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  1. #226
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    Quote Originally Posted by XavierD View Post
    the problem with living close to work is when it requires you to give up things you like living with, like space, a yard, parks to go play at, and not getting shot or robbed.
    Don't forget affordable housing...
    "We don't beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully." - Randy Pausch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toadman View Post
    Don't forget affordable housing...
    The housing near where I currently work is a little too affordable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dantheman View Post
    It'll pretty much work everything from the neck down. Start by just trying to hold onto it zercher-style (https://www.t-nation.com/system/publ...?ts=1511397173). You'll be lucky to make it 30 seconds at first. Hell, at first just getting it off the floor is a task. Wide feet help. The longest I've ever held it was a little over 3 minutes, and I was grunting, huffing and puffing like a madman the final minute. When you can hold it for over a minute without too much trouble start trying to walk with it, squat it, or do lateral lunges. I tried to do regular lunges once and failed miserably, just too hard to stabilize laterally. Overhead stuff (overhead hold, overhead press, overhead squat) is great, too.



    Buy a 10 ft piece of 4-inch ABS pipe (ABS is preferable to PVC since it's stronger and UV resistant), two 4-inch end caps and ABS cement if don't already have some. Mark the middle with a strip of tape or whatever, glue on one of the caps and let it cure for a few hours. For a 40-lb pipe add 3.5 gallons of water. Glue on the other end, wait a few more hours and you're set for some ass-kicking.

    40 lbs is plenty for mortals, but if you want to go heavier each additional gallon of water is 8.3 lbs. Realistically the heaviest you can go with a 4" pipe is about 50 lbs. Beyond that the pipe is too full to get the proper slosh effect.
    just happened to be in the Depot yesterday and bought the few items needed for this.
    Holeee Fvck! So how long until i'm able to lift it off the floor without putting a hole in my ceiling? (yea I tried it indoors) got a good 3 minute hiit workout if nothing else.

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    I feel like I've found my people. I'm not normally in tech talk lately, but definitely glad I found this thread. Good insights!

    Getting over a running injury and currently working on cardio via biking and eliptical + core strength. Have previously done leg blasters, but excited to add them back into my workouts after being reminded/excited by them in this thread.

    Also, Training for the Uphill Athlete (https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asi..._JosTDb7VAT3T2) will likely interest many of you. It's a follow up to Training for the New Alpinism, but more focusing on skimo, trail running, and backcountry.

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    Training thread bump. I need some cardio equipment input.

    It's time to replace my ancient Lemond Revmaster spin bike. I've narrowed the choices down to either:

    MaxKare Magnetic: https://www.amazon.com/MaxKare-Magne...dp/B07RKFMB59/

    or, this sweet used classic Airdyne: https://classifieds.ksl.com/listing/58733752

    In terms of raw ass-kicking potential I think the Airdyne wins hands-down, and saves me a decent amount of money. The self-fanning aspect is also nice. On the other hand, workouts on the MaxKare will probably have better direct transfer to mountain biking. Also, a spin bike would probably work better for really low-intensity work (think HRs <120 bpm) which I'm doing a lot of right now for my TBI rehab and would probably be better for AC's upcoming knee replacement rehab. I've never used an Airdyne at anything less than "I hope I don't puke" intensities; is it even possible to keep the RPMs low enough to maintain a sub-120 HR?

    Cheap spin bikes, especially magnetic ones, seem like one of those things you could end up regretting. But, the MaxKare seems to be universally well-reviewed and holds its own with bikes that cost twice as much. The main complaint seems to be the computer, which I don't care about anyway. Otherwise, it's a belt-driven 45-lb flywheel, five big magnets, and has 4-way adjustable saddle and bars. One reviewer on Amazon claims to squat 300 and said the magnets were strong enough for hard out-of-the-saddle mashing.


    Quote Originally Posted by criscam View Post
    just happened to be in the Depot yesterday and bought the few items needed for this.
    Holeee Fvck! So how long until i'm able to lift it off the floor without putting a hole in my ceiling? (yea I tried it indoors) got a good 3 minute hiit workout if nothing else.
    Hah! I missed this. How's it going now?

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    I had an airdyne for a couple of seasons and found it to be very uncomfortable for long/slow training. I have seen a few DIY mods that add a real bike seat, but never went down that road.

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    Do you own a road bike...or even a hardtail (just not your dirt jumper? I would think for less than the price of the stationary bike you could find a used fluid trainer like a Kurt Kinetic (I think these are more highly regarded) or Cycleops as everyone wants a Smart trainer. It should have a smoother operation than what the stationary can offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STLHD View Post
    I had an airdyne for a couple of seasons and found it to be very uncomfortable for long/slow training. I have seen a few DIY mods that add a real bike seat, but never went down that road.
    Hmmm, this is good info, thanks. I've been doing daily 45-60 minute sessions at a nose-breathing pace. Sounds like the Airdyne won't be ideal for that.

    Quote Originally Posted by robnow View Post
    Do you own a road bike...or even a hardtail (just not your dirt jumper? I would think for less than the price of the stationary bike you could find a used fluid trainer like a Kurt Kinetic (I think these are more highly regarded) or Cycleops as everyone wants a Smart trainer. It should have a smoother operation than what the stationary can offer.
    I thought about a fluid trainer. The only road bike I own is my commuter, which gets ridden so often that I'm not sure I want to deal with taking it in and out of a trainer all the time. It would take up way less space than a spin bike when not in use, which would be nice. The going rate for used Kurts seems to be about $200 so there's not enough savings to make a big difference. As far as smoothness, I've never used a Kurt but magnetic resistance spin bikes are very, very smooth. No desire to get a smart trainer and do Zwift-type stuff.

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    Concept 2 rower stands up in a corner when not in use. Just sayin'.

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    C2s are definitely nice, but there's none used locally and new they're not in the budget. Also, my basement ceilings are 90" so I won't be standing one up down there.

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    In true TGR style, I bought both of them

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    I found them useful after coming off a bad bone bruise knee injury, just to strengthen all my upper leg muscles to even then then out with the non injured side.

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    Very, very impressed with the MaxKare bike for the price. More than enough resistance. Ghostly silent. The pedals did suck, but I just threw on a pair of cheap plastic flats I had in the parts bin. Swapped the saddle out for a spare mtb saddle I also already had.

    The Airdyne is pure retro awesomeness. So glad I bought it. The seat sucked. Bought a $8 adapter off Amazon then threw on the stock seat from the MaxKare which was perfect.

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