R11D37 – Weekend Away

niagara snowWe had a night away on Friday in Niagara Falls at the Marriott Fallsview. It was a nice hotel but because it was 700 below with the wind and blowing a gale the fact that it wasn’t actually attached to the casino was a little inconvenient. We did take a cab one way but my decision to walk home via the front of the casino meant I was in the wind the whole way, I seriously thought I was going to get hypothermia or frost bite since I had no hat. Anyway, the rooms are very nice, we had a falls view with 2 queens which was perfect. The bathroom was nice, a single function rain type shower head into a tub. The TV was a big flat screen which is expected nowadays I suppose and the place was overall very clean. We got $25 coupons for Milestones so we went there and had dinner (Steak and yam fries) which was pretty good, it is also noteworthy that we had another coupon for a free breakfast buffet and $25 casino play cash. Not a bad value at all since we only paid $149 for the room.

Before we went to dinner I went to the gym which was small but nice, some dumbbells and a large rack type pulley gym. Also, several treadmills and ellipticals. My workout was largely dumbbells something like this:

25 lb db 10 press 10 pullups
30 lb db 10 press 10 pullups
35 lb db 10 press 10 pullups
40 lb db 10 press 10 pullups
45 lb db 10 press 10 pullups
50 lb db 10 press 10 pullups

25 lb 10 fly 10 cable lat straight arm pulldown
30 lb 10 fly 10 cable lat straight arm pulldown
35 lb 10 fly 10 cable lat straight arm pulldown
40 lb 10 fly 10 cable lat straight arm pulldown

Finish with some low cable chest fly pulling up to head height

Saturday after we got home I decided to do an RKC workout with my 55lb KB as follows:

Clean and press, alternating arms

Doesn’t seem like much, but it killed me to do the cleans from the floor and I think I was not smart not to use shoes, it’s been a long time since I did RKC with no shoes and it’s different than barbell cleans for your feet.

Monday I took off since today I am supposed to be going back to my old gym (Super Secret Hideout Gym) on a guest pass with my cat.

Saw the La Rocca Cake van again today and I was reminded how much their logo reminds me of something…

larocca closeenough


Round 2, Days 39-43. Niagara Vacation

So I have been away and trying to fit something into my schedule. For the first time in a long time I worked out at a gym in the hotel only to be ashamed at my lack of brutish strength. I realize that this will bother me forever now that I have shifted my focus but I just can’t help myself. I did take my Insanity DVDs with me also however the room was prohibitively small and they had really nice treadmills in the workout room so I opted instead for some tried and true relatively fastish walking…

I did however manage to get Pure Cardio, Legs and Back, Chest, Shoulders and Triceps done while I was out of town. I also did quite a lot of walking around the area however with a very pregnant wife by my side, walking isn’t what it used to be! So back to today with what is supposed to be max interval plyo. I have to admit that the hardest part of this Round 2 is keeping track of where I am and what day I am on. Not only is it difficult to maintain my focus on the P90X portion but it is equally hard with two forced rest days a week to keep motivated. I have found much to my disappointment that I have been largely unable to do 5 days a week with the 2 coaching days off. I have found that extra rest day creeping in regardless of what I plan.

Here is what I have scheduled on my list for the next 5 workouts. That should, in theory, take me to Monday. I guess we will see.

The message here I guess is that if you are going to plan your workouts without a structured 7 day routine, make sure you have your 90 days written down and take it one day at a time.

Max Interval Plyo
Back & Biceps, Ab Ripper X
Max Cardio
Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X
Max Interval Circuit

Max Interval Plyo

Back & Biceps, Ab Ripper X

Max Cardio

Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X

Max Interval Circuit

I have also just noticed that I was supposed to start the Max workouts last week and failed to do so. I will therefore introduce myself to Max tonight. I just hope he is nicer to me that Shaun T.