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My return

Posted in My training updates on September 19, 2008 by Dr. CJ

I had a bit of a hiatus over the past few months away from posting on this site.  With the variable demands of my job, I just wasn’t able to maintain the kind of constant presence that I would like to maintain with posting.  I have realized, however, that my goal of making daily posts is probably a bit ambitious for me right now.  Maybe someday when I change up my schedule (read: change jobs) I’ll be able to do so. 

My goal is to provide quality posts, rather than pump out flaky posts just to be able to publish something on a particular day.  Unfortunately, those quality posts require a fair amount of time and effort, both of which are often in limited supply.  I would like to aim to make at least 3, maybe 4, quality posts each week as a starting goal. 

This new goal coincides with my renewed dedication to my fitness regimen in the Fall.  Summer is nearing its end, which signals to me another chance to make significant progress on my health.  I hear a lot that people have more trouble focusing on their health in the winter than summer, but I’ve found the opposite for me.  It’s time to discipline myself again, getting back into my diet and exercise regimens that have worked well for me in the past. 

Thank you to those who have followed my posts in the past and also to those who are newly discovering this site.  Feel free to drop me feedback at any time.

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Back in the swing

Posted in Exercise, My training updates with tags , , , on May 5, 2008 by Dr. CJ

This is my favorite time of year, by far.  I love the in-between feeling of Spring and Summer, the emerging green grass and leaves, and, best yet, the start of softball

I had my first game last night and am geared up for more.  Many criticize baseball/softball as a lazy sport, where there’s not a consistent level of activity and thus is not good exercise.  Very true for some people . . . not me.

A little background, first – I’m on a co-ed team with a few people who have never played organized sports, let alone softball (makes for interesting moments).  On top of that, we were short two players last night.  In a situation like that, I become the ultimate utility player, trying to cover shortstop and most of left field, trying to snag any fly ball in the same zip code.  I was huffing and puffing nearly the whole game.  Amazingly, or maybe because the other team was lacking skill, we managed to win short-handed.

There are plenty of sprinting opportunities during a game, between batting/running bases and chasing balls in the field on defense – at times, it felt a little like one of my HIIT workouts. I’m also feeling some DOMS already, from tapping into those base-running muscles.

I’m not going to advocate for softball as a replacement for regular workouts, but it certainly has a place in my fitness regimen.  Every summer, I drop several pounds, which I largely attribute to the summer sports, primarily softball.  I also have the opportunity to play Monday nights as well, but I’ve decided to limit it to one night/week so I can maintain my weightlifting regimen ideally 3 days/week.

May 4, 2008

Posted in My training updates on May 4, 2008 by Dr. CJ

After a break from blogging for 2 weeks, I hope to be back in the mix.  Just too much going on lately – unfortunately my workouts have also suffered.  It started when I fell ill again; I had a nasty sore throat for several days and was just drained.  It’s been difficult to motivate myself since then.  We’ll see how it goes – my schedule never really slows down unless I take a vacation.

Spring time??

Posted in My training updates with tags , , on April 10, 2008 by Dr. CJ

Yesterday I had to take advantage of the tropical weather – 44º F and partly sunny – by going for a short run.  I took the dogs out for a run – sometimes all I really have to do is jump and they’ll pull me down the street.  It’s nice to have 250 lbs of dog (that’s between 2 dogs).

I can’t bear to stay inside when I can be outside working out – unfortunately, I don’t do all that well with running.  I’ve tried to make it a regular routine, but I always end up with some compartment syndrome deal in my legs and my ankles ache like mad.  I just don’t have the body for it, but I’m working on it.  The dogs are a huge motivation, though, because they are in absolute heaven when they can explore the neighborhood.  I need to work on my running endurance to give them a decent workout.

Still, my deadlift is limited by grip strength

Posted in My training updates, Weight Training with tags , , , , on April 7, 2008 by Dr. CJ

I’ve been working on my grip strength in a few different ways, because it drives me nuts to give up early on a lift when a “supporting” muscle group gives away before the intended muscle group does.

I’ve been using these Heavy Grips to increase grip strength and have certainly noticed improvement, but again my back can handle increasing loads at a much faster rate than my grip can.

I’m considering some chalk for my hands – I may have to order some so that I can keep progressing with my deadlift – it is my favorite lift, after all.

I might have been overtraining

Posted in My training updates with tags , , on April 6, 2008 by Dr. CJ

I’ve struggled to do much of anything as far as workouts in the past 2 weeks, largely due to an insane work schedule which is all too unforgiving. As a practical matter, I end of forfeiting my workout time in the morning when I am exhausted and in dire need of a little more sleep to get through the daily madness.

Things have finally slowed down a little bit (I hope) and I’m getting back on my routine. Interestingly, when I re-started my weightlifting workouts the other day, I started back on legs and ended up squatting more weight than I had been able to previously. Also, back on the elliptical with HIIT I have had better endurance and was actually questioning the settings because it seemed easier than before.  We’ll see what happens when I get back to my other weightlifting workouts.

When your progress plateaus, it’s probably a good idea to step back and analyze your need for rest.  The gym is not where the muscle growth occurs – lifting weights just stresses the muscles, then muscle growth occurs when resting.  It’s definitely wise to space out your routines or give yourself a break once in a while.  Same with cardio – some times the body just needs a break.  I know these things, and I still fell victim to overtraining.  All the while I felt fine; it’s just not an obvious situation.

Break time

Posted in My training updates on March 29, 2008 by Dr. CJ

I’m fried after the last 2 weeks of work, and it just won’t stop.  My wife and I have a mega-cheat meal planned for tonight, a buffet dinner before a concert.  I did my HIIT this morning, but don’t feel like much else.  Can’t wait – for both the meal and the show.