I have a long way to go, but today was light years better than I’ve been doing over the last couple months. How much better? Well, I don’t have the time to post all the details right now (stay tuned for updates), but here is the general outline.
Warm-up Cardiovascular Training: One mile run in intervals [2 min. jogging, 1 min. sprinting , repeat four times]
Resistance Training: A long workout- about 35-40 minutes. I started out with a superset of jumping prisoner squats (don’t use that as a search term, you might not like what you find). BTW a prisoner squat is a regular squat (no weights) where you hold your hands interlocked behind your head. I did about 15 of those with a full extension and jump for each one. Then I took two steps back and went right into my 200lb squats. That number is so embarrassing- I should be able to do about 300+ lbs. My upper and lower body are totally out of balance, which is something that I will need to correct.
I followed that with a combination of push-ups, reverse rows, and pull-ups. Here is a PIECE of USEFUL ADVICE. If you want to work on your grip strength try substituting your workout towel for actually gripping the bar- KEEP SAFETY IN MIND! Reverse rows and pulls up are great exercises where substituting your towel for the bar (just wrap it around the bar and hold a few inches up from the ends of the towel) will build grip strength and give you a TREMENDOUS burn in your forearms. And that kind of strength is the kind you need everyday for everything from giving a firm powerful handshake to lifting all sorts of objects.
I closed by doing supersets of tricep and bicep exercises. Overhead extension mixed with Cable curls and then tricep pushdowns mixed with dumbbell Zottman curls.
Post Resistance Cardiovascular Training: At this point my beating around 160 BPM. So I hit the recumbent bike and did a nice relaxed pace mile in about 7 minutes.
Reflections: A sit in the steam room and a shower later I felt great. My glutes and quads felt pushed to their limit and my upper arms were at one point swollen like the Goodyear blimp. As if to reinforce the point I must share that the sweat stains my clothing were worse than they’ve ever been. Guess I did something right.