Posts Tagged ‘strength’

TOP360My New System…

I’ve embraced the simplicity of neon cards for recording all my workouts (not to mention the books I read for comps).  I am going to try to do a better job of keeping up with blog posts, but will still probably post twice a week or less.  Still better than I’ve been doing thus far.

So far those who are curious about my cards over the last several days…

Card 1 (09-14-2009) (more…)

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p1010163Well I’m back in the backyard again.  Today’s workout was supposed to be a three cycle H.I.T. training program, but ended up a bit different thanks to fatigue and the desire to toss my cookies that crept up on me during my second cycle.  But before I get carried away I might as well post the workout:

Cycle 1: 2 minutes activity/35 seconds rest

  1. Sledge Hammer Drills (2 minutes each side)
  2. Tire Press (basically the second part of the tire flip performed from a squatting position)
  3. Tire Drag
  4. Tire Flip
  5. There was supposed to be an exercise here involving balancing my slosh bar, but let’s just say my body wouldn’t cooperate and leave it at that… (more…)

P1010550Well let’s just say the meeting didn’t go all that well.  With only three thirty second holds (two of which I was barely able to accomplish), I have to say this was much harder than expected.  I had no problem pressing the bar, and could hold it up for a few seconds with minimal difficulty, but THEN the water started really moving around in that 10 foot long pipe and it was all trying to keep it from tipping from there on out.  (more…)

Allow me to introduce you to my little big friend.  This is my new workout toy (and the first of several I plan on making in different shapes and sizes).  I will call it a hydro-bar.  The design is simple: PVC pipe + water = hydro bar.  Allow me to guide you through the process…

The process is simpe enough… (more…)

invisible-measuring-tapeThe last week has witnessed an intriguing phenomenon.  As all of you who know me already know, I am quite O.C.D. about recording details and information.  So as I looked over the numbers this morning, something hit me.  Six of the last seven days I’ve either remained the same weight OR gained weight (between .2 and .6 lbs).  However, when I started my waist measured a gargantuan 38 inches.  As of this morning it measures about 36 and 3/4 inches.

Once again demonstrating the basic rule that you can’t let the scale rule your life or dictate how you should feel about your fitness and nutrition plan.

So why the rapid loss of over an inch in about a week?  I attribute it to the interval runs, 2 H.I.T. training sessions, and 2 old school resistance training workouts.  Yesterday’s H.I.T. workout follows below.  Now be warned, I don’t follow an entirely conventional H.I.T. routine since I allow myself a bit more rest between exercises.  Also I like to vary my activity and rest times on each exercise; as you can see from the chart below.

H.I.T. WorkoutWell I am off to finish my last bit of work on the backyard (planting a blackberry bush).  See you tomorrow.

I’m adding this exercise to Tuesday’s workout- which I am repeating today. Wish me luck since this workout nearly killed me three days ago.

The last two days have involved some fairly intense but simple exercise routines.  To be honest they are only intense because I allowed myself to get out of shape.  Yesterday I had the house all to myself, so I cranked up the Itunes and fit in an indoor workout for a change.

  1. Heavy Bag Dead lift/Squat: 12, 10
  2. Wide Grip Push-up: 20, 20
  3. Alternating Bulgarian Dead lift: 12 each side, 11 each side
  4. Diamond Push-up: 15, 15
  5. Towel Pike: 10, 8.  These are simple, just watch the video.  All you do is replace the swiss ball with an old towel under the balls of your feet.                                                                                  
  6. Alternating Push-up: 12, 10 (more…)