Exam Season (Oct 2013-Jan 2014):

20m HIIT running everyday. Target heart rate 200bpm.

There is controversy surrounding a heart rate this high, given by my own medical professionals and friends. While I genuinely appreciate their concern, the reality is that Epidemiology only gets you so far when dealing with populations, and by definition, statistics cannot predict anything about an individual. The maximum heart rate is based on various formulas, which list mine in the range of 195-184, which follow a declining trend as the formulas have improved. The target heart rate is 85% of your maximum heart rate, which in my case ranges from 165-156, rounding down. This data is also from those undergoing prolonged periods of time at these heart rates. The beauty of HIIT training is that you only reach this threshold for half of your training period, which in my case is 10m. Although the 50% depends on the type of HIIT routine you follow – there are several.

Truth is, even without this data or rationale, I’d still be doing this. 

But I’m not a doctor. I could peace out any day. 🙂

20m Vipassanā (mindfulness) meditation everyday. 1 hour on weekends.

I have four places where I do this.

The first is sitting on my bed, with a timer set for 20m. This is the most difficult in my opinion, just because it can be a difficult position to stay in for a sustained period of time. I am certain my form is wrong, but I stick through it because I may just be a hypochondriac.

The second is on the subway. It is the most convenient because I have a 20m commute everyday, and an hour long commute on weekends. This was difficult to do for a different reason. It was too fucking comfortable. As someone who has insomnia, there are weird psychological associations that help one fall asleep (same psychological association that makes the idea of a bed and lights off to make you wired). There’s something about the not so steady and thus slightly exciting combination of rocking back and forth, inertia from the turns, and turbulence. It’s soothing to be in something that is in motion. This is my element, I am a shark that cannot stop. Unfortunately, this is the part of me I am trying to control with meditation.

The third place is in a dim antechamber at my college’s library. It is austere and filled with busts, and portraits of previous presidents of the college. I sit on a flat couch here and meditate for 20m.

The fourth place is a mindfulness meetup I go to every week. It’s on a Friday night, so I haven’t been very good at going there, but it’s pretty cool doing it with other people — especially people who have been doing it for far longer than you.

Overall, this is kind of hard. I haven’t been making as much progress as I would have liked to by now, and it is because I am not very consistent with it. I have to quell the shark and become a tree. The great Deku tree.

Bulk Season (Feb 2014 – June 2014)


Sambo training begins

This is what I’ve been waiting for.



  1. looking big, man

    Comment by goult — November 9, 2012 @ 08:05 |Reply

  2. Looks like you’ve got things covered nicely. How do you structure your lifting routine? fullbody?

    Comment by Serratus — June 3, 2013 @ 04:05 |Reply

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