Life Change #1

Posted: February 24, 2016 in Creative Writing
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So my first big life change besides quitting my job, is that I have fully committed myself to getting back into shape.  In the past year and a half, I have put on close to thirty pounds, and while it’s not all fat, I definitely feel out of shape.  My goal is to stay about the same weight I’m at right now (175 lbs), but tone it up a lot.  I’m fine with gaining weight as well since muscle weighs more than fat, but any weight I put on from now on I want to be muscle.

So for the past week or so I was doing a push-up challenge.  Basically I would do 200 push-ups every night and twice a week I would go for a run.  While this seems to work for some people, i’ve done enough push-ups in my life that this just didn’t seem challenging enough.  So to make things more interesting and add more muscle groups into my exercise, I shopped around for a good bodyweight program.

To clarify, I don’t mind weights, but I only use weights to bolster my bodyweight exercises.  I use a forty pound weight vest, and some kettle bells, but you won’t usually catch me benching or throwing a lot of weight around.  This is mainly because of previous injuries, and some current medical issues, that just make bodyweight stuff make more sense.

The book that I picked up is called Body Weight Workouts For Men.  It’s a great book that breaks down several great bodyweight exercises that you can vary just by changing your body angle, grip, or overall technique.  It starts with the basic; push-ups, bridges, pull-ups, and rows, and then goes into more advanced things like single arm exercises.  The workout I did last night is called Ares, after the Greek God of War, and it went as follows:


A. 10x Squats
5,4,3,2,1x Standard Push-up
5,4,3,2,1x Pull-up

B. 10x Back Lunge
5,4,3,2,1x Military Push-up
5,4,3,2,1x Chin-up

C. 10x Pelvic Peel
5,4,3,2,1x Down Dog Push-up
5,4,3,2,1x Inverted Bodyweight Row

Finisher. 10x Standard Push-up
20x X-Jack
30x Burpee
40x Mountain Climber

So for sections A, B, and C, you start with the 10x exercise then do five of the 2nd and five of the 3rd before going back to the 10x then doing four of each, all the way down to 1.  This was a great workout and looking forward to tonights.  Tonight i’ll be doing Round the World, so i’ll fill you in on that tomorrow.

Thank you for reading.


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