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The Will is Iron but the Body is Bone

Actually it was my toe
Actually it was my toe

Oh my where to begin. Let’s start with the foot. I broke my toe back in May and that totally threw this year off. I couldn’t do any of the physical activities I’ve become used to. I’ve lost 3 months of activity.

I got the go ahead to start again at the beginning of July and its been a rough climb back ever since.  This will be a true test of will power, the come back! Stay tuned.

Better late than never

The flexibility assessment when as I thought; I still can’t touch my toes.  Improving ones flexibility can’t be done in one month alone.  It takes a few to get the muscle fibers limber enough to see a large improvement.

Now on to this months activity, Pull Ups. Apparently I’m terrible. I can only manage 1 pull up. Thankfully I’m better than Pyle.

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To train for this I will be utilizing the 20 Pull-up Challenge workout. I’m not sure how well it will work but we will definitely see.

Gym Power

This one is coming in at the wire for the week.

Just a note, I’ve been spending a lot more time in the gym lately mainly due to terrible weather we’ve been having and partly because of the wealth of exercises that can be done there.

I would love to be one of those people that can workout at home and be productive but that just isn’t me. I need the others around me working to that similar goal to motivate me to keep going. I may not speak to them directly but it does help to have that community spirit of motivation.  It must come from the runners spirit in me.

Flex Appeal

For the first time ever, I need to make a change. This month will stay flexibility, but how I measure will be slightly different. This is because there are 2 different ways to do the sit and reach. Both methods use the traditional box but the difference comes in the measurements.

The first and more traditional starts at 9 inches at your feet and the platform that extends towards you counts down to 0.

The second starts at 0 at your feet and the platform that extends towards you counts to 9 in negative numbers and in positive numbers as it extends away from you.

As much as I would love to build one of these things myself, I will just personalize the test to myself.  Like many people, I can’t touch my toes while standing or sitting.  This is essentially the test just without the device.

On the road again, actually it’s a Street

Just signed up for the Broad Street Run here in Philly. Registration just opened on Saturday and already it’s half full!

I know it’s early to talk about speed but this will be the event to test my speed.  I’ve participated many times before and never really went for speed but this time I will be.  My goal is to come in under 1:30.  The shortest time I’ve had is 1:48:48 so I have a ways to go but I also have the time to do it.  Here’s wishing me luck in a few months!

January Assessment

I’m a little late with this but I’ve completed my assessment for the month on Sunday and I did pretty damn good.

I knocked out 55 in 53 seconds before I bowed out. Looks like I’m pretty close to the goal.  I didn’t think it was physically possible to do 60 crunches in 60 seconds but I guess I was wrong.

Now that there’s not too much room for improvement but I’m going to shoot for 62.  No need to aim any lower.

Let’s Get Physical

No, no my will hasn’t given out at the end of the year.  I’ve been busy working on next years plan and I’m sure you didn’t want to hear me complain about not eating meat again for another month.

Next year I switch things up a bit and focusing on improving the body with physical influences.  I will attempt to improve my fitness level in the most common areas measured. Each month will begin and end with an assessment of where I am to see if there has been any improvement.  Also at the beginning and end of the year, I will be doing a full assessment to see how I have changed throughout the year.

New this year will be videos, pictures and maybe audio at various times.  No one really wants to watch me eat but since this is now a physically challenge, the results can been seen. I will now let you in a little further to see just how my will is tested.

If you’d like to join me this year be my guess.  Encourage others to join you, to encourage you or to try it for themselves.  See you in January for the assessment.