Thursday, February 5, 2009

Hooray for tabatas

Today's Weigh-In: 198 lbs.
5-Day Average: 199.36 lbs.

It looks like my weight is starting to come down, slowly but surely. I've been monitoring my calories all this week and I've been within my limits every day. I'm having a bit of a hard time getting enough protein, so I've resorted to adding a 2-scoop protein shake at night to make up for any deficiencies.

I didn't work out on Tuesday or Wednesday due to overwhelming muscle fatigue, but I did get a workout today. 5x5 back squats, woohoo! I also added a 4-round tabata on the Concept 2 rower at the end of the workout. For those not familiar with the Tabata protocol it basically involves doing 20 seconds of work at maximum intensity, then 10 seconds of rest. Repeat as necessary. The standard protocol is 8 rounds (for a total of 4 minutes) but we cut it in half due to my current lack of conditioning. I went balls out, and ended up puking again. It's really hard to try to catch your breath while projectile vomiting into a trash can :-) I think the nausea was mainly due to drinking a cup of coffee on an empty stomach before the workout, so I won't do that again.

Since I've been back in the gym I've noticed that I'm being more conscientious in other aspects of my life. I used to neglect a lot of chores around the house and would basically let everything go to crap before taking the initiative to clean up, but lately I've been much more proactive about doing things such as emptying the litter box, taking out the trash, putting away my laundry, and cleaning the kitchen immediately after cooking. I have more energy and feel less lethargic throughout the day as well. Just goes to show that striving for fitness improves more than just your physical health.


Ripx180 said...

Glad to see you getting back into posting more too. Pushing yourself so hard you puke is insane.... I have been there a couple times (by accident) buy try not to hit that level very often. So it sounds like the tabata training is kind of like a more intense HIIT circuit. Good to see you back in Onederland. I am sure you will have no problems hitting your feb goals.

Geoff said...

Yeah I didn't mean to throw up either, I just overestimated my current ability. Tabatas are just a specific type of HIIT, and they've been shown to increase cardiovascular fitness by leaps and bounds even in elite athletes. So yeah, they suck lol.