I’ve gotten marginally stronger and lowered my body fat by working out 20 minutes a week for the past 2 months. As someone who trained 5 days a week during high school and college, this self experiment has been pretty mind-blowing.
The genesis of this experiment came from an excellent book on fitness and reaching your physical potential called Body By Science (affiliate link with proceeds to charity). My summation of the content doesn’t quite do the book justice, but I’ll attempt to outline some of the higher level principles that initially intrigued me as well as my results.
The Big 5 Workout
The prescribed regimen in Body By Science is called the Big 5 Workout. It’s 1 Set of 5 different lifts once a week: Bench, Pulldown, …
I did my first Tough Mudder event in the Poconos this weekend with my buddies Derek and Mark. It was awesome. I have a lot of friends who seem interested so I thought it’d be useful to highlight things which I would have liked to know going into the event.
Dude 12 miles!? – The average Tough Mudder is around 12 miles, but you don’t need to be able to run 12 miles straight to finish it. Between the rocky terrain, obstacles and bottlenecks, it was next to impossible to run the entire thing. If you’re goal is to finish completing all the obstacles doing light jog the entire time, you should be able to pull this off if you can …
This post is part of my Weeklongs Project.
This week was about letting internal signals direct eating instead of external cues.
As an undersized college football player, I ate constantly. My 5’10 frame was not going to stop me from trying to look like Lattimer from The Program. I didn’t stop eating when I was full and didn’t wait until I was hungry to start. I’d end up eating 4-5 meals a day. In retrospect eating seemed almost more like part of a regimen than an act to satiate my hunger.
Despite the fact that I’ve hung the cleats up, I’ve noticed I still behave this way. Between the hours of 12-2 I’ll go eat lunch – not always because I’m hungry but because you’re …
This post originally appeared on LessDoing, a project of Ari Meisel, an entrepreneur and productivity geek who decided to share his knowledge of and experiments in efficiency. Ari is an Achievement Architect, helping individuals become more effective at everything.
At SinglePlatform we do pushups on the hour every hour. I love this practice and the benefits extend beyond just making us barrel-chested.
The trigger for my pushups each hour is an alarm clock I’ve installed on my desktop. When the clock strikes 12, a window pops up notifying me its time to drop and give me 20 (actually 34 this week!)
Though practically simple, the pushup alarm clock exemplifies a broader approach …