I started today at a pretty high 75.3 kg after a day when I ran for an hour and still gained .4 kg. It’s not really clear why I suddenly gained that much, except that I was constipated. LOL. So maybe that had a big effect.
I had already decided to do a nonjogging workout today. And since results for these have not been good, I decided to make a change today to see if I could improve the results a little. Here are the changes:
1. I only did pushups and situps;
2. I did sets of 30 situps instead of 15;
3. I did pushups to exhaustion and finished each set with some negatives after reaching exhaustion. That is, I went at least to the point that I couldn’t push up anymore without hitting the ground and taking a break. I would then push myself back up and then come down slowly.
This time, I did not do situps to exhaustion. The reason for this is that I was afraid of getting cramps. It’s better to build up more slowly to “exhaustion” sets with situps to avoid cramps. But with pushups, cramps are not a problem. So you can do pushups to exhaustion from Day 1. You might not have a cramps problem with situps. But I do. So that’s why I didn’t go to exhaustion yet.
I lost only .2 kg after this good calisthenics workout. My hope was to lose a little more than that during the session. But not much more could be expected when no jogging at all is involved. My weight went from about 76.1 to 75.9 as a result of this workout.
One workout session is not enough to conclude anything. But by morning, I came in at 75.3 kg, which made for a breakeven day. That is not a bad start for this new approach to calisthenics (going to exhaustion on pushups and doing some negatives after reaching exhaustion).
I will definitely do this kind of workout again when doing calisthenics. I’ll continue to show the overall average of sessions with no jogging. But for a more complete picture of results, I will also separately show how much weight I am gaining or losing when I do sets to exhaustion.
Mixed Workouts With No Jogging (these are all 45 minutes)
breakeven (with exhaustion)
total +1.3 kg
average .14 kg of weight gain in 9 sessions