Thursday, January 12, 2012

Back in the Gym Today

Today was finally the day I got back to the gym to resume workouts. I intended to go easy my first time back, although once I got moving, I'm not so sure how easy I kept things. I guess I'll be able to tell by any soreness I feel tomorrow.

It was great to be back. We're getting a lot of snow here today, so that made traveling to and from my gym a bit slower than usual, but it wasn't all that bad. Rob, Chad, and Ricky really made me feel welcomed on my first day back and I appreciate that very much. Thanks, gentlemen!

Here's the breakdown of today's work.

  • 30 minutes roadwork
  • 3 rounds shadowboxing
  • 4 rounds double-end bag
  • 4 rounds speed bag
  • 1 round heavy bag
  • 1 round sit-ups and crunches
  • 8 rounds stretching/flexibility
I spent a lot of time working on flexibility. I've learned multiple times that one doesn't take a fairly long break from exercise and then jump right back into it without being respectful to one's body. If I honor flexibility and give it the attention and respect it deserves, I will be fine. I don't care to have any injuries in general, and it certainly doesn't make any sense to have my return to training stopped by injuries resulting from being a bit too eager to resume the exercise routine.

Today's return was something of a homecoming for me. Now, the challenge will be to arrange my time skillfully so that I will be able to fit in a lot of workouts and use the one-hour trip each way as working time. I am blessed to have some projects now that ought to fit into that kind of arrangement. Ah, so good to be back!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Good Training Resource:

Are you visiting Rob Pilger at his site,, and following him at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and at his syndicated news feed? I hope your answer is "yes," because if it isn't, you're missing a lot. He offers some serious training content.

Here's a recent example. You've already learned that punching power comes from the base of your body, all the way from a floor. Here is a video of Rob Pilger explaining that principle a lot more effectively than I can, complete with demonstration of proper footwork.

I have the "fast feet" device from Ringside that is shown in the video. It helps me keep my stance from going too wide and prevents me from some of the more awkward positions that clumsy footwork can place me in. If I am in awkward position, I am off balance. If I'm off balance, something as small as a good shove to my shoulder can push me over.

This video is just one sample of the content Rob Pilger produces. Of course, he doesn't need me to persuade you; just go to the site and look around: Most likely, you'll be a regular visitor after spending just 5 minutes there. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Getting Back to the Gym

If all goes well, I'll be back at the gym tomorrow morning. I've spent a lot of time developing a plan for 2012 and have spent the last few days implementing some of the plan's first tasks for my law firm. It will be great to get back into a regular training routine.

As for the law practice, I have a renewed enthusiasm to generate new business this year and explore a variety of opportunities. I also watched some very good MCLE programs during the past week. (That June deadline is getting closer.) I think the recent spring-like weather is helping to boost the energy and focus, too!