Fitness goals

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    Nov 24, 2007 10:06 PM GMT
    I'm looking for some new mid-to-long range fitness goals. Let me explain:

    Back in January 07, I made a list of 101 things to accomplish in 1001 days (roughly 2.75 years). The list includes things from all areas of my life, but there were a set of fitness-themed goals included. Specifically:

    Meet Army ROTC requirements (2 miles in 16 minutes, 42 consecutive pushups, 55 situps in a minute; I'm not joining the military, but it seemed a good general fitness level)
    Run 5 miles in 50 minutes
    Run 1 mile in 6 minutes
    Bench press my own weight

    There were some other ones related to fitness (eg, learn to play racquetball, obsessively track my caloric intake for a week, etc), but those 4 were the primary fitness ones. I've now completed them. Today's mile at 5:59 was painful, but I can now cross off that goal.

    I'm fine for the short term in terms of goals--I can always try to manage 2.5 pounds more next week than this week, for example, or an addition rep, or increase the slope on the treadmill a little so that by the time the air warms up enough for me to run hard outside I can do a 6 minute mile on a track. I'm also pretty close to meeting the new Men's Health Fitness Challenge (Full credit requires a 6 minute mile, 50 pushups, 9 chin ups, a 24 inch vertical leap, and 5 single leg squats on a weight bench. I've got the run, the squats, and the chin-ups [I can exceed the requirement on the last two], I have a 23 inch vertical and can currently do 44 pushups before my form breaks), so I can work on finishing that off. But I'm looking for some new mid-to-long range goals. This is where you guys come in:

    What's a reasonable time for a guy in his mid 20s for a 5k run? (5k is long distance to me; when I used to be on track teams, my primary event was the 400 meters.) What about time/length combinations in swimming? Stairs?

    What about long term goals in terms of weights? I don't want to ever get the build of a body builder, and I do not have the genes or metabolism that lend themselves toward beefiness. I'm thin not just in that I have little fat, but my bone structure is actually narrower than is true of most people--narrow hips, shallow rib cage, shoulder blades closer together than is typical of my height, etc. My current 158ish at 6 foot is about as high as my weight has ever gone, and it's up nicely from the 135 I was before I started lifting weights. While I'd like to gain a little more weight, I'm not finding that easy at all. 165-170 is about as high as I think I would realistically go. You might want to bear that in mind before giving me advice like bench pressing 220 pounds or something.

    Basically, I'd like to get an idea of some general fitness goals, so that I can work on getting toward them. Your thoughts?
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    Nov 24, 2007 11:13 PM GMT
    I've been thinking about that from time to time as well. In the end, I don't see any real reason to keep escalating the weights, at least at my age. Although, this winter, I'm trying to put some more mass into my legs.

    Goals inside the gym just seem a little boring to me, except as a means to a goal outside. This summer, I conquered a pretty steep mountain climb on my bike that I didn't used to be able to do. I might actually try the triathlon thing next summer, unless I come to my senses.
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    Nov 24, 2007 11:51 PM GMT
    MSUBioNerdWhat's a reasonable time for a guy in his mid 20s for a 5k run?

    I have no clue what would be a good time for the age group, but I am 33 and on a good day can do a 3m/5k at 7:32 a mile. My guess is if you can do a 6 minute mile then you can probably already do that, but at least it is a starting point. No clue if that helps.
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    Nov 26, 2007 4:02 AM GMT
    Sorry, didn't mean to make that post about me. Got distracted.

    If you want to compare yourself to the masses, use google to search for "5k run results." You can get lots of tables of run times, sometimes sorted by age group. Probably the same for other events.