I started the new year with a 2 hour soldierfit session. It reminded me that I need rash guards… because 2 hours of sweating the way I do plus running in the cold = OUCH MY NIPS
I am going to revise this post a few times then pin it when I have sorted out my new goals. First I need to acknowledge what I did accomplish last year, and what I learned. That will help inform the stepping stone goals I need to set in order to get to the bigger goals. For example, I was able to get to 15 clean pushups last year, starting at none at the start of the year. I still want to get to 50. So I figure 30 by April should be an ok goal. I’ll aim to up my Max by 1-2 a week. I just need to put this stuff in bullet form.
I’m also planning to get back into martial arts this year (ikca Kenpo). This means I won’t have much in the way of evenings open. I want to achieve new heights with my body… figuratively and literally. That means dedicating myself to my fitness goals now.
That’ll also mean less time for gaming. I’m giving up on twitch. I don’t need to sacrifice my time and health to find an audience. I think I am beyond needing gaming for a short term dopamine rush. I’m just in it for the stories now.
On the relationship stuff, I’m not sure if I’ll give poly another shot. I effectively have a green light from my wife, but I’m still anxious that taking that route will end up putting me in another tic for tac trap. The one thing I do want though is a partner who is also focused on progressing on fitness and has a grit similar to mine. Nothing romantic is needed there.
On work… I’m not sure what I want there. I’ll think more on this.
Went in for a later workout, with all the sessions and a consultation I did regarding O365. Jose class, which did not disappoint…so to speak. 1500 reps was the name of the game. I got maybe half way. I was too tired to count at some point
- Warm up run, with jogs up the hill outside in ~40 degree weather intermixed
- dynamic warmups
- 2 min squat jacks
- main event (order not exact):
- 40 burpees
- 50 tire squats
- push ~90lb sled across gym
- 100 jumping jacks
- 50 weighted situps (40lb dumbell)
- 50 kb swings (yellow, ~35 lb)
- 10 sprint sets
- 50 pushups
- 50 toe touches
- sled (no one was doing the sled, and I knew if no one did, he’d get the class somehow…altruism for the win?)
- repeat former exercises
- finish with burpees + sprints
There was probably more…but I’m too tired to recall.
I’m close to getting 15 clean pushups in before my form craps out…anyhow
- Warmup run with high knees, butt kickers, sprints, side shuffles
- dynamic stretches with 20 high knees between each exercise
- Partner setup, 5/5/5 to 25/25/25 pushups, situps, squats; increment 5
- 3 tire flips
- tire step throughs
- 10 rope slams
- 10 medicine ball slams
- 10 ab rollers
- 10 sliders, knees to chest
- high knees via agility ladder
- Circuit 2
- 15 box jumps
- 15 trx rows
- “box sprint”…run forward, shuffle left, run backwards, shuffle right
- squat jacks along fire hose
- Circuit 3
- Any of the above exercises for 10 count (except tire flips)
- “man maker” with 10lb dumbells
- sprawl to pushup, single arm row while holding plank, each side, then back to squat, curl, shoulder press
- flutter kicks 1-2-3/25
- knees to chest 25
- situps 25
- crunches 40 (elbows touch knees)
Something I’m mentally grappling with now is whether I want to add Kenpo back onto my plate (while still doing the morning SF workouts). While I’m still not at the weight I want to be, I’m definitely significantly stronger and have better endurance than when I last trained.
There are several problems I have to address if I do this.
- I will always be a bit late, since it starts at 6pm.
- I have to deal with that extra cost
- I won’t have enough time to eat dinner at home, so I’ll have to bring dinner to work and eat at like 4:30.
- If I maintain SF too, I will not have any time for playing games. Am I prepared to make that choice? Do I not only want to fix my body that badly, but do I also want master a martial art, and my own body that badly as well?
- Even less time with my wife
- If poly ever becomes a thing again, it won’t be very possible with only sat and Sunday available.
- Any other social initiatives during the week will be unavailable.
- Warm-up run with standard intermixes
- Dynamic stretches with 20 high knees between each exercise
- Partner sit-ups, arms over chest, tap elbows 50
- More sit-ups, tap opposing elbows for a total of 100 (so 130 total)…also this time I had a partner that could keep up
- Sprints in lines for the next 5 minutes
- Circuit 10 min, x5 pushups each exercise
- Sledgehammer x20, high knees
- Boxjump x10, 10 goblet squat, 20 weighted lunges
- Trx row x10
- Kb swing x10
- 10 rope slam, 20 drummers
- Sliders, knees to chest
- Circuit 2, x5 pushups, 20 tire taps
- 10 sledgehammer
- 10 box jump
- 10 trx row
- 10 kb swing
- 10 rope slam, 20 drummers
- 10 sliders knees to chest
- Circuit 3, x5 pushup, 10 tire taps, plank jacks through agility ladder…all exercises from above but 5 reps
- Sprints last 5 min
I still feel like I need to do more. Scale still stubborn. Need to be better at resisting surprise temptations at work and social funtions. I also want to add something at night. Maybe just use the dance game for now.
I still want to get back into Kenpo. Challenge is going to be timing and cost. Need to have talk with wife on whether she will make use of SF and pt.
For the most part things have been stable and predictable. At least for me. My wife has been having a tough time with her job. Oh and the lawyer stuff I’m preparing to deal with. She also finished up this semester and will be taking a couple months off from school.
I guess I haven’t been able to think about much else lately. I’ve been focused on the health stuff, which still hasn’t been going the way I want. I was barely able to hit 188 Friday.. then one bad day, bam 193 post Monday workout. Ugh. I imagine winter is having an influence. I’m working out harder than I did in the summer…and the weight was flying off back then. My pushups are better though. Gotta keep grinding.
Sleep schedule was off as Saturday I was up late for a d&d game and follow up hang out at a friend’s friend’s apartment, where I did not have the best food options. Mix that with social anxiety and food will be eaten if it means I don’t need to come up with something to say. Anyway…
- 5 min warm-up with interspersed incrementing jumping jacks, high knees, butt kickers, pushups, bear crawls, lunges
- Arm rotations, hip thrust (1 min), “cherry pickers” 2 min, sprawling pushups (2) 2 min, squat jacks 2 min, mountain climbers
- Circuit 10 min, lines
- Suicide run
- 20 rope slam
- Mixed planks, side planks, 6 inch hold, flutter kicks, squat holds, squat jumps
- Circuit 2 (10 min)
- Sprint to ropes
- Rope slams x20
- High knees, butt kickers
- Circuit 3, 10 min
- Push kb to column, 5 burpees
- (Can’t remember what else)
- Circuit 4 (5 min)
- Sprints to end of gym
Let’s get straight to it.
- 5 min warm-up run with new modifications and mixed in dynamic stretches
- 25 pushups, 25 sit-ups, 30 hip thrust, sprinkled in arm rotations, squat jacks, sprawl to pushups
- Circuit, 2 min each set, 1 superset
- Full sprint
- Suicide runs
- 6 inch leg hold
- Backward walk
- Broad jumps
- Bear crawls
- End circuit
- Figure 8 leg ups
- Leg arc side to side
- Alternate toe reach and rotations
- Circuit, distance based, 5 min
- Lunges with heavy weight (had tire) over head
- Return to start and 10 push-ups
For the initial push-ups, I did make an improvement and reached 15 good form pushups before having to regress. I guess last week’s pushup barrage made a difference.
I had a good reminder this morning that looks are deceiving, and everyone has different fitness challenges. We had a partner based situp workout where we had to touch elbows on the upswing. The guy I was working with was clearly in the ideal bmi range and about my height…but he struggled with those sit-ups. Enough so that I had to slow down. And here I am always beating myself up for not being good enough.
5 min run with sprints
Dynamic exercises with 10 squats and pushups in between
Partner sit-ups..x50, then another 50 with torso twist
Circuit, 2 min each, 2 sets
5 box jump, 30 tire taps
15 kb swing, ladder hope
Balance ball plank with 10 rotation each side, trx row x15
Sleds, bear crawl with sand bag, tire flip 5
Circuit, heavy, 1 min, 2 sets
Russian twist with kb
Abs, leg over on x2, pushup
I’ve gone a whole week with the 5:30 workouts, with Saturday being the rest day and Sunday pt. Weight still being stubborn. My lunches have been good. I think Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening eating out (and drinking some on Saturday too) didn’t help. I need a better approach on how I handle eating out when it is unavoidable. I hate the feeling of paying a lot for a little food… but I suppose I should look at restraunt menu items as more of an experience than money to calorie ratios.
At least I’m sore as all hell. Every bump of this metro reminds me that there are quite a few muscles in my core.
This morning’s workout:
- 5 min run with extra high knees and butt kickers
- Arm rotations
- Hip extension
- Hip thrust x20
- Squat to pushup, 5 pushup and 10 sec deep squat hold
- Single leg tip (bend knee)and squat x10 a side
- Single leg tip (no bend)and hamstring extension
- Start Circuit 2 min (20 jumping jacks before next station..plank if done early on station)
- Burpees with tire thrust
- Box single leg squat with yellow kb, x15 a side (need to stick with smaller box and blue)
- Kb single leg tip x15 a side
- Trx 15 horizontal grip to neutral grip end
- 15 pushup, 15 rope slam
- Wall ball toss x15
- 15 hip thrusters with sliders, 30 mountain climbers on sliders
- End circuit
- Russian twist
- 6 inch hold
- Flutter kicks
- Side planks
- Reapeat circuit from before, 1 min rounds
- 20 burpees
When I look back, man that is a lot of stuff…