Still Not Doing it For Me

So for the last few weeks I have been doing the calisthenics workout that I found, and it has gotten too easy. I can now do that entire workout in under twenty minutes, and I don’t feel tired at all afterwards. I have also lost 6 lb while doing this workout, which I didn’t know was possible, and it’s kind of worrisome. I’ve been eating more than enough, which means I wasn’t gaining any muscle, I was only improving my muscular endurance, which isn’t a bad thing! But it’s not enough on its own. So, I will do that exercise on Wednesday only, and develop a workout plan (that I will post later) for Mondays and Fridays that involve weights. That way I still have muscular endurance and speed, but at the same time, building muscle.
At the same time, I’m having trouble staying motivated. I don’t really have a goal that I am working towards at the moment, so I have no reason to keep eating right or only drinking water, or keep going to the gym. As of right now, it’s just something that I feel I have to do, but that’s not strong enough motivation to keep me going for the rest of the semester.
One thing that was good motivation came yesterday while playing on the playground. I was able to do the Spider-Man move (hanging upside down with your hands holding onto a rope and your feet at your hands) without swinging my body at all, and with little effort. I was also almost able to do a body up on a pull up bar, which is one thing I’ve been trying to do for a while. Still, I need more motivation.


I’m Exhausted, Which is Good

After trying a couple of exercises for the last year, I’ve only found a few that truly make me exhausted. Most of those involved lifting a variety of weights in a certain amount of time (Crossfit), and I would be able to see improvement over the next few weeks in muscle size, and how much I was able to lift, but I felt sluggish and unable to do certain tasks. For example, before starting my cross fit exercising, I could do 20 pull-ups in a row after an entire workout. After doing cross fit for a few weeks, I was out of breath and energy after 5. Although I was stronger, I didn’t have practical muscles. So after viewing a calisthenics video, I decided that was a good route to try. Calisthenics is the use of you’re own body weight, and most muscles in your body, to control movements above the ground. There is a video below of what the mastery of calisthenics looks like. I found a few exercises, and adapted one of them so that I could do it at ball gym (also shown below). The first day I did it, I was able to complete it in 30 minutes, which was really surprising to me because of the amount of work it requires. However, I neglected to stretch altogether or do any sort of running before or after. So I was out of commission for the rest of the week. This Monday, I made sure to do things differently. I ran a half of a mile, stretched, completed the workout, and then stretched again. I cut my time down by 5 minutes (meaning I did it in 25 minutes) and I didn’t fell too bad the next day. Today, I went to the gym and did the same thing, only this time, I cut my time down another 2 minutes (meaning I did it in 23 minutes). I think the amount of time it takes is extremely important, because it pushes me to go faster, which means I’m increasing my speed as well, so I won’t feel the same sluggish feeling. However, after my workout today I went up and ran another lap, then did a group of ad exercises. I’m pretty sure I sweat about 2 lbs worth of sweat. But, I am exhausted, and faster, and stronger. Which is really all I wanted.


Workout (Estimated time 40 min):

Set 1: 10 push-ups, 20 squats, 5 pull-ups, 20 lunges

Set 2: 10 push-ups, 20 squats, 5 pull-ups, 20 lunges

Set 3: 10 push-ups, 20 squats, 5 pull-ups, 20 lunges

Set 4: 10 push-ups, 20 squats, 5 pull-ups, 15 lunges

Set 5: 10 push-ups, 20 squats, 5 pull-ups, 15 lunges

Set 6: 8 push-ups, 15 squats, 4 pull-ups, 10 lunges

Set 7: 8 push-ups, 15 squats, 4 pull-ups, 10 lunges

Set 8: 8 push-ups, 15 squats, 4 pull-ups, 10 lunges

Set 9: 6 push-ups, 10 squats, 3 pull-ups, 10 lunges

Set 10: 6 push-ups, 10 squats, 3 pull-ups, 10 lunges

Total: 86 Push-ups, 165 Squats, 43 Pull-ups, 140 Lunges