Tuesday, February 28, 2012

M90F (vs. P90X) - Day 9

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Series:  "M90F: Matt's 90-day Fitness"

Day: 9

Activities: UPPER BODY - Push-ups, Ab-wheel, Forearms, Shoulders, Pull-ups, Walking.

It's been shown that creative people cheat more on tests; it's not because they're bad people, it's because they don't think it's cheating.  Their brains find creative ways to rationalize what they're doing, convincing them it's not bad.

Don't rationalize why you can't exercise today!  Or tomorrow!  Or ever!  That being said, have a minimum of core, un-negotiable exercises you'll do, no matter what kind of day it's been.  Or as I like to do, a minimum amount of time (1 hour).  You can always do more when you're feeling pumped up, but never skip out on the minimum.  It could even just be a slow paced walk.  The most important thing is to do something every day.

You'll find that you start to in fact add things to your daily exercise routine, because you start to realize that once you do the minimum, it's not too hard to just do that little bit more to be hard-core.  Once you start doing that, then you start getting obsessed with outdoing yourself!  Pretty soon a crazy obsession starts to form.  You almost start turning into a bit of a masochist, punishing (in a good way) your body, and liking it.

O.k., before you think I'm nuts, think about things like this: http://www.ruggedmaniac.com/  or this: www.toughmudder.com/  (thanks to my sister for these!).  That's what's inside everyone at some level.  The great thing is, you don't have to even go do one of these events to bring out that obsessed person; just get hard-core mentally!  Enjoy the pain!

To build my forearms, I do 2 exercises with my make-shift weight set...

1)  Wrapping the cord around the front works out the top of the forearm; notice how my hand closest to the camera is up, rotating the bar counter-clockwise to lift the weight:

2)  Wrapping the cord around the back works out the under-side of the forearm; notice how my hand closest to the camera is down, rotating the bar clockwise to lift the weight:

Did you know?  Coffee and Quinoa are good for building muscle!

Check out this cool article on foods to help build muscle:  http://fitbie.msn.com/eat-right/tips/8-foods-help-build-muscle

Also this one on High Intensity Training (I'll be talking more about this in the coming blog posts): http://lifestyle.in.msn.com/health/fitness.aspx?cp-documentid=3184759

Lastly, to get motivation, pledge an amount of exercise HERE, then update at end-of-week!

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