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Time to get serious


So my time in Shelton is at an end, and with it, my time with roller hockey for a long time, unless I happen to get a brain cramp and say "yeah, I wouldn't mind doing MLRH!" (a professional league - yay! - that allows full checking, fighting, and didn't bounce a guy that ended up attacking a referee's car, with said ref in it. Boo!). The good news with that is that I don't have to kill myself until 1AM because hey, I don't have to go to the rink.

But the bad news is that I'm UNABLE to go to the rink now, even at my convenience. Even to get ice time, I'd be SOL; at absolute best, I'd be forced to use my lunch hour to get a good 30 minutes of skating at the Milford Ice Pavilion during Sticks and Pucks time, and that involves me going three days a week, having to purchase and wear a visor (no one on the ice at that dump without a visor, which is GAY GAY GAY), and going back to work sweaty and smelling like hockey gloves; it's not pleasant, let me assure everyone other than Aileen (who is patently aware, I'm sure).

Now, though I'm glad to be rid of roller, I would still like to come back to ice hockey, which 1) is mostly on weekends, and 2) is something I didn't do much of last year, because of the issue I had with my organization. So that means I have to get back into shape.

But LOL! I work in the tech support industry! My NORMAL hours are 10-7, but that's usually just a cruel joke on me, because even today, I worked 10-9, and it's looking like that the rest of the week. So basically, I think that means I'm purchasing a monthly gym membership (ugh) and kicking my ass into gear after work, no fail (it's a 24 hour place).

Now, the question... what do I start with?

This is where Alex's advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm not a complete slob - I did ref over the summer - but I am out of game shape (most of the skating I did was negated by sleeping four hours a night), and my cardio is awful. I'm generally a strong guy, and my legs are easily the strongest part of my body, but with the extra weight I'm packing (about 240lb; I've been "in shape" in two difference facets in my life; athlete shape is anywhere from 200 - 210, and military shape is 180-195; I hated military shape because while I could run, it made me weaker, so I'm going to aim at 220 for now), even my balance isn't what it could be.

I'm aiming at cardio and fitness, but my "normal" regime that I used to carry is probably a bit much; even if I used to avoid running if I could help it, I skated two hours a day, hard, and still fit in 75 crunches, three sets of thirty "eight count" bodybuilder excersizes, and fifty push-ups. At this point, my running cardio is pitiful.

Any advice? Alex? Because if I fall off the wagon again, I'm likely in trouble, because as far as athletes go, I'm getting old; I don't want to waste my competitive prime floating back and forth between the fat wagon.


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Aug. 5th, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)
Don't run; it's hard on your knees, especially since you're carrying around extra weight. Go for an elliptical machine -- it's like running, but without the strain on your joints.
Aug. 5th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
My knees aren't my concern with running so much as my shins are; I get splints.

What I WANT to find is a machine that is shaped like a V, with tracks on it; essentially, it simulates a skating motion, and there's another similar device that doesn't have tracks, but has a slick, metalic surface and stoppers at the end, that lets you use it in socks.

A gym that has that device, where I can work on my skating muscles for a good hour at a clip, will have my membership.
Aug. 5th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
What is your height? Because I would need to compared weight vs height because as your friend said earlier, it might just kill your knees to go jogging.

I'd start with something like an hour of stationary biking. You're working your lower body, but that way you can also do other things like play a DS/PSP or read a book. Then I'd add crunches and pushups. Maybe some pull-ups.

If your gut is what you're most concerned about, really focus on some pure abdominal exercises.
Aug. 5th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
I'm 175cm; I'm also built like a brick shithouse, so I carry my weight well for my height. As for jogging, it's not my knees that worry me as much as my shins; the reason I usually stop running after awhile is because of the splints.

I'm not worried about my gut; I actually don't have much of one, especially after hockey season. I just need to get more fit overall, and sweat some of this shit off.
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Aug. 5th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
I know what I want to focus on. The issue is that my old regime is a bit beyond my current abilities.

I don't just rollerblade; "just" rollerblading is pretty useless to me, I need to be doing something hard, but no local tennis courts allow blades. :( I COULD skate on the street, but potholes like whao.

I'm checking out local gyms, but they all want to lock me up for a year at least. Fuck no, seaking. :(
Aug. 5th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Get a Gazelle. Cheap, foldable, easily storable. It really helps, too, and with minimal joint strain.
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