Friday, August 30, 2013

Good Friday

3 sets:
30 hands of the deck pushups
15 rows

curls with low weight to failure
press downs with low weight to failure

This workout is starting to get boring.  I need to find a way to mix up these strength wods.

Things have for the last few days.  I can't say why but it has.  It's like the laws of physics and nature have been knocked out of wack or something.  Well today they suddenly jumped back into place.  Today was a pretty good day.  Probably the best part about it was that I found out I don't have to come in to work this weekend.  Of course, I'll still have to work on freelance at home but still that's a big relief.

I might try to put up that pull up bar this weekend.  I bet digging the two 3.5 foot deep holes for the posts is going to be a lot more work than it sounds.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

5 year plan

3 sets:
20 4 count bicycle crunches
20 ab rollers
30 butt raises
150 calf raises

This was an ab day workout I used to do a long time ago.  It was pretty hard back then.  It seems to be a lot easier now.  I need to do something a lot harder on Saturday.  Not the 50's though.  That workout is real punishment.

You ever hear about people having a 5 year plan?  I can't tell you what or where I want to be in 5 years.  I don't know what it is but I'm starting to come to the conclusion that I don't want to be where I'm at now.  In fact, I would go so far as to say I don't want to be here in 2 years.  Call it a midlife crisis or maybe just getting bored.  I have this constant thought in my head that I need to be looking for something else to do.  I guess I'm just waiting for the right catalyst.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Motherload

3 sets
30 hands up pushups
15 rows

followed by:
tricep press downs at light weight to failure (around 45 reps)
curls with light weight to faulure

I think this strength based workout is already working.  I already feel like the pushups are getting easier.

I've always loved listening to old time radio shows like Dragnet, Gunsmoke, or Yours Truly Johnny Dollar.  Unfortunately, I rarely seem to catch them on XM radio.  I recently discovered that there are lots of episodes on youtube but only a fraction of how many were actually made.  Then I found the motherload.  A website dedicated to archiving all of these old radio shows.  I mean every single episode.  I could listen to these all day every day and not get through all of them for weeks.

Today kind of sucked.  It was just one of those days where nothing went right.  Well at least I got a good workout in.  I'm sure tomorrow will go better.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

LA Driver

30 box jumps
30 walking lunges

3 sets no rest

That's another workout that looks really easy on paper.  I think it will probably get a lot easier if I do it 10 times.  Right now both of the exercises are a real problem for me.  I've been walking around all day like somebody punched me in both legs.  Feelin great!

I got moved to a standing desk at work.  It sure feels better after a leg workout to be standing instead of sitting.  Still takes some getting used to to stand for 10 hours during the day.  The $15 standing matte I got at Home Depot was money well spent.

LA Driver

If LA driver sees more than 1.5 car length between you and the person in front of you he/she will swerve around you in as violent a fashion as possible.

If LA driver is driving slow in the fast lane and basically pinning you in with 30 car lengths in front of him and you try to go around him.  He will speed up when you try to pass him.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Syria Now?

30 hands off the ground pushups
10 lat pull downs

45 second wait

3 sets

What the hell is going on in Syria?  Please tell me we aren't going to get ourselves mixed up in yet another war in the middle east.  Enough already!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

New Program

OK so last week was a bit chaotic since I decided to attempt to work in some strength based workouts.  It's been a while since I've tried to do that.  I think I got a good grasp on what I want to do now.  This week should be a lot better.  This Saturday I decided to try hard day out to end the week on a good hard metcon workout.  I have a workout that I do on what used to be "hard day" which consisted of 3 sets of 13 dive bombers, 20 burpees, and 50 air squats.  Funny how when you write stuff like that down on paper it really doesn't sound that hard.  Well trust me, it's freakin hard if you try to do it all out.  On Saturday I bested my previous best time by 1 minute 5 seconds.  That is a significant bump and I'm pretty proud of it.  So I think the way next week is going to go is as follows:

Monday: Strength workout
Tuesday: Leg/running workout
Wednesday: Strength workout
Thursday: metcon
Friday: Strength workout
Saturday: metcon

Sounds like a plan.  Now if I could only get my diet in order.


Friday, August 23, 2013

Strength Week?

 5 sets of 10 reps on a weight I couldn't finish by set 5 on the lat pull down machine.

finished off with 20 burpees.

too easy, didn't feel like much of a workout.  Think I'll have to do something hard tomorrow.

I saw an interview on youtube yesterday with a competitor in the crossfit games.  In it he said you shouldn't do so many metcons if you want to be competitive in crossfit.  The first thing I had to do was find out what a metcon is.  Metcon is the short term for metabolic conditioning.  Ever since I discovered crossfit I assumed this was the primary type of workout crossfitters did.  Apparently I was mistaken.  After some more digging on some crossfit forums I found out that it is indeed more of a mix.  Crossfit really appears to be a mix of different kinds of exercises.  The current theory is that you simply can not get strong by doing metcon workouts only.  I think what they meant to say is that you can't maximize your strength gains by doing metcons.  I agree with that.  However, my goals in working out are mental just as much as they are physical.  When it comes to building mental toughness there isn't a better workout than a metcon for building that.  So this week I decided to switch things up and do more of a strength thing.  This was hard.  To be honest I don't think I was doing it right.  Strength focused workouts are pretty much the polar opposite of metcons.  I think what I was doing was half way between the two. 

I really need to get that pullup bar put up.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Happy Wednesday

Today's workout:

The 400's

4 rounds of

400 meter run
50 air squats


This workout was really hard the first time I did it.  This is the 3rd or 4th time I've done it and it is getting easier pretty fast.  This is one of those workouts that is as hard as you want to make it.  All I have to do is try to run it faster.  I could also throw in some walking lunges.  I really need to get that pull up bar made in the backyard.  I sure do hate pull ups.

Derek got lost on a practice run with his classmates today.  Didn't like hearing about that.  He'll be running with my running backpack and his phone from now on.  Going to have to change his nickname from waffles to the wanderer.