Tag Archives: training

End of BSc arc. What’s next?

20 Aug

I’ve finally (and incredibly fortunately) passed the final 3 papers for the degree I am reading. Thus ends 5 years of part-time studies which had been a constant drain on my resources. We’ll see if it was worth it soon enough.

I’m glad it’s over, because I had lined up quite a few things to work on even before I started on the exams.

First is to train to compete in SWF’s powerlifting meet next year. I’ve been wanting to compete in a strength sport ever since HomeTeamNS started the Strongman competition, but I don’t think I’ll stand a chance at all without weight categorisation. Organised powerlifting competitions are only starting to appear in Singapore in recent years. I’ll be joining with intention for a podium finish of course, so my aim is to be able to lift the weights of 2012’s top 3 in the under-74kg category for all 3 lifts: squat, bench press and deadlift. No lift, no join.

Next is to support my wife with the technology aspects of her ventures. I’ve been meaning to help her with her website and apps development, now I can sit down and concentrate on it. Learning app development will also come in useful in my other venture with SY which was put on the backburner because of my exams (I haven’t forgot about it, dude).

That’s basically the two main focus of this new arc, along with my usual interests in diet/nutrition, physical therapy and funny pictures of cats. :)

Results from training program for calves

27 Jul

I wasn’t expecting to add an inch to my calves in a month when I first started on the training program.

I was right, kinda. I didn’t gain an inch but I did gain almost half an inch.

Half an inch!!

That’s pretty good result in my book, considering I did not follow the training instructions strictly. I didn’t spend 2 seconds on the eccentric phase and neither did I pause at the top for 2 seconds. I couldn’t even go 100 or even 50 reps straight so I had to split into 5 sets of 20. Finally I missed 5 days out of 30 days of training.

14.5 inches. I realised that my calves measure the same whether relaxed or flexed.
-_-

I’m going to continue the program for another month, this time with stricter form and rep to failure until I hit between 75 to 100 reps. Let’s see if there are more gains to be made on my chicken calves.

My calves. They hurt.

24 Jun

Results update here!

4th day of a 30-day program to add an inch to my calves, as promised by the article below:

http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/most_recent/the_answer_for_massive_calves

Basically the program tells you to do between 50 to 100 reps of calf raises everyday for a month. The upward portion lasts 2 seconds, hold at the top for 2 seconds, and downward 2 seconds.

The only way to know if it works is to try it and the cost for trying this out is very low –  no prep, no equipment needed, easily performed anytime and anywhere. So here I am, into the 4th day and my calves ache like mad and I walk funny. I expect the ache to wear off eventually as the muscles adapt to the high repetitions, which was something I rarely do.

My calves measure 14 inches cold when I started this. Will report in 26 days with the results. :)

UK retail store sold a white iPhone 4 – Crave – CNET Asia

26 Apr

for those of you who had been waiting,  signs point to the impending arrival of the white iphone 4.

unfortunately, it appears that the only difference between the black and white iphone 4s is the colour.

UK retail store sold a white iPhone 4 – Crave – CNET Asia.

BUT!

the iphone 5 seem to be just over the horizon: Report: iPhone 5 likely to start shipping in September – Crave – CNET Asia.

free, 24-hour sheltered running track

25 Mar

found a nice sheltered running track near home. it’s built under the mrt tracks near ang mo kio station, open to public and always lit, i think.

long straight 250-metre strip, perfect for sprints.

had been running in a nearby park but was restricted by bad weather and odd slopes. going to the stadium track is even worse because of distance, restricted access by its opening hours, and still at the mercy of bad weather.

in the evenings you’ll find another 3 or 4 runners, so you’ll still have company without the track overcrowding. only complaint is the occasional smoker enjoying a stick on the bench – proximity of the bench to the track makes it impossible to avoid the smoke. -_-