A number of things to report on the fitness front…
I’ve switched some of my cardio sessions on the elliptical from regular interval training to Tabata Protocol. A little over 2 months ago Dominic Brooks pointed this out to me. I gave it a try then, but I wasn’t fit enough to cope with it. Now it is just a complete nightmare, rather than impossible. 🙂 So general fitness is going really well. There are the obvious ups and downs, but I feel really good about things and I don’t find the gym daunting now. I know I’m going to survive.
I’ve backed off the weight training a bit. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, I was putting on too much muscle. I used to do weights as a kid and I guess the whole muscle memory thing is true. The tubby meat-head thing is not a look I’m interested in. Second, shifting a lot of weight was starting to aggravate my joints. I’ve had operations on my left elbow and knee and both of them have been playing up for a couple of days after doing heavy lifting. Those two factors combined seemed like pretty clear signals that weight training is no longer the right thing for me.
To replace the absent weight training I’ve been doing some circuit training, mostly using functional training exercises. It feels pretty good and isn’t freaking out my joints so far. I’m not a gym-class type of guy, but I figured I need some technique coaching, so yesterday evening I went to a kettlebells class. The bruises on my arms and shoulders this morning would suggest my technique is not quite right, but I’ve already learned a bunch of stuff, so that’s good. Two visits to the gym yesterday was not a great idea, but I’m glad I got off my ass and made it to the kettlebells class. It would have been very easy to leave it for next week. 🙂
As part of the functional training I’ve also started to do handstands again. I used to be pretty good at them, thanks to the yoga, but as I got heavier they got a bit scary and my center of gravity shifted somewhat. Now I’m hitting them pretty well and walking on my hands pretty comfortably. I can even pull out a few half-handstand-pushups on a good day. I was in the dance studio practicing handstands and someone asked me if I was a gymnast, which cracked me up. Is there a gymnastics for fatties competition I can enter?
I’ll be in Australia next month and I feel the need to manage some people’s (Chris Muir and Connor McDonald) expectations.
- If you last saw me about 5 months ago, I will look like I’ve lost quite a bit of weight.
- If you last saw me about 2 year ago, you will think I look about the same.
- If you last saw me 3+ years ago, you will probably think I’ve gained some weight.
Still another 30 years and 30 pounds to go… 🙂
5 thoughts on “Fitness Update (July 2011)…”
What about if I saw you all 3 times? Will you still look like Tim?
I’m still scarred by that time in Melbourne when you walked down to the back of the hall and grabbed a double-fist of mints and consumed them in the following 45min session…..
Chris: Then you will have witnessed my steady weight increase, so the question is, how fat do you remember me. (don’t answer!) 🙂
Connor: 45 mins. That’s slow. I thought everyone understood that sweets should be crammed into your mouth in a production-line fashion until they are all gone!
I like that you change-up your fitness routine often. That’s a very good thing to do.
Congrats on getting back into fitness. I have been playing racquetball, walking and lifting kettlebells to also get back into shape. Hopefully we both will be lean by the time OpenWorld comes around in October.
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