Posts tagged Blaine Davidson

June 20th Workout

After the four-day-a-week Four-Month Total Transformation course with Blaine we transitioned into a twice-weekly schedule that I thought would be easier. I thought wrong.

Here’s today’s workout, we started with a barbell complex consisting of these exercises followed by this:

A dumbbell and kettle bell complex that included an inclined chest press and a kettle bell single leg Romanian dead lift that required massive amounts of balance from already fatigued leg muscles and then for a little breather we transitioned into this:

A Physio Ball reverse hyper-extension where you lay tummy-down on the ball and raise your straightened legs backward as far as you can. We did two sets of max reps and then went to this high-intensity finisher:

That really makes the ‘ole butt burn…

And last but not least, this was what Blaine put on the board to top it all off:

Usually we do this portion of the workout on our own later in the day and (full-disclosure) sometimes I don’t get around to it…

Don’t judge! Also FYI, I usually post these photos through the Knife Challenge Twitter feed and you can find that here.

Gains

Six months ago this baseline workout took me 9:50 to complete. After nearly three months with Adam and Cathy I was down to 7:20. Today I did it in 3:40. That’s after the 4-Month Extreme Transformation course with Blaine. So I guess you could say I saw some gains…

I’ll know how much I progressed tomorrow because I’m going in for another BMI test. When I started I had 33% body fat (which I have since learned put me in the “obese” category). After the training with Adam and Cathy twice a week I was down to 27% body fat (putting me in the “overweight” category). So it’ll be interesting to see where I am as of tomorrow. Hopefully I continue my tour of BMI categories.

I’ll update the blog with my results and (gasp) before and after pics (which I’m really not looking forward to sharing, but will anyway)…

Compound Exercises

As the months have progressed we’ve been performing increasingly difficult compound exercises. We’ve also been increasing weight AND decreasing rest time in between sets. It’s just another way to accomplish what Blaine describes as “functional fitness.”

Here’s an example of a core-focused complex using a Physioball. He makes it look easy but believe me, it’s not. By the third rep of my first set I was squealing like a little piggy.

And here’s Blaine giving us an example of ANOTHER compound exercise in our weight matrix. It’s a hang clean into split-stance push press and it’s just one of four exercises in this week’s weight matrixes. The other included bent-over rows, back squats and good mornings.

As you can see Blaine makes it look simple but believe me – after five sets of six reps of these bad boys are enough to make you want to melt into a big puddle on the floor.

Upping The Ante

Sorry I’ve been so reticent (not revealing in my thoughts or feelings) lately. I’ve been a busy boy – busy getting my ass kicked.

Or perhaps not so much kicked as reshaped literally – these lunge matrixes are nuts.

The Knife blog/training project kinda snowballed on me. I went from eating Taco Bell at 2 a.m. to “eating clean” (as Adam is so fond of saying), downing IPA’s to drinking horrible green mixtures of powdered plant matter and screaming through karaoke at Trav’s to screaming through workouts. Y’know, basically sweating my guts out on the floor of this little gym I never knew existed until 6 months ago.

FUN FACT: I sweat so much that the halo of perspiration I leave on the floor after a workout is something Adam and Cathy have started calling “sweat angels” (you can see a slight example above).

But I wouldn’t trade it for the world…

And now I, along with two other brave souls, have begun the 4-Month Extreme Transformation with Blaine Davidson. You can check out the link for the details but basically it’s four 1.5 hour sessions a week for four months and he tells you what, why and when to eat.

Even though I was doing personal training twice a week, working out on my own and trying to eat healthier this training regimen has taken my fitness to the next level – in just three weeks.

When we started I weighed 285 lbs. In just a few weeks I’m down to 279 lbs. and I’ve put on more than 5 lbs. of muscle. And we’re just starting the cardio phase…

Blaine says I can get down to 220-230. After losing a mere 15 or so pounds since starting at The Inner Circle I shudder for a moment at the work I know that will entail. But I am also excited by the challenge and eager for the increased fitness, strength and mobility.

So stay tuned because we’re taking it to the next level…