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Been exercising in a commercial gym for a while, but as we all know they are closed now. So I am back to the home gym. Its good though I do miss a bit of the social contacts. Will be hard for all thos

i can empathize with the need for a change in many areas, but if i had the stuff i need for my workout, which is really just dumbbells, two benches of which one can be set in angles, an

i really do very few basic exercises if im up for it, and socializing in a gym ?! if i had it my way and could do it, i would workout at home and never contemplate a public gym

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6 minutes ago, brokenbone said:

i really do very few basic exercises if im up for it,

and socializing in a gym ?!

if i had it my way and could do it, i would workout at home

and never contemplate a public gym

I have a chat with Thais or foreigners after a workout or between exercises. So there is some socialising and I like it. It can also be motivating to see other people.

 

But my homegym is great it has most things still it can never have all the stuff a commercial gym has. I am mainly missing out on leg exercises, and i loved the weighted abb machine and some other stuff. Sure I can make due in my home gym. I have for years and grew some muscle in it too.

 

But recently i just switched just to be "out" for a while and the gym was like 5 minutes on the motorbike from my home. So not too far.

 

But now in lockdown I am happy to have my home gym still. 

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10 minutes ago, robblok said:

I have a chat with Thais or foreigners after a workout or between exercises. So there is some socialising and I like it. It can also be motivating to see other people.

 

But my homegym is great it has most things still it can never have all the stuff a commercial gym has. I am mainly missing out on leg exercises, and i loved the weighted abb machine and some other stuff. Sure I can make due in my home gym. I have for years and grew some muscle in it too.

 

But recently i just switched just to be "out" for a while and the gym was like 5 minutes on the motorbike from my home. So not too far.

 

But now in lockdown I am happy to have my home gym still. 

For leg strength, IMO, you cannot beat walking, especially up and down hills. 

In normal times, I'm a Rambler and we usually do 8-9km once or twice a week. I'm still doing it but alone and, as you say do miss the social aspect.

But for now......

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16 minutes ago, VBF said:

For leg strength, IMO, you cannot beat walking, especially up and down hills. 

In normal times, I'm a Rambler and we usually do 8-9km once or twice a week. I'm still doing it but alone and, as you say do miss the social aspect.

But for now......

Oh I am not saying i can't improve my leg strenght I mean squat is perfect for that.  Its just that in a commercial gym there are more ways to train legs. Its more that legs are often trained with machines most other parts of the body i can use free weights. Legs can be done with free weights but machines are great too.

 

I did some trekking a while back.. that was fun. But the 10km took us 5 hours. (still think it was more then 10k). The guide even lost its way a few times with a hand held gps unit. My legs were cut open by undergrowth but i liked it. Too bad I live too far from something like that. 

 

I mainly do workouts in the gym as its something I am good at and like doing. 

 

I miss the times when i really worked out with a training partner... that was always really motivating.

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6 minutes ago, robblok said:

Oh I am not saying i can't improve my leg strenght I mean squat is perfect for that.  Its just that in a commercial gym there are more ways to train legs. Its more that legs are often trained with machines most other parts of the body i can use free weights. Legs can be done with free weights but machines are great too.

 

I did some trekking a while back.. that was fun. But the 10km took us 5 hours. (still think it was more then 10k). The guide even lost its way a few times with a hand held gps unit. My legs were cut open by undergrowth but i liked it. Too bad I live too far from something like that. 

 

I mainly do workouts in the gym as its something I am good at and like doing. 

 

I miss the times when i really worked out with a training partner... that was always really motivating.

Completely understand. For me, a 2 hour walk through the countryside (in good weather, anyway) is more enjoyable than going to a gym. That's my limitation as I've never developed the attention span necessary to persist in a gym. Walking, though I actually enjoy.  Each to his own, eh? :happy:

 

And also, I'm doing it just to get/stay healthy, whereas gym people tend to want to be fit to do sports etc. I think there may be a difference.

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that walking would be optimal for strength goes against theory altogether.

optimally for strength, assuming tendons and stuff hold,

is heavy duty squats and then just eat and lay down and rest 3 days no walking period, and then go back to squats, rinse, repeat

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1 minute ago, brokenbone said:

that walking would be optimal for strength goes against theory altogether.

optimally for strength, assuming tendons and stuff hold,

is heavy duty squats and then just eat and lay down and rest 3 days no walking period, and then go back to squats, rinse, repeat

We cross-posted - would you agree with my comment "I'm doing it just to get/stay healthy, whereas gym people tend to want to be fit to do sports etc. I think there may be a difference."?

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37 minutes ago, RickG16 said:

Here's an alternative to the OPs advice... if you usually do weights in the gym, take advantage of a chance to switch up your routine (and save money), by buying a simple exercise mat and doing bodyweight exercises.

Then in a few weeks when this is all over, your new exercise bike won't be left to collect dust.  

 

Good advice, RickG16.  Take a run around the block and do some press ups and star jumps.  Fills the gap.  

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9 hours ago, VBF said:

Completely understand. For me, a 2 hour walk through the countryside (in good weather, anyway) is more enjoyable than going to a gym. That's my limitation as I've never developed the attention span necessary to persist in a gym. Walking, though I actually enjoy.  Each to his own, eh? :happy:

 

And also, I'm doing it just to get/stay healthy, whereas gym people tend to want to be fit to do sports etc. I think there may be a difference.

I don't do it for any other sports, i do it to keep in shape and for health reasons andyes for each his or her own. 

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7 hours ago, torturedsole said:

Then in a few weeks when this is all over, your new exercise bike won't be left to collect dust.  

 

Good advice, RickG16.  Take a run around the block and do some press ups and star jumps.  Fills the gap.  

That is all good and nice fortt the average person not for people who have build up some muscle. Still its a lot better then nothing.  Plus I don't advice people to buy a home gym (just those that are truly fanatic). I used my home gym for years. I think i broke even a long time ago. Otherwise its just too expensive. Assuming this virus does not stay long.

 

But i know quite a few serious gym goers that hate it that they can't do a think body weight exercises are nice but not for everyone. I think they will be great for most older people. For me pushups are nothing and dips (bodyweight) i need to ad 20 to 30 kg to make them heavy. Squats with just body weights don't do much if yo normally add 100+ kg. 

 

So it kinda depends who you are and what point you are at. I advised a powerrack that is only for people with experience. I mean you need to know what to do to get the most out of it.

 

Bodyweight is nice for people who are not as trained yet.

 

Again to each his or her own.

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9 hours ago, brokenbone said:

that walking would be optimal for strength goes against theory altogether.

optimally for strength, assuming tendons and stuff hold,

is heavy duty squats and then just eat and lay down and rest 3 days no walking period, and then go back to squats, rinse, repeat

Sure that is for strenght but nothing wrong with walking at all. Especially if it goes up hill. We all got different goals. My goal is no longer to get stronger. It gets hard at 46 but to keep the muscle i have and not get fat. For some reason when i train my diet is better too. 

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6 minutes ago, robblok said:

That is all good and nice fortt the average person not for people who have build up some muscle. Still its a lot better then nothing.  Plus I don't advice people to buy a home gym (just those that are truly fanatic). I used my home gym for years. I think i broke even a long time ago. Otherwise its just too expensive. Assuming this virus does not stay long.

 

But i know quite a few serious gym goers that hate it that they can't do a think body weight exercises are nice but not for everyone. I think they will be great for most older people. For me pushups are nothing and dips (bodyweight) i need to ad 20 to 30 kg to make them heavy. Squats with just body weights don't do much if yo normally add 100+ kg. 

 

So it kinda depends who you are and what point you are at. I advised a powerrack that is only for people with experience. I mean you need to know what to do to get the most out of it.

 

Bodyweight is nice for people who are not as trained yet.

 

Again to each his or her own.

So you think doing pushups is nothing, I personally think its a great movement, and yes I can bench press heavy. 

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