Sunday, January 29, 2012

My week(s) in fitness 1/15/12 - 1/28/12

It's been a good couple of weeks.  My P90X challenge group is going strong and seeing results.  I am really proud of my challengers, they're doing great and I can hardly wait to see what their 90 day results will be.  This is one group that is keeping their resolutions this year.  My own performance is improving steadily and I am going to need to buy a heavier set of weights soon.  I had a couple of bad days this week, I was feeling a little weak and low on energy luckily this was our recovery week.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Working out in public

My wife had company over the last couple of days and I was too uncomfortable to workout.  I still have a problem with working out around other people.  I feel very self conscious about my performance.  I guess that is still the shy part of my personality showing itself again.

So the question is, what do I do about it?  I probably just need to face it head on.  I could force myself into working out in public at the local YMCA, I do have a membership now.  I could record my workouts and post them on my YouTube channel, which might also be a benefit to my challenge group.  I will think on this and probably let you know my decision in a future post.

If you have any suggestions feel free to leave a comment.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Anti-SOPA Blackout

All blogs on the domain will be observing an anti-SOPA blackout on January 18th, 2012.

Monday, January 16, 2012

My Week in Fitness for 1/8/1012 - 1/14/1012

Well, it's been a good week.  My Beachbody Challenge group is really working out well, we are really helping keep each other on track with our fitness and nutrition.

We are two weeks into the new year and I have measurable results.  I have gained 3lbs and the measurements show the increase is in my muscle.  I ran my measurements through 4 online calculators and 3 of them list me at approx 9% body fat, the 4th shows me at 12%, down from approx 14% last month. I know that these calculators aren't that accurate but I don't currently have any other method of checking.

My workouts are getting easier and I haven't been as sore afterwords as I was last week.  I 've noticed that I need more weight for some of the routines, I have been increasing reps to compensate.  I purchased some new weights this weekend and will be using them this week.  In addition to the weights, I purchased a balance ball and yoga mat.  The balance ball was a suggestion by my physical therapist to help with recovering from my back injury.  The yoga mat is something I have needed for a long time.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

My Week in Fitness 1/1/12 - 1/7/12

This is the first in a series of posts in which I'll share with you what I've been doing and what I've learned about fitness every week.  This is a late post for the week of 1/1/12 - 1/7/12.

First off, I started a Beachbody Challenge group on the 2nd.  I decided to get a few people to join a challenge group committed to doing P90X and getting in shape for the new year.  Some people dropped out before we even started but the others have been doing a great job.  We post daily in a private Facebook group and let each other know how the workout went and how we are feeling.  I love having a small group of people that I can talk to who are sharing the same fitness journey as I am.  I have experimented with P90X in the past but hadn't really kept to a schedule, partly due to my odd work schedule.  Having others to keep me accountable keeps me on track and motivated.  I would love to have a few more people join the group, if you are interested email me.

I'm doing a P90X / Insanity hybrid program that is listed on the Team Beachbody website.  The main difference is replacing the cardio P90X workouts with similar Insanity workouts.  So far I'm on track and haven't missed a workout.  I did postpone one for a day because we went camping over the weekend but I did it as soon as we got back home Sunday night.  I've also been experimenting with nutrition and supplements while doing this program and you can read more about that here.