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I noticed in this thread: http://www.mazda3forums.com/viewtopi...amp;highlight= that several folks use a work out as a stress reducer.

I'm curious what types of work outs others use? Do we have power lifters, regular weight lifters, circuit trainers or cardio nuts out there?

Personally, I try to make it to the gym about 6 days a week. Sunday is my day of rest. My typical workout is muscle/strength training with cardio for at least 15 minutes and a nice relaxing sauna at the end. I've been doing this for years and although I'll never be another Arnold, I'm fairly strong for an old fart.

My primary reason for working out now is so that I'm around in 20 or so years when my little girl wants to walk down the aisle. At least I hope it's 20 or so years. I want to be able to walk with her as opposed to hobbling down the aisle with my walker or being just a memory.

My biggest problems seem to be genetics with a love for food. I've got a fairly slow metabolism even indicated by my normal body tempature of 96.8 degrees. I can do cardio all day long and not really lose any girth around the middle :-(

What about the rest of you? I know this isn't about sex but what the hell.


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I reguarly work out. We have a bunch of us at work that go to the gym during our lunch break. We usually go 4-5 days a week (sometimes we skip friday cuz were starving, heh). Since we get a free gym membership through work, we make sure we get our use out of it!

But yeah we do weighlifting, splitting out each category of lifting throughout the week, and then we usually get a good game of full-court basketball everyday as our cardio. So much more fun than running on a stinking treadmill.

So while I do workout, I admit that I don't watch my diet - I still eat junk and don't really care too much. I'm in shape, got some nice muscle tone, flat stomach, and figure as long as I exercise then I can pretty much eat what I want and be happy.

Exercise is the key!


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I go to the gym about 5 days a week.

I usually start off with 10~15 min of light cardio to get my heart rate up.

I stretch afterwards, and start lifting weights. My routine includes doing chest and triceps one day, shoulders and biceps the next day. Usually I would like to work out my back and legs, but I dont like doing back exercises and let cardio build endurance for legs. I would finish with abs exercise and more cardio.

I work out during evening hours, and try to control my diet, eating less carbs, almost no fats, and right amount of protein. It is not just about exercise, you have to eat right. Unless, all the effort put into exercise goes to waste.

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My work outs are finally advancing, I've never had such great access to a gym before (I have one in my apartment complex).

Each morning (5-6 days a week) I run 2-3 miles and I'm finally starting to break 4 on good days (!!) I try to keep them at 7-8 minutes per mile if I can hold the pace. After work I either do a regiment of abdonomial exercises or I hit the weights (alternating days). Mostly its bench press, chest press, free weights and that bar thing you pull down behind your neck followed by situps.

Diet wise I try to keep it balanced, low carbs, fruits and vegitables several times a day and protien to keep up the building. I was looking into some things from GNC as I'm a small framed guy - but I hear conflicting stories about health and stuff with those things.

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I had been working out pretty regularly but then I had knee surgery and it set me way back. Generally I liked doing some weight training but primarily I would concentrate on cardio type stuff as that is more important at this stage in my life (late 20's) then weight training.

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I am a boxer so not much weight traing is done, just a lot of jump rope running, push up sit ups and alot of punches being thrown
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I used to run all the time in highschool and play sports, I dont run because I already have great stamina, and because if you are trying to gain weight cardio is actually a set back.

I train 7 days a week when I am really into it, with a 5 day workout program. Day 1 is chest, day 2 legs, arms, shoulders, back...rinse and repeat. Every workout still lasts roughly an hour and a half even without the cardio portion. I do 30 sets day, most excercises I never usually do more than 4-6 reps becuase I am all about mass gaining, cuz im a pretty naturally skinny guy, I have a super high metabolism. I eat like 5-6 BIG meals a day, but in the course of a month I have gained as much as 6 pounds, which is actually a huge difference on my frame.

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Ok I basically gave up on building muscle and I want to seriously improve my cardio. Is the strategy for running the same as the strategy for muscle building, or is it a bit different? Basically is it okay to run every day to the max or do I need to take a day off in between to let my body heal (not sure what there would be to heal, not like im tearing my muscles apart).


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I work out 7 days a week. 7 Days of Cardio, and on Tuesdays/Thursday twice the cardio b/c I play in a couple of basketball leagues those nights. The mornings I do about an hour of cardio on an empty stomach to cut fat and at night I weight lift after all of my protein/carbs have been eaten for the day so I can get a good workout in. I've been lifting for about 7 years now, since I was 14. I've noticed substantial change lately since I've begun to eat right. In fact, since I began my new diet I've lost 7 pounds of fat in about 2 weeks. My body Fat % is decreasing and my strength is increasing, which is great. My diet consists of around 250g of protein 125g of complex carbs and about 30g of EFA (Essential Fats....Flax, fish oils). The diet is kind of bland, but it makes that cheat meal of the week oh so good. A good forum to check out for dieting is over at forums.steoid.com. I don't use steroids, and never will, but those guys over there know how to eat VERY well.

For those who want to cut fat as much as possible and aren't turned off by supplements, I'd check out Hydroxycut. It works great. I took that stuff back in high school to go from 235 in football season to play Tail Back down to 215 by the about three weeks into the season. Big time weight loss drug, that's legal. I will admit though, spite the effects efedra has on your body, the stuff with efedra worked a lot better than the stuff I'm using now, but it still works well.

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I lift weights at home, no serious training, just normal lifting to keep myself toned and in shape. Cardio usually comes in the form of ultimate frisbee :P

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