Is this a shameless plug for Wilderness Athlete Products??? Hmm… not real sure but a few months ago Wilderness Athlete sent out a “Challenge” on its Facebook page basically announcing the start of a new “Life Style Change” Challenge. I say challenge because it isn’t really a competition and the only winners are those that make the investment into themselves. AS SOON as the post was made there was a ton of people that signed up and made promises of “Changing their EVIL WAYS”. The only catch was that they would need to keep everybody up to speed on their progress on the Facebook page… WELL, after all was said and done it looks like Duran Martinez and I are the only ones that really stepped up.
So what is this big program that Wilderness Athlete has put together?? I will be absolutely honest in saying that it isn’t anything special. I post it when I get approval from WA but in my owns words it basically breaks down to; Eat More Protein, Processed foods are the DEVIL, and Get off You Butt and Do ANYTHING!!!
See pretty easy…
So what is my plan??? Well, I have been in and out of the gym for the last few years but I only got serious for a brief period of time before my mountain lion hunt. So I felt like I needed to start by building a solid baseline. I think Arnold S. once something to the effect that in order for us to get better we need to do stuff that we hate to do. For me I HATE doing cardio. I just don’t have a runners body and I just don’t enjoy it. I can lift ALL day but cardio is a pain.
My plan was to do some sort of cardio on M-W-F and lift on Tues-Thurs and hit the hills on Saturday. My Goals??? Just to start doing it… I really didn’t have a solid baseline that I could set goals.
As you guys know I travel a lot for work so being on the road is/was going to be one of my big barriers. It is just hard to eat healthy while you are traveling. I always want to make smart decision when I am on the road but it is just difficult. SOOO What is my secret weapon? Well, it really isn’t a secret. Just pack extra food when I am on the road and if it is a choice between a Gut-Bomb or a Meal Replacement Shake choose the shake. I also need to find a way of staying on track or a way of holding myself accountable. For me it was making the WA Challenge public. I have been using a website called www.dailymile.com as a way of tracking my workouts. It posts my workouts to my Facebook page so others can track my progress or lack of progress.
SO…. Lets talk about my initial workouts…
M-W-F… Cardio Days – For the record, I used a Treadmill, Elliptical Machine and a Stationary Bike. I know I know nothing to sexy but I am focusing on CARDIO… My goal was to not worry about distance but to focus on my heart rate and training zones. After my warm-up I wanted to get my heart rate around 80%-90% of my Max Heart Rate for at least 30 minutes. Why did I choose 30 minutes and why 80%-90%??? Well, I did a ton of research and this looked like a good place to start. When I first started getting my heart rate into my training zone was pretty easy, basically because I was out of shape.
Tues-Thurs… – Weights- Pull and Push routines…I wanted to start with basic COMPOUND movements. Also, one of my goals was to be done with my workout within 1 hour. I figure that if I am in the gym any longer than that I am messing around and not being intense enough.
Tues – Back, Biceps and Abs. – Again COMPOUND movements. I will get into the details later but just think, Pull-downs, Barbell Curls, Planks.
Thursday – Chest, Delts and Triceps… — Think Dumbbell Presses, Dips, Pec Dec,
Okay so that is the basic plan with, I will give more details later but I just wanted to get this started.
Oh yeah.. Saturdays.. ALL ABOUT THE MOUNTAINS…
Take Care and Stay Tuned.