So I had two weeks off from Bootcamp due to family travel plans and of course an illness acquired while traveling. Luckily I got in a ton of swimming, and a few Spartan 300’s.
In my time off I read a few articles on the importance of breathing while working out and it created this new level of consciousness for me about what was a very overlooked part of my approach to fitness on a fundamental level. I had concerns about endurance and lung capacity, but after this minimal amount of research I realized I do not breath correctly.
I am sadly a mouth breather during cardio. I rarely in hale through my nose. That is not good. This actually creates an improper flow of air which results in a lower lung capacity, dryness of the mouth and shortness of breath. So I have been adjusting to a slower more even breath in through the nose and out through the mouth.
On short burst exercises like sprints or push ups, the problem is worse… I barely breathe at all and when I do it is very shallow, so today I practices the solid approach of breathing in on the negative and out on the positive. From here I noticed some increased endurance and if I didn’t breathe properly a quicker muscle burnout.
Now I am sure this all makes perfect sense to everyone else, but I am a moron when it comes to the simple stuff. Little things really do make a big impact.
I’ve been super busy and I haven’t had a chance to write a lot. However, I’ve had a good 2.5ish weeks and I’m excited about this week. In fact that’s the good news. I’m excited about the SPARE TIRE PROJECT in general for the first time in a long time, as I’ve been seeing some nice moderate even results.
Today I went to Bootcamp (still going twice a week). Yesterday I did some kick boxing for about an hour in the evening, and I woke up feeling a little super charged. Therefore, this was the first time in a while at Bootcamp where I felt GOOD about what I was doing. I’ve felt so sluggish, and so crappy for a few months when I went to camp that everything was starting to feel kind of depressing.
This is where nutrition comes in. I’ve felt really good now that I’ve shored up my Slow Carb routine. The little cheats during the week have been ironed out, and so I have more energy. More energy means more motivation, and that dig down deep in your gut requirement you need to have a break through work out is somewhat back.
Today we did a ‘Reverse Pyramid Countdown’ style of work out with 4 combination exercises. So, you start at 10 reps for each exercise and then 9, then 8, etc. Lately, these have been killing me. But today I felt like I could attack the routine and for the first time, I actually finished the 10 reps down to 1. Usually I get to like the 5th set and I pass out. Athletically I’m usually more drive than physical gifts. I was never a superb athlete, but I was successful statistically in sports because I had more drive than my peers. I felt some of that today for the first time in a while, and Lord Knows I’m going to need it. New Baby is about 4.5 months out, and I need to be in good shape for when the baby arrives, as I’m going to go through that fun 2nd Kid transition that’s not easy.
Stay the Course, and Stay Up Right!