I was highly motivated to kick this cholesterol thing. I made it through Thanksgiving and started a fitness program in December. It's a program that I had done several times in the past and had some success with. It's an ipod workout program called Fitter U and it's designed by a guy called Yuri Elkaim. The program is three months long and it starts you from a zero base level of fitness and progressively gets you into competent condition. The download to your ipod and the pdf files is $99 dollars and I feel like over the years I got my moneys worth.
I know, the picture is a little cheesy. I am not being paid to advertise for this program nor am I any way associated with the company. In my opinion, it's a good program for the total beginner. If you can't hold a plank for more than 15 seconds and can't do a single push up to start out, there's nothing intimidating about this program. The focus is on compound bodyweight movements and interval training. It's like a very approachable P90X program. Would I do the program again? It depends, if I let my health slip away or I have another debilitating injury I would start it up again. At this point even though I am by no means a fitness animal, I can safely say I'm beyond this program although the third month can kick your ass.
That said, there is rarely a fitness program out there that just doesn't work. It mostly an issue of whether or not you will finish it.
I finished the program barely changing what I ate and just staying dedicated to waking up early and fitting in the 30-45 minute workout before Monica had to leave for work.
In January I used my Christmas money to buy my first bike as an adult. I asked my dad for advice (he has some bike riding experience) and we headed down to Sports Authority to pick one out. We decided on a hybrid bike, a Diamondback Insight.
I had no idea what I was looking for as far as a bicycle. Like many people, I hadn't ridden since I was a kid. All I was looking for was something to ride around with on bike paths with my boy. This type of hybrid bike is a performance hybrid, which means that it has narrower tires than a mountain bike for street riding and commuting. It was a good choice. I picked up a front carrier for JP and we began riding on local bike paths. I quickly fell in love with the activity and once I discovered the bike path by Griffith Park down the LA river I was hooked.
By my 35th birthday I had finished the Fitter U program and discovered a new sport that I loved. Things were going good and I was looking for the next program to start. I was considering Crossfit or joining a local gym. Little did I know that fate was going to provide me with a guide and a guru that was going to change my entire direction in life.
Next time- Enter the Dragon