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Quick, guys, what will two cents and a workout give you? Since the monetary investment will never break the bank, the follow-up is the meat of the equation. As a matter of fact, keep your two cents. They add up, you know, and if during every workout session, you keep two cents in your pocket, you will soon need another pocket. But let’s not celebrate just yet. Although the monetary investment is easy to bear, your time and dedication to the routine will cost some investment, but even then, the investment will offer a worthwhile benefit in about five weeks. Then you may celebrate.

A man’s man’s workout plan must challenge body and soul. There are plenty of routines designed to bulk you up, make you lean and mean, target specific body areas or replace fat with muscle. And there are routines that will require moderate to significant to exotic investment in workout machines down to easily expensed dumbbells and kettlebells.

A Man’s Man’s Two-Cent Workout Plan

Let’s concentrate on routines that actually cost two cents or less. The expense in time is not any more or less than would be devoted to the machines. You can be just about anywhere, dressed as comfortably as you wish. Devote thirty minutes per day, three to four alternating days per week. The following suggestions will increase your heart rate – these are aerobic in nature and will quickly get your heart beating at the rate which will challenge it to work safely but effectively – and burn the hiding calories uselessly lodged in and around muscle tissue. If you are overweight to any degree, it is suggested that you first consult with your physician to accurately assess your weight, heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate and condition just to be sure you are up to your planned exercise routine. This is supposed to improve your life, not put it at risk.

Alternate the sequence of routines day to day, but do all three routines during a complete session. Rest one day between workout sessions. Ready?

Push-ups with an optional wrinkle: you know the regular routine. Lay prone on the ground, face down, hands flat on the ground beneath your shoulders, legs straight with feet resting on toes. Push up until arms are straight, and then lower your body to the ground. Repeat as often as you can for ten minutes, or alternate to the wrinkle in five minutes.

The wrinkle: rotate your body right or left along the body axis so that one hand is flat on the ground with arm straight. Hold the other arm straight up into the air. Now lower your body, bending just at the elbow until your flat hand and shoulder just meet. Repeat as many reps as you can over three minutes. Turn, place your other hand flat on the ground and repeat for three minutes.

Next routine: sit-ups. Lie flat on the ground on your back with your hands tucked beneath your head and your legs either flat or tucked up with your feet near your butt. Sit straight up using your abdominals, not by pulling your head with your arms. Fall back under control by the abdominals to the ground and repeat for ten minutes.

Next routine: squats. Stand straight, arms at your sides. Step forward with one leg and, keeping your upper body straight, bend down on that leg until the thigh is perpendicular with the ground and the other knee almost touches the ground. Push back to a standing position using the forward leg, then repeat the routine with the other leg stepped forward. Repeat for ten minutes.

Valerie Johnston is a health and fitness writer located in East Texas. With ambitions of one day running a marathon, writing for Healthline.com ensures she keeps up-to-date on all of the latest health and fitness news.
This is a guest post. The information and opinions are strictly that of the writer and not of the owners of this blog.

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You hear so many stories about people who get up one day and do a long endurance event. I spoke a man just this morning that decided one day to do the comrades marathon. The comrades is an ultra marathon from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in South Africa. Its 89 kilometres! Is it just training or is it built into us to do that?
So how much is training? How much is genetics? Could I get up with some training and run 89 km in 12 hours or less? Probably.
I think from experience that what event you is irrelevant because I think that there are very few events accessible to most people that we cannot do if we trained for it. The difference is how quickly we finish and how much we enjoy the event. This is where the genetic side comes in.

I have not met or heard of anybody who has done now training for a long endurance event and managed to finish. I am talking about events of 6 or 7 hours or more – the ultra marathons and iron man events. Under training us probably the biggest problem in any sporting event. If two people did the same training – one would do better than the other every time. I am counting out bad luck and illness etc. This the genetic difference!

This has obviously no researched proof but collected from years of observations at sporting events and information and knowledge gained throughout that time.

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Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that I would enter and complete the Argus, and I am happy to say that I have done it. In the process, it exceeded all of my expectations!

The one thing that totally made the whole experience was cycling with the Cows.The people organising the Cows made me feel so welcome and part of something great. The support from the Cows and the support on the side of the road was incredible. It shifted the focus from doing the Argus and trying to do an impressive time, to doing the race to help raise money for CHOC. Even though I cycled on my own, I never felt like I was on my own, there were always other cow cyclists around motivating me to keep on going.

The day started at sparrow fart, after not much sleep during the night. But waking up on the Sunday and thinking there are no more sleeps; the day is finally here definitely got me going. I get goose bumps thinking about it now.

The race was going so well until my chain came off. I must have had someone powerful watching over me to remind me to uncleet (take my shoes out of the pedals) before trying to work out how to fix the chain situation. I have a habit of forgetting to uncleet with the result of falling, entertaining to others but can be pretty painful.

I have never had to try and get the chain back on before. To make things more interesting, it managed to come off and get wedged between the gear and the frame of the bike. I managed to get it all back on like a total rock star and I was off again.

The scenery was totally amazing! There were certain parts along the race where there was a slight breeze off the sea and it felt like there was an air conditioner blowing, it was a welcomed addition.

Being from Durban and having never driven the route, I am not sure exactly where we were in the race,  but we had just come up quite a hill and we had reached the flat. We were all going a quite a fast pace, only to see a massive baboon on the side of the road trying to cross the road. That was all I needed, to be taken out by a baboon! Fortunately there were lots of conservation people keeping the baboons from crossing the road.

As the day progressed the heat increased. Some amazing people in the towns were spraying the road with their hose pipes, which was a total life saver. Throughout all the training and the morning I was worrying about Chapman’s peak and Suikerbossie hills. Let me tell you, NOTHING in the world can ever prepare you for Chapman’s or Suikerbossie until you have driven or cycled up it. I was so fortunate to be cycling with another cow at the bottom of Chapman’s peak and he helped me stay focused and keep going. There were many times when I wanted to get off and walk, but he was right there telling me to just put my head down and keep going. What I battled with on Chapman’s, besides feeling like i was cycling in a sauna (it was 42 degrees at the top of Chapman’s peak), was that I didn’t know how long it was. What happens is this: you look and see what you think is the end of the hill, put your head down and go for it, only to get there and see that you are not even half way! I conquered Chapman’s peak and so proud of myself for not giving up!

 

But after all that, I reached the finish line and that feeling of finishing and accomplishing something that I never thought I would have, it was totally worth it!Again the Cows were amazing after the race. There was no one asking what your time was, just congratulating you on finishing giving us a place to sit in the shade, something to drink and a burger.

I will definitely be back next year!

 

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