LOL Stole the title from a comment in my intro thread.
I compete in professional timbersports. My 2011 season was great but I know I can do better. It’s now off-season from competitions, so the winter workouts have begun! Lifting, treadmill, road/snow running and will get back to competition training in January, if not sooner. I have been a vegetarian for 12 years and while my diet the last few years has been rather strict, I have now committed myself entirely to veganism and thus far doing well. From a bodybuilding standpoint, my diet has been pretty clean the past 10 days and I am making good attempts to not "cheat." I’m researching more options for protein powders (currently using pea, rice and soy) and some other supplements to assist me in my winter goals. I don’t use a pre-workout but use BCAAs most days and especially while lifting. I am looking into L-glutamine at the moment after reading some information on it and the benefits for athletes and for people post-op (I’ll be having a neuroma removed from my foot Dec. 1 so I’ll be laid up for a bit.
). I have a good friend who is a body builder and he has helped me a great deal in figuring out my lifting regimens. My workouts aren’t anything spectacular or revolutionary but keeping it simple isn’t always a bad thing.
Anyway, enough blabber…Winter Goals:
1. Gain some muscle mass and strength.
2. Lose body fat.
3. Drop ~10 pounds – Summer weight rose to 162 lbs, currently 156 lbs, would be happy between 145-152 lbs by 2012 competition season.
4. Increase physical endurance
5. Overcome mental anxiety that creeps up on me at competition and self consciousness about my body/physique. Winter Workout Routine:
Day 1 – Legs & Shoulders
Day 2 – Back & Bi’s
Day 3 – Chest & Tri’s
Cardio – attempt 4-6 times per week
- steady-state, high incline (3 min warm up, 45 at pace i.e. fast walk, 3 min cool down)
- HIIT – on treadmill, jumping rope
- road running – usually on weekends (3-8 mile runs)
- dance cardio DVDs (hehehe guilty pleasure
My gym time ends up on Sunday morning and Monday and Friday afternoons. I don’t have the best schedule but it’s what works for me for now. Occasionally I throw in the bodyrock.tv “Killer 600 Rep Workout” in the middle of the week. I lift, exercise and run solo but am fueled by my personal goals.
I’m just getting back into my winter routine this week (chest & tri’s tomorrow). I did gain some mass with my summer sessions so I feel I’m off to a good start. I left my gym journal at home but I’ll post exercises tonight or tomorrow. I’m amped to start this training log! This week I had a severe lack of motivation to do cardio. Fail. But hopefully this will keep me more accountable! *fingers crossed*