After four months of 30-day fitness programs, I’m currently designing my own, since other available programs look either too easy, too hard, too boring or not what I’m looking for.
Turns out it’s not so complicated once you understand what each individual exercise does, and how to balance them for effective variations and rest periods.
That’s the theory at least. We’ll see if I can handle kettlebell juggling in a few months.
I feel a little soreness about everywhere in my body from yesterday's kettlebell workout, but it's nothing compared to what I imagined.
Today's workout was arms-focused, with 10 kg dumbbells and movements repeated to failure, as slowly as possible. It was a bit demanding and I suspect tomorrow might be painful.
"20 squats with a 20 kg kettlebell is no joke", I mutter to myself, as I lay victorious but breathless in a pool of sweat on the bathroom’s floor, savoring every shredded muscle in my ravaged body, before remembering I normally do 10 squats holding a single 10 kg dumbbell, and wondering if maybe, some slight miscalculation happened when I designed this program.
Today’s workout, which was focused on arms and back, involved moving 10 kg dumbbells repeatedly at various positions with a decreasing number of repetitions, and wasn’t especially interesting.
The hardest part was waiting 2 minutes doing nothing between sets. So guess it’s perfect, because it’s less demanding than the previous days, meaning other muscle groups can rest and repair.
@RussSharek I don't know, I'm experimenting :) So far doing these kinds of workouts every morning leaves me more energized than tired for the day, so I guess they're good for me.
I'm more worried about balancing which muscles groups are used one day or another, so they can get proper rest before getting trained again. It's weird, because it feels like creating a cooking recipe or designing a game, but with weights for ingredients.
Because of the things I train, I don't tend to do those sorts of body splits. I have heard of people getting terrific results from them.
A friend of mine who is a trainer says that the best workout is the one you do, and I tend to agree.
@RussSharek From what I've seen, your training is quite specific to acrobatics and probably very different from what I do.
It never occurred to me before starting this a few months ago that the human body was such an optimization machine that keeps adapting to whatever you throw at it and can literally morph into new shapes depending on what you focus on. It's obvious when you look at various athletes, but living it is something else entirely.
Your friend sounds wise :)
@TQ Don't worry, I did 3 sets, including 5 more other exercises after this one, and I'm perfectly fine.
I should have mentioned I'm training in the bathroom, which is convenient for showering after workouts. I didn't suddenly collapse out of exhaustion. It was just a bit more demanding than expected. My training mat is very comfortable :)
@TQ As someone who used to have zero interest in sports and fitness, over the last few months I've become kind of addicted to it. However, I can't help but experiment with equipments and exercises like I do with computers or any other creative activity, so sometimes I get unexpected results. Thanks for your concern :)
@ice do you feel like you're allowing yourself enough recovery time? I don't know what your goals are but my limited understanding is that you need a rest phase to allow repair and growth to occur if you're trying to increase strength (like 48 hours).
@voxel I don't know yet, I'm experimenting. The idea is to rotate muscles groups, so they can rest while you focus on a different group every day.
It worked fine for my previous programs, in this case I didn't test all the exercises I've organized for the month, so this one was a bit more brutal than the usual (not to mention my kettlebell is probably too heavy for now, but it's the only one I've got, haha)
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