Archive for August, 2011

Gym Routine : Week 1 Day 2

If there’s a body part that I avoid training at all costs – it’s legs…. My legs have always been skinny and when I do / have trained them, I’ve never really noticed much of a change – so they took the last spot in the priority list…

Alas, my schedule said I had to do legs – and that’s precisely what happened… (Not that I didn’t stop bitching from the moment I walked in to the gym RIGHT until the end).

So this is what it looked like today…

Considering I haven’t trained legs in (um) months – I started off very lightly on the squats – for fear of popping my knee caps out, but half way through I realised that 10kg’s more would be a better push…

The same thing happened with leg curls.

I’m pretty much dedicating the first week to testing out which weights I can handle and which will be the better push in the weeks to come. Especially with legs which I haven’t training in such a long time and hence not being able to calculate my 1 rep maximum.

Now the ab exercises is what really got me going! It’s the low-cable pull ins. You link up a weight belt to the low cable on a pulley machine, stretch out quite a bit so that your knees are straight, and put your feet in the belt. Lift your knees up towards your chest, after setting an appropriate resistance on the pulley and go forward with 10 reps for 10 sets… 

I was also really glad that my training partner joined in as well although he had to catch up with Day 1′s exercises.

Thankfully tomorrow is an off day. Which I really really need. My chest and back are still aching from yesterday’s routine.

August 30, 2011 Posted Under: Gym   Read More

Gym Routine – German Volume Training… Week 1 – Day 1

I’ve been hitting the gym for a good 6 months now and the gains that I have achieved through doing high-intensity training have been incredible.

However, for the past month I haven’t notice much gain in muscle size – time to admit that my body was bored and I’ve hit a plateau.

So with a bit of research I decided to try out the Vince Gironda method (also know s as the German Volume training) for the next 6 weeks.

In short (and in pain I might add) you have to do 10 sets per exercise with 10 repetitions of the same weight. The important bit is that you are only allowed a maximum of 90 seconds between sets. The short rest intervals stress the cardiovascular system to the point where calories are burned, hormones ruffled up and fat makes a very fast exit….

So I started this rather intense workout today with training two exercises for chest and two exercises for back.  It’s obvious that I had to use much lighter weights as to what I’m used to using while training high intensity. I got the training program from BodyBuilding.com but modified somewhat…

Here’s the completed workout from this morning:

The dumbbell press was an absolute breeze. I was definitely being over cautious with the weight. Perhaps a little too over caustious. Technically one should be able to do 60% of one’s usual 1 rep maximum (1RM). There’s a handy little calculator here which works everything out for you if you know the weight and reps your do in a normal exercise. So… According to that – I should have been throwing around 20kg weight – I don’t think so…..

August 29, 2011 Posted Under: Gym   Read More

Guest blogger: Emily Walsh – Holistic Approach to Cancer

In the beginning of August I was approached by Emily Walsh who offered to write up an article on the benefits of Reiki and other holistic modalities for my site. Well, I was overjoyed and am ever so thankful to her for such a wonderful article to share with everyone. Emily runs a FANTASTIC blog, called EM-Musings, which is incredibly informative.

Holistic Approach Lends a Hand to Cancer Patients by Emily Walsh

Among the things that nobody wants to hear from the doctor is the dreaded “C” word: cancer. It overwhelms its victims with a new vocabulary that may have big words such as chemotherapy, mesothelioma, radiation, prognosis or dozens of drug names or types of cancers. Although there have been many positive advances in modern medical technology to treat various cancers and its symptoms, there are often side effects from these treatments that can be just as bad or even worse than the disease itself.

Several oncologists in the West are starting to integrate Eastern medical practices that have been used for hundreds of years in the East. These holistic therapies have often been successful to ease side effects when used with traditional Western therapies. Reiki is among one of the alternative therapies that have been used. According to the official site of the American Cancer Society, several individuals have reported that they suffered less nausea and other side effects from taking chemotherapy and/or radiation. One small study revealed patients who reported having less pain while dealing with end-stage cancer. One of the downsides was that there were no reports of reduced pain medication for these patients in the test.

August 22, 2011 Posted Under: Reiki   Read More