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Monday, October 5, 2015

A couple of my favourite online fitness tools

Sept/29-703, Sept/30-325, Oct/4-68

Total Push ups/Chins 439,252

In my last blog post I made reference to using the myfitnesspal app and the Fitbit Surge to help me monitor my fitness progress. This is a screen shot from the myfitnesspal app.
I took this screen shot early this morning so I hadn't yet added all my food for the day and as you will notice the app is registering zero calories for exercise. As I mentioned in my last post the calories in versus calories out theory of weight loss is probably fairly over simplified, however at some level if you want to lose weight you do have to burn more calories than you eat. We have worked with trainers and nutritionists who have helped us with our diet and workout routine - and the other nic thing about this app is it does help you track your macros fairly accurately. If I am being very focused  on my diet I Amy be cycling carbs and watching every closely at how many calories are coming from each protein, fats and carbs. If I am mainly focusing on losing weight I pay a lot more attention to creating a calorie deficit and maybe some attention to getting enough protein. 

I also mentioned that I like the Fitbit Surge as a fitness tool. There are a number of reasons for this but probably I should do a future blogpost about the FitBit Surge. However for this post I will say that one of the things I really like about the Fitbit is it will automatically sync with myfitnesspal. So the zero calories you see in the exercise section above will soon be replaced by an accurate estimate of the calories burned after the apps sync with each other. If you enter the number of minutes of each activity you perform in myfitnesspal it will give an estimate of the calories burned ,however the Fitbit gives an estimate based on your actual heart rate which is more accurate. Below is a screen shot of one of the Fitbit apps reports and this is a benefit to the Surge -there are a number of usual measures and fitness/health data points that the app will report on and graph. Overall these two make a great duo when it comes to technology to support your fitness program and goals. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Calorie Burn

Sept/25-49, Sept/26-75,Sept/27-545

Total push ups /chins 438,156

Nice thing about doing lots of chin ups and push ups is they burn some calories. If you are looking to lose some weight this can be a way to do it. Below is a graph of my weigh over the last week. The graph comes from the app Myfitnesspal. You enter all the food you eat in a day into the app and it calculates all your calories and your macros ( I'll talk more about macros in a future blogpost).  Nutritionists would say I am oversimplifying but essentially more calories burned than calories eaten and you loss weight. The app will tell you how much you have eaten but also if you put in the number of calories for each activity it will also calculate how many calories above your BMR or basal metabolic rate ( the calories you burn each day just living ). Most days I do sets of chin up and then a set of push ups and rest for 30 seconds before doing the next super set. If I workout for about a half hour at this rate I usually burn about 9 to 10 calories per minute.  If I am really interested in burning more calories I will do a set of 50 to 100 reps on the skipping rope before taking the 30 second rest. This keeps the heart rate up, and in general the longer you keep you heart rate up and the higher you get it the more calories you will burn. In a future blogpost I will talk about how I get a more accurate calorie burn estimate than the myfitnesspal alone will calculate.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sept/16-460, Sept/19-143, Sept/21-100, Sept/22-170, Sept 23-211

total push ups/chin ups 437,487

I have not been hitting the chin up bar or doing push ups everyday. That is good to avoid over training but not so good in driving more quickly towards my goal of one million push ups and chins. None the less what is it they say? Slow progress is better than no progress. Cathy and I are doing a round of Insanity and for sure I will be counting any push ups or push up jacks that we do during those workouts towards my total. Anyway below is a video for this weekend to give you an idea how I train when I am not doing push ups or chin ups.:

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sept/13-360, Sept 14-390

436,403 push ups/chins
Not a bad couple of days, I think if I am getting at least 300 push ups and/ or chins a day, I will make progress towards my goal of one million. I think after I have been at it a while and I can handle the daily volume I will probably try to ramp up to around 1000 push ups or chins a day. I am a little older than I was when I first started this blog. Recovery is a lot more important to me, or at least getting some good rest and decent diet and supplements. My wife and I were working with a coach and personal trainer and he got us into a little more serious supplement program. He turned us onto a couple of things that I think are making a big difference in our recovery. One of the things he had us try out were BCAA or branched chain amino acids. The idea is that these help prevent muscle wasting if you are working out really intensely. They really seem to work but below is the link to a video where I talk about the overall supplement program we are using.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Post once or twice a week?

Sept 10-449, Sept 11-38, Sept 12-390

435,653 push ups/chin ups
As I have started up this blog after not posting for a couple of years- I figured I would need to figure out how frequently to post. It did occur to me that if I posted I did 300 push ups everyday, the content would be pretty boring pretty quick. I think I will try to post once or twice a week, and at the top as I have done here I will just list how many push ups and chin ups I have done on  each day. Underneath in large font and bold I will list my total push ups and chins towards my goal. I started out on September 9th and so far the progress is pretty good. September 11th I did a few chin ups before work and had intended to do some push ups and chins after work. I ended working late that night so I figured 38 more chin ups towards the goal was better than nothing.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Let's try this again

        Well I had almost forgotten about this blog. December 22 2012 was the last time I posted on this blog and up to that point I had done 434,418 push ups and chins ups. I started this blog after finding a few other blogs in which the authors were on their own quest to do a million push ups. This sounded like a pretty decent challenge but I decided to throw chin ups and pull ups in the mix. No sense disproportionately developing chest, triceps and shoulders, might as well have well round back and biceps development as well. Anyway I figure a few years have past-and it is time to finish this challenge off- the idea of leaving something like this unfinished is a bit unnerving.Last night I did 358 push ups and chins ups. Not 358 of each- but each chin up and each push up counts as one. So this brings my new daily total to :


Let's see if we can finish off this challenge

Saturday, December 22, 2012

December Update

Dec1-240,Dec2-169,Dec4-106,Dec5-40,Dec 8-211,Dec 9-198,Dec10-306 dec 11-60,dec12-150,dec13-164 dec15-269,dec17-115,dec20-50 dec21-20

total push ups/chins 434,418
December is almost over so once again time for an update. Still doing the p90x -insantiy hybrid I described on my other blog. The numbers are not so high on a daily basis ,and I am not logging numbers everyday (as not all the workouts involve push ups or chins) -nonetheless these workouts are getting the job done.
You can check out my plan and progress on my other blog: