Here we are in a new month, actually almost at the midway point of the year. I'm happy to report to you that my training has resumed, although slowly. This is not because of being overly cautious, just that things at work have been very much different from what was anticipated a few weeks ago. Budget cuts and staff resignations have a way of upsetting the most carefully crafted plans and schedules. As a result, I have been a lot busier and, at times, much more stressed, each day.
To make up for the changes that I was faced with, I have also started a kettlebell training routine. Given the way things have been recently, I’m not sure which program would be the better choice in terms of my available time and energy, P90X or Insanity.
Actually, kettlebell training is a return for me to part of the conditioning program that I used a couple of years ago. The reason that I stopped was because the class that I was taking ended at my gym. At the time, kettlebells were not as easy (inexpensive) to purchase, or as available in the stores as they are now.
The routine that I am starting out with a 20 lb kettlebell is:
One arm swings
Two arm swings (alternating}
To start with, I am doing three sets of each exercise, three times a week. Normally, I train in the morning after getting out of bed, only because it is easier for me to do this than at any other time of the day. There are no major changes planned for my current diet, as I am not trying to lose weight or fat. However, firming up and getting a cut physique (concentrating on the upper body) is something that I am working toward, so there may be some additions or deletions in the future to my eating menus.
My starting weight is around 160 lbs, at a height of 5′ 10″. As the weeks go by, I’ll report the changes that are being observed. You can also see what I am doing in the way of muscle training and conditioning at my web site Muscle Conditioning for Men.