Prodigal Altar Boy Blog
3 January 2012
Prepared edit bay area.
Collected postproduction paperwork.
Total time: One hour
Pat Metheny Etudes – exercise #1 bars 1-4 20X
Pat Metheny Etudes – Exercise #1 bars 5-8 5X
Dies Irae – 20X
Total time: 1 hour
Viking Warrior Conditioning
7 reps per set with 16kg kettlebell
Total time: 25 minutes
Open Letter To All My New Gym Buddies
Any of you who work out on a regular basis probably noticed the influx of new gym users at the start of the New Year. Yes, we see them cram the floor in January, and know the bulk of them will not make it to Valentine’s Day. The rest will be gone by April Fool’s Day, with a few reappearing in the spring for bathing suit season. By Memorial Day, we’ll have the gym to ourselves.
That sounds harsh, and I only say it because I have seen it year in and year out. If you are a long-time gym member, you know what I mean. If you are new gym member, let me offer some advice so you can make it over the long haul. Follow these rules and not only will you last, you might just see some results.
Learn from my mistakes
I know now that when I first started working out, had I re-prioritized how I exercised, I would have made more progress in a short amount of time. Specifically, I would have:
- Prioritized resistance training (weights) over cardio
- Prioritized free weights over machines
- Prioritized compound moves (squats, deadlift bench press and rows) over isolation moves (bicep curls, tricep pushdowns, and calf raises)
- Prioritized heavy weight over light weights
- When it comes to cardio, I would emphasize interval training over steady state training
- I would have spent less time in the gym and more time enhancing recovery
I will give you some more advice in the next installment.