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Push -Me ,PULL -You – Resistance training Plans, or Weightlifting with Dr. Doolittle,Pt1 August 28, 2018

Weightlifting as an adult presents a variety of challenges. The first is usually the time issue.    How much time do you have to get to the gym every week ?     How much time do you have when you do get to the gym? 

This post will have little reference to what you have done in the past nor any focus on bodybuilding or other competitive workout goals. That can come later, more advanced versions/editions of this post.

The workout foundation I am suggesting is based on a 4 ( maybe 3) day a week visit to the gym.                         For the 4 day rotation:          Days 1 and 3 do~same workout, Days 2 and 4 do~same workout.   

With these workouts you will be focusing on different body parts on 1/3 and 2/4

First things first – you can easily/ safely do abs/core at each workout but I would recommend variety for each pair of days.

The workouts will be separated into basic moves PULL and PUSH . The basic Pull move could be the Lat Pulldown (no brainer) or a Pull Up.  Where the basic Push move would be a Push Up or bench press.

I will make a list of basic PULL MOVES for this post and PUSH moves for Part 2.

PULL MOVES in the gym –

I will include a general description of the move BUT much can be found with a search of the web. Info about techniques and workouts can be found.

Pull Ups :     The grip is away from the body and width can vary. Start with the body is suspended by the arms and pull the body up until the chin is  brought over top of a bar .

Chin Ups :  This is basically the same move as the Pull Up  with the difference being the placement of the hands with palms facing the body, resulting in a slight variation in muscle impact.

Lat Pull downs: The Lat Pulldown ( Lat is short for latissimus dorsi- the big upper back muscle set) is performed on a specialized piece of equipment with a bar attached to a cable nd set over a bench to sit on that often is set to upward restrict leg movement. Grab the bar with varying widths and like pullups/chinups with hands facing fore or aft and pull down to the top of the chest and slowly return to the top. A variation can be performed with the bar coming down behind the head.

Barbell Rowing : Stand with legs a little wider than shoulder width and grasp the implement ( a wide variety can be used) and bend at the waist to about 45 degrees, and pull the eight to your center chest and slowly return it to arms length and repeat.

Dumbbell rowing, 1 arm :  Similar to barbell row BUT with opposite knee and hand  on a bench grab the dumbbell and pull to chest and slowly return to ground. Repaet each set for both arms.

Upright rowing :    Standing with the weight in front, holding an overhand grip and lifting straight to the collarbone.   Barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells or a cable machine can be used.  A narrow grip focuses the resistance to the central upper back( but could strain shoulders) a wider grip broadens the impact but reduces strain on shoulder.

Shrugs : Stand upright, grip the bar(or dumbbells) with hands about shoulder width apart,(feet as well) and raises the shoulders as high as possible, and then lowers them, without bending the elbows, or moving the body.The range of motion may NOT be as long as a normal shrug move. Raise shoulders until level/horizontal to floor, or a little higher.

Deadlift :        A loaded barbell or bar is lifted off the ground to the level of the hips, then lowered to the ground. Stand in front of the barbell with legs a little wider than shoulder width and grab the bar beside the calf/ankle(outer), weight back on heels and back straight, push up with the legs and pull with back and shoulders until bar rests on top of thigh near the hips. Slowly return the bar to the ground.

Good Mornings ( straight leg deadlift ) : Similar to the deadlift but knees are not involved in the move. Approach the bar ( always much lighter than regular deadlift) and grab at about shoulder width with foot spacing the same. Hinge at the hip and pull the bar to your hips using the lever of your straight back. Will work on the lower back and hamstrings with some pull to upper back.  Like all exercises do it in a smooth easy flow.

Rowing Machine ( cardio) : Sit on the seat and slide feet into the pads and grab the handle and start pulling( first with the legs then arms) Most rowers have a simple description on the machine. You can do a wide variety of workouts with this machine and achieve a total body effect.

Now this is a list of moves to do during a Pull Exercise Session. They can be juggled and combined for an effective workout. Do some or all of them depending on your goals and available time for workouts .

In general the pull exercises focus on back, biceps, shoulders. When combined with push exercises on alternate days you can build a fit , healthy and balanced body.

 

@martyroddy

 

Grip Strength : Helps with Deadlifts,Pull-ups and Games August 17, 2018

Performance improvement with moves like pull ups and deadlifts ( even rows) can be assisted with a careful focus on improving and maintaining grip strength.

It can be difficult to add reps on the,pull up bar when your hands give out after “holding your butt” in the air for 20-30 seconds. A powerful grip also allows you and your body to focus on performance of the move without concentration directed at holding on…..for dear life.

Eliminate the worry about grip and focus on …ONE MORE REP…..OR 19 more.

The following are some of my favorites:

Plate Squeeze (smooth side out) – grab 2 weight plates smooth side out and hold them a set length of time [ do so over padded floor in case you let go] – a) stand in place b) plates in both hands and walk c) lift as if doing dumbbell curl

Farmers walk ( dumbbell, plates, barbell) – grab a moderately heavy weight, in both hands and walk 10 strides and turn around

Hex Hold ( dumbbell by the end) – Grab dumbbell by the weight( fat end,sometimes hex shaped) and hold.

Dead Hang ( pull-up bar, pull-up bar with towel or squat pad ) – grab overhead bar and …HANG … As long as you can or a few sets of timed hangs. Increase the difficulty with a towel or pad to make the bar THICKER, to,further challenge the grip

Wrist roller- if gym has one, do rolls forward and reverse grip to increase impact

Great basic grip exercises , discussed above:

13 grip strength exercises( good stuff but may be overkill)

Add a few grip exercises or get serious and a full plan of moves and sets/reps. It will pay off. In my own fitness efforts the grip training also keeps my hands nimble and flexible as I injured many fingers during a youthful athletic career and want them to work until I now longer need them…

@martyroddy

 

Are You a Runner or a Jogger ? August 14, 2018

I have often heard folks who run regularly “put down” folks that jog. They seem to think jogging is some how inherently LESS than running….or joggers are not up to the same “level” as runners.

When a person has a pair of sneakers, tennis shoes or running shoes on (depends on where you live, RIGHT??) and is on the road or track or treadmill they are , we are all the same …AT THAT MOMENT.... Are you running or jogging?

We are all working out / exercising and becoming more healthy and fit.

Joggers go out on the road track or treadmill regularly but usually have a smaller chance of injury because they tend to take it easier with each workout. Many of us “joggers” have chosen to be joggers to take it easy and exercise with focus on fun and fat and not time and performance. I have run in well over 100 races, but as a one time football player…the running is strictly for fun and fitness( physical and psychological )

Many runners and joggers share the same silly, shiny sweat resistant clothes, funny shoes and even crazy electronics. Let’s share the love and move and seat together.

@martyroddy

 

Pull Ups : Impossible Torture or Foundational Fitness Basic

I have spent many hours, days, even years in gyms. Lifting weights, pushing/ Pulling my body and running up and down a court with a round ball. During those years the basic movement that always challenged me was the PULL UP.

Back in the heart of my football years I spent the offseason getting stronger and piling on muscle and power and for several years I counted on pull ups as a foundation move that supported much of the heavy lifting. Even though I could never do more than 20-25 reps ( at the end of the summer) , the work paid off. My tall ,thick frame and long arms created a challenge.

As a slightly more mature “adult ” , at least age wise I am interested in doing these again.

After ” playing” a few days at the gym and doing a few,,…very few reps as well as a few negatives ( helps to be 6’8″, I can jump all the way up) I know I need a plan to approach the exercise.

Where do I start? Just go to the gym , do a few sets of a few pull-ups and repeat every couple of days???? Or create/follow a plan ? The following graphic is a great starting point.

I can use it to develop strength and evaluate my current level. Steps 1.2.3 can b effectively used in the development phase and later after goals have been reached to maintain. Body rows are not a direct move but will engage most of the same muscles.. A combination of pull-ups, flex hangs and then negatives will result in increased strength and eventually the reps we want.

Once we have done some basic building,build-up moves we can follow something like the following :

This is just an example of the multitudinous pull-up and other exercise programs available,on the net.

@martyroddy

 

Plant based Eating for Athletes and Rest of Us August 1, 2018

I have been reading, Matt Frazier’s – NO MEAT ATHLETE blog posts for a few years and have learned something every time….sometimes I re-learned information I needed that  day.     But it all helps.

HEALTHY veggies     Now don’t let the word “athlete” scare you away- it has useful information for everyone- students, parents, employees and of course athletes. We are all ‘athletes’ since we use our minds and bodies every day. Those of us that are active athletes may have a need for a slightly varied diet and collection of foods but every one needs vitamins and minerals and all the other goodies that we get in food.

Basically food is our fuel, in the same way that gasoline fuels the cars. We need the right fuel in the proper amounts to be good, do well and feel great.

What do you eat? 

 

The No Meat Athlete website…lots of great stuff here…Take a peek…

https://www.nomeatathlete.com/

 

great book for what to eat….to perform and TO LIVE.

veggie basket

 

@martyroddy

 

How to Lose Belly Fat – Best Belly Fat Weight Loss Plan for Men July 12, 2018

Filed under: Think — bigfootmarty @ 8:07 pm

Belly fat, also known as visceral fat, can be more of a health risk than you think. Do this to lose that extra weight.
— Read on www.menshealth.com/fitness/a19539929/lose-belly-fat/

Great info, especially the idea of belly fat, inside and out. Not just ab work….

 

Sweating the Small Stuff : Sodium Control and Exercise

When dealing with heart health issues that involve concern for blood pressure the intake of salt should be restricted. A low sodium diet as well as focus on proper intake of magnesium, potassium and calcium can help counter the negative effects of sodium.

Now sodium is required for a healthy body and a healthy natural diet should provide enough BUT packaged and processed and foods tend to have much more than is needed. Restaurant foods especially fast foods are even worse.

Limit to 2400 mg sodium/day( US Guidelines), Non-athletes/active people need about 500 mg/day.
Most active people consume enough even without adding salt to foods. Many packaged foods have 250-600 mg per serving and some as much as 1500/serving. A diet rich in raw (minimally cooked) vegetables and fruits will provide an adequate amount of sodium for most people. Highly active people who sweat a lot may also eat more of this produce to get what is needed or add a little salt. These same fruits and veggies will also provide much of the calcium,magnesium and needed.

veggie basket

1. Consume lots of fruits and vegetables and legumes for the needed minerals that balance sodium.
2. Exercise and sweat and control weight.
3. Limit intake of fats and alcohol
4. moderate salt intake by limiting processed foods (restaurants)

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/220147.php

Tests have been done and are continuing to link exercise and sweat to reduction of sodium in th blood as well as the retained water and increased blood pressure. I have seen / experienced reductions water retention after vigorous , sweat inducing exercise. I add NO SALT to my foes and eat very few salty packaged foods….I said FEW but I often try to buy no salt corn chips and pretzels and at the movies I don’t get popcorn every time and when I am able I request salt free. If I get some salty corn I hit the gym or go for a vigorous walk/ hike.

exercise-sweating

 

Heart Health videos July 11, 2018

Saw a quickie video with information about exercise and heart health

A short video with some discussion of Cardio machines….that I agree with….

I love the rower and the Stairmaster or StepMill ( one company name) and enjoy the Arc Trainer ( an option for elliptical trainer)

@martyroddy

 

Lifestyle Eating Plan- Diets fail but Life (style)will Find a Way June 25, 2018

I got interested in the idea of eating better and fitness when confronted/surprised by a diagnosis of Atrial Fibrillation ( A Fib ) and Heart Failure. I was in the hospital and had several days to think this over and made plans to start over with proper food and exercise plan.

The medicine the prescribed did some of the work but ultimately a long and good life would require work on the the road, in the gym and with the refrigerator .

I needed to lose weight and do it quickly but safely. Also needed it to be a sustainable loss with a plan that could be maintained for the long haul. I read several stories and a few books. I decided on the High Carb-Low fat approach noted below. I specifically started with Dr. McDougall and his focus on high starches for the satiety factor they provide. I read the books and the recipe books and looked at others.

I am also looking forward to the continued weight loss and the relief I feel in my legs, knees and feet. Much of what I am trying to eat leads to less inflammation.

My personal focus is eliminating added salt and processed sugar as there is sufficient sodium in the foods I eat and natural sugars in the veggies and fruit I consume.

Forks Over Knives

The Forks over Knives (FOK) plan is a Whole Food Plant Based diet with a focus on whole grains and plants. The foundation is vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans or legumes, and tubers. It eliminates or minimizes animal products including dairy ,eggs as well as refined foods like sugar, oils and bleached flour.

It grew from a movie and now includes books and videos and websites. See below

Forks Over Knives website:

https://www.forksoverknives.com/

Starch Solution ( more than carbs)

Dr John McDougall has written some books and promotes an eating plan that centers on starches. The starches ( whole food sources) are the centerpiece of the diet with greens and fruits and vegetables . Making great meals is a matter of finding great recipes( McDougall has some) and include some appropriate flavorings, sauces and seasonings.

A McDougall info website:

https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/free-mcdougall-program/10-day-meal-plan/

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#diet  #food  #heartfailure  #afib  #WFPB

@martyroddy

 

Potato Diet…Potato Cleanse June 13, 2018

I read about the potato diet/cleanse and it seemed a little extreme…Until I read a little bit( a lot) more.

The first phase is all potatoes (white/red/yellow and sweet) eaten plain and as many as you want. Most folks eat 5-8 each day. This starch ( plus the fiber)  in the potatoes adds to a feeling of fullness and satiety and the potatoes eaten with no added fat or flavors help reset taste buds and jumpstart the weight loss.

After phase 1 a few flavors can be added but are limited to greens  and veggies. Fruit in moderation can be added next. The longer term diet can add back animal products if you like but a focus on whole foods and plant based selections will produce the greatest results. Good for general health and for dealing with a variety of health issues. My particular concern is weight and  heart failure. I am lucky to not be diabetic but that was just dumb luck considering the weight I put on.

There are lots of blogs and comments and pages supporting and criticizing this diet. The way I look at it potatoes and sweet potatoes are a pretty complete food. Broad collection of vitamins, protein and minerals. Thy are not perfect but for a period of 7-14 days they are a great .

As with any big change a diet like this should be supervised and reviewed with your medical team.

https://www.masteringdiabetes.org/potato-nutrition/

I have done a mini version of the first phase of the cleanse with good results,  weight loss, energy high, attitude good, stomach full sleep was solid, Now to try a longer cleanse and then add back healthy additions and options.

@martyroddy