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What I’m Gonna do

Posted in Uncategorized by Mike on August 19, 2009

I’ve got a week and a half until classes start so that time we be spent preparing myself for classes, trying to get my schedule set, making sure my ducks are in a row and so on. Other time will be spent tying up some loose ends. I’ve got a bunch of things I’d like to do in their own right but I’m just parking any major aspirations for now. Two semesters of school, then I’ll have free time.

The plan is to workout Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Tuesday and Thursday are class days and Friday is the big grocery day and the day I take off to do anything Laura can think of that she would like to do without worrying about time or whether I need to shower first. I’m not going to workout at school this semester (and presumably next). I decided that was just too many things too do and I tended to eat too much then which also entailed spending too much cause there was usually a trip toSubway involved. Instead I’m going to try and stop that habit by conserving a few calories on that day. I’ll use the time I was using to workout to work on class stuff, either homework or the online class. This means more free time at home some nights.

I will be working out mostly at home. I would anticipate a few tennis nights thrown in and even the occasional chrome and fern. 75% will probably be kettlebells and bodyweight though. I have two goals for the semester. Lose some pounds and work on my endurance. Examples of endurance that I’d use as markers are to complete the Freeport DVD, do a 24K 10 minute snatch test without setting the kettlebell on the ground and I ma work up a couple short circuits that I can use as a marker regarding my state as each round ends. Something like the workout I just posted an hour or two ago would work.

The other issue is mobility and flexibility. I used some yoga as a warm up tonight and had I not been lazy I should have cooled down with it. It’s just a few poses in sequence for ten of fifteen minutes, nothing special. I’ve got a few other tools in my toolbox the magnificent mobility DVD and Z-health come to mind. I’d like to start doingthe basic Z-health warmup at least once a day, three options come to mind.

  1. first thing in the morning
  2. as a break during the day
  3. 8pm, after walking the dog

My initial thought was 8pm but it just seemed backwards to do something that is called a “neural warm-up” at the end of my day when I need my nerves to cooldown. I would love to say I’ll do it first thing in the AM but I’ve learned time and again that with my current schedule, I’m not gonna get up earlier, I’m not gonna stick to anything I try to wedge into my current morning routine and I’m not gonna push back my drive time. It may seem like I’m being obstinate but I have reasons and I have experience on this. The during the day option seems ideal. I supposedly get two fifteen minute breaks and a 30 minute lunch per day but all I seem to do is get cups of tea or decaf coffee and eat lunch at my desk. I think I could feel ok about takeing ten or fifteen minutes for a neural warmup and maybe it could improve work performance, who knows. I’m not quite bold enough to just stand in my cubicle and start doing circles with my legs, arms and trunk, not cause I’ll be embarassed but because I get sick of explaining stuff, so I’ll take advantage of the office sized bathroom we have and go stand in there for ten minutes and wave my arms, legs and torso. People will just presume a really habitual bathroom schedule. 🙂

Last and probably least, I have considered picking up some of the additiona Z-health DVDs. I don’t get Z-health the level of magic I hear reported sometimes but it feels good and that’s an A+ in my book.

3 Responses to 'What I’m Gonna do'

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  1. gene said,

    Mike, when leaving Minneapolis, we drove by a recreational facility/park that advertised kettle bell classes.

    Have a good week.

  2. Mike said,

    Do you recall where about it was?

    It occurred to me today to look for Crossfit Minneapolis (a popular generalist fitness and strength program) it was less than a half mile away (mostly north right by the river) if I had thought of it at the time I would have taken Ben over there on a regular basis.

  3. gene said,

    It was on Portland Street, about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way between downtown and I 494. It was on the east side of Portland street. Portland Street parallels I 35 W, and Portland is about 3 to 4 blocks east of I 35 W. I don’t remember the name of the facility/park.

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