My HIT training is coming along nicely. I am growing in strength all the time and this is reflected in the notes I keep of my workouts and what I am capable of doing during my daily life.
I regularly lift up the two smaller children while playing games at home. The smallest loves being a bird high above my head, safe in my outstretched hands. Big son is a challenge at 170cm and 45kg. I suspect the weight is doable but he is gangly mass
I do an exclusive HIT workout, the Big Five, on Sunday mornings at my local gym. I now train myself and for me it is my meditation time. I have not invited anyone to work with me at this time and have no plans to. This is the workout that I track closely in a notebook. The aim at the moment is to work one weight for a total of two minutes. If I have to rest, I take five intakes of the breath and go again, adding five seconds to the count until the two minutes are done. I judge progress by being able to go without a rest and then I up the weight.
This is a slow approach to strength training but I am building a foundation to last many years. I focus on technique exclusively and there is no peer pressure to achieve rapid gains. I am also training my brain to endure that level of stress for two minutes. There is a lot of thinking that takes place during that time. I am trying all kinds of tricks to keep the fear at bay and it is a glorious feeling when you achieve the two minutes under a heavy load and the accompanying pain.
On Wednesday evenings I work out with a buddy at the same gym and we have a three week rota of (a) bodyweight to failure, (b) bodyweight time under load and (c) drop sets on machines. They are all very concise because we do not rest any more than it takes to move from one exercise to another. We are generally done within forty minutes whatever the workout. There is some randomness in that rota too because we are often making changes to the sequences and the equipment we use.
I also use a morning and evening bodyweight rota that takes me through from Monday to Saturday. Each workout takes between five and ten minutes. The schedule goes like this:
Monday /am – abdominals /pm – forearms and push ups
Tuesday /am – pull ups /pm – forearms and push ups
Wednesday /am – hips /pm – forearms and push ups
Thursday /am – abdominals /pm – forearms and push ups
Saturday /am – hips
These are automatic exercises for me. I never think twice and find that I can now achieve them under all sort of conditions. Guests in the house, dinner almost ready, have to take a call; whatever is happening around me is never enough to present an obstacle to what I have to do. It is a great feeling and adds to my confidence that I can set goals and achieve them without falling short with excuses.
“Wind extinguishes a candle and energizes fire, likewise with randomness, uncertainty, chaos: you want to use them, not hide from them. You want to be the fire and wish for the wind.” – Nassim Taleb