HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY!
NROWLFW: Stage 1, Workout A2
-10 minute warm on the elliptical.
-Squats: 30 pounds, 2 sets/15 reps
-Step Ups: 24 pounds, 2 sets/ 15 reps
-Seated Row: 42 pounds, 2 sets/15 reps
-Push ups: 2 sets, 15 rep
-Prone Jackknife: 2 sets of 9
I’m feeling great after this workout! I feel less like an idiot that doesn’t know what she is doing and more like a semi-confident weight lifter. The worst workout so far is the prone jackknife. I can never do a full set and this exercise has officially become my goal.
Today was the first day of my new workout plan. I don’t really plan to workout on Mondays because I have my drawing class from 7-10pm. But today was special since it was Martin Luther King Day. I have a dream… that one day, I will be in shape. Not entirely appropriate but it gets my point across.
Speaking of “not entirely appropriate”, I took “Before” pictures of myself wearing a bikini from front, back and left and right. There is absolutely no way I’m going to post these pictures on the internet. Its just way too embarrassing. But nevertheless, I want to keep track of what I’m doing so here is what I did today:
Workout A: Week 1
Each workout had 60 seconds between each rep and I was in and out of the gym in less than 30 minutes. I didn’t do any cardio because I’ll be Spinning tomorrow. I do have to confess that I did every exercise as scheduled except for the Prone Jackknife. It involves using a stability ball with your shins on it and rolling it towards your body. I tried. I tried really hard. But after several failed attempts, I decided I like my vertabrae right where they are and did the same set of crunches on a Bosu ball instead.
I’m feeling excited about this program. I don’t plan to change too much else about my life since I’m already eating pretty clean and feel active, I just want to look toned. The book is extremely easy to read and makes everything easy to understand in real life for a non-professional athlete. Here’s hoping in 6 months I’ll be super toned and buff!
After work, I wanted to get some cross-training in so I went to the gym. Before I left the house I did a little research on Muscle and Strength website and found a workout under the “women’s workouts” section. I picked the 12 week beginner’s training routine and wrote down the notes on reps on a little index card. I ate two dates and countless pretzels for energy. I finally made it to the gym and the first thing I see is people gathered around a table full of pizza. It smelled soooo gooood. I forgot the first Monday of every month is pizza night at the gym.
I took my little index card and made it to the free weights and machines section. The one filled with all the giant guys that know what they’re doing. I actually did:
15 reps leg press (90 pounds)
15 reps lat pull down (40 pounds)
15 reps ab curls
15 reps barbell curls (25 pounds)
15 reps dumbell shrugs (15 pounds)
Then after that, I did some random machines in the Express room and then about 45 variations of crunches. When I got home, I waited around for James to come home (I ordered pizza online at Mama MiMi’s) and then James, Penny and I went for a 20 minute run in the rain.