I am currently in a challenge with a friend to lose the most weight inside of 30 days. As part of this challenge, I am going to run an experiment regarding whether or not I can break my personal lying leg raise record within seven days. I think I need more than a week, but I guess we’ll see.
Why the Lying Leg Raise Record?
Judging from the pictures I take of myself now, I can see that a lot of definition is developing in various parts of my body. However, my belly is still a bit on the bloated side. The lying leg raise is an easy exercise that focuses attention on the abdominal muscles. It’s my goal to shrink my gut some more.
The lying leg raise is perhaps one of the easier ab workouts anyone can do. I should be working on intermediate exercises by now, but it’s one of my favorites.
Keeping Me Motivated
I only have two weeks left and I haven’t lost an incredible amount of weight. Focusing on breaking a few records in the mean time will keep me motivated. If I blog about it, I get the sense others are also watching and I don’t want to look foolish in front of spectators.
And that’s one of the main aspects to achieving any goal, if you think about it. It’s all about being motivated to continue and keeping up the momentum. In the past, I’ve had many difficulties trying to keep myself focused on virtually any task. I tend to do things half-way then simply give up.
This time, I don’t want giving up to be part of whether I succeed or not in the one-month weight loss challenge. Breaking my lying leg raise record keeps my head in the game and works towards losing weight.
Self-Esteem and Confidence Boosting
Breaking any personal record is a great way to boost confidence and self-esteem. This is another aspect of maintaining health and fitness that will benefit various aspects of your life. Whether it’s a personal decision or facing the day at your career, feeling good about yourself changes everything.
Speaking from experience, I feel a great swell of pride each time I accomplish a personal goal. Doing something like breaking my lying leg raise record feeds into that sense of pride. Even if it is just by one repetition, it’s still one more than I wasn’t able to do in the past. And that’s the purpose of this whole experiment…to be better than I am today.
How Will I Go About Breaking My Record?
So, let me plan out my week of “training” to break my lying leg raise record. First, I need to establish how many I can do at this moment in time. Currently, I am able to do 22 continuous repetitions before it feels like my stomach is on fire. Which is a step up from the 10 I was only able to do when I weighed 275 pounds.
In order to surpass my record, I’ll need to spend the week working on my abs and stamina. After all, breathing and endurance is all part of being able to sustain any physical activity.
- Walk at least 2 miles: This has helped me lose 20 pounds since moving to Los Angeles five months ago.
- 3 sets of lying leg raises @ 10 reps each: This helps to build consistency and strength.
- 3 sets of glute bridges @ 15 reps each: Only because I want to firm up my butt.
- 3 sets of incline push-ups @ 20 reps each: I simply want to keep my chest, triceps and shoulders in check.
- 3 sets of standing toe touches @ 1 minute each: These are great for lower back and hamstring development.
- Walk at least 2 miles: Always good for increasing stamina and getting the heart pumping.
- 3 sets of scissor kicks @ 10 reps each: Works on abs as well as obliques from balance.
- 3 sets of glute bridges @ 15 reps each: I wouldn’t mind having someone stare at my ass as I walk away…in a good way.
- 3 sets of incline push-ups @ 20 reps each: These will help me strengthen up for when I go for my push-up record next.
- 3 sets of standing toe touches @ 1 minute each: I cannot express how this simple exercise has helped my golf game.
- Walk at least 2 miles: Increasing my pace and speed help in training for my running record I will set soon.
- 3 sets of planks @ 30 seconds each: Another great ab workout that I plan on record-breaking soon as well.
- 3 sets of glute bridges @ 15 reps each: This is an easy exercise almost anyone can do regardless of body size.
- 3 sets of incline push-ups @ 20 reps each: To be honest, I cannot believe the difference these have made in the development of my chest.
- 3 sets of standing toe touches @ 1 minute each: I would love to fold myself up like a laptop case. Let’s just focus on touching my toes first.
And then Sunday will be the day I go for my lying leg raise record.
Why do I mix up the ab workouts throughout the week?
One of the biggest problems many people have when it comes to exercise and physical fitness is monotony. It can get quite boring doing the same routine day in and day out. This is also why a lot of people will have a collection of workout DVDs collecting dust in a closet.
If you can keep yourself engaged by changing the routine, it’s easier to keep focus. You want to prevent yourself from becoming bored with your exercise routines.
Why not do ab workouts every day?
Through experience, I found that focusing too much attention on any one muscle group on a daily basis can easily burn me out. As a result, I wind up keeping myself in a constant state of being uncomfortable. I don’t want my abs to be too tired by next Sunday.
It also helps me keep from viewing the routine as a chore more than training for breaking my lying leg raise record.
Will This Actually Work?
Too be honest, I’m not 100% sure if this is going to work or not. Remember, this is an experiment I am conducting on myself. The goal is to see if the above routine can help me beat my personal lying leg raise record. The secondary goal is to keep me active to lose additional weight for the one month challenge I am in with my friend. So, it may be a win-win for me in the long run.