Well, I've finally decided to get fit again and this time I'm going to do it the smart way and make a habit out of it so I can stay fit (really fit) for the rest of my life.

My goals are:
Short term:
-Prevent injuries from practicing breakdancing.
-Improve my MA ability.
-Be happy with the state of my body. (I don't mind being admired for it either )
Medium term:
-Perform a one armed pushup.
-Perform a one armed chin up.
-Perform a pistol (one legged squat).
-Perform a one armed ab-wheel rollout.
-Perform a planche.
-Perform a one arm handstand pushup.
Long term goals:
-Be able to perform the above for as long as physically possible.
-Be as fit as a decent gymnast until I'm well beyond 80.
-Continue to train and have a healthy, protein rich, restricted carb diet for the rest of my life.

Yeah, I'm determined. Plenty of people have done this before. This is a good challenge. Even if it takes decades of training, I'm going to pull this off. I'll prove it can be done even by an ordinary guy like me.

Impossible is only a word.

The details of my new lifestyle:
-I'll be following Ross Enamait's beginner's training plan from Never Gymless to start with. http://www.rosstraining.com/nevergymless.html I intend to move on to his 50 day plan as soon as possible. (His beginner's routine is amazing! I've never encountered a program quite as complete, his core training routine is incredible.)
-I'll be following the T-Dawg Diet but without supplements. http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=473067 http://www.t-nation.com/findArticle.do?article=162miss2 I've been on this diet for the past 3 weeks and I've never felt better in my life. I recover from my workouts faster, I've got more energy, my mind is sharper and I'm generally in a better mood all the time because of it. Plus it doesn't even feel like a diet! I'm eating more than I used to before I started and I get to eat more of the kinds of food I like. (meat and veggies yum! ) Guess I'm a low-carb guy. Possibly the best decision I've ever made in terms of my training was to try this out. Nutrition is half of what makes you fit!
-I'll be doing breakdancing training on weekends to supplement Ross' program.

My initial focus will be strengthening my rotator cuff which has been injured in the past. Following this, I will move on to chin ups which I have always been weak with.

My logbook (when I get ahold of it) will contain:
-Everything I eat and nutritional content (within reason, I'm not going to be pedentic about stuff like Green Tea).
-My favourite recipes for you all to try out (so says Chef Leo! ).
-Every exercise I do every day.
-A weekly photo of myself, which I may or may not post on the forum. (I thought this would be interesting to see how effective the diet + routine I am experimenting with is visually. I'm assured that it will be very effective.)
-My waist size measurement (initially).
-My weight.

All this so that if it's successful, other people can try it out too!

I've got a few additions to the T-Dawg diet. Firstly, I will be using a home made protein shake after workouts and whenever necessary, rather than a commercially produced one. I will not be taking supplements but I will be taking a daily multivitamin and a minimum of 1650 mg of EPA/DHA in the form of fish oil daily. (Unfortunately, I can only afford the Boots variety, although I'd prefer Flameout, so only 660 mg of that will be DHA)

If this workout doesn't suit me (which I highly doubt) I'll switch to something similar but mix it up. I'm a big fan of bodyweight training because of the little equipment needed and the convenience of it. Plus, I was raised on bodyweight training from the age of 4, so it's what I'm used to.

Edited by Leo_E_49 (12/19/06 05:49 PM)
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