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So, on the "other" forum, there was a thread started by a gentleman that was looking to get back into fitness. One of the posters gave a great program based on calisthenics. I'm wondering if anyone here is that guy OR if you have the means to copy/paste the info here. I am an out of shape 45+ year old looking to get back on track and hating the gym. I am happy to hear from anyone with relevant suggestions.

Thanks all for any help.

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So, on the "other" forum, there was a thread started by a gentleman that was looking to get back into fitness. One of the posters gave a great program based on calisthenics. I'm wondering if anyone here is that guy OR if you have the means to copy/paste the info here. I am an out of shape 45+ year old looking to get back on track and hating the gym. I am happy to hear from anyone with relevant suggestions.

Thanks all for any help.

Christopher
I too hate and do not go to gym's. Instead, I shoot... constantly. You want to get in shape? Take up coyote hunting. I usually put on somewhere between 50-80 miles per month during the winter.
 

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This dog won't hunt long unless you can keep it in the realm of the shooting community as Greg did in his previous post... Although this is the "off topic" area, it is not truly "off topic". Everything in this section must still be within a shooting aspect... That is how we keep a**soft, video g***s, unwanted classifieds, etc away from this site because people who search Google for random things won't find those random things here
 

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Well... I will have to disagree with Arkansas on this. Being in shape is critical if you want to do something else with your shooting besides lying on your belly and shoot at paper. At 38, I was in the best shape of my life. I was doing one form of martial arts or another 3-4 days a week, freestyle fighting (pre-MMA), Karate and Muay Thai. I was built like Bruce Lee, honestly. Then I moved to a nice tropical area and ate rice three meals a day and quit working out and gained 50 pounds in three years, the 40's were not kind to me. a couple of years ago I had had it with my shape. It had begun to interfer with my ability to hunt and hike.

I tried the basic gym and failed terribly, went one time during my year membership. Then I joined a gym that offered Mauy Thai and "Boot Camp" style classes. At first I though it was stupid, plus it about killed me. Then I began seeing results. I have lost over 20 pounds and am stronger than I have ever been in my mid 50's. I have my six pack back which had turned into a pony keg. This summer I went backpacking in the high Sierras, at about 12,000 feet elevation, which is about 4,000 feet higher than the Marine high mountain training facility not far from where we were. DSC00615.JPG

This was 2.5 miles into one hike. My truck was beyond the farthest lake and we were haifway to the next set of lakes behind us. By the time we got back we had gone about 11 miles at over 11,000 feet.
Enjoying the full benefit of your shooting DOES require being in shape. Go for it and don't look back! Now I feel very confident grabbing any rifle and heading out for miles and not being winded or shaking when I pull down on a target.

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I wasn't saying fitness ain't important, I'm not lazy. I was simply saying that unless you guys keep it oriented around shooting, you won't be able to talk about fitness for long before we close the thread for not being oriented around the site's purpose... It wasn't anything to agree/disagree with, simply a warning based on passed experience
 

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Although this is the "off topic" area, it is not truly "off topic". Everything in this section must still be within a shooting aspect...
So what exactly needs to happen for this to be changed? Long range shooters are a brotherhood. The way this "off topic" section is run... its like going to a shooting competition and having someone get in trouble for asking about the lift kit in the truck I drove up in. I fail to see the harm in these types of discussions as long as it doesn't turn into a porn-fest or liberal breeding ground.
 

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I will bring it up, this is simply how it's currently run since before I became a mod... Remember my video g*** incident?
 

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Well... I will have to disagree with Arkansas on this. Being in shape is critical if you want to do something else with your shooting besides lying on your belly and shoot at paper. At 38, I was in the best shape of my life. I was doing one form of martial arts or another 3-4 days a week, freestyle fighting (pre-MMA), Karate and Muay Thai. I was built like Bruce Lee, honestly. Then I moved to a nice tropical area and ate rice three meals a day and quit working out and gained 50 pounds in three years, the 40's were not kind to me. a couple of years ago I had had it with my shape. It had begun to interfer with my ability to hunt and hike.

I tried the basic gym and failed terribly, went one time during my year membership. Then I joined a gym that offered Mauy Thai and "Boot Camp" style classes. At first I though it was stupid, plus it about killed me. Then I began seeing results. I have lost over 20 pounds and am stronger than I have ever been in my mid 50's. I have my six pack back which had turned into a pony keg. This summer I went backpacking in the high Sierras, at about 12,000 feet elevation, which is about 4,000 feet higher than the Marine high mountain training facility not far from where we were. View attachment 4281

This was 2.5 miles into one hike. My truck was beyond the farthest lake and we were haifway to the next set of lakes behind us. By the time we got back we had gone about 11 miles at over 11,000 feet.
Enjoying the full benefit of your shooting DOES require being in shape. Go for it and don't look back! Now I feel very confident grabbing any rifle and heading out for miles and not being winded or shaking when I pull down on a target.

Kenny
That is a beautiful location to say the least... In jealous
 

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From how the thread is currently going it is perfectly acceptable
 

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I am convinced losing 50 pounds would help my score in position shooting by 50 points in a 600 point match. Lowered heart rate and no Buddha Belly to mess up my breathing has to help.
 

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Tropher,

Find and exercise you like, martial arts, handball, tennis, bike riding and start. If you are badly out of shape, you will hate it at first, 2-3 weeks in you will start winning. The key is eating fewer calories than you burn to start. 6 oreos and a glass of milk before bed needs to be replaced by some fresh veggies, carrots, celery or bell peppers. No, I am not a veggen, but I eat more vegies now. Google "negative calorie foods", these foods require more calories to digest than are in them. They should be your snacks. Less beer, more water. I want to be able to grab a weapon if needed and head out and help defend my home and town if the time comes. You will be happy you did it.

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First off, I'm new here. I posted in this sub-forum as I thought it was for everything that doesn't fit anywhere else. I don't want to step on toes, but I do want to justify my "actions". With that, please feel free to police the thread. I hate when they devolve into nothing close to what they started as.

I do want to get in shape to improve my shooting. I don't want to be winded or shaking because my core is too weak. Plus, I just want to lose a few pounds. What I'm looking for is some kind of workout plan similar to what I saw posted somewhere else. It consisted of running and body weight exercises. Looked neat. I'd like to adopt some or all of it. Thanks for the posted musings and advice so far, and the pic of the landscape, good stuff.

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First off, I'm new here. I posted in this sub-forum as I thought it was for everything that doesn't fit anywhere else. I don't want to step on toes, but I do want to justify my "actions". With that, please feel free to police the thread. I hate when they devolve into nothing close to what they started as.

I do want to get in shape to improve my shooting. I don't want to be winded or shaking because my core is too weak. Plus, I just want to lose a few pounds. What I'm looking for is some kind of workout plan similar to what I saw posted somewhere else. It consisted of running and body weight exercises. Looked neat. I'd like to adopt some or all of it. Thanks for the posted musings and advice so far, and the pic of the landscape, good stuff.

C
couple things... first off, being in shape is incredibly important. did an idpa match last month, and was horrifically surprised at the average condition of its participants. The first stage, I got the highest score just because it involved laying on your back, rolling over, loading your pistol, firing, standing and firing again.

you should of heard these guys sighing, grunting, cursing... just STANDING UP.

(think about that next time you are standing up from a prone shooting position. do you grunt/complain?)

one stage involved running 25m between targets. More then a couple guys had to STOP FOR A BREATH halfway between.

wow.

now these guys think they are "ready" for a critical situation. They think when called upon, the'll spring into action like Chuck Norris. Truth is, the'll most likely be winded in 15 paces.



that being said- here are some thoughts to the directly quoted post...

you say you want to improve, you want to lose a few... you want a workout. Let me tell you- you're thinking is backward. Start NOW. just start doing anything. start with a walk every night. -yes, put down the remote and just go for a walk around the block. start doing some push ups every other morning. try eating healthier... these subtle changes will start CHANGING you and how you think.


three years ago, I had a bad motox accident that left me bed ridden for half a year. half a year, I was horizontal, on my back. Lost almost all muscle mass, dang near lost my leg- I think I weighed about 130 when I stood up for the first time on two feet. PT teaches you how to hurt. how to push yourself. once my ankle got unlocked, I started walking. One night, I tried to run. I ran EIGHT steps. The next night, I ran ten. Then 25... well you see where I'm going.

last week, run total was 42 miles. and I'm no young kid.

the key here is start. start small. Waiting to find that cool/elusive/trendy workout isn't helping.

Get into shape. It's what EVERYTHING is based upon.
 

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Talking about staying in shape for shooting is fine.

The off topic section is for shooting related items not listed anywhere else.

If you want to talk about the lift kit in your truck, go to a truck forum.

In the past the off topic got out of hand & things had to change.

SC is a shooting forum for shooters.
 

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I run & nordic hike with weight packs to stay fit. You need to keep that heart rate in check if you want to get better shooting results. Same with breathing control.

A few months after starting kick boxing my shooting scores started to drop off. It came down to new muscle memory and changes in my body compared to how my jacket & rig was originally set up for.

'Luckily' a badly broken leg stopped my kick boxing, and my scores returned.
 

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I like to setup shooting stations at my local long rifle range( approx 100yds apart) and run between them and do courses of fire alternating shooting positions. This subject could easily be accommodated in the Training Forum I suggested :)
 

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I personally like the limiting of the off topic area to shooting related discussions.
Otherwise if/when a forum gets dominated by GD/off-topic the "new posts" function becomes useless to me.
Concerning fitness and shooting; I recently lost >35 lbs and am doing the CrossFit thing and I know getting into/out of shooting positions (Action shooting comp) and my cardio/endurance have improved significantly (I still can’t shoot but I look good!). I've spent the last day and a half hiking around the woods/rocks/bull briars (Connecticut thing) looking for a deer I shot (bow and arrow) and felt great compared to how I would have felt before. On my bucket list is a physically challenging hunt out west for Elk or dream hunt of a Red Stag in New Zealand which I think I can actually do now and hopefully in the future.
 

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When I'm bored by my fitness routine, I enjoy searching YouTube for workout routines. There are a wide range of free of charge videos that can provide months of variation. Also this fitness magazine covers man great topics ออกกำลังกาย. I think we can stay active if we exercise to maintain flexibility, stamina, circulation and tone.
 
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