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.
Yesterday (Monday)’s workout: Les Mills Combat: Combat 30 LIVE.
I decided to do something different yesterday. My idea was to do two hours of exercise but it was too late at night and frankly I was too tired. Consequently I decided to mix things up a little.
Yesterday was the first time that I’ve done the LIVE version of Combat 30. It is, as I expected it would be, quite a bit more involved than the standard version. It’s also a lot of fun. They’re performing on stage in front of an audience rather than to the camera, so they’re able to express much more personality.
The intensity is easily above the standard 30 minute workout and includes movements (techniques, exercises, whatever you want to call them) that are not found in the “Combat 30”. Some are familiar, but most aren’t.
If it wasn’t so short, Combat 30 LIVE would be a real contender for my favorite workout. It’s fun and packs a quick punch, with more martial arts inspired moves than you’ll see in Combat 30.
The live version is going to replace the standard Combat 30 in round 2 this year.
Making cycling safer I am glad someone has invented this.
This is fucking awesome.
hey guys this is really super important for bikers (some of which are my dad and uncle, both of whom tell me about how few fucks drivers give for bikers. one went out of its way to hit my uncle) and they have a kickstarter!! it’s in the article in the link above again this is so super important
I want this for Ent so badly
this looks really awesome, more safety is always good.
and I’m really curious right now if this could be tweaked for wheelchair use somehow, because I can’t be the only person who ends up wheeling in the middle of the street in the dark crossing my fingers that I won’t get hit by cars, especially when I’m trying to turn or cross streets at intersections and I know the drivers have no clue what I’m doing and I have no idea if they can see me.
really, it might seem excessive but this interests me
Reblogging because hand signals are still not that commonly known by drivers and I always wished I had a damned blinker when I was cycling.
I would imagine that, since it’s a backpack, maybe attaching it to the back of the chair? If the chair has handles, maneuvering the straps of the bag to secure themselves over the handles? I also know of bags/lap tables that are designed specifically for wheelchairs (I don’t remember their names, sorry!), I wonder if it would be possible to modify those to include this system? Or we could petition the developer to come up with something for wheelchair users as well since they’re at increased risk of injury and death.
It feels great to be able to say this: I got that second workout in this evening. This brings the total number of workouts this week to 5 out of the planned 6.
The two workouts completed today were both Les Mills Combat: Combat 45. Completed once around Noon, and once this evening.
My friend Tyler is trying to lose weight and he asked my other friend Orlando to train him. Tyler was embarrassed to go to the gym though so Orlando is taking care of that by dressing up as characters when they go to the gym so that the focus isn’t on Tyler but on himself. So far Tyler has been trained by a Jedi and steampunk Batman. This is one of the nicest things I have ever seen done for someone else.
Orlando’s kindness blows me away.
this is boss
This just made my morning.
Today’s workout: Les Mills Combat: Combat 45. A 45 minute interval workout using variations of kicks, punches, level changes (high / low), jumping, and so other movements.
Some days are better than others. Today was one of the “others”.
The previously mentioned ancient ankle weights were used. I began the workout holding the 5 pound weights just to see where I’m at. That turns out to be “not yet”, but I didn’t expect to be able to use them yet. I then switched to the 3 pound weights for the majority of the rest of the workout.
I couldn’t must the intensity that I wanted for this evening’s workout, but oh well. I got it done. I shed copious amounts of sweat. I was close to asleep prior to doing the workout, so that probably has something to do with it.
Good night, Tumblrs.
“There are two aspects to healthy muscles: endurance and strength, said Robert H. Fitts, an exercise physiologist at Marquette University and chairman of the biology department there. To maintain endurance, you should engage in activities that pump blood to the muscles, like walking. For strength, you need to lift weights, concentrating on what Professor Fitts calls the antigravity muscles, those of the back and legs. And, he adds, you should also maintain arm strength.
But while many people walk, fewer lift weights, and those who do often use incorrect techniques, said William J. Kraemer, a professor of kinesiology at the University of Connecticut.
Some try to do it on their own but tend to buy weights that are too light and may not know the well-researched methods that get results.
Others go to gyms, where they may be intimidated when they venture into weight rooms filled with people grunting and straining and machines that can seem daunting. Those who do try to lift at the gym can end up using weights that are not heavy enough to fully stimulate their muscles.
That is especially true of women, Dr. Kraemer said, even those who work with personal trainers. While women often say they are afraid they will bulk up, this fear is unfounded, Dr. Kraemer and others say. Acquiring muscle mass requires testosterone levels that women don’t have. Instead, the toning that many women say they want comes from lifting heavy weights.”
Today’s workout: HIIT: Plyo. A 30 minute HIIT that’s composed largely of plyometrics.
As I lay on the floor this evening soaked to the bone post workout, I thought aloud that I must have used some of tonight’s energy yesterday. I couldn’t go quite as hard as I wanted to, but that’s not to say that it was lacking.
Of course, no additional weights were used for the HIIT. They are, by definition, high intensity as it is and very, very demanding.
I’m still feeling that workout. Time to relax.
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Tonight’s workout: Les Mills Combat: Combat 60 LIVE
Today I found some ancient ankle weights. They’re many years old and they’re missing the majority of their sand bangs… or whatever fills those little bags.
Nonetheless, I used them this evening with each ankle weight containing two bags. I didn’t know know much they weighed, but I figured that I would give it a shot and then remove them if I needed to.
I also used the 1.5 pound “dumbbells” this evening rather than the 3 pounds since I ddn’t know how the ankle weights would influence the intensity.
End result: Awesomeness. I could have (should have) used the 3 pound weights rather than the 1.5 pounds. I actually had to do a double take when I glanced at the countdown in the workout: Only 13 minutes remaining? I seriously felt like I could have easily went for a second hour.
At the end, during the final laying leg scissors (whatever you call them), I actually remained on the floor and did several extra scissors. Arms lifted out to the sides, shoulders raised off of the floor, legs lowered & scissoring and I felt like I could have kept it up for quite awhile. I was laying there like, “All day! I could do this all day!”
It was great. Apparently I ate awesome for lunch today. I would reach my goal in half the time every workout went this well.
So yeah, I’m feeling pretty good this evening.
Les Mills Combat: Combat 60 LIVE. My favorite workout in the Les Mills Combat program. I used the 1.5 pound weights today and didn’t bother with trying the 3 pounds.
I did quite a bit of side-to-side movement during the scissors, effectively making them their own workout. In all, it felt great to workout tonight and the full one hour workout felt easier than usual. I partially attribute that to using 1.5 pound weights rather than 3 pounds, but hopefully it also suggests that my over all fitness is improving.
Combat 60 LIVE is noticeably more difficult than Combat 60
Considering certain TMI issues, the non-stop headaches over the past couple of days were most likely the result of dehydration. I’m going to increase my water intake. I began doing so today and I felt well enough to exercise this evening.
Anyway I feel great after tonight’s session. G’night.
So I looked at my calf tonight prior to my workout and I had a legitimate “Woa!” moment. Where did THAT beast come from? Because really, who ever actually stops to look at their calves… okay, probably a lot of fitblrs do, but not I.
That got me looking at my thighs and I realized that my legs are actually getting quite big. I don’t do the P90X Legs & Back workout (simply because I lost the DVD years ago), so it’s good to see that the workouts that I do perform have been improving the legs.
Anyway! I digress. Tonight’s workout: Les Mills Combat: Combat 60, aka “Extreme Cardio Fighter”.
Tonight I held the 3 pound weights for nearly the full duration of the 60 minute workout. I put them down for the “speed bag” routine, and I began to miss repetitions in the final so I eventually put them down for some of those punches. The weights were in my hands for the rest of the workout.
Oh, and in the final stretch of the cardio I briefly switched to the 1.5 pound weights rather than using none, but ultimately my shoulders were burning way too much to finish while holding any weights. It actually felt awkward holding no weights during the punches. They were too light! How quickly we become used to something… but I suppose that this is the point.
On a related note, I do not expect to be holding weights during my Les Mills Combat workouts on an evening that has a P90X workout preceding LMC. 45 minutes to an hour of weight lifting should be sufficient for now - I don’t want to push it too hard too quickly.
Onward & upward!
Edit: I forgot to mention that it feels like Combat 60’s particular breed of crunches feels like they’re getting easier. These feels feel like good feels.
Edit 2: Perhaps I should call this “Edit Edition”. There was also a lot of bounce during the workout this evening, particularly in the punch / elbow / punch / elbow / 4 knees segment, but elsewhere as well. This is becoming standard, though, so I may not mention it.
Nice. This was one of those workouts that I’m happy that I got off of my rump for.
Les Mills Combat: Combat 60. As the name explains, it’s a 60 minute (interval) workout.
This evening I used the 3 pound weights for the entire workout, save two or three minutes when I switched to the 1.5 pound weights. The “speed bag” routine, followed by the jump rope, had my shoulders burning way~ too much to continue with the 3 pounds.
Yeah some people are smirking at the 3 pounds. I reckon that they’re not familiar with how heavy that becomes during a one hour session of jabs, power jabs, haymakers, level changing (head / squat to stomach / head), knees (hands above head, hands together at an angle, bring down to knee, repeat in time with the workout), combos (8 jabs / two single arm jabs each arm / 8 jabs) annnnd so on.
The “speed bag” routine is performed just as you would imagine: Quickly punching an imaginary speed bag.
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Anyway, it was a good solid 60 minute workout. About 50 minutes of that is the aforementioned interval, which is followed by push-ups, into circular push-ups, into crunches / roll hands up over knee during crunch / two crunches / hands again, back into the push-ups and the circular push-ups.
I like this workout. It’s not my favorite in the $60 Les Mills package - that would be Combat 60 LIVE - but it was my my fave for awhile.
Les Mills is such a good program. It’s so easy to increase intensity and get so much more out of it simply by adding weights. Imagine how solid it would be if I had the weighted vest from my wish list? Or ankle weights? I’m not ready for that yet, but it can be an option, in time.