My Fitness Program

Discussion in 'Survival of the Fittest' started by melbo, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Now that I understand that exercise is responsible for only 20% of body composition (with food being the 80%), I've scaled back the amount and types of my (admittedly not very consistent workout routines) that have started and stopped over the years.

    My week consists of the below 3 milestones, which can be completed in any order and as I feel the energy to perform them - just so long as I make sure to get them all in during the 7 day period:

    Move Slowly / Play / Rest - 3 to 5 hours per week
    • Moving Slowly simply means moving (walking, hiking, biking, etc) at 55% to 75% of your max heart rate (easy pace) for 3-5 hours per week. It can be done all at once on a long Saturday hike or can be broken up into blocks along the week. Walking from the farthest parking space to the door counts :) The key is movement, not miles or speed.
    • Playing is just that, throwing the frisbee, football, etc around, playing tag with the children, snowboarding, etc. Make time for it as play is an important (and mostly forgotten as adults) aspect of human interaction.
    • Rest - probably the easiest one for the already tired population... I rested on the beach yesterday for a few hours in the sun.

    Lift Heavy Things - 2 times a week
    No gym, no olympic weights in the garage, no equipment necessary except for a way to do pull-ups and chin-ups. Each of the 4 movements use body weight only and are designed to be full body, full motion movements that mimic real life. I don't isolate any individual muscles during these workouts.
    • Pull-ups - Target for men is 12 unassisted, I'm at 6 and then I drop a leg to a stool for 10-12 more
    • Push ups - Target for men is 50 standard push-ups although when just beginning: its acceptable to start out in standard position for as many as you can do, move to an incline by putting your arms on a chair or even drop to knees to get the 50
    • Squats -Target for men is 50 squats (butt just at or slightly below the knees)
    • Planks - 1 minute:30 seconds straight, 45 seconds each side. (If you do them properly and engage your core, they really suck)
    Sprint Once in Awhile - Once each week to 10 days
    I tend to do them every Sunday, or sometimes Saturday which means I'm sprinting one time each 7 days. 6 sprints at 50 yards each with plenty of recovery time to catch your breath in between. The key here is all out maximum effort for a brief period of time. When starting out, jogging to faster jogging is fine. For some folks, walking 50 yrds just might be an all out effort... I take a few warm up runs at 50 yrds with some bursts of full speed mingled with running. I also run barefoot if on the grass or sand and in Vibram Five Fingers elsewhere.

    That's it. No grueling 10 mile runs. No hour long spin classes. No wasting away life at the treadmill, no 'chronic cardio' or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) from overexertion at the gym.

    Yesterday was Labor Day. We went to the beach where we were able to get multiple milestones in during our 4 hours watching the children play: We moved slowly by walking the beach for an hour, sprinted, played, rest, and got adequate sunshine. Oh yeah, I also got in a cold water plunge as this lake is runoff from snow-capped mountains All in all it was an incredible day - 'fitness and exercise' has never been so enjoyable nor provided the type of results that we're seeing.

    I also don't have a chair at my office anymore but use an Ergotron stand up workstation hooked to my desk. Counting my 20 minute drive to work each way, I think I only sit for ~2 hours a day.

  2. TXKajun

    TXKajun Monkey+++

    melbo, I've got copies of Primal stuff and am preparing to put both Sweetie and myself on it. Almost got there tonight, but stuff happens. LOL

    It looks doable, unlike Atkins which was unsustainable for more than a couple of weeks for us.

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  3. AnthonyNixon

    AnthonyNixon Neophyte Monkey

    Thanks for sharing this routine.
  4. hot diggity

    hot diggity Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++

    Thanks for sharing Melbo. I was thinking of posting something that sounds very similar on my Primal Journey post when I got the time. It's good to see that the guy who was my original inspiration to go Primal is following a routine that's pretty close to my own.

    I really cut back on the exercises when the hot summer months got here. I always do my sprints on the beach on Sunday, and will do an occasional set of pushups and planks, but I have been even less consistent than you. The surprise is that I stay right there at the low end of my 168-172 optimal weight, and have for over a year. I'm a lot more tan, and do lots of walks on the beach along with my sprints. As it cools off and I can do pull-ups outside without the bugs eating me alive, I will get back into the four essential movements. (In order of preference - pushs-ups, planks, pull-ups, and squats) Throw in a few more sprints up and down the 16 step industrial stairway to nowhere at work, (which I often substitute for squats) and I'll be able to keep wearing the same clothes until I just wear them out. :)
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  5. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    Definitely more vigorous than my routine.

    Drag myself off the couch and walk to the kitchen for another beer... :D
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  6. MarleneK

    MarleneK Monkey

    Thanks for sharing Melbo. The best way to be fit is to stay active.Taking the stairs instead of an elevator.Eating good and healthy food.Meditation and Yoga helps to keep your mind fresh and motivated.
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  7. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Lots of simple stuff helps too. I park as far away from the entrance to a store as possible to force myself to walk further
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