Workout Wednesday 29 January

Count down and keep moving

While I am on the road to recovery, am trying to keep as active as possible. Spending time on the airdyne will only get me so far so, am trying to do a heavily modified strength and conditioning programme to keep me in the best shape possible over the next few months. Working out around an injury is possible and beneficial as long as you are sensible about it. The workouts I am doing are modified to account for my inability to weight bear on my left leg. All of the weights I’m using have been dialled back, so I reduce the risk of additional injuries. All lower body exercises focus on movement, flexibility and not losing what I have in the way of muscle. Upper body I have fewer limitations but still need to modify exercises to make sure I am not putting additional strain on my lower body.

I aim to get in some kind of movement every day.

Chunky knee on the mend

Showing signs of wear and tear

While my capacity is improving weekly from working out, I’m starting to feel the strain of being stuck on crutches for so long. Over the long weekend, I pushed myself a bit more than I should have, lots of time on my feet (or foot and crutches), and a monster mooch around in Whangarei left me feeling exhausted. I am starting to feel the extra strain on my right foot, Achillies tendon as well as my hands, not surprising after six weeks on crutches. While I am on the final countdown to my next appointment with the surgeon, I am trying to take it easy and do a lot more stretching and massage.

Moderating intensity

To keep my workouts from becoming boring, I change things up daily, some days, I push for more intensity in my workouts and other days, I aim for more endurance. This week my workout is more of an endurance workout with slightly higher weights. My endurance workouts in the Auckland humidity are not easy, but they are worth the effort.

Workout of the week

This workout was as follows

  • 5 minutes warm-up @ 15 per cent of max RPM.
  • 40 minutes working @ 60 – 70 per cent of max heart rate.
  • 5 minutes cool down @ 10 per cent of max RPM.

Core work

  • Straight leg situps – 40 reps with a kettlebell
  • Single leg raises – 40 reps per leg
  • Kettlebell kayaks – 40 reps with @ 30 per cent of 2RM
  • Kettlebell bench press – 40 reps @ 30 per cent of 2RM
  • Kettlebell overhead tricep extension – 40 reps @ 30 per cent of 2RM
  • Dying bug – 40 reps

Post-workout stretches and recovery

  • Right leg hamstring stretch.
  • Right leg quad stretch.
  • Achilles stretch right and left leg.
  • Skateboard rolls with left leg

Disclaimer

I share my workouts to show what I do, not to tell you what to do. I post my workouts with a percentage of my max rather than stating what weights or speeds I use. Everyone is different and has different levels of fitness and capability. Your body is yours alone if you want to start working out, I recommend spending some time with a personal trainer who can put you on the right path. When working out with weights, remember your 1 rep max is yours alone, finding the weights that are right for you is important. If you decide to try out a workout, find out what weights you should be using first.


Workout Wednesday 22 January

While I am on the road to recovery, am trying to keep as active as possible. Spending time on the airdyne will only get me so far so, am trying to do a heavily modified strength and conditioning programme to keep me in the best shape possible over the next few months.  

Working out around an injury is possible and beneficial as long as you are sensible about it. The workouts I am doing are modified to account for my inability to weight bear on my left leg. All of the weights I’m using have been dialled back, so I reduce the risk of additional injuries. All lower body exercises focus on movement, flexibility and not losing what I have in the way of muscle. Upper body I have fewer limitations but still need to modify exercises to make sure I am not putting additional strain on my lower body.  

I aim to get in some kind of movement every day.  

Winning at the one-legged race  

This week I have been dialling thing up a little bit, as my capacity builds back up I am pushing things a little further. All the hard work on the airdyne has me thinking I could win a one-legged race. I’ve brought in some more core strengthening movements as well as some upper bodywork. The more upper body work and core work I do, the easier it is getting around on crutches.  

I have reached another significant milestone in my recovery; I have been able to unlock my knee brace and start to bend my knee. I will be honest the first two days were not pleasant; the awful aching and return of some serious swelling were not fun. After some ice pack action and lots of patience, I can now bend my knee to 90 degrees and straighten it out. My little skateboard has become a key part of my post-workout stretching and cool down. I still have to wait for the ok to put weight on my leg and start physiotherapy, but I am pleased with the progress I have made in just a few days.   

My general fitness is continuing to improve, so now I just have to manage my rest and recovery to ensure I don’t overdo it when I workout.  

Workout of the week   

This workout was as follows   

5 minutes warm-up @ 15 per cent of max RPM.   

30 minutes working @ 70 per cent of max RPM.   

5 minutes cool down @ 10 per cent of max RPM.   

Core work  

Straight leg situps – 50 reps with a kettlebell  

Single leg raises – 50 reps per leg  

Kettlebell kayaks – 50 reps with @ 25 per cent of 2RM  

Kettlebell bench press – 50 reps @ 30 per cent of 2RM  

Dying bug – 50 reps  

Post-workout stretches and recovery.  

Right leg hamstring stretch.  

Right leg quad stretch.  

Achilles stretch right and left leg.  

Skateboard rolls with left leg  

Disclaimer    

I share my workouts to show what I do, not to tell you what to do.  

I post my workouts with a percentage of my max rather than stating what weights or speeds I use. Everyone is different and has different levels of fitness and capability. Your body is yours alone if you want to start working out, I recommend spending some time with a personal trainer who can put you on the right path.   

When working out with weights, remember your 1 rep max is yours alone, finding the weights that are right for you is important. If you decide to try out a workout, find out what weights you should be using first.  


Workout Wednesday 8 January

Starting out slowly

Do something every day

While I am on the road to recovery, am trying to keep as active as possible. Spending time on the airdyne will only get me so far so, am trying to do a heavily modified strength and conditioning programme to keep me in the best shape possible over the next few months.

Working out around an injury is possible and beneficial as long as you are sensible about it. The workouts I am doing are modified to account for my inability to weight bear on my left leg. All of the weights I’m using have been dialled back, so I reduce the risk of additional injuries. All lower body exercises focus on movement, flexibility and not losing what I have in the way of muscle. Upper body I have fewer limitations but still need to modify exercises to make sure I am not putting additional strain on my lower body.

I aim to get in some kind of movement every day.

Starting out slowly

This week is my first week back to every day general movement and working out after my recent knee surgery. Cabin fever has truly taken hold in the last few days, so I have been chomping at the bit to get back in the gym and start doing something.

To start building my fitness back up, I am making my nemesis AKA the airdyne, my new best friend. I can set myself up nicely so I have no weight on my left leg at all while using my seems and right leg to get a decent sweat going.

While I would like to convince myself I have bounced back from surgery, I know by my energy levels and the number of naps required across the day I am not back to 100 per cent yet.

Workout of the week

This plain and boring workout was as follows

  • 5 minutes warm-up @ 25 per cent of max RPM.
  • 20 minutes working @ 60 per cent of max RPM.
  • 5 minutes cool down @ 10 per cent of max RPM.

Post-workout stretches and recovery

  • Right leg hamstring stretch.
  • Right leg quad stretch.
  • Achilles stretches right and left leg.
There is a knee in there somewhere

Disclaimer

I share my workouts to show what I do, not to tell you what to do.

I post my workouts with a percentage of my max rather than stating what weights or speeds I use. Everyone is different and has different levels of fitness and capability. Your body is yours alone if you want to start working out, I recommend spending some time with a personal trainer who can put you on the right path.

When working out with weights, remember your 1 rep max is yours alone, finding the weights that are right for you is important. If you decide to try out a  workout, find out what weights you should be using first.


End of the year

Quiet on the blog front

You may have noticed I’ve been a little bit quiet on my blog and social media recently. That is because life has become somewhat unusual in the last two months.

Not the ideal end to the year

It has been a funny year; work has been stupidly busy; my project manager life has overtaken my real life more than liked. While work took over, the rest of my life has either ticked over or stopped completely. Until a few weeks ago, I expected the end of the year to fly up and smack me in the face while I scrambled around wondering what happened. That isn’t my expectation anymore.

Storytime

In an effort to maintain my sanity, I’ve stuck with my daily 5 a.m. workout. During a workout at the end of September, I made one little mistake and apparently changed the course of the year. One leg in the wrong place in the middle of a movement and POP something in my knee gave out. The immediate swelling and pins and needles were the first clue something wasn’t quite right.

Apple a day did nothing

Usually would give an injury a week to settle before I went to a doctor. In this instance didn’t last the week. My knee was hurting so much I was at the doctor four days later. One painful exam later, I was sent off to an x-ray and MRI. The x-ray was all clear, but the MRI had a different story to tell. The short version of the story is a grade 2 tear off the lateral collateral ligament and damage to the nerve that controls my left foot. Go me!

Different Kind of wrapping this Christmas

A few weeks waiting and two specialists later l went under the knife a few days ago to have my lateral collateral ligament reconstructed and the nerve in my leg released. Everything appears to have gone well; now, I have the long road to recovery ahead of me. Life on crutches for the next eight weeks might be the easier thing to deal with.

Keeping active

In the run-up to surgery I have done that what I can keep active, I’ve swapped out heavy weight lifting for more time on the airdyne. As hard as it is to keep active when you are in pain know the more mobility you can maintain the better recovery will be from injury and hopefully faster.

The balance between rest and activity isn’t something I have been good at so far; it is something I need to work on.

I’m giving myself seven days to rest after my surgery, after that I aim to get back in the gym to get my upper body, abs and right leg moving as much as possible.

I’ve read heaps about the benefits of being active when recovering from surgery, so I intend to put the theory into practice.

I’m going to take a little break from my blog and social media while I rest up but will be hopping into 2020 with some set goals for recovery, wellbeing, resilience and progress.

Wishing you all a Happy Healthy Christmas and New Year, see you all in 2020.


2016 goals

Happy New Year!!!!

Hopefully, you all had a great break and enjoyed time with friends and family.
I am not one for making New Year’s resolutions. I prefer to set myself goals for the year, have something to work towards and start a new year by setting my goals.

2015 the year that was

Last year, I set myself many goals; I achieved all of the important ones but never accomplished the physical goals I set thanks to injuring my Achilles in August. I spent a total of two months rocking around with a cast and then had a moon boot on. Sadly that means that all of my hard work from the year that would have seen me reach my goals was mostly undone, and I spent the remainder of the year focusing on physiotherapy and regaining my strength and flexibility.
I’m still not fully recovered from my Achilles adventure (apparently, it’s a long road to recovery), so with that long layoff still fresh in my mind, I’m setting my goals and making sure I’m kinder to my body in the process.

2016 goals

Over the next 12 months, I want to:

  • Stay injury-free for the year, continue to recover from my injury and avoid surgery.
  • Improve my back squat aim to squat 80kg
  • Attend one yoga class a week to improve flexibility
  • Reduce my resting heart rate to 60bpm
  • Reduce my body fat to 20%
  • Work out at least once a day.

To make these goals achievable, I am going to break them down and give myself some milestones through the year to keep myself on track. Any goals that I reach before the end of the year will be ticked off, and I will set a new goal for myself. I want to make myself accountable for my progress, so I’ll check in each month and share my progress.

Starting point

Here are the January starting points

  • Starting weight on back squat 20kg
  • Starting resting heart rate 74bpm
  • Starting body fat percentage 29%

My first update will be February 5th 2016


Welcome to fight club

Don’t worry it is not the kind of fight club you are thinking of, it is just what we call our lunch time workouts, thankfully there is no blood (yet) but there is plenty of sweat and tears (usually from the laughing).

Fight club is all about getting us away from our desks, out of the office and getting moving for 15-20 minutes, we don’t have any equipment or special gear, we just make use of the space we have.

The general idea is to go hard and push a little bit further every time.  We aim for 3 sessions a week as a minimum and 5 at a maximum.  Our workouts are usually high-intensity interval training sessions; we throw in something different like sprints or ladders every now and then to keep things interesting.

Welcome to fight club

We have a few rules a fight club

  • Go hard. You only cheat yourself if you don’t
  • Stop before you puke. This is usually a good sign you are going too hard or you ate too much before you came to fight club.
  • Learn to love the suck. The suck is your friend and means you are doing it right (see rule one).
  • Every day is ab day. It is easy to remember and awesome when you start to see the change for yourself.

Each week I will be posting a summary of our fight club workouts if you are looking for something to do or workouts to use for your own fight club you can use our fight club for inspiration.