Anvil or Hammer

Heart Rate Row

Posted in Cardio,Concept II by Mike on September 13, 2007

This is an experiment. On Thursdays I’m gonna do what I am calling “Heart Rate Rows.” It’s based on several ideas, but first:

45 minutes
9,675 meters
Avg HR 155
Max HR 162

So, the basic idea here is that I want to keep my heart rate around 155 while covering as much distance as possible. Obviously this creates and interesting challenge. There are a couple things that can make that happen improved technique and improved cardiovascular fitness.

I’m wondering if these will work a bit like the 20 rep squat. I haven’t yet gotten into my thoughts on that, and I need to, but the basic idea here is that by training below my max, I can improve some of my less intense level of fitness as well. Basically, improve my aerobic threshold.

Additionally, my body is feeling a little bit beat up this week. I think it was the bodyweight work that took it out of me. So I’m using this low intensity workout to help me recover. The rower seems to be good for that kind of thing.

So, we’ll see how this goes.

Just Obese

Posted in Diet and Bodyweight by Mike on September 13, 2007

I hate the BMI table, always have. That said, I have just discovered that I am no longer “Extremely Obese”. I am now merely “Obese”. I don’t think a sub 200lb bodyweight is in my immediate future but should I ever hit 197, I can proudly say I am merely “Overweight” and no longer “Obese”.

It’s odd that there is no differentiation between males and females on those tables. Scott Styles is going for 175, that seems light to normal, to me, for a guy. For a girl though, 175 is a lot. She better be buff.

btw, when proponents of the BMI charts get irritated that their terms are supposed to be scientific and calculable and people misuse them, maybe they should have considered not using phrases already in the lexicon with common meanings.

Now I’m just getting irritated at those bozos, again.