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Abs of Steel? Well, that’s the plan…

March 21, 2011

Hey all, been busy lately doing home reno sort of stuff, combined with a busy work schedule. Have not had much time to write in the last week.

That being said – the time has come where I have lost enough weight. I am still not at high-school weight, but it is very noticable that I have lost it all. Therefore, we need to start building some muscle mass. One thing I really want is abs. I really do.

Now, I have worked out off and on for the better part of my life. I have played sports at times, there was a time where I used to bike and cross country ski as often as possible. Heck, I was even doing martial arts for a bunch of years back in the day. So I grasp the concept of working out. I just don’t like doing it.

That being said, as my waist continues to shrink, there is really no excuse not to. So through research, I have found an ab workout that I think will work for me. Courtesy of the Muscle & Strength Website – a 3 time a week ab workout. Today is day 1.

  • Floor Crunch – 3 sets of 20
  • Horizontal Leg Raise – 3 sets of 20
  • Plank – Maximum Time, 3 sets.

I do the workout in that order – 1, then 2, then 3. Then repeat for the second set.

So we start with crunches. Between playing football, soccer, and TaeKwonDo over the years, I have done thousands of these. My core strength is not totally lost. No problem. First set, 20, second set, 20, third set, 20. On the last set, I was starting to get tired, but I got through it.

Leg Raise – I forgot how hard these were! The instructions are 15-20. No problem, the first 10 – easy. Super easy. Then it was power to 15. Now, as this is the first day, I justified not pushing it (even though it is a 20 minute workout). I don’t want to hurt myself. Anyway, I did 15. The second time through – I did 6, and had to stop. I then started again, and got to 10, then 12, then 15. Wow, I really need to work on those! The 3rd time through, I got to 12, then 15. So I improved, but still…

Plank – I always hated these. They are good, but a pain. Maximum time. According to the website, 1 minute is a standard, but if you have good core, you should be doing 2 minutes. For the 1st rep, I have no idea what I did – likely only 30 seconds. I forgot to get a watch. So I grabbed my cell phone before the second set, and used the stopwatch. 2 &3 were 1 minute each.

Not too bad. Overall, I am sure my body will ache tomorrow. But that being said, this is a good beginning. Let’s see where we are come the end of May…

From → Vegan Frank

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