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PT, Part 3

Been hitting PT/weights regularly over the past several months - 3x a week, rain or shine. Pretty dedicated at this point; my mindset is that this is something I will continue for the rest of my life.

Definitely noticing the body adjusting/strengthening. Arms/shoulders/chest getting more solid. Plenty of work ahead of me, but progress is being made. Not where I want to be, but better than a few months ago. Given this is a long term, life long deal, patience is important I think. That's a big problem for many - everybody wants to lose 20 pounds in 8 weeks, get a six pack in a month or otherwise become a shredded Adonis in as little time as possible they forget that they are often battling against years of work to the opposite. 

Performance wise, I am honestly stronger now than I have probably ever been in my life. Example - I'm up from 20 push ups to an all time PR a couple days ago (50).

Have been slowly accumulating equipment, too. Haven't dropped the coin on the rack, Olympic bar and weight set yet - garage space is commandeered for a home project for at least another month. My workout space at present is half of a spare bedroom, so the equipment has been focused to that end.

Based on commentary from the tribe, I picked up a sandbag, which I use for squats, power cleans and deadlifts for reps. Used it as a makeshift flat bench, too, 'till I spent the coin on a a nice flat bench (Rogue utility bench).

The Rogue bench was pricier than most other options, but it's super-solid and should last for the next 30 or 40 years. Don't mind spending a bit extra for stuff that is built to last, and is made in the USA to boot.

After some back and forth and running the numbers, I went with a pair of Powerblock adjustable dumbbells. Fixed dumbbells are actually pretty expensive (around $1 a pound), and they take up a crap load of space. So, while the Powerblocks have a steep initial cost, they actually end up saving money and space in the long run. They're very nice, comfortable to use, and the adjustable feature is great - adjusting up or down takes only a few seconds. I'll be picking up the 70 pound expansion set soon. Again, a piece of equipment that will last a long time and through a lot of use.

Anyways, if you aren't happy with the shape you're in, get up and do something about it. Block out some time in your life to train, move around and lift some heavy metal - and be consistent!


  1. AnonymousJune 11, 2015

    I come in early into office and often do a 'mini work out' in the office, two sessions. Gets my morning going, so to speak.

    Arm spins (both vertical and bent) requires no equipment, but small barbells or other weight can be easily used and add immeasurably to the work out. I do 100 rear spins vertical, 120 forward bent spins right after (bend at waist forward, alternating right / left foot placement at 60). 20 pushups, 20 squats - done. About 5 minutes.

    No stomach work - I reserve that for home.

  2. AnonymousJune 11, 2015

    Glad you picked up the sandbag. Real versatile equipment. Highly recommend kettlebells as well, especially considering your space limitations. With online resources, you can also pick up a nice variety of workouts and programs (*cough cough* I'm Russian Kettllebell Certified and DVRT certified *cough cough* hit me up *cough cough*).

    Don't forget about your plate carrier. Add the ceramics, fill ziploc bags with 1 lb of sand (gorilla tape the bags for durability), shove the bags in your magazine pouches, and you've got another level of difficulty for bodyweight exercises.

    1. riverriderJune 13, 2015

      ah, great idea. i have a small weight set and was wondering how to bump it up w/o too much cost.

  3. PineslayerJune 11, 2015

    Workout equipment does take up space. 2 items to think about, that do a lot with a smaller footprint, squat cage. With a few attachments like weight stack with pulley's, you can do many things. Couple it with a flat/incline bench, good times.

    Outside I have a power tower, pull-ups, dips, abs, they can be found pretty cheap second hand. mine cost $40 and was in very good shape.

    Congrats on making the commitment. Never a waste of time.

  4. AnonymousJune 12, 2015

    Planet Fitness, $10 a month.

    Personal best last night on bench press - 240 lbs., 12 reps. Which was my 33 yr. anniversary of graduation from USMC boot camp. Ha!


    1. AnonymousJune 12, 2015

      And it only takes 45 minutes to get on any machine or bench.

  5. AnonymousJune 15, 2015

    Not at my PF.

    If that's your experience I'd try another gym, they've all ben forced to lower pricing due to PF...or you're using a old excuse to not workout.

    Or try going some other time that's not as busy.


  6. AnonymousJune 26, 2015

    You doing okay Mr. Wolf? You haven't posted in awhile? Just getting worried....

  7. AnonymousJuly 01, 2015

    Everyone has an opinion, as usual, so here's my input. In late December or early January, I started working out a couple of times a week with friends who were already doing it. Benches, barbells and gyms and all have their place, so I'm not knocking them at all, but I have gotten great results from kettlebells, elastic bands and body weight exercises. The rotation between exercises together with the rapid pace provides the cardio.
    I've lost 28 pounds since the beginning of the year and I am stronger than I have been in 25 years (I'm 50)...and I feel better than I EVER have.

    Of course, I also changed my diet along with it. I increased protein intake but nothing extremely drastic. Just common sense and cleaner, leaner eating. the My Fitness Pal app is a great tool to help keep track of intake.

    Working out with the group keeps me motivated. I have now crossed that threshold where I have gone from dreading the workouts (but doing them anyway) to now kicking myself when I miss one.

    I've discovered that all these years the Nike people knew what they were talking about. Just Do It...lol....only took me 20 years to figure it out.

    Good luck with your program!!