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Old 02-20-2017, 03:03 PM   #176
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There are things about p90x that I like, & some that I don't. The 'Lawnmower' is one of them, I think it's a bad technique. I had done dumbell rows for years but had always used a flat bench instead of the opposite knee for support (as they do it). It provides more stabilty imo. For whatever reason I went with their technique & over-extended...boom, been dealing with that day ever since. I don't do ANY exercise now that puts a one-sided torque(twist) on my back under heavy load, only equal force using both hands. Some other trainers I've looked into agree that this puts the lower back in danger of injury & should be avoided. This doesn't include doing core exercises that use bands, etc which are good for stabilizing muscles.
Also, I've realized that using heavier weights isn't really neccessary (for me). I've already got good size/strength & have for years, but ignored a more scientific approach that develops muscles in a more balanced way. P90x does not address this. Muscle confusion sure, muscle balance? No. That is where I'm at now. I would rather be fit, strong & healthy, than 'big' & crippled.
I agree with you to an extent. There are a few exercises in their program I won't do for the reasons you note but lawnmowers don't bother me at all.

Congdon locomotives are one I absolutely will not do, period.
In the PlyoX workout they have hotfoot, which is hopping around on one foot. I won't do that one either. Damn knee injury waiting to happen.

Core work for the back.

Lawnmowers is one where I go a little lower weight and do more reps so that might be why I haven't had problems in that regard.

I did have a significant injury this year lifting. First time ever in almost 50 years. Damn....sucked....just starting to get back into lifting much again.
Lot of cardio this winter....LOL

I'm a firm believer that people should tweak their workouts to meet their own needs, limitations and goals. I sure do.
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Old 02-20-2017, 03:23 PM   #177
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Just an update. Down another 4 lbs this week. Clean eating, caloric deficit, lots of water and no alcohol. Almost 40 lbs down from starting weight Dec. 1st (323) Feb. 20 I'm at 286. 61 lbs to go.
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Old 02-21-2017, 09:39 AM   #178
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Just an update. Down another 4 lbs this week. Clean eating, caloric deficit, lots of water and no alcohol. Almost 40 lbs down from starting weight Dec. 1st (323) Feb. 20 I'm at 286. 61 lbs to go.
Holy Crap Dave! Awesome! Way to keep plugging away!
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Old 02-23-2017, 05:16 PM   #179
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Just started deadlifting and squats again. I've wanted to do squats for years but had no rack. I got a wild hair and googled squat racks and boom, 134.00 bucks and two days later I got one. I started out with 135pds 4 sets of ten, till I get my muscles stretched out. I'll do this for 3 workouts then start to add weight. I've been walkin/jogging 1.7 miles in 20 mins since February 1st. I can tell I feel better everyday. Any workout ideas guys??
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Old 02-23-2017, 06:10 PM   #180
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Question for you guys who are knowledgeable, especially if you have some medical chops:

I thought I was kicking ass for a 50+ year old guy when I was still in Texas at 500 feet or so above sea level, trotting down the road with a loaded alice pack (around 60 pounds or so) for strength and endurance training.

Now at 3000 feet and in the mountains where every run involves 6 degree grades or more for extended periods, I don't feel quite so badass, lol.

Got bad knees and a bad back, and was wondering now that spring is here and enough snow has melted that I can resume, what might be some specific targeted exercises to get ready before I start humping it again?
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Old 02-23-2017, 06:44 PM   #181
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Question for you guys who are knowledgeable, especially if you have some medical chops:

I thought I was kicking ass for a 50+ year old guy when I was still in Texas at 500 feet or so above sea level, trotting down the road with a loaded alice pack (around 60 pounds or so) for strength and endurance training.

Now at 3000 feet and in the mountains where every run involves 6 degree grades or more for extended periods, I don't feel quite so badass, lol.

Got bad knees and a bad back, and was wondering now that spring is here and enough snow has melted that I can resume, what might be some specific targeted exercises to get ready before I start humping it again?
Maybe this will help, maybe not. But still a good workout for anyone reading.

I have an interval timer app on my phone that I can program timers for various workouts. I put on a backpack loaded with phone books and a weight plate (it weighs about 30 pounds). I get in front of a step and start the timer. I step up and down on a step for two minutes. Not rapid but brisk. Full extension on each stepup. I get into a rhythm so I alternate the stepping foot. After two minutes, I step back and do squats for one minute. Very slow and controlled. I get about twelve squats in during that minute with about ten seconds to catch my breath. So that's two minutes of weighted stepups, and one minutes of squats. I do ten rounds for a total of thirty minutes.

For the first couple rounds, you'll be saying "This is too easy, Solid Snake is full of shit." At about round six, you'll be saying "Okay, I was wrong, this is a workout." At about round nine, you'll be watching your timer saying, "Jesus, fucking beep already!" After I do this thirty minute routine, I'm sweating almost as much as after a thirty minute run. I'm breathing almost as hard as after a thirty minute run. But my knees and ankles didn't take the pounding from a run, and I worked those leg muscles more.
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Question for you guys who are knowledgeable, especially if you have some medical chops:

I thought I was kicking ass for a 50+ year old guy when I was still in Texas at 500 feet or so above sea level, trotting down the road with a loaded alice pack (around 60 pounds or so) for strength and endurance training.

Now at 3000 feet and in the mountains where every run involves 6 degree grades or more for extended periods, I don't feel quite so badass, lol.

Got bad knees and a bad back, and was wondering now that spring is here and enough snow has melted that I can resume, what might be some specific targeted exercises to get ready before I start humping it again?
PlyoX

--go easy on your knees with some of it.
--bike-hard

Always warm up and stretch. Very important for what you're doing esp colder temps.

Also consider glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM and get your VitC. Fresh fruit is a good way, obviously.

And drink your milk, get some dietary magnesium. Look it up.
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Old 02-23-2017, 10:00 PM   #183
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+1 on the msm. It works.
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