Thursday, March 24, 2011

Training Update

Yesterday I had a good training session. It was nothing fancy but it left me exhausted with a free conscience about eating anything I wanted last night!

Pole Pulls with 2" rope x 1/2 mile, yep I pulled a half mile of rope. It was great!!!
Jump rope x 10 minutes. 
Like I said, nothing fancy but I felt worked.

Dead Lift w/ 260 x 3, 295 x 3, 335 x 3, 260 x 5, 5
Side Press w/ 70 x 3/3, 80 x 3/3, 90 x 2L/0R! , 85 x 2R
don't know what happened on the side press unless yesterday and the dead lift caught up with me. 
Full Contact Twist w/ 35 lb plate on the bar x 10, 10, 10
Later today I climbed my tree a few times. 

That's it! Have a good weekend.

Monday, March 21, 2011


The Rugged Maniac 5k race is only a few weeks away. I have to say, I still hate running. I have tried to be faithful with two running sessions a week and honestly I just can't stand it. I love training and preparing for the rest of the race, its just that running thing that seems to annoy me. Oh well, I guess i'll just have to tough it out. 

Otherwise, training has been going great. Still enjoying my climbing tree. My strength seems to be going up too. It's getting easier and easier to scale up the ropes. I've also started velocity training again with the battling ropes. Nothing too crazy, I'm only doing about 10 minutes of waves. I figured battling ropes has to help with my conditioning a little bit since running seems so hard. 

I haven't really done any kettlebell work for training. I've been doing "Rugged" training. At least that is what i'm going to call it! So far so good, I feel great.

I'll update more on my Rugged training soon.

Have a good one.


Friday, March 4, 2011

Train on

Ever have days that you just don't feel like training? Yeah, me either. I would have to say those days are pretty rare. But, if i'm being honest, every-once-in-a-while, I will actually have one of those days when I just don't feel like doing even one pushup. The horror!!!

It's true. Some days I am less than enthusiastic about engaging in the act of physical discipline. As often as I have those days (sarcasm, they truly are rare), for me it is probably a sign that I actually need to take a break and rest or recover. There is nothing wrong with recovering and resting; especially when you need to do it. If you are a driven person who loves training every single day, you may need to schedule a recovery day or 2 in your plans to make sure you don't burn out like a super nova. 

A recovery day is good for your body and good for your brain. It can really boost your enthusiasm and drive when you allow yourself the opportunity to take a break once in a while. It can also improve your strength and performance. 

If however, you are not such a driven person, and you have more "recovery" days than actual training days. You may need to focus on doing "something", at least a little something, on the days you don't feel like doing anything. If you engage in doing some type of physical training, even if it only last 10 minutes, you are establishing a routine and a habit that will serve you well in the long run. After all 10 minutes of activity today is better than 0 minutes. If you only did 10 minutes everyday this week, you will have done 70 minutes of training in a week. 70 quality minutes of training is awesome! Especially when you compare it to no minutes of training in a week. All i'm saying is that if you have a hard time getting motivated or staying on task, find a way to do a little something. Little somethings everyday can add up to big somethings in a week, month or year. 

You put gas in your car to get it from A to B and you change the oil once in a while to make sure your car last a long time. Take the time to do the same for yourself and make sure you establish a regular maintenance plan for your own body. You are worth it and the quality of your life will be so much better if you just stay engaged a little instead of disengaging a lot.

Random, I know. But hey, all blog post can't be awe inspiring. There may be some logic in there somewhere.

Training is going well. Still goofing off and climbing my tree!

Have a good weekend.