We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Well, thus far my posture is better, I stand taller, I am visibly stronger when observed nude-nekked, I feel lighter on my feet, I lost 6 lbs. mostly around my gut that I did not really need to lose, and my need for sleep has gone from around 5 hrs to 6 hrs. I do miss some carbs, still, but I resist. Lots of slices of steak, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, steamed summer squash, and spinach with oil and garlic. He said one half a fruit per day but I don't really like fruit unless I pick it from the tree.
Anyway, fruit is nothing but sugar. It's not "healthy" - it is dessert.
Trainer believes my natural healthy condition is semi-wiry - neither buff nor soft.
It helps that Mrs. BD is on the same routine. She asks me whether I have pain from the workouts. She does. I do not - just total physical fatigue. That's a feeling I actually enjoy. Trainer ramps up the demands every time, 3x/wk.
Dead lifts? I told the guy why I thought they call them that. They f-ing kill you. Sheesh. My language does lapse into the colorful sometimes in that torture chamber.
Trainer says I am still not ready to do his in-between day program on my own time - need day off for muscle recovery. I do. But I will not go gentle into a dark night of sloth even if it kills me.
What is it? Intensive total body workout for strength and conditioning combining aerobic and resistance, with 15-30 second breaks between challenges. That's why they call it "boot camp."You have to get an echo stress test before beginning to minimize the odds of croaking on the floor.
It's a physical and mental adventure.
Do I need all of this? Yes, trust me. I had gotten a little soft and lazy but not fat. Do I like it? Yes and no. More no than yes. An Eat Your Spinach thing. Trainer/torturer is a good, funny fellow (country boy from Ohio who moved east and discovered the glories and fun and seashores of the northeast and of NYC) so that helps. Most enjoyable part is crawling out of the place at 6:15am to get to work.
Will give an update in another few weeks, but I will be moving furniture with my lad this weekend and I can do that, no problem, as long as I don't fall down the stairs.
Protein loading is good, but at some point even too much is too much.
I'm not big into veggies, though. The poster below posted pics of vegan bodybuilders, but all the vegans I know are skinny and pale. I know one trainer at my gym who doesn't eat red meat, but is all fish, chicken and veg. She's in incredible shape.
Whatever suits you, whatever works - that's what you need to find out. Not everyone can, or should, be a vegan. Or a bodybuilder, for that matter.
I am 100 days into my strength and endurance training. I recognized progress early on when; kneeling down to put quarters in the pool table, I could raise up to a standing position with one leg. Suprised the heck out of me.