Saturday, March 31, 2012

Man Up 13


The Man Up workout series is a combination of home workouts and gym workouts that are scalable for every fitness level.  The weights listed will be for intermediate users, and scaling info will be provided when necessary (e.g. 3 rep max, ½ bodyweight, etc.)
There will be diet suggestions as always, and self-improvement principles related to health.  I’m going to try to post workouts and previews 6 days of the week, but I need your help to keep me honest.  If all goes well there will be at least one workout video a week and lots of links to keep you on track.  Good luck!
Day 13: Saturday, March 31st 2012
Warm Up: Jump Rope & Factorial Basics
·         400 jumps

Light Stretch: less than 5 minutes
            No deep stretching.  Just a few reaching exercises, arm swings and circles, trunk rotations, etc.  The idea is to move and get warm, especially muscle groups you missed in your warm-up.

Cardio: Run 3 miles

Stretch: 10 minutes

Cool Down: Walk 5 minutes

Start adding a fish oil supplement to your first, middle, and last meals of the day for faster healing and healthier joints.  To really kick your fat loss up a notch and minimize joint inflammation, avoid bread (at least on workout days).

CINNAMON!!  Add a dash of cinnamon to your morning cup of coffee, and another cup at lunch wouldn’t hurt.

Drink at least 8 oz. of water 30 minutes before each meal or snack, and drink fluids with your meal either just before or just after (or both), but not during.  Green tea is a great option for delicious hydration, appetite suppression, antioxidants, and a nice energy boost!

Try to base your meal ratios on a total daily protein intake of 95g to 115g (while striving to maintain the 9:7:2 carb:protein:fat ratio at every meal except the pre and post workout snacks.)

Comment below, tweet @geoffcraft, or shoot me an email!  Eat well, drink lots of water and have fun!  Love you.  #FitnessIsLove
get fit.

Tomorrow: Rest

More Fitness Love For Ladies 12


This workout is designed for women aged 16 and up with a strong to advanced fitness background.  It will kick your butt.  If you don’t have a strong fitness background, don’t be afraid to try; just be ready to modify movements you have trouble with and go very easy on the weight.  Eat well the day of a workout (more info at the bottom), and be sure to drink lots of water.  Always have a meal 1 to 2 hours before your workout, and have a snack ready for right after.  I’m going to try to post gym workouts, home workouts, previews, and videos 6 days a week, but I need your help keeping me honest.  If you like something, let me know, and if there’s something specific you want to see, ask for it!  Good luck!

Day 12: Saturday, March 31st 2012
Warm Up: Jump Rope & Factorial Basics
·         400 jumps

Light Stretch: less than 5 minutes
      No deep stretching.  Just a few reaching exercises, arm swings and circles, trunk rotations, etc.  The idea is to move and get warm, especially muscle groups you missed in your warm-up.

Cardio: Run 4 miles


Stretch: Shoulders, Chest, Back


Cool Down: Walk 5 minutes

Try to base your meal ratios on a total daily protein intake of 65g to 85g (depending on your size) while striving to maintain a 9:7:3 carb:protein:fat ratio at every meal.

Start adding a fish oil supplement to your first, middle, and last meals of the day for faster healing and healthier joints.  To really kick your fat loss up a notch and minimize joint inflammation, avoid bread (at least on workout days).

CINNAMON!!  Add a dash of cinnamon to your morning cup of coffee.  Another cup at lunch wouldn’t hurt.

Drink at least 8 oz. of water 30 minutes before each meal or snack, and drink fluids with your meal either just before or just after (or both), but not during.  Green tea is a great option for delicious hydration, appetite suppression, antioxidants, and a nice energy boost!

Comment below, tweet @geoffcraft, or shoot me an email!  Eat well, drink lots of water and have fun!  Love y’all.  #FitnessIsLove
get fit.

Tomorrow: REST

Friday, March 30, 2012

Man Up 12


The Man Up workout series is a combination of home workouts and gym workouts that are scalable for every fitness level.  The weights listed will be for intermediate users, and scaling info will be provided when necessary (e.g. 3 rep max, ½ bodyweight, etc.)
There will be diet suggestions as always, and self-improvement principles related to health.  I’m going to try to post workouts and previews 6 days of the week, but I need your help to keep me honest.  If all goes well there will be at least one workout video a week and lots of links to keep you on track.  Good luck!
Day 12: Friday, March 30th 2012
Warm Up: Recumbent Bike & Factorial Basics
Recumbent Resistance Intervals
-       1 minute at ‘6’ to ‘8’ resistance 75 RPM to 80 RPM
-       6 times: 30 seconds at ‘11’ to ‘13’ resistance 90+ RPM, followed by 1 minute at ‘6’ to ‘8’ resistance 75 RPM to 80 RPM
-       1 minute at a leisurely pace
5!

Light Stretch: less than 5 minutes
            No deep stretching.  Just a few reaching exercises, arm swings and circles, trunk rotations, etc.  The idea is to move and get warm, especially muscle groups you missed in your warm-up.

Resistance: 15 – 20 minutes
Push-ups, Core, and those damn step-ups:
-       20 Push-ups (standard, modified, or bench modified)
-       60 second Push-up position hold
-       25 Ab crunches
-       Single leg Step ups on low step (8” – 12”): 5 step ups on each leg with striding arms, balance for 5 seconds on EVERY step
-       20 Push-ups (standard, modified, or bench modified)
-       60 second Push-up position hold
-       25 Ab crunches
-       Single leg Step ups on low step (8” – 12”): 5 step ups on each leg with striding arms, balance for 5 seconds on EVERY step
Functional:
-       3 Turkish Get-ups L & R each arm with a 20 lb. dumbbell
-       2X 8 Barbell Push Presses with 40 to 50 lbs. (let me know how much you can handle)
-       Dumbbell Cleans  L & R with a 20 to 25 lb. dumbbell (this variation or a traditional grip are both fine)

Cardio: Treadmill Tabata

Set the Treadmill to a challenging pace (at least 6 mph if you haven't been running, closer to 9 or 10 if you have been running at a high level, 11 or faster for elite runners). For 6 minutes alternate 20 seconds running, 10 seconds resting on the edges.

Stretch: 10 minutes

Cool Down: Walk 5 minutes

Start adding a fish oil supplement to your first, middle, and last meals of the day for faster healing and healthier joints.  To really kick your fat loss up a notch and minimize joint inflammation, avoid bread (at least on workout days).

CINNAMON!!  Add a dash of cinnamon to your morning cup of coffee, and another cup at lunch wouldn’t hurt.

Drink at least 8 oz. of water 30 minutes before each meal or snack, and drink fluids with your meal either just before or just after (or both), but not during.  Green tea is a great option for delicious hydration, appetite suppression, antioxidants, and a nice energy boost!

Try to base your meal ratios on a total daily protein intake of 95g to 115g (while striving to maintain the 9:7:2 carb:protein:fat ratio at every meal except the pre and post workout snacks.)

Comment below, tweet @geoffcraft, or shoot me an email!  Eat well, drink lots of water and have fun!  Love you.  #FitnessIsLove
get fit.

Tomorrow: Long run / walk.
Make a list of activities that are easier or better now that you are getting in shape.  Think of 3 things that could still get better.

More Fitness Love For Ladies 11


This workout is designed for women aged 16 and up with a strong to advanced fitness background.  It will kick your butt.  If you don’t have a strong fitness background, don’t be afraid to try; just be ready to modify movements you have trouble with and go very easy on the weight.  Eat well the day of a workout (more info at the bottom), and be sure to drink lots of water.  Always have a meal 1 to 2 hours before your workout, and have a snack ready for right after.  I’m going to try to post gym workouts, home workouts, previews, and videos 6 days a week, but I need your help keeping me honest.  If you like something, let me know, and if there’s something specific you want to see, ask for it!  Good luck!

Day 11: Friday, March 30th 2012
Warm Up: Treadmill Tabata
Jog 5 minutes

Set the Treadmill to a challenging pace (at least 6 mph if you haven't been running, closer to 9 or 10 if you have been running at a high level, 11 or faster for elite runners). For 6 minutes alternate 20 seconds running, 10 seconds resting on the edges.

Jog 5 minutes

Light Stretch: less than 5 minutes
      No deep stretching.  Just a few reaching exercises, arm swings and circles, trunk rotations, etc.  The idea is to move and get warm, especially muscle groups you missed in your warm-up.

Resistance: Dynamic Legs, Dumbbell Work, Back & Core
2 times:
-       20 dynamic Step Ups
-       15 dumbbell bench presses (at least twice as heavy as warm-up weight)
-       10 V-ups (assisted on a machine, jumping, or with a bungee if necessary)
-       pull-ups
-       20 squat jumps
-       15 dumbbell military presses (within 5 lbs of bench weight on each dumbbell)
-       10 leg lift to T.A. hip lift
-       pull-ups (assisted on a machine, jumping, or with a bungee if necessary)

Cardio: RPM Tabata

Set the recumbent (or standup) stationary bicycle to a low/medium resistance.  Establish a comfortable “cruising” RPM, then establish a “fast” RPM by cycling as fast as you can for 30 seconds.   Once you’ve established these values and recovered from your fast test, begin a 5 minute cycle tabata:
10 rounds of: 20 seconds “fast” RPM, 10 seconds “cruise” RPM

Stretch: Shoulders, Chest, Back


Cool Down: Walk 5 minutes

Try to base your meal ratios on a total daily protein intake of 65g to 85g (depending on your size) while striving to maintain a 9:7:3 carb:protein:fat ratio at every meal.

Start adding a fish oil supplement to your first, middle, and last meals of the day for faster healing and healthier joints.  To really kick your fat loss up a notch and minimize joint inflammation, avoid bread (at least on workout days).

CINNAMON!!  Add a dash of cinnamon to your morning cup of coffee.  Another cup at lunch wouldn’t hurt.

Drink at least 8 oz. of water 30 minutes before each meal or snack, and drink fluids with your meal either just before or just after (or both), but not during.  Green tea is a great option for delicious hydration, appetite suppression, antioxidants, and a nice energy boost!

Comment below, tweet @geoffcraft, or shoot me an email!  Eat well, drink lots of water and have fun!  Love y’all.  #FitnessIsLove
get fit.

Tomorrow: Long Run!!!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Man Up 11


The Man Up workout series is a combination of home workouts and gym workouts that are scalable for every fitness level.  The weights listed will be for intermediate users, and scaling info will be provided when necessary (e.g. 3 rep max, ½ bodyweight, etc.)
There will be diet suggestions as always, and self-improvement principles related to health.  I’m going to try to post workouts and previews 6 days of the week, but I need your help to keep me honest.  If all goes well there will be at least one workout video a week and lots of links to keep you on track.  Good luck!
Day 11: Thursday, March 29th 2012

Warm Up: Jump Rope & Factorial Basics
400 jumps
6! (6 of each, then 5 of each, then 4 of each, then 3 of each, then 2 of each, then 1 of each)

Light Stretch: less than 5 minutes
            No deep stretching.  Just a few reaching exercises, arm swings and circles, trunk rotations, etc.  The idea is to move and get warm, especially muscle groups you missed in your warm-up.

Resitance / Cardio:
2 times:
-       20 long jumps (jump as far as you can with your feet close together)
-       Run 2 minutes
-       20 push-ups (standard, modified, or bench modified)
-       Run 2 minutes
-       20 squat jumps
-       Run 2 minutes
-       10 Burpees
-       Run 2 minutes
-       30 seconds high knees drill
-       Run 2 minutes

Stretch: 5 - 10 minutes
Comprehensive light stretching, then focus on deep hip external rotators, glutes and IT band (tensor fasciae femoris) with butterfly stretches, feet farther in front butterfly stretches, lying glute stretches, lying piriformis stretches, and lying hip stretches.

Cool Down: Walk 5 minutes

Start adding a fish oil supplement to your first, middle, and last meals of the day for faster healing and healthier joints.  To really kick your fat loss up a notch and minimize joint inflammation, avoid bread (at least on workout days).

CINNAMON!!  Add a dash of cinnamon to your morning cup of coffee, and another cup at lunch wouldn’t hurt.

Drink at least 8 oz. of water 30 minutes before each meal or snack, and drink fluids with your meal either just before or just after (or both), but not during.  Green tea is a great option for delicious hydration, appetite suppression, antioxidants, and a nice energy boost!

Try to base your meal ratios on a total daily protein intake of 95g to 115g (while striving to maintain the 9:7:2 carb:protein:fat ratio at every meal except the pre and post workout snacks.)

Comment below, tweet @geoffcraft, or shoot me an email!  Eat well, drink lots of water and have fun!  Love you.  #FitnessIsLove
get fit.

Tomorrow: Back to the gym for the last fierce workout of this week!
Plan a healthy treat for you and someone you care about (it has to be good enough to convince them to eat healthy, too!)

More Fitness Love For Ladies 10


This workout is designed for women aged 16 and up with a strong to advanced fitness background.  It will kick your butt.  If you don’t have a strong fitness background, don’t be afraid to try; just be ready to modify movements you have trouble with and go very easy on the weight.  Eat well the day of a workout (more info at the bottom), and be sure to drink lots of water.  Always have a meal 1 to 2 hours before your workout, and have a snack ready for right after.  I’m going to try to post gym workouts, home workouts, previews, and videos 6 days a week, but I need your help keeping me honest.  If you like something, let me know, and if there’s something specific you want to see, ask for it!  Good luck!

Day 10: Thursday, March 29th 2012
Warm Up: Jump Rope
600 jumps

Light Stretch: less than 5 minutes
      No deep stretching.  Just a few reaching exercises, arm swings and circles, trunk rotations, etc.  The idea is to move and get warm, especially muscle groups you missed in your warm-up.

Resistance: Factorial Core & Posterior Chain

9!
arch body rocks, hollow body rocks, squat jumps, V-ups

Cardio: Run 3 miles

Stretch: Hips & Legs
Comprehensive light stretching, then focus on deep hip external rotators, glutes and IT band (tensor fasciae femoris) with butterfly stretches, feet farther in front butterfly stretches, lying glute stretches, lying piriformis stretches, and lying hip stretches.


Cool Down: Walk 5 minutes

Try to base your meal ratios on a total daily protein intake of 65g to 85g (depending on your size) while striving to maintain a 9:7:3 carb:protein:fat ratio at every meal.

Start adding a fish oil supplement to your first, middle, and last meals of the day for faster healing and healthier joints.  To really kick your fat loss up a notch and minimize joint inflammation, avoid bread (at least on workout days).

CINNAMON!!  Add a dash of cinnamon to your morning cup of coffee.  Another cup at lunch wouldn’t hurt.

Drink at least 8 oz. of water 30 minutes before each meal or snack, and drink fluids with your meal either just before or just after (or both), but not during.  Green tea is a great option for delicious hydration, appetite suppression, antioxidants, and a nice energy boost!

Comment below, tweet @geoffcraft, or shoot me an email!  Eat well, drink lots of water and have fun!  Love y’all.  #FitnessIsLove
get fit.

Tomorrow: Some more classic Ladies Love circuit training!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

More Fitness Love For Ladies 09


This workout is designed for women aged 16 and up with a strong to advanced fitness background.  It will kick your butt.  If you don’t have a strong fitness background, don’t be afraid to try; just be ready to modify movements you have trouble with and go very easy on the weight.  Eat well the day of a workout (more info at the bottom), and be sure to drink lots of water.  Always have a meal 1 to 2 hours before your workout, and have a snack ready for right after.  I’m going to try to post gym workouts, home workouts, previews, and videos 6 days a week, but I need your help keeping me honest.  If you like something, let me know, and if there’s something specific you want to see, ask for it!  Good luck!

Day 09: Wednesday, March 28th 2012
Warm Up: Recumbent Bike & Factorial Basics
Recumbent Resistance Intervals
-       1 minute at ‘6’ to ‘8’ resistance 75 RPM to 80 RPM
-       6 times: 30 seconds at ‘11’ to ‘13’ resistance 90+ RPM, followed by 1 minute at ‘6’ to ‘8’ resistance 75 RPM to 80 RPM
-       1 minute at a leisurely pace
8!

Light Stretch: less than 5 minutes
      No deep stretching.  Just a few reaching exercises, arm swings and circles, trunk rotations, etc.  The idea is to move and get warm, especially muscle groups you missed in your warm-up.

Resistance: Pull-ups and Dynamic Legs

1) Max Pull-ups with as little machine assistance as possible (if you can do them free, then repeat after 2 minutes rest, then proceed to #2)
2) Max Pull-ups with 20 additional pounds of machine assistance
3) Max Pull-ups with 20 more additional pounds of machine assistance

3 times:

Cardio: Treadmill Tabata

Set the Treadmill to a challenging pace (at least 6 mph if you haven't been running, closer to 9 or 10 if you have been running at a high level, 11 or faster for elite runners). For 6 minutes alternate 20 seconds running, 10 seconds resting on the edges.

Stretch: Shoulders, Chest & Back


Cool Down: Walk 5 minutes

Try to base your meal ratios on a total daily protein intake of 65g to 85g (depending on your size) while striving to maintain a 9:7:3 carb:protein:fat ratio at every meal.

Start adding a fish oil supplement to your first, middle, and last meals of the day for faster healing and healthier joints.  To really kick your fat loss up a notch and minimize joint inflammation, avoid bread (at least on workout days).

CINNAMON!!  Add a dash of cinnamon to your morning cup of coffee.  Another cup at lunch wouldn’t hurt.

Drink at least 8 oz. of water 30 minutes before each meal or snack, and drink fluids with your meal either just before or just after (or both), but not during.  Green tea is a great option for delicious hydration, appetite suppression, antioxidants, and a nice energy boost!

Comment below, tweet @geoffcraft, or shoot me an email!  Eat well, drink lots of water and have fun!  Love y’all.  #FitnessIsLove
get fit.

Tomorrow: Home workouts and Cardio!

Man Up 10


The Man Up workout series is a combination of home workouts and gym workouts that are scalable for every fitness level.  The weights listed will be for intermediate users, and scaling info will be provided when necessary (e.g. 3 rep max, ½ bodyweight, etc.)
There will be diet suggestions as always, and self-improvement principles related to health.  I’m going to try to post workouts and previews 6 days of the week, but I need your help to keep me honest.  If all goes well there will be at least one workout video a week and lots of links to keep you on track.  Good luck!
Day 10: Wednesday, March 28th 2012
Warm Up: Treadmill Tabata

-       Jog / Walk for 5 minutes
-       Set the Treadmill to a challenging pace (at least 6 mph if you haven't been running, closer to 9 or 10 if you have been running at a high level, 11 or faster for elite runners). For 6 minutes alternate 20 seconds running, 10 seconds resting on the edges.  
-       Jog / walk for 4 minutes.

Light Stretch: less than 5 minutes
            No deep stretching.  Just a few reaching exercises, arm swings and circles, trunk rotations, etc.  The idea is to move and get warm, especially muscle groups you missed in your warm-up.

Resistance: 15 – 20 minutes
Pre-Hab: wrist / forearm
This might cause some pain near your tennis elbow, but work through it if you can.  This kind of strength will prevent the tennis elbow from coming back in the future.
-       10 neutral grip wrist push-ups
-       10 wide grip wrist push-ups (hands turned slightly outward)
Classic ZeroMan:
-       Rotating Single Arm Dumbbell Dead Lifts: 10 reps at 60 lbs. L & R
-       Rotating Single Arm Dumbbell Cleans: 10 reps at 30 lbs. L & R
-       Rotating Single Arm Dumbell Clean & Press: 10 reps at 20 lbs. L & R
-       Single leg Step ups on low step (8” – 12”): 2 times- 10 step ups on each leg with striding arms, balance for 10 seconds on the 10th step.
-       Push-ups (standard, modified, or bench modified): 12 reps, 10 reps, 8 reps
-       3 Turkish Get-ups L & R each arm with a 20 lb. dumbbell

Stretch: 5 - 10 minutes
Comprehensive light stretching, then focus on deep hip external rotators, glutes and IT band (tensor fasciae femoris) with butterfly stretches, feet farther in front butterfly stretches, lying glute stretches, lying piriformis stretches, and lying hip stretches.

Cool Down: 20 minutes
Recumbent Resistance Intervals
-       3 minutes at ‘6’ to ‘8’ resistance 75 RPM to 80 RPM
-       8 times: 30 seconds at ‘11’ to ‘13’ resistance 90+ RPM, followed by 1 minute at ‘6’ to ‘8’ resistance 75 RPM to 80 RPM
-       5 minutes at a leisurely pace

Start adding a fish oil supplement to your first, middle, and last meals of the day for faster healing and healthier joints.  To really kick your fat loss up a notch and minimize joint inflammation, avoid bread (at least on workout days).

CINNAMON!!  Add a dash of cinnamon to your morning cup of coffee, and another cup at lunch wouldn’t hurt.

Drink at least 8 oz. of water 30 minutes before each meal or snack, and drink fluids with your meal either just before or just after (or both), but not during.  Green tea is a great option for delicious hydration, appetite suppression, antioxidants, and a nice energy boost!

Try to base your meal ratios on a total daily protein intake of 95g to 115g (while striving to maintain the 9:7:2 carb:protein:fat ratio at every meal except the pre and post workout snacks.)

Comment below, tweet @geoffcraft, or shoot me an email!  Eat well, drink lots of water and have fun!  Love you.  #FitnessIsLove
get fit.

Tomorrow: Another home workout for your pleasure!
Take a look at any before pictures you took a few months ago and revel in your progress.