Starting Something New

So far so good on my plans to be more active on my blog. I enjoy being able to tell my story and share my experiance with anyone who wants to read it. I will also communicate with anyone who wants to talk, just leave me a comment and I will respond.

This week I have decided to try P90X3. My wife has decided that she will do some of the workouts with me, sadly some nights we just don’t get to see each other because we are so busy and those nights are really hard for nus to get the time to fit the workout in. Event though the workout itself is only 30 minutes, it is more like an hour due to the preparation before and after, the shower and making sure that we have energy to do whatever else we have to do.

At this point I am 2 workouts into the program and I am trying my best to be able to do it every day but some days are just not long enough. These workouts are intense! Most of the exercise uses body weight or elastic stretch bands and don’t seem like much until you start doing them. 30 minutes doesn’t seem like a lot of time but by the time 10-12 minutes has passed I am already covered in sweat. 

Some of the exercises are fun, some of them are challenging and others are just like huh? The only thing that gets annoying about the program is the instructor. He seems like he either knows what he is doing (which I hope) or that he is a good actor. He has an annoying sense of humor which gets old pretty fast. The upside is that he is energetic about doing the program and that helps me to be able to do the work. Rather learn from an energetic and annoying person than a bored quiet person.

The other downside is that since this program is owned by BeachBody, there is a lot of advertisments before and after the workout. I get the fact that they want to advertise other products in this video but does it have to be before and after each workout? 

I will post pictures in a future update, they are on my cellphone. I feel this will definatly help me, the question is how much? My friends and I have started another 3 month cycle of our “Biggest Loser” challenge. I lost the first by .2% and was a little bummed but hopefully I can push myself more this time around.

Stay tuned!

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Starting Something New

So far so good on my plans to be more active on my blog. I enjoy being able to tell my story and share my experiance with anyone who wants to read it. I will also communicate with anyone who wants to talk, just leave me a comment and I will respond.

This week I have decided to try P90X3. My wife has decided that she will do some of the workouts with me, sadly some nights we just don’t get to see each other because we are so busy and those nights are really hard for nus to get the time to fit the workout in. Event though the workout itself is only 30 minutes, it is more like an hour due to the preparation before and after, the shower and making sure that we have energy to do whatever else we have to do.

At this point I am 2 workouts into the program and I am trying my best to be able to do it every day but some days are just not long enough. These workouts are intense! Most of the exercise uses body weight or elastic stretch bands and don’t seem like much until you start doing them. 30 minutes doesn’t seem like a lot of time but by the time 10-12 minutes has passed I am already covered in sweat. 

Some of the exercises are fun, some of them are challenging and others are just like huh? The only thing that gets annoying about the program is the instructor. He seems like he either knows what he is doing (which I hope) or that he is a good actor. He has an annoying sense of humor which gets old pretty fast. The upside is that he is energetic about doing the program and that helps me to be able to do the work. Rather learn from an energetic and annoying person than a bored quiet person.

The other downside is that since this program is owned by BeachBody, there is a lot of advertisments before and after the workout. I get the fact that they want to advertise other products in this video but does it have to be before and after each workout? 

I will post pictures in a future update, they are on my cellphone. I feel this will definatly help me, the question is how much? My friends and I have started another 3 month cycle of our “Biggest Loser” challenge. I lost the first by .2% and was a little bummed but hopefully I can push myself more this time around.

Stay tuned!

Starting the Last Week of Month 1

14673069524273 weeks into my new workout plan “JIM STOPPANI’S 12-WEEK SHORTCUT TO SIZE” I am still alive and going strong. I know that I may not be fulfilling the calorie requirements but it is hard to go from eating around 1700 calories to suddenly jump up to 3500. That is more than double! Not going to happen, but I have been following the workouts and I can see the changes that my body has earned for itself, though I did need someone else to show me before I could actually see the difference.

I have been learning new exercises which is one of the key reasons that I decided to make this change in gym life. The breakdown of the workout days has been very helpful. It spreads leg workouts throughout the week (as well as has a day where more time is dedicated to leg day) and I don’t feel like I am overdoing my arms. It has allowed my elbows to feel better, though the increase in other exercises has caused my shoulders to hurt a little big more.

I highly recommend this plan for anyone who is looking for a new way to organize their workouts as well as learn new things.

Since starting, my chest is more defined as well as my abs. As my friend Opi puts it, back in October I had a muffin top and now you can see the beginning of a 6-pack starting. Good things for me to hear. My arms have also grown a little bit but has also been toning up. Looking more vascular as well, as long as I don’t get to the freaky type of vascular. The circumference of my neck has gone down, but my shoulders look more bulked as well as my face is now thinning. I am comparing a lot of this to how I looked back in October.

Case and point, the plan is going great and I am looking forward to the next 9 weeks of going forward with it.

Got the Wife to Lift with Me!

So after months of me telling my wife that she would have better results doing weights and mixing up h{C12DDB32-2555-4E69-995B-8C8EB5F1566A}00-CoupleExercise-Plankser workouts instead of just sweating it out on the ellipticle everyday, she finally decided to take my word for it. It was a huge day in the world of men when I was finally able to say to my much smarter wife “told you so.” She responded with that look that made me turn my head and ask “who said that.”

Since that fateful day she has joined me on the bulk of my leg exercises on leg day and we do our entire back/chesk/shoulder day. It has been a great bonding experiance and has brought us together and given us another thing to do together. It is a lot of fun to play personal trainer with her and to watch her go. It is always more fun to have a partner in crime, even more so when it is your significant other.

She trusts me to ensure her safety with the weights and to make sure she is doing it right, this probably isn’t the best idea but I am pretty good at making it look like I know what I am doing and she is doing good at paying attention and trying new things. She has even started to raise the weight and I can see the change in her form and body (and I like what I see ;-)).

Couples that lift together grow stronger together. That can be taken various ways. Can look at it in physical strength value or as emotional strength. I know that when we move into our next home that she will be able to help me with more of the heavier work. She can now pick up a 10 gallon water jug without issue and doesn’t ask me to help her open nearly as many sauce jars.

The trust that we have gained in each other as well as the ability to show her some of what I do at the gym has been great. To see her benefiting from it both in physical form and on the scale makes me so happy because it makes it her happy and we all know the saying, “a happy wife is a happy life.”

In closing, you want to be close with your gym partner because there is a lot of trust and companionship that goes into a special gym partnership, why not have that partner be your partner in life.