Category Fitness Friday

Fitness Friday

It has been a long time since my last Fitness Friday post. Back in October I took a course on database design and computers are not really my thing. I was driving twice a week to Worcester (that is 1.5 hours each way for a total of 6 hours a week driving) for class and […]

Fitness Friday: Progress Reports

With the exception of the month of July I have been consistently going to the gym two or three times a week since May. My diet has been pretty stable, two meals a day focused on meat and green vegetables, but my weight has increased from 171lbs to 180. At first I thought the weight […]

Fitness Friday: Cardio

With the start of the new school year I took two weeks off from going to the gym, but those two weeks were enough to leave me feeling stiff and stressed. I’m back on the wagon again and hope to continue going two or three times a week for the remainder of the year. I’ve […]

Fitness Friday: General updates

Welcome to fitness Friday where I chronicle my various failures to get into shape. Two weeks ago I talked about how my goal at the gym for the remainder of the summer was to increase the volume of my workouts by adding lots of light assistance lifts to the main heavy ones, essentially doubling the […]

Fitness Friday: Pump up the Volume

Yes, I know it is Saturday. I took a break from the gym during the month of July. I convinced myself that since I was doing a lot of kayaking and swimming I didn’t need to spend so much time at the gym, though in reality most of my exercise came in the form of […]

Fitness Friday: thoughts on progress and on being weak

Last week I gave myself a little back spasm at the gym. I got lazy with my form on trap bar deadlifts, hyper-extending my spine a little, and tweaked a muscle in my lower back. Nothing serious but to rest it I skipped one workout this week and avoided the trap bar the other two […]

Fitness Friday: What makes a good diet?

I’ve been eating low-carb for almost three years now and I find it has the following benefits: It precludes a lot of pointless calories, making it easy to maintain a healthy weight. It is really hard to binge on meat and green vegetables the way you can binge on pizza or pasta. I have managed […]

Fitness Friday: Switching programs

Old Program From May 6 to June 7 my exercise program looked like this: Monday and Friday: Warm up: power cleans – 3×5 Front squats – 3×5 Bench press – 3×5 Random shoulder / chest exercise – 3×10 Triceps pull down – 3×10 Finisher: trap bar deadlifts 3×10 Wednesday: Warm ups: power cleans – 3×5 […]

Fitness Friday: One Weird Trick to Burn Fat and Build Muscle!

Remember those “one weird trick” ads on the internet? You know: one weird trick will clear acne! Smooth wrinkles! Fix erectile dysfunction! Well, I have stumbled upon “one weird trick” that really will burn fat and build muscle – and it is free. It works like this: Go to the gym three times a week. […]

Fitness Friday: Flexibility and Sustainability

A couple of weeks ago at the gym I had planned on doing some dumbbell bench presses after regular bench presses, but all the benches by the dumbbell racks were taken. In my annoyance I almost walked out of the gym. The thing is, I could just as easily have done incline bench press, dips, […]