Anyway, now, in addition to running, I’m working out with weights regularly. I’m following the program in my book, the K*I*S*S* Weight Training Program. In a nutshell, it consists of working out four days per week using a split routine. Half the exercises are done on Monday and Thursday and the other half are done on Tuesday and Friday. I like this arrangement for a number of reasons. One is that there is some flexibility built into it. For example, last week I couldn’t work out on Tuesday. No problem. I simply worked out on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday instead of the normal arrangement. Don’t fall into the trap of letting a missed workout disappoint you to the extent that you stop exercising all together. In my book I talk a lot about strategies for overcoming occasional laziness or missed workouts. I’ve seen so many guys abandon their fitness program because of this. You don’t want to be one of them!
I only do two or three exercises each workout --- in addition to sit-ups. This takes me between a half hour and an hour to get done. It’s a good workout and I feel it’s more than enough to make significant gains in strength. In my case I also do some extra warm-up exercises. This might take another 10 to 20 minutes. Warming up becomes more and more important the older you get. You don’t want to strain a muscle or, worse yet, become a candidate for a joint replacement.
There’s a lot happening here with respect to fitness in this family of mine. In my next post I think I’ll talk about the weight training program I just started Margie on. She’s 12 years old now and has a lot of potential as both a sprinter and swimmer --- and, I think, as a power lifter!