For fun, a physical fitness bucket list, nothing too crazy, all realistic for me. After seeing what I've been able to accomplish in the past 4 months with a less than excellent diet, and slightly over training myself (not a good thing), and having some difficulties sleeping, I'm surprised other people seem to struggle so hard accomplishing what are honestly really minimal fitness goals, even in perfectly healthy people.
- Squat 2.5x bodyweight
- Deadlift 3x bodyweight
- Bench 2x bodyweight
- Weigh 200 lbs
- 150 pushups
- 50 chinups
- Walk a mile with 1x my bodyweight on a barbell in any amount of time
- Complete a marathon in any amount of time
- Hike the Appalachian Trail in any amount of time
- Carry a fully grown adult that is injured / in danger with my bare hands to safety (LIKE A REAL MAN)
Right now, I'm just powerlifting, following the popular, simple stronglifts program to gain mass and strength. I don't think it makes sense to say, doing bodyweight, strength, and cardiovascular (endurance and speed) training all at the same time. That sounds like serious overtraining to me, and I wonder at football coaches in high school that overwork their players sometimes believing more = better. 2-a-days are silly. So, one thing at a time here.
Nonetheless, I'm amazed at how fast the human body can adapt, and I think most everyone else will be amazed too and stun themselves, if they sincerely tried instead of limiting themselves.
When I started, I could only squat about 105x5x5 (weight in lbs x set x reps), now I'm at 165x5x5.
When I started, I could only deadlift about 135-145x1x5, now I'm at 210x1x5.
When I started, I could only bench about 75,80x5x5, now I'm at 130x5x5 (not quite at 1xplate yet).
I've gained almost 30 lbs in 4 months, that scale moves up almost every day I go to the gym.
My progress is still kinda slow though--not just being stupidly humble there either, I've seen what other people have done, it blows me away, I got set back a little bit at the beginning of this month, so I'm blasting off now.
I already clearly look thicker and more ripped in the mirror [naked, can't really tell with my clothes on yet, although my breasts are starting to stick out of my shirts now, heh, my pants feel a bit tighter] and I'm not even doing a body building routine or anything, just compound barbell movements. I'll post a progress picture in a couple months. One of my friends had a picture of me with my shirt off at a rave in September '09. I was like, "Holy shit, I was that skinny?!" It motivates me, looking at that picture, I keep it on my desktop (it helps me eat my meals), I looked malnourished in that picture, maybe it was the lighting, I'm at a much healthier weight now though.
I have no idea what my 1 rep maxes are since I've never tried.
Pushups and chinups... I never really do them, sometimes I'll just randomly try to do some for fun. I can do about 30 pushups before collapsing, and something like 8 or 9 chinups... Yeah I got a ways to go on those.
I've always wanted to do a marathon, or some sort of long-distance hiking adventure. The Appalachian Trail is an obvious and popular one. I used to work with a guy that completed the entire trail with his wife, and he was like 50 years old. He showed me a bunch of pictures, really beautiful, I would savor the solitude. When I was 14, I ran my fastest mile which was around 5:40, 2 miles at 12:10, I can run decently. With a little training, how hard could a marathon or casually walking really far be?
Once I reach my strength goals, I want to start doing bodyweight exercises, probably follow the routine in Convict Conditioning by Paul Wade, get a set of gymnastic rings and do some stuff on those, do recreational wall climbing... start running around.
I'll let you know in about 6-7 years when I complete all of the above.