The Tabata Personal Challenge
Getting back into the swing of things. Slowly. No time and an older body means I have to focus a lot on injury prevention for awhile:
- Get back into the habit of training (e.g. lifestyle changes)
- Lose a bit of my extra fat
- Improve athleticism/flexibility/feel less like an old man everyday.
This started as a personal challenge between myself and two friends started 1.9.2016. At the beginning goals were fuzzy and being developed. My initial goal was to hit 178 lbs by 5.28.2016. That was about 1lb/week of loss. My friends had different goals.
However, both of them have had some injuries that are keeping them out of things. I started slacking off. Then when I wasn’t slacking off I think I’m bugging them by “checking in” so frequently. They’re supportive, but as they can’t participate, I thought I’d change this into a blog/log.
Right now I’m sitting at 193 as of my weigh in yesterday. That’s 8 lbs away from where I wanted to be at this point. I’m going to make an effort to “catch up” by may 28th. But realistically, 15lbs in 7 weeks probably isn’t realistic. I guess I’ll just see how I do. My main focus is slow and steady progress and lifestyle changes.
Tabata Challenge (pt1)
Tabata Challenge Pt1 was a 14 day challenge that went went well so I’m doing it again. It’s a part of my larger goal. Basically, every workday, I woke up early and busted out Tabatas for 2 weeks. I gave myself weekends as “rest” and (realistically) catch up days. I accomplished this goal and only missed one workday. I was surprised at how good the activities made me feel. So I’m doing it again
Tabata Challenge Pt 2:
So I’ll do a “Tabata Challenge pt.2” Another 2 weeks. This time I want to do one “weighted” exercise that is unrelated to the Tabatas before I do my Tabatas. This can be skipped if too late in the morning (no time) but must be made up on the next day. Again I’ll take weekends as “rest” days.
So basic structure:
Wake up and drink coffee (10 minutes)
Warm up (5-10 minutes)
One Weighted exercise (5 minutes)
Lay on the floor dead (6 minutes)
Stretching and Mobility work (20 minutes)
Total time needed to wake up early to be successful = 60 minutes