Posts tagged Inner Circle Gym personal training

Garbage Food

Tonight’s dinner (sigh). I confess, I have a weakness for wings. Some people like chocolate. Some people like steak. I. ADORE. wings.

At Washington State University, where I went to college, (Go Cougs!) they have this thing called “Wing Wednesday” in which every bar in Pullman competes for the title of “best wing in town” every week. I didn’t miss one Wednesday during the entirety of my tenure.

That’s how much I love wings. 

Which brings up the issue of my diet. During the infancy of this blog I wrote about my eating habits much more often than I do now. And truthfully I curbed that habit because of my lack of success in improving my gutter palate. But all things considered, I’ve made great strides in this area as of late…

Garbage food like chicken wings and frozen pizza used to be staples of my (atrocious) eating habits. And while I can’t claim to be a raw vegan or paleo rockstar, these days I have been steadily improving on my dietary choices. There are many more salads in my life than I once thought (or wanted, for that matter).

But every once in a while I like to splurge and tonight was one of those times. So thank you, Joe’s Log Cabin of Wenatchee, Wash. for making some awesome baby chicken flappers!

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)…

Fitocracy

So I’ve been playing around with fitness applications and websites as a part of this project and one of my favorite new discoveries has been Fitocracy.com.

It’s still beta (meaning they’ve opened it to a select number of people so they can work out the kinks and see what works) but me being a technorati, I went on Twitter and begged myself an invite from some hardbody on the East Coast who had some invites.

Basically Fitocracy is a social media site dedicated to sharing your workouts with friends. After you’re done for the day you log your workout and earn points for activities. The more points you earn, the faster you level up. The higher your level, the more you can brag to your friends about how awesome you are.

Narcissism truly is the fuel of the Internet.

But it actually works! Although there aren’t a lot of people using it yet I’ve got a couple connections, including a couple buddies and my crazy-rugby-playing cousin from Montana who makes Bluto from Popeye look like a little girly-man. I’m in a close points race with an ex-roommate of mine and he’s hot on my tail since he can see what my daily workouts are. Seeing what your friends are doing is definitely an incentive to work harder.

But in addition to the competition you can join forums and groups dedicated to sharing training tips and advice on specific interests, like yoga or weightlifting.

And you also get badges and awards when you complete challenges that set the bar higher than you’ve already been.

For instance, I got this badge for completing the challenge of doing five pull ups. Kinda reminiscent of the boys scouts but it still makes you feel a sense of achievement.

But everybody who gets a beta invite to Fitocracy also gets 10 invites themselves so if anyone wants to check it out for themselves just leave a comment with your email address and I’ll make sure to send you one.

P.S. I didn’t tell Fitocracy finishing those pull ups involved Cathy below me, pushing upward on the soles of my feet with as much strength she could muster – so keep that to yourself.

The Baseline

It all starts with the baseline. It’s a way to gauge fitness levels. Or, for me, a way to find out how out of shape I am. It consists of:

500m row

40 air squats

30 sit ups

20 pushups

10 pull ups

*Full disclosure: I couldn’t even do ONE pull up by myself. And FYI, having a 5-ft-nothing tall woman helping you heave yourself upwards to finish a set of 10 pushups is an exquisitely embarrassing situation.

I finished this baseline workout in 9 minutes and 37 seconds – and was only sore for the rest of the week!