Crank up the music – and pump me up brother!

Exercise, you have to love it, otherwise you end up hating it. I make it part of my daily routine and it is a lifestyle choice for our family…

 I find it provides a great escape, a release valve to the daily grind and pressures we all face, and for me there is little better than cranking up the music in the shed and getting stuck into a workout session!

Most days I rise at 4.30am to row on my C2 rowing machine and I do some sort of resistance exercises using either body weight, or free weights later in the day. Usually I spend around two hours a day on exercise, depending on the program for any given week.

For strength I train as a power-lifter as I believe it strengthens not only the body, but also the mind.

My personal bests are listed here, and I am lifting not too far from those levels presently.

Squat – 175 kg (385 lbs.)

Bench Press – 152.5 kg (335 lbs.)

Dead-lift – 215 kg (475 lbs.)

But I might also grab a backpack, usually weighted at around 30 kilograms and go for a 10 kilometre walk up and down the hills near where I live. I have been increasing this in recent weeks to assist in the mountain climbing I will be doing over the next few months in New Zealand and later next year in Nepal.

In recent times I have been doing 50 & 100 kilometre walks, starting in the early hours of the morning and walking until I get to the finish, taking as little rest time as I can manage. Great for the mind, body, and soul…

And on the weekend I can usually be found kayaking on Narrabeen Lake located on Sydney’s northern beaches with my family.  It is a great place to paddle, and nothing beats watching the sunset over the lake after a lazy summers day on the water.

This all fits perfectly with my pursuit of long distance adventure racing, and mountaineering goals I have set myself.

Earlier this year I competed in the Coast-to-Coast race in New Zealand. A 243 kilometre traverse across New Zealand’s South Island, and Southern Alps, running, cycling, and kayaking. A tough, but rewarding race.

 On nutrition…

I think we over complicate it too much these days. For me it is meat and three vegies a couple of times a day, in addition to eggs, oats, and good quality milk.  It is a simple formula really, eat more than you burn and you put weight on, eat less and it comes off…just stick to a good quality diet, it usually works well…

 And the shed?

Well I gave away gyms many years ago, preferring to workout at home to my own music!

 TomO, our 12-year-old son, popped up with a camera this morning during my session, which I did to a great Australian rock band, The Angels, and he started shooting some pictures for something to do, so here they are!

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6 thoughts on “Crank up the music – and pump me up brother!

  1. The Landy September 2, 2012 / 8:49 am

    Thanks very much….I don’t count calories either, just watch the scales and adjust as required. And on mountains, well the ‘and beyond’ part of Cho Oyu is possibly Everest for me, but I’ve got so far to go before I can contemplate that, but it is a goal…I’m looking forward to hearing how it goes for you…!

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  2. juxthpose September 1, 2012 / 11:33 pm

    Enjoying your blog! I agree about people complicating the nutrition aspects. For me I don’t count calories, but I just eat 4 meals a day with attention given that I eat at least a chicken and 8 eggs haha. Once the gist of my nutrition is settles, the rest of e day I dabbled around with other veggies and carbo.

    Anyway we share the same goal in climbing mountains. I have a desire to do Everest one day as well.

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  3. rayle105 September 1, 2012 / 10:38 pm

    You are only as good as the last time you were out there, endurance, agility, strength, stability,power, freedom!

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  4. Kayla_Joy September 1, 2012 / 5:14 pm

    You are way more dedicated than me ha, I’ve become too lazy 😛 At least you will be ready for Nepal and NZ so….rock on!

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    • The Landy September 2, 2012 / 8:46 am

      Well, I hope I’ll be ready!!…and so long as you are having fun, that is all that counts….cheers, Baz

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