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!

Long Time No Post

It has been a long time since I have had the time or energy to sit down and type stuff that isn’t work related but that doesn’t mean I have stopped working to achieve my goals.

I have been continuing my workout plan and coming to the end of the 6th week which also happens to be the end of the first half of the plan. I can see and feel the changes and if you follow me on Instagram then you can see them as well. I am very happy with my progress especially when I look back and see how my weight numbers are going up every week.

It is a slow road, there is no shortcut for hard work but if you enjoy what the work that goes into it than there is no such thing as hard work. There are some exercises that I hate doing (bench press, squats) but all that means is that I need to give myself an extra push to do it and shatter my previous personal records.

The Youtube page is up and running and has a few videos and reviews already posted. You can visit at Youtube until I get the chance to purchase a domain name for it. I am enjoying making the videos and hopefully they actually help someone when it comes to purchasing supplements and other random stuff.

I will keep coming back to post more, it just may be few and far between but I am loving the video aspect and have been putting a lot of my free time into filming and editing the videos and putting them online. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel and “like” the videos. Your support means the world to me.

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.

First YouTube Vlog Post

This past week I posted my first vlog on my YouTube channel. You can check it out Screenshot_2016-06-17-07-19-46at Amazon Protein Sample Pack Video. Please watch and subscribe to my YouTube channel!

New Workout Plan

2014-jim-stoppani-shortcut-to-size_facebookThis week I started a new workout plan that I selected on my BodySpace app. I chose “Jim Stoppani’s 12-Week Shortcut to Size” program because it said it would transform my body into the style I want i to be. So far I have done 3 of the workouts included and I can feel it. I call shenanigans on these workouts taking 45 minutes a day, I have been as the gym for over an hour and a half each day so far when they quote 45 minutes. Understanding that recovery takes more or less time per person but it is still a lot to do in a workout to call it 45 minutes.

According to the workout plan I should also be consuming 3500 calories on workout days and 3100 on non-workout days. That is a ton of calories especially when I usually only consume 1500-1700. Asking my to double that and it probably won’t happen. I have been able to increase my intake though. This week I have been between 2100-2600 and I think that is as far as I can get before I start to feel sick from the feeling of eating too much.

My calories are up as well as my protein intake and along with the workout, I am feeling good. I enjoy being at the gym for long periods of time so I don’t have an issue with that but if you are expecting a short time at the gym than you are wrong.

I will be posting pictures of my changes as time goes by. I have been taking pictures every morning and I am hoping to see some positive changes to match the positive feelings that I am having about this workout plan!

My First Week at Planet Fitness

5-%20Myrtle%20Strenght%20AreaCurrently I belong to 3 gyms, yeah I know that is a lot but one of my memberships expires this month and won’t be renewed (the University gym which is my favorite gym). Usually my go-to after the university is Retro Fitness which is your standard 20 dollar a month gym which has all the free-weights and machines that one would expect to find in a gym.

Since my wife is going to be working at a new university which is too far away for me to use their gym, we decided that we would join a cheap gym in the area on the side (it is also a second gym membership for her) so we joined Planet Fitness for 10 dollars a month, comes out to $10.70 with tax. Not bad for a 24-7 gym.

My first impression after getting the tour at Planet Fitness was wow, this place sure is purple and clean. Once I got past how clean things looked and how much cardio equipment they carry I realized that the gym tour didn’t show any free weights. They have an awesome section for a 30 minute workout as well as a 12 minute ab station which I love but where are the free weights?

I finally found them in the corner. Shocked that they hid these in the tour because it takes up a nice size portion of the gym, they have 8 or 9 adjustable/flat benches as well as a curl bar rack, 2 double row racks of dumbbells and 4 smith machines with adjustable benches. That is a lot of equipment but the problem is that if you don’t like doing your exercise on the smith machine than you are stuck. There are no free barbells. Bench presses, squats, deadlifts, they can only be done on the smith machine and it gives the machine a strange feeling. Needless to say I won’t be doing these exercises at this gym.

Outside of exercises needing a free barbell, this gym has everything I want for a low price. The best part of the gym I would say (other than 24-7) is that everyone there is nice and people put their weights back where they belong. When I go to Retro Fitness I notice a lot of people just leave their dumbbells on the floor or put them anywhere on the rack instead of where they belong. At Planet Fitness, everything was there it was supposed to be.

So the skinny of the post is that I am enjoying the gym as long as I don’t have to do anything with a barbell that day.

Cheers!