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Discussion in 'Forestry and Logging Forum' started by Markus, Dec 29, 2018.

  1. SamT1

    SamT1 ArboristSite Operative

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    I love lifting weights, but would rather go cut, split load some firewood to make money. I joke with the wife about putting up a sign in town trying to get folks to pay me to be a member of my exclusive “lumberjack club” buy a bunch of saws and axes and have people pay me to cut wood so I can get rich and they get buff.

    I’m not even old yet and get reminded of football every morning and many times a day some days. That’s the stupidest thing anyone can do to their body. I’m 6’3”, 330 not a thin guy, but I can bench press almost 1.5x my weight and somehow passed the insurance physical the other day without getting upcharged for weight. I wear the same size pants I did in college, but I’m up a shirt size. I’d like to drop some weight for sake of my knees, but I’ve never had luck just loosing fat. I do convert fat to muscle easily, but that usually adds weight. Chiropractor told me no matter what don’t let my back muscles go, the muscle is holding the spine in place and my 6 bad disks don’t currently bother me one bit.
     
  2. sirbuildalot

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    I personally believe weightlifting is great for ones health., Many studies have been done showing the effects it can have on things you may not expect. Such as preventing osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, and even certain types of cancers. Particularly lower body training as you get older. Obviously everyone can benefit from additional strength.

    We've all heard the why work out, just work a physical job. Well, I've done both and the issue is that most physical jobs require doing similar movements repeatedly. You may have decent strength and endurance, but its not the same as a good strength program. Your body should work as a whole, not as a stack of Legos. And I hear a lot of people say, it doesn't carry over to "real world" strength. Bullshit. Strength is strength. If you can deadlift 500 lbs your not going to have issues lifting a 150 lb round up to a splitter. If you can bench 300 lbs, your not going to have issues helping push cars out of snowbanks. Its common sense.

    I've done body part splits, upper/lower splits, push/pull splits. As of now, I do mainly full body training 3 days a week. I keep to big barbell movements and/or bodyweight exercises. Squat, deadlift, bench, overhead press, dips, chin-ups, leg raises, etc. When I worked construction daily, I was usually around 185 lbs at 5-10. Now I'm 218 lbs at 5-10, and I'm considerably stronger. I wasn't weak before. I believe most people under age 40ish should strive for the 100, 200, 300, 400, 500 goals. That'd be a chin-up with 100 lbs of additional weight added, a 200 lb overhead standing strict press, a 300 lb. pause bench, a 400 lb. back squat to parallel, and a 500 lb deadlift. These are baseline numbers to be considered "strong" imo. There not powerlifting numbers by any stretch of the imagination, unless you like finishing last in regional meets, or you weigh 160 lbs. and are hitting these numbers.
     
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    SamT1 ArboristSite Operative

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    I think the weight lifting not translating to on the job strength is all about form. You can take a group of power lifters and hire them to haul hay. A group of farm kids will kick their butt. Show the powerlifters how you do it and they are unstoppable.
    I got really frustrated one summer because I couldn’t get up on a wakeboard. That winter I worked all those muscles that got sore trying because I believed I wasn’t strong enough to pull my 330# self up. That next summer I was In fact strong enough to muscle myself up on that wakeboard. But after the first couple times getting up I figured out how to actually get up and now I pop up like a little girl.
     
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    northmanlogging The gyppo's gyppo

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    "You lift bro"

    I may be a fat ass, but I can out last most folks walking, hiking, chopping firewood, givin enough ibuprofen anyway...

    weight training is pointless without cardio, sure a guy can deadlift a Prius, but can you walk to the store without losing your breath
     
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    I do GPP (general physical preparedness) work in place of cardio. Sled drags, prowler pushes, farmers walks, etc. I don’t get out of breath doing everyday activities like running, climbing, chopping
     
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    A workout full of Supersets is good cardio my friend.


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    Axe splitting is the best cardio there is. I usually wear kinda loose cloths, I guess I blend in with the other fat guys. I was with a group of guys one time at a qual hunt. We had drinks and cigars that night and someone challenged someone to an arm wrestling match and the hunt for the winner commenced. Right as a guy was declaring himself the winner i motioned that I wanted some. He made me beat the #2 first then I processed to take him with both arms. These guys that looked like gym rats couldn’t belive it.
     
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    I know quite a few "fat" guys who are strong mother####ers. When most people workout, they "bulk", by gaining both muscle AND fat. Look at most of the worlds strongest man competitors. They don't look "aesthetic" to the average person, many have large bellies. But when they diet down, and lose some of that fat, they suddenly become these huge yet ripped guys. Under that fat is a lot of hidden muscle.

    I'd say between 12-20% bodyfat is the best for overall health, strength and looking "like you lift". Over or under that percentage range is not ideal.
     
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    big hank timbersports athlete

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    If you're working hard you shouldn't have enough energy to work out at the end of the day. That being said I do 12oz curls fairly religiously
     
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    Markus ArboristSite Member

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    OTOH if you lift weights/run/swim your stamina increases and you get even more done in a day :chop:
     
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    but if you're doing all that during the time you would otherwise be working, hiow do you get anything done??

    I saw a shirt one time, some tree equipment site, "My gym is your yard"
     
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    Or who really has time to go to the gym? I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s up at 1:30 2 every morning at the job by 4 and in bed by 7 or 8 every night once all the stuff is caught up for the next morning.


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  13. Markus

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    Just work faster :D
     
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    If you're getting this much hassle at 40 you will be in the big league at 83 (my age this year ) with digging lumps out of myself with work related &chucking a road race motor bike down the road it doesn' t increase in a constant curve the older the time frame the steeper the curve Ie 'it hurts more& for longer my workout is now about getting in the truck o faller/buncher operating as required then having the thought that I should do 2 or some more hours but then going & having a lie down "till the thought goes away":blob2::blob2:
     
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    I used to lift weights, walk, ect. I still walk fast and can probably do 12 miles before I'm winded on flat ground. When i was in the conservation corp some of our work sites with southern cal Edison were a 4-5 mile hike from the road end. Working on the kaweah river canal I did at least 20 miles going from potwisha campground to the intake pond screen above the powerhouse.We were Working on a powerplant water supply canal in 115+ degree heat on a southern slope aspect, on what ended up being our last on that project I packed in 40lbs with my mcloud and gear pack and packed out around 100lbs with my tool plus 6 others the last 3 miles heading back because some crewmembers that couldn't handle the heat had to stop to rest and take in h2o so I offered to take their tools because i knew I could handle the extra load. Running a weed trimmer on caltrans projects for 8-9 hrs a day gives a good workout too. Those were fun days, this summer i plan on hiking our parks trail system and getting involved in the maintenance of it plus i need to get back into better shape. It all comes down to motivation.
     
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    Well I don't treat my body like a shrine if that's what you mean? More like a toilet.

    I have a pase people can't hang with.
     
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