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Gym work

For some time now I've been looking to get some additional strengthening work done and a good friend of mine had put a workout together for me aimed initially at building general strength and based on me getting into the gym once or maybe twice a week.

So today I got myself into the gym and oh boy the old buzz hit me, I really enjoyed it just about got the weights right that I was using and felt the muscles working nicely.

Feel that this will help me incredibly with my running especially with wanting to run distance.

Onwards and upwards and happy running my friends xx

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i started the gym recently for the first time in my life. I am doing well i think πŸ™‚πŸ‹οΈβ€β™€οΈπŸ’ͺπŸ‘.

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Back on the case:)

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will improve strength and build that core, haven't worked out properly in a gym for quite some time but that buzz was back there instantly xx

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Hey! I started the gym 2 weeks ago thanks to arsecheek-itis stopping me running. Said arse cheek is still causing agro, and still no running, and probably not for weeks :( but carefully stretching means I can do the gym every other day. It's a whole new world RM!! Prepare to be addicted!! :)

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Do you roll?

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With the punches?!! Yes I do use a roller but I have no finesse and it seems to hurt my shoulders/upper body trying, as well as my arse.... I'm such a newbie at everything :/

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I have been in remission for a few years, today broke that and I have fallen off the wagon lol

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Arsecheek-itis!! πŸ˜‚

Can't stop chuckling at that (not at your unfortunate buttock, but at your scientific diagnosis).

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I'm doing Hal Higdon training and there is a bit where he is advising not to take up gym work during long distance program, and if you are an experienced weight lifter you should scale it down during that time. It's about injury prevention.

I am focusing a lot on stretches instead, and in order to maintain my core fitness I do various planks.

Then again, you may find the gym work beneficial, hope it works for you. For years I have been doing lots of gym work in my own room by doing basic, old school lifts and pushes. And squats. Lots of squats.

Good luck!

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The classic lifts and squats seem to be the best, and i suppose if you are not heaping on the weight you can limit risks.

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As with everything there seems to be different schools of thought

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I really enjoy my gym work as it ensure I work on my core and upper body... however I don’t do weight lifting as such, there are lots of other things, including squats and lunges, and some challenging stuff on the mats which means I now have abs. πŸ˜‰

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I used to combine weights and floor with my runs, especially while on C25K, but I hardly do it all now and the reason is entirely down to available time. The longer I run the less time there is to do the workouts. It’s a catch 22. I know I need to keep the workouts and weights in there so I’m just going to have to visit the gym more often and do the workouts on what used to be rest days. But then that defeats the purpose of rest days. Ho hum.

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But surely it is fine to work out on rest days from running if you're not doing anything high impact? Freeing up time is always a conundrum though.

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It’s fine but I seem to benefit from complete days off. No running or gym. So I’m up to 4 days running/gym now and 3 days of abstinence but that ain’t going to last. I can see 5 days a week on the horizon. πŸ˜‚

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That's what I aim for, and what suits me best - but naturally work issues, parents' evenings, days of being under house arrest with the kids etc have a habit of cropping up! I think 5 in 7 is ideal.

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I recently started going to the gym and I love it. I'm sooooo looking forward to getting back there. I'm glad you're an addict too :D Enjoy!

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That's good news! Have you had x-ray yet? How are you feeling?

I have been going to the gym for about 2 months so not very long, but am addicted already. I used to go years and years ago but did not have any input ftom a personal trainer. Now i have the wonderful Ming who is basically Nice and Nasty Cop combined and has become one of my fave people. He is super strict and highly critical but also encouraging, kind and committed. This has made all the difference and i feel i am getting stronger and hopefully less injury prone. It also adds variety to my exercise so i am less tempted to run too much ☺

He focuses a lot on the importance of basic strength which is really helpful. Ot is easy to pay more attention to what we see in the mirror such as our abs, quads, biceps, whereas he is very big on back, glutes, triceps etc, and this is working well for me.

Only negative is that the owner keeps asking me out and this is getting embarrassing 😣. He is polite about it but blimey, there's always one, isn't there?!

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If there is anything positive about getting older - no one chats you up in the gym anymore! Phew!

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Give over, bet you get chatted up all the time

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Only if they forgot to put their contacts in!😳

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Ha ha! The problem is that, as the owner, he has my number... And i don't want to feel embarrassed going there. Pah.

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Like you said - there's always one.....One of my friends hasn't been charged at the dentist for years & she's over 60!😬

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That's a pretty good result though - dental work costs a fortune. (Note to self: seduce a dentist)

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hehehehehehe

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Don't fancy my dentist (not keen on his beard) lol

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Well done RM! Was wondering how you were getting on! Any X-Ray results yet?

You're such an inspiration- am I right it's only a year ago you quit the cigs? And now look at you! I'll bet you cut a dash in the gym in your luminous Lycra.

Will you be able to do your HM?

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It was a year in March that I stopped smoking, x ray on Thursday but leg is so much better so that I now suspect muscular.

Hopefully the hm is still in my sights

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Crossing all fingers and toes!

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Yaaay! I'm so pleased. You're becoming a lean mean running machine!πŸƒπŸ»

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Fingers crossed for Thursday!

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