Saturday, February 27, 2010

Keep Moving Forward....

I am quite happy to make this post.....yet little sad coz I continue to give in to my fickle-mindedness evident in the fact that am making this post which should have been made on Tuesday.

But the better news is that I had the best and the most enjoyable workout ever this past Tuesday.

Now this one was actually a result of the competition with my friend Vick (same as in the last post) and we had to perform as many push ups and chin ups in a total of 6 sets for each. The winner would be entitled to the right to call the loser with any name or abuse anywhere in the public anytime in future, without any retalitation from the loser, and the winner deserves a treat at a fairly expensive place from the loser.

Starting with Chinups (as the no.of reps with Pull Ups significantly reduces by almost half) the first set was decent enough with 10 for me, while my friend Vick managed to pull 16 (with partial reps), gaining advantage and starting his lead streak. Now in every subsequent set whatever be the no. of my reps he managed to keep up the lead to around 6/7. At the end of the six sets, he still had a lead of 6 which now I had to make with the push ups.

Coming to the pushups, the same story continued until the last set where I needed to do everything to stop his streak and get one for myself. And I did in a way as I ended the 6th set with 33 reps, the most I could after 5 sets of almost 30 each.

Unfortunately, he pushed 28 in the last one too and emerged winner.

Now I wasn’t too sad about the loss as it was more than just clear that no matter whos the winner, both had nothing to lose. It was a win-win case for both of us as it was a great workout for both of us. I mean more than 160 press ups and more than 50 Chin ups in 6 to-failure sets, is quite a lot.

So the conclusion is: Be not afraid to give in your best. Do your best everytime you set your next foot forward. And if you achieve the target, enjoy, celebrate, reward yourself; but be not relieved, as the THE END OF A MOUNTAIN IS THE FOOTHILL OF ANOTHER.....

Have the heart of a spartan and keep moving forward. Know no stop!
Just what I believe in.....

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Replace the Fear of Unknown with CURIOSITY!!! Never Back Down!!!

Yesterday was one of the best days that held true to that line.

I had so many days since the last post which are worth mentioning, only to lose to my laziness in writing about the happenings. But after what happened yesterday, I felt I couldnt miss making a new post today.

I never ever could do a full circuit of the 400 metres square field (approx. a little over 100 metres each side) in the past two and a half years of my irregular cardio routine, stopped just a few metres before the mark and that was all when I had been doing cardio without a partner.

Starting this past Sunday, Vick (a good pal) has been accompanying me. We jog and do a couple of rounds of to-failure pushups. I obviously dont like to jog, as am into mass gain training for the time being, but the idea that this jog would increase my endurance level stopped me from not being regular.

And much to my happiness, the results have been dramatic! (obviously with pushing-the-limits attitude).

We had the target of doing 2 sets of 3 rounds; but after the 3rd round, on finding my self still comfortable, I decided to make it 4 and later to total 6 rounds in that very shot (It was the thought in the last few moments that made me complete the "revised" target). As I ran the last 200 metres to the mark, my lungs almost felt like going "boom", sweat over the eyelashes and my nose, my mouth turning so dry I could barely swallow my own saliva. I had almost given up but it came to me - "If I stop now, just a few metres short of that mark, I would have to live with that regret until the next time I make it. Can I endure it? Would I like to see myself coming this far and stopping just short of the mark?"....
That was the first time in my life, I felt the process I had wanted to feel happening. I felt the adrenaline rush the very next second and my legs, that refused to tire out even after I reached the mark, kicked into their last gear and I ran with all the energy turning the jog into sprint and reached the mark. As he reached just seconds after me, I said to him - "That was a run!" and shook hands. God, I had never enjoyed panting so much!

From the almost one circuit to two to three circuits and finally 6 non stop circuits in just five days!!!

Thats an acheivement for me, and I am now willing to go past that mark and make it to 7. I strongly believe life is not just about acheivements and enjoying thereafter, but its also about going past that acheivement and setting your personal best limits every time. Thats the formula to growth.

Then comes the other part. I just happened to come across this article in the newspaper while I prepared to leave, and it had this big picture of one of my fitness idols Hrithik Roshan in the best shape ever. That is the best physique I have seen so far. I just wished I had his bone frame. and wide shoulders and greek god impression and charisma and it just motivated me. Just below that was another article about this model hunt in the city that was being conducted to find models including freshers for the national show. And I immediately felt like giving it a shot, simply for experience as I know nothing of modelling world. Later that day when I woke up from the nap at 3, it was time and I was just as determined not to go as eager I had been earlier. I sat reading articles when I googled "male-catwalking", etc. Though nothing useful found but it was that moment when this thought crossed my mind "Replace the Fear of Unknown with CURIOSITY". And I went to the contest, ramp-walked, and returned with a mixed (and little shaken) state of mind, yet a very different experience.

So the day had things good in store for me and I managed to make the best of it.
I left nothing to Regret.

Goodbye until next post.