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  • Les Mills Bodypump is in the exercise database here. Probably closer enough for government work...
  • Are you lifting with a belt? Or at least pushing out hard with the abs and holding your valsalva hard? If the abs and air aren't doing their part, your back is going to have to carry way too much of the load.
  • It's an excellent beginner program. But realize that it's 5 sets of 5 reps at working weight. As you progress, you'll also have warm up sets before you start your work sets.
  • Rest, ice, and some NSAIDs until it feels normal - this is not a push through the pain sort of situation. If not back to normal in a week (or it keeps getting worse after the first couple of days), think about seeing a doc. After recovery, work on form with bodyweight squats before going back to weighted.
  • You do what you gotta do to keep your center of mass over your shoelaces. If that requires your knees to track beyond your toes, so be it.
  • Carbs tend to be the best for getting fuel to the muscles. I'd recommend eating at maintenance (or a bit above) for a day or two to build up your glycogen reserves, then go out the next day and see how your run goes. If your performance improves significantly, you're on the right track, so then it becomes a matter of…
  • If your diary is accurate, I'd say you're undereating. If the muscles don't have any glycogen to work with, they're not going to work very well.
  • I'd generally consider "stamina" to be able to work in the aerobic zone for a long time (hour+). What your situation sounds like is more like you need to work on your anaerobic capacity (ability to perform and recover quickly from short, high-intensity loads). I'd say your trainer is on the right track. Lots of ways to go…
  • Since you're coming back from a long break you're probably straining a bit. Some folks really tense their necks when straining...I suspect you're one of them. I wouldn't worry about it unless it persists more than a couple of weeks.
  • Just log the extra walks to the bathroom as exercise and roll with it :-D (Sorry, all the useful answers were already taken)
  • Great -- he goes and raises the bar just as I was getting close to matching it. Showoff. :) :) :)
  • FWIW, my biggest issue has just been recovery time -- I just can't pile on the volume and expect to recover from it like I did when I was a few decades younger. 5x5 at WW is a crapload of volume once you get past the initial stages -- by six months, you probably should be looking at dropping to 3x5 at working weight (and…
  • Pretty sure the grip section on a woman's oly bar is the same length as the men's - 4.3 ft. Sounds like you've got some non standard bar.
  • Hard to tell without knowing what days you're in the gym. For strength training, you generally want at least a day of rest for a worked muscle. If you're hitting the gym other other day, you're probably good until you start to plateau. If every day, you're overdoing things. As far as the running goes, just listen to your…
  • It's kind of an in-betweener -- endurance lifting. It's enough resistance to preserve (or even add) muscle if you don't have a whole lot to begin with, but any strength gains will top out fairly early. If you switch from lifting heavy to nothing but BP, you'll lose absolute strength over time (but gain endurance...no…
  • Hey, you were able to do a controlled negative at 95 lbs - not bad! Roll of shame FTW!
  • I'd probably log it as circuit training.
    in Kettlecise Comment by hill8570 June 2016
  • I picked up a couple of 1.25 plates on fleabay a year or two back. Weren't particularly pricey.
  • To directly answer your question, if I feel run down, start exercise, and haven't seriously perked up after 15 minutes or so, I'll stop the workout and either just stretch for a while or just go take a nap.
  • Motion is pretty much elliptical, so if I had to guess it'd be as that. I'd probably wear a HRM to have a better number tho.
  • I tried to do bodypump over the winter as my cardio (I'd been running SL for about a year at that point). Twice strained muscles trying to keep form and keep up with the very rapid reps. Not for me. If you throw out everything you know about weightlifting and treat it as a cardio class with weights, you might like it.
  • Cardio section is where you log stuff for calorie burn; Strength training section is just a way to log workouts. That said, "strength training" means different things to different people. There is traditional heavy weightlifting; high-rep, minimal-rest circuit training; bodyweight training, etc. All have radically…
  • K. But be sure to concentrate on getting your form right rather than keeping up with the video. The basic problem with this entire genre is the temptation to try to keep up with a select group of very fit people rather than go slower, nail down form, and then add speed as your fitness improves. That's a good way to get…
  • Logging as calisthenics would give you a ballpark burn estimate, although it's the sort of workout where an HRM would give you a reasonable number. And if you want to log it by name, you can always set up a custom exercise.
  • Convict Conditioning or You Are Your Own Gym are both excellent bodyweight programs, if you feel your job isn't working everything sufficiently. As far as body fat goes, keeping a calorie deficit is going to be more important that the gym work.
  • +1 . Find a good program and follow it. Strong Curves sounds like a good match for your goals.
  • Deadlifts really take it out of you -- they really should be the last major lift of the day. I have days I come close to blacking out after my max set (partially exertion, partially just reaction to holding the valsalva hard). Is that 4x6 a ramp, or are you actually doing 4 sets of 6RM lifts? If the latter, it's no wonder…
  • Yo, @_MistahJ_ -- I'll hold him while you work him over. Kids these days!
  • You've got negative calories enabled. The assumption is that some of those steps are being logged while on the bike, so it's adjusting to keep you from double-dipping. If you know you're not logging exercise that is also counted as steps, then just turn off negative calories.
  • Most weighted, non-massage hoops aren't supposed to be used for more than maybe 10-15 minutes a day, so from a calorie burn perspective it's not going to be much (50-75 calories). But those gigantic bumps are going to bruise the hell out of you for no good reason. Might want to just try sprinting at, and running into a…