SOLO Fitness on the Cheap?

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Wed, 2006-09-13 13:34

Craig and Others,

Here’s a challenge for you.  What kind of strength training would you recommend to one with a limited budget?  $50 / month is more than I want to spend right now for membership to the local gym, and I don't have room in my apartment for a bench, weights, etc.  Is it possible to build muscle mass using only calisthenics and free weights?  I have one pair of 25 lb free weights, an exercise bike, and plenty of hardwood floor space in the living room.

I'm 6' tall, 180 lbs, trim, and relatively fit.  I can do 40 proper push ups and 70 proper situps without stopping, though I usually only do 30/50 in a regular workout.  I do three sets, 15 reps of bicep curls with my 25 lb weights, and two sets, 30 reps of shoulder pulls with the same weights, about 4 times a week each.  I also get on the exercise bike for 15-20 minutes, 4 times a week.

What can I be doing better, until I get a gym membership?  Any recommendations for more intense calisthenics that can improve muscle mass with limited risk of injury?

Recent Comments:
Just an idea: around these — by Marnee on Sat, 2006-09-16 05:49
Pride — by Craig Ceely on Fri, 2006-09-15 13:09
Dan, Dan, Dan... — by Craig Ceely on Fri, 2006-09-15 02:48

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Prima Donna and Business Week :)

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Submitted by Prima Donna on Wed, 2006-09-13 10:57

I'm not sure if any of you subscribe to Business Week, but I'm in the Fall 2006 Small Biz edition (out September 18th). The article is entitled Hitting the Books, and questions if an MBA is needed to be successful as an entrepreneur.

Recent Comments:
There you are! — by Prima Donna on Sat, 2006-09-16 04:25
Masters of Business — by Craig Ceely on Sat, 2006-09-16 04:00
Jennifer!! — by User hidden on Sat, 2006-09-16 03:35

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Back on the weights, & a question about squats

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-09-13 06:39

So, I've started back on the weights again - a simple workout loosely based on one from a mens fitness magazine I've since lost, so can't credit. Anyway, what I'm doing is:

Recent Comments:
For fun I thought I would — by Newberry on Thu, 2008-07-10 06:00
Squatting — by Landstad on Wed, 2008-07-09 20:39
Getting back into squats? — by Craig Ceely on Thu, 2006-09-14 20:22

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"Islamic Fascism" and Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Submitted by AdamReed on Wed, 2006-09-13 06:33

There was little in tonight's ARI presentation - Yaron Brook's rehearsal for the Ford Hall forum - that I would not have expected from previous YB and ARI op-eds and articles. But there was one interesting integration that I hadn't seen before. Onkar Ghate joined Yaron Brook for the Q&A. Answering a question about Bush's use of the term "Islamic Fascism," Onkar pointed out an interesting parallel between Bush and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Recent Comments:
But just up the road... — by Prima Donna on Wed, 2006-09-13 21:43
KASS, Jennifer People who — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-09-13 20:47
FD-Arse — by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-09-13 20:44

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My little house with the sunshine lady and the raincoat man

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Submitted by Sandi on Wed, 2006-09-13 06:26

Okay, can anyone help me with this.

I inherited a little house with a temp gauge and you know the rest, the lady comes out when its going to be sunny and the man comes out with his brolley and raincoat if its gonna rain.

Recent Comments:
If she has one hand on her — by Phil on Thu, 2006-09-14 11:21
Its hard to (well I think — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-09-13 07:24
Sandi, behave yourself! — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-09-13 07:19

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Revisiting the Intellectual Heritage of a Free Society

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Submitted by younkins on Wed, 2006-09-13 00:50

This essay surveys and revisits the intellectual heritage of a free society.

Recent Comments:
X — by l on Wed, 2006-09-13 23:04
Thanks for the Great Information on Hazlitt's Book! — by younkins on Wed, 2006-09-13 21:00
X — by l on Wed, 2006-09-13 03:43

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SOL in Rap - changes since the 1980s?

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-09-12 23:32

I remember back in the 1980s when MC Hammer released "U Can't Touch This" - while he most certainly couldn't sing, he did produce music that was upbeat, and celebrated talent (his own, in particular). The lyrics included:

Recent Comments:
Sampling — by JoeM on Thu, 2006-09-14 04:30
Natural and Not — by JoeM on Thu, 2006-09-14 04:21
Rock & SOL — by Kat on Thu, 2006-09-14 04:11

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Priceless

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-09-12 22:42

Generation XY have produced this absolutely brilliant spoof of New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark's theft of taxpayers' money to fund her election campaign:

[Hat tip David Farrar]

Recent Comments:
Wicked. — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-09-13 01:08
OMFG ... I rather — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-09-13 00:56
summerteeth! — by Marnee on Wed, 2006-09-13 00:26

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Perigo and Darnton on Radio Pacific

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Submitted by Julian Pistorius on Tue, 2006-09-12 22:25

Summary:
* The National Party has nothing to do with this.
* This action was taken to ensure that future governments can't take liberties like this again, and to show them that they are not above the law.


6:27 minutes (1.48 MB)
Recent Comments:
Yes it was, in fact the — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-09-13 02:45
Bloody good interview, and — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-09-13 01:11
Great stuff. — by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-09-13 00:38

Peikoff Denounced By Jihadist

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2006-09-12 21:41

Well, at last we can see the truth. It was Leonard Peikoff, and those like him who advocate capitalism and American self-defense, who were responsible for 9/11. How could I have been so dense?

Read all about it in The New York Times

Recent Comments:
Huzzah! — by jtgagnon on Wed, 2006-09-13 15:55
John Allison IV — by Luke Setzer on Wed, 2006-09-13 15:13
In the US Dr Peikoff — by Robert on Wed, 2006-09-13 13:02

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"Religion A vs. Religion B"

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Tue, 2006-09-12 18:11

Recently an off-cite observer of SOLO criticized its members for allegedly grouping all religions together, namely, Christianity together with Islam. I responded with an explanation of where SOLOists tend to stand: that it's an issue of reason vs. faith, as such. But there was a little part that I left out that I now want to fill in, though it's pretty much implict in what I already said.

Recent Comments:
Slate — by Melissa Lepley on Tue, 2006-09-19 18:57
The Kraut Pope's been hoist by his own petard — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-09-17 00:35
The Pope, and religious violence — by AdamReed on Fri, 2006-09-15 19:28

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Why America Was Attacked

Submitted by wngreen on Tue, 2006-09-12 17:21

From our buddies over at CapMag: Hatred of Western Civilization: Why Terrorists Attacked America by John Lewis. "The hatred of the West is not based on jealousy but on hatred of the good because it is good. Nihilism, the desire to destroy, is why the enemies of freedom fly planes into buildings and blow themselves up with dynamite."

Recent Comments:
John — by LWHALL on Thu, 2006-09-14 03:32
LW — by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-09-14 03:08
William — by LWHALL on Thu, 2006-09-14 03:04

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Keep It Simple Stupid

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Submitted by PhilipC on Tue, 2006-09-12 15:19

"This struggle has been called a clash of civilizations. In truth, it is a struggle for civilization." - GW Bush, Sept 11, 2006

On the thread about the speech, Linz correctly highlighted this line from Bush's speech. It turns on its head the "clash of civilizations" phrase we've heard endlessly to describe the West's battle with fundamentalist Islam or with the anti-western groups. It denies the idea that what we are opposing -is- a civilization. It emphasizes how high the stakes are if terror and mass destruction cannot be stopped in an advanced technological society. And it does all this in 17 words.


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An Inconvenient Truth

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Submitted by Marcus on Tue, 2006-09-12 09:46

I wonder if the Americans on SOLO could help me out. Al Gore's film, "An inconvenient truth" - will be released in the UK this Friday.

I have heard all this talk here about it being a box-office hit in the US. Does anyone think the film has changed public opinion in the US?

Recent Comments:
Bravo Yaron Brook! — by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2006-09-15 18:06
Good deal — by Lanza Morio on Fri, 2006-09-15 05:05
We Take Requests — by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2006-09-15 04:51

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Pres. Bush's September 11 Address

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-09-12 08:58

"This struggle has been called a clash of civilizations. In truth, it is a struggle for civilization. We are fighting to maintain the way of life enjoyed by free nations. And we're fighting for the possibility that good and decent people across the Middle East can raise up societies based on freedom and tolerance and personal dignity. We are now in the early hours of this struggle between tyranny and freedom."

Recent Comments:
Words and Deeds — by AdamReed on Wed, 2006-09-13 21:39
Aviation — by Prima Donna on Wed, 2006-09-13 10:36
Richard — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-09-13 06:06

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Cox & Forkum KASS

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-09-12 01:06

SOLO's friends over at Cox & Forkum never miss a beat.

Here are two recent 'toons that hit their targets straight & true.


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Cartoons! The Ones that Got Islamo-Fascists' Tea-Towels in a Twist

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-09-12 00:16

الحرية = Freedom!

Recent Comments:
That headiline — by Kenny on Fri, 2006-09-15 23:16
Um...Olivia?? not heard of — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-09-13 07:14
Q: What's green and smells of pork? — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-09-13 04:06

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[Today's Reprise] The Long, Long Trail of Appeasement, Capitulation and Death

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-09-11 04:42

We are at war. We, the people of the west are at war with people who wish to destroy us. It's a different war than we're used to, an asymmetric war -- a so-called fourth-generation war -- so it's one some people still don't recognise (or still don't want to recognise) but we are under sustained attack. We are at war.

Recent Comments:
One would have thought... — by Marcus on Thu, 2006-09-14 14:47
One would have thought 9/11 — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-09-12 09:16
Helen bin Laden — by Jameson on Tue, 2006-09-12 01:19

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The (Misplaced) Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics' Critics

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Submitted by Henry Emrich on Mon, 2006-09-11 02:51

As everybody here knows, I'm pretty much a "rogue element" as far as SOLO is concerned: I was a very active member of SOLOhq.com back several years ago, but (like so many others) had a very severe "falling out" with the then-current "principals" of the operation (Linz Perigo and Joe Rowlands).

Recent Comments:
In reference to James' 09/15 — by Ted Keer on Fri, 2006-09-22 05:26
Explanations: — by Henry Emrich on Fri, 2006-09-22 03:11
Good Faith — by Ted Keer on Sat, 2006-09-16 04:20

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Where Were You?

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-09-11 01:03

An ABC News poll reports that 95% of Americans recall exactly where they were during the 9/11 attacks. We can only assume the other 5% were comatose.

Recent Comments:
1st day of uni — by Kat on Tue, 2006-09-12 03:26
My car broke down — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2006-09-11 23:31
I was teaching at an — by User hidden on Mon, 2006-09-11 22:16

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SOLO Press Release: Liberty or Death?

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Sun, 2006-09-10 23:10

"On September 11, 2001, Islamo-Fascist terrorists slaughtered thousands of innocent Americans. Their deaths remain a somber reminder of the palpable threat that Islam poses to Western civilization," says John Gagnon, Executive Director of SOLO (Sense of Life Objectivists).

Recent Comments:
Who said... — by Kevin on Wed, 2006-09-13 09:03
John — by LWHALL on Tue, 2006-09-12 16:27
Bravo! — by Melissa Lepley on Tue, 2006-09-12 15:43

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Gnarls Barkely: Just a little Ennio Morricone there?

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Submitted by JoeM on Sun, 2006-09-10 21:32

I've been listening to ST. ELSEWHERE by Gnarls Barkely, and came across this version of their song "Crazy" on TOP OF THE POPS. This version really sounds like it was scored by Ennio Morricone, and since there's a few Morricone fans here, though I'd share.

Recent Comments:
Saw these guys on Letterman, — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-09-13 04:04
Thing is, with Morricone, — by Chris Cathcart on Mon, 2006-09-11 04:02

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Harkness Method

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Sun, 2006-09-10 14:12

Has anyone besides me heard of or had experience with the Harkness method of teaching in a high school? It's the only method employed at the school I currently attend, and so far it seems to be extraordinarily effective.

Recent Comments:
Sounds Like Shared Inquiry — by Luke Setzer on Sun, 2006-09-10 19:45

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Timely Thoughts ...

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-09-10 10:24

"I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline.

Recent Comments:
Tony Robinson — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-09-10 17:49
Similar thoughts from Jeremy Clarkson — by Marcus on Sun, 2006-09-10 17:24

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Civilisation Under Siege (SOLO, Sept 11, 2001)

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-09-10 10:14

If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere, It's up to you, New York, New York!

This was a declaration of war—but a declaration by whom, and against what?

2,500 people were killed in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941. Today, in mainland USA, many many more have been killed in appalling scenes as America was left defenceless. Airline security was exposed. The Pentagon was breached. The glory of the New York skyline was rent asunder; the twin towers of the World Trade Centre—shining spires of capitalism and twin symbols for man's achievement—are no more.

Recent Comments:
Thanks — by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-09-10 21:04
The question — by Chris Cathcart on Sun, 2006-09-10 17:01
Peter — by LWHALL on Sun, 2006-09-10 13:17

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Original Sin & 9/11: Politically Incorrect Show Editorial, Sept 18, 2001

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-09-10 09:57

"This homily is not a hymn to self-sacrifice. It is a hymn to the spirit of man, the spirit that loves life, and strives with unimaginable heroism to reclaim and reaffirm it when it is under threat from those who hate it and would destroy the people and things that make anything worthy of the name 'life' possible."

The Politically Incorrect Show—September 18, 2001

[Music - Die Fledermaus]


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Peikoff on Black Tuesday

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-09-10 09:50

Fifty Years of Appeasement Led to Black Tuesday

Wednesday, September 12, 2001

By: Leonard Peikoff

Fifty years of increasing American appeasement in the Mideast have led to fifty years of increasing contempt in the Muslim world for the United States. The inevitable climax was the tens of thousands of deaths on September 11, 2001--the blackest day in our history, so far. The Palestinians, among others, responded by dancing in the streets and handing out candy.

Recent Comments:
It was originally thought — by Fred Weiss on Mon, 2006-09-11 14:14
Yes Kevin, it is true... — by Marcus on Mon, 2006-09-11 13:13
Lindsay... — by Kevin on Mon, 2006-09-11 07:22

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Philadelphia Loves Rocky...But Is It Art?

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Submitted by JoeM on Sun, 2006-09-10 03:16

It's Rocky Week in Philadelphia, to mark the return of the Rocky Statue from ROCKY II to the Philadelphia Art Museum after years of purgatory down at the Spectrum. The catch is, after much debate, the statue is NOT atop the art museum steps, commemorating Rocky's triumph, but stationed on the lawn. Judging by some of the debates about the statue, it's probably lucky it even made it there.

Recent Comments:
Means and ends? — by JoeM on Tue, 2006-09-12 14:49
I am stuck. On one hand yes — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-09-12 10:16
High art. As was the great — by PhilipC on Sun, 2006-09-10 18:23

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AVE MARIA

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Submitted by Jameson on Sun, 2006-09-10 03:02
AVE MARIA

Now that's how you win in style!

Miss Sharapova's baseline power shots and pin-point accuracy sparked and sizzled like her Nike/Audrey Hepburn LBD.

Such youth, such confidence, such grace, such skill! This heady mix of perfection brought a tear to my eye. She is Beauty in Motion...

Recent Comments:
Oh my god! — by User hidden on Mon, 2006-09-11 01:23
Oooooo, Rafael (swoon!) — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-09-10 07:09
A couple more of Maria — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-09-10 06:31

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I Feel Pretty...Awesome!

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Submitted by Marnee on Sun, 2006-09-10 02:12

All around beauty and tennis badass, Maria Sharapova just won the U.S. Open. Her happiness is intoxicating. And what a game. Man! Two straight sets.

I have to say that this was the funnest U.S. Open that I have ever watched.

Recent Comments:
Funniest shit ever — by Boaz the Boor on Sun, 2006-09-10 05:35
Da man — by Craig Ceely on Sun, 2006-09-10 04:29
You da man — by Fred Weiss on Sun, 2006-09-10 04:26

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