The best workout advice

  • Fritter

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    Jun 23, 2009 3:08 AM GMT
    I'm just putting this out for debate. I find that there is all kinds of different workout and diet advice out there, some even contradictory. Would the best advice be to take whatever different things you are "told", and then just stick to what works best for you? I find that what one guy says I "must" do, may just not work for me, or the guy daown the street.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jun 23, 2009 5:12 AM GMT
    At the risk of greatly oversimplifying:

    Eat less, move more, don't give up.

    The vast majority of people would benefit from that very basic advice. Once you've achieved a certain level of fitness, things start to shift, and they're obviously different for people whose goal is to gain weight, but as very general advice, it's hard to beat, unless you go with even more generic things like "Set goals," or "don't expect results immediately".
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    Jun 23, 2009 5:30 AM GMT
    Best advice would be to try different things and figure out what works best for you. Everyone's body is different. And everyone will have different responses to certain exercises. There's no one-size-fits-all routine.

    It's fine to get advice or tips from guys at the gym or on this site. But you shouldn't consider it to be some absolute rule. Instead, it should be a starting point for your own research and experimentation.

    There are too many lazy guys out there. They don't want to do the research. They rely on trainers and beach body routines they find in magazines. The internet is full of free information.. nutrition, types of exercises, basic kinesiology, and so on. Take advantage of it. Your body is a complex machine. Once you figure out how it works, you'll know how to achieve your goals.

    And you really have to be committed to fitness to make all this happen. Be patient. It's not going to happen overnight. Eventually, you'll be able to figure out what routine/exercise/diet combinations works best for you.
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    Jun 23, 2009 5:54 AM GMT
    Eat the right things more, and more often.
    Do resistance training.
    Do HIIT.
    Get busy.
    Get rest.
    Don't smoke.
  • KorBri

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    Jun 23, 2009 11:25 AM GMT
    DON'T BE LAZYYYY ! icon_biggrin.gif -> for me lol
  • RSportsguy

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    Jun 23, 2009 11:29 AM GMT
    Mine is simple! Just Do It!! I can find a million of excuses not to go work out, but I feel so much better when I do. I just have to get there!!!
  • gallus81

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    Jun 23, 2009 11:37 AM GMT
    stop talking, start pumping
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    Jun 23, 2009 2:36 PM GMT
    I'm thinking people are missing the question here, lol.

    Fritter saidI'm just putting this out for debate. I find that there is all kinds of different workout and diet advice out there, some even contradictory. Would the best advice be to take whatever different things you are "told", and then just stick to what works best for you? I find that what one guy says I "must" do, may just not work for me, or the guy down the street.


    Yes, probably the best advice is to do your homework, try new things, and figure out what works best for you and your goals, and don't give up.

    If someone who knows what they are doing (it can be a trainer, or someone who's been in your shoes and spent a few years reaching the same goals...someone knowledgeable), gives you advice, try it!

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    Jun 23, 2009 2:50 PM GMT
    I think this goes for many things in life, not just exercise. You have to get as much data from sources you find credible, review it for yourself, get wise counsel, and do what makes sense to you.

    As someone who's job it is to (hopefully) give wise counsel and educate people on their options, I always have to fight the "just tell me what to do" impulse of people. As they say "your millage may vary" and only you can really know what works for you. For those who have all the answers, that will only work in the context of that person's experience. May work for you, may not.
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    Jun 23, 2009 3:37 PM GMT
    The Human Machine is not the same for everyone. E.g, I weighed 175 at 5'5" at 12% at 17. I weighed 228 at 28 at 5'5" at 12%. It wasn't because of a miracle potion, etc. It is what my body is. I look at weights. I eat food. I get big. Contrary to what some skinny hater might say, it's actually easy for me. I've been studied over it. Michael Phelps has a disease which allows him to swim better (I forget the name, but, he has it, and it makes your arms and legs longer.) It's easy for Phelps, too. You make lemonade from lemons. You make apple pie from apples, and so on. Logan / flex89 lives with me. He was 135 and having seizures before he came to me. Now, he's a happy, vibrant, 220 pound 20 year old, that took bodybuilding (perfect for a diabetic) and leverage his disease to his advantage. You make lemonade. Logan's HBA1C is now a 6.5, which is OUTSTANDING with an insulin sensitivity of .75. That's the power of exercise and diet.

    I'm just entering my 35'th YEAR of weight lifting. I can do 20 sets of legs, after having done HIIT on the stairs in the morning, and go do it again the next day. My recovery is exemplary. Likely, yours isn't the same. I can hold my heart rate at 160 for 20 minutes, any day of the week, at 48 years old. My cholesterol is 130. I engage in disease prevention, rather than disease treatment.

    We all have to learn our abilities, strengths, weaknesses, and what we enjoy; what makes us feel good. For me....I'll never be a NBA player. I work with what I have. I excel with what I have.

    Your journey comes from within.

    Let your body and mind guide you.

    Study.

    Experiment.

    Observe.

    Let science and your own body guide you.
  • Fritter

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    Jun 23, 2009 4:33 PM GMT
    Wow, Chuckystud, well said!
    Thanks for all the responses, basically confirming my thoughts on the matter.
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    Jun 23, 2009 4:36 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidMichael Phelps has a disease which allows him to swim better (I forget the name, but, he has it, and it makes your arms and legs longer.) It's easy for Phelps, too.



    He has Marfan's Syndrome, which I have too icon_smile.gif and I'm a swimmer as well
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jun 23, 2009 4:43 PM GMT
    Best work out advice ...

    Do this for you and no one else. You only have one body and it is up to YOU to take care of it.