First, after spending some time trying to find exercise related information on the 'net, what a refreshing surprise this site was! No fantastic marketing pitch pushing a training plan I have to buy NOW because there are only 300 left! Just great ideas and information...
Anyway, I'm a reasonably active 26 year old male. I've been cycle commuting for a couple of months now and it got me more interested in exercise, primarily I'd like to get stronger (my personal goal is to do a handstand push-up) and fitter (primarily for cycling).
So I'm going to start following simplefit for a while, because I think the structure and stuff will help. I have some questions though...
- is the idea to really drive yourself into the ground on the workouts? I've read a bit about crossfit and exercising until you puke etc. While I don't doubt its effective I can't believe its that good for you in the long term... Do people still see the effective results working at a more 'normal' level?
- how much other stuff can you get away with doing while following the program? Is it safe to do cardio on the off days for example. I cycle commute 12 miles round trip 3/4 days a week, and usually at least twice a week I like to push it hard enough that I feel it in my legs the next day. Is this still OK or should I ease up on the cycling? Also I started getting into indoor rowing - would it be safe to push that, either intervals or longer distances on the off days from the simplefit program (instead of not as well as the cycling)? What about weights? Not needed at all on this, or an occasional blast of big weighted compound exercises could be worth it?
Thing is this takes a pretty short time, and since i've now returned to further education I actually have quite a bit more time available for exercise activities... The cycling has to stay for transport but I can tone it down - I would really like to keep up some rowing though. I was planning to follow this plan (link below), but it seems pretty heavy so I wanted to take a few months to build up some strength and muscle first (I'm a bit scrawny).
Do you think it could fit in with simplefit?
Any advice greatfully received... Looking forward to starting actually - but I wore myself out already this morning trying various different press-ups from other sites before I found this!