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Workout Week 1 : OMG, The Pain!

Remember when I said that I finally found the perfect workout programme for me and how excited I was to start it? Yeah well, I never got around to starting it until this week. I did woke up earlier than normal and after a couple of rounds of Sun Salutations to warm up, I finally started my work out.

Day 1

Push-ups (5 sets, knee push-ups): 2-3-2-2-3
Squats (5 sets): 8-8-5-5-20

Day 2

Push-ups (5 sets, knee push-ups): 3-4-2-3-4
Squats (5 sets): 8-11-8-8-20

Day 3

Push-ups (5 sets, knee push-ups): 4-5-4-4-5
Squats (5 sets): 11-12-10-10-20

I didn’t ache at all after doing the work out on the first day, just a little jelly-like feeling on the legs but by the time I got home that evening, the muscles were starting to ache; both the arms and legs. I actually enjoyed the ache. After Day 2 and 3, I barely ache at all and I think that’s a good thing. I’m hoping that all this work out will pay off.

30 Before 30: Creating A Calisthenics Workout Programme For Myself – Squats & Push-ups

In my 30 Before 30 list, I mentioned that I wanted to create a >calisthenic programme for myself since I’m in need of a good workout and toning for my body.

I’d never heard of calisthenics before until Dude told me about it, since it’s part of his workout regime and he swears by it. It’s a simple kind of work out using just your bodyweight and no equipment needed. Since I don’t particularly like going to the gym where people stare at you while you work out, it’s the perfect thing for me to work out at home.

Dude suggested that I try the 200 Squats and the 100 Push-up programmes as the combination of the two gives you a full body work out. After reading through it, I agree.

Anyway, since it’s a 6 week programme, I want to start next Monday but I will need to do the initial tests first, hopefully on Saturday. That will give me enough time for the body to recover before the actual workout begins.

I need to be disciplined about this work out and hopefully, I’ll see an improvement after the 6 weeks are done.

Other than the two programmes, there are other series of workouts that I’m interested in trying, like the cheapest home exercise routine and the no-gear total-body work out. It should be easily done at home since it doesn’t require anything other than a mat, which I already have.

So wish me luck and I’m really hoping that I can do this.

30 Before 30

It hit me today that in 2011, I’ll be turning 30. Gah! I only turned 29 last September! While randomly blog-hopping, I found that there is something called The 30 Before 30 Project, where you make a list of things that you want to do before you’re 30.

Since I’m a big fan of lists and that my 30th birthday is only 9 months away, I’m going to make a list of things that I can do within the next 9 months. I just hope that it’s not too ambitious.

1. Roast a chicken properly.

2. Recreate the supposedly awesome green curry that I made once before.

3. Write a little every day, even if it’s just a sentence or two.

4. Read at least 10 previously unread books.

5. Go without caffeine for a day (and we all know that it’s is going to be awesomely difficult for me).

6. Pack lunch from home at least 1 day a week.

7. Print out some of the digital pictures that I’ve taken over the last five years.

8. Practice the ukulele more often to be at least not so horrible sounding when I play.

9. Pick up inline skating and get good enough to join the roller derby.

10. Spend a weekend museum hopping.

11. Take more pictures with family, friends and loved ones.

12. Complete at least one half-finished NDS game.

13. Spend a day at the Botanical Gardens to explore the gardens with a guide or guidebook.

14. Finish some the half read books in the pile.

15. Expand my reading genre to those that I would not normally read.

16. Learn how to sew, even if it’s just a tiny drawstring bag.

17. Bake a cake successfully.

18. Spend a day out with my girlfriends to catch up.

19. Go for a short holiday without the family, just friends.

20. Organise a tea party picnic with friends, complete with scones, nice teacups and dresses or skirts.

21. Learn to swim free style.

22. Go cycling/trekking at Pulau Ubin.

23. Make roast beef.

24. Have a steak made with love.

25. Send a friend a snail mail, just because.

26. Take a picture a day.

27. Start a Calisthenics programme for myself.

28. Go for a guided nature walk

29. 5 trade compilations of comics.

30. Have a Nerf war with a group of friends.