Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Truth About Cardio and Garage Gym Workouts

Drumcode podcast. Check. Heavy kettlebells lined up in a row in the garage. Check. Snowstorm keeping from the gym. Check. Workout designed by Bally the Dog. Check. Good to go.

Today's workout was: KB Swings, Double KB Front Squats, KB reverse lunges, power wheel rollouts, Powerblock RDL's, MB slams. Great times. Off for a couple days, till a deadlift workout on Saturday. My glutes, hamstrings, and forearms will need a couple of days to recover. Loved it in the garage today...so much better and effective than cardio.

Now in Toronto today, the big fitness buzzes are Madonna's new Hard Candy gym, which I would love to visit just for amusement, and the "great elliptical debate". I did not hear the elliptical debate, and apparently Jillian Michaels was involved, but I know this:

The elliptical machine is the biggest joke in the gym. It overestimates calorie burn by 42%, according to ABC news.

Also a problem at this time of year? Shin splits. Here's how to avoid them:

You simply need to start slow and let your muscles adapt to training. If you run too long, or on too hard of a surface, or too frequently, or in bad shoes, you will get shin splints. You can't go from nothing to 5 miles in a week...be very careful and conservative. Stay strong and safe!

If you absolutely, positively must run

Your joints and I would prefer you didn't, as that is a recipe for overuse injury. 20 minutes, with a good warm-up and cool-down on each side, is okay. Make sure to stretch muscle groups that get tight from running (hip flexors, calves, hamstrings) and get strong with TT. Do as little as possible, please.

Final inspiration:
Take Action on Your Transformation and FINISH the job you started. Read the 5 steps here to finally get your big projects done:
- http://www.earlytorise.com/5-steps-to-change-with-tt-certification/

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
You have to be tough on yourself. It is not easy to succeed. Demand more of yourself. Pay the price. Earn the rewards. That's how it works in the real world.

Stay strong and get stronger,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

2 comments:

George Godin said...

Hello Craig!

Kudos for this very interesting article. Keep up the good work! Yes indeed. We simply need to start slow and let our muscles adapt to training.

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