…and other pieces of info about my training
…My “current training” is typically an 8-12 week time frame and sometimes a 4-week bout (depending on my goals). My training temporarily changes when I am on the road van camping. I will post my “on the road” training here as well.
Where do I strength train?
I train on a Navy base either inside their gym or outside using their “Beaver Fit” Box gym.
When do I strength train?
I train 3 days/week in the mornings.
What strength plan am I following?
I am following “The Texas Method” (again – love it!) by Coach Glen Pendlay. It has a volume day, a light day, and a heavy day.
What does my “on the road” strength training look like?
I am not van camping right now, but my typical training plan is using my body weight for exercises like pull-ups, pushups, and squats. I bring my rings and bands and use those as well to include a few more exercises. I also have access to military gyms part of the time, so I will take advantage of using barbells and free weights. I always include the 5 fundamental movements of push, pull, squat, hip hinge, loaded carries when I have access to a gym.
What lifts am I using?
I am using barbells and body weight/loaded body weight. I perform bench presses, pull-ups, overhead presses, back squats, and 1 day a week I train deadlifts. I also add planks or hollow holds at the end of the workouts.
Who do I strength train with?
I train with my long-time training partner, my husband.
What other cardiovascular/non-cardiovascular activities do I currently do for my health, wellness, longevity, and fun?
I am biking off and on on my mountain bike for about 1 hour at a pretty good pace for my cardiovascular exercise and endurance. I bike on a paved and/or hard packed gravel trail to avoid stops. I bike to/from the gym 3 days/week. I’m gradually adding running back in my training and I am only jogging a few laps around the track for the time being. I walk at least 6 miles 3-5 days/week. I include flexibility/mobility exercises off and on. I use the dry sauna 6-7 days/week.
What are my top most successful training plans from personal experience?
• The Texas Method – Coach Glenn Pendlay
• Simple and Sinister – Pavel Tsatouline – Strong First
• The 10,000 Swing Kettlebell Workout in 4 Weeks – Coach Dan John
• 2 x 4 Maximum Strength – Bret Contreras
• Strong Curves, A Women’s Guide To Building a Better Butt and Body – Bret Contreras & Kellie Davis
What are my top favorite “lifts?” Quite a few, but in no particular order.
- Kettlebell swings
- Bench Press
- Overhead presses
- Goblet squats