Posts Tagged ‘ninja warrior’

KickAssLogoYou haven’t really worked out until you’ve put together an exercise routine that has made you curse the day you were born, beg for mercy, and fear that a heart attack was imminent.  That pretty much describes what I did yesterday.  At some point two days ago I thought, “basic H.I.T. isn’t enough, I need a little something more.”  So, I thought, what if I eliminated the rest breaks and performed 3 rounds of 5-6 minutes of activity with NO rest during each round.    The idea struck me as a good one as I sat in my computer chair- I would later regret this whole line of thought.

So what was the workout?  Well, it looks simple enough on paper until you try to run through, balls to the wall style, with no rest in between. (more…)

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…)

p1000996These are the tools of my trade.  They don’t look like barbells and weight plates, as a matter of fact they aren’t much like them at all.  Nope, these provide a better workout and build more real world strength than the bench press could on its best day.  This old tractor tire and this 10 pound sledgehammer (at a total cost of $15; $0 for the tire and $15 for the sledge at Home Depot) provide all the health and strength benefits of chopping wood without the hassle of hunting down wood to chop.    Pretty soon this tire will be joined by either a much larger tire to flip or a tire of similar size filled with concrete- at this point the tire itself weighs about 75 pounds. (more…)

Well today’s workout and food intake wasn’t pretty, but it got the job done.  A late night last night led to my decision to sleep in until 9 a.m. this morning.  Ask my wife, that kind of wake up time almost never happens in my house.  After rolling out of bed I did a short 18 minute Wii yoga workout and grabbed breakfast.  (See nutritional intake chart below).

Since I got such a late start I skipped my usual snack between meals (EAS Myoplex Light protein shake) and just had lunch a little early at noon.  With the late start we didn’t make it out the door for our errands until 1:30 p.m.  And of course I forgot my protein shake at home.  I picked a Snicker’s Marathon bar off the shelf because I needed something with a bit of a carb kick for my GPP training session (more…)

I am getting a 150lb tractor tire tomorrow that I can flip and hit with a sledge hammer all I want. And it’s free!

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…)

Coming back to training from illness is never easy.  Although I was quite eager, especially since I have  a new training toy.


A handy little device that allows me to do chin-ups, sit-ups, push-ups, and limited range dips.  I also have modified it.  With the addition of cables and stretch bands I can now also perform pull-downs, tricep extensions, rows, and rope pull-ups.

Unfortunately, since I am 90 miles from my gym, I am having to improvise a workout routine.  A basic multi-joint routine (more…)

The Ninja Warrior is Back Baby!

Posted: December 15, 2008 in 1
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Well I am finally feeling better- as good as I can feel considering I haven’t worked out in almost two months. I can finally get back to doing what I enjoy best; gritting my teeth, digging down deep, and working as hard as I can for as long as I can until I feel like I can’t go another second.

I am also going to try to be more faithful in posting on this blog. I can’t guarantee I can ever go back to daily posts, but I will do my best to keep up with posting weekly.

See you guys tomorrow.

Thanks to all those who stopped by and checked up on me. I just wanted to let you know I am doing well. At the moment I am suffering a miserable cold with the usual sore throat and cough- but it should pass by Saturday.

Ninja Warrior training has been going well. I have to admit to not being consistent enough with my Tuesday and Thursday training, as it is all too easy to get wrapped up in my school work. Speaking of which, I am grading all the time these days, conducting review sessions, and spending lots of time on my discussion sections. I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to teaching. I expect to get back on board with blogging come next Monday, so hang in there just a bit longer.

And since I know many of you are wondering, let me give you an update on Kane. He is doing quite well. He is now able to stand on his own for a few minutes and can walk across the room. However, he still needs help keeping his back end balanced or he just falls over to the side.

The Lord has blessed us through Kane’s doctor, since it looks like she will be able to get Kane into a medical trial of a drug that should aid in his recovery. The study includes FREE physical therapy. Yeah, I know, I am very excited!

See you guys soon.


Posted: September 29, 2008 in fitness, health, life, Me, my life
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This morning I woke up in a funk which I hoped would evaporate over the course of my hour and a half drive to the gym.  However, I felt only slightly better when I arrived at the gym and even my usual stretching routine felt belabored and  tiring.  I sacrificed an hour or so of sleep to  get to the gym at 6 a.m. so I didn’t want to let that time go to waste, but it was equally clear that I wasn’t going to be able to pull off my usual 45 minute workout.  I thought about my alternatives as I finished up my stretching routine.

The solution.  (more…)