(Thanks to Rebecca for letting me post my email to her as a blog post). We were talking about what workout solution might be good for her to try, and I gave her some things to think about. What follows is my response.
There’s this recent shift in thinking on working out, but like everything, it’s a shift backwards to an oldschool approach that, as it turns out, still works just fine. Instead of doing a bunch of little exercises for each little body part, “compound” workouts involve as many body parts getting in on the deal as possible.
Gym Update: The two gyms I like to visit in the morning are part of a 4-gym mini group. If I want to buy a membership to one of them, I get both gyms I like for that price. Now, the quandry. These gyms are definitely more expensive than the one up the street I was considering as a replacement. However, they offer TONS more. But… do I use it all? Not these days. But, it’s nice to have. Right? (See Mia? I mull things over occasionally.)
Today was heavy legs schtuff. I haven’t specifically worked legs for over a year. Not counting squats and stuff. I just haven’t really spent time one them, because hey, I’m running trails and hills, so I get lots of it, right?
I just learned that the two gyms I use for my morning workouts are going to stop offering access to people from my alliance program. Meaning: no gym for me. Gone. Just like that. Poof.
I have a little series of phrases I’m using to represent my principles right now. They have a heirarchy, and they go like this.
Things to Fight When Fighting Your Scale
I decided to write down some thoughts on what I’m doing to lose weight. After a one year plateau, I’ve moved the scale six pounds in four weeks. Here’s some of what I did.
So it’s nearly snacktime. I decided to get some crackers out of the machine to use with my Teddie peanut butter (ingredients: nuts, salt). So, I looked and my choices were: wheat thins or white cheese nips. Wheat thins, right?
The list includes partially hydrogenated soybean oil (trans fats), high fructose corn syrup (currently under suspicion for being a big reason why 50+% of Americans are fatsos), Sugar, more corn syrup, some malt syrup, and a few things I don’t know what they are.
Next week begins my new rotation of exercises, and I’m looking forward to raising the intensity. Today, I practiced by performing some of my sets until failure, meaning that I worked my muscles hard and didn’t stop until I couldn’t move the weight any longer. It’s been a while since I’ve beat myself up like that. It was a nice feeling afterwards.
I did 30 minutes of throwing around the basketball for my cardio, and it seems that I kept myself within my target heartrate for most of the time. It was interesting, because I used all kinds of different skills than running. I sprinted. I had to pivot and use lots more of my core muscles. Heck, I might even try playing with other people some time. I stink at hitting the basket, but it’s a real hoot for guys with OCD to play. I end up just wanting to be as accurate as all hell.
I’ve been planning my training in four week chunks. I think the Navy uses the term “evolution” as their form of demarcation. The last four weeks were spent doing a progression of exercises with the goal of seeing strength gains in several key measurements. I was successful. Here’s the next experiment.
4 Weeks of Intense Strength Training with No Running.