Yes, it’s true. I am already failing to accomplish my 2011 fitness goals. I blame part of it on my new job. I am out of the house before 7:00 a.m. each morning. Big deal, right? A lot of you reading this could be out the door at 5:00 a.m., I am sure. I also get home between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. depending on traffic. It takes roughly an hour to get too and from work, assuming there is not an accident or traffic on the NJ Turnpike or the NJ Parkway. By the time I get home from work, I am mentally exhausted. I have been feeding from a fire hose of information over the past 45 days. Being new can sometimes suck, because it simply eats up a lot of time in the beginning. Because of this, my commitment to get to the gym has, well, been non-committal at best. I have not been able to drag my sorry ass there at least once. Between being tired and not wanting to go back out in the sub 25 degree weather, I just cannot get there. Call me weak.
That said, I was visiting with a friend of mine last week at his home while traveling on business. I travel with a variation of the Perfect Push-up when I am on the road for work. At the end of the day, it is a good quick upper body workout. I use them at home as well. Again, I’m still not making it to the gym. So, while visiting with my friend, he showed me a program he was going to start at home before he started on P90X.
The program was called “the hundred push ups training program.” It is much more than a 100 push ups program, however. It is a seven week program that gets you on the way to building upper body strength. The Website links off to “the two hundred sit-ups training program,” “the two hundred squats training program,” and finally “the fifty pull-ups training program.” Now, don’t get all in a bunch, yet. The programs start off slowly, and don’t take much time… They seem to prime you, and work you up to the 50, 100, and 200 reps sets over about seven weeks. This I think I can do. It looks a lot like a program that both works you for strength, multiple muscle groups, and cardio simultaneously. It also looks like that if you have 15 or 20 minutes in the beginning of the program, you could do this at home, with the exception of the pull-up program. However, after watching the P90X program, I think I can buy a Pull-up bar, and a stool to help me assist my pull-up until I can strengthen my biceps and back enough to lift myself the way they indicate you should be able to.
As I mentioned, this is a program I think I can handle when I get home from work or get up early in the morning before I get ready for work. I have done all of these things in the past, and any activity at all will be better than none. A body in motion and all that stuff. So, if you suffer from the winter blahs and/or you just cannot make it to the gym, this may work for you. Take a look and give it a shot:
- the hundred push ups training program
- the two hundred sit-ups training program
- the two hundred squats training program
- the fifty pull-ups training program
Wish me luck. I’ll update everyone in three weeks, about half way through the program(s).