gel - and you can use ibuprofen gel a lot more than you can take ibuprofen.

God, if sitting on the couch and working is bad, I can't imagine what working from home while lying in bed for the past 10 years has done to me...
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on March 12, 2021, 01:24:15 PM
Over the course of 2020, while working from home mainly from the sofa, I found that my hands, arms or legs started going numb from time to time, and that when this happened no amount of getting up and jiggling would wake them up again. It was ignorable but disconcerting.

I had a blood test (possible vitamin deficiency, or anemia or something) but nothing came up. Saw a physio, he told me to buy a proper desk and a chair, and I've had no problems since.

I always wonder how much of this is the placebo effect but there you go.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Magnum Valentino on March 12, 2021, 01:47:19 PM
I'm only doing short runs atm so just drink plenty of water before and after. What do long distance runners do to stay hydrated?

Drinking water after is like relief from heaven but doing so before makes me all heavy and bouncy in the tum, which is fucking horrible.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Drygate on March 13, 2021, 09:12:04 AM
Anyone going to try a keto diet to survive covid?

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0899900721000988

Seems a bit extreme to me.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Magnum Valentino on March 13, 2021, 09:27:10 AM
You get to drink butter coffee on a keto diet, which is one thing I miss from when I got all fat last summer. Putting butter and oil in my coffee because Jim Carrey showed it to Norm Macdonald.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on March 13, 2021, 09:37:00 PM
The running bits are:

Queen - Don't Stop Me Now (practically made for running that one)
Confidence Man - Better Sit Down Boy (my snooker walk-on theme)
Scissor Sisters- Any Which Way
Donna Summer - MacArthur Park (Extended Suite)


I really enjoyed going through all of the Queen albums when I started running as I hadn't long before bought the three CD sets. Gave me motivation to push on a bit more and run a bit longer so I made it to the end of each album. Also gained a new appreciation for their early stuff as I have always been more a fan of their later stuff (the last three albums are still my favourite, mind).

Of all the Queen songs, I found Keep Yourself Alive was the best running song.

Drinking water after is like relief from heaven but doing so before makes me all heavy and bouncy in the tum, which is fucking horrible.

I just have a little swig before the run. Don't take water with me for anything 6 miles or less.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on March 15, 2021, 10:53:41 PM
Gf presented me with a very late birthday present of a hip flask from Salomon that goes on a belt thing that can also hold your mobile phone. Used it for the first time today and it's a game changer. It's like the difference between being on a leash or off a leash.

I don't know how great Salomon are but my gf is definitely the kind of person to do the research. Usually I would always stay within a few blocks of my house and leave a big bottle of water hidden in the front garden. Now I've got the water on my hip it really feels like the world is my oyster. Currently in the second-biggest park in town and they've got those outdoor gym machines. Last week I was doing exercises on children's monkey bars that are about 60 yards from.my home.

Oh and I got a brand of shoes based on nought more than the recommendation of someone itt and my gut feelings about the product on the website. I got Fresh Foam Arishi v3 trainers and they cost £75 with delivery. I've spent more on boots but this is far and away the most I recall ever paying on trainers.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: thugler on March 16, 2021, 08:02:21 AM
You really don't need to drink anything if you're not running for an hour plus at a time. When doing this i would usually hide a bottle of water somewhere safe to come and glug from.

Shoe wise, i prefer a more minimalistic design (but not those dumb glove things either) with no big heel, seems to have reduced injuries a fair bit and some of the shoes lasted me years and well over 1000 miles.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: amateur on March 16, 2021, 08:11:15 AM
I've never been able to drink water while running, tried doing it on an organised 10K and it threw me right off. Forgot how to swallow.

I did a very low impact half marathon and didn't need to drink at any point, but that might just be me.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Norton Canes on March 16, 2021, 09:19:35 AM
Cycled to our office on campus yesterday lunchtime for the first time in months. I'd forgotten what a great commute it is - 5k, mostly flat with a couple of gentle uphill stretches - no wonder I was much fitter this time last year having done that five times a week over most of winter. Irregular half-hours on the rollers this winter haven't been anywhere near enough to compensate.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on March 16, 2021, 09:47:49 AM
Also there have been a few people itt who seem to be saying that they only run, and it's no good for weight training, etc.

I was familiar with hiit training, especially through that Insanity course I linked earlier, so I mix up a bunch of different 'circuits'. Like I might do squat jumps for a bit, and then belt kicks for a bit, and do mountain-climbers, and high knees with arms outstretched, and I've got those weights that you strap around your wrists. And when you're exhausted from running, you can flick to one of the other exercises and work on some other muscles while your calves recover. I look like The Ministry of Silly Walks though.

Was out for way more than an hour yesterday because of that water bottle.

Sad to learn that my Google Maps Timeline is almost always logging my exercise as walking rather than running.  (https://www.google.com/maps/timeline)
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on March 16, 2021, 11:10:32 AM
This guy does great workout vids, most of it without the use of gym equipment, sometimes using cheap improvisations like 50lb sandbag in a backpack. And he's Russian so you know it's gonna be the real deal

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_nfjMmJlJXrhl2xbP9wgRA/videos
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Hank_Kingsley on March 18, 2021, 03:55:15 PM
I was lucky enough to already have a weight bench and dumbbells before lockdown (because I dread the idea of going to gyms and having burly men laugh at my small penis) and now I've been using it...properly? it's been great. I've lost over a stone and am at a healthy body weight waist size now.

The real game-changers have been: i) volume training, basically doing 10x10 reps at 60% of your max (this has made my tits huge, no lie) ii) the Farmers Walk, picking up the heaviest weights you can, and walking back and forth in your garage/garden/front room until you can't. It's great if you don't like to think too much about things. iii) goblet squats, I could never get the hang of squatting with a bar but holding a heavy dumbbell like you're holding a chalice chest oddly feels quite natural. You can crank out the goblins (as I call 'em) at quite the volume and get a nice taut bum that will be the envy of all your mates.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: All Surrogate on March 18, 2021, 08:18:08 PM
For goodness' sake, post some flexing pics, guys!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 18, 2021, 08:27:26 PM
Hahahaha... maybe if you post some more pretty pictures in the all-new PHWOARGH thread!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on March 18, 2021, 08:35:29 PM
I was going to share a cringeworthy pic of myself with no shirt on looking sexy (taken 5 years ago) amongst all that phwoarr thread malarkey but I couldn't think of the time nor the place.  I had it on my Tinder profile back then and my gf says it almost made her swipe left.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: shiftwork2 on March 18, 2021, 09:02:00 PM
Anyone remember small world?  That guy was ripped, and he showed us his pecs and the whole lot actually.  Sort of like me before I let myself go.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 18, 2021, 09:07:57 PM
For goodness' sake, post some flexing pics, guys!

(https://i.postimg.cc/QCVZSLjK/EA08-C347-AA14-41-FE-82-B9-79375-B66-AE19.jpg)

This was a few years ago. I look nothing like this now.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Dex Sawash on March 18, 2021, 09:30:16 PM

small_world linked to an image of himself wearing the penis extension from the penis extension thread but I was scared to (c)lick on it.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 20, 2021, 11:35:31 AM
Successfully completed my Donna Summer Challenge yesterday! Managed 20 minutes, 2.69km, without stopping, soundtracked by the extended edit of MacArthur Park bookended with some Kraftwerk and Quincey Jones. I may not be going too fast but that's a massive deal for me and my crappy little lungs, I'm actually really proud of myself!

Is running really not all that good for strength? My legs seem to be getting firmer, more so than when I was doing loads of cycling last year.

Gf presented me with a very late birthday present of a hip flask from Salomon that goes on a belt thing that can also hold your mobile phone. Used it for the first time today and it's a game changer. It's like the difference between being on a leash or off a leash.

Just looked these up and they look very handy, might order one as I went for a bit of a hike round Arthur's Seat the other day and really fancy going for a nice long run there as soon as my crappy little lungs are a bit less little and less crappy.

Fucksake, I'm a running bore and it only took six weeks. Plus a load of corticosteroids, but still, arrrgghhh.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on March 23, 2021, 10:54:57 AM
Scales this morning said 12st 13! This makes my BMI 25.2, and it's supposed to be 25 at the most. First time it's dropped under 13st for many years. Starting weight was 14st 2.

I would've potentially shared a before and after pic with you all but I don't take many pictures of myself. I'm not sure if anyone took any pictures at Christmas when I would've been around my highest weight. Annoyingly, I also dieted and exercised intensely over a period of about two months last Summer, and there are plenty of photos around then. I guess that's yo-yo dieting. Gotta maintain it this time. Plan is to get to about 12st 5 so I've got a bit of wiggle-room and then keep a close eye on my weight so it doesn't go over 12 10.

Here's the cringy pic I was talking about before. I was probably about 12st 6 or 7 in this.

(https://i.imgur.com/MumhG8R.png)


Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on March 23, 2021, 10:58:25 AM
Congrats. I've been calorie-counting for 2 months now and the overall trajectory is very much correct - ie, down - but it's maddening how up-and-down it is. Hit a new low three days ago but I've managed to gain a kilogram since then apparently. Before that I was stuck at more or less the same weight for almost 2 weeks.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on March 23, 2021, 11:01:59 AM
I like to weigh myself after a big shit or two just to feel like I've lost an extra pound. In the scheme of things it doesn't make a difference but every little helps.

Won't be posting hot nudes here like JaDanketies though
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Rich Uncle Skeleton on March 23, 2021, 01:23:45 PM
like a lot of people I thought this was going to be the year to get myself sorted. however due to a mix of being fairly ill yet not taking care of myself food wise I've got more on my face and a belly on the go but I can still see my ribs through my skin. looks really weird to me!
i thought the whole lot of me would just have blobbed out. shows what i know about the human body but think i'm going to have to just make myself get out and about again
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 23, 2021, 03:16:10 PM
Looking forward to the first workout in months where I’ll be able to open the garage door and let some natural light in. It just feels better exercising in daylight with a breeze blowing through than in a closed garage lit by a single bulb.

Perhaps my spirits will be sufficiently lifted that I’ll actually start the cardio training I’ve promised to do for the last decade. Probably won’t though.

Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: thugler on March 26, 2021, 09:49:15 AM
Got back into strength training (mainly bodyweight stuff) and have been quite good about keeping to a routine which I spread out over the day quite casually. Have beaten pretty much every personal best I had. Running has gone absolutely to shit though, I don't know if this is a consequence of the strength training, but I feel like I've completely lost the knack for it, even shorter distances are a bit of a slog at the moment. Along with that I seem to be incapable of drinking anymore, 2 beers and I have an awful hangover, what the fuck is that all about!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on March 26, 2021, 10:16:37 AM
Going back on the sertraline has made me so drowsy I am struggling to even walk. Hope that fucks off sharpish.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Kankurette on March 26, 2021, 08:41:25 PM
I fucking hate running but I do walk a lot, even though it's a major fibro trigger. I went for a long walk with one of my aunties, who lives near me and who I hadn't seen for a while, the other day and was in agony the next day. Was worth it though.

I will be over the moon when my gym is back open tbh. I love going on the different machines and doing weights with my iPod on.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on March 26, 2021, 09:09:23 PM
Got jeered at by two different people when I went for my run tonight. I think this is the first time anyone has jeered at me, and it happened twice. COVID restrictions obv.

Second guy was actually driving past on a smartphone making like 'yeaaah' noises, which I enthusiastically made back at him. can't imagine that going viral mate
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 26, 2021, 09:30:56 PM
Think I might go back to doing a couple of BodyPump classes per week once the gyms reopen. My brain finds weight training boring as fuck but my body evidently likes it as I tend to gain muscle pretty easily. BodyPump works for me because it's basically weight training with rhythmic music to make it not boring.

Used to do a class called Pound which uses drumsticks but Pound is basically lo-fi Beat Saber so I don't think I'll be bothering with that again. Could be tempted to do a Pound class with Chuck Tingle as the instructor.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Schrodingers Cat on March 27, 2021, 10:55:13 AM
Just ran my first ever (unofficial) half marathon this morning (21.2km). At 6:16 per km the pace was (and let's be fair to me) piss-poor. But given that at the start of February I couldn't run the 3.5km to the next village, I'm pretty pleased with myself. Well, I will be soon. Right now everything hurts and I want to die.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Mr_Simnock on March 29, 2021, 03:24:07 PM
.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on March 29, 2021, 03:31:05 PM
I thought you were an egg chaser SC? Aren't you pretty fit anyway? Never played rugby proper but in school the amount of strength needed was much more than football because of the wide range of movement in rucking, scrumming, tackling etc but unsure if that means you'd need a high cardio level but assume so.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jobotic on March 29, 2021, 03:57:38 PM
Just ran my first ever (unofficial) half marathon this morning (21.2km). At 6:16 per km the pace was (and let's be fair to me) piss-poor. But given that at the start of February I couldn't run the 3.5km to the next village, I'm pretty pleased with myself. Well, I will be soon. Right now everything hurts and I want to die.

The barely slower than I run 10km. Couple of friends have entered a half-marathon in June. Tempted but I'll be miles behind them.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Mr_Simnock on March 29, 2021, 05:21:40 PM
Just ran my first ever (unofficial) half marathon this morning (21.2km). At 6:16 per km the pace was (and let's be fair to me) piss-poor. But given that at the start of February I couldn't run the 3.5km to the next village, I'm pretty pleased with myself. Well, I will be soon. Right now everything hurts and I want to die.

Would love to know the training regime for this rather rapid increase in distance for just about 7 weeks. Most half marathon courses require about 6 months at least and that your already a runner.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 29, 2021, 06:07:23 PM
I seem to recall SC had some kind of injury or illness a while back. Could be like how I had a chest infection in January and have gone from being unable to walk to the shops without wheezing to running 3.33K just now. My physical crapness wasn't entirely down to lack of fitness.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on March 29, 2021, 07:40:22 PM
I ran to Anfield and back a couple of weeks ago. It is just under three miles there and then I took a detour so it was a little over three miles back. The day after, I pulled up and had completely fucked my right calf. I knew Sleepers Hill was steep but not that bad.

Been working on stretching and recovering these last couple of weeks to get back up to speed and fully recovered. I'm running five miles a day now but I'm stopping four miles in to walk up a steep hill and then stopping again a half a mile later for another hill. Basically just trying to avoid any steep hills while I am recovering (and maybe long term). Two of the three times I have pulled up with an injury, it has come right after a steep hill.

Also considering buying a bike. I'm thinking maybe riding for two days a week instead of running might allow myself some recovery time whilst still exercising. Seen one that is £220 on Halfords which looks tempting.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Mr_Simnock on March 29, 2021, 07:53:23 PM
I ran to Anfield and back a couple of weeks ago. It is just under three miles there and then I took a detour so it was a little over three miles back. The day after, I pulled up and had completely fucked my right calf. I knew Sleepers Hill was steep but not that bad.

Been working on stretching and recovering these last couple of weeks to get back up to speed and fully recovered. I'm running five miles a day now but I'm stopping four miles in to walk up a steep hill and then stopping again a half a mile later for another hill. Basically just trying to avoid any steep hills while I am recovering (and maybe long term). Two of the three times I have pulled up with an injury, it has come right after a steep hill.

Also considering buying a bike. I'm thinking maybe riding for two days a week instead of running might allow myself some recovery time whilst still exercising. Seen one that is £220 on Halfords which looks tempting.

If you don't stop exercising everyday your injuries will never go away, over training/exercising is so easily done. Great to see your doing stretching etc but give your bod a rest once a week, don't worry about stopping to walk if its a steep/big hill, even the very best hill runners do that in a race if it's steep.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on March 29, 2021, 07:56:10 PM
Went out for a walk after a week in the depressed trough and it was great. I just wish it were empty. Passing hundreds of people gabbing and letting their dogs wander and shit everywhere and taking up the path with their prams and in groups makes me so anxious and irritable. I just want to listen to the river and birds and get some steps in without waking up at silly o clock or getting mugged in the dark.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on March 29, 2021, 09:02:39 PM
If you don't stop exercising everyday your injuries will never go away, over training/exercising is so easily done. Great to see your doing stretching etc but give your bod a rest once a week, don't worry about stopping to walk if its a steep/big hill, even the very best hill runners do that in a race if it's steep.

Oh I did rest to recover. Between the 18th through to the 22nd, I only ran around 2 miles and that was just to see how I was feeling.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Schrodingers Cat on March 29, 2021, 10:33:07 PM
I thought you were an egg chaser SC? Aren't you pretty fit anyway? Never played rugby proper but in school the amount of strength needed was much more than football because of the wide range of movement in rucking, scrumming, tackling etc but unsure if that means you'd need a high cardio level but assume so.

Hahahahah. Ahahahahah. Ha. No. You’d think so wouldn’t you? I think you may well be overestimating the level of rugby I play at. My complete lack of fitness is the usual given reason for why I play at a second team level not first team. It will be interesting to see if/how that changes now I can probably match most other players physically. If nothing else after losing so much weight I will have to adapt how I play as I can no longer get away with just being bigger than my opposite number. I’m tons fitter and lighter than I was - just how that translates to pace/mobility/acceleration/etc remains to be seen. As does how I will cope in the contact area. Look forward to finding out though soon!

Would love to know the training regime for this rather rapid increase in distance for just about 7 weeks. Most half marathon courses require about 6 months at least and that your already a runner.

Run. And run and run and run. Are you running right now? No? Go running. Plus weight loss. Turns out running is so much easier at 86kg than 110kg. Who knew?! Being a rugby player probably does help. I have the base fitness just below the surface. In all honesty I probably tried the half marathon a bit early all thing considered. I needed to walk some of the uphill sections towards the end after running into a strong headwind for about 6k, which nearly killed me. But still got round in about 2h13 (6:13/km) so clearly didn’t walk too much as my usual 15k pace is around 5:30/km. I remember Eddie Izzard when she 1st started doing her running stuff saying there was a point where your brain seems to realise you can actually run more than you think. Like you are suddenly aware we have evolved for millions of years to be able to run, not just sit around all day. I think that happened for me when I went from struggling to run 4K, to the 1st time running 10k without stopping in one leap. I completed my 7k circuit for the 1st time and just decided to keep going! :)

I seem to recall SC had some kind of injury or illness a while back. Could be like how I had a chest infection in January and have gone from being unable to walk to the shops without wheezing to running 3.33K just now. My physical crapness wasn't entirely down to lack of fitness.

Not that I can remember? I started running because I’d injured my shoulder (still not recovered btw!) and couldn’t lift weights anymore. Unless by “illness” you are referring to my homosexuality? You monster. :)

In all honesty, the biggest thing has just been going from looking like this:
(https://i.imgur.com/AYnD2d8.jpg) That’s me on the left) (https://i.imgur.com/iWBVVaJ.jpg)

To this:
(https://i.imgur.com/3QYNPDX.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/dmSdSqQ.jpg)

Still not a looker, but can’t have everything, eh?

Anyone else prepared to share progress pics? ;)
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Rich Uncle Skeleton on March 29, 2021, 10:50:23 PM
Great stuff! Nice one
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 29, 2021, 11:09:19 PM
Not that I can remember? I started running because I’d injured my shoulder (still not recovered btw!) and couldn’t lift weights anymore. Unless by “illness” you are referring to my homosexuality? You monster. :)

Ah yes, it was the shoulder. Think I had that in mind when I was reading the discussions of how running with a phone or water bottle in your hand can unbalance you and cause shoulder problems. I wasn't referring to your gaiety, unless you were running with a copy of Gay Times or a Lady Gaga CD in your hand ;)

Struggling with injury a bit myself here. Had a flare-up of the ol' hip bursitis and when I'm running it's slowing me down. Feeling like a right old woman now. Just tried lying down with a hot water bottle under my hip until I consulted Dr Google and read that you really shouldn't do that and you should get an ice pack instead, so I've ordered some of those reusable gel pack things. Also got some Deep Freeze spray which is surprisingly effective but the mint aroma is distractingly strong. Might just try using that before a run and definitely not before bed, don't want a minty bed.

Bursitis is a fucker. Resting doesn’t really help and somehow makes it worse, got to keep moving but not too much. As you suggest losing weight would probably help. Been trying to get a bit less Bargearse but the scales are shifting very slowly. My clothes feel looser though so I guess that's something!

Nice one on the weight loss yourself, you're looking great, well done!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: thugler on March 30, 2021, 12:02:09 PM
Would love to know the training regime for this rather rapid increase in distance for just about 7 weeks. Most half marathon courses require about 6 months at least and that your already a runner.

I'd say if you're not completely new to exercise, 6 months is about twice as long as you would need. Once you can run 10 miles you can definitely do the half, even if not at a good pace.

Ooh, and anyone suffering with injuries should definitely invest in a foam roller. Super effective for back/neck/legs/hips whatever really.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on March 30, 2021, 01:21:10 PM
Ooh, and anyone suffering with injuries should definitely invest in a foam roller. Super effective for back/neck/legs/hips whatever really.

Clean forgot I had a foam roller right here! Will get it out and have a roll about on it now. Cheers!

Yes, foam rollers are bloody lovely, especially on sore thighs.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: MojoJojo on March 30, 2021, 02:56:44 PM
Hmmm, I didn't remember the music getting a bit odd in week 6 of C25K

(it's really only the starts that are a bit less bland).
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 30, 2021, 07:26:33 PM
Oops! After patting myself on the back last week, thinking I was still pushing some reasonable weight for a man of my advanced years, I very nearly got pinned under the bar this evening - something that hasn’t happened since I was in my early twenties and still prone to trying to impress my mates. The thing is, I train on my own and wasn’t trying to prove anything.

That’s it then: the not-so-slow slide into decrepitude. :(
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: mothman on April 01, 2021, 03:15:08 PM
So at the start of last year I was feeling pretty rubbish. Overweight - 17.5 stone - with a resting heart rate in the 80s most of the time. So I went on a diet. I calorie controlled and walked everywhere, and lost more than a stone and a half.

And then lockdown happened. The strict calorie counting went out the window - just making sure we had food in the house was the main thing. But I started walking more to allow for that, usually going out at night when it was quiet and dark and still, nobody out there but me and the foxes. I probably still put on some weight, but I wasn’t really watching what I ate at all.

And then I had a gout attack. The walking went out the window with it being autumn also a factor. And then Christmas, you know the score...

So here I was again a year later, feeling rubbish. So as soon as the new year was past, back on the wagon. About 1200 calories a day max, and at least 30mins walking a day (more often, 20mins at lunchtime 20 at night). I don’t know how much I weighed at the start (I couldn’t face it) but now, after 3 months, I’m 15 stone 3, 4lbs away from my step goal (14 11, or 95kg, chosen because it’s halfway between my last target of 100kg and my ultimate - for now - goal of 90kg).

And I feel great. I hope to start using the rowing machine soon but we have builders in and there’s no room to set it up. I’m down to a 34” waist and might be looking at 32” as soon as I can get into a clothes shop and try some on. I’m just... thinner. Than I have been in decades. My neck is thinner. Before I was straining the buttons on 17.5” collar dress shirts (granted they were tailored fit), I must be a 17 now or maybe even a 16.5. Can I keep this up? I hope so. 90kg would take me out of the obese BMI to being merely overweight. To not be in the overweight BMI, for my height I’d need to get down to 78kg. That’d be like losing a third of my body weight from my high point (which was the best part of a decade ago, but still). I’ll have to see how it goes...
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on April 01, 2021, 03:25:27 PM
1200 calories a day? Wouldnt you go into starvation mode there?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: mothman on April 01, 2021, 03:39:39 PM
I don’t know. For one thing I’m not convinced by either how many calories FitBit says I’m burning, nor by how accurately I’m recording my intake (however accurate *and honest* I try to be). So realistically it’s probably more like 1500 to 1800. I don’t know for certain, so I use the 1200 as a guideline.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on April 01, 2021, 05:27:32 PM
So here I was again a year later, feeling rubbish. So as soon as the new year was past, back on the wagon. About 1200 calories a day max, and at least 30mins walking a day (more often, 20mins at lunchtime 20 at night). I don’t know how much I weighed at the start (I couldn’t face it) but now, after 3 months, I’m 15 stone 3, 4lbs away from my step goal (14 11, or 95kg, chosen because it’s halfway between my last target of 100kg and my ultimate - for now - goal of 90kg).

A few years ago, I lost loads of weight (by mistake!) and looked completely different, but over the 2020 lockdown I gained some of it back.

I've been calorie counting for 2 months - 1700 a day, as recommended by apps based on my age, weight, height etc - and have lost 7.5kg so far. I'd recommend calorie counting to anyone - it's surprisingly easy to do these days, with phone apps, and even more surprisingly it hasn't required me making much sacrifice. It's just made me pay more attention to what I eat. I rarely end the day feeling hungry, and I still get to scoff chocolate every day. It becomes a game of strategising, like deciding what to pack in your suitcase.

On top of that, I've been walking for about 2 hours every day. I'm lucky in that I enjoy walking anyway, and as previously documented in this thread to everyone's horror I have scheduled regular calls with friends, which makes the strolls fly by. According to my Apple Watch I burn around 400 calories on a typical walk, which then gets added to my calorie budget (so I'm really eating around 2100 calories a day).

I'm not too concerned about how accurate all this is - every day the scale goes up a bit or down a bit, but it has added up to a good rate of weight loss overall so far and I intend to keep it up. As I said earlier in the thread, collecting data on your weight each day is a really good thing to do, because after only a few weeks you start to get a clear picture about whether it's working. If you don't do that, you're still in the dark.

I'll agree with others that 1200 sounds very low to me, and if you read the weight loss Reddit subreddit, the conventional wisdom is that this is too low. Try not to be too hard on yourself - if you create a calorie deficit, even a small one, you will lose weight.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on April 01, 2021, 05:37:17 PM
I've been calorie counting for 2 months - 1800 a day, as recommended by apps based on my age, weight, height etc - and have lost 7.5kg so far. I'd recommend calorie counting to anyone - it's surprisingly easy to do these days, with phone apps, and even more surprisingly it hasn't required me making much sacrifice. It's just made me pay more attention to what I eat. I rarely end the day feeling hungry, and I still get to scoff chocolate every day. It becomes a game of strategising, like deciding what to pack in your suitcase.

Absolutely. I started a bit too low (1250 initially which is bad for a man) but I guess I had a lot of weight to lose at the start of 2020. Your body then becomes very adept at working on lower calories. Even on days you feel a little bit extra hungry, an extra 100 calories won't be the end of the world and it really works (usually a packet of low calorie crisps or two muesli bars).

I need to get back in the swing of things. I've just let everything go these past couple of months and have probably put on a fair bit of weight. If it wasn't for the large amount of exercise that I do most days, I'd really have piled on badly. What I've found more than anything is that when I've eaten a large amount in a day, it doesn't satiate me the way it would when I was mostly on a lower calorie (1500-2000) diet. Four months ago, I would eat a huge pizza and not be hungry till the same time the next day whereas now I can find myself getting hungry within a few hours after eating.

Hoping work settles down a bit and I can feel a little less stressed so I can get back to calorie counting. I'm hoping to be down to a reasonable BMI for my trip in September.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: mothman on April 01, 2021, 06:25:58 PM
Thanks both. Food for thought! Like I say, I do take some of the calorific values with a pinch of (low sodium) salt; I just assume that if it’s wrong, then at least it’s consistently wrong! For example: I find that when I scan a barcode with the FitBit app, quite often it’ll recognise the item but contradict the calorie count for the given portion size - usually under, oddly. So I’ll find myself increasing the portion size to bring the app count in line with the packaging’s. Like, putting in “1.25 servings” when actually I only had one.

I presume nutritional content can change over time as ingredients change, hence the disparity. Maybe I just need to use a better app! But right now this one is working for me, so why bother?

And as popcorn says, calorie counting IS easy and IT WORKS! I eat so much more fruit & veg. And thus less meat. I tend to avoid bread and potatoes altogether; very little rice (and in carefully measured amounts). When I was being really strict, I ate a lot of courgetti; now, I’ve found that a mix of courgetti with (again, a measured amount of) spaghetti works really well - it’s nice, and it’s filling. I eat a lot of stir-fry veg, and my go-to bulk food item is cabbage (savoy or white) stir-fried with some chilli flakes. I’ll have it with almost anything.

And, a KFC Zinger ricebox? 510 cals. I’m having one tonight, I’ve worked hard moving stuff around at home and, gosh darn it, I deserve it! 👍
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on April 01, 2021, 06:34:23 PM

And, a KFC Zinger ricebox? 510 cals. I’m having one tonight, I’ve worked hard moving stuff around at home and, gosh darn it, I deserve it! 👍

Fucking hell, there's a KFC round the corner from me. That's dinner sorted.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: mothman on April 01, 2021, 07:44:27 PM
It will transform your (dieting) life! In fact, I allowed myself a regular popcorn chicken with it. Because I could.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Ray Travez on April 02, 2021, 01:29:02 PM
1200 calories a day? Wouldnt you go into starvation mode there?

There's a lot of myths/ misinformation about 'starvation mode'. Starvation is serious. Your body is consuming its organs for food (having exhausted all supplies of energy from fat and muscle), and you are about to die.

Going a few days or weeks without food, or below the amount of calories you need will put you into ketosis, not starvation. Your body burns some muscle at first, then transitions to mostly burning fat for energy (protein-sparing phase). Internal organs are not affected; the heart muscle is not at risk.

Most people can go at least forty days without food, and not enter 'starvation mode.' Obviously I'm not recommending this. There's a documented case of a very overweight man who went a full year without eating.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angus_Barbieri%27s_fast)

Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on April 02, 2021, 01:32:13 PM
Sorry yeah by starvation mode I mean you are losing muscle instead of fat and dont have the energy to function. And that the more muscle you have the more calories you burn so you should try and keep a 500 calorie deficit.

I may give fasting another go though for a few days.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: mothman on April 02, 2021, 06:26:35 PM
Yeah I’ve never felt like I was wasting away or couldn’t function.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on April 02, 2021, 07:09:37 PM
Even when I was eating 1250 calories a day, I never felt lacking in energy. I didn't do any exercise at the time aside from walking though.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on April 02, 2021, 07:11:43 PM
Well I suppose I'm going to try 1200 a day then and see what happens.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on April 02, 2021, 11:12:31 PM
I wouldn't recommend it. Do 1500 and a little exercise if you want to go to the very bottom of what you can.

If you must do 1200, then try and be very careful about the nutrition. I tried to maximise the amount of protein I had which included a protein shake per day.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on April 02, 2021, 11:14:40 PM
Yeah it just sounds like a recipe for misery really, and totally unnecessary unless you're going for one of those body-transformation roles and hoping for an Oscar.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Ray Travez on April 02, 2021, 11:34:52 PM
Sorry yeah by starvation mode I mean you are losing muscle instead of fat and dont have the energy to function.

No worries. I wanted to clarify because some people think you go into starvation mode if you miss a meal or two. I know that's not what you meant :)

It's a topic I'm very interested in. Done a lot of fasts, of various lengths.

My current interest is something called sportfasting. Not sure of the specific protocol, but it involves fasting plus exercise. It sounds similar to what I do when I go to Tenerife- a lot of walking on rough terrain, then eating in the evening, one meal, low fat, mostly fruit. Seem to be able to lose fat whilst also gaining muscle. I wouldn't exactly call it 'fun', but I like the effect, I enjoy the process that my body goes through. Bit like a boot camp. I arrive unfit and leave a lot better, less flabby.

Very easy for me to lose control of my eating. Pisses me off. Can make a lot of gains, and then eat badly for a fortnight and I'm back where I started.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on April 02, 2021, 11:38:35 PM
My current interest is something called sportfasting. Not sure of the specific protocol, but it involves fasting plus exercise.

sounds like an absolute fucking nightmare.

I gobble a Wispa every day.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on April 03, 2021, 12:12:33 AM

I gobble a Wispa every day.

They are only 200 calories. When I'm sticking to 1500 calories, I allow myself a bar of something which is usually a Wispa Gold or a Dairy Milk Oreo bar.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Ray Travez on April 03, 2021, 12:42:41 AM
sounds like an absolute fucking nightmare.

heheh! Oh absolutely

I don't mind it when I'm away on my own though. Full liberty to become a grumpy underfed bastard without it affecting anyone else.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: mothman on April 03, 2021, 12:47:59 PM
What James said. My margin for error means I’m likely at least 1500 a day. I’m sure there are days when I’ve hit 1200 (or lower) but not commonly.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Schrodingers Cat on April 03, 2021, 02:59:58 PM
Well, if we’re playing that game...

Last year I was intermittent fasting, so only one meal per day, but not paying that much attention to what I was eating, and making sure to have one big meal a day. Since Xmas, I stepped up my exercise a lot, so didn’t feel like that was viable any more. So since then, been calorie counting and been doing about 1700 calories plus any exercise. So typically ends up being about 2000-2400 most days (still at a deficit). The day I did the half marathon ended up at about 3000 calories because I’d burned so much running. That’s all resulted in losing an average of 1kg pr week.

ETA: once I lose a couple more kg’s, and my shoulder has recovered, I then plan to up my calorie intake, probably by about 1000 (!) and try to put on lean muscle back to about 90kg (then maybe trim back down a bit if needed), then maintain.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: mothman on April 04, 2021, 12:52:19 AM
That’s really good, well done!

I’m kinda scared of doing exercise. I’m worried I’ll injure myself (knees and feet are fucked already, doesn’t take much to put me out of action for a week). My wife has a rowing machine, I used it some last year but did end up knackering my back a bit. Just got to take a deep breath and do it, I guess.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Kankurette on April 04, 2021, 10:43:34 PM
My knees are killing me, but it was a lovely sunny day, so it was worth it. Went for a walk to Platt Fields Park and back. Loads of families there enjoying the sunshine.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: good times on April 05, 2021, 06:47:33 PM
I managed to improve my body shape during the past 12 months by focusing mainly on weight lifting and diet rather than cardio. I weigh pretty much exactly the same as I did a year ago but look and feel in better shape. I still do a bit of cardio but mainly just as a mood improver, or to allow me to be a bit greedier on certain days.

I'm annoyed at myself for leaving it until my mid thirties to start properly learning about nutrition and exercise, it's much more difficult getting in shape now than it would have been at 21.

I'm still only figuring stuff out, like last summer I was on a never ending diet and getting way too skinny but still with unwanted body fat which I couldn't shift, which was really fucking frustrating.

After a bit more research that I found out (to my surprise, although it seems obvious now) that I basically needed to start upping my calories and lifting to build some muscle for a few months before cutting calories and maintaining the lifting routine, to make sure I lost fat and held onto most of the muscle I'd added. It was ace being able to eat basically as much as I wanted for a couple of months, knowing that it made scientific sense to do so. Of course it's shit having to switch back to cutting calories again afterwards, but I would have been doing that all the time anyway.

The problem is there is no real info source (that I know of) that just tells you very basic shit like that in short, simple terms. You have to wade through tonnes of crap mostly written by people who want to sell you something or gym freaks that think that unless you go to the gym six days a week and do an hour a day you might as well not bother.

I'm still convinced that some of what I'm doing is a waste of time or self defeating (or worse, seriously fucking up my joints or muscles or something) but I just try and learn what I can gradually through sporadic research.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on April 05, 2021, 06:53:13 PM

I'm annoyed at myself for leaving it until my mid thirties to start properly learning about nutrition and exercise, it's much more difficult getting in shape now than it would have been at 21.



I'm in the same boat, although I was actually underweight up til the past few years but horribly unfit and only in the past couple of years have started to seriously work out. I seemed to go from struggling to put on weight to struggling to lose weight overnight.

 But, even if you had gotten in great shape in your 20s, you'd still be having to maintain it in your 30s and 40s and it gets harder to do that regardless of how fit you used to be. But, you can still be as fit as younger people. "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now"
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on April 05, 2021, 06:55:34 PM
Yeah I wish I were proper fit in my 20s. In my early 20s I was around 14 stone and thats the lowest I've been and that still wasn't great but nowadays I'd bite hands off for that. It would be nice to spend the rest of my life at 14 stone and relatively fit. Have a couple of years to get that sorted, but I do feel like I've missed out on a huge part of formative life that most people go through in their teens and 20s, a large part of that being because I'm fat.

But I suppose experiences shape you and you have to learn from them.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: mothman on April 06, 2021, 12:01:40 AM
I know everything I’m doing is probably too little too late. I can look to a few things in my favour: that I’ve never smoked, I have always tended to avoid excessively fatty foods (never really like chips, for example). I’ve always like breads, cakes, pastries; but right now I’m avoiding them and don’t miss them.[1]
 1. My first serious stab at weight loss was in 2012 when I did Dukan. It was hard work and once I stopped weight went back on, albeit gradually. But I lost 3 stone and have never been that heavy since. But man did I miss bread - not helped by holidaying in Jersey that summer, with bloody bakeries and cake shops everywhere...
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on April 07, 2021, 12:54:51 AM
No it's never too little, too late. Any exercise at all is better than none, as long as you don't do something stupid like lift weights without using proper form and fuck your back up.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: mothman on April 07, 2021, 06:17:18 PM
No danger of that, they gave us new chairs at work and it’s fucking my back up quite nicely already!

I’ve decided - posting it here, so you can all make sure I do it - that I’ll get cracking on a daily rowing machine sesh on Friday.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Dex Sawash on April 08, 2021, 04:25:00 AM
Watch some rowing machine videos, if your form is good back should be fine. On the recovery, dont shoot the slide forward until your hands are past your knees. Rowers that have pivoting bar "oars" instead of a straight pull chain or strap can lock you in to awkward motions that cause problems.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Schrodingers Cat on April 11, 2021, 05:32:52 PM
2nd half marathon ran today! (Or, it would have been if I hadn’t misremembered the correct distance and finished about 200m short...but I’m still counting it!)

Even accounting for the (slightly) shortened distance, I managed to knock off about 9-10 minutes from my first one. From approx. 2h13 to 2h03. Pretty happy with that. Even if I am annoyed with myself for my stupidity! Next time (whenever that is) I WILL do it in under 2h!

Rugby training has restarted the last 2 weeks as well, so this week I trained every day mon-thurs, did 3 short (approx 7.5km) runs, and then that today. I just need to complete my shoulder rehab, and I can get back in the gym as I actually need to put weight back on asap (if someone had told me 12 months ago my main concern going into the rugby season would be I was too light...).
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Kankurette on April 11, 2021, 05:39:51 PM
Once my period ends, I'm going the gym again. I have missed it.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on April 11, 2021, 05:42:50 PM
If my gym wasnt so shit and people actually were considerate i'd enjoy it but it's bot so just walking for me.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on April 12, 2021, 11:57:17 PM
Bit of humble bragging but back in 2020 and the preceding years, I couldn't open a jar of olives, gherkins, pickled cabbage, beetroot et al without the use of tools. Maybe I could open a small jar but not a big one. I used to pop the safety seal and the vacuum by pushing / twisting a knife against the inner side of the lid. A practice that would inevitably leave me bleeding out on the kitchen floor one unfortunate day, an inanimate jar of gherkins mocking me in my last moments as I slip out of this world into a fiery eternity, filled with the jeers and ridicule of an uncountable array of gherkins.

But now, you pass me one of them pickle jars, and bang. An effortless turn of the hands and you're in a tart and salty wonderland.

There is a possibility that Tesco made their pickle jars easier to open recently. But for me, it feels like it's a significant mark of progress (on the balance of probabilities). I am now achieving the bare minimum that would be expected from a desirable man in a movie thanks to my ability to open pickle jars.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on April 13, 2021, 09:50:57 AM
Stab the top of the jar with a knife. Loosens the seal enough that even one of those tiny little women's wrists you see everywhere could manage to open the lid.

Hehe, stupid tiny women's wrists, they're so much worse than ours!*

*on average
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: willbo on April 13, 2021, 06:59:56 PM
I've been working out and jogging all year but I just haven't been able to cut down on the snacks. Been doing pretty well for the last couple of weeks and I really want to get rid of my "wheat belly" for the first time since it grew, if I can.

I was going in Holland and Barrett to buy nuts and vitamins, but they always have tons of sugary foods on offer! Like choc covered nuts and big "energy" choc bars which are just sugary, nutty regular chocolate bars.  I always came out with a bunch of cheap "organic" junk food.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: good times on April 17, 2021, 07:59:08 PM
I stopped exercising properly for a couple of weeks cos I fucked my leg up and now I'm a chubby little cunt again.

What I've been wondering recently is how the people in my office who went to the gym at lunch pre-corona actually made that work?

We get an hour for lunch but they have to squeeze in eating, walking to the gym, getting changed, doing some actual exercise, getting showered, getting changed, walking back to the office. Are they doing about 5 minutes exercise or just taking the piss with their lunch hour?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on April 18, 2021, 01:07:16 PM
I have just ordered some running clothes for the warmer weather, some loose tops I won't feel too self-conscious in. Plus a running belt. It is definitely NOT a bumbag, alright? ;)

Had a bit of a setback with Couch To 5K. Stopped for a few days to give my hip a rest. Hip is now much better but for some reason my asthma has been really bad this past week (and no, I don't have hayfever), I've had to take little breaks and abandon runs a bit earlier than I'd have liked. My GP surgery has asked me to book an "asthma review" with a nurse so I'll see if we can get my rubbish lungs to behave.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Kankurette on April 18, 2021, 02:42:53 PM
Stab the top of the jar with a knife. Loosens the seal enough that even one of those tiny little women's wrists you see everywhere could manage to open the lid.

Hehe, stupid tiny women's wrists, they're so much worse than ours!*

*on average
I use a spoon.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: I.D. Smith on April 18, 2021, 08:05:14 PM
I just finished Week 5 of Couch to 5k and today was the first big jump from doing multiple smaller runs in the session, to just one big continuous run, this time for a single 20 minute stretch. I was a bit concerned at first when I was already out of breath and my legs feeling like lead after only 5 minutes, but thankfully I managed to push on through that and make it to the 20 without stopping or slowing to a walk. Made sure to keep any inclines to a minimum, which unfortunately meant my route was up and down the same stretch of pavement alongside the main road with all the car fumes that entails, but I really don't think I'd have made it if my route had included the hilly suburban streets round my bit.

Feeling vaguely proud of myself for not quitting on it, which I'm prone to doing when I've only got myself to motivate me. I'm not necessarily new to running - pre-Covid I was doing it regularly on the treadmill as part of my gym routine - but for some reason I find outdoor running so much harder, and I've also been pretty much non active the past year until I started this[1], so I'm quite glad I've stuck with it and not cheated at all.

My only concern is I don't seem to get the running high at all anymore. It had long since dropped off pre-Covid, but after a year off I had kind of hoped it would've come back, like the caffeine buzz you get from your first coffee after a long period of abstinence. Does that ever come back?
 1. I really, really struggle to motivate myself to workout outside of a gym. Gyms seem to have some magical effect on me where I have 1000% more energy and motivation to work out when I'm inside them. I think it's because there's no distractions, so all I can do it workout, whereas at home I'm going for a seat every few moments and that leads to checking my phone, watching a bit of telly, reading a magazine, and before I know I've been sitting for 20 minutes since my last set.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: mothman on April 18, 2021, 10:21:27 PM
I seem to have plateaued. There’s less of me to move around, so the moving around I’m doing is burning less calories. I’m not giving up hope, but it’s dispiriting. Mildly alleviated by my FitBit auto-recognising my cutting the grass yesterday as a 20min bike ride...
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Kankurette on April 18, 2021, 10:50:26 PM
I WILL go the gym, dammit. Stupid fucking migraines.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: mikeyg27 on April 19, 2021, 11:05:39 AM

[1]
 1. I really, really struggle to motivate myself to workout outside of a gym. Gyms seem to have some magical effect on me where I have 1000% more energy and motivation to work out when I'm inside them. I think it's because there's no distractions, so all I can do it workout, whereas at home I'm going for a seat every few moments and that leads to checking my phone, watching a bit of telly, reading a magazine, and before I know I've been sitting for 20 minutes since my last set.

Because you're paying for it, maybe? I really struggled to bother working out at home and I barely bothered at all in this lockdown. Part of it is that I don't have the equipment / room / appropriate flooring to do my preferred powerlifting / barbell stuff. Also, I only had 10kg adjustable dumbbells which are fine for some things but inadequate for others. I even let myself get ripped off for some 5kg weight plates because I knew if I didn't get some momentum back then the first month or so back at the gym was going to be a disaster (the only thing worse than starting working out is re-starting working out).
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Kankurette on April 19, 2021, 01:49:24 PM
OH GYM HOW I HAVE MISSED YOU.

Legs killing me, but worth it.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on April 19, 2021, 01:52:15 PM
Think I'm going to rejoin the shit local gym on a monthly basis once I get my student card, mostly to do resistance shit. Just wish people wiped up after themselves and didnt spend 20 minutes on one machine chatting and texting.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on April 19, 2021, 01:57:49 PM
gf appears to be turning a corner and hopefully joining me in our fitness journey. Kinda hoped she would've joined me in January, I don't really have much left to shift. I should put it all on again so we can do it together. 

tbh part of my motivation was to make it easier for her to start, yknow if I'm eating salad and exercising then it's easier for her to do it. It's very hard to talk about the issue of diet and exercise in a relationship. There's been a lot of beating around the bush.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: GMTV on April 19, 2021, 01:57:55 PM
I just finished Week 5 of Couch to 5k and today was the first big jump from doing multiple smaller runs in the session, to just one big continuous run, this time for a single 20 minute stretch. I was a bit concerned at first when I was already out of breath and my legs feeling like lead after only 5 minutes, but thankfully I managed to push on through that and make it to the 20 without stopping or slowing to a walk. Made sure to keep any inclines to a minimum, which unfortunately meant my route was up and down the same stretch of pavement alongside the main road with all the car fumes that entails, but I really don't think I'd have made it if my route had included the hilly suburban streets round my bit.

Feeling vaguely proud of myself for not quitting on it, which I'm prone to doing when I've only got myself to motivate me. I'm not necessarily new to running - pre-Covid I was doing it regularly on the treadmill as part of my gym routine - but for some reason I find outdoor running so much harder, and I've also been pretty much non active the past year until I started this[1], so I'm quite glad I've stuck with it and not cheated at all.

My only concern is I don't seem to get the running high at all anymore. It had long since dropped off pre-Covid, but after a year off I had kind of hoped it would've come back, like the caffeine buzz you get from your first coffee after a long period of abstinence. Does that ever come back?
 1. I really, really struggle to motivate myself to workout outside of a gym. Gyms seem to have some magical effect on me where I have 1000% more energy and motivation to work out when I'm inside them. I think it's because there's no distractions, so all I can do it workout, whereas at home I'm going for a seat every few moments and that leads to checking my phone, watching a bit of telly, reading a magazine, and before I know I've been sitting for 20 minutes since my last set.

Apparently the running high can take around 6 months to come back, which is a bit of a bugger. I think that's why it can be so difficult to get back into a training routine, as the cost benefit analysis doesn't work until you've been doing it for a while.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jaydee81 on April 19, 2021, 05:31:58 PM
I was a bit concerned at first when I was already out of breath and my legs feeling like lead after only 5 minutes, but thankfully I managed to push on through that and make it to the 20 without stopping or slowing to a walk.

Every time I run, there's a period between 10 and 20 minutes into the run where I just want to stop, I hate it, I don't want to do anymore, I hate running, I'm sick of it. Sometimes my legs are a bit stiff or I'm a bit tired, but it's usually my body saying 'I don't like this and we need to stop.'

After then it's usually enjoyable again. I can usually pick up the pace a bit. Obviously at this point I'm drenched in sweat, possibly panting loudly and gritting my teeth like a lunatic to extract every inch of effort from my body.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on April 19, 2021, 08:48:55 PM
Running belt arrived but sadly I'll have to return it as the pocket is too small and flat to comfortably house both a smartphone and an inhaler. Or even just a smartphone and a set of keys.

Just ordered something called a "tactical fanny pack" in lairy DPM. Sounds like something Sterling Archer would wear with his Tactleneck:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B089F2754P

It's not a bumbag, it's a TACTICAL FANNY PACK, alright?

Having a little break from Coach To 5K and tried the Nike Running Club app for the first time yesterday (thanks again for the recommendation, jaydee81) and am enjoying the cheeky Saaaarf Laaaahndan philosophical stylings of Coach Cory. Very motivating. I managed a 22-minute run, didn't have an asthma attack and my hip is almost pain-free now, that was encouraging. Weather's getting a bit warm now so next time I'll ditch the jacket with pockets, wear my loose top and see if the TACTICAL FANNY PACK spurs me on any further.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: mothman on April 19, 2021, 09:40:55 PM
What am I meant to be looking at? I click on the link, it’s Amazon, but there’s nothing there.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on April 19, 2021, 10:59:04 PM
Weird, it works for me. Can you see this?

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71K34qW4TwL._AC_UY1000_.jpg)

It is a TACTICAL FANNY PACK. The water bottle holder is detachable and I figured the big pocket would be good for my phone while the smaller pockets could hold my keys and inhaler. Maybe it could also accommodate a few tactical items like my little birdwatching binoculars and my Swiss Army knife, if I decide to take it hiking.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: mothman on April 19, 2021, 11:23:50 PM
See what?

Sorry, I’m being silly, I can’t see anything because it’s camouflage. I’ll get me coat.;-)
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on April 19, 2021, 11:37:33 PM
Oh FFS I am dozy. Thought I was being crap at linking images again ;)
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jaydee81 on April 20, 2021, 10:20:01 AM
Wow, it looks like you could take a picnic with you in the tactical fanny pack.

I tried to do an interval run with coach Cory the other week. After running at 'an 8' for 2 minutes, I had to abandon the interval run and just reduce it to a jog, as coach Cory interjected with 'OK let's take it up a level... great!... and slow it down... awesome.'

I did a Fartlek (interval) run the other week, which actually made me chuckle as the coach kept talking about how funny the word Fartlek was.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Fr.Bigley on April 20, 2021, 11:30:11 AM

It is a TACTICAL FANNY PACK.

Weird thing to call a rape kit.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: frajer on April 20, 2021, 11:33:07 AM
Started properly back on the bike at the end of March and definitely feeling the benefits again, physically and mentally. Lovely shiny Vitamin D rays certainly don't hurt either. Lovely stuff.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on April 22, 2021, 04:25:50 PM
Wow, it looks like you could take a picnic with you in the tactical fanny pack.

I tried to do an interval run with coach Cory the other week. After running at 'an 8' for 2 minutes, I had to abandon the interval run and just reduce it to a jog, as coach Cory interjected with 'OK let's take it up a level... great!... and slow it down... awesome.'

I did a Fartlek (interval) run the other week, which actually made me chuckle as the coach kept talking about how funny the word Fartlek was.

The tactical fanny pack could only carry a very small picnic. Maybe a can of Fanta and a sandwich and a couple of scotch eggs. It looks huge with nothing next to it for scale, but it arrived today and I'm happy to report that it is just the right size for me. The front pockets are the perfect size for an inhaler (or two), the flat pocket behind them is just right for my phone, and the main compartment is roomy but sits very flat if you put nothing in it. The water bottle holder should be handy for longer runs, and it being detachable makes it less bulky for shorter runs. It might look a bit cheap in the photo but up close it seems pretty sturdy and for my needs at least the design is better and much less gimmicky than that of all the specialised running belts I looked at.

Put the tactical fanny pack over my tactical fanny for today's run. It really was a game-changer, allowing me to run in lighter clothing (no more running jackets with pockets, I found those were getting too hot for this nice weather) and it felt secure and kept my earphone cable from flapping about too much.

Did the 3km Nike run with Coach Cory being all cheeky and irreverent and the 25 minutes flew by. Pace is still rubbish and I'm definitely still more of a jogger than a runner but what the hell, I would never have dreamed of having this much stamina four months ago.

Running out of Coach Cory runs, think I might try the Mo Farah one next. He's got a good voice for it.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on April 22, 2021, 08:31:46 PM
Just had my first ever gym session with a personal trainer.

I've been murdered. I've been actually literally murdered by a man. I thought I was going to get a bloke to show me how to do push-ups properly. Instead I was subjected to a gruelling torture regime during which I would have betrayed every single one of you to just make it stop. I've never worked so hard in a single hour of my life.

My body was contorted into shapes beyond mathematical understanding. I alternated between feeling dizzy and nauseated. Words ceased to make sense. For the final five minutes, while the trainer had me doing combos in boxing gloves, I was half-collapsing onto the punching bag. It took me three minutes to walk down the three flights of stairs out of the building because I'd all but lost the use of my legs. It reminded me of having to learn to walk again as a child after all the surgery.

I arrived home still wheezing. I ordinarily finish exercise hungry enough to eat a house but the thought of eating anything makes me feel ill. But I did drink four pint glasses of water.

The man was terribly nice. Same time next week!!!!!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: mothman on April 22, 2021, 09:25:28 PM
If I ever get serious (unlikely, frankly) I think a personal trainer would be the way to go. But I guess I’d have to join a gym, and stuff that.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on April 22, 2021, 11:34:51 PM
I can't make the slightest move at the moment without saying "christ"
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Zetetic on April 22, 2021, 11:38:11 PM
Was any of it at least slightly arousing?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jaydee81 on April 23, 2021, 09:08:43 AM
If you need him to back off, try calling the trainer 'Dad' repeatedly. It'll take a while but it'll make you both consider what it is you're trying to achieve in this relationship
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Janie Jones on April 23, 2021, 09:43:58 AM
Just had my first ever gym session with a personal trainer.

I've been murdered. I've been actually literally murdered by a man. I thought I was going to get a bloke to show me how to do push-ups properly. Instead I was subjected to a gruelling torture regime during which I would have betrayed every single one of you to just make it stop. I've never worked so hard in a single hour of my life.

My body was contorted into shapes beyond mathematical understanding. I alternated between feeling dizzy and nauseated. Words ceased to make sense. For the final five minutes, while the trainer had me doing combos in boxing gloves, I was half-collapsing onto the punching bag. It took me three minutes to walk down the three flights of stairs out of the building because I'd all but lost the use of my legs. It reminded me of having to learn to walk again as a child after all the surgery.

I arrived home still wheezing. I ordinarily finish exercise hungry enough to eat a house but the thought of eating anything makes me feel ill. But I did drink four pint glasses of water.

The man was terribly nice. Same time next week!!!!!

I’m quite jealous of this. Reminds me of when my friend hired a personal trainer who came to her house and worked her so hard she vomited onto her kitchen floor. I was artlessly impressed by that and sought out a personal trainer for myself but my fella was into the Alexander technique and just made me spend an hour minutely twitching one buttock at a time, I didn’t even get out of breath let alone puke. So I gave up on him. You’re definitely going to see results if you keep it up.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on April 23, 2021, 10:04:23 AM
My fiancee and I used a personal trainer for a month or two. It was great, he was good, and it was dead effective. It was usually done in a local gym as well, so you could go and have a swim and sit in the steam room afterwards. We couldn't afford it at the time though so we had to jack it in.

My BMI dipped into the 'normal' range for the first time in a long time yesterday.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on April 23, 2021, 11:19:37 AM
I’m quite jealous of this. Reminds me of when my friend hired a personal trainer who came to her house and worked her so hard she vomited onto her kitchen floor.

I can imagine it. I'm not kidding when I say I felt sick a few times. Also I woke up in the night feeling really nauseated but it passed quickly.

Walked down the first flight of stairs out of my flat this morning, then had to take the lift down for the rest. Genuinely can barely walk. For some reason going downstairs is harder than up. I keep saying "christ" out loud. Everything else is pleasantly sore, it's just my legs that are fucked. And bumhole.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on April 23, 2021, 11:45:08 AM
For some reason going downstairs is harder than up.

Are you at werk? You might want to use the disabled toilets today. Needing to use the handrail to sit down, that's the best bit.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jaydee81 on April 23, 2021, 12:35:52 PM
For some reason going downstairs is harder than up.

My mum believes in 'up the stairs for your heart, down in the lift for your knees.'
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: mothman on April 23, 2021, 02:08:29 PM
I can now climb several flights of stairs without breathing heavily (though having to wear a mask to do so, at work, does make it harder). But going back down remains a hazardous prospect, my knees are fucked and will remain so however much less mass/inertia they’re being subjected to.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Fr.Bigley on April 23, 2021, 02:45:25 PM
Always makes me laugh that when the barometer for fitness is a flight of stairs,but there is some truth in it. Had a housemate that always banged on about being as fit as a fiddle and skinny (just a stoner,no effort) but when he'd climbethe stairs to the house, literally 20 steps,he'd be blowing like a blue whale and look like he'd done an iron man in a diving suit.

I smoked like a chimney then and took great mirth moving wardrobes and beds up single handedly without so much as a slight sigh.

Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on April 23, 2021, 02:50:58 PM
I think popcorn is referring to the delayed onset muscle soreness that you can get in your thighs the day after after doing squats, yoga etc. For some reason walking upstairs is fine, while walking downstairs just makes you go "Ow... ow... ow... ow..."

(correct me if I'm wrong here poppers. And if I'm not wrong, get a foam roller on those thighs- bladdy lahverly)

I used to get out of breath walking upstairs and I was always a bit embarrassed by it. The ol' inhaled corticosteroids seem to have put a stop to it now.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Fr.Bigley on April 23, 2021, 03:13:24 PM
Oh no no don't get me wrong, I wasn't trying to suggest that that wouldn't be the case, just purely anecdotal, I've blown a gasket many times, I was just talking about how some folk can be super arrogant about being svelt and not putting any effort in purely by being naturally thin. I meant no disrespect..you cunts.


NB: my knees are also shagged from years of running on concrete so I feel your pain.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on April 23, 2021, 04:22:17 PM
Did a 4K run this morning, coached by Nike Running Club's very own Shalane Flanagan, perky American distance runner. Pace was rubbish, probably because I was struggling in the heat, and I had to stop a couple of times for a few puffs on the inhaler, but I'm not beating myself up about stopping anymore.

I also saw a sausage dog. Sausage dog spotting is a big motivator for me.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Rich Uncle Skeleton on April 23, 2021, 05:45:13 PM
Did a 1080p cycle this morning, first proper bike ride in around 6-7 years. Barely any uphill just meandering round a park but my legs are fucking caning! guess there's parts of your legs that just don't get pushed when walking/running but right now I'm regretting saying yes to a 15 mile trip there and back in 2 weeks time!!

I also saw a sausage dog. Sausage dog spotting is a big motivator for me.

love a bit of sausage dog spotting, Bath is sausage dog central these days
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on April 23, 2021, 06:41:26 PM
I saw an Irish Wolfhound yesterday. That was fun. They are huge fuckers.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on April 23, 2021, 06:59:39 PM
Awwww Irish Wolfhounds are gorgeous. I saw a lovely geat big Airedale today, very woolly and in need of a trim, magnificent. Also saw a pair of Dulux dogs recently, not the most popular breed these days so that was good to see.

The best part of running is the dog-spotting. I actually record the number of sausage dogs I spot. Just as an arbitrary statistic, a point of interest, a bit of extra motivation. Think my record was four, but the single sausage I saw today was a dapple so probably worth a few more points for rarity. It gave me a bemused stare. Always fun to get a bemused reaction from a dog.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: mothman on April 23, 2021, 10:07:16 PM
I had to stop a couple of times to tell people “No, it’s a tactical fanny pack.”

FTFY

EDIT: cunningly camouflaged new page.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on April 24, 2021, 10:42:44 AM
I know it's gauche to go on about this but if anything my legs feel even more fucked today. It hurt so much to sit down at my desk I ended up opting to slide onto my arse like a kid going down the stairs on his bum. Speaking of which I might start doing that.

Yesterday I walked to the shops so slowly that my Apple watch refused to detect it, it kept pausing the "workout". On the way an elderly woman asked me to pick up a bit of litter on her doorstep. I couldn't fucking believe it. Today of all days? I'm the same as you, grandma! We're both fucked!! I did the duty but it took me two goes and I did a proper old man "ooh me back, ooh me knees" slow-bend and I think she was slightly aghast.

Rest of me is fine apart from the bumhole. Not sure why the instructor was so insistent we work the bumhole. "No gape, no gain" he kept saying.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Kankurette on April 24, 2021, 11:44:43 AM
Is it normal for your weight to go up slightly when you start going the gym again after a long period of not going?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on April 24, 2021, 11:47:49 AM
In my experience yeah. You're building muscle.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Kankurette on April 24, 2021, 11:50:04 AM
I do a mix of weights and cardio (step, bike, cross trainer, rowing machine). I have fibromyalgia and rotten joint pain so have to be careful, one time I got sciatica because my form while deadlifting was pretty crap.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on April 24, 2021, 12:07:07 PM
I think you can also put on a bit of water weight when you first start doing weights. You get a bit of water retention as the muscle fibres get micro-tears and start to repair themselves.

Kankurette, have you ever tried a BodyPump class? I once read that personal trainers often find that when they're working with new female clients a lot them already have good weightlifting form thanks to them having done BodyPump (which is much more popular with women than with men).

I can also recommend BodyPump as someone who finds weight training excruciatingly boring but actually enjoys BodyPump. When the gyms reopen for group exercise I think I'm going to give it another go. The workouts are also very adaptable as you can greatly vary the weights on the bar, and the instructors generally ask if anyone has any injuries or health conditions and give people a bit of one-on-one advice before the class starts.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Kankurette on April 24, 2021, 12:50:50 PM
Not yet. I tried Boot Camp once and ended up in agony. I was actually crying because I was in so much pain and could barely keep up with the burpees and mountain climbers and other shit we were supposed to do. That said, from what you've said, Body Pump might be worth trying, as long as I warn the instructor first. When I did boxercise, the instructor got me doing squats because I couldn't do things like star jumps or burpees, and I'd told him I had a dodgy knee (I have osteoarthritis as well). I dreaded it when we had other instructors because they'd make us do pressups with boxing gloves on, do a bit of punching and then drop to the floor and give me 20, and so on.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on April 24, 2021, 01:05:01 PM
Any increase in exercise will leave your body retaining more water. Water is used by the body to help heal muscles (hence swelling).
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on April 24, 2021, 02:17:56 PM
Not yet. I tried Boot Camp once and ended up in agony. I was actually crying because I was in so much pain and could barely keep up with the burpees and mountain climbers and other shit we were supposed to do. That said, from what you've said, Body Pump might be worth trying, as long as I warn the instructor first. When I did boxercise, the instructor got me doing squats because I couldn't do things like star jumps or burpees, and I'd told him I had a dodgy knee (I have osteoarthritis as well). I dreaded it when we had other instructors because they'd make us do pressups with boxing gloves on, do a bit of punching and then drop to the floor and give me 20, and so on.

That sounds like my idea of hell to be fair. I don't like "drop and give me 20"-style instructors who treat exercise like it's a form of punishment. That's not a very positive and healthy association to cultivate, is it? I think my lifelong hatred of exercise partly stems from school teaching me exercise is an unpleasant thing people get forced to do as a punishment. I've had to make a real effort to unlearn that.

Also burpees can fuck the fuck off and then fuck off some more.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: I.D. Smith on April 24, 2021, 03:19:11 PM
Because you're paying for it, maybe? I really struggled to bother working out at home and I barely bothered at all in this lockdown. Part of it is that I don't have the equipment / room / appropriate flooring to do my preferred powerlifting / barbell stuff. Also, I only had 10kg adjustable dumbbells which are fine for some things but inadequate for others. I even let myself get ripped off for some 5kg weight plates because I knew if I didn't get some momentum back then the first month or so back at the gym was going to be a disaster (the only thing worse than starting working out is re-starting working out).

True, the paying for it aspect probably does come in to it. Also I've only got a set of dumbbells and a couple of crates that I've been using as a bench the past year, and although there's a lot of ways that combo can be used, for me there's nothing better than all the varied equipment and benches just there, ready to be used at the gym. The thought of having to drag the dumbbells and crates out each time I want to work out is such a drag, and feels like an obstacle in the way of working out. And like yourself, I don't have the floor space either, so I'm contorting myself around cupboards and cabinets.

Apparently the running high can take around 6 months to come back, which is a bit of a bugger. I think that's why it can be so difficult to get back into a training routine, as the cost benefit analysis doesn't work until you've been doing it for a while.

At least there's the hope of it coming back that I can cling on to, at least, even if it is months away. I just remember before all this when I was running more regularly the high would kick in and it would feel like everything was flowing naturally. It was really nice, and it's part of the reason I'm persevering with this, because at the moment running still feels like I'm dragging a dead weight corpse of a body round my local streets, and I'm 6 weeks in.

Every time I run, there's a period between 10 and 20 minutes into the run where I just want to stop, I hate it, I don't want to do anymore, I hate running, I'm sick of it. Sometimes my legs are a bit stiff or I'm a bit tired, but it's usually my body saying 'I don't like this and we need to stop.'

After then it's usually enjoyable again. I can usually pick up the pace a bit. Obviously at this point I'm drenched in sweat, possibly panting loudly and gritting my teeth like a lunatic to extract every inch of effort from my body.

I hope to get this too, like a second wind. I think it's just a mind thing as I can run long periods when there's the walking breaks in between. But the other day it was 20 minutes non stop and I think my mind started to tap out after 5 minutes, saying "Give up give up give up, you've got so much more to go, this is going to be agony". Thankfully I made it, but it makes me wary for my next one, which is 25 minutes.

I've booked my first gym session in over year, for next week, and I'm really looking forward to it. I didn't go last autumn when things semi-opened up again, around that Eat Out To Help Out time, because I felt it was too much too soon and too much of a risk. I'll be honest, I'm still quite wary about going back now, but I figured since working from home has ended and I'm back in the office then I may as well just go for it this time round. It's one of the few outside the house things I enjoy, and it really does a lot for the old mental health side of things.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: I.D. Smith on April 24, 2021, 03:26:42 PM
When I did boxercise, the instructor got me doing squats because I couldn't do things like star jumps or burpees, and I'd told him I had a dodgy knee (I have osteoarthritis as well). I dreaded it when we had other instructors because they'd make us do pressups with boxing gloves on, do a bit of punching and then drop to the floor and give me 20, and so on.

I've done Karate on and off through my life since my teens, and been to different dojos over the years. I remember one I went to in my early 30s where the first half of the class was basically circuit training in your Gi, with press ups, running up and down the hall, squat thrusts, planks, burpees etc etc, and then the second half was techniques, kata and so on. It was probably was really good for conditioning and stuff, but I felt it was hellish. I don't mind a warm up at the start, but after that I'd feel shot to shit and could barely stand in a stance for any length of time, never mind kick, punch[1] and the rest.

Reason I'm mentioning is to say I can empathise to an extent :)
 1. It’s all in the mind. If you wanna test me, I’m sure you’ll find the things I’ll teach ya is sure to beat ya but nevertheless you’ll get a lesson from teacher
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Kankurette on April 24, 2021, 03:54:07 PM
That sounds like my idea of hell to be fair. I don't like "drop and give me 20"-style instructors who treat exercise like it's a form of punishment. That's not a very positive and healthy association to cultivate, is it? I think my lifelong hatred of exercise partly stems from school teaching me exercise is an unpleasant thing people get forced to do as a punishment. I've had to make a real effort to unlearn that.

Also burpees can fuck the fuck off and then fuck off some more.
Burpees are evil and I hate how obsessed the fitness world is with them. Joe Wicks does them, so many online workouts have them and if you have chronic pain, especially back pain, they're as fun as having a wank with a cactus. I can only do one and then that's it. And the 'exercise as punishment' thing is why I avoid anything to do with military fitness.

I was shite at PE but did enjoy certain aspects of it. Hockey, for instance.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JaDanketies on April 24, 2021, 06:04:15 PM
There's an exercise Shaun T does in Insanity that makes burpess look like a light jog. It's called Power Jacks and it's like this one (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alaZwJE20Ds) except for you try to slap your knees with your hands when you're mid-jump. Definitely a killer.

I used to do Karate when I was a kid and I quite enjoyed it. But there was this one sensei called Tony who had some fucking grudge against like 9-year-old me and my 11-year-old brother and would always hold us to the highest standards, humiliate us, punish us, etc. He was a bully. And a fully-grown adult. So we quit, explicitly because of Sensei Tony. Never really exercised after we quit and by the end of high school I was firmly 'last pick for football'. 

Found him on Facebook as an adult and his non-Karate life doesn't look good at all. Presumably being a shithead to children as a Karate sensei was an outlet for him.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on April 25, 2021, 06:09:26 PM
Managed a 5K run for the first time today. 42 minutes. Crap pace but what the hell. I did it, and I'm proud. Saw three sausage dogs as well. The longer the run, the greater the chance of a sausage dog sighting. How's that for motivation?

Went out with the water bottle on the tactical fanny pack today. Having a few gulps of water really seemed to help with the cramp in my calves and just made the run a lot more pleasant. Again, the TFP is a game-changer, for all I joke about the funny name and the lairy print it's actually a good and practical design.

Also managed to do the most Edinburgh thing ever and get a bit of sunburn after spending time in The Meadows. Just a bit of one shoulder I somehow managed to miss while I was liberally applying the SPF 50. I think I need some (more) new running gear, something light (in weight and colour) and moisture-wicking but which will also give my pasty skin a decent amount of coverage. Going to head out to the no - essential shops when they reopen tomorrow, any tips? Think I might need to get a hat of some kind too, maybe some sunglasses.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Dex Sawash on April 25, 2021, 06:30:35 PM
Wife keeps packet of yellow hotdog mustard in her running molle gear for cramps. The turmeric or vinegar sees them off.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on April 25, 2021, 06:33:27 PM
I might start carrying some hotdog mustard. Not for the cramps, for the sausage dogs.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Bazooka on April 25, 2021, 09:02:23 PM
I might start carrying some hotdog mustard. Not for the cramps, for the sausage dogs.

Haha.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Chedney Honks on April 25, 2021, 09:05:15 PM
Starting kung fu again this week. Lost a stone over the past six weeks though running and feeling ready for it again. I missed it.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Neville Chamberlain on April 26, 2021, 09:13:07 AM
I've been running for four or five weeks now (and got myself a Garmin Forerunner 45): 5k on Mondays, 7k on Thursdays and 10k on Saturdays. Managed to get just under 52 minutes for the 10k run, so I'm aiming for sub 50 mins in a month or so.

Got a great plan for the coming weekend, weather and right ankle permitting: I'm going to run along a section of the Berlin Wall trail, where it's all nice and foresty and soft underfoot. I'm going to go in 5 to 7k bursts, stop, have a drink and a tiny snack, then carry on. I'm hoping to cover about 40k (so almost marathon distance)...
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on April 29, 2021, 09:57:05 AM
Just tried lifting a new sofa up two flights of stairs and arm was weak and my sciatica went.

I'm actually 28 years old.

Gym needed I think. Covid's been rough.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on April 29, 2021, 10:05:23 AM
Been a shit month.

Been calorie-counting for three months. 1600 calories a day. Lost almost 10kg in the first two months, have lost fuck-all since April 1.

Second personal training session tonight. Fucking dreading it. Legs were 100% fucked until Monday when they suddenly improved and now my left leg is 0% fucked but my right knee is still about 20% fucked. Looking forward to another weekend on the stretcher
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on April 29, 2021, 10:06:41 AM
10kg in two months is brilliant! Well done.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on April 29, 2021, 10:09:01 AM
yeah thanks I was feeling pretty smug, but I am 100% mystified as to why I've been stranded on the plateau for a month. Nothing's changed, it's not like I'm scoffing Magnums on the side or something.

my personal trainer suggested I "shock" my metabolism into action by eating 3000 calories in one day, like just go to to town on pizza and ice cream. Sounds tempting, and I've seen people on Reddit say similar things, but it's the kind of theory I'd like some robust data on.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Bernice on April 29, 2021, 10:47:34 AM
Sounds like absolute bollocks but yknow, could be a fun day.


I find fitness, weight loss, muscle growth all tend to lurch then plateau. Surely 1600 calories is now less of a deficit, since you've lost 10kg and will have a lower basal metabolic rate?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jobotic on April 29, 2021, 10:51:04 AM
Tried to do a long run on Tuesday when I had a day off work. Got a lift to a few miles from home, up into the woods, lovely weather, fucked my weak ankle after 1km. Never done it running before.

I did see a fox cub while I was sitting on the floor trying not to cry/throw up. Lovely little thing, soon ran off when it spotted me so couldn't get a photo.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: mothman on April 29, 2021, 09:03:46 PM
I seem to have plateaued this past month too. Still coming down very gradually but it can be dispiriting. 10kg is still something to be proud of!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Kankurette on May 01, 2021, 06:29:58 PM
10kg is pretty good to be fair.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jaydee81 on May 02, 2021, 08:06:15 PM
I hope to get this too, like a second wind. I think it's just a mind thing as I can run long periods when there's the walking breaks in between. But the other day it was 20 minutes non stop and I think my mind started to tap out after 5 minutes, saying "Give up give up give up, you've got so much more to go, this is going to be agony". Thankfully I made it, but it makes me wary for my next one, which is 25 minutes.

Yeah, I said all that and today I gave up halfway through a run
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Neville Chamberlain on May 03, 2021, 07:01:14 AM
Was bang on course for my first sub-50-minute 10k at the running track yesterday when I got a horrible stitch on lap 19 and was forced to limp off into the long jump pits.

I've signed up for the Garmin Coach thing - 10k in 45 mins. When I've done that, I'm going to try the half marathon plan...
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on May 06, 2021, 06:37:56 PM
This is my cardio fitness level (VO2 max) for the last 2 months according to my Apple Watch. I am currently at 39.9, making my fitness level below average. Cringe!!! A range of 43-50 is average, apparently.

(https://snipboard.io/flCJpK.jpg)

The bump - from 39.0 to 39.9 - coincides with when I started personal training sessions (the only serious exercise I've done in the whole period - all other exercise was just walking, no jogging or biking or anything). This is surprising and interesting to me - can a mere two hours of serious cardio in bump your fitness by an entire point?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: MojoJojo on May 06, 2021, 07:36:41 PM
More likely it's just provided better data to apple. The watch can't measure vo2 max directly, it measures lots of things and estimates from that. Until recently you needed to do a high intensity work out to get a measurement.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on May 06, 2021, 08:19:24 PM
Ah yes that makes sense.

However we will see who is eating whose words once I am of average fitness. >:-(
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: shiftwork2 on May 06, 2021, 09:35:42 PM
The next category is Above Average.

I am currently Low, aspiring to Below Average.  Fucking hell.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on May 06, 2021, 09:38:18 PM
The next category is Above Average.

Wow you're right! This is going to be brilliant.

Quote
I am currently Low, aspiring to Below Average.  Fucking hell.

Apparently the brackets move with age, so you could just wait a bit and then you'll jump a category!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on May 06, 2021, 10:53:51 PM
Today my trainer had me pushing over a big heavy tyre six times and then pushing boxes and then picking up a heavy ball and slamming it down as hard as I could 10 times in a row. I said "this is like Fun House" and he said "I've never heard of it".
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on May 06, 2021, 11:06:44 PM
Today my trainer had me pushing over a big heavy tyre six times and then pushing boxes and then picking up a heavy ball and slamming it down as hard as I could 10 times in a row. I said "this is like Fun House" and he said "I've never heard of it".

You could just get a job in a factory or on a construction site and at least get paid for that level of punishment.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on May 07, 2021, 08:31:16 AM
You could just get a job in a factory or on a construction site and at least get paid for that level of punishment.

https://youtu.be/LkNxvUrWQ_Q
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Drygate on May 07, 2021, 02:59:09 PM
Is it true the covid vaccines are more effective if you are healthy or healthier?

I know this is true of other vaccines, but if it applies to the covid ones, seems like another reason to get fit?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on May 07, 2021, 04:41:01 PM
Getting fit generally involves increasing one's lung function, so in that sense getting fit should make one less likely to die of Covid. I have no idea if fitness is linked to immune function though. It can't hurt to move around a bit more though (unless you're injured or severely asthmatic or something).
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: MojoJojo on May 08, 2021, 02:25:42 AM
Is it true the covid vaccines are more effective if you are healthy or healthier?

I know this is true of other vaccines, but if it applies to the covid ones, seems like another reason to get fit?

This is a weird question. Getting fit is not the same as getting healthy.

Not being obese and having good lung function will lower your risk of dying of coronavirus-covid-19, whether you've been vaccinated or not.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on May 08, 2021, 01:47:08 PM
This is the worst exercise FYI.

(https://www.t-nation.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Get-Ripped-with-Battle-Ropes.jpg)

This is a weird question. Getting fit is not the same as getting healthy.

Not being obese and having good lung function will lower your risk of dying of coronavirus-covid-19, whether you've been vaccinated or not.

Didn't seem like a weird question to me, and I don't think you've really addressed it. Does being healthier and having had the vaccine lower your vulnerability to covid simply because covid is less likely to kill you if you're healthy anyway, or does it also enable the vaccine to work better in some way?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Drygate on May 10, 2021, 02:03:15 PM
Thanks. Yes, I asked as I read this review or something similar https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40279-021-01466-1 (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40279-021-01466-1) that said that "Regular, moderate to vigorous physical activity is associated with reduced risk of community-acquired infectious diseases and infectious disease mortality, enhances the first line of defence of the immune system, and increases the potency of vaccination."

I couldn't see anything related to the covid vaccines specifically as it's quite hard to search for stuff related to the covid vaccines as there's so much stuff online about them.

There was this too from the Graun:

Pfizer vaccine may be less effective in people with obesity, says study
This article is more than 2 months old
Healthcare workers with obesity found to produce only about half the antibodies healthy people do
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/28/pfizer-vaccine-less-effective-obesity-study

But being obese isn't the same as being unhealthy or unfit, I assume?

I know obese people the super spreaders so there are many benefits to losing weight regarding covid. But I probably overlooked the fact that fit, healthy, and non-obese aren't the same thing.

Bu yeah, I can't see anything that says being fit and/or healthy helps specifically with the covid vaccines, hence my question.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: thugler on May 10, 2021, 02:50:25 PM
This is my cardio fitness level (VO2 max) for the last 2 months according to my Apple Watch. I am currently at 39.9, making my fitness level below average. Cringe!!! A range of 43-50 is average, apparently.

(https://snipboard.io/flCJpK.jpg)

The bump - from 39.0 to 39.9 - coincides with when I started personal training sessions (the only serious exercise I've done in the whole period - all other exercise was just walking, no jogging or biking or anything). This is surprising and interesting to me - can a mere two hours of serious cardio in bump your fitness by an entire point?

To be honest, if you're still aggressively trying to lose weight I'm not that surprised that you're not peaking by this measure. Also presumably this is just the watch doing a calculation based on it's imperfect interpretation of your heart rate? A better measure might be to do the same decent length run every week, note how quickly you manage it, how you feel, and I suppose you can measure other things with the watch too. I find that's the easiest way to find out what level my cardio fitness is at.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Jack Shaftoe on May 10, 2021, 07:16:36 PM
I've been doing the calorie counting, like others here, which worked brilliantly for the first couple of weeks and then of course I got complacent and started snacking, so it crept back up again. Back at it again now, down from 15st 1lb at the start of April to 14st 8 now.

I did see a theory that after you've cut calories for a while, fat cells in the body get temporarily replaced by water to keep them match fit, so it doesn't feel like you're getting anywhere. This theory was immediately sneered at by people who claimed to be actual medical types, but I liked it, so I've decided to embrace it. Certainly explains why people who you know have been working hard at losing weight and/or exercising hard for months don't look any different, then suddenly look completely different almost overnight (as, in the theory I've embraced, the fat cells go 'oh fuck it then' and go away).

As I said, almost certainly nonsense, but it might be helpful if you feel like you're not getting anywhere.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on May 10, 2021, 08:08:38 PM
Anyone here actually had a consultation with a dietician before? When I told my asthma nurse I had been struggling to lose weight she recommended the GP at the practice who just happened to have qualified as a dietician recently and made me an appointment. Had a phone consultation today and he basically told me to lay off the smoothies and start eating more solid food, because while fruit, oats etc are nutritious, smashing them up in a blender makes them a bit too easy to digest and that's probably what's been making me feel really fucking hungry all the fucking time and wanting to eat sugar to make it stop. Think I need a good way to stop consuming junk food in quarantine.

Gonna get on the museli and wholegrain toast for a bit, see what happens. Got a proper appointment in a few days and am slightly dreading it, I just feel so much shame over these things.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: kittens on May 11, 2021, 06:52:57 AM
got to just off my very fattest ever in february this year. i have since lost over three stone and am the proud owner of a healthy bmi for the first time in years. bit more to go now. my trick is to eat hardly any food ever and not to have any booze although there was one week where i got drunk every day and ate loads of pasta and crisps, and also one weekend where i got pissed and ate loads of pasta and crisps. imagine where i would be now if i had not done that. doesnt bear thinking about.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Jack Shaftoe on May 11, 2021, 07:39:17 AM
Meh, you have to have a wobble and get past it every now and then, three stone is a lot, well done! My plan is to get down from 15st to somewhere around 13-ish (I'm 6 foot 2 so beyond that I'd probably start to look a bit scarecrow-like).  Got down to 14st 7 this morning.

I do slightly worry that banging on about weight loss in front of my kids isn't ideal, so I try to talk about it more as getting to a healthy weight (still shuddering from my doctor a while ago saying 'well, you're not grossly overweight') and staying there, rather than 'losing weight always = good'.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: willbo on May 12, 2021, 06:47:20 AM
early last year I bought a 3-rows pack of off-brand Polish triple Oreos with with 3 layers of biscuit/2 of cream and ate them all in a day, it was a real wake up call for me and the feel of that day has stayed with me
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Jack Shaftoe on May 12, 2021, 07:41:04 AM
The whole calorie counting thing has made me realise how much I snack because I'm bored and want distraction rather than because I'm hungry. The dangers of being self-employed and working from home. Turns out I can still snack, and that's fine, I'm just less likely to eat a whole variety bag of crisps.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on May 12, 2021, 12:07:58 PM
Four consecutive days of weight loss. After an entire month of basically no change, I've lost 1.3kg in four days. I'M OUT OF THE PLATEAU LADS.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Jack Shaftoe on May 12, 2021, 06:46:11 PM
Excellent work! I think this thread might be helping me through the plateau actually.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on May 12, 2021, 07:42:58 PM
Went to the dietitian, got told that making smoothies and drinking protein shakes and eating yogurt seems healthy but because I'm taking my food in a liquid form that's very easy to digest my body processes it quickly and gets an insulin spike followed by a crash and that's why I've been so fucking hungry all the time.

Been reminded not to fear carbs, and that even bread and potatoes are fine as long as it's wholegrain bread and the spuds are boiled with the skins on and very definitely not mashed. Just load of good solid fibre basically.

More solids for me then, and I've been feeling much better for it and not craving chocolate and other high GI crap. Feeling less inclined to drink booze as well.

Seems like common sense now, but really it's not easy at all, there's so much conflicting information out there. Anyway, feeling properly motivated now for the first time in ages.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: thugler on May 13, 2021, 10:42:01 AM
Went to the dietitian, got told that making smoothies and drinking protein shakes and eating yogurt seems healthy but because I'm taking my food in a liquid form that's very easy to digest my body processes it quickly and gets an insulin spike followed by a crash and that's why I've been so fucking hungry all the time.

Been reminded not to fear carbs, and that even bread and potatoes are fine as long as it's wholegrain bread and the spuds are boiled with the skins on and very definitely not mashed. Just load of good solid fibre basically.

More solids for me then, and I've been feeling much better for it and not craving chocolate and other high GI crap. Feeling less inclined to drink booze as well.

Seems like common sense now, but really it's not easy at all, there's so much conflicting information out there. Anyway, feeling properly motivated now for the first time in ages.

That's good news about bread! Always feel guilty about having it but it's ridiculously delicious.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on May 13, 2021, 11:00:22 AM
That's good news about bread! Always feel guilty about having it but it's ridiculously delicious.

We also had a good chat about how it can be better to make some of these carby foods from scratch because that way you know exactly what you're eating and it'll probably taste nicer. I like to make my own musesli so I can avoid all the added sugar, malt extract, sweeteners, sweetened fruit etc (and raisins). I just buy a packet of rolled oats and add things I like, such as nuts, cocount and raspberries. Also as a packet of oats from Lidl costs about 75p making your own is also just a fuck of a lot cheaper. It's amazing how much more filling it is as well, I guess that's because there's no refined sugar in there in lieu of tastier but more expensive ingredients.

Bread, then: Do you bake? I made some nice dark rye bread the other day- lots of slow-release carbs and just four ingredients (flour, water, yeast, salt), no nasties and it did the job of keeping me full longer than any supermarket bread could have done. And it tasted better too. I'd recommend getting some good wholewheat or rye or "granary" flour and maybe a book of recipes, or just reading the baking thread here. Alternatively you could you just try finding a really good bakery and letting them do the work.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on May 13, 2021, 11:14:20 AM
Gonna make Ronnie O'Sullivan's pizza today:

https://ronnieo147.com/2019/05/16/publishing-day/

The dough is made with 250g of flour and 250g of yogurt, plus a bit of salt and baking powder. It taste nothing like a naan and is very filling even in one small thin pizza base (the recipe makes two). It's not unlike this one:

https://www.weightwatchers.com/uk/recipe/two-ingredient-pizza-dough/5e14718ef06422013f105986

Obviously you're supposed to top it with a bit of passata and not too much cheese and get a bit of veg on there. I've done one with roasted tomatoes and basil before, going to do some ham and mushroom pizzas later with loads o' mushrooms.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on May 13, 2021, 11:15:07 AM
Excellent work! I think this thread might be helping me through the plateau actually.

DON'T STOP BELIEVING
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: mikeyg27 on May 13, 2021, 12:21:08 PM
We also had a good chat about how it can be better to make some of these carby foods from scratch because that way you know exactly what you're eating and it'll probably taste nicer.

I'd never fully commit to the lifestyle because it's far too much hassle and I don't have the discipline, but I definitely think there's something to be said for paleo diets and / or meal prep. I'm on a short 5-week diet / exercise plan because I've put on 6kgs since the new year (I almost gave up weights stuff completely during lockdown, I can't really go running due to a knee problem, and my dietary discipline is tied to my exercise habits) and all I'm really doing is avoiding refined crap and snacking whilst diving back into weights stuff at the gym.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Drygate on May 14, 2021, 11:04:19 AM
Yeah, I feel like there's too many downsides of the ultra processed food (tend to be way too easy to overeat, usually laden with calories, and often aren't even that filling) that mean they're best avoided. The paleo/whole foods approach does seem to have some science behind it too. Or at least the case for calories in vs calories out or all calories are equal isn't as strong as it once was.

Trying to lose weight/fat now the gyms are open again is a bit of a mind mash. Before the gym was open I was happy to see numbers on the scales do down as it probably meant I was losing fat and eating the right amount. Now I'm lifting weights again, the numbers aren't as helpful a guide as to whether I'm eating the right amount or not as you have to take into potential muscle growth from the gym etc then worry about whether you're getting enough protein for recovery etc. I've already put on a KG or two. Is it muscle is it fat? Who knows.... It can mess with your head! All I want is a massive bench, huge guns, abs and the ability to eat pizza whenever I want. I don't feel like that's too much to ask for?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: kittens on May 14, 2021, 03:52:47 PM
found out today i am 1 inch shorter than i thought and i am still overweight even though i have lost a further 3lbs from monday. why must i be short. still, only two lbs to go until i'm where i thought i was on monday. had to recalibrate my target weight, which is now set to a weight that i would have thought impossible months ago, but now seems achievable. soon to be ex fat man
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on May 14, 2021, 05:28:39 PM
found out today i am 1 inch shorter than i thought and i am still overweight even though i have lost a further 3lbs from monday. why must i be short. still, only two lbs to go until i'm where i thought i was on monday. had to recalibrate my target weight, which is now set to a weight that i would have thought impossible months ago, but now seems achievable. soon to be ex fat man

If you do exercises which work the core, you gain a little height.

I've gained an inch since I started running.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: kittens on May 21, 2021, 10:56:41 AM
healthy bmi in accordance with True Height achieved. still a stone or so to go but i'm feelin good
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on May 21, 2021, 10:59:26 AM
Well done kittens!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on May 22, 2021, 01:21:24 PM
Yesterday I did BodyPump for the first time since March 2019. Was embarrassed at how much of a struggle it was. I used to chuck great big weights around but the most I could manage was 5kg on the bar for anything, including the squat track. Felt absolutely destroyed afterwards and wanted to cry. Feeling achey as fuck now and seem to have sprained my upper arm, possibly by overdoing it on the shoulder track. Really need to get my strength up again! Oh well, the inhalers made things a little easier in the lung department, at least.

I've learned to quite like running, if not love it, but I think exercise will always be something of a necessary evil to me. I don't think I'll ever enjoy it 100%
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: kittens on May 23, 2021, 08:43:52 AM
Well done kittens!

thank you señor.

i'm staying at my mum's this weekend and she keeps saying i am anorexic and dangerously thin. makes a nice change from her telling me I'm a big fatty.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: holyzombiejesus on May 23, 2021, 11:02:32 AM
When I was working in the office, I used to cycle there and then cycle on my visits. Now that I generally work from home I barely leave my chair, let along go out. I could go on walks for my lunch but because I spend most of my day flicking between works stuff and C&B/ Discogs, I usually need to 'work' through. So, I've put on a good few pounds and that's despite me going from half a bottle of red a night to zilch for two months. Also, I don't have any enthusiasm for using my bike as I'm out of practice, older, fatter and less fitter, and the weather is shit. Woe is me. Something needs to change. Going to start having a later breakfast, ditching butties and having soup 3 nights a week, whilst staying off the booze for 5 (probably 4) nights a week (unless I'm going out). That should make a difference but I still feel a bit fed up that I've wasted the opportunity to properly slim down this last year.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Rich Uncle Skeleton on May 24, 2021, 08:22:02 PM
thank you señor.

i'm staying at my mum's this weekend and she keeps saying i am anorexic and dangerously thin. makes a nice change from her telling me I'm a big fatty.

I need to follow your lead. My mum prodded my tum, said there's more of me than usual and asked if I'm still going to fit in my suit at a funeral next week,  fucking cheek of it 
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on May 24, 2021, 09:01:15 PM
About to buy a folding stationary bike and a set of weights. Latest lockdown has been really difficult, not being able to go out and feeling exhausted all the time with no real breaks to mentally prepare means I’m just going “oh fuck it” in the evening and eating crisps.

I’ve probably gained a few kg in the last month that I need to shift - once Ferris Jr is back at nursery I’m going to set up a gym[1] in the basement and become a hunk in time for summer.
 1. some weights and a folding stationary bike
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on May 25, 2021, 06:03:10 PM
With work being so stressful and my anxiety being through the roof, these last six months have really meant my diet has taken a back seat. Whilst I've kept up with my fitness, I knew I'd definitely put on lots of weight.

Well I finally got a new battery for my scales and weighed myself today. The results were more than a little disappointing. Whilst I can write off some of it to muscle due to the sheer amount of exercise I've been doing, I still know it will take the next three months of sticking quite stringently to my diet to get me back to where I was at my lowest. I guess the journey starts here again.

Doesn't help that I've taken 10 days off running to try to finally shake off a calf injury which has been on and off for months.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on May 25, 2021, 06:25:01 PM
3 months is nowt. Fully doable.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on May 25, 2021, 06:36:01 PM
It is just that I spent 10 months last year fully dieting and very rarely breaking from the diet and it was all fine but then I fall away for six months and lose three months of that progress. If I stick with the diet until November, I think I'll be well into a healthy BMI which would be nice.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on May 26, 2021, 01:51:30 PM
As annoyed as I am with myself that I let myself lose track, I have gone back over my food diary, weight log and running stats and I have to admire what I was managing to do in that time.

I think in the period of July-August of last year was just a roughly 10 week period where I smashed it out the park beyond belief. I lost so much weight, I build up so much fitness and I managed to have a diet which had regular treats in and even the weekly takeaway. I've got to try and get back to that for at least the next 10 weeks. If I can do that then I won't be far away from the my lowest. I guess I'll see on the 8th August whether I can do it.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on May 26, 2021, 02:29:32 PM
^yeah it’s a pain in the arse when you lose track, because you go “ooh a run, this will be easy” and it is insanely difficult and you realize how much progress has evaporated into the ether. I was doing 5km runs in 22 minutes at my running peak but I’ve got no fucking chance of that now.

I used to do the calorie/weight track thing for 6 months as well and felt terrific. The sense of smug superiority... can’t beat it.

Very difficult when you have negligible mental energy though - pandemics and toddler mean I’m shattered in the evenings so can’t face exercise and diets crumple in the face of being physically and mentally very tired. I’m expecting our lockdown to finish end of next week so that’s when I’m targeting to start exercising and calorie counting again.

Hoping I’ll get back in shape in time for a Hot Ferris SummerTM.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on May 26, 2021, 02:44:43 PM
How I hate the Hot Ferris Summer
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on May 26, 2021, 02:57:57 PM
I stopped regular exercising for about 3 weeks and found myself feeling more stressed as a result, which ironically caused me to lose more weight than I was when I was exercising and managed to lose 5lbs. Although my cardio and general strength is now shit again.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on May 26, 2021, 03:10:05 PM
How I hate the Hot Ferris Summer

Gonna waggle my steely buns in your face and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Drygate on May 26, 2021, 05:34:35 PM
I stopped regular exercising for about 3 weeks and found myself feeling more stressed as a result, which ironically caused me to lose more weight than I was when I was exercising and managed to lose 5lbs. Although my cardio and general strength is now shit again.

Was probably just muscle loss rather than fat loss.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on May 30, 2021, 12:40:56 AM
This is my cardio fitness level (VO2 max) for the last 2 months according to my Apple Watch. I am currently at 39.9, making my fitness level below average. Cringe!!! A range of 43-50 is average, apparently.

(https://snipboard.io/flCJpK.jpg)

The bump - from 39.0 to 39.9 - coincides with when I started personal training sessions (the only serious exercise I've done in the whole period - all other exercise was just walking, no jogging or biking or anything). This is surprising and interesting to me - can a mere two hours of serious cardio in bump your fitness by an entire point?

More likely it's just provided better data to apple. The watch can't measure vo2 max directly, it measures lots of things and estimates from that. Until recently you needed to do a high intensity work out to get a measurement.

Well blow me down, it has continued to rise. I inch slowly but surely towards a fitness level of AVERAGE. This just from walking a lot and an hour of punishing physical training once a week for a month.

(https://i2.paste.pics/a4beec9ca7027c6b24d2cc46c559c799.png)
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: greencalx on May 30, 2021, 05:45:06 PM
I think exercise will always be something of a necessary evil to me. I don't think I'll ever enjoy it 100%

Same. Never found a form of exercise where I don't feel like time is going backwards, except maybe hillwalking (although I never did that particularly seriously).

In the first lockdown we, along with all other parents thrust into impromptu homeschooling, tuned into Joe Wicks. Child and I did them all together, though he decided that Scottish children could get fat once English schools went back. (Actually, fair play to him, it must have got pretty tedious doing it every day and I got the impression that Mrs Wicks wasn't so keen; I do note they have a much nicer house now, so there is that). I stopped when our schools went back in the autumn, and at a subsequent GP consultation it was suggested I pick it back up again. Looking at the Health app data, I now realise how much exercise I did by walking to and from work, and by going between floors of the building. So since Christmas I've been back on the Wicks, and dallied with some of the competition (as well as the school's own home workouts that the PE teacher produced). I particularly like people who don't talk as much, and don't share Joe's burpee fetish.

The first half always feels miserable. The second half always goes much faster. But I still don't get how a 40 second work period feels 10 times longer than the 20 second rest in between. And I just feel knackered and sweaty afterwards, never get the endorphin rush that people bang on about. I think I am a bit fitter and stronger than I would otherwise be, but I suspect most of the benefits are reversed by the chocolate cakes and apple crumbles we've taken to baking at the weekends.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on June 05, 2021, 12:17:54 PM
The first half always feels miserable. The second half always goes much faster. But I still don't get how a 40 second work period feels 10 times longer than the 20 second rest in between.

This. Also burpees can fuck right off. Are they even good for you? I can't do them without falling over.

Fair play to you though, Joe Wicks annoys me too much for me to watch a single second, never mind exercise with him for 40.

Think I do actually enjoy Beat Saber and BodyPump now I think about it. The music stops me getting bored. I've never been any good at dance classes though, my brain just can't keep up with the moves.

Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on June 05, 2021, 12:20:24 PM
Also I did another BodyPump class this morning. This one:

https://nzglen.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/bodypump-85-tracklist/

Too soon, guys...
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on June 05, 2021, 06:07:21 PM
Sunny weather means it's time to go kayaking again. I've just spent about two hours paddling up the river, followed by a return trip that took a dispiritingly brief 40 minutes.
It's good exercise for the upper body, although the only part that quickened my pulse was when the swans started getting lairy at me.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Magnum Valentino on June 07, 2021, 10:07:46 AM
Does anyone know how long a dynamic warm-up session 'lasts' for?

In context, my warm-up routine (which works and can be directly credited for less painful runs, back when I was doing them) is too ridiculous looking to do anywhere but at home, but I think I'd look forward to running more if I could do it in some other local locations that I'd need to drive to, 10 or 15 minutes or so.

So if the warm up is designed to make the muscles behave a certain way which means they're less likely to get strained during an exercise, are they likely to still be in that state after sitting in a car for 15 minutes, or should the exercise follow the warmup immediately?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: olliebean on June 07, 2021, 03:41:11 PM
Does anyone know how long a dynamic warm-up session 'lasts' for?

In context, my warm-up routine (which works and can be directly credited for less painful runs, back when I was doing them) is too ridiculous looking to do anywhere but at home, but I think I'd look forward to running more if I could do it in some other local locations that I'd need to drive to, 10 or 15 minutes or so.

So if the warm up is designed to make the muscles behave a certain way which means they're less likely to get strained during an exercise, are they likely to still be in that state after sitting in a car for 15 minutes, or should the exercise follow the warmup immediately?

Depends; I think we'll need to see a video of you doing the warm up to give you a definitive answer.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Magnum Valentino on June 08, 2021, 09:31:54 AM
It's this. I've overcome a certain amount of image issues to be able to get out running in the first place but the squat/rotate and lunge/rotate in this are something I'm not going to be seen doing out and about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlz572cfQS4&t=329s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlz572cfQS4&t=329s)
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on June 08, 2021, 09:40:19 AM
It seems there is no strong evidence that warmups actually help anything (here's a trial (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK72912/), here's another trial (https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/49/14/935.short?g=w_bjsm_ahead_tab)) so if I were you I'd just skip it. If you don't like getting into strenuous exercise straight-off, just start by going for a brisk walk before launching into your graceful olympian sprint.

edit: oh I see you swear by your warmups. well, you could try an experiment, do them at home, drive to your place and do your run and see if they still feel like they're helping.

in my experience you can get away with any kind of ridiculous body movement as long as you're wearing gym shorts and trainers. as you repeatedly rub your bum up and down a telephone pole people will simply assume you are an expert athlete dedicated to his routine.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Magnum Valentino on June 08, 2021, 10:24:12 AM
Ah it's maybe unfair to say I swear by them, but I at least experienced noticeably less painful aftereffects on days that I warmed up before AND after. That said, it could have been coincidence. I'll take a read of those links, cheers popcorn.

I would absolutely love to not bother with dynamic warm ups to be honest. The mental toll it took on me was genuinely strong enough to put me off running. Probably notable that C25K doesn't recommend anything bar the brisk walk beforehand, either.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Dusty Substance on June 16, 2021, 02:33:43 PM

I put on quite a bit of weight during the first lockdown (March-June 2020) and then did my best to work it off. Did a bunch of sit-ups in June and July, felt exhilarated by doing it,  but did my back in on my rickety floor. Bought a gym/yoga matt to make sit ups a little more comfortable AND THEN NEVER DID ANOTHER SIT UP AGAIN.

Continued to put on weight but for the last four/five months I've been a lot more sensible with my eating, hoping that the gained weight will go. It hasn't. Need to get out a get walking again.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on June 16, 2021, 10:10:06 PM
Walked 22km today (and probably a bit more because I got lost).

Am I shagged? Yes. Was it pointless? Perhaps, perhaps.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on June 17, 2021, 12:10:07 PM
Did BodyPump again yesterday. Good upper back workout and now I'm feeling it. Getting a reet pair of lats. Not just working on my glamour muscles here.

Been enjoying BodyPump and seeing quick results but my gym used to do a "class only" membership which was about £35, but  now only do a ten-class pass for £64. Doing two classes a week they don't last long, and because class sizes are restricted it's a bugger to even get into one right now, lots of joining waiting lists and hoping someone cancels, or doing classes at 8am when no sane person wants to do them.

Due to the inconvenience and expense I think I'm going to wait until my current pass is used up and just buy a barbell and some clips instead. We already have a few weight plates, I might buy a couple more and then I'll have a full BodyPump set for home use. Do classes on YouTube, job's a good 'un.

One of the classes I've been doing features a bit of Fallout Boy and the lyrics: "Gonna change ya/Like a remix/Then I'll raise ya/Like a phoenix. I can't decide if that's terrible or brilliant. It's great benchpressing music, that's for sure.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Neville Chamberlain on June 17, 2021, 01:16:26 PM
Currently on day 4 of my '100 pull-ups a day' challenge. I don't do them in one session because I'm nowhere near strong enough for that, but I do them in groups of 10 spaced out over two hours (or one hour for chin-ups) while I'm in my home office. This means I'm never pulling up to muscle failure (not a good idea if you're doing them every day) and can instead focus on good, strong form. I use a variety of grips, too: pull-up (palms facing away); chin-ups (palms facing towards me); and parallel grip (palms facing each other). I've become a bit obsessed with pull-ups recently.

I also 'accidentally' ran a half-marathon the other day. 'Accidentally' because I fucked up my workout plan on my Garmin and decided to do a 5k or 10k instead because I was kind of in the mood. But then, at 10k, I found I was still feeling pretty mentally and physically strong so just decided to carry on. Did it in 2 hours 1 minute. With a few tweaks to the route and better preparation (i.e. not drinking a few bottles of beer during Turkey v Italy and going to bed at 2 a.m. the night before), I reckon I can go for sub 1 hour 50 min run. Having now run a half-marathon distance, my respect for full marathon runners has gone up immeasurably!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on June 17, 2021, 01:18:49 PM
Nice one Neville. I've never been able to do a pull-up in my adult life.

BUT IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on June 17, 2021, 01:29:07 PM
in fact I think I'm going to do one right now.









hnnghhh


hnroghhhhhhh




grogohohohhhhhhh

nggggggggg






:(
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Neville Chamberlain on June 17, 2021, 01:43:56 PM
Pull-ups are HARD. It took me ages before I could do proper, strict pull-ups. I was able to do a few as a teenager, but then I stopped any kind of strength sport and, the first time I returned to a pull-up bar 27 years later aged about 42, I found myself just flailing around helplessly and hopelessly, achieving nothing more than, say, a couple of inches of upward movement. The prospect of moving my entire body weight up towards the bar felt utterly impossible. Undeterred - and call it a mid-life crisis if you will - I made it my mission to do five pull-ups. I started out with resistance bands to help drill the technique, if only for a couple of reps. However, for a long time, I found that as soon as I tried without the resistance bands, I was unable to replicate anything like the smooth technique I'd perfected with the bands and still felt like a dead weight, unable to pull myself up anything more than a couple of inches - and all this despite the fact that I obviously had a strong back thanks to two years of fannying around in a gym (so doing rows, lat pulldowns, etc.). I just didn't know how to activate the back muscles for a pull-up. Then, one day, it happened. I seem to remember I rotated my shoulder and upper back muscles back a lot more than usual and suddenly found myself shooting up towards the bar. And that was that! Once you've done one, it's just a question of pushing for the next one. Always with strict form, though - quality over quantity: that's how to build real strength. And watching endless videos of young, topless Russian men doing perfect pull-ups. Oh, and losing weight. Losing weight really helped.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Neville Chamberlain on June 17, 2021, 01:44:42 PM
in fact I think I'm going to do one right now.









hnnghhh


hnroghhhhhhh




grogohohohhhhhhh

nggggggggg






:(

ACTIVATE YOUR LATS!!!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on June 17, 2021, 01:54:26 PM
I have never been able to do pullups either but haven't actually tried since acquiring my AWESOME LATS. Might go and hang off the back of an Edinburgh tour bus like Vin Diesel.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Bazooka on June 17, 2021, 02:07:40 PM
I've lost half a stone in a week, eliminated carbs completely(complex carbs, not green veg carbs) and power walking twice a day, and summer is the best time because it's easier to sweat out crisps.Flying back to China July 31st so got to look good for my lady, although quarantine food will probably cause me to lose even more, and can go mental when I get released.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: thugler on June 18, 2021, 07:27:34 PM
I've lost half a stone in a week, eliminated carbs completely(complex carbs, not green veg carbs) and power walking twice a day, and summer is the best time because it's easier to sweat out crisps.Flying back to China July 31st so got to look good for my lady, although quarantine food will probably cause me to lose even more, and can go mental when I get released.

Got to be mostly water weight mate, you can't lose half a stone in a week. Still, good job!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on June 19, 2021, 12:37:50 PM
Check it out, maggots. You are reading the posts of someone of ABOVE AVERAGE FITNESS. Not my words - the words of Apple Inc:

(https://i.ibb.co/pnWZJ4t/image.png)

I’ve no way of knowing how accurate Apple’s VO2 max measurement is as an absolute figure - for all I know my real number is tragically low. To be honest, it still seems unlikely to me that I am a man of average fitness, though perhaps the average man is quite unfit. However, I’m hoping the watch is basically consistent in *how* it measures VO2, and that its gradual increase reflects some genuine improvement in my studly bod.

(https://i.ibb.co/RvxnJ9z/image.png)
Chart from March 2021 - today.

The moral of the story is that if your fitness is low right now, you can apparently improve it quickly and dramatically with just one hour of gruelling nightmare cardio a week, and see immediate, measurable results. And the the shitter your fitness is the more quickly you can boost it! Note that fixing baldness is still difficult and expensive.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: imitationleather on June 19, 2021, 12:42:42 PM
An hour of nightmare cardio would ruin my entire week though.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on June 19, 2021, 01:29:32 PM
sounds like the words of someone of BELOW AVERAGE FITNESS to me!!!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: shiftwork2 on June 20, 2021, 01:31:00 PM
Timely, as I have just achieved BELOW AVERAGE FITNESS.  Prior to this I was a LOW FITNESS no-mark.

Reach for the stars.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on June 20, 2021, 02:12:51 PM
What do you mean by one hour of NIGHTMARE CARDIO, poppers? Do you break that down into three 20 minute sessions or just rag it to fuck in one go? Also what is the exercise? I find all cardio to be NIGHTMARE CARDIO.

Meanwhile I have just ordered myself a nice BodyPump set:

https://mirafit.co.uk/mirafit-20kg-studio-pump-set.html

Some of the ones available on Amazon looked a bit flimsy, with bars in multiple sections that have to be assembled, went with Mirafit because Mr Jam ordered some weight plates from them near the start of lockdown and they're good quality. £90 is also cheaper than most of the flimsy sets on Amazon, think this set looks sturdy enough though. There are plenty of BodyPump workouts on YouTube so I'll be sorted.

I've realised I just get bored really easily working out and need music and a rhythm to distract me, so now it's BodyPump and Beat Saber all the way.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on June 20, 2021, 04:45:13 PM
Timely, as I have just achieved BELOW AVERAGE FITNESS.  Prior to this I was a LOW FITNESS no-mark.

Reach for the stars.

Congrats! You will probably be ABOVE AVERAGE FITNESS before I am HIGH FITNESS (I think it's unlikely I will ever reach HIGH FITNESS).

What do you mean by one hour of NIGHTMARE CARDIO, poppers? Do you break that down into three 20 minute sessions or just rag it to fuck in one go? Also what is the exercise? I find all cardio to be NIGHTMARE CARDIO.

I do a one-hour session with a personal trainer once a week. The exercises vary each week but follow a pattern of some warmup cardio for 5 mins, then weights and sit-ups and that kind of thing, then a proper cardio workout on a treadmill, bike or rowing machine for about 15 minutes that leaves me properly fucking knackered, then more weights and sit-ups and that kind of thing. Then finally, worst of all, a circuit, which is where you have to do three really hard exercises in a row without a break - eg lift this weight up and down 10 times fast, then jump on this box 10 times fast, then push a heavy box as fast as you can down a track, spin it round and push it back again, all without stopping, x3. The circuit is usually the point at which I feel true exhaustion, not just cardio pain, as if energy is seeping out of my body - I am suddenly unable to keep pushing the box.

I would say it only really amounts to about 25 minutes of true nightmare cardio - the rest makes your muscles sore but doesn't make you want to die. Also the first session was the most difficult exercise I'd ever done in my life, but since then my body has coped far better.

On top of that, I do occasionally go to the gym and do much gentler weights/cardio, and I walk 13k steps a day on average. But I was doing the walking before I started the training - I think the training is 90% of what made the difference.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on June 20, 2021, 09:13:47 PM
"Body Pump" is just about the grottiest thing I've ever read.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on June 24, 2021, 12:12:38 PM
Maintaining this above-average-fitness thing has been perilous. After weeks of solid gains I'm oscillating between 43.1 and 43.2. Don't send me back! I don't want to be below average again.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Rich Uncle Skeleton on June 27, 2021, 07:47:33 PM
Right, nothing brings CaB together like helping get rid of Rich Uncle Skeleton's moobs! Two years of back issues and depression so generally not looking after myself are catching up with me. I've had the occasional belly before and I know I probably shouldn't be so bothered but as a tall lanky bloke I'm aware I shouldn't have what i assume would be classed as AAs if I was a woman.

Have sorted myself out diet wise and getting out more walking and a bit of cycling but I assume there's other things I should probably be doing that will shift them quicker?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jobotic on June 27, 2021, 07:54:04 PM
Was going to run tonight but it's raining so I'll probably eat crisps instead. I used to like running and was quite good at it but totally lost the desire. Done a lot of cycling recently so I'm not inert but how to get the will to run back?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Bernice on June 27, 2021, 08:15:15 PM
Right, nothing brings CaB together like helping get rid of Rich Uncle Skeleton's moobs! Two years of back issues and depression so generally not looking after myself are catching up with me. I've had the occasional belly before and I know I probably shouldn't be so bothered but as a tall lanky bloke I'm aware I shouldn't have what i assume would be classed as AAs if I was a woman.

Have sorted myself out diet wise and getting out more walking and a bit of cycling but I assume there's other things I should probably be doing that will shift them quicker?

The best exercise routine is always the one you can stick to. Running is great for burning calories, but if you fucking hate it (or want to smash a fruit bowl full of chocolate oranges down your gullet as soon as you're done) it's not particularly useful.

At the least though, I'd recommend tracking your walks/cycles (using something like Strava, maybe think about investing in a fitness tracker at some point) and trying to slowly up your mileage or intensity as you go. Keep track of your weight, see what works, adjust if you're getting nowhere.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on June 27, 2021, 08:41:52 PM
Right, nothing brings CaB together like helping get rid of Rich Uncle Skeleton's moobs! Two years of back issues and depression so generally not looking after myself are catching up with me. I've had the occasional belly before and I know I probably shouldn't be so bothered but as a tall lanky bloke I'm aware I shouldn't have what i assume would be classed as AAs if I was a woman.

Have sorted myself out diet wise and getting out more walking and a bit of cycling but I assume there's other things I should probably be doing that will shift them quicker?

If you are sporting some moobs and belly (and you wouldn't be the only one) then the only cure is to burn more calories than you consume until the fat fizzles away from your slovenly bod. But don't do it too quickly or you may do more harm than good.

If you're already keeping your calorie intake low then great, but you might want to get a calorie tracker app to make sure you know exactly what's going in and out of yer.

Consider any exercise you do bonus points. If you walk for an hour or two every day you will burn off the equivalent of around a Starbuck's cookie - so worth doing, although not eating the Starbucks cookie in the first place is faster still.

I have found using a fitness tracker greatly improved my interest in exercise, to my own surprise.

I think the most useful thing you can do is to weigh yourself every day at the same time - after you've had a piss and before you've eaten anything - and write down your weight. Over the weeks you will learn if you are losing weight, and how quickly. You can then adjust your lifestyle to suit. Never do anything without data! You will get lost and fall in a ditch.

Sorry if you already knew 100% of this. Good luck!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on June 27, 2021, 08:42:47 PM
Was going to run tonight but it's raining so I'll probably eat crisps instead. I used to like running and was quite good at it but totally lost the desire. Done a lot of cycling recently so I'm not inert but how to get the will to run back?

Bit of a repeat of what I said above but have you tried a fitness tracker? I never thought I'd find any way to enjoy exercise, but it turns out just looking at data has done the trick. I now obsess over my daily active calories.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Dex Sawash on June 28, 2021, 12:22:24 PM
Right, nothing brings CaB together like helping get rid of Rich Uncle Skeleton's moobs!



Compression shirt, sorted
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on July 19, 2021, 10:48:08 AM
I've lost almost 14kg, more than 2 stone. Feeling smug.

Tried to learn to deadlift over the weekend and couldn't get the posture right.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on July 19, 2021, 10:49:49 AM
Congratulations, that's a huge amount!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on July 19, 2021, 11:03:21 AM
When I hit my next target weight I am going to celebrate with absolutely fucking loads of ice cream.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on July 19, 2021, 11:14:20 AM
There are some lovely low calorie ice creams that you could gorge on now without feeling bad. Had a tub of Asda Cookie Dough ice cream which was just over 300 for the entire tub and was incredible. Had loads of protein and fibre too. The only problem was it was nearly three quid for the whole tub.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on July 19, 2021, 11:16:41 AM
There are some lovely low calorie ice creams that you could gorge on now without feeling bad. Had a tub of Asda Cookie Dough ice cream which was just over 300 for the entire tub and was incredible. Had loads of protein and fibre too. The only problem was it was nearly three quid for the whole tub.

Ooh (https://groceries.asda.com/product/ice-cream-tubs/asda-cookie-dough-ice-cream/1000112419744)

Definitely getting some of that.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on July 19, 2021, 11:31:07 AM
When I hit my next target weight I am going to celebrate with absolutely fucking loads of ice cream.

That's the hammer. Put it all back on for a laugh!

If I'm ever a healthy weight for a land mammal, I'm going to eat until I have a mini stroke.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on July 19, 2021, 11:59:11 AM
God I'm so incredibly sexy. Who could not want to shag me.

Calorie counting is ace and easy, recommended to all fatties.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: olliebean on July 19, 2021, 08:53:54 PM
Found an old Bullworker in the back of a cupboard, which apparently only takes 7 seconds per exercise per day, so that's me sorted.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on July 20, 2021, 08:49:34 AM

Tried to learn to deadlift over the weekend and couldn't get the posture right.

Congrats on the weight loss.

Mark Rippetoe is a bit of a twat but his Starting Strength book and coaching method is very highly regarded by people in the strength training field. This explanation for setting up for the deadlift is pretty much foolproof.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2OPUi4xGrM
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Neville Chamberlain on July 20, 2021, 09:06:02 AM
Deadlift?

Deadsoon, more like!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Kankurette on July 20, 2021, 10:37:33 AM
Sorry if I've asked this before but is it OK to miss a few gym sessions? I normally go 2-3 times a week but can't at the moment because I've got a massive translation job on with a tight deadline.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on July 20, 2021, 11:33:21 AM
Are you asking about weight training or cardio sessions? I only ask because I feel OK commenting on lifting but I’m probably the least qualified person in the the northern hemisphere to advise on fitness training.

If it’s the former, yes you’ll be fine missing a few sessions. Your muscles won’t lose strength that quickly but if you do nothing at all for two or three weeks I’d ease back into it and stick to lighter weights and higher reps for the first couple of workouts.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Kankurette on July 20, 2021, 12:51:06 PM
I do a mix of both. I alternate between using the cardio machines and doing weights. Bench press, seated row, leg spreader etc.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on July 20, 2021, 12:57:24 PM
A few gym sessions missed won't be harmful. Just take it easy on your first session back and don't push yourself too far.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Kankurette on July 20, 2021, 01:21:46 PM
I am hoping to get a session in at the weekend. I admit going the gym is not fun in this weather though, even the aircon doesn't help.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on July 20, 2021, 01:47:17 PM
The thought that I've wasted so much money on gyms in the past when I love adjacent to a fast flowing river with birds and flowers and such is madness!

Definitely have to do more local hiking in the woods and fields I think.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on July 20, 2021, 11:36:26 PM
Ran my first ever 5k last night. Hadn't been doing a couch-to-5k plan or anything like that, but I've spent a lot of time on a treadmill over the last few months so just decided to try it and see what happened. Managed it in 42 minutes - almost certainly the longest I've ever run without stopping in my life. Not exactly super speedy (internet says around 30 mins is a kind of benchmark middling rate) but pleased.

Tried it again last night. Thought 40 minutes felt achievable. All but collapsed at the 3.7km point. Going too fast I suppose. Bit depressing. Then on the walk home I saw a bloke chuck an empty can of lager into someone's garden and I said "oh mate come on that's terrible" and he told me to fuck off.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on July 20, 2021, 11:38:45 PM
Ran 5k in this?

You psycho.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on July 20, 2021, 11:41:08 PM
It's nice and cool in the evening!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on July 20, 2021, 11:52:26 PM
Maybe I should run later. I'm finding 3.5 miles to be a wall in this heat when I run after work. I'm trying to do 4.5 to 5 miles a day.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Norton Canes on July 21, 2021, 09:17:57 AM
I seem to have transformed into some kind of iron man super athlete in this heatwave. Bike ride at lunch, weight training after work then off to the beach for an evening swim.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: flotemysost on July 21, 2021, 08:10:22 PM
Yeah, weirdly I find moving about is the only way to stay sane in this weather. Went for a brisk walk round the park on my lunch break yesterday, and it was only really hellish when I had to wait ages under direct sun for the traffic lights to change, had to pace up and down on the pavement while I waited. As soon as you stop moving you're just confronted with your own reeking, sodden repulsiveness.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Blue Jam on July 23, 2021, 12:40:23 AM
Tell you what, this little heatwave we're having is making it a lot easier for me to eat less. Appetite completely nuked. Anyone else?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Bernice on July 23, 2021, 08:09:03 AM
Sort of. Then it cools down a bit in the evening and I want to stuff my face with Nik Naks and Ritter Sport from the corner shop.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: kalowski on July 23, 2021, 08:12:02 AM
I was... Got to the fittest I've been in an age. 10k in under 50 minutes.
But I've now fucked my Achilles. It's a horrible injury. I can cycle, but I have to run at a snail's pace which is kinda pointless.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Norton Canes on July 23, 2021, 12:54:08 PM
Just nature's way of saying why run when you can cycle.

We've lived near Morecambe for about 16 years now and before this week I'd never swam in the sea there. Went every evening over the past three days though and it was blissful. I mean I say 'swim', more just wading in and bobbing around, but in the warm water with the sun setting over the mountains... so good. 

You do need to catch the tide at pretty much its highest though, or it's quite a walk over the sands.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on July 23, 2021, 12:59:00 PM
I was... Got to the fittest I've been in an age. 10k in under 50 minutes.
But I've now fucked my Achilles. It's a horrible injury. I can cycle, but I have to run at a snail's pace which is kinda pointless.

This is why you should never run.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Neville Chamberlain on July 23, 2021, 02:31:46 PM
I was... Got to the fittest I've been in an age. 10k in under 50 minutes.

I ran 10k in 49:01 minutes the other weekend :-)
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Chollis on July 23, 2021, 03:21:47 PM
48:50 for me 👏👏👏
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: kalowski on July 23, 2021, 10:15:52 PM
49:16 is my time (and I'm 50 in September).
But nowadays my left Achilles is twice the thickness of my right.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on July 23, 2021, 10:19:59 PM
Went to see my new nephew today. My sister took a picture of me with the baby and the dog and sent it to me. Had a bit of an existential crisis on seeing it. First time I have looked at myself and thought that I don't look like a complete fat fuck. I know I still have loads more to lose and the mirror is a cruel mistress but it was nice to eschew the body dysmorphia for at least one picture.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on July 23, 2021, 10:54:07 PM
Congrats, that's a good feeling. I saw a photo of myself from a few years ago and was astonished.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Poisson Du Jour on July 23, 2021, 11:26:50 PM
43:59 while we're being running bores. But since I got covid in May 9k has been my longest run and if I had to do 10 I'd struggle to do 55 minutes now. I hope this is mainly the 40° heat and not just covid. We'll see in September when I start upping the distance again.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Kankurette on July 24, 2021, 09:15:25 PM
I can't run because I have fibro and it fucks my knees, but then I couldn't run even before I got ill. I've just been going for walks instead. I know people say 'just give it a try' but I have and it hurt like hell. My back is also in a shitload of pain due to having an MRI yesterday.

I've accepted that my inability to run means I'm never going to lose loads of weight. I gained a shit ton when I was on Citalopram and it's been hard getting it down.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on July 24, 2021, 11:03:56 PM
I've accepted that my inability to run means I'm never going to lose loads of weight. I gained a shit ton when I was on Citalopram and it's been hard getting it down.

How are you at stairs? How about rowing?

I've done some rough maths based on my fitness tracker and the stair stepper machine burns more calories per minute than any other cardio I do, followed by running on the treadmill, then the rowing machine. I'd say I work about equally hard at all of them, in terms of how they feel to do.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Rizla on July 24, 2021, 11:13:20 PM
I've done some rough maths based on my fitness tracker and the stair stepper machine burns more calories per minute than any other cardio I do, followed by running on the treadmill, then the rowing machine. I'd say I work about equally hard at all of them, in terms of how they feel to do.
That's interesting - how many calories per minute do you reckon you get on the stair stepper then? It's murder on my knees so for cardio I've been sticking to the eliptical/crosstrainer thing on which I'm apparently burning 500 calories in 30 mins. The same calories on the treadmill or bike was taking me more like 45/50 mins.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on July 24, 2021, 11:53:39 PM
These are *highly* approximate numbers established through highly unscientific means. Basically I looked at a handful of recent workouts for each of the following exercises, tracked on my Apple Watch, and worked them out from there. I also forgot to work out the numbers for spin class so I've added that on, and it's actually the highest burner by far.

Calories I burn per minute per exercise

Spin class = 14
Stair stepper in gym = 11.5
Treadmill run = 11
Jogging around outside extremely slowly = 11
Rowing  = 8.8
Weights in gym = 5.8
Walking outside = 5.2
Outdoor cycle = 4

For the treadmill and rowing, I always do an Apple Fitness class, so I'm alternating between fast, slow and moderate speeds for the duration.

On the treadmill I just pick a slow n steady speed and do it until I hit 250 calories, which I clear in about 18 minutes. Then I take a break and do it again, or do something else.

I'm apparently burning 500 calories in 30 mins.

That's impressive! Most I've ever tracked is 450 calories in 25 mins during spin class. Spin is by far the biggest calorie burner, as you can see above, but it's fairly nightmarish. I have a lot of free time so I usually prefer to burn more calories slowly than blast them all out in one horrendous go.

I've actually never tried the elliptical, I should give it a whirl.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Kankurette on July 25, 2021, 12:05:32 AM
I love the rowing machine, bike and crosstrainer.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Magnum Valentino on July 25, 2021, 09:13:09 PM
Anyone any experience of constipation after starting going to the gym. Could be dehydration due to this weather but I thought I'd ask this as well...
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on July 25, 2021, 10:00:54 PM
I just shit on the stairmaster.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on July 30, 2021, 12:36:57 PM
Had my first proper go on the elliptical last night. I didn't really like it - it was strangely boring in a way that other cardio isn't, and even with the resistance cranked to the max, it didn't feel like I was actually working very hard. According to my Apple Watch I managed to burn a decent lump of calories nonetheless, but... somehow I don't believe it.

I fell off the treadmill the other week. Stepped on the bit that wasn't moving. Catapulted my shoe off my foot and into the wall at 100mph. Chumbawumba!!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on July 30, 2021, 12:55:55 PM
The elliptical is great you lemon. You can even watch telly while you do it.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Dusty Substance on July 30, 2021, 02:14:42 PM

I'm still unable to shift the weight I gained during the two lockdowns, as well as no longer having much of a social life these days, but I've taken to doing daily sit ups.

Been doing them for about a month now, having dug out the exercise matt I bought last year. The first week, I struggled to do fifteen. Now, I can easily do 50.

Doing my absolute best to eat sensibly, too. Although I've cut a bunch of stuff out, sometimes I can't help myself and will end up putting a big bag of crisps in my basket in Tesco's.

Getting there though.... Very slowly, but surely.

Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on August 03, 2021, 12:11:38 PM
Still can't fucking do deadlifts. My mate is trying to teach me but but no matter how much I try everything I do causes him to suck his teeth and go "Well, that was a bit better..."
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: jobotic on August 03, 2021, 12:25:14 PM
50 mile cycle on Saturday. Furthest for a while, and 14km run a couple of days before.

I'm coming for you Brownlee
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on August 04, 2021, 01:56:37 PM
Just finished my second ever 5k. 34:19, so 8 minutes faster than my first pathetic attempt. Is it too late for me to join the olympics or what
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Norton Canes on August 04, 2021, 04:59:39 PM
They're on for another week
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Fr.Bigley on August 05, 2021, 01:25:53 PM
50 mile cycle on Saturday. Furthest for a while, and 14km run a couple of days before.

I'm coming for you Brownlee

Nearly knocked him (Alastair) off his bike with the car near his mums house. Two weeks before the Olympics where they won gold. Imagine.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on August 06, 2021, 01:40:32 PM
How do you people deal with chub rub? I am a big fattie now so I get it almost semi regularly. I wear tight boxers that cover thigh area but still every once in a while i'll get a sore little rash and I cant really do anything for a day or so.

Is it just a power through the pain until you dont get it anymore thing?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on August 06, 2021, 01:44:48 PM
vaseline my friend!
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: JamesTC on August 06, 2021, 02:40:42 PM
vaseline my friend!

Not until I get to know him first.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on August 06, 2021, 02:45:05 PM
vaseline my friend!

As a curative measure or a prevantative one? I mostly talc before I walk but I usually only vaseline as a respite from the soreness.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on August 06, 2021, 03:39:25 PM
Still can't fucking do deadlifts. My mate is trying to teach me but but no matter how much I try everything I do causes him to suck his teeth and go "Well, that was a bit better..."

If you’re doing deadlifts to strengthen your muscles and have no desire to master the lift so you can enter powerlifting events, you could try Romanian deadlifts instead. They start from the top position so you take the bar from a rack rather than the floor, and you simply lower it as far as is comfortable (probably mid shin for most?) before returning to the upright position.

It still works the posterior chain: lower back, glutes, hamstrings, plus the traps and forearms and is easier to perform for many. There are loads of instructional videos on YouTube but this one is short, simple with no macho grunting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j-2w4-P14I
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on August 06, 2021, 03:41:58 PM
If you’re doing deadlifts to strengthen your muscles and have no desire to master the lift so you can enter powerlifting events, you could try Romanian deadlifts instead. They start from the top position so you take the bar from a rack rather than the floor, and you simply lower it as far as is comfortable (probably mid shin for most?) before returning to the upright position.

It still works the posterior chain: lower back, glutes, hamstrings, plus the traps and forearms and is easier to perform for many. There are loads of instructional videos on YouTube but this one is short, simple with no macho grunting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j-2w4-P14I

This looks exactly like the thing I can't do. My posture always just goes completely wrong apparently.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on August 06, 2021, 04:03:03 PM
Oh well. As good as they are when done correctly, it’s entirely possible to hit all your main muscle groups without deadlifts anyway. Plus, if you’re struggling with your form, there’s always the risk of injury to the lower back.

To be honest I always found excuses to avoid them because I found them a struggle at first too. I was comparatively strong in the upper body so concentrated on bro lifts like the bench press rather than the hard stuff like DLs and squats. Still do, actually, and I’m way old enough to know better.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Magnum Valentino on August 22, 2021, 12:30:24 PM
Was there a calorie tracking app recommended earlier in the thread? By Popcorn maybe?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: popcorn on August 22, 2021, 01:32:10 PM
I use Lose It. It’s not great but it works. Lots of people use MyFitnessPal.

As far as I could tell from playing around with a few different ones, there is no great calorie counter app yet. They’re all a bit ropey with slightly crap design and writing and slightly dodgy integration into other apps, but they basically do the job. I really want Apple to make one to integrate into their Health app but it isn’t there yet.

FWIW, I used Lose It for three or four months, then stopped using it and started estimating my calorific consumption instead for a couple of weeks as an experiment. I continued to lose weight so I haven’t used it since. I still highly recommend trying one as an educational tool at the very least - it has genuinely changed my perspective on food.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: bgmnts on August 22, 2021, 01:40:04 PM
I've been outside once in the past 10 days and have stuffed my face. Covid is ace!

Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Chollis on August 29, 2021, 03:53:14 PM
decided it was time to get fit a few months ago after doing almost 0 exercise throughout lockdown and piling on the pounds. lost 8kg so far but I've got another 15 or so to go i think. at the moment exercising mostly consists of a 45 min walk/jog most days, which will hopefully become a run when i get my fitness levels up. if nothing else the regular outdoor exercise has helped improved my mental health noticeably.

anyway, figured I would need some waterproof gear if I'm to continue doing this through winter, and I might even become a full running wanker and get running shoes too. S4C or worth it? there also only seems to be "running tights" as a non-shorts option for your bottom half. that ain't happening. is there a good place to buy this stuff? Decathlon?
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Drygate on September 02, 2021, 06:41:04 PM
Another reason to go for a run and hit the gym

https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2021/07/21/bjsports-2021-104203

Quote
Conclusion Adults who engaged in the recommended levels of physical activity were associated with a decreased likelihood of SARS-CoV-2 infection, severe COVID-19 illness and COVID-19 related death. Our findings suggest that engaging in physical activity has substantial public health value and demonstrates potential benefits to combat COVID-19.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: peanutbutter on September 05, 2021, 04:30:44 PM
Got some dumbbells a few weeks ago and I'm honestly surprised how big of a revelation they've been. I just do a few lifts and my heartrate is up and once it's actually up I'm super keen on doing an extended exercise.
Trying to do planks and squats and other shit to try and balance it out. Then I'll do a couple of tracks on beat saber on hard mode at the end just to keep a stable heartrate going for a while.


Might try and actually start running at some point over the next couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Anyone else getting fit in Covid?
Post by: Neville Chamberlain on September 07, 2021, 10:00:02 AM
Ran a half marathon in 1 hr 49 mins the other week. Also ran 26k in 2 hrs 25 mins at the weekend.

Just signed up for the Berlin 25k in October. Providing you haven't already perished at some point along the route, you get to run the last 400 meters in the Olympic Stadium!