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    • tailfeather
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      Another exercise-related post, but it ties in with being in shape for hunting season (and life!). Anyone into crossfit? A new gym opened up here, and I’m trying it out Saturday. I have several friends who are really into it. The basic philosophy behind Crossfit appeals to me, as it isn’t strictly strength or cardio, but a varied mixture of both and without tons of fancy equipment. Thoughts?

      I’ve just realized that even though I’m in pretty good shape,at nearly 40 an active lifestyle alone isn’t enough anymore. I think its important to maintain rather than try to get it back at some point in the future.

    • Etter1
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      See if you can find an olympic bar in that gym. Do some deadlifts and shrugs. Im going to need your back a bit steonger for carrying meat and hides off the mtn this yr.

    • Troy Warner
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      Keep what you have because trying to get it back after it’s gone is just pure hell.

      With having to travel so much for work and severe time constraints due to long hours, I was having trouble getting back into huntin shape, I am using the T25 exercise program and it is slowly beating me back into a shape other than round. On the weekends I do a stretching routine and practice what Tia Che I can pull from muscle memory to counter act years of disuse, abuse, miss-use, and an addiction to home made ice cream.

    • BuckyT
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      Haven’t tried it Joe. I simply don’t have time to join a gym…

      I’ve done well keeping the 30lbs I cut last year off. I’ve been working out at home the old fashion way.. Push ups, sit ups, dumbbells, treadmill, and I do hike with 45lbs on my back. So far 4 miles in 1hr and 12min is my record.. I haven’t hiked in a month however… Just too busy lately… I’m not far behind you age wise, and it is getting harder.

      My biggest enemy is time… This year has been nuts for me… Hope it slows down a bit. Already told the Mrs this morning to get ready. Hunting season is approaching fast and I have work that needs to be done. The successful hunter is the prepared hunter!!!

      Of course she bucked a little bit, but I pointed at the new pool in our backyard… Conversation over.:D

    • Todd Smith
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      Crossfit is much too intense for me. If it works for you, good for you. I would suggest looking into: Animal Flow, MovNat, Idol Portal, and Yoga. Todd Smith

    • Todd Smith
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      BTW:

      Good 10-minute workouts give a lot of benefit and time is not an issue.

      Also T25, a workout from Beachbody uses your own body weight, in a small space, and takes 25-minutes a day.

      If you don’t want to piece together some other workout, this program is very good. I still use it and have had it for over a year. Todd Smith

    • grumpygrumpy
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      For the last 25 yrs work kept me fit (really fit), and now I’m working in an office… For now I make it a point of doing something like cutting firewood, garden, hike in the woods, etc. every day. But I ‘m scared. The older you get the faster you loose muscle tone, and the harder it is to get it back. I didn’t read that I’ve lived it. Used to be able to bounce back, now I’m finding I have limitations.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      I’m usually horrible when it comes to much of a disciplined workout schedule, but for the past couple years, I’ve been forcing myself to work out at least 3-4 times/week with a set of resistance bands and an ab wheel. The whole workout takes <20 minutes, and I've noticed a big difference in upper body strength.

      There was also a recent article in TBM that talked about using bands for specific shoulder/rotator cuff strengthening, and I’ve incorporated those into my routine.

      Other than that I just try to get out and hike a lot and, as others have said, cut out a lot of the carbs and sugars (but good beer in non-negotiable 8)).

    • Etter1
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      I lift upper body twice a week. I do pushes (chest, shoulders, triceps) one day, and pulls (back, biceps, traps) another day. I lift heavy. I used to be into really heavy lifting and 5 or more days a week but I’ve gotten away from the real crazy stuff and do a lot more cardio now. I do two days of cardio which consists of running and or stair climbers of at least 5 miles. Beyond that, I do a ton of physical activity daily at my job and remain very active with bear scouting, hiking at my hunting lease, and walking my dog twice a day. I’ve always been told never to “lose it” and I don’t plan on it. I believe 100% that the key to staying young and fit is maintaining muscle mass and I’m planning on doing that.

      I see guys at my gym in their 60s still benching over 400lbs and I ran into a guy recently that was 73 that could still do twice as many pull ups as me.

    • tailfeather
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      etter1 wrote:

      I ran into a guy recently that was 73 that could still do twice as many pull ups as me.

      Bunyan?

    • Etter1
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      tailfeather wrote: [quote=etter1]

      I ran into a guy recently that was 73 that could still do twice as many pull ups as me.

      Bunyan?

      No. Bunyan cant even do ten!!

    • paleoman
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      When I’m doing field work (lots if walking utility rights of way at times) I’ll just throw down 30 pushups 4X a day. Combined with the walking it’s as easy as pie vs a formal workout after dragging myself all over the countryside at the end of the day. I haven’t done them in the office yet, but I might!

    • Bunyan Morris
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      etter1 wrote: [quote=tailfeather][quote=etter1]

      I ran into a guy recently that was 73 that could still do twice as many pull ups as me.

      Bunyan?

      No. Bunyan cant even do ten!!

      At bear camp, it’ll be on youngster. We’ll settle the details then. A case of my favorite beer is at stake.:D I promise to share some of the winnings with you.

      Joe, I did a trial run at Crossfit. It is intense.

      But, they think too highly of the monthly dues for me. It seems a gym with such minimal visible overhead should not be so expensive.

    • tailfeather
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      Yeah, i started last week. Really intense. Kicked me arse!

    • wahoo
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      my wife does it and it kicks her butt. I question how certified the instructors are because there seems to be a lot of injuries ???? Several of her friends are hurt right now so is that their fault or the gyms ? Don’t know

    • Etter1
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      Are you challenging me to a trial of strength? Better just go ahead and pick up four six packs of left hand milk stout or any IPA! Ill let you sip on one of them whilst you catch your breath.

    • James HarveyJames Harvey
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      Hey Tail,

      My experience with people doing crossfit is that their strength base tends to improve if they haven’t done much lifting before and they get fast recovery rates and conditioning to short, intense circuits.

      The trouble I’ve seen in my job is that they can put on quite a bit of muscle mass, which is no great hindrance in circuit training like crossfit, but when they are asked to do something low intensity but long duration (like a long pack march or run) they are out of condition and get in the hurt locker pretty quickly.

      The fix for that seems to be to simply maintain endurance training alongside crossfit, but folks who genuinely believe crossfit will make them excellent at everything and stop doing focussed, specific training very quickly highlight the shortfalls of high intensity, short duration circuit training.

      It also seems to be wildly expensive, but that may just be a local thing here in Australia.

      All the best with your endeavours though mate 😀

      Jim

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