Month: November 2014

Push-up Tally for Movember Challenge

So it’s time to pony up and start doing push up for my Movember push up challenge. Thanks to all that donated and “liked” and shared.

Just a recap: 1 push-up for a like on Facebook

1 push-up for every dollar donated to my Movember page

Here are the totals.

  • My facebook page post = 111
  • Heather’s Shared post on my FB page = 28
  • 14 people shared the post on their respective pages totalling = 30
  • Mark’s Gym Twitter favourites = 4 favourites 1 retweet = 5
  • Google plus = 0 ( who is on google plus ?)
  • Instagram = 6 hearts = 6 more
  • Total likes = 180
  • Money from my Movember Donation page = $190 = 190 push-ups!

For a grand total of = 370 push ups.

Movember Push-Up Fitness Challenge


  I have decided to grow a sweet moustache in the spirit of Movember

This is no “ice bucket challenge” this has real consequences, and I’m putting my body on the line for this one.  When it comes to men’s health and wellness, I am a strong believer that fitness plays a significant role in the prevention of both mental and physical ailments. I would like to raise some money and awareness for the Movember charity. On a side note I’m not quite sure how many “likes” or dollars this will add up to, and to be quite honest, I am okay with up to 1000 likes. Anything more than that I may have to break it into 2 days.

Here is how things are going to go down.

  • Made_in_Movember_Icon_2-Thumbnail%20copy%203For every like on Facebook I will do a push-up, so feel free to share and I will honor this agreement.

  • For every dollar donated to the Movember charity on my page I will do one push-up.

  • I will subsequently add the two together and do the amount of push-ups required.

So feel free to click “Like on Facebook” as well as donate so you can double the numbers! Donate as many times as you’d like!

I’d like to make Mark do a bunch of push-ups

Click here to go to: Movember Page here

This contest ends at the end of November 2014.

I will video of all my push-ups as proof and post it on December 1st. 

Thanks for your time and reading all the way down to the bottom!

So click like and share!  Donate as well! 

Mark Arnold Movember

Let’s Make it Happen People!

Getting the biomechanics right

These are the measurements that you should get and keep

These are the measurements that you should get and keep

plumb line bike fit

using a plumb line for bike fit

If you are riding a bike and want to maximize your effort then getting a bike fit from your local bike shop is a must do!

When you are in your saddle for a 100 km bike ride and your seat height being out by an inch can make a huge difference in comfort and power output.

Make sure that when you get these measurements from the bike store you write them down and also mark the seat post in case you have to remove it or it slides down over time.

If you are riding a stationary bike or an Airdyne (see fixing the uncomfortable airdyne write up here) Then you should be able to get it close by having the leg at almost full extension 20141117-170834-61714559.jpgwhile you are at the bottom of the pedal stroke. If you have the seat too low you will know by the burning sensation in your quads.

This stuff matters, there are really quite a few websites where you can nerd out about bike fit and angles, but if you are comfortable on your bike then you are more apt to ride it. No two people are going to be the same, and we are all built a little differently, so the sizing charts may put you in the ballpark in terms of positioning.

Experiment with the positioning and seek out a good bike fitter to put you in a good position to maximize your effort!


Should I buy an old Airdyne?

gold color airdyne bike orange So you’ve scoured the classifieds and the internet and finally found a Schwinn Airdyne bike. Problem is that it was manufactured circa 1979 and it is an amazing gold orange hue. Should you buy it? Schwinn introduced the Airdyne exercise bike in 1978. It proved to be one of Schwinn’s best-selling products ever. This Airdyne above has a replacement seat because the originals are really uncomfortable and it’s a good idea to change them out. 

Pros: it’s an Airdyne and will give you one hell of a workout. The older models were very durable and stood the test of time. The parts are all the same up to the AD4’s. It’s chain driven which is a plus. You can probably pick it up really cheap, because it does look old.

Cons: it’s an awful color. The monitor is old and is run with a cable. Good luck finding a replacement, if this baby goes then I guess you still essentially have a “warm up” bike.

The bones of the older Airdynes are essentially unchanged. The only real difference is the monitor. It’s up to you, but know that if that monitor goes then you are probably not going to be able to retro fit or find a replacement. Happy shopping!

Click here for more Airdyne Specific workouts. 


airdyne workouts list