Cardio Fitness Video Diary: Sept 1 – Dec 31, 2009

To keep me motivated (it worked), I began taking photos of myself in the gym’s toilet and of the exercise machine display after each cardio workout. Here are the first four months worth of bathroom photos:

December 2009 Fitness Diary!

Tuesday, December 1: Ninety minutes in the gym to start December’s fitness campaign: chest and triceps followed by five km on the treadmill. My ankle, which I injured in August, is now strong enough to jog on, and I tested it out today by jogging one of those five kilometers. Continue reading “December 2009 Fitness Diary!”

November 2009 Fitness Diary!

Sunday, November 1: To the gym bright and early for a 2.5 hour session. Legs and chest followed by 8 km on the treadmill. Next I continued with shoulders, triceps, and forearms. That was the first time I separated my chest and shoulder workouts and I was able to increase the weights for my shoulder exercises significantly as a result. Continue reading “November 2009 Fitness Diary!”

October 2009 Fitness Diary!

September 2009 was perhaps my most active month ever with 17 cardio sessions and an uncountable amount of weights sessions.  215 km on my exercise bike and 33 km on the treadmill up an incline with a sore ankle!  The only months that would perhaps compare would be during my old rugby days at Royals Rugby Football Club when some mad ex-army crazy nutjob torturer trained us. Continue reading “October 2009 Fitness Diary!”

September 2009 Fitness Diary!

September 6, 2009: September started with a bang fitness-wise with several high intensity weights and cardio sessions, but with my studies starting next week (tomorrow actually) and extra classes to teach, maintaining regular exercise will require super-human feats of time management, strength, and courage. This page will be my companion and ultimately my judge: success or failure will be determined by the words that will fill up this page, and I promise not to lie. Continue reading “September 2009 Fitness Diary!”

My Exercise Bike!

In April I took a gamble. Knowing full well my history of not using fitness equipment that I buy. You can see my not-so-often-used cross trainer in the background; I buy quite a lot of exercise equipment. The gamble was to buy one more, and I splashed out on an exercise bike.

The idea came from reading the Stephen King novella Stationary Bike, which is what I gather Americans call exercise bikes. Continue reading “My Exercise Bike!”

The 2009 Dokdo Marathon!

Last June, I took part in the Dokdo Marathon at Jamsil Stadium with my friend, Chuck. It really was a fun experience, especially starting and finishing at the Olympic Stadium. I ran a few 10 and 12 kilometer races while living in Japan in 2001 and 2002, but I hadn’t participated in a “marathon” since then. Continue reading “The 2009 Dokdo Marathon!”