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Strength Training at Crunch Gym

Looking at yesterday’s workout, it is clear that I haven’t been working as hard as I should when I am at Crunch. I felt ashamed at the amount of my whining. ūüôĀ¬† So, this morning I told Frank that I needed to be pushed harder.woman lifting weights cartoon

Taking it to heart, Frank had me doing lateral pull-downs, rows, and bicep exercises with much heavier weights.¬† I had to do knuckle push ups [modified because I was on my knees] and modified jumping jacks [no jumping] with two pound weights.¬† The knuckle push ups are supposed to help strengthen my wrists and my forearms –¬† both of which should help with kickboxing as well.

All in all, I think we accomplished a great deal more today.  Excellent!

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Back Strengtheners With Resistance Bands and Kickboxing Cardio

I met with John Salgado this afternoon for my kickboxing session.¬†¬†We’re going to ease into strengthening my legs so we focused primarily on arms and back.¬†¬†The session¬† began with mobility exercises to try to get the kinks out of my legs. We then proceeded to do a series of slow front kicks. By isolating each part of the kick, John says that we work on our core strength, balance and technique.¬† [I found a related article on the benefit of isolation exercises called “How to Front Kick“.]

Then we moved onto Back Exercises [3 sets] using the Stability Ball:

Using the Resistance Bands and seated on a balance ball:

  • Lateral Rowskickboxing woman
  • Seated Rows
  • Bicep Curls

Also on the Balance Ball [3 sets]:

  • Push ups on the Stability Ball Reps: 12-15
  • Knee Tucks on the Stability Ball Reps: 12-15
  • Dumbbell Chest Press on Ball [15, 20, 25 lb weights]
  • Dumbbell Triceps Extensions on Ball [15, 20, 25 lb weights]
  • Sit ups [last set with light weights]

We also did a couple of rounds doing punches, slips and kicks with the punching bag. We finished with 3 minutes of elbow-to-knees sit ups.

After stretching my legs and back, we ended our session today with some QiGong outside.

We picked up a couple of Mango and Green Teas with Tapioca at CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice.¬† According to Livingstrong.com,¬†tapioca bubble tea combines tea, milk, honey and cooked tapioca pearls to form a frothy beverage that should be treated as a dessert in your caloric count. The large drink probably contained more than 300 calories. I’d always thought tapioca was good for you but I think I will pass on these next time.

 

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Calorie Goals – Which Calculator To Follow?

Which BMR calculator?I ¬†dutifully logged my food intake for the day on SparkPeople.com.¬† According to the SparkPeople site, I should be eating 1,380 to 1,730 calories per day.¬† It’s difficult for me to stay within this range.¬†I¬†like to eat and tend to eat out a lot.¬† I also tend to go to sporting events so the food that I buy is often greasy… [Yes, there’s room¬†for improvement.] In my defense, I have begun to make fruit protein shakes for breakfast with Chocolate Flavored Optimum Nutrition 100% Natural Oats and Whey Protein.¬† It is made with whole grain oats and all-whey protein; has no artificial flavors and¬†no synthetic colors.¬† It does contain honey powder and evaporated cane juice powder but that’s better than High-Fructose Corn Syrup….¬† I throw the protein¬†powder in the blender with some milk and frozen fruit and it tastes great.

Anyway, if I compare the SparkPeople.com calorie suggestion with¬†the Calories and Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) calculator¬†on¬†Fat2FitRadio.com,¬†¬†it looks as if the SparkPeople.com¬†guideline would be correct only if I were very sedentary.¬†¬†Giving myself credit for working out 3-5 times a week, I should be considered¬†“Moderately Active” and can consume¬†2,150 calories on a daily basis!¬† That would mean that, although incredibly unhealthy, the 2 bags of potato chips¬†I consumed today were OK. [2 oz. for a total of 304 calories]¬†How funny is that?¬† Somehow, I don’t believe either of my trainers would be pleased to hear it.

I’ll be seeing John tomorrow for Kickboxing…I’ll ask him. LOL

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Limited Strength Training at Crunch Gym

I went to see Frank, my trainer at the local Crunch gym, this morning to restart my training program.¬† Because of my knee issues and the time I’ve been away, we took it really easy.

  • Warm up was 5 sets of¬†lateral runs and some stretches

My work out comprised 3 sets of the following:

  • 1 minute of rope pulley machine – pulling down
  • 1 minute of rope pulley machine – pulling up
  • 20 modified inchworm exercises [just going forward and going back to stand up]
  • traditional lateral pull down machine
  • traditional row machine
  • Dumbbell Lateral Raises [to the side, moving across to the front and then back down to hips; reverse order for next set]
  • side leg raises

I’m incapable of moving my knee to a 90 degree angle with any weight so squats and lunges are out of the question for the time being.

Here’s a good video example:


I tried the SparkPeople.com Trivia game – it asks about health and exercise questions.

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Kickboxing Training with John Salgado

I thought I should say that John Salgado¬†is my trainer and has been with me for years.¬† John is great– he never yells at me but always pushes me past my whining.¬† ūüôā

John Salgado, CPT, Kickboxing Trainer, Inner G Training
John Salgado, professional MMA Fighter, CPT, Kickboxing Trainer, Inner G Training

John is a professional MMA Fighter and runs Inner G Training¬†in New York.¬† He also trains other professional MMA fighters. ¬†I’ve never attended any of his actual classes [let’s face it, I don’t like group activities] but they look impressive.¬† We tend to do strength exercises using the Tabata method and then some cardio kickboxing with pads and punching bags. ¬†I’m guessing that my workouts most closely resemble his Cardio Combat classes but I ‘ve never asked him. ¬†Our cool downs focus on QiGong.¬† [I’ve¬†included links to some QiGong videos and exercises you can try on my¬†Weight Loss and Nutrition Guidance/Exercises page.] All together, it makes for a high calorie workout.

John always recommends rolling my legs out with a foam roller to help alleviate my knee issues.

Qigong is an ancient Eastern practice of whole-body healing, accomplished by way of postures, movement, and breathing rituals intended to release the bodies flow of chi.  The Livestrong.com site has some QiGong exercises you can try.  Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/19110-qigong-breathing-exercises/

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Diet Club With Self Magazine

Icing and some trigger point massage seems to have helped a bit with the sore forearms.  I will continue tonight to see if I can get back to a pain free state.

I¬†signed up for the Self.com Diet Club.¬† They provide a possible 16 strength and plyometric exercises and a cardio plan.¬†You’re supposed to do the¬†exercises three times a week.¬† The trainer on the online videos is from SparkPeople.com.¬† The idea is to exercise as part of a community and to track it online everyday so that you are more aware of your daily food and exercise decisions as well as more accountable.¬† I’m not that community minded but am giving it a go.

The exercises I did today were:

Hotdog
Regular Hotdog w. ketchup, roll, no mayo – 315 calories
  • Rotating Sculptor- 5 lb weights
  • Bottoms Up- 3 lb weights
  • Reshaping Reach – 10 lb weights
  • Biceps Balancer – 10 lb weights
  • Step Off It – 3 lb weights
  • Rear Raiser
  • Wide High Knee

As I am careful of my knees, I decided to avoid the plyometric exercises for the time being.

¬†We are heading off to the Staten Island Yankees game tonight with All-You-Can-Eat tickets again.¬† I’m pretty sure that I saw an article saying hot dogs are a better junk food choice.

I¬†will try to at some without the bun… That should save some calories. LOL

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Trigger Point Massage for Forearm Pain From Overuse

My husband and I walked a bit in the park today [he went to the gym without me as my knees are still achy.]  My issue for the day relates to sore forearms from my kickboxing work out on Thursday afternoon.

I haven’t done a kickboxing session since the end of March when I hurt my hand and began a serious bout of traveling!¬† While it was great fun to be back [and a serious surprise that I was still conscious at the end of the hour] I have been incredibly sore.¬† My shoulders and forearms have not recovered from my trainer’s tabata rounds of push up and pull up exercises.

All the podcasts I’ve listened to so far agree that strength exercises are best.¬† Of course they also agree that 90 percent of weight loss is determined by diet and nutrition rather than exercise.¬† I am easing my way into better nutrition.¬† As I mentioned previously, I will start by avoiding high fructose corn syrup. ūüôā¬†¬† That’s harder than you’d think as we are attending a Staten Island Yankees game with All-You-Can-Eat tickets.

In the interim, I have just ordered Clair Davies’ The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief, Second Edition¬†from Amazon.com.¬† I hope that I can begin to work on getting the kinks out of my legs and arms without having to go to a massage therapist.¬† I decided to use a small racquetball rather than purchasing any massage equipment; the¬†foot log¬†that I purchased a while ago may also come in handy.

I found an article online called Trigger Point Massage. Simple Self-Help for Chronic Pain  by Christian Lemburg, that seems to cover the basic points. 

Trigger Point Rules
1. Trigger points are small, localized muscle cramps that feel like hard lumps or knots in your muscles.
2. Trigger points arise at predictable places in the muscle and cause predictable patterns of referred pain.
3. Trigger points hurt like hell when pressed, and referred pain may be felt, according to the characteristic pattern for that trigger point.
4. Trigger points can be treated by massage.
5. Massage with short, slow strokes in one direction, applying deep pressure.
6. When massaging, use your elbow, your knee, your knuckles, or a ball instead of your fingers. Use a ball between your body and a wall or the floor to reach hard spots.

Read the entire article:  http://www.crossfit.com/journal/library/37_05_trigger_points.pdf

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Suggested Calorie Intake

According to the Fat2FitRadio.com page,¬†my suggested calorie intake is pretty generous.¬† Very generous compared to what my trainer tells me I should be eating.¬† It’s clear that my diet is really poor but baby steps is where I am starting.¬† My first resolution is to cut out High Fructose Corn Syrup from my diet.

Activity Level    Daily Calories

  • Sedentary (little or no exercise, desk job)¬†¬† 1664
  • Lightly Active (light exercise/sports 1-3 days/wk) 1907
  • Moderately Active (moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days/wk) 2150
  • Very Active (hard exercise/sports 6-7 days/wk) 2393
  • Extremely Active (hard daily exercise/sports & physical job or 2X day training, i.e marathon, contest etc.) 2635

Based on how much activity you do on an average day, the calories in the right column will be the number of calories that you will be able to eat at your goal weight. If you start eating those calories right now (eating like the thinner you), you will eventually become that thinner person. As you get closer to your goal weight, your weight loss will start to slow down. It is OK to eat a few hundred calories less per day (200-300) to speed up your weight loss at this point.

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Walk Around the Park and Torn Pinky Tendon

My knee is still cranky so I took a walk around the park instead of doing kickboxing.¬† With the added errands after the loop, I clocked approximately 4 miles.¬† Woo hoo!!!¬† That’s about 443 calories burned according to the on-line calories calculator I¬†found at: http://www.healthstatus.com/cgi-bin/calc/calculator.cgi.¬† Despite wearing a knee brace, it was still uncomfortable walking.¬† I think I may pick up a new pair of sneakers. ūüôā

I had the pinky looked at by a Dr. Andrew J. Weiland, MD, a hand specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery.¬† The consultation didn’t take very long but they took x-rays and everyone there was especially nice and professional.¬† I did, indeed, tear a tendon but there is nothing that can be done at this point.¬† It will always be a little sore and sensitive when¬†I do kickboxing.¬† The X-ray showed¬† a small mallet fracture as well.¬† It’s probably a good thing that I tried to address the very crooked pinky finger with duct tape and paper clips a la McGiver. ūüôā¬† Otherwise, the pinky would have been really askew!

Next, I will visit my regular doctor and see how my cholesterol level is doing.

 

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Trying Tabura

So after a few days of visiting family and throwing toys for the dog to fetch, I’m ready to start exercising again. I tried the Tabura class at Crunch gym yesterday morning and found it fairly good.¬† The official description off the Crunch gym site is:

  • Tabura is a Swahili name for training used in improving military endurance and strength in Africa. This intensely fun class uses kickboxing combinations and basic West African dance moves set to hot Tribal House music and a live drummer. Get ready to burn massive calories and become a true powerhouse warrior.

I had to stop a number of times because my knees were unhappy [they’d been unhappy all week so I wasn’t surprised] but overall, the class went well and I didn’t give up.¬† After admitting that I hadn’t eaten breakfast, the instructor made me do an additional 10 push ups…. something to remember in the future.

 I should begin kickboxing training again on Monday in Manhattan.