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Why I'm Quitting 'Fitness'

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Let's be honest, I'm not quitting fitness for life. Come on, why would I waste all my hard work? However, I am putting it on hiatus for two weeks - this and the next. In fact, this is a scheduled post. And to answer the question of why? Well, I'm on vacation.

I'm away for eleven days on a self-guided tour around Hokkaido. It's a trip I've been planning since last year. Finally, the time has come! I'm also using this break to put intermittent fasting to the test. I've taken my body composition reading the morning of my flight, and will take another reading when I return.

Many have said IF is sustainable and beneficial when on vacation. I certainly believe it's sustainable - being an eating pattern. But, I'd like to see if it's truly beneficial. Whenever I go on vacation, I always return a kilogram heavier (of mostly fat). This often makes me feel like I'm working out for a vacation - that my routine isn…

Jump Rope Training... For Fun!

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Back in 2014, I experimented with the skipping rope (as we call it here). I designed my own regime using only the rope, and worked my way to 2000 skips a day. As skipping rope is low impact, it provides a great cardio session without taxing the knees. A skipping rope is also an inexpensive equipment. So, if you're new to exercising and have no idea where to start, I recommend skipping.

HERE'S WHAT I DID:
- 100 side-to-side skips
- 100 front-to-back skips
- 50 single (right) leg skips
- 50 single (left) leg skips
- 100 high-knee skips

I ALSO THREW IN:
- 10 single leg push-ups
- 15 sets of renegade rows (with 3kg dumbbells)
- 10 sets of plank oblique twists

This whole combo counted as one giant set. I started off with three giant sets and increased to five giant sets, for six days a week. Now, you probably have questions. So let me try to guess them:

1. Were there results? Yes, there were. Did I tabulate them? Unfortunately, no. Even if I did, they're probably gone by now.

2. H…

3 Ways To Cut Sugar

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As many have mentioned, health starts in the kitchen. Yes, exercise does wonders to the body. But without healthy eating, one wouldn't see any change. We all know this. It's not top secret. However, getting healthy is difficult.

Switching your diet overnight, and sticking to it for the long run, requires determination and discipline unbeknownst to men. For most, transitioning to a healthy lifestyle takes time. The passion to eat right and exercise is developed over a season. So if you're just starting out, fret not. It may seem difficult now, but it'll be second nature one day. At the moment, take it one step at a time with the first, most important step: eliminating sugar.

Disclaimer: I do consume sugar. I have a sweet-tooth - I love chocolate and ice-cream. But as I share my sugar-cutting techniques, you'll see that I consume little of this 'useless' carbohydrate without sacrificing my occasional cravings. Also, the word 'sugar' in this post refer…

20-Minute Ab Workout

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I hit my abs three times a week, after my usual workout. Two out of three, I do a 20-minute ab routine; the remainder, Ab Ripper X from P90X. I also slip in a core session of Pilates on Saturdays. Now, I've heard different things about working abs daily versus alternate days - there are so many contradicting thoughts on the internet. And to be honest, I don't know who's right and who's wrong. At the end of the day, I choose to do what's best for me - including designing my own ab routine.

For a long time, I relied on the ab regime that came with whatever workout program I'm on. But I soon realised that some of them quickly lose their effectiveness (on me). So to have an effective workout, I needed to create my own. And by creating my own, I simply mean sourcing from YouTube - specifically Athlean X.

My 20-minute ab routine consists of ten moves. Eight of which are from Jeff Cavaliere's videos - credit goes to Mr Knight. You'll find them listed below, w…

Sore On Day Two

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I've always noticed how I experience DOMS whenever I start a new workout program. It starts the day after and lasts for a few days. I've also experienced soreness the day after a workout, that disappears on day two. But oddly enough, I've never experienced pain on day two itself - with no pain on day one - until recently. So, what's with these different sore experiences? I decided to do some research to uncover the source behind these variations.

WHAT IS 'DOMS'?
DOMS stands for delayed-onset muscle soreness. The soreness is caused by the inflammation of muscles due to broken tissues. Pain intensifies in the rebuilding stage - the rebuilding results in muscle growth.

WHEN DOES IT KICK IN?
Delayed-onset muscle soreness kicks in 24 hours post-workout. Hence, feeling pain on day two means growth is happening.

WHAT SPURS DOMS?
Eccentric training - eccentric training involves the lengthening of muscles. With extension, your muscles are more prone to tearing. But, what …

Body Beast-ing Workout

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Disclaimer: This isn't a sponsored post. I'm not a Beachbody coach. And in no way was I coaxed into writing this. I just wanted to share my thoughts on Body Beast - its pros and cons.

Before I begin my 'review', I should state that I'm someone who does home workout programs. As I don't have the time to hit the gym, I opt to workout at home. It's much more convenient for me. This also means I've cycled through a handful of Beachbody programs, including the entire Insanity series, P90X, P90X2, The Master's Hammer & Chisel, 21 Day Fix Extreme, and as of this moment, Body Beast. Now with this mentioned, let's get to the topic at hand.

I began including weights in my workout middle of last year. It was, without a doubt, a great decision. I discovered how much I loved weight-training, and saw change quicker than ever before. So, when I was done with The Master's Hammer & Chisel, I sourced for my next weight-centered program. Lo and behold,…

Why Intermittent Fasting?

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I started intermittent fasting on the third of March. It has been a little over a month since. Due to a few hiccups - me falling ill the past 2 weeks - I was unable to track my one-month result. I didn't lift a single weight, and couldn't visit the gym to get my readings. It's unfortunate, I know. Having proof that it works would be a wonderful way to start this post, alas I'll call it a miss opportunity. So to spare you the excessive word count, I'll just get to why and how I started IF.

WHY

The science. I love researching, especially about health and fitness, and I found the science behind intermittent fasting legit. It makes sense. In layman's terms, our body is meant to use the food we consume. And for it to use the said food, we need to give it time. Hence, the fast.

Allow me to get a little science-y; it takes approximately 12 hours before our bodies stop processing our last meal. After which, our bodies use what has been digested to power itself. The mos…