Tuesday, October 02, 2012
We started a new month yesterday so I decided to review my goals. My goals all looked good, but I noticed my starting point or point of origin was unclear. So I went to the store and bought a new tape measure. Why did I need a new tape measure, you ask? Because I used a metal one from my workshop to start with and I wasn't sure how accurate it was. Turns out... not too accurate.
Now I have my point of origin and I can track my progress with greater satisfaction and faith. Tomorrow is another day in the pool along with weights. I can't wait to get to the pool .
JUICE to you all!
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Hey Everyone and especially those joining me from the various Swimming Sparkgroups,
I have recently decided to add swimming to my exercise routine. Since there is only one pool in my town with a 25 yard pool, I will be swimming 3 days a week. I chose a M-W-F schedule to coincide with my weight program. I did this because my upper body was sooooooo stiff after lifting. My legs were fine and I attribute this to the fact that I walked for 30 minutes on my treadmill to reduce the lactic acid in my legs. So, I decided to start swimming again to reduce the lactic acid in my upper body.
A little about my swimming career. I started competitive swimming at age 12 and kept up with it through highschool earning 4 Varsity Letters. My college dropped it's Division 1-AA swimteam the year before I started school there. I swam intermurals for 4 years and spent the summers teaching and coaching age-group swimming. After that I spent 6 years coaching high-school swimming for various schools in Michigan and Illinois. As politics within the school athletic system crept into swimming I found I didn't like coaching as much as I used to.
20 years (and 75 pounds) later I find myself drawn back to swimming. I recently started teaching adult swimming to seniors because as we age it becomes more difficult to do some of the higher impact activities on a regular basis and they needed a new form of exercise they could do safely.
So, starting Monday, October 1st I will be posting my workouts on this blog. I don't expect you to do them the same way I do them, but it will give you a guide to use for your fitness level and skill level. If you would like to discuss a personalized program, please feel free to contact here or email me directly. Let me know about your experience, fitness level, skill level, what you like to do in the pool, what kind of facility you swim at, and anything else you feel is relevant. We'll chat back and forth and get you started. Who knows, maybe you'll have a tip for me or remind me of something I haven't used in years.
I look forward to this new adventure.
As always, JUICE to you!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Happy Wednesday Spark-Warriors!
What a great day. I added a weight training workout to my program today. It was so much fun. I had forgotten how much I enjoy lifting weights. But not just that... it breaks up my workout routine. As many of you know, walking on a treadmill can get boring after a while.
So here's my new schedule: Cardio on Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday. Weights on Monday-Wednesday-Friday. The nice thing about this schedule is it gives my body a day of rest between weight lifting days. It also gives my body a day on low impact/low cardio between heavy cardio workouts. I walk 6 miles in 90 minutes on S-T-TH-S and burn 900 calories during that workout.
If you would like to see details on any of my workouts, just drop me an e-mail here.
JUICE to you all!
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Have you ever noticed how some things just seem to go together. Things like apples and oranges, red - white and blue, peanut butter and jelly, eggs and bacon, nuts and bolts, football and beer. For me, its a big challenge to watch one without having the other.
You see, I love watching Michigan Football and the Chicago Bears. The problem comes that I don't get the Big 10 Network in Florida and unless the Bears play the Sunday Night Game or MNF I don't get to see them either. I have to go to the bar to watch the games. While I drink 3-4 glasses of water at the bar, I end up having 2-3 beers while I'm there too. At almost 200 calories each, it's like having an extra meal every time I watch a game.
So, what's a guy to do? Well, I walked and extra 2.5 miles today to even things out a bit. I'll just have to do better tomorrow. Not gonna beat myself up over it. Just going to acknowledge it and move on.
Have a great day and as Bartells & James used to say, "Thank you for your support."
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