Fitness Thread

Discussion in 'Quackenbush's' started by TheWalkingHorn, Apr 16, 2015.

  1. TheWalkingHorn

    TheWalkingHorn 500+ Posts

    Here's a fun thing we did as a cool down at Camp Gladiator on Wednesday. We had dumbbells in our hands and worked on shoulders. Every time the lady says "up" you raise them above your head, and every time she says "down" you lower them to about ear level. Shoulders were on f*cking fire by the end of the song.

    But you could also do it with push ups or squats and get a nice little burn effect happening.

     
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  2. TheWalkingHorn

    TheWalkingHorn 500+ Posts

    I've had this ongoing heel pain for a while now, that everyone I told thought was plantar's fasciitis. It does hurt in the mornings, and also after I've worked out and then come home and get off of it for a while. For example I usually cool off before taking a shower, and then when I finally get up to take a shower I CANNOT put any weight on the heel.

    I also have this weird feeling sort of between my Achilles and my ankle tendons. It feels almost out of place, or like I need to pop my ankle. Along with these I've started having pain on the under side of my foot, beneath my big toe. It is more of a sharp pain like in the heel. It especially hurts if I'm doing something like lunges where I have to be up on the balls of my feet.

    I'm terrified to go to the doctor (which I have NEVER been that kind of person), because I'm afraid they're going to tell me to stop working out for a while. I've worked so hard to lose weight and don't want this to set me back. :(
     
  3. Dionysus

    Dionysus Cocky + Relaxed Admin

    Do you run? I’ve heard that’s fairly common with runners.
     
  4. TheWalkingHorn

    TheWalkingHorn 500+ Posts

    Yes, but I wouldn't necessarily call myself a runner. I usually rely on CG to give me my cardio (which involves more sprinting and/or short distance), and on the days I don't have that I do run, but I usually only do 2 miles.

    When I was in high school I had a really bad ankle injury playing basketball. The doctors said I just stretched out all of my ligaments, and I was in a boot for a while, but I always thought there was more to it. When I watch basketball players roll their ankles they often come back in during the very same game. When I rolled my ankle it was the worst pain I'd ever experienced, and by the time I got to the bench and took my shoe off it was like a softball on the side of my ankle. The next morning it was black. I couldn't put any weight on it for at least a week. And then for years afterwards that ankle always looked bigger.

    I feel like this all has something to do with my current situation. Like I didn't get a proper diagnosis, and therefore didn't recover properly. That ankle has always been weaker, and it seems like that would contribute to whatever is going on now.
     
  5. TheWalkingHorn

    TheWalkingHorn 500+ Posts

    My newest workout shirt is awesommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmme!

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  6. Dionysus

    Dionysus Cocky + Relaxed Admin

    Nice shirt Walker. Get back to work.
     
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  7. zork

    zork 2,500+ Posts

    if you do too much strength training you gain muscle mass while still burning off fat. muscle weighs more than fat. so you can decrease the weights a bit and increase the reps to burn more while still gaining endurance. At least that was what I knew 15+ years ago before my computer and xbox diet took over.
     
  8. TheWalkingHorn

    TheWalkingHorn 500+ Posts

    I've got a doctor's appointment tomorrow about my heel and ankle pains. Hoping it's something fixable and that I don't have to be inactive for very long. :/
     
  9. Dionysus

    Dionysus Cocky + Relaxed Admin

    Good luck walker, let us know how it goes.
     
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  10. TheWalkingHorn

    TheWalkingHorn 500+ Posts

    I was diagnosed with a $25 copay and a referral to a podiatrist. That'll be a $35 copay.

    But... she thinks I have a neuroma and heel spurs, both of which are causing a change in my gait, which I know this is true because I've watched film of me running at Texas Running Company and I used to have a perfect run and now I've got this weird downturn on the outside of my right foot. So the change in gait because of the heel and ball pain has led to a strain in my Achilles as well.

    Further treatment perhaps involving physical therapy and/or steroid shots will be decided once I see the podiatrist. That won't be for another 2 weeks. :(
     
  11. Dionysus

    Dionysus Cocky + Relaxed Admin

    The first diagnosis is always one's insurance status.

    Have you tried running in a minimal shoe, like close to barefoot? Running shoes are a 20th century invention and were never necessary. People have been running fine for tens of thousands of years without them.
     
  12. Dionysus

    Dionysus Cocky + Relaxed Admin

    I bought these Merrell's a few years ago and I love them for running. It is almost like being barefoot -- no padding or arch support, basically just a little protection for the sole. It forces you to run naturally, which is not striking the heel first.

    http://www.zappos.com/product/8457923/color/533114

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  13. TheWalkingHorn

    TheWalkingHorn 500+ Posts

    I have ran in a very minimalist shoe for the past year. I was a toe runner. A beautiful runner, and I don't know what happened. :(

    I have only recently switched to a high support asics running shoe. It's pretty much the only shoe that I can walk in comfortably, let alone run and train in.

    When I went to Texas Running Company last week and had my gait video taped I am now striking almost pinky-toe first, and then rolling in and down. I don't really touch the heel at all when I run.
     
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  14. snek

    snek 500+ Posts

    Do you always get your nails did the color of your new shirts?
     
  15. TheWalkingHorn

    TheWalkingHorn 500+ Posts

    Ha! No, that's just a coinky-dink. I actually never get the nails did. I'm quite the tomboy. I get my toenails did often, though.
     
  16. TheWalkingHorn

    TheWalkingHorn 500+ Posts

    I finally got to see the podiatrist today and he confirmed that I have plantar's fasciitis and heel spurs. He wants me to do as little on my foot as possible, and I am feeling so depressed right now. I tried to stay positive, and so immediately after my appointment I went to the gym and did a spin class. Not only did it burn way less calories than my normal workouts, but it was also boring as f*ck! I thought maybe I could just do the elliptical, but he told me even that would be too strenuous on my heel. He said cycling, rowing, and swimming should be the other things that I'm doing for cardio. I'll try the rowing machine tomorrow.

    He gave me prescriptions for shoes inserts and some sort of contraption that keeps my foot in a flexed position to stretch out my arch. I also have these exercises that I'm supposed to do twice a day to stretch out my calf and foot, and I'm supposed to stay on NSAIDs for the next 3 weeks.
     
  17. snek

    snek 500+ Posts

    Foot Kegels?
     
  18. Dionysus

    Dionysus Cocky + Relaxed Admin

    We regret to inform you that this has been posted.
     
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  19. TheWalkingHorn

    TheWalkingHorn 500+ Posts

    I re-signed with my old trainer just for 10 sessions. We're working on just pure lifting as I was a little intimidated to just jump in there on my own. My bench press bar looks so puny, and I'm beyond jealous of the guys that had huge plates on their bars. I'll get there!
     
  20. zork

    zork 2,500+ Posts

  21. TheWalkingHorn

    TheWalkingHorn 500+ Posts

  22. zork

    zork 2,500+ Posts

    yea, it would have to be using the techniques to stay low/no impact then rotating through them for zillions of reps to get the blood rate consistently up. Shaping, not building, but toning for dat hard body thing. It sucks being injured.
     
  23. TheWalkingHorn

    TheWalkingHorn 500+ Posts

    Holy crap! I just purged nearly half of the clothes in my closet because they don't fit anymore. I found a pair of khaki shorts that I could literally just pull off and on (even though I was wearing running shorts). Tried on a couple of shirts that just felt like tents. I mean I know that I've lost weight, but to feel the difference in clothes that were once so familiar to me is a weird feeling. Really puts things into perspective.
     
  24. TheWalkingHorn

    TheWalkingHorn 500+ Posts

    I benched 85 lbs yesterday!! Only for 3 reps, but still. :D
     
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  25. TheWalkingHorn

    TheWalkingHorn 500+ Posts

    Holy crap!! I got my two new school t-shirts today and they're both smalls!! Since when am I a small person?!?!?! Such an amazing feeling.
     
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  26. Dionysus

    Dionysus Cocky + Relaxed Admin

    I've always thought you were a micro-hippie.
     
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  27. snek

    snek 500+ Posts

    A Minippie?
     
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  28. LonghornCatholic

    LonghornCatholic Romantic Catholic

    Whenever I feel myself gaining a few unwanted lbs, Ill do a 30 day no junk sweets - sodas, candy, pastries, etc. It works miracles for me. I will enjoy a fruit parfait though - mangos, blueberries, peaches, strawberries, bananas, granolas, yogurt, etc., and drink only water for those 30 days.

    This is of course with normal exercise and running. I have friends who live in the gym and brag about their workouts, but they still look a little out of shape around the belly to me and never seem to maintain. My personal opinion, and I base it only on my body and history, is if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you gotta run, outdoor run. Or play basketball several times per week.

    I know everybody is made up differently, and what works for one may not work for the other, so I wish you luck reaching your goal and enjoying a healthy Longhorn life :hookem2:
     
  29. TheWalkingHorn

    TheWalkingHorn 500+ Posts

    Talk about Labor Day! This is my FitBit reading from this morning's Camp Gladiator workout:

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  30. TheWalkingHorn

    TheWalkingHorn 500+ Posts

    I'm a 5'4" female and I flipped a 250lb tire all by myself today (3 times). Then I was all like...

     

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