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Day of Rest Tomorrow

Sunday, December 19, 2010

It's been a great week, especially in the gym, and to be honest I'm chomping at the bit to get in another workout. However, tomorrow's my one day off per week and I use it to rest my body so I'm going to have to discipline myself and stay home. Rest is part of training, though, and I'm good with that. I'm thankful to God for the gift!

Hope you had a great day today.


Today I Become a Trainer!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

My wife has been on again off again with her exercise and nutrition regimen for years. Lately she's put on a few extra pounds, not too many but a few, and has been feeling sluggish, so I told her that I was going to get her a personal trainer for Christmas--ME!

Last night we had our first meeting and today we'll have our first workout. It was so much fun to coach someone I love based on the knowledge and discipline I've acquired from SP and other sources over the last couple of years. And it was a wonderful way for us to connect as well, so it's turning out to be a sort of two for one deal!

I'm having her start out by establishing some key disciplines and doing a simple, not too stressful, full body workout three times per week. After about five or six weeks, I'll have her do more intense and focused strength training combined with more intense and focused cardio. We both love cycling, and take a 5-day, 300-mile ride together to benefit MS research, so I'll be having her complete several cyclops trainer exercises with me until the spring breaks and we can hit the road together.

Whatever the details, it feels so good to be sharing what I've learned with the person I love most in the world. I'd love to hear any thoughts of advice or encouragement, so please feel free to respond!

Make it a great day!

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LINTPICKER 12/18/2010 10:07AM

    Sounds great! To train your trainer needs to push you to do more, she might get irritated. You may want to warn her ahead of time emoticon

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I'm Surprised--My Core is not Sore!

Friday, December 17, 2010

I've been into gym season for about 4-5 weeks now and to this point my core has been rather sore after each visit. Yesterday I bumped up the core portion of my workout, nearly doubling what I normally do, and yet I'm hardly sore at all this morning! Wow, it feels so good to be making progress this soon because core strength is crucial to my cycling goals for next year. I'm so tempted to push a lot harder now but I know that the best thing to do is stay the course with my plan and trust the process.

Had any small victories lately? I'd love to hear about them.


Adding Side-Planks Today

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I have known of side planks for a long time but I never tried one until last night. Ouch! I quickly discovered that my left obliques are stronger than my right, and that side planks are hard--ouch! But as hard as they are I can see that they'll produce great results so I'm going to add them to my workouts. I'll start with 15 or 30 seconds and try to work up to 2 minutes by the end of the gym season, which is March 31 for me.

Tried them? Love them? Hate them?

Have a great day!

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MR.NET1 12/16/2010 9:42AM

    Love them... emoticon

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Can you "Plank" for 1 Minute?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Last year I learned to do planks (if you don't know what a plank is search on SP or google), and I found them to be rather painful. I could hardly hold one for 30 seconds, although I made it to 45 a time or two. This year one of my goals is to be able to hold a plank for 2 minutes and I'm glad to say that I was able to hold one for 1 minute, two weeks in a row!

Small victory, yes, but I celebrate them all! So, can you hold a plank for 1 minute? 2 minutes? 3 minutes? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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SWEETLIPS 12/15/2010 6:35PM

    I am there too - I love it. Before I could not do it at all, and now I am a little over 60 seconds. I am shooting for 2 minutes by Valentine's day - think of me. emoticon

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DEANABABY 12/15/2010 6:31PM

    I love holding plank position! It makes me feel so strong when I can really keep it up there! I'm at around 30 secs- so now I'm going to add increasing my time as one of my 2011 goals- such a great idea! emoticon

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