I am in close to the worst shape (if not the worst) that I can ever remember being in. It has nothing to do with weight, although I have been hovering around my peak weight of 151 pounds for a while now. I have low energy. I have little flex or real strength. And when I do cardio exercise, it is always a strain for me.
Part of it has to do with a lack of a regular program. Part of it is nutrition. And part of it is that I have no idea what I am doing.
So I have been thinking lately about getting a personal trainer. I’ve been reading up on it online, looking for pros and cons. There are two very good gyms near my work that I could work out of, and next week, I’m thinking about interviewing some personal trainers to see if there are any potential matches.
My goals are as follows:
1. Increase flexibility
2. Increase strength
3. Increase endurance (cardio)
In other, words, get myself into shape. But I have one more goal, which is perhaps more important than those three put together.
4. Learn how to exercise properly and build a program that I can keep up with.
If I do get a personal trainer to help with this, I don’t plan on keeping them forever. I’ve read online that some PT’s will “guilt” you into keeping them. I won’t stand for that. When I interview, I will be very up front. I want to see or feel results within 6 weeks, and I will continue with a trainer for as long as 10 weeks. But during that time, the trainer should be teaching me how to continue my program on my own. Beyond 10 weeks, I don’t plan on keeping the trainer. And I have some pretty high standards for the trainer to meet. So who knows if this will even work out.
I just completed my 4th run in seven days and my 6th in 2 weeks. It was probably the easiest run to-date. A few more of these and I will definitely be ready to begin extending it a bit. Still not timing myself but I am definitely under 10 minutes for a mile, and likely somewhere between 8 and 9 minutes.
Just back from my run. I went a little later than usual, when it was dark, but still very nice out. It was a good run. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I had a bowl of pasta about 2 hours ago, or psychological, but I felt like I had a lot of energy and was running strongly. I may be ready to try running a little more than a mile. I’ll see how I feel on Thursday.
The air was really fresh and smelled like newly mown grass, which may have helped put a pep in my step. There was a bright, full moon at too, and that helped as well. In any case, it felt really good. I did a really fine sprint at the very end, the whole length of my block, steadily building up speed until I was running flat out, about as fast as I can, which, for a 34 year-old, I might say, is pretty darn fast.
Endorphines have definitely kicked in.
And the news shoes were great!
I was supposed to run yesterday, as I’m trying to do this cardio thing three times a week for starters, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, but as circumstances would have it, I didn’t get home until late yesterday and was too tired. So I am back from my second run this week and this one felt a little better, although I slowed my pace some. I completed the entire mile circuit and didn’t have to stop. In fact, I sprinted the last leg, as is my wont. No muscle pain in my quads which is good. My legs have been pretty sore since I ran on Monday, but today they were significantly better.
My right shoulder is no longer sore so I think I’m going to start up on the pushups again tonight, after about a week or so of not doing them.
Overall, I think I’ve still got a long way to go as far as cardio goes. I was supposed to run 3 times this week and I did it twice. (I’m heading up to NYC tomorrow evening and won’t have a chance to run.) Hopefully I can keep it up, and do better next week.
I beta tested my cardio play list a little while ago when I went for a one mile walk, followed by a one mile run. It was the first cardio exercise I’ve done since last summer. I managed the entire mile without having to stop, although I jogged at a very slow pace. The music was good and helped some. I think it took me 10 or 11 minutes to do the mile, so it technically isn’t true cardio (at least 20 minutes). But I couldn’t keep going at the end. I’ll have to build up to 2 or 3 miles to get the full benefit. In the meantime, I’m going to try and keep it up 3 times a week and see if it helps.
I’ve put together a cariod workout playlist, which I plan to beta test as part of my new cardio routine beginning tomorrow. The list is below. I’m open to suggestions of songs that you’ve found work well in your own workouts. (Note: I list them in their default order, but I always play the list on random to mix it up a bit.)
1. Jump. Van Halen
2. Bad Day. R.E.M.
3. Goodbye–Goodbye. Oingo Boingo
4. Mrs. Potters Lullaby. Counting Crows
5. Kickstart My Heart. Motley Crue
6. A Little Respect. Erasure
7. Demolition Man. Def Leppard
8. On Through the Night. Def Leppard
9. Run Riot. Def Leppard
10. Come On Eileen. Save Ferris
11. Whiplash. Metallica
12. Call Me. Blondie
13. Walk Like An Egyptian. The Bangles
14. Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky). Bill Conti
15. Surfin’ U.S.A.. The Beach Boys
16. I’m On My Way. The Shimshaws
17. American Girl. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
18. Mess Around. Ray Charles
I’m back to 90 pushups tonight, and my shoulder is feeling much better. Still a little sore, but not when I was doing the pushups. It felt good.
I’m also at a new peak weight of 65 kg.
After slacking off somewhat over the weekend, I’m back up to my 90 pushups tonight, three sets 40/30/20.
I finally did it. My goal all along has been to gradually work up to a total of 90 pushups a night, spread over three sets of 40/30/20. I just completed a full compliment of all three sets for the first time tonight. And you know what, it felt pretty good. Here on out it’s just maintaining the 90 pushups and adding in some additional weight training. And cardio once it starts to warm up a bit more.
I’m up to 80 pushups as of tonight. I did 3 sets: 40/30/10. Ten more nights and I’ll be at my full three sets of 90 (40/30/20). Once there, I’ll probably start adding in more weights during the week. And at some point, some cardio.
I just did two full sets of pushups 40/30 which now brings me to 70 total. Tomorrow I’ll begin on the third set with the ultimate goal of doing 40/30/20.
I also squeezed in 20 crunches, for what they are worth. My weight is still steady at 64 kg.
I had set aside an hour to write and an hour to read and review fiction in the mags, but skipped it tonight because I was overly eager to finish The Passage of the Light (which I did) and start on It’s Superman! (which I have). I feel kind of bad about this, but it’s a guilty pleasure and the first 17 pages of It’s Superman! have been great.
And for those keeping tracking of pushups, I’m into my second set now, and I’m at 40/16. It’s getting easier to do the first 40. I’ve noticed that the last couple of nights.