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Today I decided that I want to talk a little bit about my training and workout routines. While it varies a little bit week to week it pretty much stays in the same rotation. I have a 4 week rotation that is three weeks heavy 1 week recovery. Each week I have 5 days heavy, 2 days recovery. Here goes each day.
I try to do some Misogi most mornings, either right before or after my bible reading and prayer. I feel the three help me get a really good start on my day. I am up to about 15 minutes of misogi with a couple 5 or 10 second breaks where I simply lean forward to stretch out my legs.
Mondays is chest day. Used to be my favorite day of the week. I started losing flexibilty in my chest muscles so I don't lift nearly as much weight as I used to. I am almost exclusively low weight high rep hypertrophy work out (kinda means I'm trying to get pretty not strong.) I end the workout with 30 minutes on the elliptical and 10-20 minutes in the dry sauna.
Tuesday is play a sport with my kids day (I have 5, 4 of which are old enough to play sports.) My wife usually plays and we play for about 2-3 hours. After that I eat and go to Aikido if I can.
Wednesday- Shoulder day. I haven't really been able to do this much as I hurt my shoulder a little bit a couple weeks ago. Tomorrow I plan to work the weight up for 2 lbs dumbbells to see how much it hurts if it does at all. Again with the elliptical and sauna. Also the Aikido class at work after the work out.
So, my first blog. This entry will be about how I learned about and subsequently started practicing Aikido.
I work at a drug and alcohol rehab center. One of the evening classes the center offers is an aikido class. Initially I had little interest or knowledge of what aikido was nor did I have the time during work to try a class. That all changed when I switched positions to work in the gym where the class is held and had time to actually try a class. I still didn't really have an opportunity to attend a class as no clients were interested at that time. After about 3 or 4 weeks we finally had a few clients decide that they wanted to try it out. One of those clients suggested that I join them as the instructor told her "The more the merrier" and I did. I wish every time I practice that I could thank her.
At first it was a little rough for me. I was able to attend the classes at work but didn't have days off when they held classes at the dojo. Even when they did start offering a class at the dojo on my only day off I found it hard to attend (father of 5 here, hard for me to attend anything that doesn't involve the kids.) Now 8 months later I find myself with the opportunity to attend 3 classes a week but it's still hard for me to attend them all. I try the best I can but sometimes it just doesn't work out.
I am really glad that I have found the dojo that I did. Everyone that I've met the practices there is really fun to be around. Sensei is really good and has been pr