Posts Tagged ‘home gym’

First the good news: my April Pledge month seems to be shaping up to be quite nice, I’ve got set exercises to no time is wasted wondering how to spend the next 6 minutes on that muscle and I’m really enjoying myself.

Also having this new drive in my life has a knock-on affect. I want to be more helpful around the house for my wife, doing ironing, washing dishes at 630 in the morning. I’m all round just feeling like a better person – coming out the tunnel of my recent bout of sloth and alcohol-dependence.

The bad news. For some reason, my Bruxism has returned (grinding teeth in your sleep) so my jaw hurts every morning and way more than the muscles I worked the day before. …weird.

But the really bad news. Yesterday was legs and core…. i now find myself walking around the office like a zombie with cerebral palsy…

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Well it’s begun. Just as promised last night, I have begun my April Pledge with a semi-smooth start.

My schedule overcommitted me from the get-go as I could not do my chest exercises last night. Reason being very fair: IT TOOK TWO HOURS TO BUILD EVERYTHING and by the time I was done my back felt like it was about to split in two. I decided instead to rest early and get my morning workout in.

Which I did 🙂

Tuesday’s are CORE days. So I started this morning with 30 minutes of upper and lower abs. I did drop sets of
10 weighted situps,10 free sit ups
10 leg raises,
then
9 weighted situps,
9 free sit ups
10 leg raises,

Etc until it was 1 weighted situp, 1 free sit up and 10 leg raises. This was done without rest and I did it at the start and end of my workout. In the middle I performed 1-min planks couple with 15x leg raises as a repeating set with 30 seconds break.

Tonight is this above again combined with some plyometric and leg-work.

On an emotional note – I’m really dedicated to getting this done. I looked back on my blog and my body has REALLY gone backwards in the last 2 months… Very sad to see but just a reminder that a body to be proud of is something you have to put in the work for.

On the bright side, I’m just thrilled about my new piece of kit, so thrilled I thought I would share photos.

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…because I got married last year and my anniversary is approaching? No.

…because I nailed a recent conference, impressing several of our industry’s biggest players? No.

…because I ordered my Bowflex 1090 set including incline bench and mat from the internet and it arrived in less than 24 hours? HELL YEAAAAAH!

I have literally been at my desk all day, dying to get home to build this mother and get it all set up. I’ve had youtube videos going on in the background while I’ve been working talking about form and technique to get me amped for a hardcore new regime.

Most importantly, I’ve followed me own advice – make a plan – and execute. I’ve written myself a little spreadsheet called my “April Pledge”. It’s got a plan for the next five weeks of this month and it has tickboxes for “yes or no” on whether I followed that day’s plan. It’ll go for the next five weeks and the hope is that I’ll be able to show you folks a solid before and after picture as well as a sheet filled with circled “Y” boxes.

The hope for the result of my April Pledge:

  1. Kick my body in the ass and get back to old-school GottaGetFitter attitude
  2. Feel better about myself
  3. Get ripped for my anniversary

Again I just wanna say thanks to everyone following. I know some of you are spammers but there are also some really good folks amongst you who have been seriously supportive (hello Ice Badger) so thank you!

GGF – out!

Well here we are – one week after I started documenting my journey.

Weight – 84.5Kg (Down from 86Kg)
Body Fat:
… my scale is completely broken I have determined and will be excluding this.

Here is the good news: I not only think I see an improvement but I FEEL an improvement. I don’t just mean that in the sense that I can push harder or longer but more-so in the fact that I get up at 6am in the morning and I don’t do a workout with dread or irritation but with joy. I literally wake up every day and I can’t wait to work out! I sit at work and all I can think about is my workout at home or my next Secret Office Workout.

So what’s this week’s plan:

Every morning I am doing a weight-free (but tough) mat-exercise-combinations called TactFit (Tactical Fitness). In the evenings I will do either Insanity or Weight Training (3 of each). Sunday will be my glorious rest day. (And naturally I will be continuing my Secret Office Workouts but keeping it more to balance and core than power and strength as my muscles need to recover obviously!)

This morning my TactFit was 4 sets of the below with no rest between stations:

  • 20 seconds of Quad Hops
  • 20 seconds of Tripod
  • 20 seconds of Swing-Planks

Tonight will be Cardio Power & Resistance with Insanity (after my 8pm conference call). Tomorrow will be the gym (after my Chinese Class).

Finally in conclusion of the below – the anticipated progress picture of office-body to beach-body:Image I think I see some improvement. Still gotta focus on love-handles, overall size and lower ab definition. I won’t have time to blog tonight, so this was taken last night. Also – yes… I am flexing/cheating.