The MTT Workout
1. I didn't know where to put this. Hopefully this is ok here or maybe the lobby...
2. This is probably a stupid post.
So, I like playing online poker but I've noticed that I have been a bit soft around the mid section. My chest, arms, legs are starting feel a bit less strong and it's because I really haven't been working out regularly. So, I decided to try and figure a way to combine both playing an MTT and getting in some exercise.
I started doing this about 2 weeks ago to see how the results would be and I think they have been pretty good so far as far as working out goes. I've noticed more strength and much less muscle fatigue. MTT results haven't been so favorable.
This is a strictly strength/shaping/toning building workout, but I am trying ways to fit in cardio as well. A laptop is needed for this because it will allow you to not only workout, but also keep up with the game as well. The workout is a full body workout that covers:
-Chest/triceps with push-ups and push-up variations
-Abs with crunches and crunch variations
-Biceps/triceps with curls/kickbacks
-Back with bent over rows w/ dumbbells
-Shoulders with overhead shoulder presses
-Thighs/Hams/glutes with squats/lunges
-Calves with toe raises
-For exercises that uses weights (curls, presses, rows, kickbacks) use a much lighter weight than you normally would.
-If you don't have dumbbells, stick with push-ups, crunches, lunges, squats, and toe raises for decent full body workout.
-As far as variations, I like to switch it of with each new number of reps. So, I might do 9 reps of normal push-ups, followed by 5 reps of diamond push-ups.
-The number of reps you will do for a particular workout will determine on the cards that you are dealt. Numbers have equal value. For beginners, I would keep JKQA = 10. For more of a challenge: J=11, Q=12, K=13, A=14. Add the two cards together for the total number of reps you'll do.
So, if you're doing pushups and you're dealth 49, 4+9=13, so you would do 13 push-ups.
-Aim for controlled reps and focus on form more than anything. For high number of reps, stop if you need to but try to really finish. For low number of reps, rest after is probably not need and you can just continue. For higher number of reps, rest if you need to but try to keep it at 30s-1m max. Of course, you will get min-rest when you stop to tend to the game, but get right back into the workout.
-The next number of reps you will do will be the next hand you are dealt when you're ready to continue. So, if you only have to do 5 push-ups, that might be the very next hand. But if you had to do 22 push-ups, 2-3 hands might be dealt in that time but you don't worry about those. Only the hand you're dealt when you continue is the number of reps you'll do.
-Since this isn't a set number of reps/set (25 reps x 4 sets), we will base our sets on a time limit. I have a little timer that I set for 10 minutes and I do as many reps (determined by the cards) as I can in that time. Then I rest for 1-2 minutes and then repeat 3x or 2x if beginning for each exercise. Sometimes, you'll get it easy and have nothing but low reps and the next time, you're having to squeeze out back to back to back high reps. So, it really keeps your muscles alert because nothing is routine, so it doesn't adapt.
-Also, since the length you'll be playing is undetermined, you may finish a complete body workout and all sets or you might get cut short with a knockout. Just fire up another MTT and continue.
-Don't force yourself. Be safe about this and if you know you can't continue, stop and rest as long as you need. Try again and if still not, move to another exercise.
-Push-up: on floor, in front of you.
-Crunches: In front of you with the bottom resting against your knees, screen tilted towards you.
-Bent over rows: On surface level with eyes during the exercise.
-Everything else: Place laptop on surface that is at least eye level.
-to stretch before and after workout.
-go for form and rest when you need to. Don't over exert yourself
-drink plenty of water.
-eat well and try to get plenty of good carbs and protiens after your workout to feed the muscles.