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    Jul 10, 2011 9:51 PM GMT
    hehe... not sex..... I got a free set of weights!icon_biggrin.gif

    As some of you know. I bought a Bowflex with a leg attachment, and started using it last November. I lost 40 pounds and took my body fat from almost 30% to 25.4%, the last time it was checked. I went from a waist of 38/40 to 33 (a snug 33. lol ... not actually measured, but in sizses of my Wranglers.)

    In April I joined the YMCA so that I could get some better direction from the trainers and also start a good foundation for cardio.

    The kicker is that I am 45 miles (one way) from the Y. With the cost of gas, that is getting expensive.

    Today, I was given a weight bench with a leg attachment and "chest fly" attachments. It also included 136 pounds of weights. I know it's not a lot of weight, but it's a start, and I can always add to it. I was excited. He and his wife are getting a divorce, selling the house and few acres it sets on.

    So... I feel like I am getting an even better system for exercising here at home.

    Now, the question I have.... What kind of cardio would be best to start with here at home. I've been using the ellipticals at the Y.

    I live in the country on gravel roads. The nearest blacktop road is about 6 miles one direction or 10 miles the other direction. I'm not so sure biking is a good deal here. I've read about the HIIT, but it seems more intense than what I'm up to at this point. But, I'm not sure.

    Anyway. I've also been out of commission for the last few weeks do to a broken foot. So, now I have to ease back into anything using the feet. I did continue the upper body and abs.

    I admire you men and value the opinion from the men here. Any input will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.
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    Jul 10, 2011 10:38 PM GMT
    Congrats! icon_biggrin.gif

    My entire home gym was [slowly] built around a single bench and a few free weights that were given to me a few years ago. I didn't know much to do with it other than "pick things up and put them down."

    Try googling exercises that you can do. Look for videos that show proper form (and don't be fooled by the ripped monsters promoting their opinions). Pick up a new exercises or two each week. Before long, you'll have an entire arsenal of stuff you can do with very little equipment.
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    Jul 11, 2011 1:01 AM GMT
    For cardio, how about just walking / hiking? Not right now with a broken foot, of course, but when you are able to get out. I also substitute things like using the push mower or doing other outdoor work for cardio some days. Based on your lifestyle, I'd guess that you have lots of ways to work natural cardio into your routine.
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    Jul 11, 2011 1:09 AM GMT
    @yeahim40... I do get a lot of exercise outside, but I don't feel I get my heart rate to it's target and kept there long enough. You mention mowing? I don't mow. lol I let the cattle graze the yard. LOL seriously. I do enjoy walking and hiking, but I don't feel like I get enough cardio work from it. Maybe I'm just expecting too much?

    @Paul... I was hoping you would chime in. I knew you worked out at home. While at the Y, the trainers have had me gradually moving to the free weights and away from the machines, so I did get a bit of instruction on form. I've also been watching a lot of videos.

    @Green_Panda.... thanks for reminding me of the link.
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    Jul 11, 2011 2:05 AM GMT
    Actually I just remembered something: When doing bench press at home with no spotter, keep your reps around 15-20 to start out with, and don't go less than 10. I've been dangerously close to dropping 235 lbs on my chest. That's not a good feeling. icon_lol.gif

    And whatever you do, never try a 1-rep-max without someone there.
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    Jul 11, 2011 2:31 AM GMT
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    Jul 11, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    CHIdude saidFalse advertisement!
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    Jul 11, 2011 2:43 AM GMT
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    CHIdude saidFalse advertisement!
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    Jul 11, 2011 3:28 AM GMT
    CHIdude said
    Chainers said
    CHIdude saidFalse advertisement!
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    Me? With who? Guys don't want me!


    I want you! Why do you think your not attractive? Lol
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    Jul 11, 2011 3:41 AM GMT
    Chainers said
    CHIdude said
    Chainers said
    CHIdude saidFalse advertisement!
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    Me? With who? Guys don't want me!


    I want you! Why do you think your not attractive? Lol
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    Jul 11, 2011 8:06 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Chainers said
    CHIdude said
    Chainers said
    CHIdude saidFalse advertisement!
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    Me? With who? Guys don't want me!


    I want you! Why do you think your not attractive? Lol
    He's just trying to be modest. We all know he faps in the mirror. icon_razz.gif


    I actually think of CHIdude when I fap in the mirror.
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    Jul 11, 2011 10:59 AM GMT
    Cash said
    paulflexes said
    Chainers said
    CHIdude said
    Chainers said
    CHIdude saidFalse advertisement!
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    I want you to score.


    Me? With who? Guys don't want me!


    I want you! Why do you think your not attractive? Lol
    He's just trying to be modest. We all know he faps in the mirror. icon_razz.gif


    I actually think of CHIdude when I fap in the mirror.
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    Jul 11, 2011 12:47 PM GMT
    If I was single and CHIdude was older....... fap fap fap! LOL
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    Jul 11, 2011 2:55 PM GMT
    I get the sense that Cash just wants this thread to be about him. icon_biggrin.gif

    @PaulNKS -- I understand what you're saying about not feeling like you get enough cardio benefits from everyday work in the yard. If you are shoveling, raking, pushing and lifting things in your yard, that's still giving you some benefit though. I guess it depends on how much physical activity you actually do as to whether you get a benefit from it. I push mow a large part of a sloped three acre yard. So, I know that I'm getting something out of that.

    When you walk or hike, if you are doing it at a decent pace it will give you the cardio benefits that you're looking for. If that isn't enough, try carrying a backpack for some extra weight. Any physical activity will help, although some people get into a "mall grazing" gate that I doubt gives them any benefit.

    I guess it depends on what you want to achieve from cardio. It can definitely help you with endurance and increased respiratory function. Your other weight lifting exercises + diet will help with trimming down and building better muscle tone.

    Of course, this is my take on it. I'm definitely not an expert on this subject, and I'm learning as I go too. There are other guys on here who are a lot more versed on how to build a workout program.