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Upper Body Workout...

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Crossbreed, May 15, 2021.

  1. Crossbreed

    Crossbreed Neur-D Missionary ☝️

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    When I exercise, I tend to be more consistent in my lower body workouts than upper. In high school it was cross-country running and I have been an avid bicyclist from that time until now. In both cases, I didn't have to give my exercise routine a whole lot of thought, just go.

    Upper body workouts, in contrast, always seemed to demand set-up and planning, counting reps, etc. It always seemed like more of a chore.

    I started reading about UBEs as a means to work my upper body with minimal thought, like for my lower body. I found out that I could make an impromptu one by flipping over my spin bike [a DP AeroCycle].

    My Fitbit seems to be tracking rotations, too!

    I looked into hand-powered trikes (for paraplegics), but those are crazy expensive.
     
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    If you like repetition the Pilates performer machine makes it not as boring, from the video I remember, but try eBay as it was over a 1000 dollars for the metal framed ones, the original ones were a wooden frame.
     
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    Thanks. I have an old-school rowing machine (that doubles as a bench press) that works similar to that, but planning is a bear (no video to follow). I have some helpful apps on my iPad, but everything takes time to set up.
     
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    if you could alter the legs so it's completely horizontal then you can get the motion correct
     
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    I have problems with muscle tone, so if i don't do upper body ex, I slump, bad posture, so my lower body thing is just simple walking.

    Upper body (cos I have a herstory of posture problems) is 3 fairly simple short things with a small handweight. there's the UP movement, then the get the shoulders back- a throw out movement, then the simple arm raise thingy. not sure how well this works in words, I just do the 3 for posture/upper back stuff, cos, they'll crucify ya, if you don't stand up straight
     
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    A good set of handweights is really helpful. You can get a bench, too. Curls, triceps, pushups, pull ups, flys, etc. They are not too expensive and very effective. Lots of vids on upper body workouts with dumbbells.
     
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    When I bike (or ran), I don't need a video. That seems true for a UBE, too.
     
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    Swimming is good if you have access to a pool. Pretty much all of the water sports really, like surfing, kayaking, paddleboad, etc.

    I also recommend those as better at building strength, endurance, health in general, rather then just muscle and bulk.
     
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    I'm not a very good swimmer, though.
     
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    Another group of sports that works out the arms, shoulders a lot is the racket/handball group. Tennis, racketball, etc. I used to go to empty racket ball courts mainly and just hit the ball. Some tennis courts have a practice wall also. Shooting baskets by yourself is good for that area too.
     
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    I would get a little info on dumb bells if you use them because improper use can cause injury. Proper form is essential.
     
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    But there are a lot less injuries not about being good it's about keeping it moving I had a guaranteed upper body workout move somebody incapacitated ,I do it every day, I scream like a weight lifter when I rise from a horizontal position, IAM not light
     
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    A UBE [upper body ergometer] is a stationary bike for arms.
     
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    You could get wrist weights and wear them when you bike or run. Just a suggestion. I used to ride an exercise bike and do lifts with light hand weights at the same time.
     
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    I was trying to come up with name for this exercise in my Fitbit notes.
    I decided on [​IMG] "cranking."

    I think that it is the perfect complement to cycling.
     
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    This isn't my machine, but it shows the appeal of "cranking," ⛮
    The Predator UBE
     
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    FYI, there is a UBE with the brand name, Krankcycle, and the trademark, Kranking, so others are thinking along the same lines. [​IMG]