MY WORKOUT BLOG
TUESDAY, 05 March 2013
I was hanging out with my dad yesterday and discussing my fitness journey. He used to be a football coach, but wound up with a son who inherited the frame of his elegant wife instead of his own broad self. As a result, I was never coached to play football like my dad and took instead a liking for academic interests alongside track & field. My interest in football came about only when my gigantic friends went on to play for official teams after graduation. Luckily for him, my dad finally has a son who wants to discuss the sport with him and asks him to go to games together. It's fun to cheer alongside my dad at football games...
My father favours the CFL, but when the Globe and Mail reported on the NFL Super Bowl, I found an interesting article that I wanted to share with him. It was written by one of his hockey heroes.
Ken Dryden: Sibling rivalries in sport are ‘never fun’
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Feb. 01 2013, 10:17 PM EST
"On Sunday, John and Jim Harbaugh will be the first brothers to coach against each other in a Super Bowl. Two years ago, they were the first brothers to coach against each other in any NFL game.
In 1971, my brother, Dave, and I were the first brothers to play as goalies against each other in an NHL game. Forty-two years later, we are still the only brothers to have done so."
I kept the Globe and Mail print article for him and gave it to him when he came round for tea yesterday. We discussed the article and talked about football... I was telling him about my workout routine and about the foundational body building programme I've been following. He talked to me about the importance of flexibility, agility, strength, and core development. He told me that the players he coached took ballet to accomplish those goals... and he told me about Lynn Swann, Herschel Walker, Barry Sanders, and Willie Gault. These are all famous players who took ballet to become incredible in their sport.
My dad convinced me to sign up. When I told him I was concerned that guys might think it was strange... he laughed and asked why I would care. He told me to "focus on the sport and ignore the spectators." He said that ballet is a sport set to music that focuses on flexibility, agility, focus, balance, and co-ordination. He said it would compliment my workouts. Armed with his advice and information, I signed up for a cool adult class the welcomes guys at the Scotiabank Dance Centre... which is also the home of the provincial centre for dance. Kinda cool... my first class begins on the 8th of April... and I have an open house orientation on the 18th... Maybe I should invite my dad... and blame HIM !!!
MONDAY, 25 February 2013
Tomorrow will be the start of week four. I've been working out at the gym with my best friend and personal trainer every weekday at 6am for the past three weeks. We're almost going into week four! It's been a huge commitment... and waking at 5am each morning has meant that I've had to build naps into my regular work day. It's also been a huge adjustment going to bed early. It's only half past 8pm and I'm already thinking of going to sleep. Since I started training so hard, I've been constantly craving food and sleep !!! I really like that !!!
I'm looking forward to the gains that will keep coming as I remain committed... it's been a lot of fun so far!
TUESDAY, 05 February 2013
I'm really excited. I was at the gym with my best friend and trainer this morning at 6am! We lifted for 90 minutes and then completed some intense cardio for half an hour at 80% of our maximum heart rate.
I grabbed an awesome breakfast at Whole Foods afterwards and have been eating all day. Wow! I'm SO HUNGRY !!!
We'll be at it again tomorrow morning, and the morning after, and the morning after. We have a 2-year plan to become BIG. I think it'll be a lot more fun when the results start showing up in the mirror!