Parallettes Pt.2

The parallettes have stayed a consistent part of my weekly workout since I first bought and reviewed them. At the time I was looking for ways to bring my training into the home and Mens Health magazine conveniently published an article about the parallettes with some basic exercises you could perform on them. My initial routine consisted of those Mens Health recommended exercises: dips, press-ups, the L-Sit, planche negative press, and handstand press up.

I was enjoying the parallettes but quickly decided I needed more guidance and knowledge than what was contained in that one article I had read. I signed up to GMB’s Parallettes One programme. Parallettes One is a 12-week course divided up into four phases of training that gradually builds up your skills. The ideal candidate for a programme like Parallettes One is someone who is willing to drop what they are doing and focus purely on the programme. I’m not the ideal candidate as I tried to shoehorn the programme into my existing routine and as result, I didn’t give it the attention it maybe deserved.

Having said that, I highly recommend both the parallettes and the GMB programme which provided some much needed structure and guidance to learning, and getting comfortable on the parallettes. Its been great for building upper body strength and control while also introducing new movements.  They are a fast and effective workout and don’t require much space, you can even watch TV while you do it. Below is a video of me doing the GMB Parallettes One routine in full – I’m still a long way from doing it with ease, but practice makes perfect.

Not a morning person

I’m not a morning person, I think few people are. When my alarm clock rings every muscle in my body is telling me that its okay to sleep in a little longer because I need the rest, and my brain is telling me that a missed workout this morning can easily be compensated for later in the week.

But getting up early is a good habit to get into. The early hours of the morning are a good time to get things done without distraction. The time between when you wake up and when you get to work is ideal for accomplishing personal goals that are not related to your job. I also enjoy starting my day with something other than work because it means that work is something that comes in the middle of my day, but the beginning and end of the day is my time. Preparation and routine are key to being an early starter.

You won’t win every morning, but its worth trying.

Here are some tips to help get started in the morning:

  • Prepare in advance. This means your alarm is set, clothes ready by the bed, workout equipment set up, and coffee capsule in the Nespresso machine.
  • Use a motivating Alarm Clock. The standard “beep beep beep” would drive anyone mad. For a long time my alarm clock was set up to play this video. Lately, I’ve been using the Rock Clock. The Rock Clock has no snooze feature, to turn it off you have to hit two buttons, one saying “Get Up”, and then the other “Get After it”. The Rock Clock has a weird psychological effect on me, its seems disingenuous to sleep in after having already confirmed with The Rock that I’m “getting up, and getting after it.”
  • Have more time than you need. Don’t set you alarm so that you can get up, achieve a personal goal, and make it into work with seconds to spare, this is more stress than its worth. Time should be your friend, no rushing.
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6am Wake up call with the Rock

 

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Inspirational message of the Day

 

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Workout Gear Prepped and Ready to go
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In town by 8am for a cafe stop off, coffee and a read
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Different coffee, different read, have to keep things free

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indoor Exercise three: Parallettes

Arnold Schwarzenegger once asked and answered the question:

Q: Whats the hardest workout in the world?

A: Someone else’s

The body grows used to the same exercises over time. Getting used to an exercise is a good thing, it shows progress and that your work capacity has increased, but it also means that the same exercises are now less effective. “Less effective” doesn’t mean you should stop certain exercises, as your old routine is still useful for maintenance, even if the gains in fitness are less.

February hasn’t brought a change in the weather and with that in mind I went looking for a new exercise I could do indoors. I found the parallettes. The parallettes are an excellent all round upper body workout, and there is a huge variety of exercises you can do with this simple piece of equipment. I bought mine from Gravity Fitness.

While I’d like to show a video of me being awesome on the parallettes, I thought it would be more fun to show my first attempt as using them. Like Arnold said, someones else’s workout is the hardest workout there is. I tried dips (went well), press-ups (successful), the L-Sit (also good), planche negative press (fail), handstand press up (disaster, I got stuck), and even though I failed at the handstand press, I tried a L-Sit sit through into a handstand (I came crashing to the ground). On the plus side, I really felt the stain and had to exert maximum effort with movements by body just isn’t used to. Looking forward to lots of fun and progress with the parallettes over the coming months.

 

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