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Posted by falserelic (5770 posts) -

( I'm interested in seeing what GB members struggles with certain workouts, so feel free to give quick detail or just give a name.)

For me some of the workouts I struggle with the most are....

Squats - Now doing the squats with weights can be a desperate struggle, but the after effects is what bothers me the most. Feeling that snap back action in my legs can be bothersome. Especially when I'm using the bathroom, picking something up or moving in general. Feeling that intense pain can be an awful experience.

Running on the Treadmill - Trying to Keep up pace while I'd set the speed limit up to 40. Can give me that intense rush while I'm trying to catch my breath. Sometimes I try to expect more out of myself and run for 60 minutes, but in reality I can run about 35 or 40 minutes before my body gives out. My heart can only take so much stress.

Stair Master - Fuck this machine. After only 10 minutes I felt like my heart was going to explode. It feels like a robot is trying to force you to walk up the stairs, but in the end this machine ain't worth a heart attack.

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#1 Posted by Rick_Fingers (525 posts) -

I hate jumping rope. It was one of the core reasons I stopped boxing when I was younger, as it just made me feel like an uncoordinated wreck.

I also hate pushups, as I am unfit and have gained weight recently due to laziness and stress, and I am trying to force myself to improve and it's difficult. Ugh.

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#2 Edited by falserelic (5770 posts) -

@rick_fingers said:

I hate jumping rope. It was one of the core reasons I stopped boxing when I was younger, as it just made me feel like an uncoordinated wreck.

I also hate pushups, as I am unfit and have gained weight recently due to laziness and stress, and I am trying to force myself to improve and it's difficult. Ugh.

When I was 330 pounds I could only do about 5 pushups, but now sense I'm 216 pounds I can do 60 pushups. It feels so aswome how much I improved over the pass year and a half. Once a person drops weight and build up strength its alot easier. It all takes hard work and determination.

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#3 Posted by CaLe (4755 posts) -

I can't swim.

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#4 Edited by Zeik (4420 posts) -

The ones that involve not being lazy. I'll let you figure out which ones.

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#5 Posted by FunkasaurasRex (854 posts) -

The ones where I have to get off the couch. Or not be in front of a computer. Unless wanking is an exercise; I'm pretty good at that one.

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#6 Posted by falserelic (5770 posts) -

@cale said:

I can't swim.

I almost died once when I went swimming with a friend in Canada. I jumped in a pool, but didn't know how deep it was until I got in.

I almost blacked out, but luckily a lifeguard noticed me. Sense that happen I started practicing how to swim, and overtime I eventually learned.

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#7 Posted by erhard (493 posts) -

I never exercise.

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#8 Posted by falserelic (5770 posts) -

The ones where I have to get off the couch. Or not be in front of a computer. Unless wanking is an exercise; I'm pretty good at that one.

Yeah, jacking-off can burn calories from what I've heard..

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#9 Posted by TheVeteran13 (1411 posts) -

The hardest exercise is actually setting aside the time to exercise.

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#10 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

Walking.

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#11 Posted by CollegeGuyMike (402 posts) -

I have tried to exercise regularly, but once something interrupts whatever slapped together 'schedule' I've made for myself I usually never actually get back to it.

So, all of them?

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#12 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (7012 posts) -

Running. I hate running.

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#13 Posted by myketuna (1881 posts) -

I'd probably say weight lifting. Kind of new for me. I like hitting up the treadmill, elliptical, or bike machines more. But to get that muscle bigger, you gotta work it and weights definitely help.

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#14 Posted by insane_shadowblade85 (1709 posts) -

It would have to be just straight up jogging for me. I don't have the stamina yet but I'm working on it. Right now I'm just strengthening my legs before I try again. My legs (calves) usually get tired before I do (stamina wise).

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#15 Posted by EvilNiGHTS (1169 posts) -

I'm not a big fan of the stairmaster (elliptical all the way, baby) but I'm terrible at squats using a barbell. Even with a Smith machine, I freak the fuck out at the idea of resting weights against my neck.

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#16 Posted by falserelic (5770 posts) -

I can definitely relate to you guys. When I was obese exercising was the last thing on my mind. I felt like it was pointless and that I was never going to lose weight, but one day I just got tired of feeling sorry for myself, and I didn't want to use excuses why I can't lose weight. So I went on the internet to find workout routines, and then I came across the hodgetwin's channel.

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I started watching their vids and learned about fasting. At first I was skeptical if it was going to work, but I gave it a try. I started exercising and doing alternate day fasting. Then after a few weeks I was dropping weight off, it felt good. Next thing you know I started to love exercising and fitness. I started learning new workout methods and found other aswome youtube fitness channels.

Nowadays I do intermittent fasting and train hard..

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#17 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -

I have a hard time with the ones that are exercise. Sitting in seiza also sucks but I'm not sure if that one falls within the "exercise" part of the "things that put you in crippling pain" Venn diagram.

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#18 Posted by csl316 (13928 posts) -

I just hate running on the treadmill. I can swim for an hour or bike hard for 20 miles but the treadmill just makes me irrationally angry.

Easy to see why people that get back in the gym and start on the treadmill don't always stick with exercise.

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#19 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3687 posts) -

Running, man.

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#20 Edited by cmblasko (2387 posts) -

Pull ups. At no point in my life have I been able to properly perform a single rep. I started lifting about a month ago and one of my major goals is to be able to push out a few sets.

Running for increments over 10 minutes is super boring to me.

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#21 Edited by falserelic (5770 posts) -

@cmblasko said:

Pull ups. At no point in my life have I been able to properly perform a single rep. I started lifting about a month ago and one of my major goals is to be able to push out a few sets.

Thinking about it I'm going to give pull ups a try again. I can hold my upper body up and do leg ups, but I haven't really tried pull ups. Last time I did them I was heavily overweight, but this time I probably can knock down afew reps...

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#22 Posted by Darson (529 posts) -

Exercise.

But really, the motivation to do so is the toughest part. Most of the time I feel like it's a waste. Not that it's too hard or I struggle with it but more that it's boring and time consuming. I used to listen to the bombcast while running when music started to get boring. Then I stopped listening to the bombcast and now I can't run.

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#23 Posted by falserelic (5770 posts) -

@darson said:

Exercise.

But really, the motivation to do so is the toughest part. Most of the time I feel like it's a waste. Not that it's too hard or I struggle with it but more that it's boring and time consuming. I used to listen to the bombcast while running when music started to get boring. Then I stopped listening to the bombcast and now I can't run.

Finding motivation can be the toughest challenge, it was for me. Though everybody is different we all have the will to change, but in our own way we just got to find it.

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#24 Posted by pyromagnestir (4453 posts) -

When I was exercising more regularly? Endurance stuff. Running mostly.

Now? All of them.

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#25 Posted by crusader8463 (14757 posts) -

All of it. I hate every aspect of it. When I was trying to force myself to do it though the weight lifting was the easiest and walking was the hardest because I found it so damn boring.

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#26 Posted by Roger778 (960 posts) -

In my apartment, I own the type of bicycle where you just pedal, while you watch T.V. or something else to pass the time. I don't enjoy it very much, and I'd much rather use a treadmill.

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#27 Posted by Kidavenger (4168 posts) -

Squats for me too, when I'm on the machine I can move 630lbs, but on the rack I can barely squat the bar without losing my balance, I want to hire a trainer to teach me that one thing but I'm worried I'll get put on some list and get bothered by trainers all the time to sign up for more.

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#28 Edited by falserelic (5770 posts) -

Working out for me is apart of my life now. Once I started I couldn't stop, because I didn't want to go back to an old-weaker version of myself. That's all the motivation I needed to keep me going. People tried to put me down along the way but I didn't stop.

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#29 Edited by Deadlydog (209 posts) -

@falserelic: How much do you think this could help with overcoming depression...I'm stuck in it and i feel like shit. I'm not fat I'm actually fairly thin, but i guess it will make me feel better and have more self confidence and all. And yeah my therapist has been telling me to do it, but i want someone who is actually doing it to tell me lol...

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#30 Posted by beforet (3377 posts) -

Motivation. The weight lifting, while rough and terrible, actually left me feeling fairly good (if broken). Running killed me though, and always will. Though I guess an even harder part is the dieting. Exercise isn't going to do any good if your diet is shit. I could take control of my exercising if I budged my time, but dieting is something else.

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#31 Posted by Clonedzero (4206 posts) -

It's more-so sticking with it. If i don't work out for a few days in a row, its hard to start up again.

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#32 Posted by Jeust (11739 posts) -

Flexibility exercices. ugh

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#33 Posted by falserelic (5770 posts) -

@falserelic: How much do you think this could help with overcoming depression...I'm stuck in it and i feel like shit. I'm not fat I'm actually fairly thin, but i guess it will make me feel better and have more self confidence and all. And yeah my therapist has been telling me to do it, but i want someone who is actually doing it to tell me lol...

(If you mean by working out)

For me working out helped cleared alot of stress in my mind. Last year I was going through a huge depression, but somehow I knew I couldn't let myself get consumed by it. Life will go on whether if I was happy or not.

In order for change to come you have to allow it to happen. Even though it was hard I decided to make a change for myself, and started having a more positive outlook on life. The more I kept doing it the easier things was becoming, and I used the negative as energy when it came towards working it.

To answer your question. We all have are own ways to relieve negativity, but if you let it bring you down it will keep you there. Life is challenging, but it can also be improved. You have to buildup the willpower to drive yourself forward for the better, and we all have the ability to make change happen.

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#34 Posted by davidwitten22 (1712 posts) -

@falserelic: How much do you think this could help with overcoming depression...I'm stuck in it and i feel like shit. I'm not fat I'm actually fairly thin, but i guess it will make me feel better and have more self confidence and all. And yeah my therapist has been telling me to do it, but i want someone who is actually doing it to tell me lol...

It's absolutely huge for that. I've suffered from clinical depression a couple times, and both times starting a semi-regular workout regimen has done wonders for mental health, especially in regards to motivating you to actually DO OTHER SHIT. If you have the problem of not wanting to go anywhere, or see anyone, or do anything, exercise helps clear your mind and put you at a certain kind of peace of mind which really really helps.

To answer the OP, any type of ab/stomach workout is pure torture. Running is ok, lifting is amazing, swimming is good, jump roping is fun but rough, but ab crunch related shit is the worst.

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#35 Edited by Sanity (2149 posts) -

Anything is pretty hard on me after a bit, but cardio is the worst, i have heart problems and asthma so i cant really work out in the traditional sense without breathing really heavy. Was doing roofing for awhile and carrying 85lb bundles of shingles up ladders, fuck that shit.

I always wished i could get into running though, but i think my health issues would be a serious barrier to that.

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#36 Posted by Vinny_Says (5914 posts) -

You put dumbells on the ground and use them as support for a pushup. Between every pushup you have to lift one of the dumbells. I almost died after 3 sets, and even after reducing the weight it was still brutal. But no pain no gain right?

Speaking of gains, what the hell do I do about mis-aligned abs? Show them or cover them up? (yeah there's no way to fix it I know)

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#37 Posted by ajamafalous (13408 posts) -

@darson said:

Exercise.

But really, the motivation to do so is the toughest part. Most of the time I feel like it's a waste. Not that it's too hard or I struggle with it but more that it's boring and time consuming.

Yeah, this. I'm not even the slightest bit overweight, but just finding the time and motivation to stick to a routine is impossible for me.

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#38 Posted by natetodamax (19462 posts) -

Flutter kicks. The worst.

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#39 Posted by Sweep (10175 posts) -

Dead-lifts always make my back feel like spaghetti. I also hate doing dips, not because I find them hard but because it wrecks my palms.

I don't like core day either. We always do core at the end of the week so we have the weekend to recover. Fucking core day.

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#40 Posted by Osaladin (2694 posts) -

I've always hated, and will always hate to run for the sake of running. I was so happy when I rediscovered cycling, allowed me to stop running for cardio, and I've fallen head over heels with my bike.

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#42 Posted by falserelic (5770 posts) -

You put dumbells on the ground and use them as support for a pushup. Between every pushup you have to lift one of the dumbells. I almost died after 3 sets, and even after reducing the weight it was still brutal. But no pain no gain right?

Speaking of gains, what the hell do I do about mis-aligned abs? Show them or cover them up? (yeah there's no way to fix it I know)

Dumbell pushups is something that I will probably tryout now. I haven't actually tried it before, but it sounds effective.

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#43 Posted by MildMolasses (3200 posts) -

@cale said:

I can't swim.

I almost died once when I went swimming with a friend in Canada. I jumped in a pool, but didn't know how deep it was until I got in.

I almost blacked out, but luckily a lifeguard noticed me. Sense that happen I started practicing how to swim, and overtime I eventually learned.

Yeah, right? A "friend" in "Canada." Nice cover story

Seriously though, I'm glad you didn't die. Drowning would be one of the worst ways to die I could imagine

As for the topic at hand, I hate doing push-ups. I know that if I tried, I could do better, and I am seriously considering using the push-up app from the people who do one of those Couch to 5k apps (which I heartily recommend. It has made running fairly painless)

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#44 Posted by falserelic (5770 posts) -

@falserelic said:

@cale said:

I can't swim.

I almost died once when I went swimming with a friend in Canada. I jumped in a pool, but didn't know how deep it was until I got in.

I almost blacked out, but luckily a lifeguard noticed me. Sense that happen I started practicing how to swim, and overtime I eventually learned.

Yeah, right? A "friend" in "Canada." Nice cover story

Seriously though, I'm glad you didn't die. Drowning would be one of the worst ways to die I could imagine

One of my older brother's died from swimming in a pool. He went to a field trip in high school and never came back, It changed me and my family lives forever.

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#45 Posted by MildMolasses (3200 posts) -

@mildmolasses said:

@falserelic said:

@cale said:

I can't swim.

I almost died once when I went swimming with a friend in Canada. I jumped in a pool, but didn't know how deep it was until I got in.

I almost blacked out, but luckily a lifeguard noticed me. Sense that happen I started practicing how to swim, and overtime I eventually learned.

Yeah, right? A "friend" in "Canada." Nice cover story

Seriously though, I'm glad you didn't die. Drowning would be one of the worst ways to die I could imagine

One of my older brother's died from swimming in a pool. He went to a field trip in high school and never came back, It changed me and my family lives forever.

My cousin drowned at a friend's house when he was 5 and it makes me uneasy when I see children playing by pools while their parents don't seem 100% focused on them

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#46 Posted by Claude (16651 posts) -

Fuck squats and abs. Seriously, fuck 'em.

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#47 Edited by falserelic (5770 posts) -

Having a muscle physique is my main fitness goal. I'm getting there, but I need to lean out more. Once I reach to around 180 pounds I'll be mainly focus on building solid muscle. I want to have phenomenal gainz, all kinds of gainz. I want to feel strong and not look weak, and have sex with lots of women. When that time comes I'll be training hard and working my way up.

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#48 Posted by TrafalgarLaw (1715 posts) -

I'd rather do a thousand sit-ups than doing the treadmill. F-that. Going spinning instead.

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#49 Posted by CreepyUncleBrad (209 posts) -

I hate treadmills with a burning passion. I don't hate running, just treadmills. They manage to take out the parts of running I like (being outside, seeing some nature/whatever is going on around town). I totally understand why people use them and everything, just for me I can't stand it. I'm also not a big fan of running on tracks. When I run 5 miles I like see 5 miles worth of stuff, not just the same quarter mile 20 times.

I also don't like swimming as an exercise, if I'm just doing it for fun it's fine but when it is a work out I hate it. That is just because it is so demanding. My friends and I decided to swim across a river just for shits and giggles. It couldn't have been more than 100 yards but there was a decent current and by the time we got across and back I felt like I was done with physical activity for the rest of my life.

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#50 Edited by falserelic (5770 posts) -

@creepyunclebrad said:

I hate treadmills with a burning passion. I don't hate running, just treadmills. They manage to take out the parts of running I like (being outside, seeing some nature/whatever is going on around town). I totally understand why people use them and everything, just for me I can't stand it. I'm also not a big fan of running on tracks. When I run 5 miles I like see 5 miles worth of stuff, not just the same quarter mile 20 times.

I also don't like swimming as an exercise, if I'm just doing it for fun it's fine but when it is a work out I hate it. That is just because it is so demanding. My friends and I decided to swim across a river just for shits and giggles. It couldn't have been more than 100 yards but there was a decent current and by the time we got across and back I felt like I was done with physical activity for the rest of my life.

I remember when I was practicing swimming I had some snap back action. At the time I was inside a indoor swimming pool, and I would swim up and down the lanes, afterwards I ended up in alot of pain.