staying in shape

Drifter

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What do you guys do to keep in shape as a pilot? Before I started to fly, I was on a strict program hitting the gym on a regular basis. Now I can't do that. Do you guys bring along any kind of equipment for the overnighters? If so, what is it? Or do you just hit the gym when you can? I am not a runner, so that's pretty much out of the question. I just can't stand watching myself getting more and more out of shape. I don't want to become one of those fat, soft looking pilots that everybody laughs at.
 

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Become a runner!:) I try to find the exercise room in the hotels, most have them. If they don't I try to get in 30minuts of jogging. Thats about the best advice I can give. I know what you mean, its easy to put on the weight quite rapidly.
 

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I try to bid the overnights with accessible workout facilities. Or I try and bid an overnight where at minimum I can walk (jogging hurts my knees). Other than that I bid as many days off as possible so I can stick to my "fatboy" program at home :). (I've gained almost 25 lbs at this job!).
Take care, Jetprop
 

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I've been doing crunches and push ups, kind of old school but it works. Also, don't eat convenience foods (i.e. wheel of death) and leave half of anything you order at a restaurant or order appetizers instead of a whole meal.
 

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Calisthenics are the key my friend. You can do them in your room and you do not need any special equipment. There is a book about the Navy SEALs' routine and it is very good and easily tailored to fit your needs. I work out regularly at home in a gym but do the calisthenics while on the road. Also watch what you eat it is easy to go for the quick food at Micky D's. Stay away from it unless you want to lose your medical at age 40. I eat at subway or similar places while on the road as much as possible. I am not sure where to get the book but I am sure you can find something at any large bookstore. Mens fitness had an article about it several months ago that was really good.

Good luck
 

B-J-J Fighter

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Staying in Shape

I always bring cans of tuna with plain crackers with me. Be sure to have a can opener with you. It sucks when you remembered to bring your tuna with you but forgot your can opener. I work Part 135 on demand PAX so we dont have to many overnighters. With a pregnant wife at home it has really cut into my gym time but I stay on as good of a gym schedule as possible when on the road or at home.

One of the reasons Im going to go into the military to fly is the fact that I will have more time to workout and it will be part of the job. By bench has gone down to 315 and my deadlifts and squats have dropped in weight as well. It makes me angry because I have spent the better part of ten years trying to increase my poundages.

I cant wait to get in the military so I will have plenty of time to workout and hone my boxing and wrestling skills, which is my other love besiddes flying.
 

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Going to the military so you have more time to work out? Part of the job? That's a joke, right?
 

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I've taken several steps to combat my slip into Larda$$ness. I've dropped over 20 lbs. since Jan 9 doing the following:

First: at my crashpad I prepare several healthy meals that I keep in the pilot lounge refrigerators to eat at stopovers in ATL. I also keep several of those new foil-pouch containers of tuna in my bag. They've bailed me out several times. I also keep a shaker along with about six envelopes of Myoplex or some other meal replacement powder (MRP) in my bag plus a good multivitamin.

As far as working out I belong to Gold's Gym. I have a travel card with them that allows me to work out at Golds' that are in layover cities. The van driver will usually take you for a couple bucks if it's not in walking distance. It's also worth it to me to pony up $5 or $10 for a good gym; a few of our layover cities have them within walking distance.

If there's not a gym you can run, like captjim, or carry a jumprope.
Pushups, crunches, walking lunges; there are quite a few weightless exercises. Also, look into purchasing one of those rubber hoses that can be used for curls, squats, and presses.

Bottom line: If you want to do it you will find a way.

Good luck.
 

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I used to carry a jumprope. Until security in MCO took it. Now I swim laps and run on the treadmill. If there isn't a treadmill, run the steps in the hotel. Theres been a couple of times I've met pilots from other airlines "doin steps". One of the better cardio workouts I've found.
 

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"I cant wait to get in the military so I will have plenty of time to workout and hone my boxing and wrestling skills"


Yeah ... I honed my boxing and wrestling skills in the bars in Killeen, Texas and Kitzingen Germany. :D

You GOTTA be officer material. (Geek!)

Minh
 

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Martial arts.

I have been studying and practicing TKD since 1980. Great aerobic excercise.

Running and riding bicycles are good cardio excercises as well.
 

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I always pack shorts and running shoes and a plastic bag to keep the smell away from my other clothes. I also have an MP3 player and lots of MP3s on my laptop. I always try to get 30 minutes of something as soon as I get to the hotel or the next day before the flight if we are getting to the hotel late. I'll tell the rest of the crew I need 45 minutes before going to eat/drink after the flight. I prefer to run and I have 3-4 mile runs planned out at most of the stops I make. If the weather sucks, I'll leave the TV off and crank up the laptop in the room and do calestenics or if I know the hotel has a good gym, I'll use that.

While sitting around the crashpad do some situps and pushups during the commercials.

I don't pack any special food, but I definately watch what I eat.
 

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excersise that's fun is the ticket; i can play soccer all day.

i've been biking to work - no simple feat in puerto rico, where there are no bike paths and you have bike along the freeway. running with the little hand weights is a good alternative to the gym - i found some stairs to run along my usual jogging route.

my outstation where i sit ten hours a day is a tiny island, so swimming works good. stay away from carbohydrates (bread, etc) and think outta the box. also, unloading our cargo doesn't hurt.
 

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B-J-J Fighter as Dewey Oxburger

Its the first day of boot camp for the new recruits. Here is the conversation while meeting each oher.

B-J-J Fighter: Well, my name's Dewey Oxburger. My friends call me Ox. I dont know if you've noticed, but I got a slight weight problem.

Everyone else: NOOOO!! NOOOO!!

B-J-J Fighter: I went to this doctor. He told me I swallow a lot of aggression .. along with a lot of pizzas.


B-J-J Fighter: Well, I didn't have the money. Then I thought to myself, join the army .. it's free.


B-J-J Fighter: I'm going to walk out of here a lean mean fighting machine!

(John Candy in Stripes)
 

B-J-J Fighter

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Staying in Shape

Im already a lean mean fighting machine. I wrestled in college division I on a full ride. The offseason I always kept myself in good shape by boxing and doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu a ground based fighting system kind of like wrestling except with joint locks and chokes.

There is nothing more exciting and scary at the same time as going toe to toe with someone in the ring that wants to sit there and bang! with you. Its the best adrenaline rush in the world. I live for it, although it does hurt sometimes. Most other hobby is competing in grappling tournaments, the most ego filled sport in the world. My buddy Mike Van Arnsdale wrestles for the all army team, that man is a bad @ss.
 

Fr8Dog

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I have found that having a lot of Sex with multiple women at the same time keeps me in shape. I figure if I get laid a couple of times a day it is just as good as working out and 10x as much fun!!
 

Drifter

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Fr8Dog,
Excellent point! Now if I could only find some women who are willing. In my case it's probably easier just to "whack it" ten times a day. That's still considered exercise right?
 

Fr8Dog

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Well sure it is still exercise, you can still work up a sweet right.
 

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Yah, I pack my own treadmill along with a pair of 50 lbs. dumbbells and a bench to do crunches..you know it's important stay in shape on those overnights...they seem to all fit quite nicely in my TravelPro.
 
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