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Juneboarder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-02-10 10:16 AM
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Any Ideas???
Good Morning All,

I have never posted in this group; however I do check in a few days a week to keep up on the posts and helpful tips everyone posts. I have been training for an 11k coming up and trying to get creative with my weight training from home. Basically, my routine is this:

M/W/F - Run (right now I'm at 3 miles and add .5 mile each week)
T/Th/Sat - Weights
Sun - Rest

My "weights" days consist of using 2 (5 lb) dumbbells and 2 (15 lb) dumbbells along with your standard pushups, crunches (a few different types).

I'm getting bored with the weight exercises I've been doing, which are the main curls. Does anyone have any ideas for mixing up the different types of weight exercises that can be done? I'm just clueless when it comes to creativity in this part...

Thank you for any advice you have to offer!! :hi:
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-02-10 11:01 AM
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1. Couple ideas.
I was going to just list a hundred or so exercises, but that doesn't really show you what to do, so here are a couple ideas...

1. Go to the bookstore and pick up Arnold's "Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding" Yeah, it's pretty old, but it's really pretty good at showing different exercises and explaining why they're good;

2. Hit the library and see what they have as far as working with weights;

3. A subscription to Flex or Muscle & Fitness. Commonly available in any grocery store, pick one up and check it out. I know...SO many ads to go through (most of them for completely worthless crap), and the men look like mutants. But, there's a lot of good advice and detailed pics on different exercises with weights. They also do a pretty good job at explaining what you should be feeling as you do each lift, etc;

4. Bodybuilding.com has an entire section on specific exercises for each muscle group. With pictures, for free.
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Juneboarder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-02-10 02:53 PM
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2. The library!!
You know... I always forget about the library and the wealth of info they hold!! I'm requesting books online now that relate to my questions, and also made the www.bodybuilding.com link a favorite so I can always check it out.

Thank you so much for your ideas!! I appreciate your help :)
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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 09:47 AM
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3. Lots of ideas
In addition to the library, there are the print and on-line fitness magazines, like http://www.mensfitness.com /

They have LOTS of exercises and routines, and you can mix and match as you see fit.

The suggested increase of running mileage is 10% per week.
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Raffi Ella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 06:57 PM
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4. I'm a runner too~
I lift the same amounts of weight that you described - yeah, it does get sooo boring. Have you ever tried plyometrics? I always mix in some plyometric moves in with my weight routine or just do an entire routine of plyometrics instead of the weights.

It's tough, works your muscles in a different way. You could hold the dumb bells while doing some moves if you want but your body weight alone would be tough enough.

Here's a video of some moves:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLzI1mcvIv8
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