I get a LOT of email about workouts. How I workout, how often I workout, what my workouts look like etc. I think I will just lay it all out on the blog here to hopefully answer peoples questions by addressing as many of these questions as possible.
I workout basically ever other day (around 3 days per week). I workout for around 30 minutes. I workout hard, continuously and with very little rest. Between sets or exercises, I hit the punching bag, sprint on the stairstepper, do jumping jacks or something. That is my rest.
A lot of the emails I get tell me something to the effect of “On days I don’t workout, I do sprints or tabatas etc…”. Well, not me. Sprints, tabatas, etc ARE workouts. I incorporate them into my every other day workouts. On the days in between, I rest… I don’t workout at all! with the exception of my30 min to 1 hr walk of course which I TRY to get in 5 days per week.
I have a list of about 15 different workouts that I do. I go down the list. This is not to “shock my muscles” or anything like that. Rather it is to keep me from getting bored and to keep working out entertaining. This list is not definite and if I feel like doing a new or a different workout, I will throw it in. I try to go climbing once per week which I count as a workout (not on the list as it gets inserted whenever the day falls). The list alternates some light workouts with some heavy and works out very well for me.
The list looks like this:
|Chest & Tri|
|Back & Bi|
|Chest & Back Super|
“Interval” workouts involve some type of sprints and some light intervals. “Tabatas” involve 4 or 5 different light tabatas. Once I complete the list, I start over.
As always, if my body needs an extra day rest, I take it. The list takes about a month to get through so I only do the same workout (with a couple exceptions) once about every month.
I do end every workout almost exactly the same though. I do one set of heavy deadlifts and one set of heavy hanging power clean into overhead press after every workout.
Do you train similarly? How do you train? What are your thoughts?