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    Activities for upper body de-flabbing?

    Looking for some suggestions on fun activities (not exercises) that are generally upper body toning. I know a few of the standard upper body exercises (e.g. weightlifting moves, push ups, situps, etc) but they are so dull and boring that I can't really do them for more than a few days. One requirement is that it doesn't involve other people. This is so that I can do the activity whenever I feel like it and for however long I want. One other restriction is no swimming.

    For example, one of the things I do is trail running / jogging / hiking. I know that it is not great for the knees, nor is a great upper body workout, but at least I can flail my arms around a little bit and go on trails that are illegal for bikes.

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    rock climbing... either at a gym with self belay devices or you can boulder by yourself (bouldering is just climbing where you stay low and don't use a rope).

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    Yardwork and singlespeeding.
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    Even though it is weights..... I enjoy p90x workouts. Especially the p90x plus workouts. Totalbody followed by core plus.... Enjoyable but killer workout.

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    P90X and Insanity are awesome, VERY hard workouts but I don't think that's what you're looking for. Just watch what you eat and you'll lose some flab.

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    Get a kayak and find a pond. Pretty good upper body/ core workout. Or you can't go wrong with a rigid ss. I use a 30lb rigid to train on in the winter months

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    Keep in mind that if you're looking to "de-flab" rather than add strength, it's time to increase calorie output and/or decrease calorie intake. Core strength routines don't reduce belly fat -- there's no such thing as spot reduction.

    I do a good bit of indoor and (less often due to time constraints) outdoor climbing. I'd agree with the notion that climbing is more interesting than weight training. The only downside for fitness is that it emphasizes pulling muscles and doesn't do much to train pushing muscles.

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    Join a cross fit class. Expensive but very fun.
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    Heavy bag boxing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beanbag
    Looking for some suggestions on fun activities (not exercises) that are generally upper body toning. I know a few of the standard upper body exercises (e.g. weightlifting moves, push ups, situps, etc) but they are so dull and boring that I can't really do them for more than a few days. One requirement is that it doesn't involve other people. This is so that I can do the activity whenever I feel like it and for however long I want. One other restriction is no swimming.

    For example, one of the things I do is trail running / jogging / hiking. I know that it is not great for the knees, nor is a great upper body workout, but at least I can flail my arms around a little bit and go on trails that are illegal for bikes.

    Do 500 cal more work per day than you eat.

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    Take your girl to the bedroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbogosia
    Take your girl to the bedroom.
    Good advice, even if his girlfriend is Handgelina Jolie

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    Quote Originally Posted by beanbag
    Looking for some suggestions on fun activities (not exercises) that are generally upper body toning. I know a few of the standard upper body exercises (e.g. weightlifting moves, push ups, situps, etc) but they are so dull and boring that I can't really do them for more than a few days. One requirement is that it doesn't involve other people. This is so that I can do the activity whenever I feel like it and for however long I want. One other restriction is no swimming.

    For example, one of the things I do is trail running / jogging / hiking. I know that it is not great for the knees, nor is a great upper body workout, but at least I can flail my arms around a little bit and go on trails that are illegal for bikes.
    Here's a novel idea - and you can do it all by yourself. Why not go out and do some trail work? Trim limbs, do some lopping, do some raking, do some clearing, move some felled trees, etc... . A couple times a week ought to do you and you give back to those trails you love to use. 2-3 hours has my upper body sore for a couple of days (and I lift weights).

    There's no substitute of some good old fashioned manual labor. And it is and can be fun if you make it fun.

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    Yeah trail building, you weasels!

    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBrown
    Here's a novel idea - and you can do it all by yourself. Why not go out and do some trail work? Trim limbs, do some lopping, do some raking, do some clearing, move some felled trees, etc... . A couple times a week ought to do you and you give back to those trails you love to use. 2-3 hours has my upper body sore for a couple of days (and I lift weights).

    There's no substitute of some good old fashioned manual labor. And it is and can be fun if you make it fun.

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    Swimming. My body fat plummented when I picked up swimming.

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