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January 27, 2012

A few times during my runs I’ve thought about how easy it would be to workout if there were a C25K type program for all exercises. I like my kettlebells and all, but with C25K I don’t have to think about anything. The only active participation on my part is putting one foot in front of the other. My iPhone app does all the real work. This time around I’m not even looking at the program from day to day. I don’t want to know how many minutes or how many sets I have to do tomorrow. I just want to keep running until my phone tells me to stop.

I did P90X for just over a month, but between moving houses, the holidays and my general sense of laziness (which I’m currently trying to shake again) it only lasted as long as it did. There were parts I liked. I still use the Stretch X DVD, but on other discs (Yoga X in particular) Tony Horton kicks up the annoying factor, seeming to put more importance on just getting through the entire workout, rather than actually benefiting from the individual exercises. Overall though, the program has its good points. I’ll more than likely go back to it in the future, but with three separate 90-day programs contained in the DVD set, I feel no need to purchase P90X2.

What I have run across is the 100Pushups program. Super similar to C25K, this six-week program lays out three daily routines for each week. In addition to a time investment of only 30 minutes per week, if one was so inclined, it could be done on the C25K off days and still leave seventh day each week to rest. How biblical.

The website even contains link to sibling programs such as 200Situps, 200Squats and 150Dips. And there’s an app for all of them. There’s even a 25Pullups program on the way, but while you wait they welcome you to order a copy of Brett Stewart’s “7 Weeks to 50 Pull-ups.”

I don’t plan on keeping a written record of my progress through these, but I thought I would share with those of you who might be interested.

And in the spirit of sharing, here’s some disc golf footage because there hasn’t been enough of that here lately. tests the new Anode putter from MVP out soon!

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