Buff Buddies Week 16: Finale

It is the last week of the Buff Buddies series meaning my 16-week Buff Buddies journey comes to an end. For week 16 I stayed active for every single day with a variety of exercises including long runs, 8 mile hikes, weight lifting, Parkour, and Martial Arts. I surpassed my weekly 14-hour goal for myself by a good few hours. Overall it was a fantastic last week to end Buff Buddies.

When I started my Buff Buddies journey I felt like I was not fulfilling a satisfying workout regime. There were days I often skipped workouts which showed itself through my physique and physical abilities. When I took up Buff Buddies my goal was to try to push myself harder each week so I showed progress through each Buff Buddies post. I felt like I accomplished that for the most part and now will take this experience to keep pushing myself hard well after Buff Buddies.

In week 0 I mentioned a quick few goals I wanted to complete after my 16 weeks:

LIST OF GOALS

Rock climb a V4 Route (Week 0’s Best: V2, Week 16’s Best: V4)
5:00 Minute mile (Week 0’s Best: 6:25, Week 0’s Best: 6:01)
20 consecutive pull Ups (Week 0’s Best: 12 Week 16’s Best: 16)
Swim 500m in 11:00 minutes (Week 0’s Best: 15:10, Week 16’s best: 10:26)

Despite only accomplishing half of my goals I did manage to accomplish at least two of them as well as progress in the two I didn’t complete. I feel like I may have over-estimated my running and pull up goals. With the addition of my regular workouts and physical training I found it hard to consistently fit in workouts for my pull ups and speed runs. Although, this does not mean I’m going to give up on them. I put these down as long-term goals that I plan on accomplishing before the end of this year. I will be posting updates on this in my personal blog.

Now to take a look at my physical results:

Week 0:
Weight: 151 lbs
Body Fat %: 9%

Week 16:
Weight: 153 lbs
Body Fat %: 7%

Body Photo Comparison

While I may have not have gone as far as weight gain goes I am proud to find I have lost some body fat along the way. There also seems to be some noticeable differences in my Parkour training in what I can do and how much better I can do it. It feels that my improvement in Parkour becomes a reflection of my 16-weeks of doing Buff Buddies. I am grateful this Buff Buddies challenge existed, it really gave me the push I needed to get back on my regular workout regime and continue to improve myself further than before. I may have not have met all my goals but I certainly feel like I have the tools I need to keep growing. I hope everyone who joined in on the Buff Buddies challenge also saw some noticeable improvements in the end. Let what you have accomplished during these 16 weeks help you go strong for the rest of your life. Keep training hard!

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Buff Buddies Week 15: Wrapping Up

It’s nearing the last week of Buff Buddies. This entry will be another short one. The snow is starting to melt so I planned on doing one last snow boarding trip before winter ends.

Week 15 was definitely a fun week. My girlfriend and I have this traditional bad movie marathon where we would watch bad movies and eat junk food the entire day before Valentine’s Day. This year, however, we actually went with a less junk food filled route and stuck to more healthier options such as vegetables with hummus, zucchini bagel sandwiches, and tortellini soup. On Valentine’s day we set out to go hiking for several hours then chowing on Udon and catching the Deadpool movie.

The rest of the week I spent pushing myself in my Parkour training. I am working hard to get into the advance classes before this summer. I have been showing a lot of progress in such a short amount of time since joining the classes. Now that week 15 is over I will be moving on to the final week of Buff Buddies to do a recap of the entire adventure. Good luck to my fellow buff buddies on their final week!

Buff Buddies Week 12-14: Climbing Higher

It’s been a little while since my last Buff Buddies entry. I recently had some technical issues with my blog making me unable to post my latest update. The past 3 weeks have definitely been a mix of feelings from entertaining to exhausting to say the least.

In week 12 I continued on my personal challenge to do the Spartan Workout of the Day (WOD) every day. I ended up succeeding in nearly all of them, except for Saturday, which tasked me to run over 3 hours consecutively. Instead I went for a much shorter run then went rock climbing. I ended up knocking down a Buff Buddies fitness goal, where I successfully climbed a V4 route. I am proud that I’ve come so far in my rock climbing abilities since a year ago where I was dominated by my friend’s 12-year sister as she climbed V3’s with ease while I struggled with V1’s.

Week 13 was pretty eventful. The school work is starting to pick up so it was becoming more of a struggle to balance exercise, school, and work. I still managed to get in my workouts in by really pushing myself to complete my work. I felt that week 13 may have been one of the most stressful weeks to keep on exercising. In week 13 I was enrolled in my Parkour academy’s Level 2 classes. The Parkour academy I go to is now transitioning to a leveling system and will be creating advanced level classes(Level 3) later this year. From what I learned, Level 3 will be really intense, so I’m hoping to fine tune my techniques in Level 2 before testing into the Level 3 classes.

Week 14 was a very entertaining week. I enrolled in a martial arts class to learn how to sword fight. My friend was having a birthday party and I had a lot of fun doing more leisure workouts like bowling after my usual workout regime. On Saturday I was invited to a film festival and had trouble parking. I ended up parking 2 miles uphill and running back and forth to try to catch the film. I ended up being a little late due to how hectic traffic was, but I still got a great run from it. The day afterwards my girlfriend and I tried snowshoeing for the first time and went on a 3-hour long hike. At the end of the day we spent a good few hours having cocoa and building snowmen.

Only 2 more weeks until the Buff Buddies challenge is over. I hope everyone has been keeping up with their workout goals and finishing off with a high note!

Buff Buddies Week 1: Highs and Lows

So I feel I had a successful first week overall. There were definitely some hiccups along the way. My aim was to do Parkour/Freerunning/Tricking every single day this week, but due to school and work, I only managed to do them five days this week. My diet has definitely been superb. I cut the fat, increased the protein, and switch to a high-fiber diet. I feel a lot healthier and less stressed throughout today.

In my last log, I had several specific workout goals I wanted to achieve. I presented the stats and my all-time best record for each stat. This time I did a test of each stat to get my current best record. This week I was only able to get a measure of run time and pull up count.

On the positive side, I convinced my girlfriend to join me in my workouts. She told me she is willing to join me for leisure exercises such as Frisbee and Yoga. She did promise to join me in Krav Maga next time I do it.
Workout
Breakdown of my workouts since last Friday(November 6th)

  • Friday – Tricking: 540 kicks(1 Hour)
    Saturday – Freerunning: Cartwheel variations, Penny Drops, and Castaways(2 Hours)
    Sunday – Frisbee & Yoga(1 hour)
    Monday – Krav Maga(1 Hour), Pull Up Training(.5 hours), Gymnastics: Handstand Push-Up training, Planche progression (1 hour)
    Tuesday- Frisbee(.5 Hour)
    Wednesday – 2.5 Mile walk. Running (.5 hour)
    Thursday – Tricking: 540 Kicks & Yoga (1 Hour)

    Total: 8.5 Hours

Result: Not bad, but I feel like I can kick up my workout time more. This week I’m going to shoot for an average of 1.5-2 hours each day aiming for a total of 10-14 hours each week.

Stats
Weight: 152 lb(+1 lb since last week)
Body Fat %: 9%(+0% since last week)

Body Photo

Result: I feel glad my weight gain doesn’t seem to be a fat gain. With any luck I can continuing growing stronger.

Goal Records:

Pull ups(Goal: 20, Best Ever: 16, Most This Week: 12)
Mile/Min(Goal: 5:00, Best Ever: 6:25, Most This week: 8:21)

Result: Will just need to keep trying!

Overall Conclusion
This week’s stats have some high and lows, but pretty much expected for my first week. I aim to keep growing stronger and will push on as much as I need to. I am looking forward to when my semester ends so I can start working on my swim and rock climbing goals.

Hope everyone had a wonderful week 1! Keep on growing strong!

Week 0: The FitBuddies Challenge

On November 6th, the internet film company known as Roosterteeth posted a video about 3 of their employees who aim to work out and lose weight. They call themselves “Buff Buddies” and encouraged others who want to join them to post weekly journals documenting their experiences.  I decided to take up the challenge to join them on their 16-week quest to be stronger.

I am not really new to Physical fitness. I am very avid in both Parkour and Running for the past couple of years. It was actually earlier in June this year I’ve completed my first Marathon after 18-weeks of intensive training. However, after I finished my marathon I started to slack in my physical fitness regime.

I use to be the kind of guy who worked out 2 hours a day and eat salads like it was the only thing I knew how to eat. Nowadays, I slipped into the bad habit of sitting on my butt and eating junk food. I feel like if myself from a year ago and me today got into a fitness competition I’ll get my ass kicked. I don’t like that, so I am now making the pledge to become stronger every single day.

Goals:

Short-Term(16-Weeks)
Rock climb a V4 Route (Current Best: V2)
5:00 Minute mile (Current Best: 6:25)
20 consecutive pull Ups (Current Best: 16)
Swim 500m in 11:00 minutes (Current Best 15:10)

Long-Term(1 year)

Spartan 5k (Under 50:00)
Swim 1600m/1 mile consecutively
Front Flip
Back Flip
Side Flip

Stats

Current
Age:           21
Height:    5′ 11
Weight: 151 lbs
Body Fat: 9%
 
2.6.2014
Age: 20
Height: 5’11
Weight: 135 lbs
Body Fat: 6%
 
Body Photo

Workout
I do not have a gym membership and the only work out equipment I have is at the Parkour academy I go to. Most of my exercises will consist of Martial Arts, Rock Climbing, Running, Swimming, and Gymnastics. I will be logging my exercises at the end of each week.

Good luck to my fellow Buff Buddies, I wish you the best in your workouts!