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.
As I have said, heavy calisthenics is about cardio and general conditioning - stressing and pushing whatever you have under the hood. It's always a different set of routines for me so it's always a surprise. Keeps it interesting, like Crossfit. Here's what he put me through this morning - minimal rests to catch breath:
Four reps of this set:
- high step with heavy ball lift (sheesh, that is a bitch) - kettle ball swing-walk - heavy ball smashes - kettle ball swing-walks again
Then three reps of this set:
- jump rope (he's perfecting my technique - wrist only, snapping the rope down. Difficult to do it correctly when you've done it wrong all your life. Have you jump-roped lately?) - heavy rope slamming in squat position - burpees
Such a relief when the clock strikes 6 am and the hour is over. Drenched with sweat and half-crippled
I view fitness training as having four fundamental components or targets: strength building and maintenance, cardio, general "functional" conditioning/endurance, and weight control. I don't have much fat because I usually don't like eating much and am rarely hungry, so that's not an issue for me. I force-feed myself protein to keep up. Every activity has some of each category, but most activities are mostly one of those categories.
I am now told I will need to up the intensity of my cardio days with jump rope and stairs. I'll give it the olde college try. It might kill me. My boss tells me to eat more food and protein, but i don't really want it no matter how tasty. Hard exercise reduces appetite.
Come on, you mostly-sedentary middle-aged reader guys and gals, and join me in this challenging journey. We can share notes. All it takes is Advil or Alleve, and self-discipline. Progress is slow, but at 7 months now of a 6-day/wk program (2 days heavy resistance, 3 days cardio intervals, 1 day heavy calisthenics), I can do things I had never dreamed of doing, like dead-lifting those railroad wheel things and almost benching my weight. Getting fit for a full life if not a long one.
I'll take the challenge, but wonder what your age is.
I larded up to 220 lb+, started following the Rouge Fitness blog, dropped 18 lard pounds in about five weeks thru intermittent fasting- and it feels really, really good.
I'll take the challenge, but I'm far behind you. 13 lbs lost in the last month, and I'm just now getting to where I can jog slowly for a full 45 minutes. My attitude toward food is considerably different from yours. One thing we have in common is a determination to age better by getting in more reasonable shape. I've had relatives who aged well and those who didn't; it's pretty obvious what needs to be done.
A study published last March found a 75 percent increase in premature deaths from all causes, and a 400 percent increase in deaths from cancer and Type 2 diabetes, among heavy consumers of animal protein under the age of 65 — those who got 20 percent or more of their calories from animal protein.
Low-carb, high-animal-protein diets promote heart disease via mechanisms other than just their effects on cholesterol levels. Arterial blockages may be caused by animal-protein-induced elevations in free fatty acids and insulin levels and decreased production of endothelial progenitor cells (which help keep arteries clean). Egg yolks and red meat appear to significantly increase the risk of coronary heart disease and cancer due to increased production of trimethylamine N-oxide, or TMAO, a metabolite of meat and egg yolks linked to the clogging of arteries. (Egg whites have neither cholesterol nor TMAO.)