First work-out after a year and a half of smoking and drinking.

I just came back from Asia, where I spend a solid 18 months- a year working in China, and six months bumming it on a beach in the south of Thailand. I picked up some bad habits while there. Drinking and smoking somehow go hand in hand, and when you do both almost everyday excessively ones health and fitness level begin to deteriorate. Prior to my stint to Asia, I was a fit bull. I had just received my brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, worked out everyday, and was extremely health conscious.

Today, I worked out again after a long while.

At 5am my alarm soothed me out of dreamland, I asked myself if I really, really wanted to get up and expose myself to the cold and darkness of the morning. I did get up ten minutes later, leaving the comfort of my bed, put on some shorts and a long sleeve shirt, washed the sleep away from my eyes, leashed up the dogs, packed my backpack with a workout matt and made way into the morning.

It was pitch black outside, and to my surprise not as cold as I expected. The dogs and I jogged through the neighborhood until we came across the bike trail, where we turned left, and continued until we came to the public pull up bar.

I love it when public areas have those little work out stations. I don’t know why cities don’t do this more often.  They have the playground for the kids, why not place a few bars for the adults to play with?

At 5:20am I was starting my pyramid work out. A great work out I learned from one of the few military exercise books I read many years ago. The concept is pretty simple. Choose three exercises, in my case pull-ups, push-ups, and sit-ups. The pyramid has levels, I do ten, but one can adjust to any level depending on ones fitness level. And multiply each level with the number of repetitions per exercise.

So for me that meant, 1 pull-up, 2 push-ups, and 3 sit-ups per level. At level 5, I would need to do 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 sit-ups. Level 10 it would be 10 pull-ups, 20 push-ups, and 30 sit-ups. And then you work your way down until you reach level 1 again.  In the end I ended up doing 110 pull-ups, 220 push-ups, and 330 sit-ups. All in under 30 minutes.

Not bad, for my first work out, and after a year and half of smoking and drinking I felt pretty happy.

After came the run back. It was still pitch black outside and I continued on the bike trail to the open space, which is very hilly with various paths, and trails, which are mostly frequented by cows that pasteurize there throughout the year.

My dogs led the way so I wouldn’t jog off a trail possibly breaking an ankle.

I came back to my house exactly an hour later, and felt very good.

After a quick shower and some breakfast, I did sneak a cigarette on my drive to work.

Oh well, baby steps to success.