I thought I would post a 2 month progress report on my outdoor High Intensity Training program. I outlined my playground workout in the post Escaping the Glitter: Taking High Intensity Training Outdoors. Since November I have been averaging one workout every 7-9 days.
I am pleased with my consistency. The Seattle winter hasn’t discouraged me. All I need is a brief pocket of decent weather to get to the gym. I also found another playground even closer to my home. I used it once during the winter school break. It wasn’t perfect, as the jungle gym used thick bars, which isn’t ideal for doing chin-ups, as it puts the stress more on the forearms than the back.
Photo by USMC
This might be a question for Aaron at Aspen Paleo, but I experienced very tight muscle knots in the shoulder following a few of my workouts. I never got those in the Glitter Gym. Could a lower outdoor temperature be the cause? Or maybe it has something to do with the static hold finish? Maybe I need a longer warm up period?
Glitter Tune Up
Today I signed up for a one week free membership at a Glitter Gym for a tune-up workout. I got the idea from Geoff.
Still I wonder whether it might make sense to pay the day rate at a gym once every 8 weeks or so to test yourself against an objective measurement like McGuffs Big 5? or a deadlift challenge just to get a sense of the effect your training has had. I still find it helpful to test myself every so often to see where I stand.
I did a 15 minute Big 5 Workout and my intensity was higher than before I left the last Glitter Gym. I really think I’ve benefited from the breathing techniques I learned by doing push-ups HIT style in the cool outdoors. I’m getting much better at doing that fast shallow “choo-choo” style breathing.
A Little Sprinting
I’ve also added a few sprints into my workout. Props to G.Whitney for helping me on this. The beautiful thing is I can sprint in 40 degree weather and still maintain my goal of not breaking a sweat. I also learned that my body prefers to run uphill. I think it is less pounding.