Monday, February 17, 2014

Will have to improvise

I’ve designed this great twice-a-week gym workout to do the next couple months during my busy work season.  

It's well thought out and has the strength and conditioning emphasis I want.  But now a left bicep strain has put the pullups and chinups component of these workouts on hold.

In addition, last week I had to make other adjustments because I wasn't mentally or physically at my best.

But I continue making good progress with a single set of bar dips done during one of these workouts.  Last Saturday, I banged out a 20-rep maximum effort set.  I was pleased because those 20 reps, for this 200-lb. middle-aged man, represent two tons of bodyweight moved up and down using only upper body strength.

The high-intensity interval training part of my workout is also going well.  It's high-intensity and short duration running on a treadmill for a 20-minute torture session in my anaerobic heart rate zone.  The plan is for me to work harder each workout than the previous one until I eventually hit my anaerobic zone brick wall.

Something is better than nothing and at this middle-aged man point in my life, there’ll be training days where I won’t be able to do as prescribed and, therefore, will have to improvise.

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum


Anonymous said...

Did the bicep strain come from doing chin ups and pull ups?

Pierini Fitness said...

I believe heavy weighted pullups was the injury bandit.

Anonymous said...

I think you are fortunate that dips do not bother your shoulders. I used to do sets of 20 in my late teens and early 20s. When I tried to do in my late 50s I hurt my shoulder. Due to my advanced age it took almost a year to heal. I will stick with pushups.

Pierini Fitness said...

Pain-free training is fickle; here today and gone tomorrow. But wise training can always be the stable thread of how we train.

Despite occasional middle-aged man outchies, we can always train around them. They are blessings in disguise because they allow us to devote time to training areas we may have neglected.