New Year’s Resolutions

This year, I decided not to have any New Year’s resolutions because I never stick with them and end up feeling depressed on New Year’s Eve when I think of all of the unused potential the year had had. So, instead of allowing myself to feel sorry for myself, this year, I decided to actually do something, rather than resolve to do it. Therefore, I have taken up wall climbing, a feat I have enjoyed in other years but haven’t made the time to stick to it. In my January efforts, I have only been wall climbing once (however, I did go on Dec. 30th as well). I’m pumped and have stuck to a very non-rigorous workout routine when I’m not wall climbing. So, my question for all of you is, how can you build up arm strength – without looking like a steroid-pumping wrestler? I have some restrictions. While pulling my weight in wall climbing isn’t bad, my ability to do push-ups is so so. This is because I interviewed a guy at a boxing club. The man was acting in an independent horror flick, which was being filmed at the club. There was a punching bag on the set and I tested it out. Having only thrown Karate punches that my dad taught me, I did not know how to properly hit a punching bag without slightly injuring my wrist. In any case, if you have any suggestions, let me know.

2 Comments so far

  1. sindie (unregistered) on January 6th, 2006 @ 4:46 am

    this new year i make a simple resolution that i will not lie! you know what simply by making this little commitment to your self can be remarkable. and you can also influence others atitude by speaking the truth !!!

    nice blog b/w


  2. ian (unregistered) on January 6th, 2006 @ 9:19 am

    I think a lot of women think that by lifting weights they will develop huge muscles, or look like a steroid taking maniac. It takes a lot of work and many years to get huge, and if you don’t use steroids you have to eat a ton of protein as well, so I wouldn’t worry about getting huge. I’ve seen a lot of men and women in the gym working the weights and what happens way before ripped guns is toning and strength gain. I actually watch this woman do about 15 pull ups in a row 2-3 times a week, she’s amazing with push-ups too(I wish I was as strong as her) way more than most guys can do,(she kicks butt, and I think my mouth is usually wide open) and her arms look very normal and toned.

    So I’d suggest Not to be worried about weights. For rock climbing, work out your entire upper body on different day splits, like Chest/Triceps and Back/Biceps and shoulders. The more body parts you train the more muscle will be gained and more muscle also increases more calories burned. It IS intimidating to work the weights the first few times if you aren’t sure of what you are doing, I was a little put off when I started, but you’ll notice that most people in the gym will help with spotting or advice if you ask. The best bet is to work with a trainer and tell them what you are looking for, they will then be able to help you figure out your training routine. Also I think there is an indoor rock climbing place on Delaware Ave.

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