Week One of Calisthenics Overview
The idea I had for this week was to transition go from the couch to starting to move our bodies. Our first workout consisted of doing a Basic workout for Jefit. It was an interval style training that we will have listed in our workout section.
Bring On The Pain Of The Average Guy
That workout really exposed how out of shape I was, my muscles were in shock just a few activities into the workout. I could feel my arms trembling while doing push ups and my legs turning into wet noodles once the leg workouts started. It was very humbling for me to grasp how out of shape I am. But it is to be expected since I stopped going to the gym regularly about 5 years ago. What I find really motivating is that Jeremy has really bought in and asserted himself in the idea of getting fit. I gives me the motivation to keep pushing not only him but myself to get healthier. The most challenging thing for me to workout was not having someone that I felt like I had to be there for. When I’ve had a workout partner or just someone who is going to be expecting me to meet them at the gym keeps me on track and detaches me from the couch.
Average Guy Fitness Pro Tip
I strongly recommend finding a workout buddy or finding a community online or locally that can provide this support. There are are several apps that can be synced up to health monitors that have their own communities as well. I currently use a Jawbone UP24 to monitor the steps I am taking each day along with my sleep patterns.
Weight: 245 lbs
Exercise history: Grew up playing soccer, baseball, football, track and lifting weights.
Workout goals: Lose weight, gain flexibility, increase stamina and feel healthy.
Current ailments: Left shoulder pain, Left knee pain and right wrist.
Family Health History: High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and Heart Attack.
What has led me to my current health situation: I hurt my shoulder lifting weights when I was 24 this was a big step back because this prevented me from doing my favorite activity which was lifting weights. The shoulder is one of the worst areas to damage since you use that joint for all upper body lifts. I was never able to rehab the joint and did not have health insurance to get medical attention. I still kept going to the gym to do cardio 4 times a week while I finished up college. I graduated from college and started working late night hours that disrupted my routine. I never was disciplined enough to establish a new workout schedule. Late night partying and even later eating with my current fiancé contributed to the weight gain. The more I was ingrained into corporate America the more my life became sedentary. I would spend hours of my life sitting with my face in front of a computer screen. This is not uncommon for a large portion of the United States workforce. Before this job I had always worked in a restaurant where I was on my feet the majority of my work day, I was never aware how dangerous long term sitting was for a person. In year 3 of my career in banking I started to get pains in my hip flexor and lower back areas. These pains were something I was not accustomed to since I had never been subjected to this type of work. I started doing research and found that the reason for the pain was the tightening of my hip flexor’s and other leg muscles related to sitting for extended periods of time. These mounting aliments have driven me to change my life and gain control of my health.
My health goals, include losing weight, gaining muscle balance, increased flexibility, better cardiovascular health, and increasing energy levels.