Am I the only one who loves strength training? I keep hearing complaints about it.
I’m enjoying all the lifting I’ve been doing, however any cardio that isn’t running just doesn’t do it for me. I’m never too excited to jump on the elliptical or arc trainer, but show me some dumbbells and I’m jumping for joy! (Maybe not jumping for joy, but…you know). Yesterday I completed the following workout:
I forgot to double the weight listed for all of the dumbbell exercises – for example, for bicep curls, I used two 15-pound dumbbells…not 15 pounds total. Sorry about that!
The exercises in the same colors should be completed together as “super sets” (alternate between each, and then move on to the next group of exercises).
*For the chest press “tic-tac-toe”, make sure to alternate the first arm up.
I’m definitely feeling it today.
I’m still on my “running every few days” rehab regimen. I’m upping my runs by a few minutes at a time and so far, they’ve been fairly wonderful pain free minutes! Apparently the temperature today will reach 57 degrees so of course I will be heading outside for today’s run. My last run was 11 minutes so I’m going to try 15 this time. As long as nothing is hurting, I think I’m good to continue increasing my time – hopefully soon I can switch from “rehab mode” to “running mode” and then to “training mode”…but I know I need to take my time.
In the meantime, I’m hoping to hear back from a chiropractor Abby recommended, and would love to try ART as well. I have to worry about that whole “balancing your budget” thing though. Lame.
I will leave you with this quote that I love:
There have definitely been times that I “shrunk” because I didn’t want others to feel insecure. I’ve said: “yeah, I’ve run a couple marathons, but I’m pretty slow so…whatever. Anyone can do it”.
Why would I downplay myself and act like it’s no big thing? Running (two marathons or not) is a huge accomplishment! Why not “shine” and use our successes to liberate others to reach their goals?
“I’ll let you in on a secret – running is always going to be hard, to some extent. Same with every fitness regime. That’s what keeps your body in shape, by constantly challenging it. When it gets too easy, that’s when you know you have to add something else in. If it were easy, everyone would be in shape and would work out like fiends. There are days that one mile feels like a challenge (read: yesterday, for me). And some days when 10 miles feels awesome (read: two days ago). It’s that challenge that keeps me guessing and keeps me coming back for me, but it does get easier which is different than easy. Easier means you can run a mile without collapsing. Trust me, I didn’t start off running and feeling good about it. It felt hard, just like it does for everyone…”
Do you love/hate strength training? Cardio-lover? Do you downplay your accomplishments to make others feel better, or is that a foreign concept to you?