Coping with Coronavirus--what is your workout routine?

  • Okieman

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    Mar 21, 2020 3:09 AM GMT
    Curious to know how some of you are working out at home if you're practicing "social distancing." I'm using YouTube videos. Any other ideas? Thoughts?
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 21, 2020 1:13 PM GMT
    My getting back into a bodybuilding routine after a two and a half year hiatus has been sidelined by this deadly Coronavirus and I am not happy about it. I live in a tiny efficiency apartment where there is little room to do any type of workout. Hopefully the gyms will reopen in three to four weeks. I hate this shit!
  • bro4bro

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    Mar 21, 2020 4:04 PM GMT
    I had a couple old dumbbells in the garage, adjustable from about 13.5 to 33.5 lbs. And I managed to rig up a bench, so I can do a lot of light upper body exercises.

    Still running - that doesn't violate the social distancing order.

    Since gyms will be closed at least a month I just ordered a battle rope from Amazon, never used one before but it looks cool, so we'll see how that goes.
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    Mar 21, 2020 8:14 PM GMT
    TRX System - for strength training and have the app in my IPAD for several workouts from their website whether I wanted to do upper body workout or lower workout each episodes is about 30-40 minutes. For cardio, walking or running in my levee trail area and do the 6 foot separation rule. I am thinking of incorporating some yoga through Apple TV need to explore this.
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    Mar 21, 2020 9:56 PM GMT
    It doesn't really change as my routine is solitary- home weights, biking, hiking the trails.

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    Mar 22, 2020 2:22 AM GMT
    Running, walking, pushups, crunches, squats. But I'm planning to get around to start trying to follow some workout videos. Any of you guys have any recommendations for videos on YouTube or elsewhere that are free and that show workouts that don't require any equipment?
  • jocked_and_lo...

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    Mar 22, 2020 5:15 AM GMT
    I was really good about working out until just this past week when the gyms were closed. I even made it a point to work out while my partner and I vacationed in Las Vegas, Nevada and drove to Palm Springs, California to spend a second week. I worked out at four different gyms during that time. Then I come home to learn that everything is closed down. What a letdown! icon_rolleyes.gif

    Our trip was pretty stressful since it wasn't really a vacation. We are looking to relocate. So our days were pretty much spent looking at homes in both areas. And I made time to find gyms to still workout five days a week. To make matters worse we stayed at Mr BnB type places; one of which was unacceptable (so many problems with this guy's shanty home) that we broke our agreement and found a cheap hotel. But during those two weeks we stayed at five different locations which took its toll on me. So after getting back this Monday late evening I just skipped the gym. I have to say, the only reason I wanted to use a Mr BnB type lodging was so that I could have access to a fridge and stove for food prep. I hate eating out for every meal and get sick of it. Plus, it just gets needlessly expensive. But having gone through this and having to put up with strangers in their own homes was also not to my liking. I honestly don't know how these people can rent out their homes to perfect strangers. I couldn't do it.

    Come next week I'll do push-ups and maybe walking lunges and maybe some sprinting outside. I'll probably start getting the garden ready too which is a good low impact form of cardio. Digging and tilling soil and planting and just gardening in general is a nice way to keep limber and active. But I can't wait to get back in the gym and squat my heavier weights.

    The thing is, when we find our next home we're looking to get a big enough space so we can create our own home gym. My partner and I will probably each spend at least 5K to have a complete gym. I'm talking squat rack, bench, dipping bars, maybe some type of leg press and some cable machines and a couple of Olympic bars and their coordinating plates. If we can afford to really do it up we may not even buy a gym membership again. That would be fine by me as I'm sick of the crowds and waiting for equipment.
  • bro4bro

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    Mar 22, 2020 6:18 PM GMT
    I think by the time the gyms are open again a lot of people will decide they're better off working out at home. Before this whole thing started I had strongly considered buying some equipment that would free me from at least some of the hassle I deal with at the gym.
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    Mar 22, 2020 8:04 PM GMT
    I still run. Haven't stopped.

    My Guy's making due without his gym... we've only got a couple of kettleballs to lift at home, so we're working with them, but also a bunch of body-weight-resistance types of workouts... pushups and situps are easy... we don't have anything in the loft that's good for pullups, so we're lacking a bit there.

    We've also dialed into some youtube style pages for yoga, giving that a serious go now.
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    Mar 23, 2020 3:29 PM GMT
    Get a TRX, there are an infinite number of exercises you can do... it’s a full body workout. Also, if you haven’t done it before, at home Yoga on YouTube. For cardio- run or get a bike. If it gets to be bad and we can’t go outside because of Marshal Law, get a trainer for your road bike like TACX. Join Strava. It’s a social network for athletes and will keep you inspired.

    Happy Training everyone!
  • browardmuscle

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    Mar 23, 2020 5:43 PM GMT
    I have some resistance bands and bought a few more from amazon. They do the trick, although still miss the gym and being with my workout buds.
  • Gutsy

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    Mar 25, 2020 9:00 PM GMT
    Found a tiny boxing gym - 1 hr training session every other day; rent the space for 1 hr cardio off days. Silver/lining: forces u to mix it up. Downside: hurts.
  • Silverlakr

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    Mar 28, 2020 8:37 PM GMT
    Here's my home workout plan:

    I take walks of 6-7 miles four times a week with the pedometer step counter app, shows about 750 calories burned for each walk.

    I started resistance training two days a week at home. I have adult videos going, music turned up and fans going.

    I am using unopened gallon water bottles (8.3 lbs each) for weights. I put 3 water bottles in a reusable Trader Joe's shopping bag (with handles) and that comes to 25 lbs. So I have two 25 lb. wts. (2 shopping bags) then when I want more resistance I add two unopened plastic juice bottles(64 ounces) (4.5 lbs. each).

    Then on certain exercises where I need more weight I get a big Ikea blue shopping bag (with handles) and put the 6 water bottles in there together and that comes to 50 lbs. (and add the juice bottles and it comes to 59 lbs.) I change the weights (4 lbs. to 59 lbs. ) for each exercise depending on the difficulty. Also use a tall laundry basket (with handles) to place the weights in when needed (for squat and chest press).

    I use a chair as well when needed. I do all exercises in front of a wall of mirrors in my hallway. Here is my routine. It takes about 2 hours.

    Generally do four sets of 8-10 reps for each exercise


    LEG SCISSORS - 100

    PUSHUPS - 4 sets of 25
    SITUPS - 100
    CRUNCHES - 100
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    Jun 03, 2020 6:17 AM GMT
    - Morning walk and/or 100 jumping jacks followed by some high steps (every day)
    - set of 50 pushups, followed by another set of 25 or so (every day(
    - 4 sets of ~12 burpees (2-3 days a week)
    - walk at midday (every day)
    - 4 sets of wide grip pullups (every weekday)
    - trail running or hill sprints (2 days a week)
    - hiking (2-3 days a week)
    - evening walk (most nights)

    I have a lot of goals, some of which are seemingly at odds with eachother (put on more muscle and compete in a sky race, for example)...but some are simpler like I want to be able to hold a free-standing handstand.