Mario 3 was my favorite game as a kid. I bought it for my dad for his birthday when I was 6… well, with a little help from my mom. I enjoyed watching him play NES more than playing myself. A perfect lazy Friday evening in my house was watching Dad come home from work and kick ass at Mario, dinner with my parents at our favorite Chinese buffet, and catching the week’s episode of Star Trek TNG. I’m sure that’s why, even with a Wii and PS3 in our house, I’m still stuck on NES. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
Ah, Pacman. The epitome of “classic.” What is it about these old games?? No matter what kind of fancy new technology comes out, there’s just no substitue for a good old fashioned icon like Pacman. Maybe it’s 80s nostalgia, fond childhood memories, or the shared bond of an aging Generation Y; I don’t know.
This one is a buddy workout. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
Sometimes I’ll wake up to the sound of rain pounding outside and think, Great, now I can’t run. Trainer voice responds, Awwww, did your legs fall off?? Did the big, bad rain sneak in and pull your ACL while you were sleeping?
One such morning after I got out of bed, I actually got excited about putting on my rain boots and doing a modified run, walk, puddle jump workout. “Bad” weather is a great opportunity to try something new. What’s that expression? “There is no bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” Some of my most invigorating runs have been in the rain, once I get myself out the door.
I put together a little circuit based on the water cycle. The focus is more on cardio, with a little body weight resistance. It can be done outside in the rain, preferably in rain boots and a light, waterproof jacket. Since rain boots aren’t as supportive as most athletic shoes, keep movements a little smaller and make sure to stretch first. Have fun and stay warm!
The Second Law of Thermodynamics says that any closed system will move towards a state of disorder, with the potential energy always being lower than the initial level of energy. Or, in terms of our fitness, if we don’t use it, we lose it. Act like a couch potato for too long, and our muscles atrophy. Entropy wins. It’s important that we always put energy (exercise) back into our systems (bodies) to keep a healthy flow in our lives.
This workout will whip our disorder back into toned order. It’s a series of supersets. The first, weight-based and stable, is a tribute to order. The second is a plyometric move, representing the transfer of potential to kinetic energy.
Do 10 reps of each stable exercise at a steady 2-2 pace (contract for 2 seconds, release for 2 seconds), and then do the plyo exercise to fatigue, performing each rep as fast as possible. The moves I put in are suggestions, but you can sub in different ones using this format.
The Thermodynamics Workout
Chest press/Plyo pushups
Lat pulldown/Bosu jump-assisted pull ups
Triceps rope pulldown/Elevated plyo tri pushups
Bicep curls (dumbbells or barbell)/Resistance band curls
Weighted lunges (10X each leg)/Frog jumps (like jump squats, but moving forward)
Weighted crunches/Explosive crunches throwing medicine ball against the wall
*In between each superset, run a lap around the gym, or do a 30-second battle rope interval
Now that you’ve worked out, have a drink and celebrate disorder.
Circumference of a circle divided by the diameter. Irrational number. Transcendental. 3.14……………
I’m not a huge math fan, but I have an amateur appreciation for all the patterns and intricacies. Pi will always be the answer to C/d. No matter what. Any numbers, any circle. I preferred biology, but I can see how people who enjoy the simple beauty of unchanging logic and continuity would “gravitate” (yuk, yuk, yuk) towards physics and math.
On the other hand, pi is irrational, meaning it will never be the quotient of two whole numbers. Its decimal places go on forever, with no repeats or doubles at the end. So even though it’s a predictable measurement, it extends into the decimal abyss.
This workout focuses on near-maximum load, meaning we’re doing a small number of reps at a VERY heavy weight. You only need to be able to do 3. If you finish the third rep with no problem, put on more weight. We’re super-setting each of the 3-rep sets with 14 explosive movements working that same group. 3 and 14… 3.14! (…159265358…)
The Pi Workout
Chest: 3 chest presses, 14 medicine ball wall chest passes (14 plyo pushups if you don’t have a mb)
Back: 3 lat pull downs, 14 medicine ball slams (or another heavy object that won’t dent the floor)
Bis: 3 barbell curls (don’t cheat yourself on the weight!), 14 resistance band (preferably blue or black) curls (step on the middle, handles in both hands, and curl with explosive motion)
Tris: 3 rope pull downs, 14 plyometric triceps pushups (like a regular pushup, but hands touching)
Legs: 3 barbell or assisted squats, 14 box jumps (jump squats if you aren’t comfortable with the height)
Abs: Let’s bring in the next 4 digits (1592). 15 bosu crunches, 9 weighted crunches (hold a dumbbell or weight plate), 2 side planks held for 30 seconds.
Repeat twice and reward yourself with a π-shaped pie.