Workout 27/01/2016

Leg day with PT. Got to the gym this morning and got a minor visual migraine – given that there’s no pain associated with it there was no reason not to work out, but what I discovered was the for some reason the visual migraine seemed to trigger lots of dizzy spells. So it was an interesting workout- but it’s a workout that I finished, so that’s positive!

3 sets:

  • 10 x free weight leg press (100 kg, 120 kg, 140 kg)
  • 20 x jump box squats

3 sets:

  • 12 x raised-heel back squats (20 kg – barbell only, no additional weights)
  • 20 x side lunges
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Workout 19/01/2016

There’s been a bit of a gap between workouts. I’m not happy with it, there’s some reasons why life got too busy, but also I played too many mind games and didn’t commit where I should have. Anyway, hit the gym yesterday and here’s what I did:

3 sets:

  • Upright rows x 12 (15 kg)
  • Angled pull-ups x 12
  • Alternating dumbell presses x 20 (8 kg each hand)

3 sets:

  • Inclined bench press with dumbells x 10 (10 kg each hand)
  • Seated bicep curl and Arnold press x 10 (8kg each hand)

Workout 13/01/016

Another PT workout- arm/shoulder day

4 sets:

  • 10-15 x inclined bench press (15 kg, 20 kg, 2 x 25 kg)
  • 10-15 x angled pull-ups
  • 10 x barbell cleans (15 kg x 1, 20 kg x 3)

2 sets dumbbell complex @ 8 kg each arm:

  • 10 x front raises
  • 10 x side raises
  • 10 x bent over flies
  • 10 x straight overhead presses

Workout 11/01/2016

I went into the gym with the intention of doing deadlifts today – but all of the deadlifting stations were being used. The workout I ended up with wasn’t the best – I mucked around for too long trying to figure out what to do, so I didn’t get in as many sets as I’d have liked. Ultimate lesson – always have two workouts ready to go before hitting the gym floor!

  • 5 mins rowing machine (at a pace that I could breathe through my nose)
  • 3 sets:
    – 10 situps
    – 10 pushups
    – 10 jump lunges each leg
    – 10 prisoner squats each leg

Workout – 9/01/2016

Saturday’s workout was a 10 km hike. We headed to the Thousand Steps with the intention of doing the steps themselves a couple of times, but it turns out that we and most of Melbourne thought that the steps were a good idea. The car parking was crazy, and there were peopleĀ everywhere, so we decided to walkĀ what I’m pretty sure is the Bellview Terrace track. It’s the track we normally walk down, having walked up the steps – it’s about 4/5 km, and although it’s steep, it’s nothing like the crazy downhill on the Lyrebird track which most people take.

So anyway, we did a solid 4-5 km uphill, then returned on the same track. My glutes were definitely saying hello by the end of the uphill – there’s enough challenging bits to make it worthwhile, and enough flat(ter) hills to make it enjoyable.

New training goals

Happy New Year! A lot of people bring new goals or new habits to a new year – I’m not a fan of that. Unfortunately the countdown to the next adventure happens to coincide with the new year though, but that doesn’t matter! In March we’re heading back to Mt Bogong to do the Conquestathon again. This time last year we’d been training for a while already, but this year it just hasn’t happened. With 8 weekends and 10 weeks to train, there’s not a huge amount of time – but there’s definitely enough.

With that in mind, there’s two things I need to do to improve on my time and performance from last year.

  1. Improve my cardio
  2. Lose some weight

Getting the weight off means there’s less weight to lug up (and down!) that mountain. Improving my cardio means that I can go longer, go stronger, break less often, and break for shorter amounts of time. I was quite happy with my recovery times last year, but I was still stopping too often for my liking. I want to move more, stop less, and be still for less time when I do stop.

I haven’t mentioned improving leg strength in those goals. Although I canĀ always do with improved leg strength, I also know that I have enough to get me up the mountain. More would be better, but it’s not the main focus.

So with all of that in mind, I’m aiming to get to the gym at least four times per week in the lead up to Bogong. Between PT sessions, workouts with J and a few of my own ones thrown in, plus our practice hikes, I think I’ll be fine to maintain that. Fingers crossed for some results.

4/01/2016

  • (70 kg deadlift x 3) x every minute for 5 minutes
  • (40 kg deadlift x 10) x every minute for 5 minutes
  • 5 minutes rowing (at a pace where I can still breathe through my nose)