Tuesday, 30 June 2015

June Challenge - Nailed It!

Copyright ©2015 Mark Kelly.
Last session this evening went very well. In fact, this whole experience has taught me one thing: even though I am much older now and carry injuries, the benefits have been quite amazing.

My posture is better, my level of flexibility has improved, my body fat level has reduced considerably, my muscle strength has improved, as has muscle endurance. Cardio not significantly as there was no true cardio (running, cycling, etc) involved. But still my heart rate has come down to a respectable level for my 'age group', and intense exercise does not leave my body feeling like a plank of wood for the following several days.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

June Challenge

Copyright ©2015 Mark Kelly.
Life without a challenge is no life at all. At least it is that way for some.
Having gone through my own rehab with my knees recently - no thanks to the physios - I felt I needed something to re-focus my physical and mental state. I had a flash back to my 17th summer, and what had occurred:

I had trained twice-a-day, every day for the entire month of June (possibly July? Memory isn't so hot on such details any more).
My spark of inspiration was the girl I had decided to give up competitive swimming for and became my first love. This month of physical endurance kicked off on the day she flew out to the USA to spend a month with her mother and step-father.

For me, after 5 years of competitive swimming, 6 days-a-week, sometime twice-a-day, land training was a doddle. So my routine consisted of basic weight lifting and squats, core work and a three mile run - morning and night. I will admit at the end of it all I had burned out, but was in excellent shape.