Nursing my sore lower left back on Saturday, I still went to the gym to get in a cardio session plus a little ab work. However, when I got there, I decided to tackle my nemesis, the dreaded overhand pull-up. I was fresh and rested. It was just after 8 a.m. I figured “What the […]Read more "Getting Ready to Lift, Part 2"
Actually, I saw this video on Facebook yesterday, and some parts of it were really painful to watch. Given my physical faux pas when attempting close grip bench presses this morning, I felt it was appropriate to share. Nothing I do seems to be half as dangerous as these rather terrifying Crossfit mistakes, but they […]Read more "It’s Not Funny When You Get Hurt"
I’ve written before about how doing my new 5×5 exercise program seems more difficult at 5 a.m. than at 8 a.m. Today was the first time I did workout plan B at five and it really showed. Even dialing down the weight, I still wasn’t prepared for how difficult my workout was compared the other […]Read more "Today, I Could Have Used a Spotter"
I think God turns up Earth’s gravity before eight in the morning. I don’t remember workout A being this hard last Saturday when I hit the gym then. It sure seemed harder at five this morning. I guess getting adequate sleep and having a longer “warm up” to the morning makes a difference. Here’s what I […]Read more "The Problem with Early Morning Workouts"
The lone wolf strength trainer strikes again, this time with Plan B of the 5×5 strength training routine. Since it’s a national holiday and I have the day off, I decided, just like last Saturday, that I could take my time at the gym and even get in a cardio session after lifting. Without further […]Read more "5×5 Workout Routine Day Two"
Finally yesterday, I was able to get to workout A of my 5×5 workout routine. When changing my plan, I relied on the information located at LeanItUp.com, although I made a few adaptations. In fact, even from what I wrote about a few days ago, I changed things again on the fly at the gym. […]Read more "5×5 Workout Routine Day One"
Now that my recent conference is over and I’m back home, it’s time to implement the plan. It’s Thursday as I write this, and I resisted the urge to immediately pick up heavy weights at the gym and stuck with core (abs/lower back) work and cardio. Here’s the summary: Decline Bench Weighted Ab Crunch 20x […]Read more "Getting Ready to Lift"
Continued from day one of the conference. Day two of the conference but before that, I survived the night whilst having to share a bathroom with others on the same floor of my hotel. Actually, I didn’t encounter another person for those times I had to use the bathroom including when I showered. True to […]Read more "Write the Docs Conference: Day Two of Two"
I’m traveling. I’m at a professional conference in Portland. This turns my well-planned days and nights upside down. No gym. Less control of food availability and type. But it’s part of the life of an older person trying to stay healthy or become more healthy, so I guess I’ll chronicle it in my virtual “old […]Read more "Write the Docs Conference: Day One of Two"
Yesterday, you read about how I was changing my workout plan. Yesterday was also the last day I worked out on the old plan, doing core and cardio. When I say “core,” I typically mean my lower back and abs, although technically, your entire body except for your limbs can be considered your core. I […]Read more "Don’t Stop Until You’re Done"