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Old 04-19-2011, 07:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, I know there are a lot of you young guys who this won't apply to.In that case, get bent and leave us old fat guys be.So what does everyone do to keep in semi-decent shape over the summer?It wasn't really an issue to me until a couple years ago.I bike, kayak and skateboard a bit, and got a gym membership.Just wondering if anyone knows which routines would be best to be ready once winter comes?
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I incorporate some of the above that you mentioned, except i don't skateboard much anymore. I try to involve as many sports as possible...basketball, soccer, tennis, swimming. Running the steps at stadiums nearby has done wonders for my core and lower body.
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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work on your stamina and legs.
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I do a lot of snowboard specific training before and during the season and it seems to really help my riding. Here's a brief list of what I've found most helpful:

Squats or leg presses. ~15 reps (3 or more sets), nothing real heavy but I work on my control and explosiveness.
Calf raises and lots of jump rope work. Helps with toe side turns and coordination.
Some cardio (in addition to jump rope).
Consistent core work.

I was also incredibly inflexible, which was really hurting my mobility, grabs, etc... Yoga/Pilates is great for increasing your static strength and flexiblity. It's actually pretty difficult, but very worthwhile if you can get past the chick stuff.
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the tips.And yeah the yoga does seem helpful as I have the lower back trouble as well.Wicked ski accident before my parents believed that "snow surfing" stuff was more than just a fad and insisted on getting me skis.
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That's not a problem for me. During the warm months I mountain bike or run 3 or 4 days a week. It's the winter that I pack on the weight. Snowboarding isn't exactly cardio. Put on 25lbs this winter and the wet spring is really fucking with my mountain biking. Got a road bike coming tomorrow to get more time out there and I'll use it with a trainer or some rollers next winter.
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Only other sport I do in the summertime is shooting and Golf, both of which arent physically demanding. I do workout P90x every other day and free weights the rest of the time. Close to fall, I push the p90x even more (mainly plyometrics) and daily squats/lunges/heel-toe raise.
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if you want to keep weight off/loose weight stop eating refined sugar. Its kinda hard at first but i have cut out most of it(cheat on vacations and christmas). It also will help you long term with sickness like cancer and just general health. i was already slimish but after i did that i lost another 10+lbs.
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I do lots of things.

I've been skateboarding for 25+ years. It keeps me in shape, but can also be detrimental when I get hurt, which is always, lol. Last April I had an ankle sprain that kept me from "really" skating for most of the warm months. It sucked.

I lift weights to keep overall strength in place, but I've become more concerned with lesser weight and more reps as heavy weight makes me a bit stiff and this is something that does not agree with my other activities. I also focus intensely on core workouts... many people underestimate the importance of this. I mix these with plyometrics, isometrics, low-impact cardio and stretching.

I also do a bit of hiking, rafting and climbing.

Diet is key here though. The best for me is lean (chicken, turkey, fish) meats and raw vegetables as much as possible. As I am a bit of a craft beer drinker, I have to be keenly aware of my "bad" intake.
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I found that spinning classed really helped. Never have I sweated so much. In the classes I went to, there was a load of chicks which is great. Bad thing is you cant pussy out if your feeling knackered...

I also play football twice a week which is great because I don't see that as exercise I see that as fun. I'd rather be outdoors with my mates kicking a ball about then watching the calorie counter on a treadmill.
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