About a month ago I mentioned that I was doing Shovelglove as a daily workout, and a few people expressed interest as to the results.
Well, it’s been a month. My exercise routine, in addition to the Shovelglove routine, is cardio five days a week (treadmill or elliptical trainer at the gym at school – one of the reasons I really started exercising seriously was because of blood pressure, so I do a lot of cardio), with situps three days a week, and a bit of free weights and that pull-up machine that counters against your weight kinda (it is most seriously a nifty application of physics) and leg machines two days a week. So it’s a pretty thorough regimen, although not exactly in bodybuilding land, of course.
Adding the shovelgloving to it has made, frankly, an immediately noticeable difference. My upper body muscles have grown a bit more and are very definitely firmer. (I suspect that shovelglove, being a “lift a little a lot” rather than “lift a lot a little” routine, probably does more to enhance muscle definition as opposed to size.) Right now I’m doing the basic shovel/butter churn/chop wood/bicep curl workout, although I have been experimenting with mixing in the tricep tote-the-bale exercise as well. The first few days, I was straining my lower back a bit, but after I made sure to stretch it out afterwards that wasn’t a problem at all.
And it is a lot of fun to do. The site author is right: fourteen minutes a day is nothing. I usually do it while watching a bit of TV.
If anything, my only complaint is that the ten-pound hammer I have is getting too easy. I don’t want to jump to the twelve-pound hammer too quickly (my disaster sense tingles at the thought) but the ten-pounder is honestly starting to feel a little basic for many of the exercises. When it feels too easy for all of them, I’ll make the jump.
So, yeah – it’s pretty decent, for those of you who were wondering.