It’s Wednesday – half way through the week and just feeling like I’m getting started over here post-wilderness trip!
Recently I got the chance to do a segment on go!Calgary with Shaw TV and wanted to share the tips I talked about with Phoenix concerning transitioning from (indoor) winter fitness to (outside) spring fitness. The show featured 3 different interviews with me, so here’s part 1:
And lastly, part 3:
I had SO much fun working with Phoenix and the guys Patrick and Nick – being on camera is super fun for me and they made everything so easy and put me at ease right away! Plus, as evidenced by this post and blog, I could talk about fitness all the time. 😉
I was going through my emails recently and noticed an email I’d written to myself with some notes from Pat Flynn on what minimalism in terms of fitness means. I wanted to share them with you because I think it’s such sound advice!
Remember: Minimalism = Effectiveness + Efficiency.
Effectiveness = Doing the Right Things (picking the RIGHT exercises; eating the RIGHT foods. All of this is contextual by the way, there is no one right answer.)
Efficiency = Doing Things Right (picking the RIGHT number of reps, sets, rest, weight, etc; when to eat and how much).
I finished my Powerful Pressing Program, which I was doing through Janelle at Primal Fitness Pittsburgh. Although I was away for the last few days, the break from working out (because, let’s be honest, my body was ready for a break! Plus…there were a LOT of bears in the area) came at great timing so that I was rested going into test week. The goal of this program (which I would highly recommend), is to improve your 1 rep max for the overhead press with a kettlebell. I LOVED the program and actually watched myself get stronger, which is so exciting!
I tested my 1 rep max for the KB press and was happy with my results: I cleaned and pressed the 16 KG easily, nailed the 20 KG on my R but couldn’t get it up on my L:
Then I tested my max pull ups. I felt a bit off not having worked out for so long; my head definitely wasn’t in the game. BUT, I still managed 10 dead hang pull ups after really not training my back much at all the past 5 weeks. I’ve always done better when I’m doing a pull up program (my previous PR’s were 13 and 14, respectively), so I was pretty happy with 10 pull ups. After I hopped off the bar, I immediately jumped back on to bang out 5 tired reps. I’ll get my 15 reps yet!
Here’s the link to those 10 pull ups.
Along with this change coming up in a month of so, I decided to reach out to Skulpt to track my body fat as I try to keep it low before not being in the gym for a while. Plus, since I threw out my scale over a year (or two?) ago, Mikey and I want another way (besides our jeans, which is my go-to method!) to track how we’re doing. He doesn’t get as obsessive about numbers, so he’s missing the scale but I wasn’t willing to bring one back in the house (I just don’t need to use that as my base measurement). So…I reached out to Skulpt after reading some reviews of other bloggers about the product online and they sent me a product, free of charge, to review!
The product, Aim,
“analyzes fat % and MQ (muscle quantity) by sending a small current through one muscle at a time. Great precision means more accuracy. Electrical Impedance Myography (EIM) technology”
is used by wetting the area of certain muscles and then holding the product against your skin to take a muscle reading. So far my Aim is charging…I can’t wait to let you know how it works and share my honest thoughts about it with you guys!
…and that’s about all the fitness stuff I’ve got for you today! Share your recent workouts, fitness plans, good posts, or gadgets in the comments below. Lie well & be well guys!