Wed, Jul 2, 2008
MizFit, what are your routines. specifically.
I get this email often. It takes different forms, but the essence is the same (one person suggested I post my daily workouts and, while I appreciate his/her enthusiasm, I can imagine nothing more mind-numbing to my readers).
I could give you a bunch of different reasons & excuses but the bottom line is Im not in a place right now where you should want to emulate me (remember this?).
My workouts? SHORT & barebones.
My workouts? PERFECT for where I am right now life-wise (if by life-wise you mean that I fear tiring myself out too much & not having the energy to romp later with the Toddler Tornado —–which I do).
My workouts? Not really the point of MizFit nor the stuff which makes a compelling read.
Hence viewer mail. So we can talk about your workouts.
(how is *that* for superheroine-like deflection of a question rightbackatcha? Dang Im good!)
I’ve been doing the gym thing for nearly 2 months. I had a hard time doing the treadmill at first, but now I got it goin’ on! Every time I go there and see other people using the treadmill and hanging on to the handles I want to tell them to let go – “Let go!!!!” Is it appropriate to give such advice or am I inviting a bit** slap? It bugs me.
I mean if nearly 300 pound woman can let go and walk fast enough to almost have to jog w/out holding on…Come on!
Emailer? I feel your pain.
Back in the day, when Stairmasters were all the rage, it used to make me INSANE to watch people on the ‘master.
It was a crazymaker for me to witness the propping o’the body weight on the arms & the minuscule half steps users would be forced to take because they had the machine jacked up to level 2938472987429847B.
I’ve no idea why this irked me so (as really I shouldnt have given a
rat’s ass care whether aforementioned steppers burnt off one calorie or one million)—-but it did.
On more than one occasion I literally walked out of the cardio room rather than watch a particular woman bodypropping tinystepping away for over an hour.
Girlfriend was getting a better arm workout than cardio exercise.
What am I getting at? A long way of saying that yes, your intuition is correct, a b*tchslap mightcould be imminent if you (or I) dare to point out these (oddly irritating) cardio errors.
Ive got not answer/suggestion for you than to lead by overly obvious example.
Swing those arms as you walk briskly.
Wave em in the air (like you just dont care) when you build up to a jog.
Do whatever you need to as, much to my chagrin, we cant beat em but we certainly dont have to join em.
I know at least ONE OF YOU has an opinion (& I loved reading a completely unsolicited ‘other side of the story.’)
Everyone is doing the push up challenge right now. Im not but I want to do chest stuff at home and have some dumbbells I can use. How do I do a chest press with them?
Everyone IS talking about the push up challenge, huh? (are pull ups so June 2008?)
I love how things spread life wildfire on the internet—-but I digress.
Chest press with dumbbells can be done a few different ways (using a swiss ball, on a BOSU, at an incline etc) but since you didnt specify Im going to assume you mean the basic press on a flat bench.
The movement is fairly simple:
Plop down supine on a flat bench.
Hold the weights with your palms facing your feet and your elbows bent to a approximately a 90 degree angle.
EXHALE as you press the weights upward in a swift movement.
INHALE as you slowly lower the weights in a controlled fashion to the starting position.
Start with a weight where you can do a high number of repetitions (12-15) until you feel completely comfortable with your form *then* increase the weight and push yourself closer to failure.
Watch this. Turning your volume & down and ignoring the odd (!) look on my face: