ROM By The Numbers: June Body Fat Analysis

Weigh InHitting the halfway-mark in ROMming, many of you want to know: How fat am I?

Well, here are the stats from Dr. Joe at North Raleigh Chiropractic:

29.8%  bodyfat

76.8 lbs of fat

181.2 pounds of lean muscle, bone,etc.

This is actually a 1.2% increase from our previous measurement, darn it all to heck.

What do I have to say for myself? What do I have to say for the ROM? Well, I can hardly blame this on the ROM; in the past six weeks I’ve been traveling a lot – to Maryland, New York City, and Little Rock. When out of town, I’m not ROMming (I hear Tony Robbins has his ROM shipped to his every motivational speaking gig; I do not have this luxury, alas) and I’m not usually eating as healthily – you’d better believe I enjoyed me some New York cuisine!

So…I’m back on my glorious four-minute regimen, and Jasmin’s delicious, healthy food. I’m going to start doing bodyfat analysis weekly, with a scale, so we can monitor these results more closely. Stay tuned!

ROM by the Numbers: Jubilee Lifts

IMG_1491Imagine having a little girl who very much likes to ‘fly’ by jumping on her daddies shins and being propelled into the air.

WHEEE!

Back in the day, pre-ROM, I could do maybe three or four of these before my abs felt like they were going to rip out of my torso. It’s basically like doing crunches with a little person attached to you. But now, six months in, guess how many I can do comfortably?

21.

And she’s only getting heavier, folks. : ) IMG_1492

So My Neighbor Breaks Into My Garage…

garage_openShocking, I know. He’s someone I’ve known and trusted for years, since college. But sometimes, at 7 in the morning (whenever I’m up that early), I hear a sound in my garage. By the time I check, I usually see a car whizzing around the cul-de-sac. For you see, my neighbor has been breaking into my garage every morning for months.

Now it helps that he has a key – very clever of him. And it also helps that he doesn’t take anything – except for some time and usage of my ROM. I asked my regular intruder what this surreptitious experience has been like for him thus far – here’s what he’s got to say for himself:

I am an insurance agent and my days are busy most every day until it’s dark. I find it hard to get out and get a run in or go workout. I was looking for something to start my day, but without having to pay a gym fee and get up at 5am since I am not really a morning person. Mike had mentioned trying this range of motion thing and I was not sure it would work but I wanted to try. He said if I worked out for four minutes, I would become more toned and loss weight. So I started using the Rom after the first of the year and at that time I weighed close 180 lbs. I also started a “no sweets diet” for about a month and a half. After the diet and using the ROM almost every weekday and playing ultimate frisbee on the weekends I was down to 170 by April 20! Currently I am back to eating fairly normal, which for me is a lot, and I have maintained weight at 170. My next goal is to see if I can drop another five pounds by the end of July. If nothing else the ROM has been a great way to start my day!

Not a morning person and yet in my garage around 6 or 7 every morning? You could’ve fooled me, neighbor.

Medieval Torture or Spinal Rejuvenation?

TortureIn addition to ROMming for my exercise, I’ve been on the lookout for potentially related natural services or vistas being offered that aid others on their whole-health journeys. One I kept on hearing about was the Spinal Rejuvenation Table, something that would relieve disc pressure and aid the healing and relaxation of old discs. Having received chiropractic care since childhood (with no serious injuries sustained), my low-back is in great shape – but I was curious as to what the experience might be for others. I asked Dr. Joe Harris at North Raleigh Chiropractic if I could film a Spinal Rejuvenation procedure & speak to a patient about their experience. He agreed, and we found a patient brave enough to be a YouTube star. This is the result:

I became pretty interested in the procedure myself, and underwent my own session. (I filmed it, but the tripod positioned my camera in the wrong place so it cut off most of the procedure. Alas, this film shall never see the light of day) My experience is much like that of the patient’s I interviewed: It feels uncomfortable at first, but then strangely right. Afterward, I felt a definite difference in my spine – a certain ‘lightness.’ I won’t be continuing Spinal Rejuvenation therapy in Raleigh as we’re moving this summer, but when I get to Atlanta, who knows?

ROM by the Numbers: Benchmarking, May 2009

http://www.paragonbpm.com/Assets/Picture/Financial-Management-Bench-Mark-Study-15623.jpgI’ve been losing weight and building muscle this year on the ROM; this we know.  But what about stamina, strength, and endurance? These are all important barometers of overall vitality. Earlier this year I did some benchmarking to measure these areas:

  1. Step test to measure aerobic endurance
  2. Push ups to test upper body strength
  3. Sit ups to test abdominal or trunk strength
  4. Squats to measure lower body strength

Here’s how I did in February:

  • Step test – 120 beats per minute in the minute (Ugh – Poor)
  • 21 push-ups ’till maxing out (’Average’ for men)
  • 31 sit-ups in a minute (Average)
  • 41 squats ’till maxing out (’Good’)

So I did these tests again – here’s how I’m doing now:

  • Step test – 106 beats per minute in the minute (‘Below average’ – but better than ‘Poor’!)
  • 33 push-ups ’till maxing out (Still ‘Average,’ but higher)
  • 39 sit-ups in a minute (Above average!)
  • 48 squats ’till maxing out (’Good’)

So there we have it: in four minutes a day across a few months, I already have improvement across the board in heartrate and stamina. Who knows, perhaps by the end of this year I’ll be able to submit one of these?