Archive for the ‘strength’ Category

May 25th:  This was my first day of getting back to physical training, and my last day of undisciplined eating.  The day started with a 30 minute workout but closed with a triple scoop waffle cone.

Resistance Training: performed as a circuit (one set of each exercise all the way through and then repeat).

1. Squats with Tire Press. A basic squat with one side of the tire resting in the palms of the hands. At the top of the movement press the tire hard enough to push it about a foot or more, then let it fall back into the palms of the hands and return to the basic squat position. 2 sets of 12 reps. (more…)

313V25BAZXL._SL500_AA280_Anyone can punch one of these things, but where is the fun in that? Well, okay, that can be fun.  But isn’t it more fun to take something intended for one purpose and think up a dozen other good uses for it?  If you’re me, then the answer is an emphatic yes.

Allow me to introduce my heavy bag.  I picked it up from the local used sporting goods store for $35.  At 100 pounds that works out to 35 cents per pound.  Not a bad investment.  Here are three exercises that involve nothing more than you and a heavy bag of your choice.

P1010517Heavy Bag Squat.  Stand the heavy bag on its end, and squat down with the bag between your legs.  Wrap your arms around the bag- a standard bear hug will do.  I like to start on the balls of my feet and drive my heels into the ground as I propel my body and the bag upward.  Head position is up to you.  I like to bury my chin in the bag so I can keep it tight against my chest and hips.  In addition, this helps me keep my hips tucked in and my torso straight. (more…)

313V25BAZXL._SL500_AA280_Coming Up: A piece of workout equipment that costs as little as $35 that can help you build strength.  I am of course referring to the heavy bag.  Stay tuned for more (with pictures)…

Well today I engaged in a pathetic attempt at strength and agility training.  It’s been almost three months since I last did one of these routines- and it shows.  I could only handle about 8 minutes of the 15 I had planned.  Heck, I didn’t even get to the turkish get ups!  Instead I got through one cycle of agility ladder drills (tougher than you might think), bear crawls, more agility ladder drills, and sand bag lifts, press, and slams (two minutes of each).  At that point I felt like (more…)