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Journey of the Tiger #2

Posted Jan 15 2010 12:26pm

Well Friends, another week under the belt of a man who is trying recover his abs, and I have to say it has gone fairly well. The cheese balls longer hold residence, and I have been really trying to add more fiber into my daily nutrition. I have also been getting back to my regular water consumption, which had fallen prey to laziness. Now, nutritionally, I am more on track.

Monday’s workout was good; I did some very explosive TRX-ing–new word–  and ran some longer intervals on the treadmill, which is something new that I am trying to do. In the past, I wouldn’t do more than about a one minute segment at a fairly high speed. This time, however, I ran an interval for 3 minutes and 2 minutes with different speeds. This a great way to burn calories, especially if you are accustomed to running for 10-30 seconds at a time. On the other hand, if you run for endurance and add some faster shorter segments, you will find that it also has a very intense, fat-burning effect. Try it out and let me know what you think.

Tuesday was even tougher than Monday. As you know, I have been working with John from Acceleration Indiana on my speed and running mechanics. This guy is tough! He gets every ounce of performance out of me, everytime. When I asked him, “What are we working on today?”, he replied, “Speed.” Now this does seem like the whole point of going over there and training, but sometimes we work different inclines to enhance the stretch reflex, or he has me run with the power cords on my legs. This time he meant that we were just going to run flat and very, very fast. It sounded good, but my calves were still screaming from the day before. No matter, I knew that they would get warm and loosen up, and they did. Long story short, I was able to run at my top speed with better form and what seemed to be more power—so excited.

Tuesday afternoon meant working out with my Sihing at the school. Again, deep breath, and let’s go. We took one technique, and drilled it, and drilled it, and drilled it some more. By the time we had finished, I felt good, but I knew that it still needed some work. This particular drill was important because it was directly related to the structure that I need for the entire system, and I totally fine with doing something over and over until I get it right.

Wednesday was a kind of light day, as my calves had tightened back up, and I was waddling around. It really stinks when you want to push those limits, but sometimes you have to take it easy and let your body recover so that you can come back even stronger the next time.

Thursday meant more Wing Chun, as I trained with my Sihing again. Same drill, more progress this time. I can really feel my structure improving, and I know that it won’t take too much longer, and I’ll be caught up on all the material.

Friday’s workout was fantastic! I worked out for a longer period, and got a half mile in at a good pace, and felt strong doing it. I plan on stretching out my endurance levels as well.  I got to hit the bag, and do a little shadow-boxing as well.

Today, as of now, I am relatively undecided on whether I am going to work out. My lats are calves are sore.  We’ll just see how it goes. Because of my busy schedule today, I had to run to the bank and get something to eat. Here’s my advice: PLAN AHEAD! If you have food with you, it’s harder to make excuses, and then your not relegated to eating fast food. Coincidentally, if you happen to go to a fast-food restaurant that specializes in chicken, do not get their version of the wrap. I unfortunately faltered, and ended up eating, what would have normally been two meals worth of food.

Here’s my workout advice for today: Step out of your normal way of doing things. Just try one new exercise that you wouldn’t normally.

Until next week; keep pushing yourself toward your goals. Thanks everyone!

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