I got this crazy idea into my head that I needed to get a little more organised in terms of my fitness, and in particular to get into a habit of working out. Now it must be some crazy idea that I have that I need to look the part of a personal trainer if I ever expect to be taken seriously by the people I end up training, and I figured that I’d need to put myself through some sort of process… the same sort of process that I would expect if a trainer came up to me and told me that I would need to do steps A, B, & C in order to achieve my physical fitness goals. So yes, I need to burn off the excess fat, and to be able to do the exercises I will expect of my intended future “victims”, but I also need to build a little muscle. Not your Mr. Universe type of muscle, but the real honest-hard-day’s-work kind of muscle that will show off nicely and yet unobtrusively whenever I am trying to convince a potential client why they should pick me out of the crowd of more experienced PT’s out there. Plus… I want the bonus points for making my wife smile smugly whenever I take off my shirt at the beach! Yeah… I’m already starting to think with some serious “vanity”! 😛
So I made a rough plan which I have decided to follow. Actually, I’m already at day 8 of my plan… and I’m not sure I’m so good at following my own guidelines. Day one went off with a bang. It was a solid core workout that left me sweaty and feeling as if I had been punched repeatedly in the belly, so I guess that did something useful, right?! Days 2 and 3 on the other hand were kind of partly written off exercise wise. I had my boys back with me for the first time in a month, so I didn’t really focus on workouts as I’d planned to. Day 4 was meant to be a rest day, but I ended up working out quite hard to make up for the lost time the prior 2 days. Day 6 was scheduled for more core work, which I did, but day 7 was a very hot day and I kind of talked myself out of my planned High Intensity Interval Running as I sweated the heat out at home. As for today, it is a scheduled rest day, and only the second day of my workout plan that I’ve actually stuck to!
So this is not a great start in some ways, and not so bad in others. I’ve needed to remind myself that this is a big routine change and that I should expect a few hiccoughs getting it all working for me. Not an excuse, just observing the reality. I supposed I could have worked out today, but I decided that I’d already fallen of the horse, and rather than jumping back on and facing the wrong way, I chose to use today as my get back on the horse day, attempting to stick to the rest of my plan.
So the plan itself is just a rough guide. I know that my core is my weakest link, so I’ve made sure that I dedicate entire workouts to core specific training. To keep things a little mixed up, all of the other days are full body workout days, incorporating light core work as well as targeting muscle gaining exercise for arms and shoulders, and strengthening exercises throughout. The rest days are important for recovery, and my workouts are limited to 20-30 minutes each, with both HIIT and Endurance focussed sets.
So the plan looks something like this:
|Day 2||Full Body|
|Day 5||Full Body|
|Day 7||Running Intervals|
|Day 10||Full Body|
|Day 13||Full Body|
|Day 15||Running Intervals|
|Day 18||Full Body|
|Day 22||Cross Country Running|
|Day 25||60 second Press-up & Plank Tests + Core Workout|
|Day 26||20 meter Shuttle Run Test|
|Day 28||Rest, Measure Resting Heart Rate, Weight, Waist, Hip, and Body Fat % (9 Point Calliper)|
- Core workouts are predominantly comprised compound movements targeting the inner core muscles, such as side planks with oblique twists, spider crawls etc. I also include agility and balance movements.
- Full Body workouts are generally exercises focussing on strength with extra arm and shoulder isolating exercises, and compound strength movements using resistance bands or body weight exercises. Some agility and core is thrown in for good measure.
- Flexibility means a combination of movements I’ve learned through yoga and Feldenkrais ATM techniques.
- The Shuttle Runs pretty much wipe me completely out, which is why I grant myself the extra rest day at the end of the sequence… as a “treat”! 😛
I’ve generally been making up my workouts as I go along, but this can make it a little harder to remember which movements I used in prior workouts, and I like to keep my body guessing by trying to avoid repeating exercises at the next workout. I figure that this is not too bad given I always include compound movements so that I use more muscle groups, so hopefully nothing gets missed from session to session. I think I’d prefer however to have a set sequence to follow from month to month, with contingencies just in case I face injuries or find myself at risk of over-training. Yeah… I know that’s probably unlikely at this stage, but I do like to plan carefully ahead, just in case. Well, whatever I come up with, I’ll post it all up here when I’ve got a better idea about what I’m doing, and about how to both pace myself and balance the workload over the entire 28 day period so that I reduce the risk of strain or injury.
Even though I’ve had a rocky start to my exercise regimen, the good news is that I remain fully committed to making this work, and I am definitely working out more now than I ever have. Things can only continue to improve as I continue to learn more about how to work my body effectively to get the most out of my workouts both to strengthen myself and to burn off the excess fat, and in the meantime, every fall from the horse simply means I need to get back up again and keep at it until I get it right.
- Devising A Workout Plan: Part I (hollydoeshealthy.wordpress.com)
- Devising A Workout Plan: Part II (hollydoeshealthy.wordpress.com)
- Workout Indoors with BodyWeight Exercises – The Monday Mile (geardiary.com)
- Core Strength Training: The Exercise Plank (exercise.answers.com)
- Health & Fitness – Article 9 (bestbuy.com)
- Workout Effeciency: 8 Ways to Maximize Your Gains (warriorsstrength.wordpress.com)
- Ensuring You Get the Best Training Workout (exercise.answers.com)