The Wag Doll Protocol: Fitness Regime Starting Point. Show me what you're working with!
I covered my version of clean eating in this post "Eating Clean, Looking Lean.. what does that mean?" so now let's look at the fitness side of the equation, and my weight, vital statistics and fit test results...the Starting Point!
A quick background, I like to work out (once I get going!), it de-stresses me after work, I sleep better, that niggling ache in my shoulder goes away and the more energy I use, the more I find. So even though my natural inclination is to veg out on the sofa in the evening, I've always tried to do some form of regular exercise. My body doesn't react well to veg'ing, I'm descended from a long line of Irish peasant stock and we're designed to work.
I don't have time to do a lengthy class or long leisurely jog every evening...not even sure why I wrote that as running is never leisurely to me, it's a red-faced sweaty battle of will. But anyway, exercise comes waaay down my list of priorities after family, home, friends and full-time work, it also competes with my other obsessions...sewing, soaps and blogging :-) I'm sure the story is the same for most people.
Realistically I would need to do hours of pure cardio every week to affect my body shape. I mean, have you ever set the treadmill to the 'calories used' mode? It's scary looking at how much effort it takes to burn off that slice of cake! To be honest I don't have the patience to wait months for this type of exercise to give results. An hour of Zumba a couple of times a week will definitely help your fitness levels and is a great way to have fun, and if that's what you enjoy doing then Zumba away my hip-shaking lovelies, but for quick results and a lean body I need to work harder than that.
Thankfully research is showing that short intense workouts give great results, so I'm going to be following this strategy. High Intensity Training (HIT) Bodyweight Exercises will form the basis of The Wag Doll Protocol. Luckily most of these exercises can be done either in the gym or at home, with minimal equipment, so I've no excuse...eeek!
I like to be able to measure progress (and hopefully success), it motivates me to keep going and work harder so I need to record a starting point. Two weeks ago when I began this regime I recorded my stats, so here they are (apologies for only just posting them, my exceedingly wordy 'Eating Clean' posts took up far too much time!)
Saturday 14th April 2012
Height 5' 5.5" (166.5cm)
Weight 9st4lbs (130lbs or 59kg)
Bust - 35"
Waist - 28"
Thighs - 23"
And I wear a UK size 10 (in most stores)
I also did a standard fit test on the same day.
8 x rounds of 50 seconds work, 10 seconds rest, doing as many reps as possible while keeping good form.
Fit Test - Starting Point
Squat jumps - 34
Push ups - 20
Burpees - 15
High knees - 57
Switch lunges 21
Tuck jumps - 20
Tricep dips - 43
Sit ups - 35 (toes tucked under sofa so cheating if I'm honest...but I was knackered!)
Phew what a killer, those 8 minutes felt like forever and I realised I've got some serious work to do.
So what went well with the fit test and what was dismal?
The squat jumps at the beginning killed my legs and by the burpees my poor thighs were reduced to jelly, so my high knees score was atrocious! I really need to strengthen my lower body.
I was pleased with my push-ups score, I did full push-ups and not the 'girl' version, and also my tricep dips felt like a rest after the leg work. So my upper body isn't too bad.
My lungs were on fire, so I need to improve that short sharp burst of cardio fitness.
I've been working out for 2 weeks now and will post regular updates as I go along detailing my work outs and what's going well, or what needs working on. Those of you who follow me on Twitter will be familiar with my updates. I'll also re-do the fit test every month to track my progress (or lack of it!). I'm not sure what to expect in terms of lost weight or inches as it's an improvement in shape, strength & fitness I want, we'll see what happens!
So have a go & join me if you want, there are plenty of videos on you tube to show you correct form for the fit test exercises and you don't need any equipment or even be in a gym, you can do this fit test and indeed The Wag Doll Protocol in your own home.
I'd love to hear how you got on and what you'd like to work on, also what forms of exercise do you prefer and what have you had good results from?