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6 minutes ago, TR1PTIK said:

Hey thanks! It's never fun when you reach "that" point, but as the saying goes, sometimes you just have to hit rock bottom. While it certainly could be worse for me, this is pretty much it in terms of fitness. It's always a struggle, but slowly getting back into good habits. It helps now that the weather is better and I don't mind grilling a bunch of food for the week. The warmer weather also means I'll likely go back to my home workouts since I can get outside and run  - I struggle with treadmills because I'm a bit heavy-footed.

Man I remember the feeling of reaching that point like it was yesterday, and I'm thankful it served as the wake up call I needed. I turned 40 in January so it has become even more of a priority for me now of necessity and a little paranoia 😂. I still track food (MyFitnessPal is my BFF) and my wife thinks I'm crazy, but the method works so I'm sticking with it. I hope your gainz result in good things for your golf game!

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Well, mixing it up again. My wife and I started doing a BeachBody program yesterday called "Lift 4" (she's a BeachBody Coach). I gotta say I'm really enjoying it and I enjoy the quality time working out alongside my spouse. The only issue I'm having so far (aside from being unable to lift like I used to) is the wake-up call. Due to the fact that my workday starts at 6AM, our first alarm goes off at 3:45AM!!! I am not a morning person, but what I do love about morning workouts is that they seem to give me more energy for the day (contradictory I know). Hoping to see this through to the very end of the program and get some more substantial results than what I've been seeing so far just trying to squeeze the gym in here and there. My wife is in pretty good shape so having her there to motivate me is a huge bonus that I think will keep me going. 🙂 

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23 minutes ago, TR1PTIK said:

Due to the fact that my workday starts at 6AM, our first alarm goes off at 3:45AM!!!

Oof. I thought my 5 AM gym days were early.

Glad to hear things are working out for you (no pun intended). I'm sure you will see great results from the BeachBody program.

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1 minute ago, edingc said:

Oof. I thought my 5 AM gym days were early.

Glad to hear things are working out for you (no pun intended). I'm sure you will see great results from the BeachBody program.

Yeah... One of the drawbacks of working a 4-10 schedule, but the great thing is I'm off (almost) every Friday and get to go play golf!

I gotta say I was a bit skeptical about BeachBody when my wife signed on to be a coach - and I do still have some concerns - but the workouts are legit and so far seem to induce the perfect amount of fatigue for me. It's enough to notice, but not so much I can't move which is something I struggle with when I go to the gym and do things on my own.

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3 hours ago, TR1PTIK said:

Well, mixing it up again. My wife and I started doing a BeachBody program yesterday called "Lift 4" (she's a BeachBody Coach). I gotta say I'm really enjoying it and I enjoy the quality time working out alongside my spouse. The only issue I'm having so far (aside from being unable to lift like I used to) is the wake-up call. Due to the fact that my workday starts at 6AM, our first alarm goes off at 3:45AM!!! I am not a morning person, but what I do love about morning workouts is that they seem to give me more energy for the day (contradictory I know). Hoping to see this through to the very end of the program and get some more substantial results than what I've been seeing so far just trying to squeeze the gym in here and there. My wife is in pretty good shape so having her there to motivate me is a huge bonus that I think will keep me going. 🙂 

I had a teacher who worked for me who came into school about an hour and a half before school started.  He would open the weight room and do a workout, and invited kids in to join him.  He got a pretty good following for 6 a.m.  He told me after about a year of this that he felt it did more to improve his teaching than any workshop or class he'd ever taken.  

2 hours ago, TR1PTIK said:

Yeah... One of the drawbacks of working a 4-10 schedule, but the great thing is I'm off (almost) every Friday and get to go play golf!

I gotta say I was a bit skeptical about BeachBody when my wife signed on to be a coach - and I do still have some concerns - but the workouts are legit and so far seem to induce the perfect amount of fatigue for me. It's enough to notice, but not so much I can't move which is something I struggle with when I go to the gym and do things on my own.

When my son was in high school, I got him P90X, which he never did.  I decided to do it myself.  Lost 50 pounds in 90 days, and at 42 was in the best shape I'd been in since high school.  It's not that way now, but if I could find the time and space every day, I'd go right back to it.  It may be one of the best all around fitness programs I've seen.

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Everything looks real good, man. Anyone on this venture will tell you that 2 things are key. 

1. Nutrition - You lose weight being in caloric deficit. It's that simple.

2. Consistency to a regimen - Continually working out harder *SMARTER* every gym session is the key. It'll always be the key. 

I'm not a registered dietician and I'm not a personal trainer but, through trial and error and youtube and self application / watching others, I'd consider myself savvy on the topic. I can help with a few tips if you're looking for some:

- Always remember that people eat better to LOOK healthy, they workout to ACT healthy, and they do both to BE HEALTY. Take that to heart and you can't lose.

- Always progressively overload and add weight only if you're ready to do so. No one gets stronger by benching 135 for 4 sets of 10 for 1 month straight twice a week. Your plateau is your body getting used to the work.

- Do NOT stretch before a work out. Warm up and keep hydrated but, do not stretch. Stretch after and breathe while doing it. Go slow and take your time when stretching.

- Lastly, it sounds like you're looking to lose a good amount of weight quickish. Implement intermittent fasting with a 6 or 8 hour eating window. I don't have much weight to lose and with this, I did start seeing lbs go away all the while gaining strength.

Message me if you have questions. Have fun with it. Seeing changes and feeling better is a good feeling for me so it's cool to spread the positivity whenever possible. 

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Well I clearly didn't keep up with this thread very well. I could think of a number of factors to blame it on, but honestly I just lost motivation to do what I really needed to do last year. Anyway, I can at least report that I was able to lose some weight in 2019, but my overall level of fitness is still not where I want it to be. Now, with a (very small) 24-hour gym located in my apartment complex, I am back on a good path. 

Basically, I've maintained all of the same objectives, but have also added Super Speed Golf to my training as well (I'm hoping I can improve club speed by +/- 10% over the course of a year). Here's a good look at my last couple of workouts:

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EDIT: BTW, I'm using a Polar H7 chest strap heart rate monitor with the Fitiv app on iOS to log my workouts. I also have a WHOOP 3.0, but find the Polar to be much more accurate. The WHOOP is better for monitoring daily activity and sleep/recovery patterns and has been very useful since my wife and I decided to become members during their Black Friday sale.

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Was dragging a** all day yesterday, but eventually got my butt into the gym for another workout. I forget to put on my Polar H7 and launch Fitiv. I even forgot to start an activity on WHOOP, but at least their app lets me do it after the fact. So for comparison's sake, here's a look at last night's workout plus the other workouts and a round of golf using WHOOP:

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WHOOP under reports on heart rate and calories burned due to the differences in technology, but all things considered, I think it's not unreasonably inaccurate (for it's primary purpose). Based on what I've seen so far, it appears to report about 400-600 calories less than my Polar chest strap even though heart rate tends to be relatively close. Some of this could have to do with the apps as well. Fitiv allows me to choose between the WHOOP sensor and the H7 when starting a workout so I may have to select the WHOOP one time to try and get a more direct comparison.

Also, you may notice that my heart rate got up a bit when I was golfing the other day. Let's just say I was racing to get a few more holes in before sunset lol.

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On the Super Speed Golf side of things, I've completed three sessions so far and am happy with the way things are going. The only issue I've encountered is that timing the workout can be difficult sense I'm doing this in the gym. Due to other people being present, I had to do the second session AFTER my workout instead of before like you're supposed to do. Surprisingly, my speeds didn't dip too awful bad, but I am having some trouble with consistency due to the placement of the monitor and where my swing speeds are peaking. I need to get a better handle on this for more reliable results, but that's the worst of it so far.

Here's a look at my first three sessions:

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I realize I only need to record MAX speed with each club, but I like to see all swing data as it tells me how consistent I am during my workout (something that needs to improve in regards to technique and monitor location).

Looking forward to continuing my workouts like this - a combination of SSG and other programming. A great side-effect I've experienced doing this is that my body seems to be better prepared for my workouts and I'm significantly less sore the day after. 

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1 hour ago, TR1PTIK said:

On the Super Speed Golf side of things, I've completed three sessions so far and am happy with the way things are going. The only issue I've encountered is that timing the workout can be difficult sense I'm doing this in the gym. Due to other people being present, I had to do the second session AFTER my workout instead of before like you're supposed to do. Surprisingly, my speeds didn't dip too awful bad, but I am having some trouble with consistency due to the placement of the monitor and where my swing speeds are peaking. I need to get a better handle on this for more reliable results, but that's the worst of it so far.

Here's a look at my first three sessions:

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I realize I only need to record MAX speed with each club, but I like to see all swing data as it tells me how consistent I am during my workout (something that needs to improve in regards to technique and monitor location).

Looking forward to continuing my workouts like this - a combination of SSG and other programming. A great side-effect I've experienced doing this is that my body seems to be better prepared for my workouts and I'm significantly less sore the day after. 

I keep records of averages and maxes as well. Good luck with the program! I am a few more sessions into my second run at it and am liking my results again.

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Still going strong though I did miss a workout last night. I'm blaming it on our 2 year old who woke us up ready to play sometime around 3AM in the morning yesterday and I never could manage to fall back to sleep. Not a huge deal; I'll be making that up tonight and then push my last workout of the week to Saturday (possibly).

As of this morning I am down 4 LBS without really changing anything in my diet!

Super Speed is going well too; was looking at their protocol videos on YouTube, and think I may actually try to setup a little further away from the monitor. I'm not always seeing the speeds I would expect, but I noticed in the video that the girl was swinging the club a bit higher and further away from the monitor. 

Hoping I can get out and golf this Sunday, but with wind gusts expected to hit upwards of 30 MPH I'm wondering if it will be worth it. Monday and Tuesday will be much warmer and less windy if I can figure out a way to go then...

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12 minutes ago, TR1PTIK said:

Super Speed is going well too; was looking at their protocol videos on YouTube, and think I may actually try to setup a little further away from the monitor. I'm not always seeing the speeds I would expect, but I noticed in the video that the girl was swinging the club a bit higher and further away from the monitor. 

I've had the most success making sure to set the radar up pointing upward as far as the stand allows and then getting to be a decent 9-12 inch distance from it. 

Also, seeing your Whoop data inspired me to take the plunge. It should be here sometime this month.

Keep up the great work!

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41 minutes ago, edingc said:

I've had the most success making sure to set the radar up pointing upward as far as the stand allows and then getting to be a decent 9-12 inch distance from it. 

Also, seeing your Whoop data inspired me to take the plunge. It should be here sometime this month.

Keep up the great work!

Yeah, I think I’ve been setting up a bit too close. I need to read the papers again, but I should be able to back up at least a couple of inches.

My wife and I love WHOOP so far. Yes, it can be a bit of an investment but the sensors in the device are really good and this thing is about as rugged as can be without being encased in rubber or something. Seeing the recovery and sleep data is eye opening and I really like the ability to use their Strain Coach.

New this year, is the ability for anyone on the platform to create and join teams. That was primarily something reserved for coaches of teams before. If you want to join a team of golfers, you should reach out to Andrew Jensen on Instagram. He made a team and it’s really cool to see how your daily habits compare to those of a professional and other golfers on the team. I just wish we could actually communicate to team members through the app. I expect they will add that sometime in the future because I’m sure they’re already getting questions about that.

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Doing my cool down right now. Just wanted to quickly note that stepping back from the monitor a couple inches definitely helped! Swing speeds were much more in line with what I was feeling. Peaked at 129 doing the step-change drill and hit 126 doing a normal swing (both with the green club). 110’s with blue club, and 100’s with the red club. Don’t know what the heck that really means until I check with a club and ball but it seems fast.

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Almost finished with my third week back in the gym. Every workout seems to require a little less effort, and I'm finding it easier to motivate myself to go. I haven't seen much change in my weight, but my expectations for that have been pretty low since I haven't changed my diet and my workouts are only 1-1.5 hours, 3 days per week. On the speed training side of things, I'm feeling a difference, but I haven't measured it with a real golf club. I'm trying to wait until I actually complete the first level of training to see what gains have been made. Here's a quick look at my last session though:

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Speeds look pretty good IMO for the normal swings, but struggling with the step-change drill. Either my timing and placement is simply off, or the swing just sucks - that's not a hypothesis, it's just plain fact lol.

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Been a bit since my last post. The past couple of weeks have been up and down health wise so I haven't been making it to the gym. Trying to focus on the things I can easily control though and watch my eating. Hopefully I can get back at it once this cold clears up. 

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