Cardio and The Average Guy
Its day three of working out and I know this one is going to suck, cause its Sunday and there are so many things I have to get done, and not to mention we have another workout on Monday because of the way my work schedule worked out. That’s besides the point, we are still on track. We have done our three day per week workout plan, and are working on getting everything optimized for the upcoming weeks. I still don’t know what we are going to do for the weeks I’m off at 9 almost everyday, but we will jump that hurdle when we get to it.
Today we did something I have not personally done since I was in high school. We set up some makeshift cones out of our water bottles and keys about 40 yards apart and did some sprints. We did 16 sets running as fast as we could. and in between every set we did 10 push ups. This lasted about 30 mins in total. It was a pretty good workout for someone who has not ran in a while. After I was done, my legs did not hurt as bad as I thought they would. Instead I was having a terrible time controlling my breath. I didn’t find it all that alarming since, this is exactly how I felt when I use to run in high school, only after longer intervals. I just assumed it was because I had no pre running conditioning going on. I would say for being the first day running it wasn’t bad. It could have been a lot worse. I think Ramon might be hurting a little more. His knee was giving him an issue half way through the exercise.
As far as the pain from working out, its getting better. Its no where near the pain i had the first night. I actually find myself wanting to stretch and move more at work. Its really something that I haven’t seen myself wanting to do in years. I figure its like a rolling snow ball. The more you work out the more your body wants itself to keep moving. Lets hope that’s how its going to work out.
Since we are not committed to a specific day a week to work out, there is a lot that can interfere with getting some exerciser in. The first being a work schedule. Since I’m working in retail I have no choice but to plan my workouts either in the morning or in the night. Ramon works banker hours, so morning is really off limits to him unless we get up at 3 am. Its going to be hard in the next coming months to make sure we get all three days in. If we cant arrange the schedule then we are going to have to find days to work out on our own. That will be the real test for me, since I feel that working out with someone helps keep me motivated.
Well one week down, I don’t feel smaller, but I do feel better. I haven’t woken up in the morning winded from getting out of bed. That’s a good start in my book.
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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.
Occupation: Software Engineer
Crossfit, Olympic Weightlifting, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Snowboarding, Hiking,
Dragon Boat Paddling, Swimming, Salsa Dancing
I like to think of myself as the typical fitness junkie who was not blessed
with any natural fitness ability. Everything that I've been able to achieve
from a fitness perspective has been the result of a lot of hard work.
There's been a lot of ups and downs, a lot of pains and injuries, but in
the end, it's all about trying to be a better person. Be honest with
yourself, stay humble, do you best, keep an open mind, and most
importantly, have fun because life is too short to not make the most of
At this point, most of my focus has been on Olympic Weightlifting and
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. So my overall goals in regards to these 2 fitness
hobbies are pretty straightforward:
1. Improve on my strength
2. Improve on my technique
3. Avoid major injuries
As far as specific goals that I'm hoping to achieve in the future:
1. Clean and Jerk 315lbs (Current Personal Best: 270lbs)
2. Snatch 225lbs (Current Personal Best: 200lbs)
1. Compete in my first tournament as a Purple Belt.
Hey guys, this is Jeremy, and I am overweight. I am currently 5 foot 9 inches tall and I weigh about 270 pounds. Me and my friend Ramon decided we wanted to get into shape and try to be as fit as some of our friends who are the same age as us. It sucks being the big one of the group.
I wanted to go over a little about my life so people can get an understanding of where I am coming from. I have been married for close to 6 years now going on 7, and I have 2 children who are 2 and 6. They run around me and I feel winded just watching them. I’ve worked full time at The Home Depot for the last 9 years, and that is about the only workout I have done since then.
I wanted to let everyone know I am a average guy, I do not work out for a living. I also do not own any special equipment. I am planing on losing weight basically by doing calisthenics, yoga, and a meal plan. I may add things in as I go, but I am not going to try every new gadget or machine that comes out. Nor am I going to buy every gym membership that is offered to me. I know it can be done with a little will power and a little motivation from our team here at average guy fitness.
I have some short term goals
- Do one pull up
- Get on track with a meal plan
- Get on track with a workout plan
- Stretch more
- Gain discipline
I have some medium term goals
- Lose 60 to 80 pounds
- Have to buy new pants for work
- Adapt my workout plans
- Gain more discipline
I have some long term goals
- Make this website a success
- Lose 100 pounds
- Do 60 pull ups
- Build an outdoor workout area in the backyard
- Do charity runs cause I can.
- Get a 2 pack, ill be happy with a 2 pack XD
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.