I am going to use Fridays to track my fitness progress.
So far this week, I’ve practiced the 4 of the 5 Primal Essential Movements that I’m able to do. I can’t do pull-ups yet, mainly because we haven’t found a good spot to put the pull-up bar. I have toyed around with trying the Australian pullup, but haven’t found a place to try that, either.
My progress? Well, I’m really sore. Yesterday was another day. I did all of the first set of squats, holding onto a chair like a ballet barre, but only made it to 20 or 25 on the second set. I must’ve done something right, though, because I can feel it all throughout my legs, not just my quads. My arms are sore, too. But, the progress from when I started is kinda cool. When I first started only my triceps hurt. Now, I can feel it all throughout my upper arms, and some into my forearms. So, maybe my triceps are catching up with my bicep strength? Overhead presses (first level in the videos I linked to earlier this week) – first time I could only do 1 set of 8. I adjusted the height so that it is a little higher, and now I’m able to do (barely) 2 sets of 20. Once that gets easy for me, I’ll lower the height a little and work from there. Planks are, well, planks. The increasing strength in my upper arms is helping me to do better, but I still have a long way to go.
Since I’m so sore and it’s so wet & muddy, I am going to do some playing on Wii Fit. I can’t wait until we can get out and take walks around the property or local parks!
I didn’t use ground pork this time, either…
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So, the hubby and I are not fit people. Neither one of us was very athletic in school, though I did a couple of months in intramural soccer in college. Until a quad injury sidelined me, that is. We get by, but, like many Americans, are far from being at the fitness level we’d like to be. This affects me in my farm work and my husband in his hunting. We’re setting out to change that, however. In The Primal Blueprint, one thing that Mark Sisson discusses is fitness. To that end, he has also put together a fitness program and made videos of what he calls “Five Essential Movements.” He also highly recommends moving around slowly a lot. Aka, taking long walks, to the tune of 3-5 hours per week or more. Lifting heavy things is another tenet, and that is where the Five Essential Movements fall. A final piece of this, and it is only once a week, is to sprint. Developing an exercise program like this will take care of conditioning, endurance, and aerobic fitness needs – to the point where, Sisson claims that one could easily finish a triathlon without ever specifically training for it (provided, of course, that you knew how to swim and bike).
So, our family now exercises together. About 2-3 times a week, we will all get together and start doing the Five Essential Movements. It is probably funny to watch 5 people spread out throughout the house doing wall pushups or seeing us pop up and down in squats. 🙂 Additionally, I do a Pilates video 2-3 times a week, as I really enjoy the 20-30 minutes of it that I do. Everybody’s goal for the quarter is to master their current ability level of each movement and start on the next level.
Here are the videos that show you how to perform each of the Five Essential Movements.