In the pursuit of the "Bikini Body"  

rm_hotmamaNcols 39F
460 posts
5/17/2006 11:16 am

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In the pursuit of the "Bikini Body"

In my attempt to better my physique for the upcoming summer months, I began my fitness regimen at the gym. Well, it's not actually a gym, it's the "Health and Fitness Center @ Grant". It is located at in a hospital and was meant to serve as a fitness center for cardio rehab patients. It's great because if I hurt or sprain something, I am right there at the hospital. Immediate attention, just 9 floors down.

I was surprised at my abilities in the sweat factory. I managed to run on the treadmill for 30 minutes, row for 25 minutes, and cycle for another 30 minutes with weight training in between. I did all ab work and legs. I am going to attend the Yoga classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and do the same circuit training on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Why such a vigorous exercise schedule you ask? I give you three reasons (not in order of significance). The first is I eat like a pig and as I age, nature dictates that my metabolism slows down. In order to be able to eat what I want, I must work off the calories. I will never "look" like a mother of three, stretch marks excluded. The second, heart attacks is the number one killer of women in the U.S. over breast and ovarian cancer. I certainly don't want to miss out on my children's lives because I didn't take the time to exercise and watch my fat intake. Third, I do it for the men. Firm bodies are attractive. Not only is it visually pleasing to watch the opposite sex sweat, I love to outdo/match them in stamina. And it provides a spark of competition for the slackers when you are doing a hell of alot more reps or minutes than they are.

I promise to post a picture when I've attained the bikini body. Have YOU started going to the gym? If so, what inspired you start? What do you do? I'm a competitor, so let me know where you are in your endeavors to help keep my butt in perspective. Until then...

elbman 41M  
2566 posts
5/17/2006 12:08 pm

I exercise religiously when at home but my schedule when traveling cuts into the I tend to watch more of what I eat then....that and someone else is paying for it.

rm_hotmamaNcols replies on 5/17/2006 8:25 pm:
Traveling has a way of doing damage to the body, especially if you fly. I find that I am the laziest individual right afterwards. I would rather get a massage then go to the gym.

im_your_man77 39M
961 posts
5/17/2006 12:27 pm

My regime has changed so much over the years. At school I used to play rugby union despite inadvertently competing for the shortest lightest guy in my year. Rugby is a little bit like american football in that there are a lot of big guys who play it and there are a lot of big tackles involved. Of course there is no padding or helmets for protection and you don't stop for a rest every two minutes, we're real men over here. At the time I played I was only a little over 5ft (yeah I was a late grower, growth spurt didn't happen until 17) and I was tackling guys who were over 6ft and heavy with it and yet its amazing what a little guy can tackle if he lines up his man correctly. If you line up the target correctly you can tackle a man without getting hurt yourself and yet the other guy no matter what his size wonders what the hell just hit him. Unfortunately 2 guys out of every 10 would be good enough rugby players to see you lining them up and adjust themselves accordingly, those tackles would hurt like a bitch. After a couple of years of this I decided I was ugly enough naturally without me adding to it. So I changed to long distance running, I don't have any speed or acceleration for track running but stamina I did have, so road and cross country was my thing for another couple of years until I suffered a dislocated knee joint and was advised to stop.
So again I changed, this time to cycling it suited my competitive psyche and I could also go on long distance rides on my own when the time suited loved it so much that I invested in a £3000 bike at a time when I was earning very little money. It hurt like a bitch when that bike got wrecked. I've never real been a gym person, I don't like the whole poser aspect that you get amongst some of those that go there. I did like the college gym though, the college had a great gym with fantastic equipment and yet hardly any users, it was almost like having a private gym to yourself. That suited me, I was there every day. Now though I just have my own equipment and train at home. Unfortunately I'll never be one of those guys with big arm muscles believe me i've tried but I'm one of those guys who can lift heavier weights than my height/weight ratio would suggest. I did at one point have the six pack stomach but it took me 2 and half years to get it, but after 6 months of having it the enthusiasm for the crunches fell and I slowly lost them again. I need a varied routine, if I stick with the same exercises all the time I get bored.
I would love to try triathlon if not for the not being able to swim thing.

rm_hotmamaNcols replies on 5/17/2006 8:30 pm:
That is where we differ. You said you needed a varied routine. Me, I require a schedule, and I hate to be surprised. I like to know exactly what will be happening next. Of course with all of my injuries, things like exercise routines have to be thoughtfully planned to avoid further injury. I don't get bored with a plan. Plans are safe and there are always ways to spice things up.

rm_hotmamaNcols replies on 5/17/2006 8:51 pm:
Speaking of the whole poser aspect.. Because this center was designed for cardio rehab patients, the majority are seniors. The competition is a bunch of doctors, nurses, and paramedics.

slimcountryboy2 38M
46 posts
5/17/2006 2:03 pm

I look forward to seeing your "bikini body" pic .
I smoked a pack a day (sometimes 2 or 3 a day) for 10 years. I quit two months ago.... I still have a cigar now and then.... But I was really hooked on the damn things....
I was never an "Adonnis" by any means, but there was a time when I wasn't in bad shape
I'm not in really good shape now either.. But I do run a mile or two 4 or 5 times a week, among other things.... It's just hard to find the time though with work.

rm_hotmamaNcols replies on 5/17/2006 8:34 pm:
I understand it is difficult to find the time especially with work. People ask me how I find the time. With a house to run, children to rear, my work, and my schedule.... In a lot of ways, I'm fortunate to be an insomniac. I probably wouldn't get much done if I weren't.

Jeepidiot 42M

5/17/2006 3:08 pm

I DESPISE working out and I will not do it. I lack the motivation or energy to do it. I've considered starting running but I can't get up early enough for it and I've never understood the point.

rm_hotmamaNcols replies on 5/17/2006 8:35 pm:
In your pic, you seem to not need much of it. I mean exercise.
Do it for your health, especially if you have bad habits!!

bca0311 35M
1 post
5/17/2006 5:32 pm

hey there first and foremost congrats on your dedication to the gym thats awesom anyways i started a few months ago i got out of the marine corps and had surgery on both my knees due to combat related injuries. due to the surgeries i was no longer mobile for about 6 months so as you stated the natural course of gravity ook over and my 6 pack turned slowly to a case but now i am putting an end to that. my buddy and i starteds a my biggest loser contest and iwe started on april 15 and it ends june 1st i started at 198 and with 14 more days i am now down to 173 i have been going to the gym everyday and running everyday i am doing the abs diet and it is working out great i am not as chiseled as i used to be but i am definately getting back there im happy with how far i have come and it is testament that it will only get better. i hope you continue doing well you look fantastic and have a great weekend

rm_hotmamaNcols replies on 5/17/2006 8:39 pm:
I understand completely about knee injuries, though probably not to the degree of a combat related injury. As a Marine Brat, I'm glad you are surviving your injuries.. How's the adjustment back to "civilian" going? Oh, and Semper Fi.

Jeepidiot 42M

5/18/2006 4:22 pm

It's all fake. Those are implants.

Believe it or not I really don't have any bad habits other than probably just eating anything I want and never anything good for me. I gave up smoking a few months back so I've got nothing else.

rm_hotmamaNcols replies on 5/19/2006 7:11 am:
I didn't know they had ab implants!! LOL!! you are so full of shit, you know you do crunches.....

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