This morning competition prep looked like this.
Today begins a new competition prep schedule. I started the morning with 30 minutes of cardio, abs and meal #1 before coming to work.
I kind of forgot what was like to knock out cardio at 5 a.m. and pushed start time until 6 a.m. It’s been a couple of months. But the time is here to kick my 2017 competition prep into gear.
A glance at my 2017 competition prep schedule
Cardio: 30 minutes of fasted cardio FOUR times a week. Two days of HIIT and two days of steady cardio.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: Strength training with added abdominals emphasis
Meals: 6 meals a day.
Water: Starting at 1 gallon a day. It will increase very soon.
Supplements: Multivitamin, BCAAs, Potassium, Magnesium and Fish Oil
I am taking both potassium and magnesium because my calves and feet are prone to cramping. I found that taking both help alleviate some of the problems I have during prep.
Call me cardio bunny
I have fought the notion that I am a cardio bunny. Why? I have come to really love my time in the gym strength training and watching it transform and less time training for half marathons.
It’s winter and a little chilly outside so I am taking my cardio indoors for as much as possible.
Here is this morning’s treadmill workout.
I am looking forward to warmer days and getting out on the pavement. Seriously. I am the nut that didn’t mind hitting the pavement during the high heat of the summer to knock out cardio midday at 90-100 degree weather.
There is no need for hours of endless cardio. I just like cardio or better yet running because it is semi-therapeutic for me. The time spent running 3-4 miles allows me to tune into myself with some music and work through a few things.
I plan on hitting the pavement 1-2 times a week. The other days of the week I will be in the gym on the stepmill, spin bike, elliptical or even the treadmill. It won’t be so dreadful thanks to the new upgrades to Netflix. Have you tried downloading movies or episodes of things you are watching so that you do not have to use your data? It is simple and fabulous. Not using data is one bonus but the other is not having to worry about WiFi access is even better. You can watch anywhere and at any time.
All about my abs
My core or better yet my lower abs will have an added emphasis this prep.
I am hitting my abdominals in every direction possible to achieve the overall look we desire.
Today is all about the stability ball.
You can hit abs in a variety of ways with a stability ball. I am really working on pikes. Pikes are not something I am good at but my coach loves to throw into the mix.
I love and hate abdominal work. It’s a necessary evil for me. One that I will conquer.
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