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Wednesday
Jul072010

Daily Workout - More Yard Work & Shoulders in Home Gym

It wasn't exactly yard work but it was just as tiring. Today I opened the pool and it's a bit of a process, first I have to clean the area and there is a lot of area to clean. Then I have to remove the cover, then I have to actually clean the pool and add all the chemicals. All in all it took most of the day and again my back took another beating!

I have to say that my back pretty much feels normal and by normal I mean it hurts a bit. And that's to be expected especially considering what I have been doing to it the last couple of days ;)

And after all that I still got a quick Shoulder workout in...

  • Shoulder Press with Barbells.
  • Barbell Shoulder Flies in Three Positions: Forward, Side, Behind.
  • Upright Row Raises with Pulley.
  • Shoulder Shrugs with Smith Machine Straight Bar.

Total workout time: About 30 minutes.

Tuesday
Jul062010

Daily Workout - Yard Work & Back at Home

Today I really gave my back a test, I have been putting it off for a while but with or without my bad back I needed to get some work done around the yard and the weather was cooperating for me too.

Unfortunately the yard work that needed doing was the worst kind for the back... Moving dirt from piles to some rather large holes in the ground. We had some trees removed last year and it left some pretty large holes that needed attending to.

It took close to 4 hours and I would guess I moved about 30-40 wheel barrels of dirt, and some of this dirt was more like concrete! A major workout indeed!

I probably burned about 2000 calories moving dirt around my yard but on the other hand I drank about 3 liters of juice. Good thing I water my juice down or I would have drank 2000 calories in beverage, as it stands I probably drank about 1000 calories in juice.

After some more rehydrating, dinner and a bit of a rest I did a quick Back workout in my home gym, I skipped the cardio today, I think a I already got enough in the yard.

  • 4 Hours Moving Dirt!
  • Wide Bar Pull Downs (Behind Head).
  • Narrow Bar Pull Downs (In Front of Head).
  • Seated Rows.
  • Abs: Crunches.
  • Misc. Stretching

Total workout time: About 4.5 hours.

Monday
Jul052010

Daily Workout - Chest - Home Gym

On Saturday I did something to my back and I have to be honest it's still bothering me a fair bit! It is getting slowly better so I'll continue to take it easy until I'm back to 100%. I did manage to get some cardio in today and an easy chest workout, I kept it a bit lighter and I did find that once I was in the actual set, my back felt good. It was the getting the weight into place part that I felt it mostly in my back.

  • Warmup: Eliptical for 10 minutes.
  • Bench Press with Smith Machine.
  • Incline Dumbbell Flies. (Light)
  • 3 Stage Pushups: Planche, Extended, and Regular. (Back seemed OK with this)
  • Misc. Stretching.

Total workout time: About 1 hour.

Saturday
Jul032010

Daily Workout - Back Pain!

Today I went to my Saturday morning MMA Class for 2 hours and then came home and did some stuff around the house. I thought I'd also do a quick leg workout as I still had some energy.

Maybe I should have skipped it today cause when I was on my last heavy set of squats I tweaked my back a bit. I've always had a bad lower back even in my 20's I suffered with pain but it actually has been better until today.

I did finish my workout but took it a bit easier. I am going to look for a good weight belt as a back injury is something nobody wants and once this gets better I'm going to make sure I keep the back pain away!

I hate injuries, so hopefully this sorts its self out over the next few days.

Thursday
Jul012010

Happy Canada Day!

To all the Canadians out there... Happy Canada Day! And by the way I'm taking the day off.