Exercise advice and weight loss

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  • Wayne 19 Jul 2007 14:28:10 2,143 posts
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    Maybe a gaming forum aint the best place to ask for advice, but here I go (just kidding).

    Earlier in the year I decided I wanted to lose a few stone, because my weight has always annoyed me. I started cycling to and from work and do that every day now, which means I cover about 80 miles per week on my bike. I've lost a stone so far, but the main thing I've noticed is a massive change in my legs. They are much trimmer and muscley.However, my belly and chest has hardly changed.

    So, I was wondering if anyone could recommend any good exercise that would put more focus on my upper body.

    One thing to bear in mind is that I hate gyms. Any exercise that I do would have to be outdoors or at home. I'm willing to spend a reasonable amount of money on any equipment required.

    Has anyone here ever shed a significant amount of weight, and if so, how did you achieve it?
  • cubbymoore 19 Jul 2007 14:30:10 36,496 posts
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    Cycling's a healthy method of transport, but it won't shift the pounds as much as running will. Get some running weights as well and you'll be burning quite a few calories.
  • Wayne 19 Jul 2007 14:30:16 2,143 posts
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    Just to claify Mr Troll, I had made a considerable change to the food I eat. Cut out a lot of the crap.
  • Psychotext 19 Jul 2007 14:31:17 54,185 posts
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    I've posted a lot of advice here in the past on weight loss, fitness etc. Not going through it all again!

    Short answer. Go to Argos and get a set of free weights (bar and dumbells). Go to your local leisure center and do a short course on how to use them. Go get an exercise book (most weights come with them).

    Stick to it for a long time. Job done.
  • Salaman 19 Jul 2007 14:31:37 19,049 posts
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    Wii sports, especially boxing .. and the fitness thing soon.
  • JayPee 19 Jul 2007 14:32:04 1,490 posts
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    Deja-vu.

    One of these comes along every now and again.

    Try searching. I've posted up quite a bit of advice in the past (humm, unless it was killed when I told the mods I wanted to change my name and they killed my old ID).

    I went from 15st to around 11. Took about 2 years, but I did it in 2-3 month bursts.
  • Psychotext 19 Jul 2007 14:32:10 54,185 posts
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    cubbymoore wrote:
    Cycling's a healthy method of transport, but it won't shift the pounds as much as running will. Get some running weights as well and you'll be burning quite a few calories.
    Frankly that's utter crap... just so you know. Shifting pounds is a simple case of raising your heart rate enough. Want to shift more, cycle faster or for longer.

    Plus of course running is f*ck*ng wonderful for destroying your knees.

    Edited by Psychotext at 14:33:34 19-07-2007
  • JayPee 19 Jul 2007 14:34:12 1,490 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Frankly that's utter crap... just so you know. Shifting pounds is a simple case of raising your heart rate enough. Want to shift more, cycle faster or for longer.
    It is true that running generally burns more calories than cycling per hour, unless you are KILLING yourself (like in a spinning class) on the bike, and just jogging.
  • heyyo 19 Jul 2007 14:34:16 14,373 posts
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    I used to go jogging early morning, like 4 or 5am until I got stabbed
  • glaeken 19 Jul 2007 14:34:35 11,171 posts
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    Press-up's and crunches would be a good start to shape the chest and stomach areas. Set yourself a target of something like 200 crunch’s and 200 press-up's (this is across 4 or 5 sets rather than in one go) every other day.

    I would carry on with your bike riding as they will shift the pounds and the press-up's and crunch's will sort out the muscle tone in the stomach and chest area.
  • cubbymoore 19 Jul 2007 14:34:49 36,496 posts
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    Ha, coming from a guy who advised using free weights for fat loss.
  • Razz 19 Jul 2007 14:35:16 61,200 posts
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    Cycle everywhere. You'll loss it all and get great legs.

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  • Wayne 19 Jul 2007 14:35:37 2,143 posts
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    I'm not going to do running as I've heard a lot about the damage it does to your knees, splints and back.
  • JetSetWilly 19 Jul 2007 14:35:41 5,721 posts
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    You can't spot train to reduce fat. Keep doing what you are, use more calories than you eat and you'll lose weight from your belly all in good time.
  • JetSetWilly 19 Jul 2007 14:36:36 5,721 posts
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    Wayne wrote:
    I'm not going to do running as I've heard a lot about the damage it does to your knees, splints and back.

    It's a lot easier to fix a bad knee than a bad heart!
  • JayPee 19 Jul 2007 14:37:13 1,490 posts
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    cubbymoore wrote:
    Ha, coming from a guy who advised using free weights for fat loss.
    Doing free weights exercises a lot of muscles (core etc).

    Exercising muscles burns calories. Burn eough calories and you will burn fat.

    Admittedly, cardio is better, but it is true that free weights are also a great way of burning calories.
    ED: Especially as you are likely to keep your heart rate in the fat burning band.

    Edited by JayPee at 14:39:38 19-07-2007
  • cubbymoore 19 Jul 2007 14:37:27 36,496 posts
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    Oh yeah, I always advocate swimming. How did I forget that advice?
  • smoothpete 19 Jul 2007 14:37:51 31,506 posts
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    I walk and swim a lot. I walk about 6 miles a day, swim 4 times a week and do 40 lengths each time, approx. Because I walk so much my legs are fine so when I swim I really try to just use my arms as much as possible, it's great how quickly you start to tone up. Is swimming out of the question? IE you hate gyms but what about pools?
  • Psychotext 19 Jul 2007 14:38:08 54,185 posts
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    cubbymoore wrote:
    Ha, coming from a guy who advised using free weights for fat loss.
    Two reasons mr rocket surgeon. 1: Muscle burns calories, even at rest. 2: He wants his upper body looking better. Aerobic exercise alone isn't likely to do that.

    I'll agree with you that swimming is great as a total body workout though. =)

    Edited by Psychotext at 14:39:52 19-07-2007
  • Razz 19 Jul 2007 14:38:30 61,200 posts
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    Lasso a train and run along side it.

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  • Load_2.0 19 Jul 2007 14:39:17 19,268 posts
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    Wrestling is awesome for toning up and you can do it any where. Just grab people at bus stops and grapple with them. It will really wear you out and work all the muscle groups.
  • Pike 19 Jul 2007 14:42:36 13,446 posts
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    Load "$" wrote:
    Wrestling is awesome for toning up and you can do it any where. Just grab people at bus stops and grapple with them. It will really wear you out and work all the muscle groups.

    Spartan = Load $ shocker!!
  • Razz 19 Jul 2007 14:44:06 61,200 posts
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    Nah. He's just a Kiwi. :)

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  • manic_mouse 19 Jul 2007 14:44:55 240 posts
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    Load "$" wrote:
    Wrestling is awesome for toning up and you can do it any where. Just grab people at bus stops and grapple with them. It will really wear you out and work all the muscle groups.

    Great way to get a few cheeky gropes too.
  • cubbymoore 19 Jul 2007 14:45:51 36,496 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    cubbymoore wrote:
    Ha, coming from a guy who advised using free weights for fat loss.
    Two reasons mr rocket surgeon. 1: Muscle burns calories, even at rest. 2: He wants his upper body looking better. Aerobic exercise alone isn't likely to do that.
    Oh you had to go there with the mr rocket surgeon jibe didn't ya.

    I like to keep it simpler by doing non-weights anaerobic exercise though.
  • JayPee 19 Jul 2007 14:47:31 1,490 posts
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    cubbymoore wrote:
    I like to keep it sweatier by doing non-weights anaerobic exercise though.
    :D
  • cubbymoore 19 Jul 2007 14:48:27 36,496 posts
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    That too, my own man sweat makes me horny what can I say?
  • FiveManArmy 19 Jul 2007 14:49:55 506 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    cubbymoore wrote:
    Cycling's a healthy method of transport, but it won't shift the pounds as much as running will. Get some running weights as well and you'll be burning quite a few calories.
    Frankly that's utter crap... just so you know. Shifting pounds is a simple case of raising your heart rate enough. Want to shift more, cycle faster or for longer.

    Plus of course running is f*ck*ng wonderful for destroying your knees.

    Edited by Psychotext at 14:33:34 19-07-2007

    Hmm not totally true. You burn the most fat at about 60% of your maximum heartrate, so going faster doesn't mean you are burning more fat.

    Right about cycling over running though. It's low impact. You just need to go at a steady pace for long periods.
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