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Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning Discussion' started by MusclesMarinara, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. MusclesMarinara

    MusclesMarinara Friends with Bigfoot

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    post your workout ideas that don't employ your standard barbell and dumbbell lifts.

    here's one I did earlier this week:
    Dead man clean: 130 lb 'man shaped' striking dummy from floor to shoulder. Alternate shoulders. 4 rounds ( try a couple reps per rounds)

    Heavy bag jog: 400 meters with 80 lb heavy bag on shoulder. the bag must stay on the same shoulder for the 400 meters. repeat on opposite shoulder. 4 rounds

    Tabata sledgehammer: Tire, hammer, ...Tabata.

    Atlas toss: 60 lbs round striking bag from the ground to clean, push throw. 4 rounds of 5 reps

    I realize this is a bit equipment intensive. I'm sure a sturdy sandbag could be substituted for all of the bag lifts.

    feel free to post your thoughts on this workout or post your own.
     
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    I think it sounds pretty goddamn gay there Muscles...
     
  3. MusclesMarinara

    MusclesMarinara Friends with Bigfoot

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    Hmm.... must have been that round of sodomy I had in there.
     
  4. enright3060

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    The real question is why are you doing any of this in the first place?

    If you are serious about strength training, you won't get "bored with lifting weights."

    You need to have a specific goal and work towards achieving that goal. If you have strength related goals, and you are "bored with lifting weights," you 1) are not serious about your goal; 2) you should find something else to do to pass the time.

    If you are serious about an athletic related goal, you need to get your work in with the weights when it is important for your sport. If this sort of stuff just bores you, maybe you should just play on the xbox or work with the elliptical for fun and toning.

    If you just get bored easily and have don't have any training related goals and you want to just be "in shape," maybe you should join Crossfit. They like to make people run around until they puke for no specific reason.
     
  5. Tosa

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    If you're tired of weightlifting, why not change the pace by doing some weight lifting.
     
  6. MusclesMarinara

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    Once again I see the single minded weight training culture that prevails in this section of Sherdog.

    If you doubt my dedication to a fitness life style I say this. I started lifting at 17. I'm now 44 and have been training the whole time.

    As far as goals are concerned.... My goal is to be the old guy who can still go out and do shit. I'm an active rock climber. It's nice to know my body is tight enough to with stand the inevitable minor fall. Plus I'm in shape where as I can do a full weekend of heavy chores and still make it to work on Monday.

    Let me tell you another thing sonny. As you get older your joints start to hurt. The shoulders don't like sitting under the 315 bench anymore.... for that matter, they don't even want to stay under 225 bench. With that said you need to find alternative way to train.

    And what's with the obsession that you need to be training for some specific goal? Isn't the idea of a fitness life style enough? What? because I'm not an MMA fighter or strongman i should go home and sit in front of the TV?
     
  7. OJisinnocent

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    Love it.
     
  8. Tosa

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    Your goals can be whatever. They don't have to be related to a specific sport like powerlifting or MMA. But you should have specfic goals, that are meaningful to you, and a plan to meet those goals. "Fitness" as a lifestyle isn't a specific goal, nor is it well defined. But once you define what "fitness" is to you, then you can plan your training in an intelligent way. The alternative is having vague, nebulous goals, with a mish-mash of training.
     
  9. Origins

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    You're 44 and your username is "MusclesMarinara"?
     
  10. enright3060

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    I'm 36 and I know all about training when your body hurts.

    It does not matter if you are 44 or 17 you need to have a plan. Without a plan, you have no way to measure progress. You also need progress (more reps, weight or less time) or overload to develop adaptations.

    It does not matter what exercises who decided are best for your goals, but without goals you are not training. Even "being a 44 and in good shape" is a goal, but you need to work towards something concrete whether it is a specific sandbag carry time or as many pushups as you can do in 10 mins.
     
  11. MusclesMarinara

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    Anyone want to add a non-barbell or dumbbell workout?
    Or this simply an opportunity to critique someone who is outside the prevailing view point?

    I'm not sure what the deal is with goal orientation. Some people train because they enjoy training, others do it for vanity, some train for longevity, it can be sports related and the list goes on.

    This is a sub forum on strength and conditioning right? Not a psychological survey as to find out why people lift.
     
  12. MusclesMarinara

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    respectfully, I disagree. By having a wide variety of exercises to choose from I can keep my muscles from adapting to a routine. Routines which which be typically use in a goal oriented program.

    I have no need to figure out how many push ups I can do, nor improve my sand bag carry times.

    If we had to put a specific goal down... I would say it is to maintain a strong and healthy core.

    now try a 130 lb deadman clean. It's much harder than a 130 lb barbell clean
     
  13. Tosa

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    Because without a specific goal, there's no way to evaluate whether a workout is good or not.
     
  14. enright3060

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    What I said is not an just opinion. It is what is necessary for go get stronger or faster. You should read more on the basics of athletic performance.

    I suggest you read this: Amazon.com: Science and Practice of Strength Training, Second Edition (9780736056281): Vladimir Zatsiorsky, William Kraemer: Books

    Best of luck
     
  15. MusclesMarinara

    MusclesMarinara Friends with Bigfoot

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    at 44 years old I'm still in excellent shape. No luck is needed.


    As far as evaluating a workout, if my pecs are sore the next day it must have been a good workout. same goes for legs or any other body part.
     
  16. DrBdan

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    Actually you want your muscles to adapt, that's how you get stronger. You lift a heavy weight and your muscles adapt by getting stronger.

    Honestly, I don't see any problem with adding in sand bag work and other non-barbell exercises. Obviously if your goal is to get stronger the barbell is the best way but sand bags can help with GPP, muscle endurance work, anaerobic conditioning or just as a fun challenge.

    I'm not sure why everyone is so hostile over the suggestion that sometimes a person might feel like doing something other than getting under the barbell.
     
  17. Origins

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    Not really.
     
  18. Indivdude

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    If you want to do sandbag stuff go ahead. It might hit your core more and it probably will since its more cumbersome than a barbell. I would still do some weight lifting if I was you but that doesn't mean you have to do it 4x a week or something. Do it 1 or 2x a week to maintain while trying out other stuff. No issues with that.
     
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    That's a very odd idea. Usually the kind of thing you'd hear from a bodybuilder.
     
  20. MASShole

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    I haven't seen anyone call another poster "sonny"....ever. Amazing.

    My fingers are sore from typing this. Good workout.
     

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