Training Direction

When I began this blog I had three goals in mind; increase strength, become fitter and gain some muscle.  I started with a program that combined strength and conditioning but had strength as the main focus.  During this first year I got stronger, slightly increased my fitness and gained five pounds of muscle.  In March I switched to a different program that combined strength and conditioning but this one had conditioning as the main focus.  The reason for this was I wanted to put up a good score on Murph in May.  Mission accomplished as I did better than expected.  I intended to then switch to more of a bulking program over the summer to gain some muscle.  But I was on such a high from the score I received on Murph that I continued doing what I was doing.

Recently I decided I was ready to change things up a bit.  But I was undecided on how to go about it.  Due to my physical limitations; knees, shoulder and lower back I was wondering if it was time to play it a little safer.  As I explored that option I found it to be boring and I wasn’t ready for that.  I enjoy varying my workouts by type of exercise and intensity.  I didn’t want that to end.  After looking at different options I decided to program my own workouts.  What a novel concept!

I decided to use the following weekly format that I can best describe as my version of Crossfit or functional fitness or whatever term you want to use:

  • Monday – strength training followed by a short intense circuit.
  • Tuesday – body-weight only circuit done at high intensity.
  • Wednesday – explosive strength training followed by a short intense circuit.
  • Thursday – some type of interval or circuit using the airdyne.
  • Friday – strength training followed by a short intense circuit.

So far I have found myself re-energized by being able to follow a program that is tailored to what I need and what I enjoy.  I am able to have a good structure while providing variety in the circuits I use.  Training is no longer stale and I look forward to training each day.  I once again have a clear training direction.

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