Fatbusting - the legend of Ollie Oliver

  • This may just well be the most extensive thing I've ever done on these forums. I've been here for nigh on three years, have only really participated in a lurking sense, and yet I've somehow managed to amass 1000 posts, (I'm not quite NTA, but then again who the hell is? )

    So, injury icon in tow, (cynically appropriate I thought), I've decided to build a garden shed of sorts on this tremendous piece of cyber real estate, and regale you all with the rakes and shovels of my newly adopted fitness regime.

    But first, some stats:

    Age: 21
    Height: 6'1 ish
    Weight: 95kg
    Body type: Nothing too pudgy, but round enough to notice.

    I have no special reason for taking up fitness. I have no intention of picking up sport, (I made the mistake of choosing Marist St. Pats to play for last year and spent nearly the entire season sitting on the bench behind Victor Vito of all people), but I do get sick and tired of being cooped up inside somewhere studying.

    So I thought, "Well, what the hell? Why not give this fitness malarkey one last shot!"

    And so the legend began...

    I signed up for a tentative three month stint at Victoria University's gym, (a decision based on price rather than expected commitment) and have made my way through two sessions of the beginner's program - which reads like this:

    (I should also note that I'm not entirely sure what the measurements are in. I think they're a mishmash of kilograms and stones? No idea. But I'll put down the weight anyway).

    Chest Press - 3 sets, 10 reps, 47 whatevers
    Seated Row - 3 sets, 10 reps, 30 whatevers
    Shoulder Press - 3 sets, 10 reps, 39 whatevers
    Leg Press - 3 sets, 10 reps, 126 whatevers (I think this might be pounds, dunno though).
    Static Lunges - 2 sets and as many reps a possible
    Swiss Ball Wall Squats - 3 sets, 12-15 reps
    ABs Bridge - 3-4 sets, 40 or so seconds
    Prone Cobra - 4 sets, hold for 10-15 seconds, rest 10-15 seconds
    Cardio - 20 minutes, (I'm thinking of just doing a twenty-thirty minute jog around the central city. I live up in Kelburn, so there's a lot of hill climbing involved).

    This isn't the first time I've started a fitness program. The one thing that usually stunts my progress is the fear that I'm doing something wrong. So far, everything weights-related has been brilliant. My shoulders and arms ache like a bitch, and I can only assume this is a good sign.

    I am, however, having trouble getting the right rhythm with the bridges, the static lunges and the wall squats. I tend to forget which bridge I raise my arms for, or how far apart I keep my legs when I'm lunging, etc. Silly little things, but I want to make sure I'm doing this properly.

    Goals wise - I just want to stick to this for as long as possible and enjoy the benefits that'll come of it. 95kg for a kid who's 6'1 isn't too bad, but if I put on a little muscle and break 100kg I'm not going to be sweating it much.

    So, here's to optimistic futures, aching body parts, and dreams. Never stop dreaming, you dreamers.

  • good luck mein friend!

    I am almost DOWN to 95kg, and at 5 11, starting to look like a normal human being, as opposed to an ex prop!!  Rip into it, shouldn't take long to notice change on those 'soft edges'...!

  • Woo to the hoo.

    Just got back from a pretty decent 40 minute run. For those of you familiar with Wellington, I went from...

    Upland Road (Kelburn shops), down to the Cable Car Terminal, down past Weir House, along Everton Terrace to Boulcott Street, down Willis, up that small stretch of road that goes over the Terrace Tunnel, up the Terrace (death), along Salamanca, through the Uni, up Kelburn Parade and home.

    Run highlight: A homeless guy shouted words of encouragement to the tune of, "Go! GO! GO YOU... GO FOR FUCKIN' TEAM!" which I thought was a [i]lovely[/i] gesture.

    Hitting the gym again tomorrow. Think I've got those Prone Cobra thingies sussed.

  • Yep some of those bagmen are real gems.  Keep up the great start OO.

  • Hit the weights like a little banshee this morning. Starting to feel it kick in, which is greeeeat.

    Followed my program to a T, and event went a little above and beyond on the old abs bridge. Glad I've got that sussed because it's one of the hardest exercises on my sheet. Love it.  :happy:

  • Had a bit of a break over the weekend before heading back to the gym last night. Upped the weights a little, really starting to get into the groove of working out which is awesome. I'm a creature of habit, and this is one habit I've been longing for for a long time.

    I'll head out for a run tonight. Looks like it'll be a pleasent enough evening here in the capital.

  • Good work Oliie, a good habit to get into.  I feel off if I can't get a workout fix at least once every coupld of days.

  • WOO! Finished my first beginner's logbook today. Not entirely sure if they're going to put me on another one or move me upwards, but I'm not too fussed. Really quite enjoying getting my ass kicked every morning at the gym. Mmm, endorphins.

    I've upped the cardio too, frankly because I enjoy that a lot more. Instead of running on alternate days, I've decided to just do a 20 minute run at the gym every day regardless of whether or not I do my weights program.

    Starting to notice a few more changes, which really is the best motivation you can get. Loving it

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