summer fitness ambitions 2018
Sunday, June 10, 2018
I posted this on the vegan team's page three weeks ago:
Although I practice a hot power vinyasa yoga about six times a week, I've found that my muscle mass has decreased substantially in the years since I used to lift and practice lots of ST. A little over a week ago, I began a program designed by a vegan athlete/fitness trainer composed of bodyweight calisthenics in circuits creating various high intensity interval trainings (HIIT). He's also got a vegan meal plan and nutrition section which I haven't looked at too closely. Although I have had a serious yoga practice for over six years, although I jump rope almost every day, I'm finding big gaps in my agility and strength. At least my endurance level seems to be okay. Basic things like tuck jumps (jumping for height) and bear crawling (on one's hands and feet not knees) I'm finding difficult!
My fitness ambition for this summer is to alter my body composition; I want to gain muscle and lose fat. I want to become stronger and more agile. In my yoga practice I want to finally be able to jump back from bakasana to chaturanga dandasana.
3 weeks of 5x/week bodyweight calisthenics HIIT circuits.
Hot power yoga practice has decreased to 4-5x per week.
Bear crawling forward: yes! Bear crawling backward: needs work.
Tuck jumps: still very poor.
My strength and agility have been increasing. I've become quite interested in movement.
It's exciting to watch Ido Portal videos and to learn about his movement culture. I can't bear what he says about vegans.
I enjoy bodyweight calisthenics as a compliment to my hot Baptiste Power Vinyasa Flow practice. Although my yoga practice is incredibly athletic, the poses and calisthenic nature of the practice are only the very beginning. Only through such intensity have I been able to get out of my head and into my body and, sometimes, to stillness. The mind-body connection which this particular yoga practice has brought me has led to phenomenal developments for my entire health.