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Do You Do The Exercise? i have no one else to talk to about this kind of stuff

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 09:11 PM

about five years ago, i started working out with a personal trainer 3x a week. i lost some weight and was feeling pretty good and then i did something to my arm/shoulder whilst boxing (trainer with pads, not sparring. i don't like getting hit). i tough-guy'd it out for three months because SURELY it was gonna stop hurting any day now (then). i finally decided maybe i should go see a doctor and see wtf was wrong. turns out, i had partially dislocated my shoulder, torn a rotator cuff (supraspinatus) almost all the way through, and ripped through the cartilage around my shoulder socket. yay! that explained all the pain, at least. by the time a surgical solution was offered to me, the pain had blended in with my normal, chronic levels (whole other topic) so i did nothing beyond some physiothereapy that i'm pretty sure did fuck all. the really bad part of this story was that i stopped training and gained back all the cupcakes. i mean weight.

so about 2 year ago, or not quite, i started training again. i joined a private gym here in belfast and started working my ass off. i do powerlifty stuff now. squats, deadlifts, bench presses (db AND bb), overhead presses, farmers carries, kettlebell stuff, sleds, all kinds of stuff. i started off going 3 days a week, but now i go 6. i love it. but i also hate it. but i totally love it.

i'm still chubby (and i'm actively working on that at the moment), but i'm strong AF - especially for a 48 year old woman. i've done lots of manual labour-type jobs in my life so i'm used to being strong, but i lost a lot of it in the past 14 years (multiple reasons - crippling grief, depression, computer job, sweet tooth, etc). i'm getting it back and i feel really good about it. for instance, i can lift 100lbs in each hand, suitcase-stylee. hells yeah!

so what do ya'll do? and why? what sparked it, or have you always done it? i'm interested. tell me about it.
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Posted 09 January 2019 - 09:27 PM

About 5-6 years agp I did that thing where I realised I was getting a bit of a gut and this appalled me. So I instantly joined a gym and have gone about 3 times a week ever since.

Started off with a classic bodybuilding programme with HIIT which solved the initial problem, then transitioned into strength training, did one (1) strongman competition, came 9th out of 16 but it was a good experience.

Then shortly after, strained my psoas squatting - this was in 2015 and it's still not right to this day, despite physio etc. So I can't deadlft or squat heavy anymore without aggravating it so I'm back to lowish weight, high reps.

I find going to the gym is good for my shonky mental health and I train with a pal so it's a nice social thing to do as well.

At the peak of my stongman training I had a deadlift PB of 225kg. There's video of me trap bar deadlifting 200kg for 19 reps also.

I am currently reasonably jacked.
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Posted 19 February 2019 - 08:05 PM

yesterday i did 50 back squats and 45 bench presses and 60 TRX rows and 24 barbell hip thrusts and 30 rear delt flies and two 90 second planks.
today was HIIT/cardio/Try Not To Die Tuesday. i don't even remember what i did. it was horrible and i've blacked it out already.
tomorrow is dead lifts and overhead presses and high volume RDLs and dumbell rows supersetted with skullcrushers

i'm sore ALL the time.
i take sundays off.

this is my life now.
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Posted 25 February 2019 - 08:11 PM

That's pretty damn impressive ghoti. Props.


What's your motivation for training? I always find this an interesting question.
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Posted 27 March 2019 - 01:32 AM

Not really, though we do have an exercise bike. Sometimes I even sit on it. One day, I'll pedal a bit.
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Posted 31 March 2019 - 08:51 AM

View PostAlexander, on 25 February 2019 - 08:11 PM, said:

That's pretty damn impressive ghoti. Props.


What's your motivation for training? I always find this an interesting question.


in a nutshell, i'm trying to live forever and i don't want to lost my mobility.
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Posted 07 April 2019 - 10:00 AM

Well, that makes perfect sense.
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