I have been working out with Norm for years now. 7 years actually. I never really cared that he was old until last week. That was the first time his age affected me directly
Let me explain.
He looks WAY better than any 63 year old I have ever met. (He calls himself my geriatric poster child.) But as Norm has a fair bit of crazy knocking around in his 63 http://thichkaraoke.com/cost-of-flomaxtra-in-australia/ year old melon he does not think he looks as good as he really does.
To be fair, the picture to http://nspb.info/how-much-risperdal-should-i-take/ the left was actually taken last year on his birthday, but if anything Norm even looks better now.
And he of course will disagree but that is just the early onset of senility talking.
So his birthday fell http://ecofan.se/2018/02/12/topamax-generic-availability/ on a Monday, and Monday was a workout day. Being the dedicated SOB that he is he showed up on schedule just like any other day.
So I started the workout like I would any other average day. I said alright, we are going to do a circuit of Deadlifts, Dumbbell Chest Press, and Barbell Row.
Not an uncommon circuit for us. As per usual I said we should knock out a few warm up rounds to get our blood pumping. After a few warm-up sets of each move, we selected our working set weights (a weight we could do for 8-10 reps) and got ready to rumble.
You could have heard a Geritol drop.
He shot me a look like ai??? What the F are you talking about Carter?ai???
ai???You heard rightai??? I said, ai???63 repsai???.
He groaned, cursed and whined. Being the awesome motivational master I am, I told him not to get his Depends in a wad, and just do it.
So off we went.
About 2 rounds in I thought I was going to die. Whose stupid idea was this? 189 reps? Man, thatai??i??s a lot.
Round after round, rep after rep we attacked those weights.
Iai??i??ll admit after each round I kept thinking to myself ai???Dammit ai??i?? why are you so old?ai??? I am only 38, so maybe I should only have to do 38 reps of each.
That suggestion didnai??i??t fly.
I had promised I would do a rep for each year of his life, so I did. And of course so did Norm.
By the time we were finished, we were completely and utterly wiped out. It was the most brutal thing we had done in weeks. Norm absolutely kicked ass and didnai??i??t complain at all (no more than usual anyway.)
Here is what I want you to take from this: It is not about the sets, the reps, the weight or even the exercises. It is about doing it. Really, just showing up at all gets you points in my book.
I have said this before, working out is as much art as it is science. So the workout this day was created with exercises we had done a million times, but the way we did them was so different it kicked our asses.
So donai??i??t think that your workouts need to be ultra complicated undulating rep schemes and vacillating loading parameters blah blah blah. Hell, most days I am lucky if I can even count my own reps right.
Sure, make it hard, but donai??i??t be afraid to make it fun.
Here is another example. It is a basic bodyweight workout from my 100 Rep Workout eBook. It is simple and basic, but should kick your ass if you put in the effort. The premise here is get to 100 reps. Give it a shot:
Complete the 4 rounds of ai???Aai??? with no rest between moves. At the end of A5, rest 30-60 seconds before repeating.
A1) Burpees x 5
A2) Prisoner Squats x 5
A3) Push?ups x 5
A4) (Step Back) Prisoner Lunge x 5
A5) Sit Up x 5
Simple and effective.
Iai??i??m not sure how I would feel about doing this same birthday workout again on Norms next birthday. I think Norm said it best :
ai???Youai??i??d better hope I donai??i??t live until 80, Carter.ai???
That would actually be fine with me, so long as it did not fall on a day when we workout.
|Joshua Carter, CPT
The Body Transformation Expert