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4/10/2020 6:51 pm  #1


Isolation fitness

The thread on the ethics of paddling during isolation touched on this and it piqued my curiosity. How’s everyone getting their exercise through this? Do you have a home workout, use an online trainer or fitness program? I’ve got a couple of workouts that take about 40 minutes and at least get a sweat going, if not much else. Would be interested to see what everyone else is doing.

 

4/10/2020 7:28 pm  #2


Re: Isolation fitness

My back pulled a serious hate-on for me a month ago and so I've been doing lots of stretches and core exercises to get myself back in order. Thankfully it's nothing permanent. Going forward, I plan on keeping up my stretching and core exercises. I also do a lot of (relatively) long distance running and plan on getting back to this once able. This typically involves one or two weekday shorter runs (5-8 kms) and a longer weekend run (10-18 kms). I find this great from both a cardiovascular and mental health perspective. Thankfully, I live in a rural setting so no worries about other pedestrians. I've also been thinking about getting back into a mild weight routine just to tone up the aging body a bit. This would involve dumbbells only, including arm curls, squats, presses, stair lifts etc. 

 

4/10/2020 9:08 pm  #3


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I usually go to the gym 4-5x/week and do heavy weightlifting. Used to powerlift but stopped a few years ago. This whole isolation thing is really non-ideal for my normal routine lol. To make it worse, I don't have any equipment at home and there's literally no doorframe that would even support a pullup bar. So I've just been doing a ton of jumping jacks for cardio and lots of bodyweight exercises. Put all my canned food into a box and was curling that. Finally got a pair of super-old-about-to-break (literally) 15lbs dumbbells, so that's at least giving me a margin of new exercises I can include.  Still on the hunt for more dumbbells but as you can imagine they're basically impossible to come by right now. About 6 months of progress lost in the past 6-8 weeks.


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4/10/2020 9:52 pm  #4


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trippythings wrote:

...Still on the hunt for more dumbbells but as you can imagine they're basically impossible to come by right now...

 Concrete! Curbside pickup at your favourite home improvement store and make whatever size and shape you want. About $7 for 30 kg.

 

4/11/2020 8:21 am  #5


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solos wrote:

trippythings wrote:

...Still on the hunt for more dumbbells but as you can imagine they're basically impossible to come by right now...

 Concrete! Curbside pickup at your favourite home improvement store and make whatever size and shape you want. About $7 for 30 kg.

Thanks that's not a bad idea. What would the process look like? I just searched online and most videos are to make circular plates to attach to a bar. But that would require more materials and supplies, spring clamps, etc.


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4/11/2020 11:16 am  #6


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you can always order some one and 5 gallon pails to fill with that concrete for dead lifts, and a piece of hardwood dowel can be used to make a dumbbell- fill a can with cement- insert the dowel (you can punch a hole in a piece of cardboard and place it over the top of the can to hold the dowel) let it harden, fill another can and insert the other end, let it harden too and presto, one dumbbell.

 

4/20/2020 12:20 pm  #7


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I've started doing squats at home while holding my 10 month old son.  I usually take him for a walk every morning that I'm home, around 6 -10 km.  Starting to consider putting some weight into a hiking pack haha. 

Now that the weather is coming around I'm hoping to get out cycling in the wee hours around sunrise before the hoards hit the downtown Lakeshore.  

 

4/22/2020 1:59 pm  #8


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TripperMike wrote:

I've started doing squats at home while holding my 10 month old son.  I usually take him for a walk every morning that I'm home, around 6 -10 km.  Starting to consider putting some weight into a hiking pack haha. 

I did the same carrying my kid in a carrier for his first 3 years and it got me in better shape at 60 than I was 20 years ago. It also helped with getting him comfortable in the woods, rain or shine, so canoe trips feel for him like a natural thing to do. (Also, carrying ankle weights on my walks, 20lbs combined, was very helpful.)
 

 

4/22/2020 3:29 pm  #9


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I train Brazilian jiu-jitsu which I find helps with the physical and mental rigors of tough portages. As you can guess, I'm currently not training and to be honest, I don't know when it will be acceptable to get back to the dojo.
For now, I'm waking up and going for 45 min power walks each morning which gets a little bit of a sweat and really helps to clear the mind. I may start to throw the canoe on top of my head to make things interesting. It should also give me the right of way on the sidewalks, no? https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/cute.png

 

4/22/2020 5:22 pm  #10


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A very kind person here donated some of their old equipment to me, so now I've got a couple different dumbbells with adjustable weights.

I think I'm going to invest in more stuff as well when it becomes available, I can't see myself wanting to go back to my gym for a long time, even once it opens again. The number of people touching the equipment every day, the infrequency that it all gets properly sanitized, and the inevitability of touching your face while working out. I'll probably be training at home for a while.


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