Hello readers! I haven’t updated you on my progress for a while, but there has indeed been progress. See the video below from May 🙂 I will post more videos that will hopefully show greater progress
On Friday last week, I was to perform the workout for Day 18 of Max Capacity Training. Day 18 follows the Time Attack protocol, in which you are to perform a certain number of reps per exercise, based on what you recorded for those exercises in previous workouts. There is no time limit. I think some previous versions of the app had the usual 16 minutes as the time limit for the Time Attack.
I started the workout, but I soon faced two problems:
1) I realised that I was not really pushing myself and I was taking long breaks
2) My phone was running out of charge, and I did not want to go and get its charger.
So I decided to get a follow-along workout on YouTube, similar to some I had seen before.
So I got my other device, opened YouTube and searched for ’20 minute workout.’ A number of results came up and I picked the one below.
It was intense! It was fun! By the end of the workout, I was sweating profusely.
I liked the intensity of the workout and the fact that there was an easier and a harder variation of each exercise (I did the tougher one, of course 🙂 ). It was also quite easy to follow. I subscribed to the Hasfit channel after the workout.
So I had an excellent workout after all.
On Saturday, in the first set of the pull-up program, I was able to do 17 pull-ups! This is my best performance since April 2014!
I have three quick updates for you, dear readers.
Tuesday was workout Day 9 of the Max Capacity Training program. The task was to complete specified number of reps of certain exercises, in as short a time as possible. The number of reps was calculated from the reps recorded fro those same exercises in previous weeks.
Unlike day 7 and Day 8, this time I actually completed the reps required. I took just under 30 minutes and I was sweating a lot by the time I was done, though at the beginning I wasn’t really pushing as hard as I could.
I was going through an online weight loss course and the instructor or lecturer mentioned a formula for calculating ideal body weight, called the Hamwi formula, after Dr. G. J Hamwi.
The Hamwi formula is as follows (keep in mind that 5 feet is equal to 60 inches):
Men: Ideal body weight = 106 lb + 6 lb for every inch over 60 inches.
In kilograms: 48 kg + 2.7 kg for each inch over 5 feet
Women: Ideal body weight = 100 + 5 lb for every inch over 60 inches.
in kilograms: 45.5 kg + 2.2 kg for each inch over 5 feet
So, since I am male and 5 feet 7 inches in height, my ideal body weight, using this formula is:
106lb + (6 x 7), which is 106 + 42, which is 148 lb.
I am currently about 150 lb (68kg), so I am pretty close to my ideal weight 🙂
I was happy to have a formula for calculating the weight someone should aim for if they want to lose (or gain) weight.
There is also another formula called the Devine formula and it is quite similar to the Hamwi one, with results close to those calculated using the Hamwi formula.
I had my pull-up workout on Monday, so I was not scheduled for pull-ups on Tuesday, but I decided to test and see if i could perhaps manage 20. I don’t know why I thought I could do this. So I got my pull-up bar, hung it on the door frame and did as many as I could. I did 14, paused a bit, did one more, paused again, then one more, for a total of 16 pull-ups without getting off the bar! I was quite pleased!
Apart from working towards 20 pull-ups, I have not really been exercising in an organised manner. So on Thursday this week, I again started on Week 1 Day 1 of Max Capacity Training, using the app. You can read my review of the app here.
The first workout has common exercises: squats, pushups, lunges and plank. The 16-minute workout was tough! By the time I was done, I was sweating! I had expected that, though and I was glad to finally be following a systematic plan.
I hope I pursue it to the end this time. I expect to get stronger and to lose some fat in the process.
If you are not following any workout plan, I suggest you get one. You can try Max Capacity Training, or the 7-Minute app that I reviewed here, or any other plan that is challenging and gradually increases what it demands from you.
Keep working out!
At the beginning of a new year, many people make resolutions, and one common one is to lose weight. This new year has gotten a little old and I should have posted this earlier, but you can always start losing weight at any time.
Now, when many people think of losing weight, they think of joining a gym or starting some exercise program. While exercise indeed can help one lose weight, it is much more effective to lose weight by changing what you eat, so that you consume less calories than you have been consuming before.
As you probably already know, when you eat and drink more calories than your body needs, your body stores the excess calories as fat. This is what leads to weight gain (fat gain, to be precise).
Sometimes, people eat some food that they know has a lot of calories and they feel guilty and want to burn it off through exercise. How easy is it to burn off excess calories through exercise?
Let us look at a simplified example, using a man named Tom. Tom is a 154-pound man who is 5′ 10″.
According to CalorieKing.com, four slices of Garlic Parmesan (12″), Chicken, Bacon, Tomato pizza has 880 calories.
There is a common claim that one pound of fat is about 3,500 calories. This claim is disputed by some, but in this post, to we will assume that this is true.
If Tom’s body needs 2,600 calories a day of nourishing food to maintain his current weight, if he eats well and takes in that 2,600 calories a day, he will not gain weight.
If he decides to treat himself to one pizza a week (8 slices) as described above, in addition to his usual food, and does not exercise, he will gain 1,760 calories per week. If one pound of fat is 3,500 calories, then Tom will gain half a pound of weight per week.
To burn off four slices of the pizza through jogging, Tom would need to jog for about one and a half hours.
If Tom continues to eat one pizza a week, but decides to jog for 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week, (totaling one and a half hours per week), he will now burn off 880 calories (half of the pizza) and he will now gain 880 calories (the other half of the pizza) a week. So he will now gain 1 pound of weight every 4 weeks, despite jogging 3 times per week. In other words, Tom will be gaining calories faster than he can jog them off.
If Tom decides to stop eating the one pizza per week (but he continues with his earlier healthy diet), and continues jogging 3 times a week, he will now start losing 880 calories a week or 1 pound every 4 weeks.
The above example is a simplified illustration only. The figures may not be exact, and other factors will come into play (such as Tom’s body adapting to his new exercise habit), but the point is, it is much easier to lose weight by reducing the number of calories consumed, than by exercising while taking in more calories than you need. So, if you want to lose weight, it is more effective to change what you eat than to sign up at the gym.
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Yesterday, I continued my pull-up workout. I decided to go to Week 13 of the Recon Ron Pull-up program, which specifies sets of 14, 10, 8, 8 and 8 pull-ups.
I managed to do the first 14 successfully, without getting off the bar. I was pleased with that, since at my last attempt, I had managed 13. So this was progress.
My timer was set to about 2 and a half minutes of rest. The next set did not go too well. I did 6 pull-ups, then 1, then 2, then 1 more, to make up the required 10.
I paused the timer at some point and went to do other things, which meant that I rested longer than the set two and a half minutes.
When I came back, I was able to do the required 8 pull-ups straight, plus an extra 2. My grip had one hand facing me and another facing away.
In the next set, I did the required 8, then added two more to match the previous set, since my grip was now the reverse of the previous set.
In the final set, I did 8 pull-ups.
These events made me interested in how much rest I should have between sets and I did a little research on the Internet. You can read the articles in the links below, but in summary and generally speaking (and in the context of pull-ups), I found that for strength, you need longer rest ( 3 to 5 minutes) between sets and for muscle growth, you need shorter rest (1 to 3 minutes).
I then adjusted my timer’s rest periods for the pull-ups workout to 3 minutes.
Keep working out!
“On the occasion of World Health Day 2016, WHO issues a call for action on diabetes, drawing attention to the need to step up prevention and treatment of the disease. “
Diabetes is a serious, chronic (long-term) disease that occurs either when the pancreas (an organ in your body) does not produce enough insulin (a hormone that regulates blood sugar, or glucose), or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.
Insulin is used by the body to help move sugar from the blood into the cells of the body, where the sugar is converted into energy. So when insulin is not there or is not well used, the level of sugar in the blood gets high.
There are three types of diabetes – Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational.
This occurs when the body’s immune system destroys the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. The pancreas therefore is unable to make insulin. Someone with Type 1 diabetes therefore has to regularly inject insulin into their body.
The pancreas does make insulin, but the insulin is either not enough, or the body does not use it well. Type 2 diabetes is developed largely as a result of having excess body weight (being overweight) and lack of physical activity.
This is when some (between about 2% and 10%) pregnant women have high levels of sugar in the blood. This is caused by hormones produced during pregnancy that cause the cells of the body to be resistant to insulin, and therefore the insulin does not work as effectively as before.
Usually, blood sugar levels return to normal within six weeks of childbirth. However, women who have had gestational diabetes have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
The Bad News
This isn’t really news but here we go:
The Good News
This isn’t news either, but here it is:
What To Do
“To help prevent type 2 diabetes and its complications, people should:
achieve and maintain healthy body weight;
be physically active – at least 30 minutes of regular, moderate-intensity activity on most days. More activity is required for weight control;
eat a healthy diet, avoiding sugar and saturated fats intake; and
avoid tobacco use – smoking increases the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.”
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, talk to your doctor about a suitable treatment and management plan, and follow it! You don’t want the complications listed above, so take steps to prevent them. The plan will probably involve decisions about what you eat and engaging in physical activity on a regular basis.
You can read your country profile by WHO with regards to diabetes here.