Monday, October 31, 2011
Gonna see if there are any cool scary movie marathons on TV tonight. If I don't find anything I guess I'll just watch The Grudge series along with The Ring and read a Stephen King novel.
Training song: The Game by Disturbed
Sunday, October 30, 2011
I was using my sword today and it was actually heavy. I also noticed the shoulder work that comes with the staff. I think I'll have to start practicing with these again because weights are no help in this area. I'll also need to find a sparring partner soon.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Feel about the same as day 2, save that I can really feel my lower back. I added back extensions to my workout to even out the ab work. I feel awesome about the squats now! As for pushups I actually did like 9.5 for my max but then I went back starting the 10 but my mom called (got 5 done). After the next attempt, I got the ten done.
I will not accept defeat!
Push up total for the week: 116
I think I may add bicep and lat work to the program as well. I really should be working opposing muscle groups equally...
I'll see how I do on day 1 of week 2. From there, I'll decide whether or not to repeat week 1.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
I'm a little more tired than I was on day 1, but not wiped out. I think I need to change the order of the lifts a bit. I wasn't bothered by doing dips at the end of the "set" then push ups after (the start of the "set") on day 1, but that may be what caused me some trouble during the final 2 sets of push ups. On the sit ups, I felt the burn, but persevered. I'm feeling better about the squats though. I'm taking the 90 second rest period between the "sets," still didn't need the full time. That may change on day 3 Saturday. Something's telling me I may cherish those 120 seconds between sets.
I'm going to be doing sit ups, push ups, squats and dips from now on instead of push ups starting and dips ending. (I should've known it was a bad idea to cram dips then pushups)
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I'm on the road to 5 pull ups.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
I'm not really tired considering weight training this morning. I also had to run around the neighborhood today too. I did feel the burn during the fourth set and max sets for the squat and push up. I just suck with dips, so burn's expected. Did sit ups like a champ. Looking forward to day 2 on Thursday!
In other news, Paranormal Activity 3 wasn't scary. I'll talk more about that later.
Monday, October 24, 2011
I'm so pumped for tomorrow!
The way I see it, you never know when you’ll need to pull up your own body weight. There was a lanky girl in my weight training class who could do pull ups like it was nothing. I was thinking, "Dang! Can you train me?" Aside from making sexist guys shut up, the movement has practical uses. I never expected to have to ever use the pull up motion in my life. That was until I fell off my bed. In the dorm rooms at NC State, the beds are raised six feet off of the ground. Me being me, I didn't put up the guard rail. (It made sleeping awkward!) I fell off of the bed from the shock of a dream, but caught myself before I hit the floor. It was difficult, since I was using the mattress for leverage, but I managed to pull myself back up into bed. Hopefully, no one will ever have an experience like that!
Working to 5 pull ups!
Tomorrow officially starts the six week 100 pushup challenge! I am so psyched!
Get a source of motivation: I listened to music on my iPod in the gym at first. I find it terribly boring and distracting to go to the gym or exercise in general without some sort of music on.
Train the muscles that are used in the pull up: Pull ups (standard grip, which is a little wide) work the lats, biceps, rhomboids (between shoulder blades), rear deltoids, and trapezius. There's also a bit of chest work in there too. You don't have to separately exercise all of these muscles. The prime movers here are the lats and biceps. Some shoulder and chest work wouldn't hurt. As the grip gets closer together, more stress is placed on the biceps.
Use your time wisely: I had plenty of time whenever I went to the gym on my own, but I had a time constraint in my weight training class. This helped me how to use my time wisely in the gym, so that I could get more done in less time. And when I say "get more done," I don't mean going through the motions of the workout. I worked with intensity so after my workouts, no matter how short, I always felt I got something done.
*Lose body fat: This didn't apply to me so much, but it is necessary to lose fat and build muscle. Why? Excess body fat does nothing for you while muscle works for itself. I noticed that with less body fat, some things were easier because of muscles pulling their own weight. Different types of cardio will work wonders.
Never give up
Sunday, October 23, 2011
My next goal: 5 pull ups. Wish me luck!
Saturday, October 22, 2011
I wanted to show exactly how I was going to combine the four programs. This is what I'm planning to do on Day 1 which will be Tuesday the 25th. The workouts can be found here and on links from the page.
21 sit ups
27 sit ups
21 sit ups
4 push ups
21 sit ups
max sit ups
60-120 seconds of rest between each set
Since I have very weak wrists, I'll be doing the pushups on my knuckles. Hopefully my wrist strength will improve.
one hundred pushups: 10 pushups (rank 2)
two hundred sit ups: 60 sit ups (very good)
two hundred squats: 21 squats (poor)
one fifty dips: 20 dips (rank 1)
To tell the truth, I'll be happy to do 50 pushups at the end of the program. I honestly have the best chance with the situps. According to the sit up assessment given on Week 1, I can start at Week 3. As for everything else, this is going to be a long six weeks...
I’m taking part in a six week fitness challenge called hundredpushups. The goal? Do 100 pushups after six weeks. Since I like body weight exercises, I decided to kick it up a notch. I’ve also added the programs from twohundredsitups, onefiftydips, and twohundredsquats; and combined them into one six week program. The goals are the same. Hopefully at the end of six weeks, I’ll be able to do all (or some) of this!