Posts Tagged ‘gym’

Getting beat up over a test

In Daily Exercise Summary on May 13, 2009 at 11:56 am

I had a brutal test day yesterday, so when I finished at 5pm I shot over to the gym. I ran out 4 miles on the treadmill in 33mins51secs. Not bad, I then got on the exercise bike and brutalized my quads and glutes for 18 minutes.  It felt good not to be sitting in front of a computer and typing.

I have one more question in an hour and then I am done taking tests for quite possibly the rest of my life…



In Musings, Rants and Explanations on April 5, 2009 at 9:38 pm

I am overweight. It is hard to figure, but I am. I can run 3 miles, but I’m still overweight.

When you run as hard as I do and carry the weight that I do, this puts tremendous amounts of pressure on your joints in the lower half of your body. Soreness occurs, and over a long period of time, injury may result. This is why I am going to stick to this distance for a while. With the cool down walk that I do, I burn around 600 calories. If I couple that with cross training exercise, we are looking at over 700 calories over a particular workout. Leaving my caloric intake the same, I will lose roughly 1 pound per week. I have made slight adjustments to my intake, and I think I have safely cut another 200 or 300 calories per day. This should result in an average weight loss of 1.5-2 pounds per week.

Until I get down to a more reasonable weight, full fledged training for a half marathon would be very difficult. I would be able to increase my distance and time running consistently, but my training would be hindered by soreness and discomfort.

This is where the psychology of exercise comes into play. Patience and perseverance is needed. By retaining this distance, I can work on speed and shed some of the pounds that I need to shed to increase my distance comfortably. If I am too sore, I will not want to run. If I don’t want to run, eventually I will not run. Motivation is a funny thing. It disappears as pain increases. If one of the motivating factors to run is to lose weight (because you are overweight when you start), then workouts of this sort should be a reasonable pre-training regiment.

Satisfaction with ones workout is important. The more that you are satisfied that what you are doing is the right thing for you, the more willing you will be to continue doing it. If you over extend yourself, the results will not be significant enough to keep you on a path to your goals because the price on your body will be too high. Similarly, if you are taking too easy of a workout, you will not be getting the results that you desire and motivation will decrease this way.

I think often times that personal trainers forget about the psychological effects of soreness. Most people will not work through basic soreness, some people have a higher tolerance for this. By getting to know your client’s personal ability to cope with discomfort and pain, the personal trainer will be able to help temper the goals of their clients and better adjust their routines to be able to get the results that their clients desire. Instead, most personal trainers determine exercise regiments based on the amount of discomfort that they, personally, would be willing to sustain. They know their clients will be able to persevere, but they fail to take into account whether their clients will be willing to continue on that road.

Some smarter people than I agree…

And many people have tried to lose weight running…

Bad Day at the Gym

In Daily Exercise Summary on April 1, 2009 at 7:49 pm




















Total Run




Every so often you get to the gym, and you just aren’t feeling it. From the two minute mark, I was winded. I did everything I could to get two and a half miles. That is when I had to walk. My goal was to run three miles today. So, I walked a bit, then I buckled down and punished myself at 7.5 for a quarter mile and 8.0 for the last quarter mile. It hurt, but I finished my 3 miles when it was all said and done.

Then I was out of time at the gym, so I had to turn around and hightail it back across campus.

March 31, 2009

In Daily Exercise Summary on March 31, 2009 at 5:33 pm













Just a quick run on the treadmill today, but it felt nice. I even got cocky and started to think that I would be able to do it without laboring at all, but around 2.3 miles I felt the end of my lungs. My legs felt real good, and tomorrow we go 3 miles. Almost to 5k, then we can get working on the speed and pace. I had to get back to see a professor about a project we were working on, but it was good that I made it to the gym at all.