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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Video: "Matt Halpern - Improvised Grooves"

 A few things that make this video awesome:

- Matt's hilarious drumming face.
- The enjoyment he's clearly experiencing - this dude is having a BLAST.
- The sick grooves.
- The improvisational process in action (check out right around 2:00 for a clear example - watch how he explores that jump from the floor tom and the cymbal)


Keep drumming, folks!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

52 Weeks of Fitness: Week 7 Recap

For the year of 2012, I have made a yearlong commitment to better fitness and health that will change my life forever. The way I see it, I've been "talking the talk" for way too long - it's about time I start walking. The plan is to use workouts from The New Rules of Lifting, gradually start eating better, run (either HIIT or for distance) on off-days, and do Kelly Starrett's Mobility WOD Project  Workouts. Here's how I fared this week:

Lifting:

This was Week Three of Six in the New Rules' "Hypertrophy I" Phase. The Hypertrophy point is where muscle-building takes center stage, so it's time to GET SWOLE. 


Monday marked a full cycle of the different rep changes in this workout phase! Now I can hopefully progress a bit easier because I know what weights I have worked with in these rep ranges before.

Wednesday's workout was brutal. I really pushed myself through 4x10 or squat and deadlift, but really didn't have much energy left to deal with split-squats or step-ups. I still did them, of course; just not as quickly or effectively as I would have liked.

Friday and Saturday had to be skipped due to a conference. I'm beginning to wonder whether I should consider Saturday workouts optional or not.

Nutrition:

Still working on getting protein up to par, but I did eat a bit cleaner this week. One thing I've noticed is that eating clean comes a bit easier if I eat a bit of oatmeal (roughly 3/4 cup, I'd guess) with breakfast. Keeps me fuller and keeps the desires for grains at bay.

Running/HIIT:

Running went downhill again this week, sadly. Still not top priority, so I'm not terribly concerned. I am looking into whether or not it would be beneficial to add a brief HIIT interval after my workouts, since HIIT can cause the body to release far more HGH than normal.


Mobility WOD:

Still not keeping up with these... I have had a bunch of random expenses crop up, and I need to purchase some basic equipment to continue through the MWOD workouts. So I'll have to jump back on after I weather this storm.

That's all for Week 7, just 45 more to go!

52 Weeks of Fitness: Week 6 Recap

For the year of 2012, I have made a yearlong commitment to better fitness and health that will change my life forever. The way I see it, I've been "talking the talk" for way too long - it's about time I start walking. The plan is to use workouts from The New Rules of Lifting, gradually start eating better, run (either HIIT or for distance) on off-days, and do Kelly Starrett's Mobility WOD Project  Workouts. Here's how I fared this week:

Lifting:

This was Week Two of Six in the New Rules' "Hypertrophy I" Phase. The Hypertrophy point is where muscle-building takes center stage, so it's time to GET SWOLE. 


Monday and Wednesday passed by with little concern, although the leg-focused workouts (squat, deadlift, split-squats, and step ups) are KILLING me.

Friday had to be cut short because my roommate and I were in a huge hurry to drive out to Louisiana.

Saturday had to be skipped again because we were out of town. Shame.

Nutrition:

I'm very proud of my nutrition, calories-wise. Only two small binges. However I do need to get my protein intake up (average was 103.9 g daily) about 30-40 g per day on average.


Running/HIIT:

Running went downhill again this week, sadly. Still not top priority, so I'm not terribly concerned.


Mobility WOD:

Still not keeping up with these... I have had a bunch of random expenses crop up, and I need to purchase some basic equipment to continue through the MWOD workouts. So I'll have to jump back on after I weather this storm.

That's all for Week 6, just 46 more to go!


p.s. This post is SO late that I'm posting it just minutes before the week that follows it. Sorry to anyone following!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

52 Weeks of Fitness: Week 5 Recap

For the year of 2012, I have made a yearlong commitment to better fitness and health that will change my life forever. The way I see it, I've been "talking the talk" for way too long - it's about time I start walking. The plan is to use workouts from The New Rules of Lifting, gradually start eating better, run (either HIIT or for distance) on off-days, and do Kelly Starrett's Mobility WOD Project  Workouts. Here's how I fared this week:

Lifting:

This was Week One of Six in the New Rules' "Hypertrophy I" Phase. The Hypertrophy point is where muscle-building takes center stage, so it's time to GET SWOLE. 

I didn't start off too hard. Due to excessive life busyness, I had to skip Monday's workout. Not. Cool.

Wednesday I jumped in with both feet. Fun workout with plenty of lower-body torture.

Friday I had a decent workout as well, but poor choices in weight selection meant that my form and reps suffered. I've learned from this, and I'll do better next time.

Saturday (Year, this is a four-day per week workout) I had to skip as well due to a fluke drumline gig. Oh well, I had a good time seeing the drumline bros again, so it wasn't too big a burden.

Nutrition:

I recovered my nutrition this week, and only binged twice (though I did flirt with the line numerous times)


Running/HIIT:

I FINALLY got in a bit of jogging in my Vibrams. Doing it as an easy pace at the end of my warmups, so there's no mileage worth recording.


Mobility WOD:

Still not keeping up with these... I have had a bunch of random expenses crop up, and I need to purchase some basic equipment to continue through the MWOD workouts. So I'll have to jump back on after I weather this storm.

That's all for Week 5, just 47 more to go!