October 2012. I am very interested in staying focused on fitness AND enjoying my workouts. There are so many enjoyable activities that will build strength and fitness. I’ve been enjoying running and hope to be able to do some long distance runs. I also really like running on trails and once we get snow on the ground I’ll break out the snowshoes and maybe even do a little cross country skiing.
May 2012. Revised to pursue fitness overall.
May 2011. I had an epiphany when I was with my youngest son and his coach in Fairbanks Alaska. We had just played 18 holes of frisbee golf and were walking back to the car. It was a long gradual hill and along the way I started lagging behind. In fact, I had to stop and catch my breath. My son turned to the coach and said they needed to stop and wait for dad. WAIT FOR DAD! Holy Smokes, how could this have happened? How could I have let myself get into such poor condition?
Once we returned from our trip to Fairbanks, my parents were visiting so that they could see my son graduate high school. This is when I learned that not only was I out of shape – my parents were old. I couldn’t stop the aging but maybe I could at least be one of the active old people when it came my turn.
A friend that knows me well enough to know that I wanted change and I wanted it in a hurry recommended a body weight program. His suggestion was P90X which consists of a wide regimen of exercises that don’t take any special equipment.
My plan was born. I would do the P90X program for the 12 weeks and then reevaluate my goals and progress. P90X was intense! Literally hundreds of pull ups and push ups each week, along with Plyometrics, yoga, even a day of Kenpo. The program got me in pretty good shape really fast. I did however, have some shoulder issues when I dropped the program after six weeks. I used ice, Advil and rest for four weeks afterward.
I Really want to be strong and to correct my posture. My shoulders roll forward probably from an imbalance in muscles between my back muscles and chest muscles. Also I have a neck forward posture which is also on the wish list of changes.
So, I turned to the web and decided that I would do a barbell program. Starting Strength caught my eye and it has resources – books, videos and an active website. This blog is about my journey with the Starting Strength program and beyond as I work toward putting muscle on my middle aged body.