Optimizing my workout: Plateau Challenge
Monday, September 18, 2017
I'm partaking in a 30 day challenge to break a plateau. It's a good challenge, forcing me to think about more than a scale victory. Today's challenge task is to reflect on my current workout schedule and think about optimizing it.
I tried a number of different things in the past 18 months.
Weight-lifting -- I made some progress in this area in deadlifting and bench-pressing. Had to give up most of it when I nearly compressed a small nerve.
Cranial manipulation -- this is a new entry in my repertoire, suggested by my family doctor as a way of dealing with some neuropathy and already mentioned compression.
Essentrics -- this is a daily PBS television show, but I only stream, so I ordered season 32 on DVDs. Difficult to explain what this is: part cardio, part stretching, improving movement, reducing pain.
Planet Fitness membership -- I was using the weights here and now my routine is mostly the 30 minute circuit. Surprisingly this has increased my muscle bulk, but only when I began recording the setting on the 10 machines to make sure I increased it. I am now taking occasional group classes on their PF 360 device.
Hiking -- I keep looking for more groups at my level. Fortunately there are loads of public hiking paths nearby for solo jaunts.
Biking -- this was short-lived. Neurologist thinks I am at high risk of falling over until they figure out why I have neuropathy. I would like to increase this, but it is actually pretty hard for me to load my bike to use it.
PT -- I'm getting PT twice a week to strengthen my feet muscles. I know I won't do the exercises as faithfully once my sessions run out.
Pilates -- I try to fit it 2 hour long classes each week.
At this point in time, I'd put the cranial manipulation, essentrics, pilates and PT as top of my list for improving my motion over the past year.