Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Putting Words into Action

I have finally put some of my previous words into action, by starting on the Max Workouts program by Shin Ohtake. Well, at least some of the words; I'm not entirely sure if I am going to do all the aspects of the program, as I'm not sure I will be doing the HIIT. At least not yet. I might start on it later, when it gets warmer.
I was up early yesterday, and didn't have to be at school till 9am, so I decided to do the workout for that day.

I started out with one of the 3 dynamic warm-ups mentioned in the program, which is basically some of the same moves you are going to do in the actual program, but with bodyweight-only.
The workout is based on making multiple rounds of a few exercises, with a small rest period in-between rounds.
Monday's workout consisted of 5 to 6 rounds of 3 exercises; Back Squats (which I substituted with Dumbbell Front Squats, as I don't have a barbell), Dumbbell Push Presses, and Jumping Pull-ups.
Normally I don't have a trouble doing a few pull-ups, but when you have to do 5-6 rounds of 12-20, it's pretty good to be able to do them as jumping. You don't really jump the entire way up, but just give it a little boost, so in theory (and practical), you could probably do fewer pull-ups, and do normal pull-ups.
Between every round, I had a rest period of 1 minute, as mentioned in the program.

I was using weights of 20 pounds per dumbbell, and when I came to the 5th round I was having trouble doing all the 10 reps of the Dumbbell Push Presses, as my arms were really tired.
I'm curious about the next couple of workouts, as 22.5 pounds is the maximum load I can have on both weights. Of course I could join a Gym, but I can't be bothered nor afford it, so I'm going to do the programs, but perhaps not with the recommended load.

I have only just begun on the program, but in a few weeks, I will let you all know what I think about this program, if it works, etc.

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