Saturday, 7 January 2012

Day 6 - Welcome to Hell

Today was a tough day, workout-wise, but I felt so great after the workout.
The GWOD was pretty similar to day 1 - with squats, lunges, and pushups - except it was pretty much double the repetitions, though still 4 rounds. Really started sweating after that, and then I had to do some HIIT cardio.
For the cardio, I chose to do a Tabata, and that felt like Hell, it really burned.. But I think it was good.

A Japanese doctor, named Tabata, and others made a study called: Effects of moderate-intensity endurance and high-intensity intermittent training on anaerobic capacity and VO2Max, where the results were that doing only 4 minutes of HIIT 4 times per week would increase the VO2Max and anaerobic capacities compared to the another group doing moderate-intensity 5 times per week (they only increase the VO2Max).
The Tabata-method consists of 8 rounds of 20sec sprint and 10sec rest/walk/jog, which adds up to only 4 minutes. If you're going to try this out, it might feel as the toughest 4 minutes in your life.. At least, that's what it felt like for me at the time..
Dr. Tabata also discovered that this kind of interval training produces much better results than normal aerobic training, like doing moderate-intensity for 40-45 minutes.
You can use the Tabata-method for both weight loss and improving performance in most aerobic and anaerobic sports.

Today has also been my cheat day, so I've been eating less healthy and getting loads of carbs. Breakfast was a banan and some whole-grain bread with turkey, bologna sausage, and cucumber. mid-morning snack was a delicious apple, and lunch was 2 pieces of rugbrød with mackerel in tomato sauce.
I had a few chocolate chip cookies, and for dinner I had leftovers from last night: Pasta bolognese.

I have added a progress photo on the facts page as well, which is a good way to see if I'm actually getting fitter and more lean. Check it out here