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Buffing for BlizzCon: No pigging out at the Great Feast {WoW}

Aug 27th 2010 3:00PM We're not trying to make anyone feel bad about gaming (being gamers ourselves), but simply trying to be healthier gamers.

You get twenty more years of game time if you make it to 80 instead of 60. *grin*

Buffing for BlizzCon: No pigging out at the Great Feast {WoW}

Aug 27th 2010 2:58PM You left off, "I'm on a Tauren."


Buffing for BlizzCon: No pigging out at the Great Feast {WoW}

Aug 27th 2010 7:06AM "Nobody gets in shape for BlizzCon."

I'm sorry, but you're simply wrong. There are several members of the staff who are doing *exactly* that. Mike and I have both put in a bit of extra effort at the gym in order to be in better shape for Dragon*Con next week.

Just because we may not want to "tone up for beach season" doesn't mean that gamers don't have a specific goal in mind for our endeavors. Hell, if you go back to the first couple installments of this series, you'll see that having a set target is one of the best ways to keep yourself on track and accountable for your progress.

You don't need anyone else to rate your comment down; you've done it yourself.

Buff(ing) for BlizzCon: Dog days {WoW}

Aug 13th 2010 11:06AM The most common day to begin a healthy-living routine is not, in fact, Monday.

It's "Tomorrow."

Don't fall into that trap. Get up and get moving TODAY.

Buffing for BlizzCon: The Convention Challenge {WoW}

Jul 30th 2010 6:08PM Not necessarily gamers, but some con-goers do, unfortunately fall into this bucket. Whether it reaches the point of morbid fascination... "Has the dude in the #Whatever costume changed yet?" ... or not, I can't imagine anyone so strapped for cash or luggage space that they can't bring a couple changes of clothes and a stick of deodorant.

And, really, taking fifteen minutes a day to grab a shower and brush your teeth isn't going to mean missing THAT much of the fun. It might, in fact, mean you'd get to have a bit more fun, since folks won't be gasping and cringing.

NOBODY needs to lend that particular air (or, er, aroma) of credibility to their Undead or Zombie costume.

Buff(ing) for BlizzCon: Programming for dummies {WoW}

Jul 18th 2010 3:12PM Lifting heavy is not, in and of itself, unhealthy, as long as proper form is used. There are actually a lot of benefits to strength training - stronger bones, for instance, in addition to stronger and more balanced muscles.

I have no designs on becoming a professional, or even amateur, bodybuilder. I just want to look good with my shirt off. :-)

Also, being strong is its own reward, and has proven useful - rearranging furniture, cleaning the garage, carrying computer equipment at work, etc.

As for the increasing weights (or reps), the body will adapt to the stresses imposed on it - if you always do the same workout, that stops adding to the challenge your body faces. This can, of course, be done in any number of ways - by increasing weight, by increasing the number of reps or sets, or changing the exercise (or angle of attack). The analogy someone used was this:

Imagine you're going to go on a vacation to Hawaii, so you want to get a base tan to avoid sunburn. You go home and lay out for 15 minutes at lunch every day. For the first few days, your skin gets darker, but then it stops. You're still getting your 15 minutes of sun, but your skin has tanned enough to protect you from it. In order to tan more, you'd have to lay out for 16 minutes, or 20. If our skin just kept getting more and more tanned from every bit of exposure, everyone would have super-tan hands and faces from the five minutes of sun we get every day when we go outside to get in our car, or take out the garbage, or run errands.

Three sets of eight is an absolutely fine set and rep plan - there are a lot of folks who recommend it, especially for folks who want to get a little stronger without getting too much bigger. Most folks, especially when they're new to strength training, respond very well to between twenty and thirty reps, regardless of how that's achieved - 3x8, 5x5, 10x2, etc.

The longer sets of more modest weight (~50-70% of your one-rep maximum (1RM)) engage more slow-twitch (Type-II) muscle fibers, as opposed to short sets of maximum or near-max weights, which trigger the fast-twitch (Type-I) ones. The Type-I fibers are the ones that are prone to greater hypertrophy (growth) as an adaptive response.

I have friends who are bigger, and stronger, than I am, so I'm challenging myself to catch up or maybe even best them. No matter what I do, though, I'll never be *taller* than my buddy who's six-five. *grin*

Buff(ing) for BlizzCon: Programming for dummies {WoW}

Jul 16th 2010 5:03PM That's an excellent counterpoint to the "do pushups/situps/pullups while in flight" tactics that have come up in the past. Great idea for anyone whose gym and computer are near to one another!

Buff(ing) for BlizzCon: Programming for dummies {WoW}

Jul 16th 2010 5:02PM Thanks much. I've been doing a modified version of 5/3/1 myself (based on personal experience, and the fact that I mis-read 5/3/1 the first time I was exposed to it). The gist of my program is here:

Sadly, I had to back way off due to a pulled muscle, and am just now getting back to where I was a year ago, though the recovery progress is going faster than my initial gains. I don't think I'll be making it to 500# by the end of the year, as I'd hoped, but at least getting back to 405 would feel good.

Buff(ing) for BlizzCon: Programming for dummies {WoW}

Jul 16th 2010 4:31PM "More than I was able to produce with my arms yesterday."


Buff(ing) for BlizzCon: Programming for dummies {WoW}

Jul 16th 2010 4:22PM I'm afraid I can't code my way out of a healing macro. I can, however, throw CK Knight over my shoulder and carry him around if anyone needs a'la carte add-ons... assuming he comes to Dragon*Con again and holds still long enough. :-D