Frank Delicious wrote:So what is everyone doing to work out and stay in shape over the winter? I've started doing the P90X workout and it is kicking my butt. I am noticing more upper body strength after 3 weeks of doing it and have much more power in my legs for jump putts.
So how you fighting off the winter crazies?
Crazy is right. If I go more than a couple days without exercise I feel slow and fat and slovenly. Ok, even more slow and fat and slovenly than normal.
I had several friends do P90X last year and they thought it was a huge effort and commitment but well worth it. So good luck with it.
In an hour I leave for my workout. I am now in my 5th year of cross training, my 4th with a personal trainer. The process is simple. I arrive. He pulls out the whip. I try to do whatever he tells me to.
So a couple months ago I mentioned to my trainer that the heart of the tournament season had ended ( we know that tournaments never end but most of the major ones happen in summer and fall) and asked what kind of workouts should happen in the off season. He said that the off season was the time to ramp up your workouts, so you can build up strength and endurance, while in season you try to maintain. Since then we have been ramping up, including the always delightful:INTERVAL TRAINING. These are done on a clock, usually 40 seconds on with 20 seconds rest. So my trainer makes up a series of exercises (5 to 10) which I do in sequence, sometimes using toys ( weights, kettle bells, swiss balls, bosu balls, step platforms, squishy pads, hurdles, cones, etc). Every exercise and every workout session is some combination of strength, endurance, flexibility and balance.
I used to hate push ups the most. Now I hate plyometrics (jumping) the most.
The intensity of a particular workout is a function of how far away and how important my next tournament is. Depending on the workout, I might be ( ok, I will be) sore and stiff for a day or a few after the workout so it compromises my ability to play well in a tournament. Monday workouts tend to be the hardest ( most strength and endurance intensive) while a Friday workout tends to be more flexibility and balance based. I try to schedule workouts for Monday and Wednesdays but life interferes from time to time.
So far my major shortcoming fall in the categories of strength, endurance, flexibility and balance. Oh, we don't practice much on coordination, grace and rhythm but I suck at those, too. If I could just get some gene replacement therapy I might become an athlete one of these days. Probably the fountain of youth would help as well.