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Posted 20 June 2011 - 12:21 PM
I want to get in better shape, since next year I'll be skirmishing at least three times a month, marshalling at least once and photographing game days here and there as well. I also hope to join the UOTC and after Uni the TA, so I could do with getting a bit fitter/losing some weight.
I hate the gym. Like, really hate. I'd rather spoon my own eyes out with rusted cooking implements than spend ten minutes in a gym. That said, I'll happily work out in my own home, as well as outdoors - which is what I'm doing this summer (a variety of cycling, running, crunches, pressups etc and also occasional use of mum's Wii Fit when no-one's looking), but I was wondering, what do my fellow airsofters do to keep fit?
At the moment, more than my weight, it's my fitness. At Uni we're encouraged to eat crap and sit on our arses all day; and in many respects I've found that the greatest barrier to weight loss and fitness gain - is the fact that due to poor fitness, I get worn out quicker; I used to cycle 20 miles in about an hour, and I'd do it nightly, but now I struggle to do anywhere near that (this is in part due to the fact that I sold my racing cycle (could lift it up balanced on my little finger) for a thicker wheeled and generally heavier bike to have more of a chance against the glass-coated streets of Coventry, but fitness is still a huge factor, I would still expect to manage 15 miles on open road if my fitness were the same).
Any tips, techniques, approaches, publication suggestions etc welcome; otherwise, simply discuss
Posted 20 June 2011 - 12:24 PM
if i hide maybe the stupid people will go away
I'm so gorgeous they want to put me under arrest
Posted 20 June 2011 - 12:27 PM
I cycle everywhere too, but thats probably me trying to justify getting a new bike
Posted 20 June 2011 - 01:32 PM
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Posted 20 June 2011 - 02:14 PM
Posted 20 June 2011 - 02:42 PM
Its good, because you can measure your level of fitness, set your self targets so on.
As a guide, the Met police, is 5.6(?) i think, and the CNC (civil nuclear constabulary) is a 9.4 (?) i think.
I also play tennis and badminton every week. Play hard and the constant start stop, especially badders, will improve you cardio, stamina, hand eye co-ordination and leg muscles.
Next time i have a bit of money im going to my local surplus to get some jerry cans, to imitate the army ADSC test.
Aside from that i have some dumbbells and a "pull up" bar that you use inside a door way.
When i go riding, or on the odd run, i put the weights from the dumbbells into a back pack, just to make life harder.
Posted 20 June 2011 - 03:26 PM
1) Stamina. For this you basically want to try and do a very long distance at a pretty slow pace. With running you ought to be aiming for about 12 k/m. The point isn't to do it quickly, just to go as far as possible, and to be sure to run the whole thing. A 1 mile circuit is pretty good for this. When I started I could only really manage 1 lap (2 km), but you find that you improve ridiculously quickly, and if you do this every day (at the start it's only about 10 minutes of running, so this is quite easy), you can add a lap each week no problem (actually this is probably an under-estimate, if you push hard you can add a lot more). There will also be a sudden jump in the distance you can run (for me it happened when I was running about 12km) - this is because you have a "natural speed" - the speed you will naturally run, and a "maintenance speed" - basically the speed where you're not building up lactic acid in running. As you train you raise the maintenance speed, once this equals your natural speed, the limiting factor becomes energy in your body. Burns one hell of a lot of fat - basically you can eat whatever the f you like and still lose weight, and massively reduces recovery times.
2) Speed / Cardio. Obviously, as you start being able to run further, the runs start taking a lot longer, and you really don't want to be doing them every day (if nothing else because you will kill your feet). Also, it might be nice to be able to sprint, which stamina training doesn't really help with. I'd recommend you start doing this once you can run about 3 or 4 miles normally, and only do it for one mile. Basically the idea is you sprint 100m as fast as you can, then stroll 100m, sprint 100, stroll 100m etc. Once you start to find this easier, reduce the distances you stroll. This training basically means you can run fast for longer. Also helps with the heart, which stamina doesn't really.
3) Strength - stamina exercises will burn muscle. A lot of muscle. So really you have to build it back. Push ups are good, as are crunches and russian twists. If you've got a dumbbell, hammer curls are good for biceps. Obviously you don't really need to worry about your legs. They're already being beasted
Quick note - I'm told the body adapts to specific exercises pretty quickly. This means that if you just train at running, you'll get bloody good at running, but no where near as good at cycling. So mixing it up is often a good idea (obv I was just training for a run, so I just ran )
Posted 20 June 2011 - 05:47 PM
Posted 20 June 2011 - 05:54 PM
It's ares, it'll be ok...
for 5 minutes
Posted 20 June 2011 - 07:46 PM
Going to get up early tomorrow and see whether a run kills me or not (I'm predicting it will)
Posted 20 June 2011 - 07:52 PM
then do some start/stop printing
I dont think your printer would like that!
It's ares, it'll be ok...
for 5 minutes
Posted 20 June 2011 - 07:54 PM
Posted 20 June 2011 - 08:51 PM
Posted 20 June 2011 - 09:41 PM
also head up to milton keynes and snowboard.
also enjoy friday nights on the piss (drinking and dancing make a man very sweaty)
and random single night camping trips. pack a day sack and camp out for the night.
Posted 22 June 2011 - 11:20 AM
I might take up Taekwondo again in September - if Uni and running Airsoc don't take away from my time too much (If I join the UOTC then I definitely won't have time).
Quite liking the idea of going camping Though my style is to get my parents to dump me in the middle of derbyshire with a bike and come back for me when they thing I'll be on the verge of starvation xD
Posted 22 June 2011 - 11:25 AM
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Posted 22 June 2011 - 11:48 AM
Posted 22 June 2011 - 11:48 PM
Then I moved to London, got a racing bike and cycled everyday, started to work as a bike courier for a while, got hit by a car, havnt been able to cycle since so now I sit in the sofa.
Looking into parkour as my brother does it, but I fear I'll get arrested or stabbed doing it around here, and I dont know anyone local to practice with.
Maybe when I get a work I can afford to airsoft regular enough to use that for workout?
...oh mauy thai is good aswell, hard workout for the whole body, but you will feel quite beat up (literarly) the day after
I play xbox and eat cheeseburgers
I hope it's not darts?
I had a similar issue with my ICS AK hicap, threw it against a tree and bob's your uncle.
Posted 23 June 2011 - 06:46 PM
I got a multigym in the shed and treadmill in here for when weather is really crap, also started going to a boxing club on wednesdays and i can honestly say ive never worked so hard in my life! definatley recommend it.
Trying for paras and have got my 1.5mile run time down to 8.20
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