total push ups /chins 341,472
weight 196.2 bf% 22.0
I lost 60 pounds doing Stew Smith's Navy Seals workout- in about a years time (before I started this blog). I started this blog almost three years ago- February of 2007. Now when I started this blog my intention wasn't to lose weight-it was to track how many push ups and chins ups I was doing with a goal to get up to one million. When I started I weighed 206 lbs, today I weight 196 pounds. So in essence I went from losing 60 pounds a year to an average of around 3 pounds a year. My weight has gone up and down, and as I said my goal has not been really to lose weight. Although the thing that puzzles me most is my percentage of bodyfat seems to always hover around 20 percent- today I went back up to 22 percent. You would think in all this time I would have at least dropped a few percentage points. It feels like it is time to try a new experiment. I am still interested in reaching my goal of one million push ups/chin ups-but I think I can manage a bit of a break from this goal.
I have a couple of theories: 1)Consistentantly I only seem to get between 50 and 80 grams if protein a day- this probably is part of the reason I haven't significantly gained a lot of muscle or lost a signicant percentage of bodyfat.
2) I am doing hundreds of push ups or chins, sometimes thousands most days a week. Overall most weeks I am working out 4 to 10 hours a week. Most weeks it is closer to 10 hours a week. I thought at this point I would have built a tolerance up for this workload-but maybe I am over training. I suppose that could be an understatement.
So -here's the plan. I had been thinking about how my bodyfat percentage never seems to move significantly downward. I started to think-maybe it is time to adjust the type of workouts I am doing . At first I was thinking this might require increasing the amount of time I was spending working out. You know adding a little more cardio to the push up/chins. Then it occured to me what if I did less work? Maybe I am just plan burned out. The stars kind of lined up for me;I found an excerpt from Tim Ferriss' book "The 4 Hour Body". Really to get where I am going next and the rationales behind it you should read the first two chapters of his book. You can find the official website here:
So I had to buy the book, as a few of the chapters really echoed exactly what I had been thinking about my lack of progress in seeing a lot of change in my BF percentage. I read the book this weekend. As Tim himself admitts the book is big enough to club baby seals with, however it is a really interesting book- so I finished it over the weekend. I am going to to try Occam's Protocol. The short version of this routine is: only about two workouts per week. Two to three exercises per workout and one set per exercise. I figure these workouts should take less than ten minutes each to perform, or less than 20 minutes a week of working out. I might go into withdrawl, but nonetheless I am giving it a 30 day trial. The hardest part of this plan ( if you don't count getting an exercise addict to reduce thier training time to 20 minutes a week), will likely be the "feedings". The sample eating plan is guarenteed to help me up my protein intake. I am going to aim for 200 grams a day. The plan outlines eating about every two hours during waking hours.
Okay here is the summary: two ten minute workouts a week and 200 grams of protein a day. Tomorrow night is the first workout -wish me luck.