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12 Week LeanBody challenge: complete! Overview Part02 – Ready, Set… GO ! ! !

I’m the kind of person that likes to prepare somewhat before making a commitment. The way that I like to research is by looking around at different options and comparing what’s on offer. By doing that, I start to get a bit of a feel for which one might work for me.

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There’s a certain level of research that I get to and then it’s time to make a start.

Before preparing for this fitness challenge, I checked out different workout plans that were on the website, BodyBuilding.com.
There’s a feature that lets you define your goals and it suggests the different plans available on the site – all are free!

The options are muscle building or weight loss and one that caught my eye was a 12 Week Daily Trainer With Kris Gethin!

Slowly, I went through every single page; nutrition plans, supplementation, and then I watched every single workout plan (different each day).
One huge benefit of this particular training program is that Kris Gethin goes through the training with you.
The videos show his progression, yet, what I enjoyed about it was the tiny snippets of wisdom that come through, too.
It’s a non stop battle every day, pushing past the limits and dealing with ever changing issues that might come up.

There are days where he has to travel and carry his food with him, it shows how to cope when you are sick and your energy levels are drained.

These are all real situations that we all deal with throughout our lives.

About halfway through I decided that it wasn’t the trainer for me…yet. Not a complete loss though, there was plenty to take away from the videos.

I then compared that trainer to some of the other options and eventually decided to do (link)  Lee Labrada’s 12-Week Lean Body Daily Trainer.

Recording results

One of the greatest tools that I used that helped me in the beginning was a workout journal. I picked one up online and I’m sure you could find one, too.

I decided that Monday was going to be my start day and that at the start of every week I would record all my body measurements.
Taking photographs each week is another good way to track results.

By having these records to compare, figuring out what areas I want to improve and making adjustments to a workout is a lot easier.

I made myself familiar with the workout beforehand, and would enter it in to an app called iFitness.
Then I would take my phone with me to the gym and refer to the workout for the day, as well as entering the results after each set.

There are plenty of ways to record results, both in print and digital. Whichever is easiest for you, go for it!

Tracking progress

So we’re all set. We’ve got;

-Methods for recording results; workout diary, mobile apps etc.

-Workout plans; printed out sheets or mobile

-Video tutorials to show how to do the exercises correctly

At this point it’s very important to start familiarising yourself with the above.

After having everything ready it’s time to reaffirm that start day. Mine was set for a Monday, but you can do whatever the day of the week you want. Take your intial body measurements, photos, and whatever you want to record for the next 12 weeks.

Let’s GO!

The next part of this wrap is is going to be about: Reacting to road bumps, Staying on track, and approaching that ever important FINISH LINE * * *! To be continued.

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Week 11 Roundup: Days 73 – 77

To say that this week has been absolutely manic, that I can’t remember  a busier week aside from end of semester at uni, running around trying to get everything done…even that would be an understatement. While I am typing this late on a Sunday night, I am doing my best to hold my head up and make sure I don’t fall asleep on the keyCZiouczxklj .. . . z z z

Haar har! A Joke!
I am tired though, and as this week comes to a close I want to reiterate the importance of proper rest and hydration.
The last few days have gotten quite hot (surprisingly for London) and I made sure to drink plenty of water.
So in order to get plenty of rest, and be sure I’m at 100% to finish off strong, and record our second session of the podcast tomorrow – I am just doing a weekly wrap up of the workouts. With intentions to returning and elaborating a bit more comprehensively about the week that was. Until then…

Wednesday 10

The Workout (Back & Biceps)

  • One-arm row
  • Lat pull down
  • Barbell deadlift
  • Alternating dumbbell curl
  • Hammer curl

-AC.

Thursday 11

The Workout (Shoulders, Chest & Triceps)

  • Dumbbell Bench Press
  • Flat bench dumbbell flyes
  • Dumbbell Side Lateral raises
  • Seated barbell press
  • Triceps Pushdown
  • Lying triceps press/skull crushers

-AC.

Friday 12

Active rest day

Saturday 13

The Workout (Legs & Abs)

  • Machine leg press
  • Machine leg extension
  • Machine leg curls
  • Straight leg barbell dead lift
  • Single leg dumbbell calf raise
  • Lying bench curl
  • Crunches
  • Hanging leg raises

-AC.

Sunday 14

Then today had to be switched for tomorrows workout as I decided to go out and enjoy the sun with my girlfriend and some friends. S owe made sure to get in some fast paced walking, then the next 3 days will be spent in the gym.
So I best be off as it’s another big week ahead.

Tomorrow already is quite exciting, it marks:

-The final week of my 12 week lean body fitness challenge
-Final week of my goal to cycle 650km in 4 weeks
-Recording of session 02 of the SuperHueMen podcast!!!

I will be posting the link up on Tuesday.

-Adam.

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Start of week 11: Day 71 Fear challenge

Today I decided to tackle a Fear Challenge. Do you think you can do it?

If you don't ask, you don't get!

If you don’t ask, you don’t get!

It sounds pretty simple:

Go in to Starbucks.

Ask for a 10% discount.

That’s it!

Why is it a fear challenge? Try it for yourself and you’ll see.

Here’s a link to the video of my experience.

Now before I get in to that, I want to quickly mention some more developments on the podcast.

What inspired me to take action

I have been polishing up on my listening skills while I’m busy at work I usually have my earbuds in listening to an array of podcasts.

One particularly good channel that I came across recently was this very informative and funny guy, Pat Flynn. Pat hosts a show called the ‘Smart Passive Income’ and he offers tonnes of great content and plenty of inspiring guests.

Episode 71 happened to be one that I clicked on, mainly because of all the comments. At the time of this post, he has close to 600 comments, on a single post! Of course it had me intrigued as to how he got so many people involved.

The guest for this podcast is a guy who has been through plenty of ups and downs, he was one of the original staff at Facebook, and since then has gone on to create several successful businesses. Listening to him talk you can hear his passion and willingness to share his experiences, which is what I like the most about this whole podcast idea.

Sharing information and learning from others

Anyone can isolate themselves from the world, go be the lone wolf and try to go about things their own way. And that is completely fine if you choose to do that. Of course you can learn and try new things that way – but I think that it will be a long and lonely process.

Alternatively, I find that learning from others by sharing your thoughts, feelings, experiences and anything else that comes to mind in an honest and compassionate way, that one can grow and connect on a much deeper level than if you were to go it alone.

Putting yourself out there & getting out of your comfort zone

When starting off something new, I find it extremely daunting.

Wether it’s a new project and I’m staring at a blank piece of paper. A new blog post and I’m watching that cursor blip on and off again. Meeting new people in a large group. Just about anything that you aren’t used to seems so frightening.

But is it really that scary? Or is it just that little voice in our head that scares us more.

I find that by identifying with that voice, rather than trying to suppress it, I can almost communicate with it. I try and ask myself, why does that scare me?
Is it really that bad?
What can I do to overcome that fear?
Usually the answer is staring us right in the face.

Starbucks Discount Challenge

I mentioned at the start of this post that I worked up the courage to do a ‘fear challenge’:

Go in to Starbucks and ask for a discount.

Now it might sound silly, and you’re probably saying, “what does that have to do with being afraid?”

Well I’ll tell you my experience.

When I first heard the challenge, I thought that it sounded simple.

Then the more that I thought about it, the more I started to put it off. Telling myself that I would go later in the day, or maybe I’m too busy today because I have to go to the gym and that I wouldn’t be able to fit it in.

Now let me sidestep for a tiny bit here.

After hearing this challenge I contacted Noah, the challenge setter, and emailed him with my great plans about thinking about possibly launching a podcast next month, which I mentioned in several posts over the last few days.
Almost instantly he replied.

“Why don’t you start today.”

Holy sh*t.

That email just about blew me away.

I launched in to a barrage of ‘considerations’ (excuses) that I had in my head as to why I couldn’t such as lack of equipment, not having a website ready, no branding, no content yet etc etc etc.

Noah replied:

‘Record it on your phone. Send it to 3 friends. Hit me back tomorrow’.

Wow.

When you put it like that –I’d be mad not to!

So, I thought, let’s do this!

And What a fantastic day it turned in to!

Not only did I take action and overcome the nagging voice telling me not to do it, take the easy way out, ‘you’re gonna fail’! – I actually walked in, asked, and received a 10% discount at Starbucks!!!
The savings are not even what matters, the feelings that I got before, during and afterwards are exhilirating and I feel like it’s set my mood for the rest of the day.

Rather than making excuses about not doing it, I’m going to make the decision to do it and then I’m gonna do it!

 Furthermore, rather than waiting a month to launch my podcast, Ren and I got our butts in to gear, hooked up the mic after work, and we RECORDED OUR FIRST EPISODE!!!

For now it’s going to stay between friends and family so we can get feedback about what work’s and what needs improving.

If you would like to listen to the first few episodes and help us out with some feedback, leave a comment below and we can get in touch.

So we are going to stick to our initial ‘launch date’ – but in the mean time, there’ no harm in getting started, right now, today. So do it!

It’s easy!

-Adam.

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Week 10 Day 67: Legs & Abs

I’m writing this post just before I head out to a gig in the city. Pretty excited – I’m going to see Flume, an awesome DJ from Sydney, Australia. Check out this tune, I love it!

I knew tonight’s plans would mean that I wouldn’t have time for the gym, so I made time and went during my lunch break.
Legs and abs usually require a bit more time to rest between sets because of the muscle volume, I find it takes about 90 seconds to 2 minutes to catch my breath. As opposed to upper body workouts where I usually only need about 30 – 45 second breaks.
Knowing that I’d need that bit of extra time, I grouped my workouts in to super sets to try and smash it out quicker.
The end result; a sweaty mess and wobbly legs!
Luckily I had that extra time to cool down afterwards before showering and heading back to work.

The Workout (Legs & Abs)

  • Machine leg press
  • Machine leg extension
  • Machine leg curls
  • Straight leg barbell dead lift
  • Single leg dumbbell calf raise
  • Lying bench curl
  • Crunches
  • Hanging leg raises

-Adam.

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Week 10 Day 66: Active rest day and thoughts about starting a podcast

Screw it. Let’s do it! – Richard Branson

So after having a few chats with a mate, we have decided that we’re going to launch a podcast next month! I pushed for next month because I think we may as well get started and see how it goes.

The truth is, the more that I listen to podcasts, the more time I spend thinking about actually doing one. To be perfectly honest, I’m thinking about it A LOT.

This 12 week fitness challenge that I’m currently doing is coming to an end. It’s got me thinking about what I should do next.

Sunday 21 July is the scheduled end date for this 12 week Lean Body Challenge.
I’m definitely going to move on to another 12 week program, I’m just not sure which one yet.

If anyone has some suggestions about workout plans, I would love to hear from you!

Also, if I was to do a podcast on fitness, what would you like to hear about?

Today’s active rest day was spent cycling to and from work. I also found out today that we are moving offices, so instead of a 13km ride to work, it’s going to be a bit over 19km’s. So it will be interesting to see how my body reacts to all of that extra cardio.

Anywho, thank you very much for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment below.

-Adam.

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Weekly update on cycling goal

Just a quick post, following up from last week when I set a goal to cycle 650km in 4 weeks.

Over the last week I’ve clocked up 245km’s, which is just under 40% – I think I might have to readjust the total.

Week 2 of cycle goal

Week 2 of cycle goal

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Rounding up week 09 Days 59 – 63

So these posts are a bit delayed, I apologise. It has been a busy week (insert excuses), and I still managed to stick to my routine.

#inspiration

The more that I stick to my workouts, the less I have to make a conscious effort to go to the gym, and it’s more automated, like it has become a habit. Well, it feels like more than a habit, it’s more similar to an addiction!

As I feel my fitness improving, I want to keep adding to it.

Also, on a sidenote, a friend and I have recently been thinking about starting a podcast so stay tuned for updates on that!

The remainder of week 9 I was sure to continue along with my scheduled workout plan. I kept along the same workout guidelines, starting off with 12 reps lifting the heavier weight, after about a 45 second break I then drop the weight and do another 12 reps. 2 sets for each exercise, and then move on.
By doing this I am trying to trick my body in to thinking that it’s lifting the same weight, with more ease (and in turn, I’m hoping that’ll lead to growth!). Furthermore, it cuts down my workout times to about 30 minutes, meaning that I’m not so rushed when I visit the gym during my lunch break.

Some days, I have been getting up a bit earlier to hit the weights before work. The only way that I’ve found to get the most out of earlier starts is to get to bed earlier the night before. Getting a good nights rest before an early start is essential. It might not feel like you’re too tired on the day, but I find that it does catch up with you later in the week. And that fatigue could be demotivating. Something we want to avoid!

Work in progress

On that note, it’s time that I hit the hay, and I’m planning to put up the workouts for the rest of this week at a later stage.

-AC.

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Week 07 Day 47 – Shoulders, Chest & Triceps

Got up nice and early today to make my way to the gym before work.

I was up at 630am, munched down some breakfast, a coffee and then I was out the door.
It felt good getting the workout out of the way nice and early as it freed up the rest of my day, and more importantly, it freed up my friday night.

Morning workouts are something that I might start doing more frequently as I heard that it’s also not a good idea to work out at night as it gets your heart rate up and core temperature, making it harder to sleep in the evenings. Something I will have to try out and compare for myself.

The Workout (Shoulders, Chest & Triceps)

  • Dumbbell Bench Press
  • Flat bench dumbbell flyes
  • Dumbbell Side Lateral raises
  • Seated barbell press
  • Triceps Pushdown
  • Lying triceps press/skull crushers

-AC

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Week 07 Day 43 – Shoulders, Chest & Triceps

So today officially marks the halfway point in this challenge. Tomorrow I’ll do a special post with some photos of my week by week progress.

Overall I am happy with my dedication to the program. I have been trying my best to eat as healthy as possible, and other than the week I got food poisoning and had to postpone the entire week to start the following Monday, so far I have followed the workout plan to a tee.

Going to the gym for two days, then an active rest day.
Rotating through the three different workouts;
Back & biceps (+30 mins of cardio)
Shoulders, chest & triceps, and
Legs & Abs.

Today was another upper body workout.

The Workout (Shoulders, Chest & Triceps)

  • Dumbbell Bench Press
  • Flat bench dumbbell flyes
  • Dumbbell Side Lateral raises
  • Seated barbell press
  • Triceps Pushdown
  • Lying triceps press/skull crushers

-AC.

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Week 06 Day 38

Waking up this morning I felt a bit lazy.
It was the first time where I almost didn’t want to get up.
Thinking that in an hour I’d be having to ride to work for about an hour, then hit the weights in the day. It definitely felt like a bit of a drag.
Mainly because I went to bed late the night before.

These hurdles that appear, are quite the challenge sometimes.
Most days I feel great, and I want to get out there, and get fit and healthy. On those days it’s certainly a lot easier to get to work.
But there will also be days that are the opposite. Where almost any excuse will do – and you tell yourself, “it’s ok, you can go tomorrow”.

In thoese instances, I like to think of 3 things like

“I’m alive and breathing, the day is starting and I have another chance to improve myself”

“Today I’m going to be better than I was yesterday”

“There are people bigger, older, and more unhealthy than me, and yet they might decide to go for a run today. So what’s stopping me? Nothing!”

Then I suck it up, and get straight back to it.

The Workout (Shoulders, Chest & Triceps)

  • Dumbbell Bench Press
  • Flat bench dumbbell flyes
  • Dumbbell Side Lateral raises
  • Seated barbell press
  • Triceps Pushdown
  • Lying triceps press/skull crushers

-AC.

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