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Time to Work Out...
by:Pox
2011/03/31
Well as time goes on it's becoming increasingly obvious I'm not joining a gym any time soon because I'm a pussy. YEP. Instead I have rationalized my decision to not join a gym by pointing out to myself that a gym membership costs 500-600$ a year while all the gym equipment I could need will cost me half of that and I get to keep it forever. But what DO I need to work out at home properly? Where do I find this information? Why, on Youtube of course.



You may have seen this man before while browsing the Youtube on those late lonely nights. He's an advocate of natural home bodybuilding. Great! No gym, no supplements and no bullshit. He's got his own website where you can find his weight loss / nutrition calculator and his home workout planner.

So for the last month I've been reading up and gathering the necessary equipment to do this right. I've even been doing the 6 meals a day dealio on and off to get a feel for it. Woohoo.

Anyone can follow along at home! But you shouldn't. Because it's hard. And you suck.

RULES

- Keep a food log. Try to eat 1600 calories a day and 144 grams of protein divided into 6 meals.
- Do my workouts 3 times a week and my cardio every day.

If you're wondering what my workout is, here it is, created by the almighty home workout generator thing from that dude's website:

Friday:

dumbbell press sets:4 reps:8-15 2s,2sdown
dumbbell flys sets:4 reps:8-15 2s,2sdown
pushups sets:4 reps:8-15 2s,2sdown
crunches sets:4 reps:8-15 1s,1sdown
bicycles sets:4 reps:8-15 2s,2sdown
dumbbell french press sets:4 reps:8-15 2s,2sdown
chair dips sets:4 reps:8-15 2s,2sdown


Sunday:

overhand pullups sets:4 reps:8-15 2s,2sdown
underhand pullups sets:4 reps:8-15 2s,2sdown
dumbbell rows sets:4 reps:8-15 2s,2sdown
crunches sets:4 reps:8-15 1s,1sdown
bicycles sets:4 reps:8-15 2s,2sdown
barbell curls sets:4 reps:8-15 2s,2sdown
dumbbell curls sets:4 reps:8-15 2s,2sdown


Tuesday:

lunges sets:4 reps:8L-8R 2s,2sdown
skateboard squats sets:4 reps:8-15 2s,2sdown
stiff legged dead lifts sets:4 reps:8-15 2s,2sdown
crunches sets:4 reps:8-15 1s,1sdown
bicycles sets:4 reps:8-15 2s,2sdown
side raise sets:4 reps:8-15 2s,2sdown
alternating dumbell press sets:4 reps:8-15 2s,2sdown
reverse flys sets:4 reps:8-15


Every day has 20-40mins of cardio as well.

Well that's easy! Unfortunately the body fat caliper thing I ordered online hasn't arrived yet so I don't know where that stands. I would estimate 12-14%. Bwa bwa. I have to target 7-8% which means losing a couple pounds while doing the whole working out and eating proteins deal. I'll probably slack off a lot on the nutrition, sadly. It's hard when people keep coming over and offering you pie or when your family pays you restaurant trips. I mean, it's hard enough to resist eating dessert and having free beer but just eating 300 calories at an outing? COME ON. Rough. Though it's all MENTAL TRAINING.

Anyway this challenge isn't so much a monthly thing as a lifetime thing. You can't expect too much change after only 30 days of doing this, you have to keep it up for years and years. Forcing myself to do it for a month is all about getting into good habits. But nevertheless, I have started a graph:



So as I've said, I don't have my body fat percentage counted up thus far.... but...eventually I'll add that in there. Expect to see this graph again in the future! And since people have told me that graphs are boring and I should take pictures, well, here you go:



hmmmm...



Yeah, happy. Happy times. Anyway when I was doing the High vs Low Density deal I started taking a picture a day of myself so it would show a fun progression. That started when I was at about 159 pounds if I recall and this latest picture is me at 143 pounds. So yeah I'll try and take daily pictures and arrange it all in a fun video for the world to see! Everyone's progress videos on Youtube are usually just 4-5 different pictures but I'll try and go the extra mile so it looks like I'm melting / buffing in real-time! SCIENCE. This will be an ongoing project that might take years. WHO CARES. Already have 30 days of it. Which you won't see. For now.

I have to say there's a pretty noticeable difference between 159 and 143, but not as much as you'd think. Who knew body changes could take so long? Me. I did. I know everything.

So there it is, a month of working out that will hopefully turn into a lifetime of eating better and doing more exercise. Plus they say it improves your mood! I frankly don't see how, but let's give it a shot because, right now, I'll take all the help I can get.

Oh also it helps you be more productive. I don't see how wasting 40 minutes of my day jogging/biking and then 20-60 minutes counting calories / measuring shit on a kitchen scale can make me produce more things in Flash but leeeeeeeet's give it a whirl.



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