Gains? No. Weight loss, yes definitely.
My primary aim is to lose the weight I gained in the final year of my undergrad degree. So far I've lost about 10kg which means I'm halfway.
That said, I think I have made a lot of progress compared to 6 months ago. Even 3 months ago, the Deck of Cards routine would have been completely out of my grasp. Naturally my stamina and strength have improved. It's amazing how much easier day-to-day tasks are when you've got enough stamina and strength, even carrying shopping or walking to town are easier as a result.
The 50 day plan is laid out to ensure that you get enough rest with one rest day every 5 days and one rest week every 5 weeks. The isometrics seem to help a lot, I've never improved in my strength so quickly as I am now.
I think that the biggest impact on me is my outlook. I used to think of exercise as a chore but with a 50 day plan, everyday is fresh and interesting. I wake up looking forwards to doing my exercises, rather than dreading them. Everyday is a new challenge to be overcome. It's a rewarding way to stay fit; and completely unlike any other exercise regimen I've ever followed (including martial arts training). Plus, I don't have to leave my house to do any of it if I don't want to so there's really no excuses not to exercise (although the EITs must be done outdoors and they sound like fun). I suppose Never Gymless is just my cup of tea.
That said, I think I would have seen better strength gains doing weight lifting or better stamina gains doing endurance exercises. But NG appears to be the best of both worlds, at least so far...
May 4 2008
ICT 6 (Modified):
Puzzle mats (I got an upgrade, yay!)
Rope turns - 100
Plyometric push-ups - 10
Burpees - 15
Lateral jumps - 20
I wasn't feeling so great today, so I cut down the number of sets to half the recommended number (I ate a wrap from Tesco which had some cheese in it and I'm badly lactose intolerant). I also don't have a medicine ball (yet) so I replaced the med-ball slams with burpees. I'm still not doing isometrics yet, my next set should be in 2-3 days depending on my schedule.