Avoiding Hitting the Wall : Staying Driven

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So, in the midst of releasing my second fitness iBook, and starting my second novel, I have also picked up learning mobile development. Taking on the challenge to learn both Objective-C and Swift is no small or humble task; it can be hellish. So, you would suspect my focus on my own fitness to falter. In a strange way, staying this busy actually reminds me to hit the gym.

Crazy talk! How can that be!? Everyone knows you cannot workout at a gym when you’re in school and/or working full time. Well, I do it. Anyone can do it. It just takes one thing. This is important. One word: DRIVE.

Eating right, and remembering to sleep is sometimes difficult when your mind is swarming with UI Viewcontrollers, Extrapolations, JSON, and the like; ( and we won’t even go into all the stuff I’m learning in my Torts course for my legal studies!) but somehow, someway, it works. I have found that working out keeps my sleep more regular, whether I like it or not, and this keeps my physical condition top notch. It also keeps me hungry. Everyone knows studying rigorously can kill the appetite. Without question. Working out keeps this in check, as well.

Yes, it seems all is well. I am knocking out Torts with straight A’s, catching integers and variables like a pro in xCode, while maintaining a productive routine in the weight room. Still, there is that old age risk of hitting THE WALL. Hitting the peak. Its scary. My key to avoiding this horrible crash is to walk my dog throughout the day, and step away from everything for 30 minutes at a time. It does wonders.

And so, my food is about done, and I’m ready for the day. The adventure continues!

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4 Hours of Exams Can’t Stop This!

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4 Hours of Exams Can't Stop This!

This Tuesday I had four brutal hours of exams to march through. All essays, and all kinds of difficult. My stress meter was a whopping 1 billion knots. Yeah, my stress was so bad I’m surprised I didn’t just drop. But the exams went without any “oh crap I don’t know what to write” moments, and they were over before I knew it.

I felt like I had been through a mosh pit, but I was still standing!

So, you know me. I couldn’t just go home and sleep. Nah. I had to get my sweat suit on. I had a mission at hand. Yeah buddy. Time to workout! It had been awhile-too long- since I last had a great back workout. So lats, delta, and arms were on the menu.

2x light dumbbell rotator cuff rotation warm up
2x light dumbbell shoulder press warm up
3x progressive dumbbell hammer curl warm up
2x progressive dumbbell bicep curl warm up

Done with that warm up. Now the real work…

3x lat pull downs- 100ibs, 135ibs, 165ibs. 8-10 each.
3x one arm dumbbell row- 55ibs, 65ibs, 75ibs. 4-6 each.
Chin ups- 4x for 2

Alternating dumbbell lateral raises- 25ibs, 45ibs, 55ibs. 8-10 each
One arm cable lateral raise- 10ibs, 25ibs, 35ibs. 4-6 each
Dumbbell shoulder press- 25ibs, 35ibs, 45ibs. 5 each

Cable rope tricep extensions- 45ibs, 75ibs, 125ibs. 6-10 each
Overhead one arm dumbbell tricep extension- 15ibs, 25ibs. 5 each

Cable bar bicep curls- 65ibs, 85ibs, 125ibs. 10 each
Alternating Dumbbell curls- 45ibs, 55ibs, 65ibs. 6 or 7 each.
Dumbbell negative curls- 15ibs, 20ibs, 25ibs. 4 each.

Then I was toast. Completely toast. So I went outside in the nice weather and walked 2 miles on a trail. Relaxing, and oxygen richness I just couldn’t pass up! Then went and ate two meals. BAM.

Functional Training: Train like the best in Rugby!

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Ever since I first saw this video almost two years ago, I have incorporated these exercises in with my regular weightlifting routine. As a result, I gained a major boost in energy, long duration strength, and a much more interesting workout. Since this video, I began and continue research in the mechanics of rugby training, and how those beastly rugby players become so powerful. This is great for anyone who wants to shake things up a bit in the gym, and gain more explosive strength and size. Incredible video, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!
Good luck!

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