Thursday, March 5, 2009

2009/03/05: Day 28: Finished with the cycle

On my last day of the current 4x7 I worked through the Kettlebell Foundation joint mobility and compensatory yoga sequences. I am amazed to be able to say that I've trained every single day for the last 56 days. I have never trained so consistently in my life. Granted over the past 56 days there were a few days here and there when I didn't feel like training but luckily I always managed to simply do it anyway. I don't know what exactly it is that has allowed me to keep my training so consistent but I have a suspicion that there is something about the 4x7 design that keeps you going back for more.

I am pretty happy with the results of the last 4x7. Even though I was initially somewhat sceptical about hypertrophy and bodyweight training I definitely picked up some extra muscle. I don't know if there has been any fatloss like after the BER fatloss programme but I am pretty sure I didn't gain any fat. Also, even though the focus of the cycle was on hypertrophy I have definitely made strength gains as well. In the crow posture for example I am getting closer and closer to being able to do the posture with totally straight arms.

For my next cycle (which I'm starting tomorrow) I will be taking a break from the BER book but I will still be doing a lot of bodyweight training. On the moderate days the focus will be on Forward Pressure (for upper body strength and endurance) and on the high days I will be working on Flowfit level 2 and the AKC fitness protocol for general fitness. More about this tomorrow.

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