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On Exercise: New Regiment

As with all my posts, It has been a while since I updated my exercise-related threads.

Last time I stopped, the program followed by me was strong lifts. After a grueling six months of following this strict exercise regiment, not worrying too much about food, I gained a total of over 15 Kgs – about 32 lbs. 

It is inadvisable to continue with the same regiment for over three months, based on personal experience. However, since I did not reach my plateau by the end of the first three months, I decided to go on for another three months. 

After strong lifts, I followed no specific exercise routine. Switching between weight lifting, cardio and calisthenics, I managed to maintain my gains rather well. The next routine I intend to go on with, by 1st January 2013, is a calisthenics based routine. I will rotate between different exercises and adding weights to limit my last set count to less than 8 reps. Considering the large numbers of reps I can pull in un-weighted sets, I will have to add a significant amount of weights.

I estimate that the downside for this would be the reduced stress on cardio, as my calisthenics exercises have reached a point where its a cardio routine. However, I intend to supplement the routine with daily cardio before or after exercising, depending on my energy levels during the workout.

Keep it pumping.

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On Happiness: A Short List Of Some Of The Things That Make Me Happy

Today I kept stumbling on posts and websites that had something negative as the main topic, racism, hate, war, disaster, violence and the list keeps going on and on, actually its never-ending.

After reading some articles, watching some videos, looking at some picture, I started to feel somewhat sad and disappointed, and decided to write a list of the things that make me happy or, at least, at ease.

The Sunrise:

Although I like both the sunrise and the sunset, there is something about watching daybreak that always make me feel amazed, it hits me every time.

To me, sunrise symbolizes a new beginning, whatever happened the other day is over and a new day comes, new chances and opportunities, and usually after having a bad day, the next seems sweeter.

I think it has something to do with the timing, because usually by then its quite, and I’m alone staring at this amazing moment with nothing to bother me.

Animal Interaction:

I always felt that animals had their own way of knowing things, don’t you find it strange that when your back from a bad day of work your cat or dog knows exactly what you need? (and give you the required appreciation).

Animals seem to have something lacking in most humans, at least sometimes, and this is unconditional positive regard, whatever happens, as long as you take care of an animal and treat it well, it will always make you feel wanted and appreciated, if not loved.

Greenery:

Most people like flowers and pay little attention to grass, but the truth is that grass and leaves are just as beautiful, they feel somewhat serene and just “out there” minding their own business, imagine people were more like grass, we’d then actually live in a peaceful world.

The serenity of grass has always amazed me, it just hangs in there with nothing to do and no where to go, it just stays, waits and grows if allowed to.

Babies:

I read an article somewhere that male aggression levels reduce in the presence of newborns, this is 100% true as I always feel calm whenever I see a baby, its like they force you to want to take care of them (personally I just stay away to avoid the “awwww” moments, they give a non-masculine image).

I believe that its a defense mechanism that babes have, being so helpless the only way he/she can survive is by making others take care of them, truly a genius move.

Philanthropy:

When I do something good for someone in need, it always lifts my spirits, however, it has to involve sacrifice from my part, other than money, actual time and effort.

I tried to do one good thing a day for someone, but somehow I deviated from this path and forgot all about it, I think its time to reestablish the habit.

These are some of the things that make me happy, I really wish that one day I will be the kind of person that would stop to smell the flowers and, maybe, convince others to do so.

Have a happy week.

On Others: Resolution Fitness

This post is sick, it will make you reconsider putting more effort in your body, Alignment! Oh My!.

Why Exercise? An Attempt To Make You Healthier

After surfing this site for quite a while, it has come to my realization that lots of bloggers are interested in health and fitness and thought that I might contribute a bit regarding the matter.

Let me tell you about my fitness life a bit before you start wondering “why the hell should I continue reading this?”. Back in the year 2000 I made new millennium resolution (not something many can claim) that I would start living more healthily and exercising regularly. Today, 28 November 2011 I still hold my resolution and continue to follow my plan.

At first, I was not sure of what the hell I was doing, started with some crunches and push-ups at home, then added some pull-ups and chin-ups when I decided to invest in one of those door bars. For about a year or two that was the only thing I was doing, and I was doing it extremely often. There was no pattern or timing or record keeping at the time, just exercising whenever I was free, when I wake up and before I sleep. By the end of this period I was doing ridiculous amounts of reps and reached a plateau I couldn’t break, then I decided to get some cardio in the mix, and started running 2-3 times a week.

In the year 2003/4 I started hitting the gym, not really knowing what I was doing, most of my free time was spent researching exercises and work-out routines and trying them out. about a year later it hit me that I really need to focus on nutrition and started applying a healthy diet where I eliminated all junk and artificial food. Till this day I follow the plan 99% of the time, deviating for occasions only. It reached a point that its part of who I am, I breath, sleep, eat, do some other human body function stuff, and exercise.

So far I told you nothing that you can use or apply to your life, well here it comes. First of all, you need to exclusively and openly declare a personal mission to be healthy, loose fat, gain weight, or whatever you choose (to me it was becoming a healthy person). After that you should start attempting to reach your goal with whatever knowledge you have regarding the subject while researching in order to fine tune your attempts. You need to realize that you will never reach a point where you do not require any further researching, there is always something out there you don’t know about. Establishing the habit is the number 1 priority you should have, it is truly the secret to succeeding in your goals and maintaining the results.

No two people on this Earth have the exact same body or DNA, even twins or clones (environmental factors would cause them to have slight variations from each other, but that’s not the point). What works for someone else does not necessarily work for you, you need to fine tune your plan to fit your body, after all, you are the only one that has the potential to fully understand your body since you live with it 100% of the time.

my height is about 170 cm and currently weight 80 kg (176 lbs) with 12% body fat, at my heaviest I weighed about 87 kg (191 lbs) and had about 10% body fat, and my lowest was 72 kg (158.2 lbs) and had about 8-9% body fat. I never used steroids and the only supplements I used was whey protein (for 5 days only) and animal flex (one box or whatever these containers are called). Personally I think that almost all supplements are useless if you have a healthy balanced diet, meal replacements are only useful if you have a busy life-style and don’t really have time to properly prepare your meals. I am considering experimenting a bit with supplements, but at the moment I am not convinced that they are of any use and have 0% faith in them so I’m not sure about this yet.

I hope that this blog provided you with some ideas to as how to start or proceed with your exercise-included life, or at least alleviated a couple of minutes of boredom.

Thank you all for reading.