Isn’t there some benefit to taking breaks in between sessions to help your muscles build up?
Heretical blasphemer! What next, thou wouldst lay thy ills at thine own feet, rather than at the feet of thy peers?
Wow, that’s great if your goal is to strengthen and make your butt look bigger. I wonder what exercise would lead to the opposite result? Just asking for a friend…
I cannot do a squat - not a single one. Due to back and hip problems, I am physically incapable of squatting more than just a few inches. If I go down past a certain point, my hip locks out and I have to rotate out of it. I’ve already had one hip replacement surgery at 45 and am postponing the other one as long as possible.
After my first back surgery I started working out again regularly and dropped about 35 lbs (from my heaviest of 220) and have kept most of it off since. Since about a year ago I have plateaued at around 190. Lately I introduced intermittent fasting to my diet and it has jump started my metabolism again. Body fat % is dropping and lean mass is increasing. My love handles are finally starting to disappear.
As I enter into my late 40’s, my goals are not to build muscles but instead I focus on endurance and flexibility. My normal routine is 30-45 mins of cardio followed by 45 mins of yoga/stretching. I don’t even use weights anymore. My resting heart rate is in the low 50’s and I am finally, just maybe, feeling almost normal again after 5+ years.
I can attest that it is really, really difficult to regain health after many years of poor diet and sedentary lifestyle or major illness. It is not easy or quick. But don’t give up. The older you get the harder it is so it’s far, far better to never lose it in the first place.
My employer will pay for fitness equipment so I’ve bought a whole bunch of stuff. One of the first things was a pull up / chin up bar. I’ve had it installed for a couple of years now and I still can’t do more than one.
It’s very depressing.
The bit of equipment that has paid off is my bicycle. I ride it to work when I can and I enjoy that a great deal.
Only when you are really hitting it hard, and even then you should be active on the off days just not lifting heavy.
After 45 days? Just a tan, different slacks and watch, and a belt? I can do that in one day. Easy!
That’s putting it nicely. He looks more like a failed Red Hulk impersonator.
shhhhh…you are giving away master’s secret training regimen.
You don’t get stronger while lifting in the gym. You get stronger eating and sleeping.
I’ve been squatting (and otherwise lifting weights) for more than 30 years. I also cycle, run, hike, snowshoe, and just plain walk. You want to push your muscles and cardiovascular system enough to encourage adaptation to high work loads, then make sure you get enough rest in between so your body can recover. It does not matter how heavy you can lift or how fast you can run. Do what you can do. Push yourself just a little, but be happy with yourself for doing it.
I have a completely sedentary job. Physical activity keeps me healthy, but more importantly, it keeps me sane.
OH, well, I do that all the time! I’m gonna get yuge! Beefcake! Beefcake!
That’s exactly what I’m saying. If 100 squats is really difficult for a person. Doesn’t it make sense that they would rest their body for a few days and then go at it again?
Right, I’m with you.
BTW, doing 100 reps of anything is more about building muscle endurance than building muscle strength. The recovery time for this is generally much less than what is required when you push heavy weights. (Heavy to you, not necessarily big to someone else.)
Go with your strengths!
I used to be pretty fit, but the methods I used to get and stay that way aren’t translating well to my declining years.
I want an easy way to get six-pack abs in 30 days. I hear you can “drink a lot of beer and lay around and use this one weird trick” but when I click those links it just asks for my credit card and triggers my antivirus software.
I read that as ‘medication’ at first and thought 2 hours of it was not enough.
Don’t diss squats. Squats are the best single workout for the entire body. It does everything (except maybe calves). So it’s not “one area” even by a longshot. Ok, bodyweight squats not so much, but the way the guy was doing them with added bar weight, yes.
And bodyweight squats won’t hurt your knees unless you really try to make that happen. Or have bad knees to start with, etc etc.
Burpees and Turkish get-ups, a very simple full body workout.