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Every Journey starts with a Point of Origin

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Hey Everyone,

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!

Jonny Mac

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GORIANA 10/4/2012 5:15PM

    Awesome! I'm curious. What do you mean by 'JUICE' to you?

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Start of a New Month

Monday, October 01, 2012

Good day My Friends,

Not only is it a start to a new week, it's a start of a new Month! Whoo-hoo. Lifted weights and swam today. Had an hour in the pool and did 3000 yards.

I promised I would post my workouts. Today was my first day working out in a pool in nearly 7 years so I started out slow (at least slow for me).

30 x 100 free on 2:00

That's it. A nice easy swim today. The next 2 weeks are more about getting back into swimming shape. You know, getting my rhythm down and working on my stroke. So for the next 5 workouts I will be slowing increasing my distance and building my endurance. After that it'll be about getting a little faster, but staying in my fat-burning zone.

I also lifted weights today. Getting easier each time I do it. I'm still working out the kinks (literally), my quads don't hurt nearly as bad today as they did last week. Additionally, I'm stretching more too. I spent 10 minutes today doing stretches from my days on the track team in middle school. Tomorrow will be my real "stretch" day. Going to do the Tony Horton Stretching CD from P90X.

That's it for today.

Have a great day tomorrow and JUICE to you!

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GORIANA 10/4/2012 5:17PM

    That's a really good start. I wish I was that fast. It gives me an idea, though. I can also work on speed drills next time I get to the pool.

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HOUNDLOVER1 10/1/2012 11:24PM

    Great start to do both swimming and strength training. emoticon

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Swimming: It's more than just getting wet!

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!

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CALGALFOX 9/29/2012 3:43PM

    It's great that you've come home to swimming! Come join us when you can on the daily thread in the Swimming for Cardio team. We are a fun group once you get to know people and we always love new people to join! We also have a current challenge to post on, so whatever works for you, do it.

I have been swimming since I could walk and love a good open water swim better than just about anything in the world. I was swimming between 1.5 and 2 miles a day, but I had a bad break in my foot and have had to be off of it for 8 months and no swimming. I have sorely missed it and haven't been out of swim shape in this is new to me.

I also lift and I agree that swimming is a good combo for it.


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TIMDEB 9/29/2012 1:29PM

  Great for you emoticon

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Added Weight Training Today

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!

Jonny Mac


Day 11: Football and Beer

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hey Everyone,

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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HANNAHEP 9/23/2012 10:55PM

    I sure know what you mean. As a recent college grad, I am just getting out of the mindset that beer goes with EVERYTHING! haha.
It's good that you walked extra, and as time passes, make sure to remind yourself that beer and football went together pretty well in your old lifestyle. What is going to go well with football in your new one?
Good luck and have a great week!

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