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Moob Over Dad Bod

Warning: Please read this post with the open sense of humor in which it was written.

Men, ever been bean dipped?  There is nothing on Earth that will motivate you more to work out than a good old fashioned bean dipping.  Let me explain.

I’ve got a nephew who can’t weigh 150 pounds soaking wet.  He’s a sample sized lacrosse player with a single digit body fat percentage, well defined abs, and attitude to match.  You know the type.  Every once in a while, usually when I’m feeling particularly good about myself, he “helps” me see that there is still work to be done.  How, you ask?  Well, imagine, if you will, a hand with an invisible tortilla chip in it (his).  Now imagine that “chip”, being placed strategically under the pectoral muscle of an unsuspecting victim (me), and then imagine that hand “scooping” (flicking) said pec (bean dip) so that it wobbles like a king-sized jello salad.  A good bean dipping is done publicly so that others can enjoy the experience.  Bonus points are rewarded if completed after swimming when the victim is shirtless.

I’ve had day dreams where he sprains his wrist, hyper-extends fingers, and even cries a little.  

So, using bean dip for fuel, I find myself once again making a run at it.  The past two weeks have been extremely rewarding. Take a look:

In addition to starting the second four week interval of P90X and spinning to my heart’s delight, spring has sprung and I was able to get out for my inaugural ride before I had to build an ark.  The weather has not cooperated since, water wise, but on the bright side, I have been able to de-winterize the “gym”.  No more heater, no more moving blankets, and no more layers, gloves, or hat.  It’s so refreshing to just go workout!

In a moment of clarity, I have also come to realize that I am skipping what is perhaps the most important aspect of P90X for an old guy like me.  In order to get the cardio I want (I am planning an extended bike trip later this spring), I only use the P90X program for strength training.  On the other days, my spin/bike days, I do the ab routines and a super modified version of the stretching.  So, it’s not that I’m not getting any flexibility work, it’s just that I know I could benefit from more.

Case in point.  Earlier this year some friends of mine, (very young friends of mine!) brought up the sit to stand challenge as a way to test longevity.  If you are not familiar with it take a peek at the video below.  

So, on top of being almost 6’7”, a recovered knee surgery patient, and as flexible as sheet-rock, I decided to give it a try.  It wasn’t even the fact that I hat to cheat to do it that bothered me, it was the simple fact that sitting cross legged with no shoes on forced the outsides of my feet into the floor with such force I was convinced they would leave impressions.  

New Goal: Flexibility training must be added to the routine.  

With the new goal comes the new dilemma.  How do I NOT make being in the garage the center of my universe and still cover all my bases?  Maybe I can figure out a way to get paid to workout.  This stuff is important to me, but it’s not everything to me.  

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