Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Monday Feb 23- Group 4 miler

Ran 4 easy miles with the pack, then some stride-outs to finish.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Saturday Feb 21- Big Hill Run

Did the 6.5 mile run with the nasty-assed hill right at the start. Gravity is a cruel force of nature.
Wound up soaked through in cold rain on the way back.
Good run though!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Thursday Feb 19- Group interval run

Wow- first post and workout since Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday I was wiped out and rested, but was weird tired today still. Others in the group mentioned this, so I'm writing it off as a seasonal change thing. Definitely not age-related. And now, for a nap...

A.M.- Mobility work, targeted drills, KB circuit.


Ran 5+ miles with the pack, including 6 hard 1k intervals.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Monday Feb 16- Group run

Mobility work, targeted drills, KB circuit

Ran 4 miles with the group.

Notes: Group training is new for me, and good training in that it pushes me harder than I sometimes go by myself. A good run.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Saturday Feb 14- Running on grass

No, not that kind of grass....

Mobility work, targeted drills, KB circuit


Big-ass run.

Notes: Ran for 75 minutes on the IU XC Course, first time since last Fall. I have always liked running on grass. The course has some good hills too, so there's that. I have no idea of the distance covered because I don't know the actual course, but given the time and my pace, I'm calling it 7 miles. Kicked my butt, too- running on grass takes more energy than roads.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Friday Feb 13- Lifting

Mobility work, targeted drills, KB circuit

Mobility warm up,

1- Front squats- 5Xbar,95,115

2- Deadlift- 5X135,185
225X5X4, 280X5

Notes: Done fast on the fly, a pretty good workout. But I need a new program.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Thursday Feb 12- Group run

Mobility work, targeted drills, KB circuit

Mobility work,
Run 4 miles with the herd, including 9X1 minute intervals.

Notes: Felt really good, especially on the intervals, so weights on wednesday is maybe better than an extra run.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Wednesday Feb 11- Lifting

Mobility warm up, targeted drills, KB circuit


Ball/roller work, mobility warm up

1-Squat- 8Xbar,95,

2a-DB Incline neutral grip alternating press- 8X35,10X45,45,45,45
2b-DB 1 arm row- 8X35,45, 90X8,8,8,8

Notes: Realized I've been running more than lifting for a couple of weeks, and this felt good.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tuesday Feb 10- KB

targeted drills, mobility work, KB circuit

Ball/roller work, mobility work.

Lots of KB moves, mostly alternating swings and get-ups. Went as heavy as I could, swings in sets of 20, get-ups done 3 each side. Managed to move up to 20K 'bell for two sets of 2 get-ups and that went well.

You appreciate a good grounding in controlled form when you go heavier, because without it trouble lurks nearby.

Monday Feb 9- Group run

Targeted drills, mobility work, KB circuit

4 miler with the herd, plus 10 stride-outs of about 40 yards each.

Saturday Feb 7- Big run

Went for a hard 6.5 mile run today that includes a big-ass hill right at the start. Did pretty good, then headed into town for some birthday apple pie. Apple pie!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Thursday Feb 5- Running intervals

Targeted drills, mobility work, KB circuit

Mobility warm up,
ran with the group tonight, perhaps 4 miles total. Did 4 1K laps of a park at a good clip.

Notes: Felt tired and real good. Running with a pack is a big help.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wednesday Feb 4- Cold run

Targeted drills, mobility work, KB circuit


Mobility warm up,
run 4.5 miles.

Notes: Feels more natural with every run now, and my hip and all joints feel just fine.

Wednesday Feb 3- KB workout

targeted drills, mobility work, KB circuit


Ball/roller work, mobility work,
KB work

Notes: Did a variety of KB movements, mostly get ups and swings in alternating sets. Also worked on windmills.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Monday Feb 2- Group run

Targeted drills, mobility work, KB circuit

Met with the (large) group and chatted, broke into our smaller groups and ran 4 miles, finishing fairly hard the last mile or so. Then ran 10 (40 yd?)stride-outs in the hard-crusted snow.

Notes: Diggin' it big time. Down 4 pounds too.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Sunday Feb 1- Mobility day

Today is an off day from training, but I've been very happy with the results of doing extra mobility work lately and got in a couple of sessions today. I've been doing the targeted drills Bill gave me to do, and some from the PT sessions I am still going to, plus some I learned from Brett Jones at the I-FAST KB seminar a couple of weeks ago, plus some I learned from Inside Out and Magnificent Mobility DVDs I got on a visit to I-FAST, and even some beginner entry-level 101 type Yoga moves. It's all very helpful, but the toughest is the yoga.

The result is really pretty amazing. Back in August I went to see Bill Hartman for the first time and my shoulder was in horrible shape, my upper back was also pretty stiff, and my hips weren't much better. Now, a lot of that has changed, and continues to improve. One big point Brett made to the class that specifically hit me hard was stressing the importance of mobility, which he placed in front of training for strength. When I thought about that it made sense. So, I'm staying on the mobility work, and that's just what i did today. Ball and roller work, stretching, drills, some yoga (ugh!), and a long easy walk, and I feel real good.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Saturday Jan 31- Run

targeted drills, mobility work, KB circuit


Ran 4.5 mile 'standard' course. Snowy and slick, but peaceful and scenic also.

Notes: End of the first week of the new routine. Ran mon/thu/sat and lifted tue/wed/fri, with Sunday off. Definitely tired on this run, but felt good and happy with this routine. Doing lots of mobility work to keep joints happy. Researching a lifting program that will fit well with running more again.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Jan 30- Hitting it all

Targeted drills, mobility work, KB circuit

Ball/roller work, mobility warm up

1- Deadlift- 5X135,3X185,205,225

Hex deads- 225X10,10

2a- Swiss bar bench press-barX10,100X8,135X6
2b- 1 arm DB row- 35X10,45X8,65X6

3- DB woodchoppers-5/sideX20,25,30,35,35,35,35,35

Notes: A good one done on the fly. Deadlifts were groove city, smooth and heavy and good.

Thursday Jan 29- Group run

Targeted drills, mobility routine, KB circuit


4+ mile run with several 1 minute pick-ups between 1 minute recovery running, done with the group on snowy streets and sidewalks in the twilight.

Notes: I'm happy with the group and glad I joined, and running feels great. So there!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wednesday Jan 28- Run

A.M.- Targeted drills, mobility work, KB circuit

4.5 mile run- mobility work before and after

Notes: Snow day. I work at Indiana University and even they closed for the day, a rare thing. All public schools and many businesses are also closed. I was home all day and decided on a run after the plows came through. The roads were really pretty good underfoot, there was literally no traffic and I was warm and enjoyed the peaceful and snowy-scenic wooded surroundings of this hilly rural setting.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tuesday Jan 27- KB Circuit

targeted drills, mobility work, KB circuit

Ball work, warm up

Various KB movements, I didn't really keep track. 1 and 2 arm swings, cleans, presses, squats, lunges, windmills, high pulls, 3 get ups each side, and more with various size KBs. Pretty much everything I can remember from the workshop.

Finished with 4X20 swings with the big honker.

Notes: Not too much juice today, need to get used to running again. Still, I'm looking forward to the next group run on Thursday.

Monday Jan 26- First group run

targeted drills, mobility work, new KB circuit


With training group- 4 stride-outs
3 mile run
core work

Notes: Looks like this group deal will be fun. About 30+ peeps, most seem about the same ability. We started with some supervised stride-outs, then we all headed around town for a chilly 3 miler, then back to the store for some group exercise. We should be able to use the gym now too, so I'll try that out before long, but for right now I want to use my new kettlebell knowledge, and need to figure out a good program for that.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Saturday Jan 24- Kettlebell Workshop at I-FAST

Went to a kettlebell workshop up in Indy at I-FAST that Bill Robertson put together. It was lead by Brett Jones, RKC Super-Deluxe Dude. He did a great job of presenting a whole lot of information on several basic movements. We covered:
Get up

All include some variation as well. This was a first for me, going to an all-day workshop. It was interesting and well-presented and i felt like as long as Brett wanted to talk, we would be able to learn from him. I also felt like he could have gone into far more detail on each of the moves than he did, but he gave us more than enough to learn safely and be confident with these moves. Now, to practice and build on them.

Two big lessons I learned was that with proper technique, as taught by Brett, the amount of weight on most moves didn't seem to matter. Heavy weight went up really pretty easily, a pleasant thing to feel.
Also I was pretty shocked at the improvement in the depth and comfort of my squat after just a few minutes of instruction on some simple stretches he showed us. The difference was pretty dramatic.

There's much more to the history and use and benefits of kettlebells than I was aware of, and I plan to keep using them and keep learning more as I can.

As they say, another tool in the toolbox, but this is a pretty dang good addition.

Thanks Brett and Bill!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thursday Jan 22- Sprint intervals

targeted drills, KB circuit

Sprints and push ups- lots of them. I didn't keep track but was there at least 30 minutes.
10 push ups, sprint across field, perhaps 50 yards, repeat.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wednesday Jan 21- Warp Speed Ahead!

targeted drills, KB circuit

Ball/roller work, warm up

1- Squat- warm up, 10 X bar, 5X195,3X135
6X185, 1X225,6X205,1X255,10X185

2a- RDL-6X185
2b- Plank trio-10 sec plank to 20 sec side to 10 sec plank to other 20 sec side plank
6 rounds in 10 minutes

3a-DB step ups-10 each side w/25's
3b-KB swing- 10 X 70# bell
5 rounds

Airdyne intervals-

60 sec sprint, 120 sec easy X 6

Notes: Holding steady, but feeling it pretty hard. It's the kind of tired that feels real good underneath it.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tuesday Jan 20- KB swing-a-thon

targeted drills, KB circuit


Warm up,

24K KB breathing ladder.
1 swing- 1 breath, 2 swings -2 breaths, 3 swings-3 breaths etc,
to 20 and back.

Notes: Solid, honest work.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Monday Jan 19- Big Honkin' Change Of Plans!

Hold the deadlift phone- I changed my mind!

I mentioned enjoying running with my sister in North Carolina a lot, and I kept thinking about that. About the same time there was a half-marathon training group announced at our local running store/club which includes group runs, nutrition/etc lectures and 'free' membership to a local gym from next Saturday until April. So before I knew what happened I signed up.

It fits several ways- I've been wanting to get out more than I do, and what I mean when I say that is to get out. And except for my training sessions at I-FAST, I've never gone to a gym regularly. So I'm gonna do it and give it a try. It will be way different, that's for sure. If I like it, great. If it sucks, it's only until April.

So for this week I'm returning to a few Warp Speed Fat loss workouts for fun and conditioning.

Way different!

Monday Jan 19- Deads, circuits and intervals

Targeted drills, KB circuit

Ball/roller work, warm up

1-Deadlift- warm up, 10X135, 4X185

2-8 reps Push up + prone jackknife/6 reps per side DB (30's)backward lunge- in rounds for 10 minutes
6 rounds

3- 6 reps DB(30's) burpee + 6 inverted rows- in rounds for 10 minutes
6 rounds

4- Airdyne Intervals- 60 sec sprint, 120 sec easy X6

Notes: It was fun. And it sucked. It was sucky fun!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Saturday Jan 17- Hex deads

Targeted drills, KB circuit

Warm up,

Hex bar deadlifts,
10X bar, 135,185,205,225, 225,225,225

Airdyne intervals-
2 min warm up
1 min sprint, 1 min easy
15 sec sprint, 15 sec easy X3
30 sec sprint
2 min cool down

Notes: Hooah! Just because I felt like it.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Friday Jan 16- Deadlift #3

targeted drills, KB circuit


Ball/roller work, warm up

1-Deadlift- warm up 6X135,4X185

2a- Squat-warm up, 6Xbar,5X95,135
5X185, 195,195,200,200
2b- Weighted push ups-10X25,10X35,35,35,12X35

Notes: Another weird workout that seemed to get easier as it went along.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thursday Jan 15- Intervals

Targeted drills, KB circuit.

Warm up,
Airdyne intervals-
5 min warm up
1 min sprint
1 min easy
15 sec sprint, 15 sec easy X 4

Notes: Traditional intervals. Huh!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Wednesday Jan 14- Deadlift #2

Targeted drills, KB circuit.

Ball/roller work, mobility warm up.

1- Elevated sumo dl- warm up, 6X135, 4X185,2X225,3X225

2a- Swiss bar bench press- warm up 10Xbar, 6X100,5X140,2X170
2b- DB reverse lunge-8X35's,45,45

Notes: I was droopy all afternoon today and after the first set of deads considered bagging it for extra rest. Then I did the next set and bingo-bango-bongo- I felt great! Powered through the rest of it. Gotta love that!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tuesday Jan 13- EST

Targeted drills, KB circuit


Warm up,

1a- KB swings- 20 X 24K kettlebell
1b- DB Step ups- 10X30's, per side

2a-Swiss ball pike + push up- 10
2b- Inverted rows- 10

3- Bodyweight circuit- 10 each
Burpees /jumping jacks/ split jacks/ mountain climbers

Notes: A routine I just invented. 4 times through each alternating set. Killa!

Week recap

Despite the reason I was in North Carolina, I did manage to get in some workouts. Actually, now that I think about it, I did something each day from Tuesday to Friday. There is a little gym there, and two days I did some work with the machines and dumbbells for a full body workout, and two days i did a superset of pressing and pulling, then ran with my sister, which was really fun to do.

There is a little lake there with a nice path around it, and benches also. I made up a 'found fitness' routine; sprinted up a sharp hill 10 times, then around the lake stopping at each bench to do 10 push ups with feet on the bench, then another lap of just running, and finished with a fast run up the longer hill to the buildings.

Ten hill sprints, about 1.5 mile run, 100 push ups, and a tough uphill sprint as a finisher. Not bad!

Take it where you can find it.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Monday Jan 12- Deadlift program, workout 1-


targeted drills


Ball/roller work, mobility warm up

1-Rack pulls- warm up 5X135,185, 3X205,2X225


2a-Squat-warm up, 5Xbar,90,135,


2b-Weighted push ups-warm up, 5Xbodyweight,5X25,


Notes: Deads ahead! Starting the 7 week program Bill wrote. He left the squat and pressing up to me, and with little time lately to figure it out, I am going with heavy squat mon and fri, and heavy press on wed, reverse next week. After basically a week off it feels great to heft the iron again.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday Jan 11- Last week

Not the week I had planned. My Mother has been in the ending stages of Alzheimer's disease for the last few years and passed away last Sunday. I drove to North Carolina on Monday and spent the week with family, to visit, attend to details and the memorial service.

This is a fitness oriented blog and it isn't appropriate to elaborate here, but she was a wonderful Mother, wife and friend and we will miss her every day.

Rest in peace, Mom.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Sunday Jan 4- Retesting 1 Rep Max

Warm up,

Squat- 8Xbar,4X95,2X155,
1X185,225,275, 300

Bench press- 8Xbar,6X130,2X160
1X190,210, missX240, 1X240, 245

Deadlift- 4X135,
1X185,225,295,345, missX370,370,365,355

Notes: Compared to Dec 5, Squat up from 275, bench up from 220, DL the same. Old total 840, new total 890. The 345 went up much easier this time and I really wanted a bigger dead but I was spent. Crap! Next time...

Friday, January 2, 2009

Friday Jan 2- Workout B

targeted drills, KB circuit

Ball/roller work, mobility warm up

1- BB Floor press-warm up 10Xbar,100,4X140,2X190

2a- Front squat-warm up, 5Xbar,3X95,1X135
2b-Swiss ball push up-8,8,8,8

3a-Incline prone Y-10X10,10
3b-Side bridge w/leg raise-12,12

Notes: Another good one, though I still say side bridges with leg raise are the penitence of the damned. What have I done to deserve them? }:-( This is the last workout of this program, and next I start a 7-week deadlifting program that Bill generously included. It leaves pressing and squatting schemes to me, but provides a pattern of several deadlifting variations that I'm eager to follow. I will retest my 1RM of Dead, squat and bench soon and go from there, retesting yet again in 7 weeks.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Thursday January 1, 2009- Intervals

Targeted drills, KB circuit


Sprints & push ups.
Did 10 push ups, sprinted across field (70 yards?) 10 more push ups, sprint back, repeat 5 times

Finished with 5 sets of 10 jumps on a wall, a little over knee height.

Notes: Short and sweet. Got the heart rate racing! Done at the local elementary school yard. Had planned to do pull ups also but the playground was locked up tight (??) so I was confined to the yard behind the school.