And on the 13th Week I Rested

Chris Dierkes

Chris Dierkes (aka CJ Smith). 29 years old, happily married, adroit purveyor and voracious student of all kinds of information, theories, methods of inquiry, and forms of practice. Studying to be a priest in the Anglican Church in Canada. Main interests: military theory, diplomacy, foreign affairs, medieval history, religion & politics (esp. Islam and Christianity), and political grand bargains of all shapes and sizes.

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  1. Congrats Chris! The battle of the gym verses life is always a tough one, especially as our lives get more complicated.

    Just to play devil’s advocate: What is the benefit of doing a hanging windshield wiper verses the good old-fashioned ones I do three times a week on the floor? Other than impressing all the ladies at the gym of course.Report

    • Chris Dierkes in reply to Mike at The Big Stick says:

      I would think the difference is you have to use your arms and your stomach to hold your body weight up. my sense is that it uses my whole body in one workout, especially my back. i’ve never done the floor ones though so I’m just guessing on the comparison. Although I imagine the floor ones are damn hard themselves.Report

  2. Jaybird says:

    My (unlicensed) personal trainer a few years back introduced me to the concept of “tabata” (I think that’s how it’s spelled).

    You put a day’s worth of working out into 2 minutes. Well, spread out a bit over 3 1/2 minutes. Do your stretches, and get ready. Okay. For 30 seconds, go BALLS OUT. Whatever it is. Deep squats, whatever. Rest for 30 seconds. Go crazy again for 30 seconds. Rest for 30 seconds. Repeat. Repeat.

    These will be the longest 210 seconds of your life. If you do it right, you throw up.

    The upside is that you can put a day’s workout into 3 1/2 minutes.Report