What on earth does do cowboys and Indians have to do with my latest exercise undertakings?
Just a little word association game probably brought about by watching Brain Games on the Discovery Channel the other day.
Cowboys-Running 3 miles in my Vibram Five-Fingers the other day after not running at all for months took a huge toll on my lower legs, particularly my calves, calves, baby cows, Cowboys.
Indians-I have been plagued with shoulder and back injuries, aches and pains lately, injuries, injuns,Indians
I know its silly but...So I decided to test myself today to see how far I had to go to make it to a couple of my "goals"
Push-ups- 20, could have maybe done a couple more but I think form would have suffered plus a round number like 20 is easy to remember, only 80 more to go. At my best I could maybe turn out 40 good ones and that is a generous and optimistic memory.
Pull-ups- 5 just barely, 15 more to go. I have done 12 pulls but it wasn't pretty.
So how am I going to make these goals and try to keep it "fun" at the same time, since nothing bores me more than repetition and every plan that I've seen to try to get to these milestones consist of literally thousands of reps. One key will be losing weight. Lifting 10 to 15 pounds less will make these numbers much easier to come by. The fun way to get there will be hoping on my bike a lot more. Yesterday, instead of driving to Skye's school we took our bikes. I was on my bike for around an hour. I found a park with a lot of nice stairs, I'll be doing a few circuits there soon.
In terms of exercise, for the pulls all the circus and aerial work will attack my grip and lats. I've also got some fun routines with the fitness bands and the sand bags. And just "hanging around".
For the push-ups, I'm looking at making this workout wheel that you strap your feet too. It'll be a killer for the core, as well. Yoga and hand balancing will work on my chest and shoulders. And again the fitness bands and sand bags.
Jujitsu and circus play will hit everything, weight loss, pushing and pulling and because it's fun I won't even notice the great shape I'm getting in.
That's the plan.
P.S. Adding doing the splits and a sub 4-hour marathon as new goals. I'll do some research to come up with some good short term running goals.