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August 20, 2007

Back on the Workout Wagon

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Kendall Schoenrock

**offbeat post warning**

Like most, I am a creature of habit. Most of the time I am able to settle into a daily schedule that is healthy and productive, but over the past couple of months my world has been in a slight degree of chaos. When I moved to New York City I became overwhelmed by combination of interesting things to do, a long list of friends I’ve not seen in a while and a plethora of bars and excuses to drink. The move bucked my workout schedule and cooking seemed like such a chore now. After a three week vacation, and a liver that was starting to ache, I decided to swap out the bud light curls for some heavier weights that put my life insurance company at ease. Like always, getting over the first couple of days is the most painful. Everything that once was easy is now difficult again and the soreness that once was a pleasant reminder of the nights successes is now somewhat debilitating.first_workout.jpg

Sticking with it is always the challenge, so I figured I’d share my trials and tribulations with you, my reader and by making it public I might find additional support and encouragement.. So talk to me! Are you currently working out? Are you lifting or running or both? What’s your favorite exercise or muscle group to hit? Leave a comment and let’s chat! Thanks for reading my off beat post! Cheers! 😉

14 comments for this post.

  1. Comment from David Dow on August 21st, 2007 :

    I recently changed my workout routine because I felt like I was getting minimal results. I now rotate a series of five different kinds of workouts- Lifting (with all muscle groups), running, biking, swimming, and Bikram Yoga. I do one of these workouts every day- no days off. Prior to this, I would lift one day, run the next and then take a day off. I have noticed since I switched, my workouts are more intense, more exciting, and I have been running further and faster than I have in years. I also have had a lot more energy and I dropped weight, which had been constant for a while despite the exercising. I’ll keep you posted on any other results I discover. Good luck!

  2. Comment from Kendall on August 21st, 2007 :

    David,

    First, I have to comment on what an excellent website you have. If it were not for the fact that I could turn off your the sound of beardo flying around I might have gone crazy. Great writings.

    I think that swapping up a workout and keeping things fresh is important from a couple of perspectives. The first would be that it helps you avoid getting bored with the same old stuff and second is to avoid the plateau effect and the whole muscle confusion theory.

    Thanks for reading and keep up that great website! 🙂
    -Kendall

  3. Comment from Christopher on August 21st, 2007 :

    Well I understand where you are at. My Olympic weight set (Yea an expensive Olympic clothing rack) Sits adorned with various outfits my room mate does not wear. Being in Karate for 4 yrs and taking care of body and mind has gone out the window. Well I am currently working on working out again. I would like to keep you posted on this as you do as well. I have one of the best and most simple workout plans there is, but can’t really do it without a partner. So it makes it even worse. Staying committed to it for me is easy getting started sucks. Once I get through the first 2 weeks I am good. My favorite starter is jumping rope. Don’t knock it, if you haven’t tried it. I am going to start Fri…Monday is never good to start. It is funny you posted this… ahhhh the power of thought.

  4. Comment from Kendall on August 21st, 2007 :

    Chris,
    I didn’t know you were into Karate. That’s pretty cool. How quickly do you lose your skill set in something like that? Is it like riding a bike or does it take you a good amount of time to pickup where you last left off? I also think that the flexibility issues that go along with time away from the sport might also play a major role here as well. What do you think?
    -Kendall

  5. Comment from Scott on August 22nd, 2007 :

    Kendall Schoenrock. Welcome back to the gym, buddy! I have been trying to stick with a workout routine for a couple of months now. It is often hard to be fully dedicated but, it sure feels good (physically and mentally) to get in and get a workout in.

    Mostly, I get in and do cardio on the elyptical machine for an hour (20 minutes forward, 30 minutes backward then 10 forward- helps to switch b/c my feet begin to hurt) and then do a light wight workout.

    I try and stick with doing chest on mondays, bi’s and tri’s on tuesdays, legs on wednesdays, shoulders and traps on thursdays and back on fridays. Sometimes, I combine days to make up for the ones skipped 😀 .

    I want to start to use the pool at the facilities b/c I think swimming will be better for my gimp left foot and I hear that it is a great full body and cardio workout, too. I need to get this eating plan down, too. I get the munchies late at night (fourth meal or whatever you wanna call it) and tend to eat late and eat too much. Need to focus on portion size!!

    Best of luck with your schedule, hope you can find the time and energy to stick with it. United we stand!!

  6. Comment from Kendall on August 22nd, 2007 :

    Scott,

    Excellent mix of cardio and weights! I’m thinking I would get pretty bored with an hour on the elipitical machine, but that’s just me. Keep rocking it man.

    When I lift I try to focus on opposing groups so I make sure to focus on Chest and Back on the same day, etc..

    Thanks for the feedback. Best of luck! Keep us posted!

    -Kendall

  7. Comment from Miss Gospic on August 22nd, 2007 :

    Kendall,

    Kendall my polar beer (!) – what would a doctor say if you worked out your liver like that?! Well, nice to hear that you are back on track! I’m proud. 7 chins not too bad but i know someone that can do a couple more. You need to work out a little bit harder. haha Nice chat today – like when we sync.

  8. Comment from Kendall on August 22nd, 2007 :

    Miss Gospic,
    My Swedish med student from across the pond. Thanks for reading and busting my chops about being able to do more pullups! 🙂 You’re a member of the super fit club so we’re all glad to have your input. Thanks for the comment and I agree, it was great to speak with you today. Have fun and best of luck on those medical exams!
    -Kendall

  9. Comment from Julie on August 22nd, 2007 :

    Kendall,
    You go! Right now my workout consists of an hourly walk about once or twice a week and am also doing the Eddie Baran workout video which is body weight exercises. My favorite workout used to be going out and dancing, but since I’ve been married my husband isn’t a dancer. And it just isn’t the same dancing by myself around the house. My biggest challenge is finding the energy. I am so tired that it is hard to get the energy to workout. They say if you workout you get energy but I need the energy to first workout. If anyone has any ideas on how to stamp out low energy please post your ideas.

  10. Comment from Kendall on August 22nd, 2007 :

    Julie,

    Great stuff! Keep it up! I think people often under estimate the value of the consistent walking. I always had you pegged as a fun gal to take out on the town and your love of dance only solidifies my intuition. Next time I’m in town we’ll have to go out and have some fun!

    Thanks for your input!

  11. Comment from Fruition on August 22nd, 2007 :

    Yes I am working out. I use a high intensity program where I sprint instead of jog 3 days a week. I lift heavy for 5 to 7 reps. I work total upper body Monday and Wednesday. Total lower body Tuesday and Thursday. Friday thru Sunday are my rest time. How do I look? [insert joke here] Like a GOD! (haha) I’m 45 and still play competitive flag football.

    No candies, cakes, pies or sugars and one gallon of water a day. That’s the secret.

  12. Comment from Jayme on August 23rd, 2007 :

    Kendall,
    My latest workout routine involves a 25 year old Silver Maple tree. The tree failed to lose its leaves in October and a blizzard hit. The weight of the snow caused the tree to fall into the street (thank heavens it didn’t fall on the house). The first workout was lifting a chainsaw and clearing the tree from the street…during the blizzard. Miserable work! Next I had to cut down the entire tree, load it into our truck and make several trips to our local “slash” site. I then had to rent a stump grinder, grind up the roots,rake up all the “chips” and haul them to “slash”. Of course, I missed some roots, so now I am digging/cutting them out by hand. Mike has helped with the project so we both got a good workout. Not the most glamorous way to get into shape but it was a nice break from the treadmill.

  13. Comment from Laura on August 23rd, 2007 :

    Kendall, your post is hysterical. I, too, ditched the workout routine (for me, it was after turning 21) but thankfully i’m now back on track..are you living in NYC or just working there? if you’re living there, battery park is a fun place to run, bike, whatever.

  14. Comment from Christopher on August 24th, 2007 :

    Kendall,

    Ref to Karate. Well to be honest Karate requires an extreme amount of memory. You train the body with repeated actions as in any training till it becomes instinctive. Your muscle memory which also works with repetitive motions is always there. So you can say it is a little like riding a bike. Some of my reactions and reflexes still surprise me. Once I am back though I am back no more pauses..Glad to see all is well with you. Oh by the way watch out..I am putting Wallhogs on the map here I will update you soon ..

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