Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Revisiting my circuit training...

I'm a boring person.

I've eaten the same breakfast for over a year now, deviating from it infrequently at best. I simply don't see the point of changing a good thing. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, yeah? Every morning I wake up and I'm just as excited to eat my oatmeal (with peanut butter and bananas!) as I was the morning before.

It's just my thing, being boring. I am okay with it.

However, I haven't changed my basic circuit training workout in years. In fact, the initial iteration (can you tell I do software?) of this workout was given to me in 2008 by a personal trainer at the Raytheon gym and I've been doing the same style workout since. I mean sure, I've changed the exercises up a little bit but I'm bored of it. That means it's time for a change.

I think I want to keep a few things the same though. These are the things that I really enjoy about the workouts and the only reason I've been able to keep doing the same thing for years:
  • Jump roping, or skipping rope as the Brits say
  • Pushups - These are just too good an exercise to write off.
  • Shoulder molders - I've gone from using a 3lb weight for these to using a 10lb, so I'm clearly still progressing well!
  • Active rests between sets
What will be new in the exercise? Well, I think I'm going to try to group exercises by the muscles (e.g. bicep/triceps) so that they are back to back with no rest in between based upon a snippet I read in my latest Shape magazine.  Hopefully I'll finally find a few moments to redesign it tonight!