Weight Lifters?

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I gave up weights for the last year and a half because my hands were getting extremely stiff and sore. I'm considering starting again but, I'll be using lighter weights. I run 10 - 20 miles per week depending on how I feel but, it's usually closer to 20. My wife and I also go for 3 - 5 mile walks on the weekend also.
In HS, I usually ran about 8 miles per day (on the days when we did not have cross-country meets) and I never got muscular from all that work - just lean and hungry. Boy! could I eat back then!

I'd spend a week or two with my grandmother every summer, and she'd try to "fatten me up". It didn't work. I'd go down to the shop and work with my grandfather (heavy-equipment mechanic) and learn how machines really work. That was a whole lot more fun than staying at home, but I really needed total immersion in that field to get good at it. He had a wrecker service, but when some had a skidder, bulldozer, or other heavy equipment stranded in the woods, he would tell them "bring it here". Pick-up and transport (even for big stuff) is low- profit.
 
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I want to do leg weight lifting workouts and also plyometrics to jump higher; has anyone done this?
One of my lifting buddies does a lot of standing [un]weighted jumps, I've done a few but not regimented at all like he does. Says he's been getting a few inches on it.

The closest thing I regularly do is drilling in BJJ, drilling each submission a few times before rolling every day. Shrimp crawls at the beginning of practice for defense. Gonna have to work on some other things, now that its been brought up. Wrestling standups certainly require some power to perform well.
 
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I've done some lifting all my life...well since I was a teen. So that means ~30 years :eek:. Mostly light weights, high reps.

My brother lifted as a teen, and could not get beyond a certain level no matter what. But when he was in his late 20s he found he could get amazing results for half the effort he put in as a teen. I've heard this from a lot of males.
30 years! that's sometime back , lol.Yes , there maybe some truth to that.Weight lifting is known to work in such manner , in particular if someone trains to gain strength (power lifting) compared to say size (body building) , powerlifter is mainly dependent on the central nervous system , the stronger you get the more neurons you're asking your CNS to fire. Maybe the nervous system some how stores this.
I've lifted on and off for a few years. Was really serious about it for a year, and just started back up again and got injured. When I was really serious about it I noticed a huge difference and absolutely loved it, then fell off the band wagon.

Sex: Male
Age: 24
Height 6'2''
Yes, unfortunately injuries are the by product of this.Often injuries are susceptible to beginners probably because at that stage you don't really the whats/ what nots of weight lifting , just as anything else weightlifting is about slow and steady progression. I have been lifting for a short time and the amount of injuries I have gone through is mind boggling.
 
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I started lifting in the summer. Starting to see results now. I love it.
That you will. lol
 
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As for losing weight from a particular part of the body, eg., the midsection, it seems that focused exercise (eg., situps, crunches, etc.) doesn't really do that. Apparently, each of us has an area (or areas) where we tend to put on weight, and the only way to take that weight off is to take in fewer calories than one is burning. Then, supposedly, the fat that has accumulated, say, in the midsection, will diminish.

But I think this requires that one stay very active while one is consuming fewer calories. Otherwise, it seems that the body consumes muscle tissue before it consumes fatty tissue. So, if you had a big gut, and went on a diet to lose that gut, and stuck to the diet but remained relatively sedentary, then would you end up being skinnier and less muscled but still with a relatively big gut?

I'm curious because I have a bit of a gut that I wouldn't mind losing. But my health nut friend says that situps and crunches won't make my gut smaller. So, what do I do?
Honestly speaking.. I started weight lifting at a weight of about 163 lbs now six months later I weigh about 155-157 yet my strength has gone off the roof.Whatever beer belly / flab I had goes away after a session or two of heavy workout. Try weight lifting, trust me it'll melt that fat in no time.Have you tried doing deadlifts/ squats ? these are the main lifts if not try doing "leg hang raises" this will not only strengthen your legs but your abs core as well.

The reason why I highly suggest of squats( hamstrings, quads,glutes) and dead lift( glutes,traps,forearms to an extent) is due to the sheer number of muscle groups involved into these lifts.
 
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Age: 24
Height: 6'0"
Weight: ~173lbs.
Diet: Vegetarian
Supplement: Creatine monohydrate 5g/day, 1 Gold Standard protein shake ~36g/day extra.

I have been weightlifting for a few months after taking another handful off. I do MWF, full body workouts every day (a lot of people do isolation or bodybuilding schedules where they work one muscle group once a week on different days, but that's not great for strength or mass training). Since I do the same muscles 3 days a week, I do high weight, low reps, 1-2 sets. Just a warmup set or two, 4-6 reps, then my peak set with 6-8 or 8-10 as a goal depending on exercise. Bench, deadlifts, overhead barbell press, squats, weighted pullups & dips, rows with barbell, standing jumps: all of these every day. Big gains compared to 1 day a week bodybuilder stuff.

I also do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu WThF, (used to be MWThFS before new job ruined that). Nothing better for cardio than wrestling/mma training. To be sure: I ran cross country and swimming in college, and I feel like I'm a better runner and swimmer now from doing Jiu Jitsu than when I trained for either specifically. Have done BJJ since February of '11.

Haven't been sick/had a cold for a year since I started this. Love it.
Nice. Is it free weights which you do ?
 
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You seem to have the right of it, mostly. I wouldn't worry about your body consuming muscle tissue too much. Catabolism shouldn't happen to any great degree unless you severely restrict calories--while the goal should be a normal caloric intake for your target weight.

In general, to lose fat, strength training is actually quite useful. The more muscle you have, the more calories you need to burn even while being slightly sedentary. In that regard, forget crunches or any isolation workout--better off overall doing full body exercises such as squats, deadlifts, clean and press, bench which use muscles all over your body.

For fat loss in general, the amount of time you exercise is more important than the intensity, from what I've heard.
I entirely agree with what you have said.
 
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Yep. I wouldn't say anyone is too old for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu specifically, because its surprisingly low impact. But its really hard on your muscles and body for the first few months for anyone--committing to that is probably the hardest part.

It is like an extended body weight work out. For me when I jits it helps to keep all my muscles kind of tense to react quicker, which early on left me sleeping very well on practice nights. Its really cross training for anything in a lot of ways.

Just make sure if you start lifting to research proper form if you never have, and maybe find a buddy who will do it with you. You have to do deadlifts and squats properly to put up your maximum weight safely, which can be daunting, but the benefits are high.
Indeed. Especially with the main 3 lifts.You don't want to end up with a herniated disc. lol I almost had my hip muscle torn :( Having friends who know their game helps a lot ( from personal experience)

Also believe it or not.. there will not come a point , ever where you will think " Ah I have perfected my form" there will always be few adjustments / tweaks which you will make it get over the "plateau" ( HUP applied to weight lifting ? lol)
 
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I want to do leg weight lifting workouts and also plyometrics to jump higher; has anyone done this?


And @ OP, what saiyan do you wish to look like after working out? :tongue:
Hahah good one :P
 
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I want to do leg weight lifting workouts and also plyometrics to jump higher; has anyone done this?


And @ OP, what saiyan do you wish to look like after working out? :tongue:
By "leg specific" do you mean compound exercises ?
 
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I do what it takes to pass my PT test for the Air Force, which is just some push ups and sit ups or other ab workouts and a little bit of running. I don't enjoy it so I don't do it.
 

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