Spartan Spartan and Special Celebration!
The Spartan seems to be the one thing that’s occupying peoples minds right now. Almost 70% of the hits on my rambling blog has been about the Spartan.
Well, one thing for sure, my training and my new little eating change-up has helped me lose a few unwanted jiggly areas on my old body. Besides the sweat and pain of the exercise I changed up my eating habits slightly and it made a huge impact in just a few weeks. Anyway, here’s a recap of my workout for those that still seem interested. Some of you have seen pretty much the same before.
I’ve continued with the hill climbs using my vest and weights. I think that in itself has me ready for the Spartan Sprint. Here’s the routine I’ve developed…feel free to try it or do what ever works for you.
heading down the hill
1) Wearing 20kg vest I struggle to get 2 x 20 kg dumb bells and 2 x 10 kg dumb-bells down to the bottom of the hill. I’ve carried them, dragged them and also tried putting them on a dolly cart. Neither one is really effective and though I’m going down the hill it’s still a challenge.
2) After a short 2 or 3 minute skip to warm up, I do a very light stretch and then simply walk up the ski hill with just the vest…that’s ONE.
3) Lightfooting it back down to the weights I usually sip water and grab two of the 10 kg weights and scoot as fast as I can up the hill, as far as I can. Last time I made it all the way to the top without stopping…that’s TWO.
4) Carry the weights back down the hill. Sip water and breathe. I then grab one 20 kg weight and lug it up as far as I can, as fast as I can and set it down. I usually get about 1/5th of the way up. Scurry back down and grab the second 20 kg weight and lug it past the first weight as far as I can. Scurry back to the first weight and continue this leap frigging to the top. Technically…that’s FOUR.
5) Back down the hill. By now my legs are a little wobbly. I do the exact same leap-frogging with the 10 kg weights…that’s FIVE.
6) I remove the vest and go back down to the bottom and get my water. I try my best to sprint the hill. Usually it takes two full burn out sprints before I reach the top as I can’t sprint the whole hill yet…that’s SIX.
7) I then rest about three minutes and do pushups on the hill – feet toward the top and head towards the bottom. I’ll do a mixture of fast and slow pushups for two minutes. I repeat this wearing the vest.
8) I interupt my coach, dear wifey Thai, from her novel, to see if she can watch my gear as I do a leisurely jog around the park for 15 minutes or about 3 km.
9) I always finish ( or try) with 30 burpees.
That’s it. Ready? – GO!
So that’s the main part of my training for the Spartan. That is mixed in with my Muay Thai and Krav Maga classes and weekly long distance run of 10 – 15 km. Well that’s long for me… hello!
..and nooowww - The Special celebration!! This is bigger for me than any race.
FOUR YEARS!!! Today, June 6th – it has been four years since my lovely wife’s Kidney transplant!!! She’s doing great!! Yahoooo!
A spin off from ZZ Top…Give her all my lovin’ – all my hugs and kisses too!
She went from here…
That’s my girl!
Yeaaaaaaaa Weefy! I love you!
So with that over and said I will sleep well and be ready to run again in the morning.
Stay well friends – and keep smiling.
Oh! The fat burning tip to get rid of the love handles? Very basic. I gave up eating any and all grains in the morning. Breakfast is high protein and water or Green Tea. I have lean turkey or chicken or tuna and eggs and nuts. That’s it. When I made that change I could see the little love bumps leave my side almost weekly.