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.
Friday is calisthenics day which means general fitness and agility, with no heavy weight.
Kettleball swings Ladder footwork drills and ladder hands and toes drills Floor planks Heavy rope slams Kettleball Farmer Walks (aka Costco Walks) Heavy ball smashes Heavy ball wall slams Burpees Mountain-climbers Bench dips Step-ups Lunges Body-weight squats Jump rope Inclined pull-ups Jumping jacks Hammie curls with Big Ball Pull-ups or Jumping pull-ups
3 sets of an assortment of those over an hour works up a decent sweat and creates some good total body fatigue.
(As I have reported, my fitness program is currently one hour of heavy push, one hour of heavy pull, one hour of calisthenics, and 2 or 3 days with mostly cardio/endurance work.)
Exercise tip: ALWAYS stretch calves before jump rope. And get the technique right. Can learn it on Youtube. Tougher than you might think.
Another: Muscle hypertrophy and strength are not equivalent. Olympic lifters do not look like The Hulk. Sometimes hypertrophy is more cosmetic than functional, eg bicep hypertrophy. That's body-sculpting, not functional strength. We aim for overall strength of the wiry type, but are not entirely free of vanity either.
For our foreign readers, a question: Do you folks in Euroland and Asia do this sort of stuff to stay young and strong? Or is it just us crazy Americans who try to cling to youthfulness and vigor?
Yesterday painted three rooms, repaird bathroom floor and applied leveling compound. Today Took down patio roof and laid vinyl flooring in bathrooms and closets. Tomorrow replace both bathroom sinks, reinstall toilet, hang lights, Sunday, remove part of backyard fence and replace it. Build a new backyard gate and associated fence. Monday fix the patio door, replace a broken window and start painting the exterior...
Haven't been to the Gym since I bought this fixer upper 10 days ago. Feeling pretty good, lost 8 lbs, sleeping eight hours, most aches gone by morning. Life is good.