I tried a new exercise today that I learned from that MH video workout I blogged about yesterday. In the past, I usually used a machine to workout my rear delts (or I’d perform this exercise while sitting on a bench), but I think I got a better workout from it by doing it standing up. (I had never tried it this way before.) Since it was my first time, I started off with 10-lb dumbbells and stuck with that weight for 4 sets (8-10 reps). It felt great! I got a nice reach with each rep. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow.
I also added weights to my lunge workout. 15 lbs. My legs are already feeling queasy. Something tells me I’ll be very sore tomorrow.
Men’s Health is offering free downloads of its “Transform Your Body in 7 Days” video workouts via this link. They’re great instructional videos for the newbie, and nice reminders for advanced athletes on how to keep your form and maintain good posture while working out. I downloaded them to my iPod touch and plan on giving them some use next time I’m at the gym. But like I said, if you’re already hitting the gym everyday, take these as reminders. Still, nothing beats free.
All my life I’ve been a big tech geek. In fact, I’ve actually managed to make a living out of my obsession with gadgets. So a few weeks ago I did a short roundup of exercise watches for Time Out Chicago. (Click here to check it out.) It’s not a hands-on review, but more of a “check out what’s out there” piece.
Personally, I use the Garmin Forerunner 405 for all of my cardio workouts. I’ve been meaning to write up a review of it, but I want to use it a few more times before I post anything. (My girlfriend got it for me for Xmas and I use it about 2x/week. Overall I like it, though I have some gripes.) Anyways, here’s a look at some new (and some budget-friendly) fitness watches.
I had another intense back workout today. I went heavy with the weights and I decided to play around with how I grip certain machines. In particular, I changed my grip while I was using the front iso lat pull-down machine. Rather than grip the handle bar, I gripped the bar itself (see diagram).
By doing so, I felt like I worked out a different area of my back — one that I normally don’t target. I had seen one of the trainers at my gym do this move, so I put it into practice today. I started off with light weight (always do new moves with light weights so you can learn the movement and avoid injury) and then I quickly did my normal grip and switched to a heavier weight. My back felt like it had expanded 4″ when I was done. It felt nice. We’ll see how I feel in the morning.
So a quick tip: play around with grips. Ex: Short grip on a bench press will workout your inner chest and triceps. A wide grip will hit the outer chest.
I caught a bit of this documentary the other day. I highly recommend it and you can watch most of it online. It’s about a group of runners and how they each train for a marathon. (The runner’s all have different backgrounds. Some experienced, some first-timers.) I got this quote from the documentary’s website and I couldn’t agree with it more:
“I realize that running 26.2 miles is not limited by physical capabilities but rather by the mind.”
When running a marathon (or any race really) there comes a point where your body can no longer give. You hit your “wall.” It’s at that moment that your mind kicks into ultra-high gear and takes you through the remaining miles. It’s as if you transcend your body. You cease feeling any physical pain and you just glide. I believe everyone is capable of reaching this state, but for some people it might be harder. At any rate, it’s an awesome show and like I said, I highly recommend it. (If you’re lucky enough to be training for a marathon, it’s very inspirational.)
For the past few weeks I’ve been trying to eat as many fruits/veggies per day as possible. I must say, getting those extra servings of veggies makes a huge difference. I feel great! I’m averaging about 5-6 veggie types a day. On a few days I even hit 7. (I do this thanks to my Breville juicer.) I feel an extra kick in my step and my cardio workouts feel stronger than ever before. That said, here’s what I had today: 1 apple, 3 carrots, 1/2 cucumber, 1 tomato, 1 banana, small piece of ginger.
On a different note, I had a great shoulder and biceps workout tonight. My abs and triceps are also sore from yesterday and surprisingly, so is my back! Tomorrow I think I’m gonna hit cardio again and run for 30 minutes. Maybe do some pull-ups as well.
I went heavy with my back and triceps workout today. My triceps will definitely be sore tomorrow. Not sure about my back. It’s very rare my back feels sore the next day, which leads me to believe I should be working it out harder. (Perhaps.)
In other news, I started a new ab routine today. Did one exercise (3 sets) for the obliques and one exercise for the abs (crunches). I’ve never had a 6-pack, but in college I did have the silhouette. My abs were defined. I’d like to get somewhat close to that again. I’m psyched! It’s shaping up to be a good workout week.