5 x 5 in 25

When it comes to working out, last week was one of the worst I’ve had in a long, long while.  You see, since 1990, my first year in college, I’ve had this 3-Day Rule.  Simply put, I forbade myself from ever taking more than three days off from working out.  And except for maybe three or four times, I’ve made good on that promise.  No matter what– birthday, illness, holidays, even on my honeymoon as my wife would attest– when and if that fourth day hit, I made sure I did something.  Whether it was going for a quick run, doing some push-ups and sprints in the driveway, or going to the grocery store to buy gallon milk containers to use as makeshift dumbbells, I made sure I got my workout in.

Fast forward–um– a few years and I’m proud to admit that, even though I seldom break that pact with myself, I’m much less restrictive now, forgiving myself for the occasional lapse.  Even then, though, I make sure the workouts that I am able to get in make up for the ones I missed. Read more of this post

Interval Training- even with Weights!

HIIT- Good for Weights, Too!

I really didn’t feel like being in the gym last night.  It was a long day at work, I was late picking up the kids, and my body was still a little sore from playing basketball the day before.  So on the way to the gym I decided I’d just do a quick workout.  Now I preface that with the fact that my quick workouts have been known to last an hour or so.

But I was determined to keep my promise to myself.  Luckily, I’d just installed this cool app on my Android phone.  Called HIIT for “High Intensity Interval Training,” it allows me to feed it variables like prep time; rest/recover period; work/training period; and how many sets or rounds for each cycle-through.  The cool thing is it beeps or buzzes when it’s time to switch exercises or downshift from work to recover.   Read more of this post