Charles Atlas Day 5

Five days into the Atlas program.  It’s definitely NOT easy, and I’m doing my best to follow the instructions to the letter.  I’m putting pep, punch, vigor, vim and snap into every movement.

The toughest advice Atlas gives is not an exercise.  He says you must get right up out of bed immediately when you wake up.  That ain’t easy when its cold outside and warm under the blanket.  Plus I’ve been waking up at 5am to give me time to do the exercises and still get ready and make it to my commuter train on time.  Dark and cold.  I want my mommy.

Up to now, I only exercised once a day, but Atlas tells me to do the exercises in the morning and do them just before bed too.  I’m starting to really feel it in my chest, the focus of the first chapter.  I don’t see a he-man emerging yet, but it’s only been 5 days.

Some of this text has a vintage charm to it.  Like advising that you do your deep breathing with a window open, to avoid inhaling kerosene fumes.  Kerosene?! This really was written in the 20s, wasn’t it?

Though its not specified in the Atlas program, I’m continuing my running, doing 5 miles every other day.  I’m also thinking about signing up for another half-marathon in April.  That will require some hill running and regular training.  Let’s hope I don’t get injured playing soccer on Sundays!

Charles Atlas quote of the week:

“Remember, all evil habits may be destroyed by the person who really desires to destroy them.” 

Hmm… that’s actually some pretty timeless advice.

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2 Comments on “Charles Atlas Day 5”

  1. Annette Williams Says:

    Keep up the good work David. Maybe you should do the Monterey Big Sur run. Check it out.

  2. Paul Finnegan Says:

    I know this reply is a bit late but Charles Atlas did become a fan of running, Especially on the beach, later in his life.


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