This was something I really hadn't expected but once I got into it I began to enjoy adding another challenge to my fitness goals.
Here is a link to how it all started.
But if you don't want to read that then here is the short version. Last Fall I had noticed that I felt weak in general and had noticed I was slouching a bit especially when I was running tired. I had neglected any core or strength training for a long time and decided it was time to get back into it. I began with just 10 -15 minutes of core and shortly after that Amy issued a 30 day plank challenge via Arrichion. We did that for actually 37 days until the end of 2012.
I began the 100 pushups challenge on January 1st. The first workout I did 78 total with amax of 25 in the last set. I never imagined that after I reached that goal that it would get to this point. I did my first 100 on may 2nd. On Sept. 23rd I did my most ever in one workout with 520 and then on Sept 25 I did 1,000 in one day. Started out with 300 in my regular workout and then did 700 more in sets of 50 through out the day.
In addition to the pushups I added pullups and dips to my routine. when I first began I could do 1.5 pullups ! Now I regularly do 60 in a workout, usually in sets of 10 or 12. I haven't tried to see how many I can do in a set but I took a 2minute test that Bill Gentry did and I was able to squeeze in 40 in that time.
Then beginning in October I began adding some free weights to the program. I typically do the body weight work every other day 3 days a week and every 4th day I add the weights. Not really looking to bulk up but just keep up some strength. And as for the whole muscle vs fat stuff. Well when i began the program at the beginning of the year i was around 147 to 148 lbs. As of today I weigh 136 and running strong as ever and feeling and looking better than I have since my late 30's !
And lets not forget the core. I have continued with that all year too. I began a 200 situps challenge on January 29th. At that time I could do a max of 32. Now i can easily do the 200 even at the end of a regular workout. I usually average about 400 per workout. Right now i alternate with my other core routine which is usually 30 minutes of leg raises, crunches, stability ball work, planks and a wide mix of other stuff including kettlebells that I switch around to make every workout a little different. And no, I am not even going to bother going back and adding up all the situps, pullups and dips for the year !
So a typical 2 week cycle looks like this.
Mon: pullups, dips and pushups. aka body weight day
Wed. body weight day + free weights'
Thurs. 30 minute core
Fri: body weight day
Sat: off if I am doing a long run
Mon: body weight + free weights
Tues. 30 minute core
Wed. body weight
Fri: body weight + free weights
Sun: 30 minute core.
You get the idea.
I also do some yoga , usually 30 minutes average but I have been slack with that the last couple of months. A lot of that was due to the hamstring injury and now with me running more and working more hours but I hope to get in at least a couple of yoga workouts each week this year