Run, Push, Plank, Repeat

Today is Sunday.

I try not to workout on Sunday’s…Sabbath and all. But Sometimes I skip Friday which leaves me no other choice if I am going to hit my six workouts a week.  I think God is ok with it.

So today I was having a hard time getting motivated.  I stayed out too late last night watching the UFC fight at a local joint.  I had to get up early this morning because I am the third string bass player on a killer worship team at an awesome church, which means that they want me to practice more so I can catch up to their skill level (just kidding SAMP guys…). But I did have to be there at 7:45 and play two services.  After that I had to go to my folks house for my dad’s birthday lunch.  We hung out there for a bit then headed home where I caught the tail end of the disappointment that is the Carolina Panthers.  I was about to fall asleep on the couch when I realized that if I didn’t work out right then, I wasn’t going to.

And I needed it.  My body was screaming for it.

But my mind was screaming for a nap…

So I had to figure out a way to break up the monotony of a 50 minute run on the treadmill. And here is what I did.

I did 5 minutes on the elliptical and then I hopped off and did 10 push-ups.
Then I held a plank for 60 seconds.
Then I did 5 more minutes on the elliptical and then 15 push-ups.
Then I held a plank for 60 seconds.
Then I hopped on the treadmill and ran for 5 minutes then hopped off and did 10 push-ups and then planked for as long as I could hold it.
Then back on the treadmill for 5 minutes of running then 10 push-ups then a plank.
Wash, rinse, repeat.

I did this for 50 minutes and it flew by like a flash.

Here is the results in calorie burning language.

I feel awesome.

How often do you workout? How’s it working out for you?


11 comments to Run, Push, Plank, Repeat

  • Arthur

    I try to hit 5 good days a week…but I’m still trying to get to your level of calorie burn/time combo. It’s worked pretty well…I’m down like 45 lbs so far…but I’ve got at least 20 to go and so I feel like I need to kick it up a notch to go ahead and reach my goal.

  • your wife

    (I promise that I don’t feel compelled to comment on each and every blog post you make) That being said, I am really glad that you got me into going to the gym and exercising, because I love it!

  • Glenn
    Twitter: FatBrain262

    Did you ever look at the Mio strapless HRMs or consider them? How does the strap feel when you work out? Does it rub against your skin or become a bother in any way? I’ve been considering using one so any input appreciated. Also why did you settle in on the Polar FT4? Price? Input parameters and/or accuracy? Convenience?

    Can you also clue me in on what type of scale you are using and how accurate it is? My current scale drives me crazy with the different weights I can get within the same minute so I’m looking for an alternative there also.

    • hank

      Glenn, research led me to believe that the Polar products are the most reliable and accurate. I found mine on Amazon I have read that the HRM’s WITHOUT chest straps are not as accurate. I have not had any issues with the chest strap. I know it’s there but I while working out it does not cause discomfort.

      I am using the EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale that I also got from Amazon. You can find links to both products on my 3rd Quarter Stock Report post (

  • kaysi

    You’re so motivating!! My working out (which is NOTHING near what yours is) has all but vanished over the past couple of months. You make me want to pick it back up!!

  • James

    Hank, sounds like a good session. Do you use a local gym or a home gym?

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