December 27, 2016: Training

WING CHUN AND EXERCISE

*All four forms
*Challenge Set 1
*Challenge Set 2
*10 Minute Trainer: Cardio
*10 Minute Trainer: Core Cardio

NUTRITION

*BREAKFAST: bread (1 grain), milk (1 dairy), peanut butter (1 protein)
*SNACK 1: apple (1 fruit), small orange (1/2 fruit), cereal (1 grain)
*LUNCH: string cheese (1 dairy), cous cous (1 grain), tuna (2 proteins), broccoli (1 vegetable)
*SNACK 2: cereal (1 grain), string cheese (1 dairy)
DINNER: rice (1 grain), chicken (1 protein), mixed vegetables (1 vegetable), peanuts (1 protein)

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The Last Couple Days

My nutrition has been garbage for the last two days, to the point where I didn’t even bother outlining it on here. However, as of today I bounced right back and ate all but one serving of protein.

A few days ago, I finished my first round of 10 Minute Trainer. I was doing only 10 minutes per day. The weird thing about it was that, while I didn’t feel it taxed me as much as I needed, there were times during the workouts where my muscles were so sore that I had to take a break. Bizarre how that happens.

Today I started doing 20 minutes per day. The first two workouts on the schedule were Upper Body and Core Cardio. Things went pretty well. During Upper Body I felt my muscles getting sore, but I pushed through and didn’t have to take too many breaks.

I weighed myself the day after I finished my first round, and I was not happy to discover I had somehow gone UP two pounds. My girlfriend thinks it must be because I put on muscle, but I am not sure if 10 minutes per day would be enough to gain 2 pounds of muscle. Some people have told me that I should pay attention more to my measurements than the scale. I’m not sure I agree with that either. However, I am going to give it a shot. I already put it on my Google Calendar to remind myself to take measurements the day after I finish this program.

Up next, I am going to finally dive into 22 Minutes Hard Corps. It may be only 2 extra minutes per day, but it looks like the intensity is really cranked up SEVERAL notches. Then after that, I will be jumping to 30 minutes per day with a P90X 3/Insanity Max 30 hybrid.

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December 26, 2016: Training Journal

There is a new challenge in the group:

Squat, Left Front Kick, 5 Punches
Squat, Right Front Kick, 5 Punches

Repeat on both sides 20 times. Then do 2 sets. That means you do 200 punches per set, for a grand total of 400. I did all those.

On top of that, I did 150 punches at the end of both Sil Lum Tao AND Chum Kiu. 300 total, plus the other 400, means I did 700 punches today. After that I did Biu Jee and Mook Jong, but I did not add any extra punches to the end of them.

Today marks the first day of my new workout program. It is still 10 Minute Trainer, but I am doing 20 minutes per day instead of just 10. The program I am doing includes the workout routines from the “basic” DVD’s, as well as the ones from the “advanced” upgrade. However, back in the day when I bought the extra DVD, I was sent two additional DVD’s as extra bonuses. These discs have 3 workout routines on them each, and they are:

*Friday Night Arms
*Chest and Back
*Plyo Intervals

*Lower Body
*Upper Body
*Cardio Intervals

I also bought P90X One on One, Volume 2, Disc 4: 10-Minute Crusher Pack. This DVD includes 3 more 10-minute workouts, which are:

*20/12 Abs
*Legs of Gold
*Shadow Boxing

The thing is, none of the auto-schedules in the Beachbody archives include the workouts from these extra DVD’s. However, it would be easy enough to swap these out. It could be done in the following fashion:

*UPPER BODY (from the upgrade DVD): replace with Friday Night Arms, Chest and Back, or Upper Body
*CARDIO (from the basic set) or CORE CARDIO (from the upgrade): replace with Cardio Intervals or Plyo Intervals, respectively, or Shadow Boxing
*LOWER BODY (from the basic set): replace with One-on-One Lower Body or Legs of Gold
*ABS (from the basic set): replace with 20/12 Abs

In fact, you know what? I think tomorrow on break at work, I will go through the calendar for this current program and figure out when and where I can replace these workouts. Like Tony Horton has always said, “Variety is the spice of life.”

Might as well start spicing things up!

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December 23, 2016: Training Journal

WING CHUN AND EXERCISE

*250 punches in horse stance
*250 punches with pivot
*250 kicks
*Four forms
*Challenge Set 1
*Challenge Set 2
10 Minute Trainer: Cardio

NOTE: This is my last day of my 10 Minute Trainer program. I am going to give myself two days of rest, and then I’m jumping right back into it with 20 minutes per day. I will post my thoughts on this routine when I am done.

NUTRITION
*BREAKFAST: bread (1 grain), banana (1 fruit), peanut butter (1 protein), milk (1 dairy)
*SNACK 1: small orange (1/2 fruit), cereal (1 grain)
*LUNCH: chicken (1 protein), broccoli (1 vegetable), rice (1 grain), string cheese (1 dairy)
SNACK 2: rice (1 grain)
DINNER:

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New Page on This Blog: SUBMIT A GUEST POST!!!

Hello, everyone! I am now opening up this blog to guest posts! See the rules for submissions on the “Submit a Guest Post” page.

If you don’t feel like moving the mouse up to the menu bar…

SUBMIT A GUEST POST

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December 22, 2016: Training Journal

Okay, I know yesterday I said I was done posting these sorts of entries. However, I think I should still do them. For variety I can always make the other kinds of posts I was discussing as well, so it is possible that you might see two posts in one day here. Well now, wouldn’t THAT just be super exciting????

Meh…maybe not, but it would be kind of cool.

WING CHUN AND EXERCISE
*250 punches in horse stance
*250 punches with pivot
*Four forms
*Challenge Set 1
*Challenge Set 2
*250 kicks
*10 Minute Trainer: Total Body

NUTRITION

*BREAKFAST: bread (1 grain), peanut butter (1 protein), banana (1 fruit), milk (1 dairy)
*SNACK 1: egg and cheese pizza (2 proteins, 2 dairy, 2 grain), small orange (1/2 fruit)
*LUNCH: carrots (1 vegetable), protein bar (1 protein)
*SNACK 2: cereal (1 grain), hard roll (1 grain)
*DINNER: chicken (1 protein), mixed vegetables (1 vegetable)
*OTHER: pumpkin roll, brownie, Ghiradelli (1 square)

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December 21, 2016: Training Journal

I am already thinking of changing up how I do this. After all, my Wing Chun routine consists of pretty much the same thing every day. Posting the same stats repeatedly all week could get a little bland. So what can I do? Well, first of all I am not some never-ending source of blog ideas. I see people out there like Dom Izzo who post Wing Chun videos on an almost daily basis. I don’t have the time for that, so I need another option.

One idea I had is to subscribe to a ton of Wing Chun channels on YouTube and get video ideas from them. Keep in mind I will not be plagiarizing. Their videos will merely serve as inspirations for mine, although I have to admit that sometimes there may indeed be crossover. However, it still won’t be a complete ripoff because these videos will represent MY take on the subjects.

So I think I will have a three-way approach to posting on here:

1) Video posts. These will be on YouTube AND posted here.
2) Blogs of my own composition. These could be summaries of my exercise/nutrition struggle, or of course Wing Chun-related. They could even be reviews of Wing Chun books/movies…hey, maybe even some philosophical posts on how to apply things learned in Wing Chun to daily life. I promise that I will strive to not get too New Age-y in these.
3) Guest posts. These could be articles written by Wing Chun instructors, or maybe even just Wing Chun enthusiasts/students. If there are no submissions for guest posts, then I will simply post a link to a video I like and talk about that.

I think this will provide the blog with a LOT more variety and interesting content. Now, having said all that, I will still post the training I did for the day, either at the bottom of posts like this or in their own post. We will see what works best.

I will say one thing that I am going to change: since there is only one item to be entered under the heading EXERCISE, I am going to stop breaking that out as its own separate listing and incorporate it into the Wing Chun heading.

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WING CHUN AND EXERCISE

*500 punches
*250 kicks
*Challenge Round 1
*Challenge Round 2
*All forms that I know
10 Minute Trainer: Core Cardio

NUTRITION

*BREAKFAST: bread (1 grain), peanut butter (1 protein), banana (1 fruit), milk (1 dairy)
*SNACK 1: small orange (1/2 fruit), cereal (1 grain)
*LUNCH: rice (1 grain), string cheese (1 dairy), peanuts (2 proteins), carrots (1 vegetable)
*SNACK 2: string cheese (1 dairy), rice (2 grains)
*DINNER: protein bar (1 protein)

NOTE: I was supposed to have one more protein and one more vegetable, but I was still feeling full. If there is one piece of nutrition wisdom that I think is indispensable and everyone should follow, it’s the phrase, “Listen to your body.” In other words feeling full is better than feeling stuffed.

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