Category Archives: Fitness

Running

So I’ve taken up running again – I’ve managed a few more runs this time around and seem to be getting quicker / finding it easier.

I’ve joined a newly started running club too – which is currently doing a variation of the Couch to 5k – a little under my current capabilities, but any running helps (right?) – especially since I have an injury at the moment – an overuse injury – so I’m hoping that this will help rehab and overcome it by building up to running 5k – rather than just going out and blasting 4 or 5k, which is what I had been doing.

The injury is ITBFS – or Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome – more commonly known as runners knee. It’s often caused by overuse, but could also be down to weak hips, wrong shoes or bad technique – I’m just trying to figure out which one it is.

I’ve been using my phone and the MapMyRun app to track distance and time as well as Zombies Run – to keep me entertained while running.

I’m currently doing research on stretches and workouts to help prevent ITBFS from coming back as well as researching shoes.

I’m a forefoot runner – I land on the front of my foot rather than on the heel when running – and an overpronator (flat feet) – I’m trying to find out if shoes for forefoot striker, overpronators exists. If you know of some then please – let me know!

I currently run in Li-Ning Ultra Lights.

Ice Hockey, what number would you wear?

I’ve started playing hockey again! Well I did a few months ago, I’ve been back on the ice 6 or 7 times so far and love it all over again!

Oh and I’m no longer a goalie, I’m playing as a forward. I’m finding my feet on the ice again, though if player skates weren’t so different to goalie skates that may have been a bit easier. I’m getting better on my edges and quicker and stronger too and getting more comfortable with the puck.

I’ve registered with the Whitley Wildcats rec team.

Through my junior career from Sunderland Juniors, through Whitley juniors to playing for the Warriors I wore numbers 1, 20, 21 and 97. 

Number 21 had always been my favourite ‘hockey’ number but I was thinking of going for something a bit different, something higher (number 21 may already be taken by someone else on the Wildcats anyway).

I could go back to number 97 as I wore at Sunderland as an 11 year old – though I only went for number 97 because 96 was taken.

Number 7 was always my favourite number so perhaps that one.

Then I think I might stick to number 21 but fancy changing to something a little less common such as 74 (a la Theo Fleury) or perhaps 67 (currently worn by New York Ranger Benoit Pouliot).

At the moment 74 seems to be what I’m favouring, so I ask the question, what number would you wear? And why?

 

Insanity workout review. What now?

I finally gave up on the Insanity workout a few days into month two (day 45 ish).

Why did I give up? Lack of enthusiasm, boredom with the repetitiveness of the exercises and lack of will power. I ended up getting a day out of sync and never caught back up.

Does Insanity work? Yes, the difference in look and fitness by the end of month one was very noticeable.

What am I doing now? Well, I’m back playing ice hockey – as a forward rather than a goalie – and am about to start a 5 day routine.

Day 1 – Back and chest

Day 2 – Cardio (Insanity workout pure cardio) or 30 minute run

Day 3 – Legs

Day 4 – Rest – (6-a-side football on the night)

Day 5 – Shoulders and Arms

Day 6 – Rest (Hockey training)

Day 7 – Rest

See here for the workouts.

In addition to this I’m taking part in the 30 day squat challenge to build up my legs to help with skating stamina.

Workout

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Legs – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8AnVj7T8Q4&list=PL2QdomA1_sp2LzPH3wHrPoY7QE4WchLKU
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Squats x 5 slow (with dumbells, heavy on top of shoulders)
x 5 fast
x 5 jump

Romanian deadlift (upright row) x 15
Faux jump rope x 30 secs
Squat side step x 30 secs
Squat hold x 30 secs

Repeat x 3

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Chest & Back – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGhp2tm4qPU
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Chest press x 10
Incline press x 10
Dumbell row – one arm x 10 (then switch sides)
Bent over row (pull up replacement) x10
Dumbell fly x 10
Incline Tbar fly x 10 (chest on bench)

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Shoulders & arms – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGtd0xcJjqw
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Bicep curls x 10
Ventral raises x 10
Tricep extension x 10
Reverse flys (bent over) x 10
Bicep hammer curl x 10
Overhead lateral raise x 10
Skull crushers x 10
Rear deltoid raise x 10

Insanity Workout – Day 36

Insanity WorkoutInsanity Workout day 36 is now complete. The routine for today was the fit test and Max Cardio Circuit.

 

So how did I do? 

Well, it’s working, my score for all but one exercises was improved after Month 1 and the recovery week.

My score for Push-Up Jacks was 3 worse than last time mainly due to me spending a lot of that minute trying not to throw up.

The overall number of reps rose by 49.

Here are the results.

Exercise Fit test 1 Fit test 2 Fit test 3
Switch Kicks  90  108  139
Power Jacks  45  60  61
Power Knees  65  93  98
Power Jumps  25  37  42
Globe Jumps  6  8  10
Suicide Jumps  13  16  18
Push-Up Jacks  20  30  27
Low Plank Obliques  52  64  70
Total reps  316  416  465

Globe jumps are still my nemesis, although the 2 extra globe jumps may not look like much improvement, 1 rep = 4 jumps, so to do 8 more jumps is a fairly decent improvement.

Overall, a decent improvement, let’s hope that in a fortnight the results have improved once more!

I couldn’t face Max Cardio Circuit straight after the Fit test so have put it off until day 37, on which I’ll do both the Max Cardio Circuit and the Max Plyo routine in order to catch up.

Insanity Workout – Day 18

Insanity WorkoutI’ve completed Day 18 of the Insanity Workout. (Just!) The hangover from last night’s barbecue didn’t help, neither did the pain in my shoulder / neck. Don’t know where that came from but it made things a little difficult – at least it was Cardio Recovery day.

No blog post yesterday, but yesterday was Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs – it went well even though I had a sever lack of energy. Not sure I need to post daily – since I doubt many people read the posts and I always seem to say the same thing… “Day x completed, struggled today, tomorrow is y, bring it on!”

Football tonight and then tomorrow’s workout will be Cardio Power & Resistance.

Bring it on!

Insanity Workout – Day 16

Insanity WorkoutInsanity Workout – Day 16 is now over with. Today was the ‘Plyometric Cardio Circuit’ routine. I struggled today (do I say that every day?) – didn’t feel like I had any energy.

I can’t say I’d noticed a difference in my body but I’ve just put yesterdays progress pic up against the pic from day 1 and you can see a big difference. It’s nice to know the hard work is paying off both via visuals and by test results and just generally feeling fitter.

If you’re yet to see the progress pic and read about my latest fit test results then see day 15, otherwise the latest progress pic can be seen below.

day15-compare

Tomorrow is ‘Pure Cardio’ followed by ‘Cardio Abs’… Bring it on!

Insanity Workout – Day 15

Insanity WorkoutInsanity Workout day 15 is now complete. The routine for today was the fit test.

This is the second time (third actually as I did the fit test on day 0 to see if I liked the Insanity Workout).

Read about Day 1 and the first fit test.

Recap

The fit test is performed every 2 weeks to measure improvement and consists of doing 8 exercises for 1 minute each, performing as many reps as possible in that time with a minute to minute and a half break in between exercises.

So how did I do? 

Well, it’s working, my score for each of the 8 exercises was improved after only 14 days of Insanity. Some scores improved by 25%, and the overall number of reps rose by 100.

Here are the results.

Exercise Fit test 1 Fit test 2
Switch Kicks  90  108
Power Jacks  45  60
Power Knees  65  93
Power Jumps  25  37
Globe Jumps  6  8
Suicide Jumps  13  16
Push-Up Jacks  20  30
Low Plank Obliques  52  64
Total reps  316  416

Globe jumps are my nemesis, although the 2 extra globe jumps may not look like much improvement, 1 rep = 4 jumps, so to do 8 more jumps is a fairly decent improvement.

Overall, a great improvement, let’s hope that in a fortnight the results have improved once more!

I’ll hopefully get a day 15 progress pic to post tonight so we can see how I compare to my starting point.

And here is the progress pic.

progress-day15And compared to day 1 – there is a definite improvement.

day15-compare

Read about day 16