By August 15, 2006

Back to the Water

Last Friday I completed my last set of sessions with Yoda. He commemorated the event by kicking the shit out of me and running me through the entire workout with no more than 60 seconds of rest between exercises. We didn’t do any handstand pushups, but there were plenty of farewell wheelbarrows, bear crawls, reverse pushups, weighted pullups and dips, and other feats of strength to keep me sore throughout the weekend. We finished off the session with ten minute session on the incline treadmill of doom, with a two minute burst at 45% grade. Total workout time: 83 minutes.

I was very happy with the progress I’d made with Yoda, but both my wallet and enthusiasm wanted some time off from personal training. I met my goal of 12% body fat in July, and didn’t have a clear-cut idea of where I wanted to go next. I wanted to figure out my next big goal without paying for a trainer, or wasting their time.

In the meantime, I’m going to start swimming again. I started yesterday. Swimming isn’t very fun for me, but my body reacts well to it. My triceps are already sore from my short workout of 40 laps. I completed all 40 laps + rest time in 24:24. I have a short-term tactical goal of swimming the same distance in 20 minutes or less. I can already identify weakness in my technique that will help me go faster with less effort. I rotate from my shoulders instead of from my hips to breathe, and this fucks up my already crappy streamlining. I am also very tense in the water, and I am not putting my head and shoulders deep enough into the water — probably related to my poor breathing technique. Plus my body isn’t straight, I kick too much, etc. etc. I have a lot of work to do, and I wasn’t that great of a swimmer to begin with.

At any rate, here are some final body shots from my time with Yoda:

The front

Still no disco tits, but I’ll take what I can get — especially since you couldn’t discern my waist at all when I started. My deltoids and arms haven’t gotten any bigger, but this isn’t a surprise to me given how I am built and the exercises we were doing. Expect to see more from swimming. My collarbones are also more prominent now, as are my apparently VERY out of balanced hip bones.

The back

I’m still happy with my back, despite my hope that working out would somehow make the hair stop growing back there. My lats are much more developed. My triceps are much more defined and larger than when I started. You can even make out the head differentiation on my right arm.

The side

Ridding myself of my desk fat was the #1 reason I went to see Yoda in the first place. I am very pleased with this result — look at that spare tire! You can’t even see my ribs in the starting photo. Not bad for four months, especially since I feel like I didn’t give up a lot of DrFaulken staples, like eating a pound of cheeseburgers at a time. If I could somehow get my hips and swayback into alignment, I might actually look like a real human someday!

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4 Comments on "Back to the Water"

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  1. Ed says:

    But now you will be cold during the winter!

  2. I think you look like a real human already, but congratulations on meeting the goal you set yourself!

  3. drfaulken says:

    Duh, might be more informative if I put the correct photos in there :\ Fixed.

  4. I am not 100% sure, but I believe there is a fuzzy caterpillar lodged somewhere inside your camera.