1. fashion-yogi:

    I need to get back to jumping rope again

    It’s solid cardio. Make sure that you get a long enough jump rope:

    First, multiply your height (in feet) by two, ignoring the inches. Ex: 6ft whatever inches = 12 foot jump rope. Use this to determine the approximate length of the rope that you need. This gives you a place to start. If you can not size up the rope (because they’re all in packages) then someone on the lower end of six feet tall would look closer to the 10 feet length for their rope (ex 6ft 1 inch = 10 feet of jump rope). Someone at the middle end of 6ft would get the 12ft rope (6ft 3in tall).

    If the ropes are out of the package or they have example ropes available then you can take the rope and step on the center of it. Fold it straight upward so that the ends of the handles goes to your arm pits, but not above. That should be your rope. Don’t get small handles, they’ll be uncomfortable to use.

    Lastly, skip the super cheap ropes like Gold’s Gym. I know that it’s “just” a jump rope, but they will fall apart and you don’t want one end of the jump rope to go flying while you’re using it. Just some personal experience.

    (Source: gifdolls)

  2. Today’s Workout

    Two ibuprofen, one hour of interval training.

    Tonight I did Les Mills Combat: Combat 60 LIVE: “Ultimate Warrior’s Workout”.  This is my favorite workout so I do it the most.

    Near the end of the interval cardio I did some extra push-ups and crunches.  Was feeling pretty good this evening so I thought some extra bits were a good idea.

    The workout itself has its own push-ups, static arm holds, and crunches at the end of the workout.

    I considered going for a jog today and perhaps I should have. It was close to 60 (F) out there today, but I received this in my email while I was working out:

    "The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for [redacted]."

    …so it’s about to get awfully cold awfully quickly.

    Ah, well.  I enjoy Les Mills.  It’s lots’o fun and lots of sweat.

  3. My Workout For Friday May 24

    I earned 266 points for my workout on Fitocracy!

    • Running +94 pts

      • 0:20:26.5 || 1.5 mi || 13:20.1 min/mi || flat (+94 pts)
      • I probably could have pushed myself a little more and scored a better time, but I deliberately took it a little easier due to my asthma issues during my previous run.
    • General P90X +172 pts

      • 0:20:00 || Moderate (+172 pts)
      • P90X: Ab Ripper X

    Thoughts & Comments:

    Today my goal was to finish the workout rather than setting a personal record.  I know that I could have pushed it more and quite possibly have set a PR for average pace (or, at the very least, have been very close to my current PR).  However, my asthma issues during my previous run had me concerned enough to take it a little easier today.

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    I still had some energy once I finished today’s jog, so I did P90X: Ab Ripper X after resting for a few minutes.  Now I’m seriously considering making this a regular thing after my runs.

    Post workout snack:  Blueberries smothered in peanut butter.

    LInk: Today’s run data @ RunKeeper.

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  4. demgainzzz:

Umm he is breaking a sweat. props 

and he looks super happy. Maybe that will encourage him to try more.

    demgainzzz:

    Umm he is breaking a sweat. props 

    and he looks super happy. Maybe that will encourage him to try more.

    (Source: simpsons-latino)

  5. Today’s Workout

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    Fitocracy is bugging out on me and it isn’t posting my workouts to Tumblr.  Hopefully this screen shot will work.

    Total calories burned:  Approximately 630 calories or more.

    Personal record:  14:24 mins/mi average (yes, beginner).

  6. My Workout For Sunday May 12

    I earned 455 points for my workout on Fitocracy!

    • General P90X +455 pts

      • 0:50:00 || Intense! (+455 pts)
      • P90X: Kenpo X. I make the exercise more intense by turning the fast (with sound) “doubles” (eg; punch and drag) into plyometric moves. Ex: Bounce forward, do the double strike, and immediately bounce back. Repeat for all doubles.

    Think you can beat me, or want to comment?

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  7. okinawanwarrior:

ever-striving:

nostoppinguntiltheendzone:

I really wanna learn to box!

Then go to the boxing classes that run at our gym for free twice a week ya big dope

random note. her form is very off. Look at how her elbows flare out and her punches are kind of half swing/half looping hooks.
don’t punch like that.


Yeah I was going to mention that when I first saw it, but decided it was just some random fitness boxing. She’s just hauling back and ramming the bag and kind of.. knuckle slapping it. It’s probably decent for cardio though I dunno. edit: Looks like it would hurt your back after awhile, though.

    okinawanwarrior:

    ever-striving:

    nostoppinguntiltheendzone:

    I really wanna learn to box!

    Then go to the boxing classes that run at our gym for free twice a week ya big dope

    random note. her form is very off. Look at how her elbows flare out and her punches are kind of half swing/half looping hooks.

    don’t punch like that.

    Yeah I was going to mention that when I first saw it, but decided it was just some random fitness boxing. She’s just hauling back and ramming the bag and kind of.. knuckle slapping it. It’s probably decent for cardio though I dunno. edit: Looks like it would hurt your back after awhile, though.

    (Source: )

  8. Amazing stuff. I’d love to have a kettlebell or two.

    Amazing stuff. I’d love to have a kettlebell or two.

    (Source: wiishful-shrinking)

  9. My Workout For Monday April 01

    I earned 773 points for my workout on Fitocracy!

    • General P90X +773 pts

      • 0:55:00 || Intense! (+500 pts)
      • 0:30:00 || Intense! (+273 pts)
      • P90X: Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps + Les Mills Combat: Combat 30. Les Mills was done at double intensity at first.

    Thoughts & Comments:

    My stomach began to feel uncertain during the P90X workout, and I suspect that it was a result of taking some of my supplements on an empty stomach.  That was kind of lazy of me, but I simply wasn’t thinking about it at the time.

    As such, I rested a little longer between the two workouts than I usually do.  I drank my protein drink (which I’m nearly out of!), relaxed a little while pacing, and began Les Mills once I felt mostly normal.

    Les Mills was tons of fun, at least at first.  I hit it with double intensity, going faster and hitting harder than they moved in the video.  I enjoyed the exercise more than usual because I was wearing the pants from my karate gi, and hearing that sound again as I kicked and moved had a certain psychological effect.

    Nothing will change the fact that those karate pants are uncomfortable, but it pushed me to do things harder, faster, and with proper form.  It was a lot of fun to throw those round house kicks! ..and the knees, and the front snap kicks, and the side kicks, and.. etc.

    Obviously, that agitated the uncertain tummy, and I had to pull back to a more moderate / intense level of activity.

    All is well that ends well, however.  I pushed through it as much as I could and finished the exercise.  I can’t complain too much about the issue.  Next time I’ll just need to remember to eat a light snack first and that should take care of that particular issue.

    That’s that.  See you active fitblrs tomorrow.

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  10. Updated Fitness Schedule

    Hello, fellow sweaters.

    My exercise page has been updated and now contains the workout schedule for the week.

    The exercise page will be updated each week to show the current workout plan.  It also lists and links to the exercise programs that I use, the supplements that I use & recommend, as well as the websites that I use for the purposes of fitness & weight loss.

    I’ve trimmed that page and hope that it is now more focused.

  11. Week 2: P90X + Les Mills Combat Workout Schedule

    This is my exercise schedule for week 2.  On the follow days, I’ll be doing these workouts:

    1. Chest & Back, Combat 30
    2. Kenpo X (replaces HIIT: Power)
    3. Shoulders & Arms, Combat 45
    4. Back & Biceps, Combat 60
    5. Plyometrics (replaces HIIT: Plyo)
    6. Core Synergistics, Combat 60
    7. Rest or X Stretch

    Core Synergistics (“CS”) is slotted since my Legs & Back DVD is long gone.  I may just go download it, since I’ve actually bought these two workout programs and I’m sure that the workout is in a torrent somewhere.

    Anyway, I may or may not slot something in to replace CS.  Core strength is always helpful, so that’s what I’m planning on at the moment.  I guess we’ll see.

    As previously mentioned (in case you’re just getting here), I skip the two HIIT routines in Les Mills Combat because they cause me considerable back pain.  However, all of the Les Mills workouts are Interval Training so you will still see me refer to those workouts as such.

    See ya’ll next post.

  12. My Workout For Thursday January 31

    I earned 546 points for my workout on Fitocracy!

    • General P90X +546 pts

      • 1:00:00 || Intense! (+546 pts)
      • Les Mills Combat. Combat 60: Extreme Cardio Fighter

    This workout was intense!  You know how on some days your workout wears you out more than others?  That was today’s exercise for me.  It began with an asthma issue, which I decidedly ignored, and I pushed through to the end.

    Bonus: I used the option to pump up the music.  It’s the first time that I could clearly hear the music in the workout, and I like it!

    Les Mills Combat: Combat 60 Extreme Cardio Fighter is a heck of a fun workout.  There were 17 minutes remaining on the clock at the point that I realized that I was officially out of gas.  I had to make regular mental checks about my form, but I kept pushing through anyway.

    My arms.  My shoulders.  Oh my goodness! XD  I love it though.  There’s a non-stop punch segment at the end that lasts for several minutes.  My shoulders were so dead at this point!  I was like, I don’t care, it’s the end, LET’S DO IT! YEAH!

    Then they got on the ground for the push-ups.  Oops!  I had totally forgotten about the body weight workout at the end… Okay, fine, I can do this.  I did as much of it as I could, pushing through clenched teeth at times until my arms gave out and I went into “Child’s Pose” to rest them.  Then it was right back into it.

    …and that ab workout.  My goodness.  That routine, where you put your fists together and roll them up over the knees, is just wow.

    The ending of Extreme Cardio Fighter is tough.  It’s definitely one of my favorite workouts, and today it pushed me more than usual.

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  13. Les Mills Combat Day 4: Combat 60 Extreme Cardio Fighter

    I earned 546 points for my workout on Fitocracy!

    • General P90X +546 pts

      • 1:00:00 || Intense! (+546 pts)
      • Workout was actually “Combat 60: Extreme Cardio Fighter”. As usual, see my Tumblr for any thoughts or comments (linked at the top of my profile).

    Thoughts:

    I actually considered listing this one as “The Gods Hate Me!”, but I’m still saving that one for a special workout that I haven’t met yet.

    This is pure interval training calorie burning.  It’s a solid cardio routine that lasts for an hour and doesn’t slack off.  Then at the end, just when you think that things will relax a little, you drop to the floor and begin the muscle toning.

    First you’ll do the push-ups.  These go from push-ups into a kind of roll.  With hands still on the ground, you lean out to the side and move in a circular motion toward the floor and come up on the other side.  Then do more push-ups, then roll in the other direction.

    The roll has another option, where you go low at the side and slide “like a robot” to the other side before pushing up.

    Then ya roll over and begin an ab burning crunch routine.  You do your ab crunches with hands behind the head.  Then instead of a pause, you clasp your hands together to make a big fist, do a crunch up toward the right or left, roll the large fist in front of your body to the other side (by twisting at the abs of course), then bring your shoulders back down.

    Your fists are essentially taking the place of a medicine ball.

    Repeat several times, then move back to the push-ups.  Repeat the push-up routine for a bit, then move back to the ab workout.  Remember, this is after just shy of an hour of punching, kicking, jumping, moving, and sweating.

    It was at this point that I was thinking that, ya know, I just may have found THE workout to file under “The Gods Hate Me!” on Fitocracy.  It was genuinely crossing my mind as I pushed through clenched teeth just to finishing moving through the reps.

    Clearly, I freak’n LOVED this workout.

    I missed very few reps through the workout.  There were a few bits that confused me because I hadn’t watched the video ahead of time, so I wasn’t prepared for the changes.  Other than that I stuck with it and shed a couple of pounds of sweat, at least.

    If you don’t have Les Mills Combat already, why the hell not?  It’s $60.  That’s the cost of a video game.

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  14. Les Mills Combat Day 2: Power HIIT

    Yeah, that just happened.  I’m still kinda sick, and I did a 30 minute HIIT workout.  Mmhmm.

    This workout is 30 minutes and uses squats, dead lifts, power presses, power cleans, and body weight exercises like push-ups, plyo lunges, burpees, and jump squats.  There’s then a floor routine that works your core that has you doing mountain climbers, and this bit that has you using minimum movement to go from a push-up position onto your elbows then back into a push-up position.

    I’ll be honest, this was too much for me at the moment.  My body is still recovering from some sort of respiratory infection.  The result is that I had to skip a number of reps.  Nonetheless, this workout is very solid and I hit it as hard as I could in my current state.

    I like this workout.  After I finished it I just kept thinking about how much fun it’s going to be once I’m completely over this yuck.  I’m going to come back to Power HIIT and just knock it out of the park.  This is now one of my goals.

    My original plan was to do either “Combat 30” or “Combat 45” since I’ve already done both of those workouts.  I was going to compare how I feel now to when I wasn’t sick as a means to gauge my progress… but ya know, the more that I thought about it the more bored that I became with the idea.  I needed something new, and decided to do the day 2 workout.  The catch is that I didn’t know what the day 2 workout was going to be.  Who would have expected a HIIT on the second day?

    Anyway, there’s the thoughts on today’s workout.