Week 5 in Review

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Week 4 in review

December is upon us! That’s right, ’tis the season to be golly fa la la la lah la lah lah FAT! On the 25th of this month people across the world will partake in a week of excess and gluttony……and I cannot wait!! It’s true that at the moment I feel better than ever, sleep less and think quicker, but there comes a point when salads just don’t cut the mustard anymore. Turkey, ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes, peas and beer how I have missed eating you all but soon we will be reunited. Nothing makes it feel like Christmas like a belly full of food and a disgracefully camp Xmas jumper, here’s mine from last year!!

Ho Ho Ho

 

 

Before the seasons festivities take control there’s a challenge that needs to be finished! Week 4 was a good week! 3 weights sessions, 3 cardio and 3 abs sessions left me feeling sore but damn proud of myself! Keeping this up for the remaining weeks is a must!

Diet wise I’ve pretty much been living on salads and sweet potatoes. Everything a growing boy needs!  Protein is the name of the game and I’m pretty much eating chicken or fish 4 times a day! next week is the penultimate week of the challenge! Ill post an extensive list of my workouts for the week as I push on through the final hurdle! A before and after picture session is also on the cards! Stay tuned!

Week 3 in Review

With college work load hitting an all time high has had surprising results in terms of this challenge!

Friday nights that are usually full of booze and fast food have been replaced with writing reports, reading academic journals and just being an all round cool library dwelling guy! But while I’m missing out on the banter, my health and fitness are improving because of it.

It’s a great feeling to be able to play a match on a Sunday morning without having the evidence of two nights previous leaking through my pores. Funnily enough since I’ve cut down on the binge drinking I’ve been able to train harder and recover faster. Who would have thought that alcohol had such an adverse affect on both my appearance and physical performance along with the regular dose of shame the next morning.

Another great thing about this imposed ban on drink is the amount of money I’m saving! An average night on the town would cost me between €60 – €80, waking up with nothing to show for it except a sore head and half remembering meeting Ray Houghton for a 4am Burger King…sometimes meeting your heroes turns out to be exactly what you want it to be.

He put the ball in the English net.....and loves an XL Bacon Double Cheeseburger

This comes just in time for me as I plan my route to Poland for next years Euro Championships! It’s safe to say that I definitely will not have a 6 Pack after 2 weeks of intensely “supporting” the Irish lads as they take on the World Champions  Spain, along with the Italy. These two are not bad at footy to say the least, but we’re always good for an upset or two.

Campiones! Campiones! OLE! OLE! OLE!

In terms of my workouts for the week, I was still limited to 1 weights session while soccer training took a turn for the better. Adding half an hour of circuit training to the mix which incorporates a lot of core crunches is just what the doctor ordered as I hit the half way point of the challenge. This coupled withe the discovery of the salad bar in the DCU cafeteria has seen the struggle to find a cheap and healthy lunch on campus turn into an even greater struggle, spicy chicken or plain chicken??

At they halfway point I’m feeling good. I’ve tons of energy, feel bright rather than lethargic after lunch and feel as fit as I ever have! I’m looking forward to what the next 3 weeks have in store as I build on what I’ve achieved already, pushing myself further than I ever have before! I’m finally starting to understand what Arnold’s been on about all these years……

Week 2 in Review

It’s time for another blog post which means it’s time to review another week in the life of an average man trying to get a 6 pack!

This week in words

First of all I’d like to thank the Irish Football team for the unholy piss-up that followed their qualification for the European Championships…cheers lads, did wonders for the 6 Pack!

I’d also like to thank Tom Hardy’s ridiculously ripped performance in “The Fighter” for keeping me motivated through this difficult week of training.

So let’s get into the nitty gritty. This week saw a very tired Don drag himself through the week trying to balance college with a 6 Pack challenge. The weights session suffered dropping from 3 sessions to 1.

I only managed to squeeze my chest session in this week. I really thought that going to the gym at 9 o’ clock would see me waltz into an empty gym, be able to pick and choose my weights with ease, and expel and mid-workout gas that built up and train in luxury. Instead I was greeted by 20 sweaty body’s vying for 4 benches and a very limited number of weights. Not ideal to say the least.

A change in strategy is on the cards for future weeks to avoid situations like this.

 

Cardio this week saw a similar decline due to bad weather conditions. With only one intense interval training session I do feel that this week has been a step back rather than a step forward. Last week I discussed how things become routine and easier after two weeks. While this week was definitely easier I have a feeling that next weeks’ session will hit me with a vengeance after taking it relatively easy this week. Stay tuned for week 3 in Review to find out.

The diet this week consisted of much of the same as last week! I had salads for lunch, white meat for dinner and carbs before training. I also had plenty of nuts for snacks, with bananas and apples to keep things interesting. This week I introduced protein bars into my post workout world. The results have not yet been felt but I’m sure that in the coming weeks it’ll all pay off.

6 Week 6 Pack challenge – Week 1 in Review

The talking is over……..say goodbye to binge drinking, midnight fast food feasts and the golden carbs that we know are killing us slowly and deliciously!!

The challenge has begun, and so far it has been brutal! Following a Halloween weekend full of sweets, booze and a hefty intake of calories, followed up by two days of naughtiness for DCU Graduation, the challenge is underway. My body has been craving junk food for the past few days, one of the many side effects of alcohol….along with severe tiredness and a healthy dose of shame. But regardless of my fragility at the moment I am here to report back on Week 1 of the 6 Pack challenge. SO lets get to it!

Week 1- A new me…..Sort of!

Years ago I remember picking up a Men’s Health Magazine and reading their claim that it only takes 2 weeks of doing something for it to become routine. While I believe this to be true as I feel that it has worked that way for me while adopting other workout regimes, what’s missing from the article is how much work, both physically and mentally, it takes to get through the first 2 weeks of a new regime. I’d consider myself to be fairly active to begin with but this week took its toll on me and saw me curled up in the fetal position more times than I’d care to admit. In my opinion the hardest part of any regime is eating clean and sticking to your new diet. Sometimes that cheese burger is worth being a gelatinous chubby choom choom for a day or two. You’re resistance to artery clogging goodness will be at an all time low during your first two weeks, so try to be strong and if you cheat, cheat nice!

Sometimes you've just gotta give in

Monday – Friday, My Week in words

While the weekend portion of the challenge this week was spent drinking light beer instead of dirty beer, mid week was the scene of some serious diet and exercise. My plan going forward is to do at least 3 hard cardio sessions a week, 3 weight sessions and 3 core/ab exercise session per week. I hit my targets this week for all of the above. On Monday I did a full chest session followed by an abs session, tuesday saw 2 hours of fitness training for soccer which is made up mainly of interval and sprint training. Wednesday saw shoulders session and more core with Thursday having the same cardio session as Tuesday. Friday was Back and Arms day in the Gym followed by yet more ab work. Saturday was a rest day followed by a Soccer match on Sunday.

In terms of diet, this week started of slow but ended pretty well. Breakfast each day consisted of 3 eggs with 2 slices of brown bread and a bowl of Muesli. Lunch progressed from having rolls and wraps on Monday and Tuesday to having chicken or fish with veg or a salad. Pre training snacks consisted of a portion of carbs such as sweet potatoes or rice with some white meat, usually fish, with dinner…as it is served late, consisting of meat and veg. Snacking between meals was prohibited, only fruit and nuts allowed to fill the void.

Reflection

This week proved to be extremely tough. Trying to drag my aching body around Soccer training on Thursday was not a pretty sight, especially when push-ups where the penalty for not running fast enough. While I didn’t miss eating junk food as much as I thought I would, I especially enjoyed not feeling bloated after lunch. However, a lot of preparation is involved in preparing meals as it is nearly impossible to eat healthy on the go, especially in DCU.  Three sessions of pull ups were also completed this week which made the weights session even harder.

1 week down, 5 to go, and I cannot wait until the end of Week 2 where hopefully this will all start to feel routine. At the moment it feels like I’ve gone 15 rounds with Joe Fraizer (RIP big man).

In what will be a recurring feature here is a photo of me at the end of week 1, be kind and yes ladies that hair is all natural.

Until next week, before you eat, ask….what would Jamie Oliver do.

Holy nipples Batman

Fad No.1 – The 6 Week Six Pack Challenge!!

What its all about

What does every red blooded, action movie lovin’ male want? That’s right, wash board abs!! Easier said than done. Any topless male model that has abs that resemble the alps more than a belly will tell you that hard work, dedication and self sacrifice is what’s required to attain the pinnacle of manliness.

So the question is, how do we get a 6 pack with the smallest amount of effort and in the shortest amount of time??

THE 6 WEEK 6 PACK CHALLENGE

This is the way things are going to work around here!

I will follow the fad plan for its entire duration blogging my progress as I go. Be ready to read EXACTLY how I feel about the fad, there’s no holding back up in here. If I look like Arnie in Terminator but feel like Arnie in Junior you guys are going to hear all about it!

Arnie feeling....emotional

Finally I’m going to review the fad on a scale of 1- 10!

1 being Sh#te and 10 being Ronseal (does exactly what it says on the tin)

Anybody who wants the follow the fad along with me and have their results posted can contact me and I’ll include them in the Hall of Fame on review week.

The Facts

So lets cut to the chase! The first fad to be tackled is the grueling 6 Week 6 Pack challenge! And just to add a bit of spice for our inaugural Fad – I’m going to throw in the 6 Weeks to get 25 Pull ups Challenge too!

At the end of 6 weeks you may have a 6 pack if you oil yourself up and take a picture when the light is hitting you just right. But there’s no amount of oil that’s going to help you do 25 consistent, fully extended pull ups. Nothing but sweat and hard work.

As part of the U.S. Marines fitness test you are required to do 20 pull ups. SO if you can do 25 – then Semper Fi my friend you are one tough hombre.

Without further ado, here is the criteria for our FADS:

Following the 6 Pack Challenge that 98FM posted on their site  I will be following a strict nutrition program as well as working out as much as I can in the gym! Check out the details of the diet and workout programs here.

For the 25 Pull up challenge program clink on the link below

chinups

I say do as much as I can in the gym as like any normal guy I’ve got other things on my plate (no pun intended)  as well as being partial to a beer or too. Remember, this is the blog for NORMAL people attempting fads,  a level of laziness is expected and encouraged.

No blog about fitness would be complete without a before and after photo, ill include this in week 8! I have to have one last blowout before the 6 weeks of torture.

Come along for the ride!

Always bragging to girls about what you can do in the gym but feel that they don’t really appreciate how impressive it really is? Here is your chance. Become a legend in your own time. Follow the fad and send your results in to be posted up here in week 8.

Video proof of the 25 pull ups will be required,  we know what your like, your word means nothing!!

So good luck everybody, let the games begin, and with a bit of luck we’ll look like these guys at the end of all this!

Semper Fi