As the years go on, mountain biking hasn't been enough to keep me fit. I built the van to help get the mountain bikes and kayaks out, but ended up going on long weekend trips all the time...and that doesn't help the fitness level. With a heart rate monitor hooked up, I know that I've burned 3500 calories during a 7 hour Enduro ride, but that just wears you out and makes you hungry for a burger and beer, not build up your muscles and cardi.
Last year I got on the Bill Phillips 12 week program which combines weight lifting, cardio, and eating right, all in six days on, one day off (including eating anything you want that day).
I lost 15 pounds in 5 weeks. Was feeling great, riding and paddling strong, then ripped my shoulder while warming up on the bench press (like nothing I've ever heard before). Haven't been able to get back on it since.
Scott, I will only go to the Gym first thing in the morning before work. I just can't be in a gym during the afternoon or evening when ther is so much else to do. When do you guys go?
Life is short, Paddle often
'03 Chevy Astro w/ NP233C 4x4 electronic shift transfer case, 4-5" Overlandvans lift kit, 4:10's w/ Detroit Locker, Rancho 9000 adjustable shocks w/ in-dash remote & onboard air compressor, 255 70R16 AT's or 245/75 16 MT/Rs depending, GTRV pop top w/ sleeper, Carefree Awning, Gaucho couch, Coleman Fridge, and tons of Thule
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