Saturday Fitness (Problem Thunor?)

Guest Post by Conrad Hudson

Who do you think you are alliteration? You don’t own me and you don’t own my friend JT. Friday Fitness needs to become Saturday fitness.  Why?  Because JT gets up, he works all week,  he goes straight to the airport, and then flies somewhere.  This leaves very little room for writing on Fridays. Yeah Friday Fitness has a better ring to it than Saturday Fitness. Sure we could change it to Saturday Squats or Sunday Run Day, but alliteration and rhyming work for us, not the other way around! We shall crush you with our massive biceps.

Eduardo not pictured
Muscle's Glasses

You want some alliteration? How about this:

Man: I wish those bloody bells would stop.
Wife: Oh, it’s quite nice dear, it’s Sunday, it’s the church.
Man: What about us atheists? Why should we ‘ave to listen to that sectarian turmoil?
Wife: You’re a lapsed atheist, dear.
Man: The principle’s the same. Bleeding C-of-E. The Mohmedans don’t come ’round here wavin’ bells at us! We don’t get Buddhists playing bagpipes in our bathroom! Or Hindus harmonizing in the hall! The Shintuists don’t come here shattering sheet glass in the shithouse, shouting slogans…
Wife: All right, don’t practice your alliteration on me.

Boom. Alliteration quota fulfilled (plus nerd cred), from now on it shall be known as Saturday Fitness. Also I’m posting this on Wednesday because we ran so fast we accidentally blasted in to the next week. Also JT was busy.  Lastly, WWJTD Fitness team members like myself will be helping out writing these posts in the future as well.

First order of business: a big welcome to Stephen!

I’m a husband, dad, teacher, coach, Canadian (living in the Maryland unless Perry or Bachmann wins), sports fan, and athlete.

Why?  My wife says I’m the fittest fat guy there is.  I have always battled obesity, binge eating is the biggest problem.  When I watch Man vs. Food, I ask myself “what is the big deal?”.  I’m tired of being the fat guy, I’m tired that the athlete I desire to be cannot manifest itself on the court, field, or ice.  I’m ashamed of the way I look when I’m with my incredible wife.  I want to be a better role model for my daughter, I don’t want her to suffer as I did growing up with the teasing, depression, and health issues.

In my blog, I update it weekly with results, research about obesity (binge eating disorder), challenges, fitness, and so on.

We’re psyched to have Stephen be a part of the team!


Sid and Conrad are locked in an epic battle for who can run the better 5k.   This week, Conrad turned in a time of 29:23 – by far his best to date and more than 4 minutes faster than his previous time. Conrad’s ultimate goal for his 5k race October 1st is to be under 30 minutes, and his wildest fantasy is to be under 28 minutes, it appears that may very well be possibility.

Conrad also put up impressive numbers in the weight room. This week his chest press maxed out at 225 lbs which is well above his current body weight of 194 (previously 196.4). For accuracy of comparison, it should be noted that chest press does differ slightly in mechanics from bench presses. This month he’s been doing sets of 3-6 reps with heavy weights, flirting with triple digits for curls and one-arm shrugs. He’ll be back next week with all new maxes and switching back to medium reps.


Sid isn’t taking Conrad’s challenge lightly, hell she’s fighting it like a rock-em-sock-em robot with a welded on jaw. She also posted her first sub-30 minute 5k time this week, clocking in at 29:58. Not to be outdone in anything, her pectoral achievements continue to impress. She is now capable of throwing down 15 push-ups in a row, an incredible feat considering last week her max was 9 and a few short weeks ago it was just one! Next week she’s going to switch to pushing down the earth instead of pushing herself up. Fundies will undoubtedly blame the resulting earthquake on gay marriage. Her upcoming Warrior Dash is sure to kick things in to an even higher gear going forward, but she get’s a huge thumbs up this week.

From last week's modeling session (click to embiggen)


JT continues to crush it, adding weights to lifts that just last month he was pushing the limits on. Not content to be have hit 200 on the bench, he added 5lbs to reach 205lbs and just for giggles added 10 more to his deadlift which now stands at 365. If you put a can of soup in a bucket, every single day for an entire year, JT could pick it up. Gravity, it’s not just a theory, it’s a vanquished foe. Speaking of, in earth gravity, he can do 7 pull ups, which Conrad is eager to match but having unknowingly been practicing the wrong grip he is failing miserably. You can almost hear JT’s evil laugh of superiority.

Not posting his weight this week because it doesn’t need to go down any further, so there’s no need to track it. He’s been doing a great job keeping his calories up well above 2000 where it needs to be for his level of exercise. He’s also making progress coming to grips with the aesthetically pleasing natural state of his body. I would echo the sentiments of others, who have seen his recent modeling, and say he is looking good enough to eat with a spoon, but that is a horrible, terrible thing to say. Do you know painful it would be to be cut with a spoon? The dull edge would cause massive tissue damage and cause excruciating pain while giving him ample time to appreciate the cruel horror of being cannibalized by his friends for no other crime than sexified deicide. No, I won’t do that, instead it’s gold stars all around.

From JT:

“Why a spoon, cousin?  Why not a sword or a dagger?”

“Because it’s dull you twit!  It will hurt more!”

Anywho, I want to talk for a minute about why I don’t do distance running.  The simple answer is that it’s not for everybody.  Seriously: it’s physically not for everybody.  Distance running causes your body to go into a catabolic state in which it not only eats away at fat, but also your muscle.  For some this is ok, because they are after the other benefits of distance running such as being slimmer and improved breath/endurance.  However, for people like me who are looking to build muscle, a better alternative is interval inclines or interval sprints.  Inclines, which is what I do, have the same calorie-burning capability as distance running, but are low-impact and better for my build (I can hike all day).  Several of the trainers at my gym eschew distance-running for the same reason.

I know one of the things that scares people away from getting in shape is the idea of having to run.  I’m with you!  I hate running.  But there are cardiovascular alternatives that may be better suited to your particular physical makeup.  🙂

/From JT

Ok that’s it, we’ll see you in a few days for Saturday Fitness.

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