JANUARY 6, 2008 - MARCH 1, 2008*
1. Increase endurance/running ability.
I'm not a runner. I've never been a runner. Running scares me more than the idea of a Post-Apocalyptic Nightmare Scenario, as my body is built for spitting out babies and toiling in the fields, not for a quick (on in my case, slow) getaway. I know that there's a billion different ways to start running, but I've selected the Couch-to-5K Training Plan. While I'm not a full-on couch potato, the physical component of The Post-Apocalyptic Workout is a wee bit daunting and I need to ensure that I don't injure myself from the get-go.
2. Increase/build base of strength.
However, I am moronically excited about heading back into the gym to begin a proper weightlifting program. I've been lifting off and on for nearly ten years now, although for the past year it's been mostly-off, which is why I'm going to start with a beginner's split routine from my friend Krista's Women's Weight Training site. In a conversation we had via email, she mentioned that it might be useful to have some explosive-type moves, so I'm going to sub in a pause bench (see sidebar here) for the bench press and a push press(see variation #1 here) for the overhead shoulder press. I'll start easing down the reps depending on how my body reacts to training and eventually transition toward a different split and introducing the different styles of deadlift. But I'll explain further our next challenge.
3. Increase sprints/biking.
Not only do I not own a bike, but my I can't afford one. However, I do work at a spinning gym, and can spin for free, so my bike training will be inside on the spin bike. I realize that it would be more useful to train on a road bike on, well, the actual road. But there's going to be plenty in times during this project when I'm going to have to settle for what's practical over what's optimal. C'est la post-apocalyptic vie.
Of course, if the shit hits the fan, I'm sure we're gonna be minus a few million people, and some of them might be bike owners.
4. Decrease food consumption.
I currently consume between 1700-2000 calories a day to maintain my weight (164 pounds as of 1/6/2008.) I've been mulling over what my eating plan should be. Less fresh food, since I won't be able to grow stuff right away? Less processed food, although processed stuff will most likely survive the nuclear winter? Less convenience food? I haven't exactly figured this out yet, but I'm leaning toward not using my microwave, and eating only what theoretically I could grow/hunt/would survive the fallout. I'm going to do the best I can, but again, practical may win over optimal. Stay tuned.
1. Basic First Aid/CPR (Infant, Child, Adult)
2. Veterinary First Aid
The Red Cross supposedly offers Pet First Aid classes, but every Southern California chapter on this list doesn't have any classes scheduled or is full. If you've got any leads on affordable (~$50) Pet First Aid classes in the Los Angeles area, please email me.
1. U.S. Army Survival Manual (free to download!)
My training calendar (click for full size.):
If you choose to follow The Post-Apocalyptic Workout Plan, you do so at your own risk. It's recommended that you see a Medical Professional before embarking on any sort of fitness endeavor, and only you know your body and what it's capable of doing. I would recommend that you begin slowly, listen to your body, warm up and cool down and stretch adequately. Because she says it better than I would, check out Mistress Krista's advice on using proper form and what to do in case of injury.
I also take no responsibility should you follow the recommendations of any commenter of this site. Just remember to be safe and use common sense. Those are two things that are going to help you survive post-apocalypse, too.