colinkbell wrote:Update: completely lost interest in lifting recently. A few weeks ago walked into my shed and had no fire whatsoever. Not like me at all. But i was itching to try running in the forests nearby, so put on trainers and headed out! And thoroughly enjoyed it even though it was more walking than running lol. So this is my new Physical interest right now. But what i will do also is throw in some full body weights. I had always fancied doing the old York programs. So i will start no 1 this week, even if it is twice per week only, not thrice. Hope everyone is doing well!
Hi Colin, like Steve says physical culture is not just about lifting weights. My mentor always told me to first know your purpose.So taking Steve for example, and his quest to win the upcoming grip contest,knowing what he wanted to achieve on the day has determined how he has programmed his training for the result needed.If he had changed his training every week or so he would not be in the running but as it is he is in line for a top spot. Now what about those of us who are not competing but whose purpose is to be all round strong,fit,healthy and HAPPY. Well we still need some sort of programming but it can be much less structured and we can work on one thing for a while and then change to something else.The main thing is that we remain active and engage in training that is challenging yet most of all ENJOYABLE.If we get to the point when a certain method of training has become a chore there is no point in forcing the issue. We have so many ways to get the job done. The point i realized i would never be a champion bodybuilder or lifter was very freeing as it gave me many more options and and enabled me to participate in activities that had i been more gifted i would probably had to ignore.Don't get me wrong, for the guy who has the potential or has not reached the point when he knows that is probably it, a structured program is the way to go. If you can squat 250lb and you want 400 then you have to have a clear plan how that is going to happen and stick with it.Otherwise anyone who has been in the game for some time has earned the right to do whatever takes their fancy.Over the years i would often,due to the good fortune of being with a certain master focus entirely on martial arts.During this time i did a lot of body weight training, rope climbing and hill sprints.I rarely lost any strength or muscle and in fact i think those breaks were good for my joints and connective tissue repair. Just a couple of ideas for your woods runs that might interest you.Set up a chinning bar on your route,preferably at the top of a hill.You can then run up the hill and knock off a few pull ups and push ups.If possible you could even set up a climbing rope.Another idea would be to have several rocks of various sizes hidden along the trail so you can stop and lift,throw and carry them. You get the idea just make it hard but FUN.Keep us up to date and above all ENJOY what you are doing and change it when you do not.This is lifetime stuff.