favorite exercises

TMOORE1 - 7:26PM PDT, Apr 23rd 2012

tmoore1

I thought I'd start a new thread.

What exercises are we doing, even when we're really big? What have you tried? What works? What doesn't?

I'll start: Water!!! Anything in the water is wonderful exercise.

I personally like to do water aerobics. It's the only exercise I did (and could do) when I was at my biggest, and I still catch classes whenever I can.

I swim, too, but I find it really boring. Back & forth, back and forth. I think I tend to slack off and float around. In a class you're forced to really work out.

I know people who just water walk, too, and they love it. If you're new to this group and have a fear of exercising, think about trying that.

Toni

"I can do it. I will do it."
HW390 CW238 GW180


SYDNEY - 9:43AM PDT, Apr 24th 2012

sydney
Ventura, California

water aerobics is something i'd like to try, i have checked at the Y
and they only have morning classes...i work.
water workouts sound like they'll be great after my knee replacement!!

right now i'm doing Pilates in a studio on the reformer table
I love it i like i'm taller when i'm done..like i had a really great stretch!
i can feel all the way in side my abs deep inside my core it awesome

i kicked box for 4 years and i loved that really gets you sweating
but the kick where really hard on my knees so i stopped so could still
run i like walking now :)



~ Sydney ~
**sw231~cw212**
:love: Healthy Habits :love:
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DEEANN - 10:19AM PDT, Apr 24th 2012

deeann
Illinois

Great idea for a thread!

I used to love (for a short time a few years ago) almost anything cardio, especially running. More recently, I'm kind of in the water mode.

Today I did 30 minutes of water aerobics before work.

Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

April start = 264.5 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


SYDNEY - 12:24PM PDT, Apr 24th 2012

sydney
Ventura, California

if i didnt have a belly i would go back to Yoga i really loved doing Yoga!




~ Sydney ~
**sw231~cw212**
:love: Healthy Habits :love:
231.....179....171....159.........115!
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IAVET - 7:01PM PDT, Apr 24th 2012

iavet
Newton, Ia

I like My Gazell. I have bad knees, so it puts no pressure on them.
Swimming love to swim
BOB
SW 365 CW235 GW 195


TMOORE1 - 7:26PM PDT, Apr 24th 2012

tmoore1

What is a Gazell?

Toni
"I can do it. I will do it."
HW390 CW238 GW180


DEEANN - 4:22PM PDT, Apr 25th 2012

deeann
Illinois

If I'm not mistaken, it's a lot like a piece of equipment I used to have called an AeroFit. I just Googled it and found this website:

http://bestexerciseequipment.newtipss.info/exercise-equipment-tips-reviewing-the-gazelle-edge-glider-glider-promo-a-little-light-on-the-facts.html/

(you can copy and paste it into your browser). It actually gives a review of the Gazelle with a picture at the very bottom, and shows a short commercial for the AeroFit (from a LONG time ago - I got the one I had back in about 2005 from a garage sale).

Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

April start = 264.5 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


TMOORE1 - 10:27AM PDT, Apr 26th 2012

tmoore1

Sydney - Can you call around other places for Water Aerobics classes? They're very popular. They are definitely something you can do BEFORE your knee replacement. Lots of people in my WA classes have bad knees. It's a safe exercise for them. You can strengthen the muscles around the joint and improve your balance (yes, even in water) before surgery, and therefore lesson your recovery time post surgery. Check w/your doc, I'm sure he/she will agree.

Even if you can't get to a "class" think about getting to a pool, anywhere, and just walking. Up and down the lane lines. At whatever time that's convenient to you. Feels silly, but who cares? The city pool near me even has a little circular loop, where the water is jetted around so people can walk against the current. It really is worth looking in to.

Another fave exercise of mine: the Elliptical machine. I would NOT have tried this at my highest weight - except that my trainer made me. I needed (and still do) to get cardio and the elliptical ("EFX" the ones at my gym are called) is the closest I can get to running. (I'm still very heavy and I have a foot injury that precludes impacts. No running allowed.)

Caveat: I would only consider using the heavy-duty ones at gyms. The home models are just not sturdy enough to be safe for people 100+ overweight. In my opinion.

Good things: There are handles you can hold on to (= clutch for dear life)
Lots of settings, dials, and buttons that let you adjust the difficulty and keep track of miles, calories, etc.
Your feet never leave the pads = no impact.
The action and cardio level is very close to running.
It's a real calorier burner.

Bad things: Intimidating. It's scary to get up and on to. Have somebody at the gym check you out on how to use it.
Some people say it's hard on their knees. I didn't find this to be the case.
It's boring. Going 'round & 'round nowhere. Thank goodness for ipods & music.

Step up and try it. :-)

Toni

"I can do it. I will do it."
HW390 CW238 GW180


DEEANN - 4:24PM PDT, Apr 28th 2012

deeann
Illinois

Toni, when you talked about just using the heavy duty ones at the gym, were you talking about the Gazelle? I used the AeroFit at home when I was around 275+ lbs.

Sydney, Toni's right. There are people at the Health Club I go to that have memberships for the water ONLY. They use a different locker room - that doesn't lead to the other exercised equipment. When I first started out, I only did water and had a membership to the Y and used punch cards (so many water classes per card purchase). It was very inexpensive.



Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

April start = 264.5 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


TMOORE1 - 12:28PM PDT, Apr 29th 2012

tmoore1

No. Dee - what I meant by "heavy duty" elliptical machine was that I would only feel safe using the big, expensive professional ones they have at gyms. I found a pic of the particular model I use:

http://www.amazon.com/Precor-Commercial-Elliptical-Fitness-Crosstrainer/dp/B0029KOD66

By comparison, the "home" models look flimsy:

http://www.sportsauthority.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12066066&mr:trackingCode=2122E9BE-5600-E111-804A-A8C6AF702B72&mr:referralID=NA

And I never would have trusted those, at my high weight. (No endorsement of any particular company/prduct meant here. These are just random pics I googled. Are we allowed to post links like this on CK?)

I crawled up on that Precor EFX when I was 390 pounds. (They're big machines.) I could barely go 5 minutes on the thing, but I did it.

I googled the gazzelle too,

http://fitness-guru.hubpages.com/hub/The-Gazelle-Freestyle-Elliptical-Trainer-Review

And I see it's called a "glider" with elliptical action. I'm not sure what all that means, but since it only weighs 50 pounds (??can that be right??) I'm not sure it would've been sturdy enough for me, two years ago. I might be able to use it nowadays, though.

I love the big EFX machines these days. I jam around on 'em for as long as an hour, no problem.

Toni

"You are what you repeated do."
HW390 CW238 GW180


TMOORE1 - 12:29PM PDT, Apr 29th 2012

tmoore1

Oh, also - Sydney let me second what Dee said about limited gym memberships. For many years, I was one of those people who only used the pool at my gym.

Toni

"You are what you repeated do."
HW390 CW238 GW180


DEEANN - 5:09PM PDT, Apr 29th 2012

deeann
Illinois

Toni, I started out on a different brand of the Gazelle that you linked a picture to. I think I was about 275 at the time. And, lol, you did as good or better than I did at my first time on an elliptical... I think I lasted about 3 minutes.

My first goal after that was to make it to 5, then 10, ... and ... WooHoo! Eventually I was able to stay on one through a whole movie! (We bought one for home when a local store went out of business. - it lasted almost a year, then the company replaced it under warranty. The second one lasted about a year too. Then we bought a better one).

However, :bang: I'd be hard pressed to make it through a movie now that I've relapsed so badly. :$ I so need to get back on that thing! :clown1:


Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

April start = 264.5 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


TMOORE1 - 8:39AM PDT, May 30th 2012

tmoore1

I tried a new cardio machine at the gym. It's called AMT, by the manufacturer Precor. Here's a link to more information than you'll ever want to know about it: http://www.fitnesstribune.com/pdf/SchweizerTest_112en.pdf

My personal review... I like it. It's a bit scary to get up on and get going; not a beginners exercise, in my opinion. It was good in that it was big and sturdy; I felt totally comfortable that somebody as big as me was safe on it.

Good points: once you step up onto the step/stirrup thingies, your feet never leave the platforms. So, no impact. That's something I have to watch carefully (I have a foot injury that precludes impacts). The way the thing works, you can change up the motion, from up & down like stair-stepping, to full leg swinging, like you were sprinting. Interestingly, you can do the wide/sprint motion at a slow pace. Being able to switch it up really helps stave off boredom.

It also burned more calories than the elliptical machine, if the little meters on the machines are to be believed. I was hitting more than 11 calories/minute, and since it was my first time on it, I wasn't even going all out. Whoo-hoo, that's promising. Anything that lets me burn more calories in less time is a Good Thing in my book.

Bad points? Uhm, none really. Except for the scary/new factor. I'm adverse to change, and tend to get stuck in ruts. I need to switch my routine up more, and this looks like something that may work for me.

Toni


"You are what you repeatedly do."
HW390 CW238 GW180


DEEANN - 1:03PM PDT, May 30th 2012

deeann
Illinois

We have one of those at our gym too. I love it, though who ever I'm with usually doesn't want to do it with me. I think that's mainly because it's just a little tricky to get moving - kind of have to do an up/down step motion to get it started. But once it's started, it's so neat because you can adjust your stride to anything you want.

Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

May start = 259.7 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


TMOORE1 - 6:08PM PDT, May 30th 2012

tmoore1

Dee, I agree. Getting it started was pretty scary/difficult. But after that it was fun.
More exercise, fun exercise, is a good thing!

Toni

"You are what you repeatedly do."
HW390 CW238 GW180


DEEANN - 6:18PM PDT, May 30th 2012

deeann
Illinois

I agree. I think it's great!

Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

May start = 259.7 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


LENIEGURL - 6:53PM PDT, May 30th 2012

leniegurl
Illinois

I really like the elliptical, I have horrible knee issues and the elliptical is really easy on my knees, I will admit that the first two weeks was not easy, I could only stay on it for 10 minutes, now I can do about 35 minutes, it burns a LOT of calories. I do want to do the water aerobics too. Its always early in the morning here and I am up getting ready for school/


TMOORE1 - 4:30AM PDT, Jun 1st 2012

tmoore1

LeNie, this is a perfect example of how every person has to find out what works for themselves. I know people who say they CAN'T use ellipticals because of their knees. I'm in your ballpark; they always seem easier on the knees to me.

When I first started trying the elliptical, I always ended up running it backwards. People would comment, "Ooooo, that's tough, going in reverse." <shrug> To me, it seemed easier.

Ya' just gotta try stuff, and see what works.

Toni

"You are what you repeatedly do."
HW390 CW238 GW180


LENIEGURL - 9:48AM PDT, Jun 1st 2012

leniegurl
Illinois

Toni, I totally agree, today I was on the elliptical for 55 minutes, I could not believe it, it was so great! I work out to really upbeat music and that makes a HUGE difference, I also put the scale in the basement, when it was in the bathroom I could not resist getting on it all the time, so I am just as Spike Lee said going to "Do the Right Thing" and everything else will fall into place


TMOORE1 - 11:23AM PDT, Jun 1st 2012

tmoore1

55 minutes?!? You rock!

Oh yeah, the music makes all the difference. I didn't listen to music when I first started working out, mostly because I was scared I was going to fall off/break something/and/or/die (have I mentioned that I was really, really, frightened when I first started exercising??) and I wanted to focus and concentrate.

But when I got more confident, I started to use music and boy howdy, does it make the time go by faster.

I took your idea of hiding the scale idea a step further: I don't own a scale. I use the one in the gym locker room.

Toni


"You are what you repeatedly do."
HW390 CW238 GW180


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