Exercise Journal: Pre-Week One Workout

A couple of months ago I started working out.  It wasn’t much more than a Step Aerobics DVD and a step in my living room, but it was more than I had worked out in almost 11 years.  I was able to make it through the workout, but I wasn’t seeing results as fast as I wanted.

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to look into workouts focused on preparing candidates for Navy SEAL BUD/S. I can’t enlist, I’m too old, but I knew the SEALs followed a pretty rigorous workout routine that honed the body and the will.  I found the following workout routine online and decided to adopt it – http://www.fitnessdietcenter.com/navy-seals/.  It isn’t an official SEAL workout or anything (I’m pretty sure an actual SEAL would laugh.), but it’s a plan that I can stick to that will really push me further physically than I’ve ever been.

This workout doesn’t require any special weights.  Most of the hotels I frequent have a swimming pool, a treadmill, or both.  I needed a workout that could travel with me.

I’m very out of shape, so I’m working up to Week One.  My goal is to actually start the program the second week of November.  Until then, completing Week One is my goal.

I’m going to track my progress on my blog.  Love to hear from you if you’re following the same plan.  If you just want to cheer me on, that is always appreciated!

Week One Goals: Wednesday

Pushups: 4 Sets of 15 Reps ea
Situps: 4 Sets of 20 Reps ea
Pullups:  3 Sets of 3 Reps ea
Run: 2 Miles in 17 minutes
Swim: 15 minutes

Pre-Week One Actual Workout: Wednesday

Pushups: 4 Sets of 15 Reps ea
Situps: 4 Sets of 20 Reps ea
Pullups: None – I need to install my bar. Plan on adding these on Monday.
Run: 2 Mile Run/Walk 27:21
Swim: 15 minutes
Comments: I’ve significantly shortened the amount of rest time between sets on Pushups and Situps.  I found a good, easy pace for my run that I could have carried through the whole thing, as far as breathing goes.  My calves, however, were screaming after the first mile, so I walked the second mile.  That was pretty frustrating, but better than I did on Monday.  I’m running in Vibram Five Fingered Shoes (They take up less room in my luggage than normal shoes.).  They work entirely different muscles than normal shoes, so muscle development is part of the problem with my run time.  We’ll see how things go on Friday.

On Fridays I add Tae Kwan Do to the routine.  I am a beginner – white belt.  My seven year old daughter is a yellow belt.  This is something we do together.

Workout Music: Paramore – Brand New Eyes (Sets an easier pace for my run than The Crystal Method.)

If you log your workout on your blog, include a link in the comments.  I’d love to see what you’re up to!