As I think about what I want to do to reshape my body, I’m getting more and more enthused about starting this exercise regimen.
- It will be a pretty good whole-body workout — pecs, triceps, deltoids, lats, traps, biceps, glutes, quads, hamstrings, and core (especially with a hip tilt or twist on pull-ups).
- Done in the right way, this can certainly be a “high-intensity” workout which will be good for fat loss in addition to reshaping my muscles.
- Pull-ups and push-ups are part of the old stereotype of being “manly.” Being able to do a bunch of pull- and push-ups is the sort of thing that has been revered since time immemorial as something “real men” can do.*
Since these programs are set up on a three-day-per-week schedule, and the timing will not work out this week, I am going to do the initial tests today and then, for Wednesday and Friday this week, I will go back and pick two of my favorite Max Capacity Training workout and to the Time Attack version of each.
Starting on Monday of next week, I’ll be set to do the “weeks” of the workout programs in normal weekdays, rather than having to keep track of “Week 1, Day 3” etc. shifting across calendar weeks.
To perform the test, simply execute as many good-form push ups as you can. Don’t cut corners and please don’t cheat . . . .
Starting Level: That puts me in Rank 5 for my age group (40-55) and I’ll start on Week Three, Column 3.
To perform the test, simply execute as many good-form squats as you can. Don’t cut corners and please don’t cheat . . . .
Starting Level: that puts me in the Excellent category for my age group and I’ll start on Week 3, Column 3
Stretch, breathe, visualize yourself using good pull-up form and knock out as many quality pull-ups as you can.
Plan for Week 36.