So–I’ve been enjoying the SEAL Training vids quite a bit. After a couple of viewings, they’ve grown on me–again, my only problem with the two “Stamina” routines is that they are fairly complicated, or will probably seem so until I have them memorized.
Not that you really need to do so; much like karate kata or kung fu forms, the routines are there as a shape to contain what you’re really trying to accomplish. So once I have them pretty much mastered (sequencing-wise), it won’t matter if I follow the routine precisely or not. I’ll accomplish the same thing–which is just to have a basic intensity/recovery dynamic, keeping the heart rate up and engaging all areas of the body at one time or another throughout.
Already, of course, I’ve added my own twist. I’ve been enjoying combining the ISO workouts from the SEAL Training Camp series with kettlebell stuff. Good fun.
Yesterday was a good example, where I went for a 45 minute brisk walk outdoors, then inside for the Upper Body (Chest and Shoulders), finishing off with several sets of swings. In addition, I went to a friend’s birthday party where we spent a good hour or two frolicking in their pool. I love the water, being in and around (“Amphibiman?” Gee, who’d a thunk it? 🙂 ). Plus, part of the frolicking involved the sport of female tossing for distance (no worries–in the water), a sport at which I excelled, I must say 😀 . So, that finished off a good day of physical activity.
Today’s fun this morning and early afternoon involved an even more brisk 30 plus minute walk followed by the De Vany protocol type of kettlebell; 24 kg bell jerks followed by the 32 kg bell jerks, then swings in the same fashion, followed by a few plyo squat thrusts. Sweating definitely by that point, though I have to say, I wasn’t worn out, but rather, energized.
So, with no ado, I went right into the lawn mowing with my electric push mower. Hey–might as well get something worthwhile actually done, rather than just generating watts for no reason, eh?
One thing about the SEAL workouts I’ve noticed, perhaps this is odd, perhaps not–I can bust through the legs no problem at the Advanced level and complete the whole thing. With the upper body workouts, though, the Advanced really hit me hard, and after a short period of time I quickly drop down to the intermediate and then sometimes to the beginner level on some of the moves. I try to finish the whole sequence, but by that time I’m smoked and am just barely cranking through.
Oh, well, room to grow I guess. And I learned I’m going to have to get a pad or something to do some of the exercises on. His pyramids and drop sets involve going down on your knees for certain types of push-ups, and though I didn’t notice it while I was doing them, when I was done, I had some nice new rug burns down there. They didn’t bother me too much, but I did notice the sting when the sweat has run into the skinned spots (or the wet shorts rub against them). Now I know…