Have you ever had a moment in your life that served as a wake up call?

Went to a free HIIT class this evening and got my ass kicked. I thought we were done and then saw the clock for "Round 2" counting down. Towards the end I wasn't even doing high knees or box jumps - literally just standing there playing tippy tap with the ground.

Realized that I need to drastically improve my cardiovascular health. No reason I shouldn't be able to keep up with the grandma wearing Gymshark that I was paired up with.

I'm signed up for another class tomorrow with the same people, then Wednesday have a 6am cycling class, rowing class at noon, then another HIIT class in the evening. Thursday morning we're hitting a HIIT class before turkey time, and Friday we've got a 9am cycling class (different studio). Saturday is boxing in the morning, and Sunday we're sleeping in until 10am for some HIIT.

Next Monday is the grand finale with a 5:30am Orangetheory Fitness class.

I was surprised just how quickly I turned to Jello. Although I'm not in the best shape I've ever been, I can still deadlift 500 without dying (all time max is 600+). As I continue to cut, I think I'll scale back on the treadmill walking and add HIIT. Will probably sign up for a package as well - the music is terrible and I can do all the exercises at my other gyms, but as vain as it sounds, I do push a little harder when other people are around me.

Ideally, I'd like to reach a mental state where I 100% don't give a fuck what others think of me outside of those that matter (bosses in terms of professionalism, grandma in terms of good person, etc), but I do have my flaws and this is one of them. Definitely not as bad as I was in college and spent all my time flexing on social media, and even if this isn't that bad of a personality trait (wanting to get in shape to flex on these hoes), ideally I'd like to reach a state where my physical training is 100% for my own betterment and not to impress others.

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Nov 23, 2021 - 12:26am

cool story bro.

all I'd like to add for the viewers is that the target of "Ideally, I'd like to reach a mental state where I 100% don't give a fuck what others think of me outside of those that matter " is ever changing although dies down fast.

Seems like you're on the right path to your happiness so keep striving and keep learning.

one day you might be like me and get infatuated with some hot hippie chick who has a whole different set of values

and you realize its too late to be a high school dropout

and that's ok man

don't stress on her,

trust the drugs

Nov 23, 2021 - 4:12am

LMAO I was running with my father-in-law, and that cheeky fucker said 8km, I was like, sure, did that before. But hold the fuck on: 8km in an area with average 45° slopes. After some 5km I was about to puke and collapsed, while he ran away merrily. That son of a gun really wanted to show off.

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Nov 24, 2021 - 2:47pm

Old guy alert:  I had a physical with blood work done about 10 or 15 years ago.  This was when you could not get results online.  I called the doc and asked him for the results prior to meeting with him.  He told me that my cholesterol was horrible.  I was annoyed at his bluntness but the incident prompted me to dramatically change my lifestyle, especially my diet, which was comprised of eating a big bag of potato chips every night.  He suggested going on meds but I declined the idea.  Instead, I changed my diet substantially and it helped a a lot.  I was able to get my numbers way down and do not plan on going back to all of the crap food I was eating.  

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Nov 25, 2021 - 7:07pm

used to eat kfc 4 or 5 times a week at college.

thought i was fucking invincible, until i got incredibly bad food poisoning once during my final year and combined with the stress of finals gave me a rare thing called gastroenteritis or smth like that. This has now become a life long stress related condition.

Lessons learned: 1) eat KFC like two or three times a month tops now 2) need to get into some exercise routine, still working on it

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Nov 28, 2021 - 2:31pm

Or better: 

<3 KFC

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Nov 28, 2021 - 12:03pm

I'm worried that might be a bit too much cardio, it's not because you had bad cardio that you need to overcompensate by doing high intensity cardio every day.
Doing HIIT 2 or 3 times a week is WAY more than enough tbh, just be patient and take your time.
When I was doing powerlifting my cardio wasn't that good either until I started doing HIIT, bodybuilding/powerlifting doesn't build cardio at all so it's not surprising to be able to lift a lot but be on your knees after your first HIIT.
Go to the gym 3x a week + 2 HIIT sessions and 2 days of rest I believe is a great balance.

Nov 28, 2021 - 1:05pm

I agree that much HIIT is too much. I'm a former college athlete who had professional goals so I'm pretty familiar with training at an elite level. This past week was pretty much used as punishment for me being lazy the past year or so and to get some DOMS.

I've been looking through my old training programs and plan on doing a 6 day PPL for the next 3 months supplemented with an hour of LISS cardio before I go to bed. Trying to get away from playing video games for 2-3 hours after I get off of work.

Also want to start boxing so might throw in 30 minutes of 90-second bag work with 10 burpees between each round a couple days a week. Can box without the burpees to have an easier day too.

My main points of focus in training the next few months will be strengthening my core and improving cardio. Overall goal is to cut down to 170lbs. Currently 6'2" and around 220lbs. Usually sat around 190lbs in my prime.

Nov 28, 2021 - 2:39pm

Yeah, just this morning, 0800 to the millisecond.

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Nov 28, 2021 - 4:47pm

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