Today I learned that sometimes it’s good to attempt the impossible.
Today I embarked on my latest workout inspired by the Monkey Bar Gym. I’m using their 60 day challenge workouts as a template, which are updated every day and is designed for “people who prefer to workout without the use of weights and get in great shape with nothing more than their bodyweight and Fitness Cables.” That’s me!
Today’s workout introduced me to two exercises I had never done before: V-Ups and Lateral Jumps. I was supposed to alternate these exercises for 40 seconds on, 20 seconds off, and repeat for a total of 12 minutes.
Starting with Lateral Jumps, I used my YogaToes as a divider and attempted 40 seconds of jumping over the Toes from side to side. What a shock. With every jump I sent the Toes flying. My body teetered from side to side, landing randomly in zig-zagged patterns around the Toes, knocking them around the mat. No matter how hard I concentrated I couldn’t do it. And I was knackered after 10 seconds. How would I ever manage 40?
I eventually settled for jumping in place, which was hard in itself but actually quite fun when I found the right music (Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” works well, as does The Clash’s “I Fought the Law”).
Something similar happened with the V-Ups and I ended up settling for more of a V Crunch. Even so, the jumping and the crunching was exhausting, and I can’t remember the last time I felt so challenged.
But it was good. It reminded me that I have a long way to go, especially as far as “functional fitness” goes. But more than that, it reminded me how much more interesting exercise is when I mix up the routine and keep challenging myself. I think this must be one of the reasons I haven’t written about the “fitter” side of SmarterFitter lately – I’ve been sticking to the same ol’ swimming/walking/cycling routine for months. I’m probably bored!
But now I’m energized. I want to start jumping rope.
Diary for Tuesday, April 14 2009
Great swim this morning. 7am. Lane to myself. Swam 2000 meteres. First 1000, I alternated free style and backstroke every 25m. Then I did freestyle interval “sprints” for the next 750m. Finally, 50m of nice and easy freestyle for the cool down.
Dal with Basmati Rice and Raw Veggies
Recipe: Red Lentil Dal with Panch Phoran (using swiss chard instead of cauliflower)
I made a double batch of this stuff last week and froze handy portions of it in the freezer. Dal is the perfect food to cook in bulk and freeze for easy meals. This is a 10 minute lunch, shorter if you have a microwave and the rice is ready to go. What’s also nice about dal is that it goes well with so many vegetables, so a basic dal recipe can be nicely augmented with greens, cauliflower, carrots, peas, or in this case, swiss chard.
I have a long way to go.
40 seconds on, 20 seconds off, repeat for a total of 12 minutes alternating between:
2. Cable Full Extensions
Rest as needed, then repeat same format as above alternating between:
1. Jumping in place
2. V Crunches
Rye Berry Gratin with Lentils and Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Recipe: Rye Berry Gratin with Leeks and Tomatoes