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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

52 Weeks of Fitness: Week 16 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, and try out plenty of fun healthy activities along the way. Here's how I fared this week:

Lifting:

This was supposed Week Four of Eight in the New Rules' "Hypertrophy II" Phase. The Hypertrophy point is where muscle-building takes center stage, so I'm getting YOKED. 


So why no lifting? Well honestly, I didn't really have the time to get to the gym this week. I had multiple projects coming due at the same time, and work requirements piling up left and right. I made it through alive and with good school/work performance, but I binged my way through it. This is a pretty bad precedent to be setting for my life, and I would like to see what I can do to mitigate situations like this in the future.

Nutrition:

I ate really poorly this week in terms of clean eating, but I only binged once - so hooray on that front!

That's all for Week 16, only 36 more to go!

52 Weeks of Fitness: Week 15 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, and try out plenty of fun healthy activities along the way. Here's how I fared this week:

Lifting:

This was Week Four of Eight in the New Rules' "Hypertrophy II" Phase. The Hypertrophy point is where muscle-building takes center stage, so I'm getting YOKED. 

Monday was a mixed strength/hypertrophy workout for upper body push movements. I worked out with my friend Alex today, and walked her through my workout. It was a blast getting to teach these movements to another person, and a great workout for the both of us

Wednesday was a pure hypertrophy for the lower body. My grip strength actually kept up this time!

Friday's workout was put off and skipped due to company coming into town. Or at least that's how I'm rationalizing it!

Nutrition:

Nutrition cleaned up a bit, and not a single binge. A pat on the back for me, indeed.

Other Stuff:
I ended up working out with Alex on Monday and Wednesday, and had a GREAT time. I loved teaching her some things, and it's always nice to have company on these workouts. I'm going to try to work out with her more often in the future, to feed my need to teach others and to spur me on to better workouts.

That's all for Week 15, only 37 more to go!

52 Weeks of Fitness: Week 14 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, and try out plenty of fun healthy activities along the way. Here's how I fared this week:

Lifting:

This was Week Three of Eight in the New Rules' "Hypertrophy II" Phase. The Hypertrophy point is where muscle-building takes center stage, so I'm getting YOKED. 

Monday was a pure hypertrophy workout for upper body push movements. Nothing eventful to report here, other than not being able to complete my third set of bodyweight dips (8 reps instead of 12).

Wednesday was a high-rep, low set day for the lower body. Made it through two sets of 25 on the deadlift feeling like a boss, and then was quickly humbled yet again by failing grip strength. Made up for it by really dragging out and punishing myself on that day's core exercise: Incline reverse crunches.

Friday's workout was put off, and skipped. For shame.

Nutrition:

Still dirty nutrition this week, but again only one calorie binge!

That's all for Week 14, only 38 more to go!

52 Weeks of Fitness: Week 13 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, and try out plenty of fun healthy activities along the way. Here's how I fared this week:

Lifting:

This was Week Two of Eight in the New Rules' "Hypertrophy II" Phase. The Hypertrophy point is where muscle-building takes center stage, so I'm getting YOKED. 

Monday was an low-set, high-rep workout focusing on upper-body push movements. Sets of 25 reps get you tired FAST. Overall a pretty solid workout, quick and easy.

Wednesday was, sadly, a skip day for me. I think I could have actually found time to fit this workout in, but after last week's lower-body failure I didn't have much motivation to jump in.

Friday was a mid-range strength/hypertrophy workout for upper body pulling muscles. Fun stuff! I need to improve my chin-up numbers though - couldn't finish all 5 sets of 6 reps (last two sets were of 4 reps and 5 reps, respectively). Also, I don't know how I feel about Towel bicep curls. The awkward grip caused my forearms to get fatigued far before anything else.

Nutrition:

A decently balanced nutrition week - only one minor binge. However, despite my solid calorie counts, my meals have begun to get dirtier and dirtier. Gotta fix that.

That's all for Week 13, only 39 more to go!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Updates to the 52 Weeks of Fitness

As you may have noticed, I've generally been running 1-2 weeks behind on my check-ins for 52 Weeks of Fitness here at the blog. This doesn't mean that I'm not trying to get fit, however my focus has changed slightly.

At the outset, I tried to create health change in my life through four basic domains: lifting, nutrition, HIIT/Sprinting/Running, and the MWOD. While I still think these are important and would all yield great results, it's kind of a joke to go on acting as if I'm making an equal effort in all four domains.

So from this point forward (until the next change?), I'll only really be reporting what goes on in the two domains I've actually kept up with: lifting and nutrition. Anything else will be treated as a bonus, and reported as so.

My hope is that this will cut down on the psychological barrier to posting more often, by removing the "shame" of not doing 1/2 of my planned changes. Tomorrow will mark my being 3 weeks (!) behind on the check-ins, so I'll try to get those in in the VERY near future.

Until then, know that I have been working at the workouts in Hypertrophy II, and maintaining a decent (but not great) diet.