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Temptations

February 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Small confession. I had 1.5 Blackhound cakes this Friday. I normally don’t indulge that way, but I figured it’d be a nice treat for my girlfriend and I. (We bought 3 small cakes, but individually ate about 1.5 cakes.) I have to admit, I felt guilty eating them. Don’t get me wrong, they tasted great, but that night around midnight I got up, put on my gym clothes, went to my building’s gym, and I ran. I ran for 35 minutes and my bpm hit 180. It felt great. I felt like all that sweat was erasing at least some of the calories I had eaten earlier.

Saturday I hit the gym again and my diet went back to normal. Black beans, avocado, and broccoli for dinner. I don’t know why, but I’ve become so obsessive with what I eat and with my exercise regimen lately. (I guess that’s a good thing, huh.) When shopping for food, I look at sodium count, cholesterol, calories, sugar, you name it. Ideally, I like to choose items with no sodium or cholesterol. It’s do-able, but you really have to shop around. So my tip for today is to try doing that for a week. Look at the sodium, cholesterol, fat, and sugar count for the food items you buy. And if you see something high, choose something with a lower count. No food item is worth a compromise to your health.

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179 bpm run

February 24, 2011 Leave a comment

First off, I wanna say that my chest is insanely sore from my new chest routine. This is the most sore it’s been in a very long time. Second, my legs are also sore from my cardio workout on Tuesday. It was intense. I set the treadmill to random and the machine gave me the hardest cardio run I’ve had in a very long time. It was a 30-minute run with 25 minutes of that run in the 6.5 to 7.5 incline range. I ran every bit of it — to the point where my heart rate hit 179. It felt great afterwards, but boy was I beat. I topped it off with a nice salmon and rice dinner at night. So today I took the day off and tomorrow I’ll either hit cardio again or do shoulders. And naturally, pull ups as well!

Return of the push ups

February 21, 2011 Leave a comment

I did my push ups x100 routine again today. The difference is that this time I started off by doing as many continuous push ups as I possibly could. I was a little disappointed that I maxed out at 35. (I could’ve squeezed an extra 5, but didn’t.) Back in 2001 I could do 50 straight push ups. And that is my new goal — I’m gonna bring push ups back into my workout and will practice them (with my chest workout) until I hit 50 straight. And depending on how long that takes, I might shoot for 60 straight after that. And then some.

On the flip side, on my second set of push ups today I did 25 reps, which was more than I expected, but still, I wanted to hit 50 in one shot. To be continued!

Push-ups 100x

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment

A lot of people at my job like talking about P90X. I didn’t give it much attention because it sounds like every other “get ripped in 90 days” program and after looking at the company’s website, I have to say it’s exactly what I thought it would be. However, I do like the workout’s main argument — change your workout routine every 30 days to avoid plateauing. In my opinion, that’s all you need to know about P90X. Save your $60.

That said, today I switched up my chest workout. I’m still doing the slow routine, but today I added 100 push-ups. (I used to incorporate medicine ball push ups in my chest workouts, but gave that a break.) I thought it’d be easy, but man it was pretty tough. Do-able, but tough. So my chest workout today looked like this:

1)Super slow bench press
185 lbs. x 6 reps
135 lbs. x 8
185 lbs. x 6 reps
135 lbs. x 8

2)Push-ups
20 reps
20 reps
20 reps

3)Super slow dumbbell incline flys
50 lbs. on each hand 8 reps
40 lbs on each hand 10 reps
50 lbs. on each hand 8 reps
40 lbs on each hand 10 reps

4)Push-ups
20 reps
20 reps

5)Seated bench press (machine)
140 lbs. 8 reps
100 lbs 10 reps
140 lbs. 8 reps
100 lbs 10 reps

6)Pull-ups
As many as possible

Outdoor workouts better than indoor/gym exercise

February 13, 2011 3 comments

Here’s an interesting study I came across this week from the UK’s Telegraph. Researchers at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry looked at data from 833 adults and concluded that outdoor exercise is healthier than indoor gym workouts. In addition to improved mental health benefits, the study revealed that those who exercised outdoors got more enjoyment from their workouts and had a higher likelihood of continuing with their exercise regime.

I like both indoor and outdoor workouts and I think the best plan is to mix things up. For example, it’s ok to run indoors during the winter, but try running outdoors during the spring and summer. Likewise, it’s great to workout at a gym, but from time to time (when possible) forgo the gym for an outdoor workout. Go rowing, kayaking, hiking, surfing, skiing, swimming. All of these activities are workouts that are just as good (if not better) than lifting weights at the gym. The trick is to shock your body and muscles with a new routine when possible.

New routine

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment

I updated my workout routine at the gym this week. I’m still doing super slow drop sets for my back, chest, and shoulders. But for my biceps and triceps I’m focusing on lifting heavy weights. Not to the point where my reps get sloppy (I still want to retain total control of the weight), but to the point where I’m barely hitting 8 reps. My hopes are that the extra bicep strength will help me with my pull ups and the extra tricep strength will help me with my chest workouts.

That said, my pull up routine is still going strong. I’ve done them 6 days a week for the past 2 weeks or so. I can now hold myself up for 15 seconds. I think I’m still to weak to do an actual clean set, but soon I wanna try to see how many I can do. At the very least I can do 2, lol. Or so I hope.

Ab workout take 2

February 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Once again I have managed to neglect my abs. I don’t know what it is, but they’re just so easy to skip. I gotta find a routine that works for me. I’m at the gym pretty much every day, so there’s no excuse for neglecting my abs.

On the flip side, my pull ups have gotten better. I can easily pull my weight up above the bar and hold it for roughly 14 seconds. It’s exciting ’cause I would struggle so much to clear the bar and now I can bring myself above the bar rather quickly. Tomorrow I’m doing an early-morning chest workout, so I’m psyched about that (70% of the time I workout in the evening or during lunch.) It’ll be a nice change to my routine.