Fitness Journal: bodyweight workout

So that was a week. In addition to the massive upheaval of the election, a good friend hit a major professional milestone and also had to put down one of her dogs. In light of everything, and my stated goal of habit building before substantial physical fitness improvements, I’m cutting this workout a bit short.

I technically started the workout on Wednesday and also made it through the first round, and then my roommate got home and we had to yell about the election.

Exercise Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
15 squats X
5 knee pushups X
20 lunges X (walking)
10 milk jug rows X
15s plank X
30 jumping jacks X

Fitness Journal: body weight(ish) workout

My legs were starting to feel the running a bit more than I really wanted, so my current plan is to slow that training down a bit and get started with a weight workout, which I’ve been meaning to do. Since I don’t really own any working out/weight lifting equipment and don’t have or want a gym membership, I’m starting with the Beginner Bodyweight Workout from Nerd Fitness*. I like the idea of bodyweight workout since it doesn’t require a lot of monetary investment, and I have lots of milk jugs to fill with water!

Exercise Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
20 squats X X
5 knee pushups X X
20 lunges X (regular) X (walking)
10 milk jug rows X X
15s plank X X
30 jumping jacks X X

This is a good illustration of how not-great shape I’m in, despite the running going well. My legs are in the best shape, so I started with the ‘hardest’ squats with my arms over my head, and for round 2, I did the hands behind the head. I probably could have done a third round of squats, but I’m giving myself credit for doing the workout at all in the first place, and calling it a day. My goal is consistent workouts, not super hard workouts. I’m also quite weak in the arm department, so I’m starting with 5 pushups from my knees instead of the 10 regular pushups. Hilariously, the 10 dumbbell/milk jug rows were no problem. I probably can plank for a little longer, but I’m ok with starting at 15 seconds and working up to my three full rounds of exercises first before making them harder.

  • I theoretically like the idea of a ‘nerd-focused’ fitness site since I myself am a Giant Nerd. And they do a great job of introducing people who stereotypically have not done a lot of moving their body around to moving! If this is for you, beware the cloying/patronizing nerd analogies. As ever, I’m the Wrong Kind of Nerd for this to be really appealing.