Category Fitness Friday

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 […]