Spurred on by nobody more than my own team, The aptly named Spurs; their great performances in the Premier League and my own desire to start playing soccer again with full force, my lack of energy, lack of creativity, lack of good skin and many other things, I am endeavouring to get in shape once again, this time it’s personal!
Back in High School, before I started drinking, I was in the best shape of my life, I did gymnastics (I could bench press more than the big rugby players at my school, even though I never lifted weights really, just did bodyweight exercises), and I was in the best shape of my life. I didn’t smoke or drink, not even caffeine back then. I slept like a log every night. And I want to feel like that again.
Here’s how I’m going to do it;
The Rocky 4 routine (roughly);
- I shall avoid lifting weights in a static gym-like environment, rather I will lift and move heavy things in a dynamic way thereby engaging all support muscles, not just the pecs that a bench press works, I’ll do the old backpack full of rocks then go hiking or chopping wood or doing some indoor rock climbing etc. These things are much more fun that lifting weights in a gym, and they work many more muscles, tendons and joints too.
- I shall take no supplements or protein powders or any of that shit, it’s very bad for the liver, and my liver is probably in trouble already. Just good protein from salmon, nuts, dairy etc. One of my friends is a hardcore weight-lifter, he takes all the supplements in the world, he even dabbled in illegal steroids at one point, he also often takes an amphetamine-type pill before his workouts (this is a very popular thing weightlifters do, can’t imagine why, your fucking heart could explode if you’re deadlifting 300 kilograms AND high on speed! lol)
- Good old fashioned bodyweight exercises like gymnasts do to build mass AND strength – Pushups, hindu squats, dips, chin-ups, parallel ring work (very tricky to do, but worth it when you get the hang of it), isometrics (like sitting against a wall for as long as you can) and that sort of thing.
4. And most importantly, I shall begin playing soccer again, starting off at the amatuer level I suppose. Great cardio, soccer is, you’re just running for 90 minutes straight! haha. It will also keep my mental sharpness at an optimum level – soccer is the most cerebral team sport in the world, it’s an improvised musical jam on a playing field, basically.
5. Cheat days??? No no no, there are no cheat days. Getting lightly drunk on a Saturday and eating KFC on your ‘cheat day’, is counterproductive and should never be done if you’re really focused on getting fit!
Toodle oo! 🙂