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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2011, 08:53
I bought a Bowflex heart rate monitor last year for about $20. I think this is the model: http://www.amazon.com/Bowflex-SE-119-Pr ... 481&sr=1-1

It works reasonably well once you get your heart rate up, and the chest strap automatically syncs up with the workout machines at my gym, so that's a nice bonus feature. I didn't wear the HRM very frequently, but I found it useful for identifying what 170bpm felt like. If you're planning to use the HRM for interval training, it's probably worthwhile to buy something a little more accurate. The Bowflex is pretty basic, so I wouldn't give it a strong recommendation.
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2011, 16:09
Lost 10 minutes to a flat tire, but felt a lot better than last ride. Still a long way to go before I'm back to last year though.

http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/q0zkb1MK8vo
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2011, 16:32
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Lost 10 minutes to a flat tire, but felt a lot better than last ride. Still a long way to go before I'm back to last year though.

http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/q0zkb1MK8vo

Nice work! I'm still recovering from bronchitis, but I'll be back in the gym no later than Monday (can't wait!).
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2011, 06:55
P90X is good. I have it. I try to do it and then play basketball in the afternoon :)
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2011, 11:04
Haha man... When I do. P90x session, I struggle to scrape myself off the floor and get into the shower.... Much less basketball!

Ended up going with a timex model for $40. I'll report back after I get and play with it a bit

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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2011, 13:46
No GPS for this workout, just the heart rate monitor.

Was climbing stairs, my apt complex has 13 floors, so ran up and down 5 times, then hopped on the treadmill for a mile.
http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/vStX2Z4VRlI
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2011, 19:55
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Haha man... When I do. P90x session, I struggle to scrape myself off the floor and get into the shower.... Much less basketball!

Ended up going with a timex model for $40. I'll report back after I get and play with it a bit

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So ended up with this Timex model:
http://www.amazon.com/Timex-T5G971-Unis ... 473&sr=8-2

but when it arrived it was DOA. Spent 15 mins making sure I wasnt just being stupid and couldnt figure it out, but it was stuck in some mode with any and all button combos unresponsive. Back to Amazon it goes. So far not so good. Awaiting replacement, lets see if I can get one that isnt a dud.
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2011, 21:02
Today was my first day back in the gym and it felt great. I finished up a full upper body workout with a fun push-up challenge that pushes you to failure very quickly.

If you're interested in trying, it goes like this:
10 push-ups
Rest 10 seconds
9 push-ups
Rest 9 seconds
8 push-ups
Rest 8 seconds
... until you get to 1 push-up.

If you fail in the middle of a set, rest for that set's allotted time and move onto the next set. If you can't do standard push-ups, do them from your knees. If you find this challenge too easy, you can start from a higher number.
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2011, 22:47
Av wrote:
Today was my first day back in the gym and it felt great. I finished up a full upper body workout with a fun push-up challenge that pushes you to failure very quickly.

If you're interested in trying, it goes like this:
10 push-ups
Rest 10 seconds
9 push-ups
Rest 9 seconds
8 push-ups
Rest 8 seconds
... until you get to 1 push-up.

If you fail in the middle of a set, rest for that set's allotted time and move onto the next set. If you can't do standard push-ups, do them from your knees. If you find this challenge too easy, you can start from a higher number.



Assuming that each pushup takes 1 second, Av never gets tired, and restarts the set from 10 after completing 1, how long does it take him to do 137 pushups?
A) 2 min 25 sec
B) 2 min 34 sec
C) 4 min 26 sec
D) 4 min 34 sec
E) 5 min 30 sec


:P :P :P :P
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2011, 04:28
Also, for those interested in interval training.

There are a number of apps which are great for interval training. I have a droid, and theres an app "Tabata Sport Interval Timer" which is pretty great.

It's super easy to use, you just set the effort time, the pause time (recovery), and the number of intervals you'd like to do, and hit 'start', it'll count down from 5 and then start your training with a whistle to start the effort interval, and a buzz to end the effort interval.
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2011, 19:19
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humphy wrote:
Haha man... When I do. P90x session, I struggle to scrape myself off the floor and get into the shower.... Much less basketball!

Ended up going with a timex model for $40. I'll report back after I get and play with it a bit

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So ended up with this Timex model:
http://www.amazon.com/Timex-T5G971-Unis ... 473&sr=8-2

but when it arrived it was DOA. Spent 15 mins making sure I wasnt just being stupid and couldnt figure it out, but it was stuck in some mode with any and all button combos unresponsive. Back to Amazon it goes. So far not so good. Awaiting replacement, lets see if I can get one that isnt a dud.



Ok so replacement Timex came in the mail (gotta love amazon prime) today. Threw it on and ran 2 miles. Dang does 2.5 weeks off the routine kill you.

I give it a 85/100 after the first use.

I wasn't expecting the world, but this thing is extremely user unfriendly. It may be the most counter intuitive electronic device I have ever used. It does read the heart rate decently though. I don't really like that thing you have to strap around your chest to get your reading, but I suppose this is unavoidable. You get used to it after awhile though...

So yea, underwhelmed, but I wasn't expecting very much either. If you are looking for something at the basic level (in price and performance), then this will get the job done.
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2011, 11:26
Are any of you seeing visible/measurable results for your training yet? I added each of you and your training goals to the first post of the thread, so let me know if you'd like to make any changes.

I think May is going to be great month for gains!
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2011, 05:17
Av wrote:
Are any of you seeing visible/measurable results for your training yet? I added each of you and your training goals to the first post of the thread, so let me know if you'd like to make any changes.

I think May is going to be great month for gains!


Making some progress on my biking goals, 2:38 for 40 miles yesterday, getting closer to the 2:30 goal.
http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/gi5-pIlxiFU

Haven't had a chance to get outside climbing yet, but I've got a trip planned for may, so we'll see about that.
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2011, 09:00
jko wrote:
Av wrote:
Are any of you seeing visible/measurable results for your training yet? I added each of you and your training goals to the first post of the thread, so let me know if you'd like to make any changes.

I think May is going to be great month for gains!


Making some progress on my biking goals, 2:38 for 40 miles yesterday, getting closer to the 2:30 goal.
http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/gi5-pIlxiFU

Haven't had a chance to get outside climbing yet, but I've got a trip planned for may, so we'll see about that.

That's a great improvement over the past two weeks. I think you're going to hit 2:30 very soon :)
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 01 May 2011, 09:21
2:36 for 40 miles this morning, getting closer.
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 01 May 2011, 12:21
Nice! I'm at 3mi at 10min pace. Going for 9 min pace, then maybe I'll up it to 5 mi!

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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 01 May 2011, 12:48
I had a great week for gains. With a combination of high intensity workouts, dedicated nutrition, and my first week of creatine supplementation, I increased my bodyweight by 6 lbs in 7 days. Creatine adds a lot of water weight, so my real gains are probably closer to 3 lbs. for the week.

I feel like my body is finally warmed up for some awesome gains, but I might have to sit out a few days to finish off the cold I caught 3 weeks ago. Hopefully I can post another 3 lbs. of muscle mass next week!

If you haven't seen the Arnold Loves the Pump video, it's pretty hilarious.


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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 01 May 2011, 15:27
hahaha yep. fomer executive power for the state of california!
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 03 May 2011, 15:25
Michmax3 wrote:
My goal is to drink 8 glasses of water and take a multi vitamin every day, starting today
and to increase my yoga classes to a steady 3x per week (right now its hit or miss) and do 30 min of cardio 5x per week

And while I know any attempts to not go out boozing over the summer are likely futile, I can at least make it my goal to do it less often and at least not smoke any cigarettes when I do!


failing on all accounts except increasing my water intake :( I seem to get in a good groove and love the way I feel when I'm excercising until something like getting sick, or a vacation comes up and totally throws off my routine, then it is soo hard to get back, even though I know I will love it once I do.

It's funny the only reason I've been successful drinking water is because of the 32oz Booth water bottle they gave us at admit weekend, been making sure to carry it everywhere and have no problem drinking 2 of those a day. Guess B-school is already bringing some positive change to my life. Heading to the gym for the first time in weeks tonight and gearing up for a successful May!
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 04 May 2011, 16:25
jko wrote:
woo woo, 2:27 for 40 miles. broke the 2:30 barrier.

http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/msdU7WYsnec

Next up, 2:15.

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