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Feelings

It has been hot here in Kokkola for the past few days, the summer is here! Yes sir! Last week I packed 3 exercises in total at the gym + aerobic work as well. I was away for the weekend, Aerosmith was playing in Helsinki and the experience was awesome! Just what I needed: a nice break before starting my new job on monday, which has also been quite nice.

I’ve struggled a little bit with scheduling my workouts with work and leisure time, but I’m coping. This week I started off with a nice bike ride with medium intensity. Tuesday I worked out my chest and back. Yesterday it was all about legs and today I am resting. Tomorrow will be biceps and triceps. And some. 

The next 4 weeks will consist of: 3 gym workouts, 2 aerobic exercises (one LIIT and one HIIT) per week. Plus I’m still focusing on what I’m eating. According to my Polar Loop I’m using around 4000-5000kcal on workout days and 3000 kcal on rest days. I try to eat so, that my calories wouldn’t go below -1000 kcal / day because I don’t want to risk metabolic damage. 

My weight seems to be stuck, but I’ve noticed some “jigglying” increase, suggesting that the hard fats are melting. Or then not. 4 weeks done and actually my weight has gone up by 2 kg. Hypothyroideism comes to mind, but we’ll see.  I have faith that I’m doing the right things at the moment, just have to be patient and keep focused on the goal. 

Keep on swinging guys!

Out from the shadows pt. II

Hey guys!

It has been really a long time since I’ve added anything here actually, blog has not been forgotten and I’m going to start writing again, mostly as a training diary and also posting my food tips etc. Back to business!

It has been quite a difficult year for me so far, but now things have been going better. I’ve struggled with my health and physique quite a bit: I had a broken toe which lead to other problems and even an operation was under consideration for a while, but with the help of doctors and fysiotherapists things are moving forward and hopefully my toe desn’t need surgery for another 20 years or so, but time will tell. Also I had problem with re-occuring sinuitis which prevented my workouts almost completely. It was hard to train when even in warmup my HR reached 190 and I didn’t get enough oxygen. Luckily that problem is over as well!

I’ve started training at a gym that’s little bit closer to me, CrossFit is still in mind as well as cardio training. The last three weeks have been great: I’ve managed to hit my WOD’s without any problems (DOMS doesn’t count anymore, it’s part of the game!). I’m hitting the gym 4 times a week: strength training on Monday (upper body) and Tuesday (legs), Wednesday is a restday/recovery day, Thursday and Friday I tend to do compund series with long series, e.g. 4 sets with 10-12 reps. Again upper and lower body seperately. I’ve added a little bit cardio for each day and Saturday is the HR MAX day, which means in my case running/biking with higher heart rate.

Dieting has been bit of an issue, but I’m fixing it slowly. I got Polar Loop for christmas and it has been a great helper counting the calories I need each day, but eating 3200kcal per day (basic consumption + training) has been quite hard, leaving my total calorie loss up to 2000kcal per day which is too much, I know. But slowly moving forward knowing what the problem is and I hope that my weight will soon start to sink again.

Nevertheless, I’m feeling good and looking forward to go on with my life change and hoping to hit my goal -20kg by the end of October. Time will tell but the fight is totally worth it!

Cheers guys!

ps. Look me up at Instagram: autio_j. Pics etc. will be found there!

ImagePic with no relevance: Kokkola – my hometown.

 

Triumph, recovery and orthopedics.

Those have been the thoughts of late.  I have triumphed over certain problems that I’ve been having on the mental and physical side. The year has been hard and at the same time unforgettable. My weight-loss journey got to a great start this year and in total I’ve managed to loss 22 kg so far, which is a fair amount, but I’ll keep on working and want to lose more. What can I say – losing is my game (pun intended).

In may I struggled a sporting injury and was forced to take a long, long recovery after breaking my two toes. Unfortunately the toes didn’t heal quite as planned and now I’m waiting to see the orthopedic surgeon and they have to operate the foot for a full recovery. Never the less the training will keep on going!

Today I was at the gym working my ass of as usual and there came these two guys who were definitely pros by the looks of it: Rogue-fitness wear all the way and fit like no other. Nevertheless, I felt like they were my peers: did the same things in the warm-up routine as I did etc. It occurred to me, that fitness and healthy life isn’t just the things you do – it is the idea of a better you, trying to reach your goal and always trying to do a little better than before. Failure is almost inevitable – but without failure one cannot learn anything. That is process. The bottom line, I realized today that applying this ideology to every aspect of my life is the key of success. I’ve been struggling with school for some time now, but I did manage to act on the matter and strive for the better today as well, it made me feel good. I know this might sound bit a cliche, but never the less, it was an epiphany needed.

My journey has been amazing, I’ve been able to do things that I didn’t think possible in January, like hitting my dead lift record to 140 kg or learn the technique how to bench press properly. And what more is there to come?

Although life has been hard this year – CrossTraining has made it easier for me, being my own escape.

Take care guys.

Back in the game.

This week I decided that it was time to get back to the gym and start training. Was feeling a bit down for some reason, I was afraid that my strength had gone away and general health wouldn’t be at the level as it was before. Then I remembered that I only have to try be a better me than I was yesterday – so every workout is a step forward.

I decided to really boost my metabolism on Monday so I did a Tabata workout. The feeling when you almost pass out but not quite is pretty intimidating at first but awesome afterwards. I felt pretty worn out after the workout, but happy never the less. I decided to do a recovery-walk in the evening and had a nice long walk with the dog.

Yesterday I had to work and decided to take the day off. Well not quite, I still managed to do a nice long walk with a good tempo with Linus (aka the dog). Luckily I didn’t break anything on Monday so yesterday was pretty DOMS-free day.

Today I decided to hit the gym and do a nice WOD.

Workout:

Warm-up

20 wall-balls (8kg)

Parallel workouts

1)Deadlift 12-10-8 reps (60-90-110 kg)

1)Ab-mat 20-20-20

30-60 second rest between sets

2)Pull-ups amrap x 3

2)Box jumps 10-8-6

30-60 second rest between sets

cool down and muscle maintenance, stretching

My workout IS NOT done by a professional, this felt like a nice workout so I decided to start out with this. It was a bit mixture what we had trained before, but it’s a very nice WOD to start the week.

Tomorrow I’ll do some cardio, Friday will be a rest day and weekend it’s going to be all about working hard.

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Take it easy guys.

Apology.

Hey guys, I’m so sorry I haven’t been writing lately, to be honest, I haven’t had the motivation to workout lately. But good news: the misery is coming to an end and light at the end of the tunnel is finally close.

I broke my two toes in May and unfortunately the bones didn’t align correctly while they were healing and it has taken time to heal, but now I’m getting back! It seems that injuries are always a part of my life, but I’m determined not to quit – no sir. I will keep going on and hopefully be stronger and nail my results!

I’ve absolutely fallen in love. With my bike. Yes, Linda too, but my bike is awesome. I’ve been biking quite a lot recently, not being able to do Cross Training, I’ve been trying not to risk further injuries. Maybe the best feeling was the other day when I decided to do a little run and I biked a marathon. The feeling was awesome, all that hard work in the beginning of the year hadn’t gone to waste and I think I did good.

I will return with my CrossTraining exercises soon, have to get one tattoo first, but after that has healed, I will get back with the iron and hopefully for good this time.

Also other major change is coming. I’m going to start doing Paleo diet, I’m really excited and a bit afraid of it, but hoping to see great results. The thing that concerns me is how to get all the ingredients during winter and protein intake. But I’m sure I’ll find a way to make it work.

My paleo experiment
My paleo experiment

More of this, next week!

Take it easy guys.

Bubbles.

Lately I’ve been struggling with motivation and I don’t understand why exactly. In June I hit my training to the T, but now in July it has been hard for some reason. I had an easier week when my toe started acting up, and after that I feel like I’ve been running on 70-80% what I could do. Don’t get me wrong, still when I hit my workouts I give my all 100% and more, but the greatest struggle has been with going to the gym, working out my schedule etc.

Also one reason why I’ve been feeling a bit low is that my toe is still pretty painful after and during workouts, the doctors don’t seem to find anything wrong with it except it’s inflamed and they won’t give me the injection I want to get rid of it. Well, we’ll see what comes of that.

But now I’ll make a promise. Next month I’ll be hitting it harder than ever, also with my diet. I’ve been taking it easy, because it’s a part of my summer routines to enjoy good food, but next month I’ll be returning to the old regime and you’ll see me hitting those goals again!

How awesome it is that the CrossFit games are finally here?! Too bad to hear that Mikko Salo was injured, hopefully he’ll recover quickly! I’ll bet that Rich Froning will be on top this year, what do you guys think?

Take care people! 

4 weeks of hard training

4 weeks of hard training is coming to an end tomorrow! These past weeks have been quite hard and in the beginning I had pretty hard time with DOMS, but after purchasing the foam roller and really focusing on my stretching and muscle maintenance, it hasn’t been that big of a deal.

These four weeks have been consisted of 4-5 workouts per week, including two intense CrossTraining workouts and 2 Tabata workouts plus one longer workout with a recovery in mind. And the results?

Yesterday I hit the gym and I had a pull-workout planned: deadlifts, romanian deadlifts, box jumps, flutter kicks, pull-ups and abmat-abs. The day before I was thinking about the weights what my max would be, and yesterday I nailed them! 5×2 (5 rounds, 2 reps) deadlift at 120 kg (264 lbs) – nailed it! I figured that my one rep max could be somewhere between 140-150, but being able to do five rounds with that particular weight – I was very pleased. Also at the same time I did my record time with that workout plus managed to increase my max pull-ups (with a band) so far – the first pull-up without a rubber band is coming up nicely, you’ll see!

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Hands shaking, skin torn, sweat on the floor = workout complete!

Overall these 4 weeks have taught me quite a few things: hard work truly pays off and that I really, really love CrossTraining. It pushes me to my full potential and there’s no question I wouldn’t hit my goals.

Also during these past two weeks a certain question has been popping up: why do I train and who do I train for? I train for myself and I train because I want to be fit – not just now, but 50 years from now.

Next week I’ll be taking it easy at the gym, recovery and muscle maintaining is very much needed and I’ll be focusing on my weight lifting techniques.

Take care guys!

-Joni-