Today I bicycled the following route: Rousse-Guirgui (Romania)-Rousse-Marten-Nikolovo-Rousse. A total of 59.4 km taken for 3h 19 m (avg. speed of 18.02 km/h). Was a tiring adventure when I think of all the sun (started at 12:15 PM). Anyways – another good day for workout.
… or so called “What I’ve learned so far”. I can’t say I have any visible results, but this is due to my lazyness mostly.
1. Be consistent – if you want to get results, they will most likely not appear in the first weeks (or even months, depending on your body type/diet/workouts). This is the time when you get discouraged. Happened many times with me too. Hell, it even happens now from time to time. So, if you want results – give yourself 3 months, and start doing it. Don’t expect anything in the first 3 months. Just do it, think of it as a way of getting ‘there’.
2. Adapt your gym schedule – OK, us, newbies tend to either overtrain or undertrain. Start carefully and pick a selection of exercises for each day. Create a diary (if you feel it will help) and note how you felt during each workout. Revise these often – you’ll be able to figure out what needs to be changed/removed. This way is much more easier and painless.
…. or “If you do it right, you’ll get tired faster”
4 superseries of leg lifting and ab crunches;
4 superseries of Arnold presses and biceps curls
4 series of lateral raises
3 superseries of standing calve lifting, sitting calve lifting and trapezoid raises.
10 minutes of elliptical running at avg. speed of 11 km/h.
This is part of a new workout scheme to keep me from getting too bored, tired, etc. I will review this in a while, after I feel some results. What I can tell from the first one – I’ve probably been doing some of the exercises incorrectly. Now when I do them right (considering right) I get much more tension in the working muscle and do the reps with lower weights.
Enough for today’s report. Stay healthy all…
As promised I got back to the gym today. After 4 days of rest and mountaineering.
I’ll describe my workout like that:
Warm-up: 4 series leg lifting, 3 series ab crunches, 4 series hyperextensions
Power series: 4 series lateral raises, 4 series Arnold presses, 3 super series calve machine (both seated and standing), 4 series trapezoid muscles
Cardio: 10 minutes elliptical
OK, I haven’t worked out at the gym for the last couple of days, but instead did a great workout in the mountains. So I’ll be back to my gym routine and eating on Wednesday (tomorrow). This is just to remind myself I’ve not given up anything.
Slightly increasing calories might actually help. The pins and needles are less today, energy is more… not extreme, but still at a good level.
Cannot add anything special for now – I’m trying to arrange a small mountain hike for the weekend with a friend. Hope it will be OK and will take place, actually.
Reports for today’s workout and food log->
Pins and needles – that’s what’s worrying me. I feel them in my feet (calves, buttocks, everywhere) and when I’m in bed – in the back, arms… generally everywhere. From what I read it could be two things – either some kind of anemia or nerve problem. Going to see a doctor in the next couple of days to figure out the problem. In the mean time – decided to increase the calorie input to 2000-2200 per day. No matter what I did before, I rarely jumped to 2000+.
So, I haven’t been working out in the last couple of days, and today was my first workout. Did pretty well, excluding the pins and needles and the cramps in my left palm.
Yupeee – I’m going to Sofia (the capital city of Bulgaria) on Friday. If I’m lucky I’ll be able to buy the most important parts of my Elbrus equipment – shoes, jacket and pants…. And again if I’m lucky I’ll combine it with a climb to Cherni vrah (Vitosha mountain) on Saturday. Great plans – at least 50% of them are obligatory to happen
OK, for today – some kind of average-to-low energy day. But my workout turned out to be nice – had enough for it. The cardio felt a little tiring though. Now I feel some kind of tickles in my whole legs. Don’t know how to describe them. Somewhat disturbing, but we’ll see.