Today has been a great day all in all. Went back up to City Creek Canyon again towards Bountiful, but only got 3/4 as far as last time, because my newborn son had (yet another) doctor appointment. Got maybe 30 minutes of uphill resistance, and had to turn back. Was a bit disappointing. At least on Friday, there is nothing going on, so I can go with no time constraints.
Got up at 9:00am this morning, but because I took a sleeping pill last night, I felt like a zombie. I try to avoid taking them, but every so often, I just can’t sleep for the life of me. I wanted to make sure I got to sleep around 1am, when I took it. Well, needless to say, didn’t really get a start on it, until 10:00AM when I started the climb. Although, started from the official BST trailhead, taking you up the west side of City Creek Canyon, and up and over to Bountiful. I made a lot faster progress though. I made it 80% of the way that I did on Monday in 1/3 of the time. I had my heart rate up quite a bit, but that’s what I was after; trying to get a metabolic response out of my body while doing the uphill climb. Turned back down, and headed home so my wife could take our son to the doctors office.
Here are some pics I captured today:
Official Trailhead for BST City Creek Segment to Bountiful
Bird on BST near mouth of City Creek Canyon
Mountain valley peering through City Creek and Red Butte Canyon
I did however perform 1 set of the Fitness Anywhere designed Metabolic Workout A, as laid out here:
Now, they prescribe 3 sets on week 1, and 4 sets on week 2. Being I just got back from hiking, and already achieved a metabolic response today, my body was extremely tired after set 1, and my body basically collapsed attempting the Side Plank’s. The Atomic Pushups just took all the energy my arms had, so by the time I attempted the Side Planks, I had no energy to hold my body up.
I find it quite fascinating how tweaking the timing of an exercise can achieve a completely different result. Throughout the entire exercise, you are allowing a very minimal rest period for your body, as opposed to strength training such as the All Body Xpress workout that I do on a regular basis, therefore making your heartrate skyrocket, and therefore achieving the metabolic response.
I found one very intruiging article from the Mayo Clinic in response to Metabolism and Weight Loss, explaining that your metabolism has nothing do with you loosing weight (or not), rather simply with your net caloric intake calories taken in – calories burned = net calories). The article can be found here.
Also reading through the Fitness Anywhere Community site, I found a very good article from Fraser Quelch, explaining sticking to a workout program, and why people give up, and how to prevent giving up. The article can be read here.
I plan on regularly integrating Metabolic Conditioning into my regular workout routine from this point to really get results. It is just outstanding that creating a chemical response in your body can make a huge difference.
I anticipate further learning of physical, biochemical, and mental conditioning to further my health and wellness, and look forward to reporting my findings here, to share my knowledge with you to make proper nutritional and exercise decisions.
For the record, I weighed in today at 235.8. Only 2 oz of loss from yesterday, but that is just fine. I am already right at my goal for this week. Was planning on being around 235 – 236, so I am right where I want to be this week, and it’s only Wednesday.
I hope my posts are encouraging, yet educating to you as you read them, and hope I make a difference in someones life by sharing my knowledge and lifes experiences.
Until tomorrow, I wish you all the best, and have a great day.