I've been working twice a week for over 3 months with James Adams, a personal trainer who puts me through workouts that leave me gasping on the floor. In the meantime, I'm seeing muscles in my mid-section that I haven't seen in a while.
Core training and Plyometrics are at the heart of the workouts--the development of core muscles and explosive strength. On Saturday, he began by having me do a push-up, then jump into a squat and leap into the air, grab pull-up handles and do a chin-up, then drop back down and repeat the push-up and continue leaping up, repeating the process for a set of 12.
The next set involved starting in a squat, leaping up and doing a chin-up, and at the same time bring both feet up at a 90-degree angle in front of the body, then drop back into a squat and do it again for another set of 12.
We work on various drills for a half-hour. At the same time as I'm doing these personal trainer sessions, I'm watching what I eat and I've drastically reduced the sugar in my diet over the past two or three weeks. I've always found the Atkins Diet to be the best, but now I've modified it and I'm doing the Men's Health TNT Diet. It's high on protein and fat, but allows good carbs, and one day each week is a carb day (but you still have to avoid sugar as much as possible and starchy foods that turn to sugar in your body).
This spring, I hope to enter the Florida tournament scene, but in one month I turn 55 years old, so to prepare, I'm trying to get smarter about diet and using James to put this old body through grueling workouts that work the entire body. I haven't felt this strong in a long time, but after Saturday morning's workout I had to go into the stretching room and lie down for about 5 minutes before I could stumble to the car and go home. Nancy laughs at me when I come home and collapse on the floor, but the other night when I demonstrated one of the exercises I had done that evening with James, she looked at me and said, "Wow, you look strong."
And that, my friends, is what it's all about - impressing chicks. :)