Archive | July, 2014

Clearing My Pipes

25 Jul


I got my first set back in my Asylum career, I got the allergy bug earlier this week. With stuffy nose, sore throat, water eyes and body aches makes for restless nights. I’ve gone through several over the counter drugs but none seem to get me back to my old self. We’ve had some beautiful summer weather and I get stuck inside laying in bed. 

I pretty much rested all week and I’m starting to feel better now. I thought that I might have lost my strength but I was able to do 6 dead hang pull-ups in a row. One better than my previous best. Decided to clear my windpipes and see if I can best last week’s 5 mile run time. 

Was glad to beat my previous best by over a minute and keep my 5 mile run under 43 minutes. Looks like I’m ready to hit asylum come Monday and get back on track. Yes, that’s my folding bike in the background.

I got a feeling that I’m going to be doing my longest run this summer.


Grease the Groove

19 Jul


Day 13 – Asylum Hybrid – Speed & Agility and Ab Shredder

I started with Ab Shredder first to warm up my body. Amazed at how much I sweat with only working my core. I’m sure yesterday’s 5 mile run had something with me feeling drained today. Noticed lactic acid build up in my legs and did some quad stretches to alleviate the discomfort. I usually look forward to Speed & Agility but today I just couldn’t take off like I wanted to. I got gassed a couple of times during the bear crawls.

I had a short 4 mile bike ride that I wanted to stretch to 20 miles but I had too much to do in too little time. I started getting restless and knew I had to get off the bike.

My silver lining today was that I was able to knock out 5 pull-ups in a row. Getting stronger by the day. Everyday I try to do some form of exercise that will help me get stronger on the bar. From Australian Pull-Ups, reverse pull-ups, presses and push-ups, got to grease the groove.

Catch Me If You Can

18 Jul


Day 12 – Asylum Hybrid – Off-Day Stretch

Opted to run a 5 mile trail run today instead. It felt good to revisit an old favorite trail route 10+ pounds lighter. It almost felt like I wasn’t running but just watching. My body was ok with an uptempo pace at times. All credit goes to Asylum and blasting Megadeth’s Rust In Peace in the headphones for running 5 miles under 44 minutes.

Suffer in the gym, reap the rewards on the field.

Old Things New

17 Jul


Day 11 – Asylum Hybrid – Vertical Plyo

Not as difficult as I had remembered it. It was nice that it was under 40 minutes too. The hardest part was the jack push ups with bands. All along I was doing them wrong. I was only doing the regular push up and not also the tricep push up. No matter how many times you’ve done the workout, you can always pick something new out.

Looking forward to tomorrow’s stretch but I may go on a trail run instead. I want to go farther than my usual 5K. Going to shoot for 5 miles and curious to see how long it will take me.

Double Trouble

16 Jul

two-birdsDay 10 – Asylum Hybrid – Back & 6-Pack

This has become my favorite Asylum disc along with Speed & Agility. Especially when done with a pull-up bar, it works my two weakest areas, core and back. You’re even working your core when you’re up on the bar with the leg lifts knocking 2 birds with one stone. There’s many pull-up and Ab workout DVDs on the market that cost almost as much as Asylum with less material. For $20 more you get a total of 8 discs.
I’ll be using some of these pull-up exercises away from the Asylum that show you what more you can do with a pull-up bar than just pull-ups.

Monotonous Motions

15 Jul



Day 9 – Asylum Hybrid – Power Legs

Glad to give the upper body a rest today. Today’s workout seemed like it flew by. Today’s been one of those blah days. Haven’t been able to get a good night’s rest last few days. I figured with Asylum, I should be sleeping like a baby.

Like all things, today shall pass. 

Small Victory

14 Jul


Day 8 – Asylum Hybrid – Upper Elite

Not sure how I managed to have completed Upper Elite in the past. I was reaching my complete limit with all the push ups today.

Had a big victory today. Was planning on doing Upper Elite in the evening and was going to have some greasy mexican food for lunch today thinking that I’ll burn it off with Upper Elite and go on a run afterwards. While I was walking my dogs, I thought that if I had that greasy food for lunch, that it will set me back a couple days weight wise. Plus with 2 legs workouts this week, maybe running wasn’t such a good idea and better to double up with another physical activity.

I diverged from indulging on my cravings and having my go to chicken salad. Yet I would like to reward myself for staying focused from temptation. Maybe just a little bit of ice cream.

With 3 weeks left I don’t have a large margin for error if I want to reach my weight loss goal.