The Future of Hooroo.



  • Last year I did a post grad course in exec leadership which was really enjoyable.  It made me shift a few goal posts about in terms of career and also myself.
     
    So rather than make a snap decision and just start dieting and exercising, I told myslf to enjoy Christmas and the New year and start when back at work.
     
    Joined a real gym  rather than use the work one and have a personal trainer 3 times a week.  I thought I would see him for an hour each time but he looked at me and suggested we start at 30 mins each time, It was good advic. 🙂
     
    Into second Third week now and feeling better already. although the first weekend he crippled me so bad with Lactic acid that I couldn't get out of bed without help. I've never been so crippled without a genuine injury.
     
    Weight started at 118.7 (Which was about 5kg less that I thought I was so that was a win straight away)
     
    So far my hatiest (toughest) exerise when training with him is the squat jumps.
     
    Going to gym 5 times a week wioth the two times I don't see him, is a set programme by him so I don't just wander the gym aimlessly
     
    Only going to weigh myself once a month.  Seeing the PT for 3 months at this stage.



  • Nice work bro, having a PT to get you cranking is a great idea. I've done something similar although only doing weekly sessions. Something about being flogged and making it through alive (barely!) is so addictive!! Plus being more targeted about how you are training is really important.



  • Cheers
     
    Yeah and it has me doing different activities since last time I joined a gym.  Flinging ropes about and throwing balls on the ground etc. Seems common as mud to everyone but all new to me.
     
    I gave him my two goals. After three months I want to do one unassisted chin up fom relaxed straight arms. Telling him that I don't want to bulk out at all. I still have no idea why peoplpe who do weights for bulk that isn't for a particular sport of activity. It reminds me of a woman going to a beauty salon every day. Just toooooo vain 🙂
     
    My other goal is to get to 100kg (or less) healthily.



  • Having a PT/coach type person pushing you along is the best part of xFit for me. Certainly makes you work harder, and smarter.
     
    Good that you have specific goals too.



  • Having a PT/coach type person pushing you along is the best part of xFit for me. Certainly makes you work harder, and smarter.

    Also they can spot you when your form goes to shit - something you don't get working in a gym alone. Its even worse when its some random who walks up and gives you bad advice.

    So far my hatiest (toughest) exerise when training with him is the squat jumps.

    Squat jumps fucking suck, particularly when you have a mass that fights gravity 🙂

    I gave him my two goals. After three months I want to do one unassisted chin up fom relaxed straight arms.

    There will come a day when you look back on that goal and chuckle to yourself - when I got to 10 chin ups I was amazed at how strong I was getting, but fuck the 20kg I'd lost in the meantime helped a lot 😉
     
     
     
    From personal experience, I'd be inclined to make yourself a spreadsheet with dates and columns on it for weight, chest, waist, and hips. While losing kg is rewarding, there is nothing like looking back on your old measurements and telling people "I lost 20cm off my arse!"
     
    And while its completely personal preference to weigh in once a month, I'd do it more often because it helps keep you motivated. Trying to beat yourself at losing weight is good, as long as you're realistic about how it changes as you slim down.
     
    First year for was 1.5kg per month. Second year was 0.5 kg per month 🙂 That was with 6-8 week concentrated exercise + diet periods followed by short breaks.



  • He has all my measurements.  I'm not a 100% bothered as I notice in myself the changes, especialy with clothes and my arms are always first to change and then chin. 🙂
     
    I'm not too hung up on the physical appearance changes. I just know that if I am fit and 100kgs, I am in a great place.
     
    I'm looking forward to getting to 1hr sessions.
     
    Good call NTA about lookin back at achieved targets. I am soooooooooooo far away from being able to do a chin up, it isn't funny. I will enjoy the day that I manage that



  • I assume he's got you doing reverses in order to start getting a feel for it - I tried using the assisted chin/dip machine at the gym but never got any progress because I couldn't wean myself offit.



  • No, all we are doing right now is Cardio type activitoes with ropes and balls and boxes and boxing. I'm that far behind currently.



  • Good stuff mate! Looking forward to following your journey.
     
    I was chatting to one of the guys at the gym this morning who only ever seems to train with a PT. He is with him 3 times a week and costs him $50 a pop....i was like WTF??? but he said its the only way he will get himself in there to train, knowing that someone is waiting for him.



  • No, all we are doing right now is Cardio type activitoes with ropes and balls and boxes and boxing. I'm that far behind currently.

    Dont think of it as being 'far behind' mate. He's just got you doing stuff that suits your goals. You will burn a lot more calories doing that sort of stuff and therefore drop weight faster.
     
    As I said in Nick's log, nutrition is the real maker or breaker. But dont look at it as a "diet". It's an eating plan - a new way to eat which may only involve a few refinements from what you are eating now.



  • Good on ya Hooroo, I am another PT advocate, helps you break the back of the weight challenge, perfects technique and allows you to progress faster.
     
    I would recommend that you use a heart rate monitor and try and work in your target Zone 60%-100% of Maximum Heart Rate. You can calculate your Max HR = 206.3-(0.711 x age). The longer you can function at the higher heart rate (80%-100%) the faster you will burn fat. Then it is just the diet you need to sort out, which is my Achilles heel.
     
    I use Myfitness Pal to track diet and exercise and "MyZone" and this forum to track my progress. MyZone is the system my gym uses, so not sure if it works for others?



  • I am not a PT advocate, my experience with them has not been great - and then I went and lost my puku on my own (with the help of this subforum, but I'm an advocate of what works best for the individual. So good luck Hooroo. 
     
    But I'll second JK, nutrition is the key, I decided to go crazy and eat whatever I wanted over the Xmas/New Year break and paid the price by putting on between 3-5kg (my scales are not 100% accurate). Even though I'm still at least 15kg lighter than when I started dropping the weight last year it is still bloody annoying. Too much sugar was the problem as my main meals etc generally stayed the same - and I just ate more lollies/chocolate and drunk some beer.



  • Ha ha! JK! As I was reading your post about watching what I eat, I was scoffing a chicken wing freshly fried from our freinds at the BakeHouse cafe Putaruru! 🙂
     
    Yeah PT is a cost and my gym ones are the same. $50/hour or $30/Half hour.  I need it though so not looking at cost..
     
    Thanks DK.So max heart rate is 178 based on your calc which I can get to quite easily at this stage.
     
    I'm not worried about food properly at the moment as I don't want to focus on too much at one time. In saying that for dinner, I have a salad with  Lettuce,Olives sliced, Cocktail onions sliced, sliced Jalpenos, Tomatoes, Capers and Avo with some smoked chicken or ham. That is healthy enough.  Then Fri to Sun just enjoy cooking what I want or go out for meals.
     
    Lunches are only OK in terms of health. Today being Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad.  Breakhast is a two egg omellete with a tablspon of Parmesan.... but I will eliminate Parmesan if need be.  Quick and easy in Mocrowave for speed.



  • I'm an advocate of what works best for the individual.

    This is pretty important to note. We are all different and respond differently to different exercise styles and food types. Might take a bit of time to find what works for you but over time you will work it out.



  • This is pretty important to note. We are all different and respond differently to different exercise styles and food types. Might take a bit of time to find what works for you but over time you will work it out.

    agreed, you've got to find an approach that suits you - my big mantra for this year is discipline trumps motivation. I have ups and downs where I'll be really good on my kai and training then other times I'm lazy and a cookie monster. Getting that balance right is really important.



  • The old Diet Day off kicks the shit out of that. Saturdays are party days for the stomach - just fucking hammer it.
     
    Because after a few Sundays waking up with sugar withdrawal and constipation, you realise just how bad it is 🙂



  • I'm starting to dislike boxes all of a sudden.
     
    Also I am eliminating "This seems easy enough" from my vocab while with PT



  • Also I am eliminating "This seems easy enough" from my vocab while with PT

    Numpty. Weren't you in the military? Didn't you learn that early on?



  • Short memory or should I say vacant memory as it all came flooding back quick smart.
     
    Best to say nothing and just do 🙂
     
    I was push a box with weights on it round the gym and was so knackered I could see someone was waiting for me to go past and I said, 'you go mate' and he just looked and said, 'nah man, you're doing awesome, keep going' It was quite nice to see the appreciated effort as I was gone.



  • Thanks DK.So max heart rate is 178 based on your calc which I can get to quite easily at this stage.

    I'm utterly convinced that the maximal heart rate calculators are wrong. Example: mountain biking New Years eve; avg 97% for 58 mins and max of 103%
     
    Same route last weekend; avg 98% for 55 mins and max 104% - but 0.8km/h faster 🙂



  • I'm utterly convinced that the maximal heart rate calculators are wrong. Example: mountain biking New Years eve; avg 97% for 58 mins and max of 103%
     
    Same route last weekend; avg 98% for 55 mins and max 104% - but 0.8km/h faster 🙂

    You are right the Max HR calc is not accurate. What I have been advised if you are regularly exceeding your calculated Max HR, then adjust your Max HR so your highest rate achieved becomes your 100% mark. For the system I use, the Myzone HR monitor automatically makes the adjustment. For me I am only reaching 97%, so it is reasonably accurate.