Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Be inspired: "The world is your gym" - Ross Enamait

Since reading a few articles on Ross Enamaits blog, I have been looking at stuff in a new light.  Everything I pass now, I wonder how I could use it in some way to challenge myself.  Simple things like poles, fences, walls, slabs of concrete, are all now portable - use anywhere - pieces of gym equipment.  Yesterday was inset day and also the last day before my son starts school.  I thought I'd use the day to teach him how to ride his bike without stabilisers.  The journey to the park turned into a mini-workout, with my son getting as much involved as I was, only stopping until he was bored and wanted to move onto the next.  Our first stop was a barrier to stop cyclists from charging down an alleyway.  We together performed tonnes of exercises, pull-ups, muscle-ups, jumping, swinging and poking slugs with sticks.  I took a few pictures and posted them on instagram while we were there...

We also found things to do with a post we found in a field...

If you are interested in reading the original articles, you can find them here:

The World is your gym 1

The World is your gym 2

Monday, 29 July 2013

PR on deadlift (205 kg / 250 lbs)

Another video I made several months ago that forgot to post on the blog.  This is still my PR for my one rep max on deadlift.  I haven't gone heavy in a while, so looking forward to doing something soon.

Playing with Jump Rope transitions

Here is a video from a while back I didn't share on my blog.  It shows my progress with switching between running in place and double-unders, something I refer to as transitioning.  It's quite a frustrating skill to develop, since it's mostly about timing and speed; double-unders are difficult to perform without speed and it's cumbersome to try and change the speed of the rope when making a transition.  As you can see, it's not perfect, but it's a step in the right direction...

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Your home is your gym

Inspired by this post: http://rosstraining.com/blog/2013/07/19/rosstraining-on-instagram/

I felt the urge to explore things around the home I could use as exercise equipment.  The hardest to find are things to use as pull-up equipment, since not much around the home is sturdy enough to support my weight.  However, the stairwell makes for a great pull-up station, even though there is little prospect of being able to use it for muscle-ups.  But everybody has a solid floor, on which you can perform infinite variations of press, squat and lunge movements. #NoExcuses