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Forum topic by KenBry posted 04-07-2012 12:41 PM 1209 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2012 12:41 PM

So yesterday I was off work and spent a large amount of time in my shop/garage. My fore arms are worn out today. What level of fitness are you? And what do you guys do to stay in shape to enjoy your shop time?

For the record I sit at a desk all day every day so my only exercise comes from walking the dog. That has got to change on my part. Funny, never had this problem when I was still in the military.LOL

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#1 posted 04-07-2012 03:51 PM

I usually stop down to the gym on Monday and Friday, do a little work on the weight machines, and put in
30 minutes on the rowing machine. Now that the weather is getting warmer, I have gotten the full
suspension mountain bike out and will put in a few hours up the Rattlesnake wilderness areas and try to
put a few miles on my Bianchi touring bicycle. I am no longer capable of wearing out 2 or 3 cassette and
chain sets a summer, but it is still fun.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 04-07-2012 04:04 PM

As a Physical Therpist I can say that nothing we do in the shop has much cardiovascular benefit. Work hard to set up your shop for proper ergonomics, and go for a walk or bike ride.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 04-08-2012 01:49 AM

Damn Gus, I don’t think I could keep up with you and I’m 10 years younger and have worked hard all my life!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 04-08-2012 03:20 AM

As part of my getting a couple logs I had to get them to the far side of the orchard so the migrant workers wouldn’t turn them into firewood as they do every other piece of wood that gets cut up. This involved rolling one log that was 14” diameter through the middle and 6 foot long about the length of a football field. The other was only 4.5’ long and 15” through the middle so I flipped it end to end the whole length. The smaller weighted in at about 320lbs. Not certain the larger. I also put them into the back of a pickup by standing them upright, leaning them onto the gate and lifting the end to push them in. Based on the complete lack of tight muscles or soreness the next day I’ll go with decent shape.

Besides that I can run 4 miles at an ok pace and plan to ride my bike to my part time job one day a week which is 50 miles away one way. My two goals for this year are to ride 6k miles for the year and to ride around lake Ontario. I only wish that I was as strong, fit and fast as I was 10 years ago.

-- A posse ad esse

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#5 posted 04-08-2012 03:41 AM

At 64 I do alot of stretching exercise frequently during the day when I take breaks in my shop. It definitely keeps me from getting stiff while working in the shop.. I also have a Bowflex in my office above the shop and a elliptical trainer in the house. My wife and I also like to walk alot.

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#6 posted 04-08-2012 05:16 AM

I’ve been doing my stretching, but i need to start doing my cardio too.i said that i would start after the super bowl;
and here it is April. shame shame shame.

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#7 posted 04-08-2012 05:43 AM,arm curls,throwing firewood,are all good.

-- BiLL @wee3

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#8 posted 04-08-2012 09:13 AM

I referee high school soccer games and club games also. Gives me all the exercise, that I need at the age of 62.
Those high school kids can run a whole lot faster, than I remember I could, at that age.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#9 posted 04-08-2012 09:40 AM

And what do you guys do to stay in shape to enjoy your shop time?

I have a stool in my shed so that I can enjoy being there even when I am tired ;-)

It’s funny, sometimes I go to gym, do a really light session, and am still wiped out the next day. But a while back I spent an hour or more planing the surface of a large board. I managed to keep going and I felt fine the following day. And Pintodeluxe, the way I was huffing an puffing, it felt to me like there was more cardiovascular benefit from that than my gym sessions.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#10 posted 04-08-2012 01:54 PM

I just keep on working, lifting bending sometimes crawling around the floor working on this or that walking back and forth. I ride my bike hike camp and kayak with my Boy Scouts so I think I’m in pretty good shape.

Russ if you are passing through Niagara Falls on your roung Lake Ontario trek contact me and stop by.

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#11 posted 04-08-2012 02:33 PM

Twist top bottle caps, roll-your-own-tobacco and a motorized Lazy-boy.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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