R9D84/5 – Durable In The Real World

One of Tony Horton’s best quotes for me is when he talks about being more durable out in the real world. This rings true with me since that is the reason that I go started on this journey in the first place. Even though I was in the gym working hard, I could bench 400lbs and shoulder press my bodyweight (almost 300lbs), my real world applications were not being met. I was still out of breath climbing stairs, I was unsure of myself while performing simple DIY tasks around the house because my flexibility and functional strength just weren’t up to par. In recent days I have pushed my durability to the max with home workouts and work around the house including one day I traversed 3 floors of our  home more than 50 times in 3 hours (that’s almost 3000 steps! The CN Tower in Toronto has 1770!!). That day we re-purposed a room on our top floor back into a bedroom and moved all of my wife’s crafting supplies down to the basement where we will be creating a new office / crafting space for her. On the fitness side I created a workout to celebrate the good weather by installing my gymnastics rings on the deck where they were last year. The workout looked like this:

Wall ball (26lb)
Ring Dips

1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-5-4-3-2-1 = 70 movements each

It was a good workout, although I managed to break the strap on my Suunto T6d in the process. That sent me on a  quest for a new strap which I found at Walmart for $16 (it’s a Timex Ironman TX1240 and it fits perfectly!). So if you have a Suunto and you don’t want to spend $50 on a new Suunto strap, get yourself to Walmart!

Tonight is cardio abs bootcamp and back to coaching, it almost feels like I have had a rest week with being off work since my parents are in town. But it’s time to get back to work, hammer out the last few days of round 9 and decide the format of this site going forward. My inability or unwillingness to stick to P90X2 as a whole leads me to believe it’s time for a change but I am not sure how or what. Stay tuned!

R8D5&6 – Equipment and Improvisation

I decided that since a few of us needed some supplies that I would take a run to the fitness store with the best pricing, which around here at least is Fitness Avenue and pick up some stuff. For myself I decided on a rafter mount chin up bar for the laundry room so that during the bleak Canadian winter I can still crank out appropriate chin ups. Unfortunately, the door mounted bar isn’t cutting it any more. I also opted for a 55lb kettlebell at around 1.09 a lb and a set of gymnastics rings. I went for the rings primarily since I wanted to do 2 things, ring dips and muscle ups. I am not sure I will ever get to the point of being able to do muscle ups, I don’t think I have the flexibility in my shoulders and a little too much bulk. But at the very least I have an extra variety of pull ups and ring dip capability.

So this week was a real mix of stuff I hadn’t planned and things I made up on the spot. What with the crossfit trip, an injured calf, a strained hip flexor and ribfest in Aurora on Sunday the week was all over the place. However I am happy to report that I only skipped one day and that was very well earned. Friday was the off day, mostly to help recover my sore shoulders, on Saturday I did a 5K run/walk to try and test out my calf which went well. I have not done any cardio workouts since I strained my calf and I am really feeling it! Sunday I felt I had neglected my chest and triceps so I did a short workout with pushups and ring dips. It was 8 sets of each, with 4 kinds of pushups involved. I loved the ring dips, they are far more difficult than dips on my homemade dip station given that you need to squeeze the rings into your body as you dip. I am looking forward to getting back into some cardio this week, and getting back on track with the plan. I also have to try out my new larger kettlebell and see how much harder that is.

By the way, Ribs Royale in Aurora do a wicked full rack.