Do you exercise?

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    People often say to me, “oh you do construction, you don’t need to workout.” Do you hear this too?

    I don’t know about you guys but carpentry or construction isn’t always full out exceertion. Many times it repetitive tasks, head up or down all day, body positions; bent over or contorted.

    My point is as a contractor who likes to work, play, eat and drink alot of beer I HAVE TO EXERCISE.

    Do you exercise and what exercises do you do?

    ~ Rob at http://www.ConcordCarpenter.com


    i agree. most of the time my projects are not exactly aerobic exercises… i try to go on runs 3x a week and lift weights 3x a week… i did use the work “try” ha

    John S


    halifax, nova scotia

    your right rob, its not always a full body workout, yes the job does require lots of lifting at times but from odd positions and what not but it doesnt give a full body workout

    i workout in order to make the job easier so im not compltely worn out at the end of the day like half my crew. it also helps prevent injury

    typically my workouts consist of anywhere from 20 – 40 minutes of cardio depending on the day and if machines are open at the gym.. from there i do about 1 hr of weights focusing on one muscle group that day. if my work weeks get really strenous via framing then i change up my routine to one excercise per muscle group covering everything.. then finish up every night with abs. keeping a strong core helps protect the lower back from injurys

    if i got into some of my actual workout routines it would take a few posts though

    heres a tip, dont fart in a space suit



    I would like to get more exercise than I do. I find there is lots of physical activity in my day to day work but you don’t get any cardio which you need. Unfortunately with it being winter, having a 4 month old daughter and keeping a business going exercise is taking a back seat at the moment. When the weather is nice I like to do cycling and walking to keep fit.





    I’m a full time fridgey and consider myself a part-time athlete. I try to get to the gym 5 times a week doing mostly plyometrics and calisthenics. Running every morning gives me energy and makes me feel great but I’m not perfect, I do it when i don’t hit snooze


    halifax, nova scotia

    derek, your seriously doing plyometrics and working in the trades.. go easy on them knees.. plyometrics did my knees in.. its what ended my volleyball career 15 years ago.. then working construction has done more damage

    heres a tip, dont fart in a space suit


    I do a lot of running up and down stairs at work so I don’t exercise, however, in the summer my wife and I take real long walks!



    Sorry to hear Jeff, I am always worried about messing up my knees and back. I stay away from any sort of exercise that i feel pain and try to never overtrain. When i do any jumping exercises or clap pushusps i go to the weights sections where they have thick rubber flooring to absorb the impact, concrete will be much harder on your joints.


    halifax, nova scotia

    the funny thing is me messing up my knees is sorta what got me into it in the first place.. when volleyball was done so was any drive to go to university. i was being scouted. since i couldnt jump anymore the schools scratched me off the prospects list

    heres a tip, dont fart in a space suit


    I’ve been doing some weights coupled with circuit training from a website called CrossFit. I love CrossFit.

    Check out this power jump work out I did. My last 3 jumps were at 46-48″ This was combined with a MAX row [rowing machine] prior to the jump. I pasted the 10 second clip – hope it comes through… was alot of fun!

    ~ Rob at http://www.ConcordCarpenter.com


    Didn’t post. Anyone interested in posting work outs or maybe a list of “construction core” exercises?

    ~ Rob at http://www.ConcordCarpenter.com


    halifax, nova scotia

    chest- 4 sets of flat bench 20 reps with 135 lbs
    incline barbell press 4 sets 15 reps 135 lbs
    decline hammer strenght 4 sets 18 reps 90 lbs a side
    cable fly 4x 20 reps 35 lbs

    back- wide grip cable pulldowns 4x 18 reps 120 lbs
    close grip pulldowns 4x 18 reps 110 lbs
    seated cable row close grip 4x 20 reps 120 lbs
    seated high grip hajmmer strenght rows 4 x 90 lbs per side
    bent over t bar rows 4x 15 reps 90 lbs

    seated military press 4x 15 reps 135 lbs
    rear fly 4x 20 105 lbs
    standing military press 4x 15 lbs 220 lbs (machine)
    side delt dumbell raises 4x 15 reps 20 lbs
    standing shrugs 4 x 12 reps 260 lbs
    front dumbell delt rais 4x 12 reps 20 lbs

    quad extension 5x 20 reps 90 lbs
    hamstring curls 5 x 20 rps 90 lbs
    incline leg press pyramid start at 2 plates a side work up to 7 plates at 20 reps.. work back down to 3 plates
    hack squat machine 4 x 15 reps 225 lbs
    stiff leg deadlift 4x 12 reps 185 lbs
    seated calf raise – 4 sets 135 lbs til failure each set

    standing wide grip barbell curl 4x 15 reps 60lbs
    standing dumbell curl 4x 12 reps 35 lb dumbells
    seated preacher curl 4x 15 reps 60 lbs
    standing dumbell hammer curls 4x 15 reps 20 lbs
    standing barbell hammer curls 4x 15 reps 70 lbs

    tricps 0
    close grip bench press 4x 18 reps 135 lbs
    standing cable french curl 4×20 reps 50 lbs
    seated tricep pushdowns (machine) 4x 20 reps 145 lbs
    seated dumbell skull crushers 4x 18 reps 70 lbs
    staning one arm cable tricep extension 4 x 12 x 30lbs

    this is my general workout each week, sometimes the weight is increased with less reps..

    core workout, hanging straight leg raises
    crunches on the ball
    crunches on the mat
    lower back extensions

    heres a tip, dont fart in a space suit


    i like the idea of high reps for the legs. I think that’s super important an the legs can handle it!

    the only thing I dont do is Biceps. I work my arms with other stuff.

    ~ Rob at http://www.ConcordCarpenter.com


    i have heard lots of other people who love crossfit… reminds me of what i did when i played football in college…

    John S



    I’m heading back to the gym after a 3 week layoff. To ease back in I’m going to do mostly calestenics.

    Here’s the workout:

    10 Sets in 20 Minutes:
    15 Deep squats
    10 Push Ups
    5 Pull Ups

    Wish me luck!!

    ~ Rob at http://www.ConcordCarpenter.com


    halifax, nova scotia

    wow, high intensity robert!

    the high reps for legs thing is important, its the largest muscle group in the body and since were on our feet all day the muscles are the best conditioned which means working them out takes more effort to tire them out.

    the higher reps thing is something i picked up from the Arnold Swarzennegger body building encyclopedia.. he states that calves especially are the hardest to train because its so hard to fatigue them.. he would train them everyday to get results

    heres a tip, dont fart in a space suit


    actually I don’t. even thou im running about all day everyday working. its stillnot the same as actual jogging, swimming, exercise.



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    halifax, nova scotia

    lol nice one dan

    heres a tip, dont fart in a space suit


    Dewey, OK

    I seem to get a fair amount of muscle work out at work but no cardio at all. None. So I try and spend 20-30 minutes on an elipitical machine.
    On another note don’t forget nutrition and diet. Diet as in what you eat not diet as in what you aren’t supposed to eat. I will freely admit that I have poor nutritional practices. Beef jerky and coke for lunch kind of guy.
    I never worried until about 2 wks ago. I was having problems with weakness in my legs. Talked to the Dr. about it and many bad things were mentioned. Nerve damage, ALS, MD, other not so nice things. Turns out it was all nutritional, lack of minerals and B vitamins. Nuts for snacks and making sure I eat my vegetables and fruits and the weakness went away. It is easy to slack off on what you eat but MAKE SURE YOU EAT RIGHT.

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