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To all you gym rats.

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    To all you gym rats.

    I started lifting heavy weights again this winter and I'm on a pretty good routine. Yesterday I rode the bike to the gym and did lots of benching and squatting. It was a challenge to manuever the 600lbs. bike out of the parking spot since my forearms and legs felt like jello. Even stopped at the light was hard. I'm thinking of driving to the gym next time. Anybody going through that?

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    Re: To all you gym rats.

    Originally posted by chicharone
    I started lifting heavy weights again this winter and I'm on a pretty good routine. Yesterday I rode the bike to the gym and did lots of benching and squatting. It was a challenge to manuever the 600lbs. bike out of the parking spot since my forearms and legs felt like jello. Even stopped at the light was hard. I'm thinking of driving to the gym next time. Anybody going through that?
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    To all you gym rats.

    I can count the # of times I rode my bike to work out on one finger. It was because I rode out of state and that was my only means of transport.

    I would highly suggest NOT riding after working out. One, who wants to put on protective gear when they are all sweaty and nasty.

    Two, if you are putting yourself through a physically and mentally draining routine, i.e. "lifting heavy", your reflexes, coordination and basic muscle control is either impaired somewhat or substantially, all of which make it harder to control a motorcycle. Think of it like riding sleepy but instead of it being the noggin it's the body.

    If you must ride to the gym, I would suggest a 20 minute cooldown, followed by stretching, water or a sports drink and maybe a small meal such as fruit or a protein bar to get your blood sugar levels OK. I think it's just easier to cage it home than go through all that.

    Lastly if you're in the gym worried about how you'll be able to ride your motorcycle home then you aren't focusing as much as you could be on your workout

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    I ride home from the gym all the time.

    Squats & such are the worst but once you get used to it you'll be fine. That's the whole point of exercise, to adapt...

    I would second maybe having a drink and certainly cooling off. Taking a shower takes care of getting your riding gear all sweaty.

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    I lift at home - short ride

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    To all you gym rats.

    I used to ride to the gym occasionally. But I feel fine after working out, I only get like "jello" if I haven't worked out in a while. If that's the case, I wouldn't want to ride.

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    I'd rather take the truck to the gym. Riding while sore and arms or legs are still "pumped" from lifting heavy isn't the safest way to go.. all depending how seriously you're lifting that is. Not to mention it's a pia to cart the helmet into the gym and stuff it into a locker or somewhere along with any other riding gear.

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    To all you gym rats.

    That feeling is very much normal. Has nothing to do with being a newbie. I have been lifting for many years and my legs act that way on days that I do legs and ride the bike.

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    To all you gym rats.

    I can understand the "jello phenomenon". I always feel it when I focus on legs. I've never taken the bike though.

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    To all you gym rats.

    Oh another aside on doing the cool down before riding....you will also flush lactic acid from your muscles by doing some light cardio (you cannot be anerobic or you'll just make more) so you'll heal up faster in addition to being safer riding home after the workout.

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    I had quite a workout over the weekend

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    I did that once last summer, not a good idea. But I did get a lot of attention from the hot gym girls!!! Oh well!

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    What is this "gym" you speak of?

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    Originally posted by rmbbikes
    What is this "gym" you speak of?
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    To all you gym rats.

    I've never ridden to the gym, but the top of the lockers is slanted, and they're not wide enough for a helmet...so i guess i don't ride by default.

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    To all you gym rats.

    BTW - I'd like to see a picture of your legs. (yeah yeah yeah - someone will say something about that I know) I want to see what the thighs of someone squatting 600 lbs looks like.

    I squat 245 for sets (free weights) and I'm a fairly large individual with strong legs so this I have to see.

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    To all you gym rats.

    Originally posted by Nikon
    BTW - I'd like to see a picture of your legs. (yeah yeah yeah - someone will say something about that I know) I want to see what the thighs of someone squatting 600 lbs looks like.

    I squat 245 for sets (free weights) and I'm a fairly large individual with strong legs so this I have to see.
    The 600 lbs was his bike I think he was saying.

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    To all you gym rats.

    Originally posted by Nikon
    BTW - I'd like to see a picture of your legs. (yeah yeah yeah - someone will say something about that I know) I want to see what the thighs of someone squatting 600 lbs looks like.

    I squat 245 for sets (free weights) and I'm a fairly large individual with strong legs so this I have to see.
    I squat 3 sets of 10 with 205lbs and I'm not fairly large.

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    To all you gym rats.

    Originally posted by ancosta
    The 600 lbs was his bike I think he was saying.
    well that makes more sense.

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    To all you gym rats.

    I don't ride mine tot he gym just because I beat the heck out of my muscles and I wouldn't want to not be bale to hold up the bike. The only time I might even consider it is if I was doing my back that day.

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