Exercise thread


sounds like you and i would be good workout buddies.

my wife works at the y and they are replacing their concept 2 row machines w/ these cool old throwback water row machines…they look bad ass!!!

i get one of their old concept 2’s and will in turn giveaway my old to a buddy here in town.


I like going to the gym, but I go for free at either of the colleges I’ve worked at. If I had to pay, I’d probably skip it. It does get you in the mindset though, just like going to the library to do work if you can’t concentrate at home. There’s no room for workout equipment in the hole in the wall I call home.


those are super cool…never used one myself. frank on house of cards has one they show a lot.


super jealous that you are getting a concept 2…been on my wishlist for a while, should probably just bite the bullet and buy one.


that’s a big bullet

they’re too spendy.

i bet if you are good friends w/ the people at your gym and get in w/ them when they change out equipment…try to get a used one


Ran 16 miles Tuesday sort of unplanned. Good to feel alive. I will be running the river to river relay in about 2 weeks.

"About The River to River Relay

The Mississippi and Ohio rivers meet at the southern tip of Illinois. Between the two rivers lies a land quite unlike the rest of the state. Rolling hills covered with forests create an environment that is perfect for outdoor sports of all kinds.

Every April over two thousand runners cross this land between the rivers in the River to River Relay. It is not easy to describe the relay to someone who has never participated. It can be exhilarating, exhausting, intimidating, inspiring, and unforgettable, but adjectives alone are insufficient. For participants and organizers, the race is a succession of memorable images that last for a long time.

It is waking at 4 a.m. to get to the start on time and following a convoy of vehicles through the pre-dawn darkness. It is watching mist rise above the forest as the sun rises. It is marveling that two thousand runners and three hundred vehicles can travel eighty miles on back-country roads without someone losing the way.

A small band of people, lead-off runners on each team, admire a misty view of the Mississippi River valley from atop Pine Hills Bluff. Runners who have reached an exchange and earned a rest notice the beauty of redbud trees, or pause to admire the scenery. Running up a hill is made worthwhile by the view from the top.

It is two teams of fine runners battling each other for seven hours, the outcome in doubt until the last mile or so. It is a team of enthusiastic first-time runners who have trained for a year, who are given no chance of finishing by many of their acquaintances, struggling to complete the course before sunset. It is elite runners and recreational joggers running harder than they have ever run before because their team depends on them.

Residents of small towns and villages, not quite understanding what is going on, wave or pass water to tired runners as they go by, and a group of Canadian runners swap gifts with school band members in a small town. Visitors from across the Midwest exchange greetings with the inhabitants of rural southern Illinois.

Hundreds of volunteers, most of whom never see another race, give up a large part of their day to direct traffic or monitor exchanges. They return every year because it is so much fun. They tolerate the frustration of sorting out traffic snarls, and wonder why runners must stand in the middle of a busy road.

Race officials cope with problems that never seem to afflict organizers of ordinary races: bridges that disappear a week before the race, combine harvesters that occupy the full width of the road, and farm animals that stroll along the course or wallow in a ford.

The relay is the equivalent of three hard races in one day. Runners recover as best they can while other team members take a turn, encountering mud, hills, dust, hills, sweat, hills… They learn to welcome the cramped quarters of a vehicle occupied by seven other muddy, dusty, sweaty, tired people, and wonder why they were picked to tackle the terrible hill on section 22. The euphoria on reaching the finish line at the Ohio River, running in together as a team, resolves all the doubt.

The relay is a team sport for runners, who are often a very solitary lot. It is a chance to race, and then watch others race while driving between exchanges or waiting to receive the baton. It is sharing experiences with members of other teams, or trading friendly insults with the opposition.

The River to River Relay is a unique running experience: one part strenuous effort and seven parts recovery and relaxation. It might be a prescription for life."



agree. they go new for about 1K…although a lot of people buy them and end up getting rid of them on CL for 600-700…hell if i had one in my place i’d probably use it damn near everyday, it’s something i’ve grown to love/hate, such an amazing workout.


I am thinking about buying this to use while standing at my desk at work.
I don’t take advantage of the fact that I have a desk that raises and could be moving while standing and doing something beneficial for myself. Anyone used one of these steppers or have an opinion? it’s only $35


i keep this at work…and every hour on the hour i do a complete walk through of the building in and out…


Looked at the picture for a while and not sure if serious… What are they? And what do they have to do with walking?


push up bars and nothing to do w/ walking…the walking part of my post has to do w/ walking…the push ups have to do w/ exercise…


I was picturing Balv doing handstand pushups around his properties.

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Have these at home.


Gotcha, thanks Balv


I’m watching my wife doing some stretching on the floor . . .


That’s called ‘a seizure.’


Oh .


I’m thinking of purchasing a dip station. Seems more space and $$ economical than a bench.

When I’m stronger I can eventually dangle a 45 lb plate from my waist to add more resistance and understand what it must feel like to be as masculine as DSS or as FUPA’d as Meade.

Balv is the only meathead here. Any opinions, Balv?


I haven’t done much exercising lately.

Growing up I lifted weights a lot and still have significant muscle today.

When I was in Florida a couple years ago I did a lot of kayaking which pumped my muscles up.

When I was in jail last year I lifted a water bag and did a lot of pull ups under the staircase in my pod.

I’ll probably get back into a workout routine in the coming months. I’m starting to get chunky again.


buying a dip station with a nice pull-up bar isn’t a bad plan at all…buy a bar and some 45’s for deadlifts and you’ll be strong as ox in no time…


Last long run today before my running partner and I taper until next weekend. We are going to Nashville Tennessee next weekend to run in a half marathon. It will be his first half, and my first run in Nashville. We will eat hopefully some good barbeque.