As usual I am including videos that give decent examples of how to do the exercises yourselves. This is part of how I learned myself, as well as getting involved at the gym with some of the trainers in smaller classes. I was able to learn through their corrections, and videos online how to do most of what I am doing now. As bad as it sounds, if you can afford it, I would definitely suggest getting a personal trainer to at least teach you proper form and how to do different workouts. If your gym offers free equipment instruction, and if the workers are willing to help, take advantage of that as well! I have pulled Scott from my gym a few times to show me how to use a machine or if I am doing an exercise correctly.
I don’t even know how to really describe how I do these and I can’t seem to find a video on it either! Maybe I am doing something really wrong and dangerous lol I guess I should ask someone at the gym sometime :-p
Did 5 sets of these 1 minute on and 30 seconds rest
So already I am behind on my schedule! *grrr* I was SUPPOSED to do leg day on Monday…but hey I guess everything doesn’t always go as planned and we just have to improvise ;). This workout was particularly hard for me, possibly because it was my first time at the gym since I got sick. I didn’t get to get everything in, but what I missed I will add in later on today after work!
15 minute warm up on the elliptical
Leg extension machine x12 (3 sets)
I WAS going to do the leg curl machine afterwards, but you know…some ladies need their social time and thus decide that they need to do it while they are “working out”…. Makes me so angry. DO NOT DO THIS!!! There are people who go to the gym to actually accomplish something rather than exercising their jaw muscles… Have a little respect and consideration for others <3.
Sorry about the rant, might feel a little strongly about this :-p.
Ok :-p I think I got that off my chest ❤
back to my workout…
Smith machine squats (narrow, wide, sumo)
20lbs x12, 12, 12
40lbs x12, 12, 12
60lbw x12, 12, 12
80lbs x7, 7, 7
100lbs x3, 2, 3
Romanian deadlifts (60lbs) and lunges
x20 (deadlifts), 20 (lunges on each leg, so total of 40)
Seated calf raise (in, middle, out)
70lbs x12, 12, 12
75lbs x12, 12, 12
80lbs x12, 12, 12
Dumbbell squat 25lbs for the duration of the song : Wiggle by Jason Derulo (yes I know…I just can’t help myself…)
Side lunges for the duration of the songs: Stay with My by Sam Smith, and Wild Love by Pitbull
I then had to haul a** out of the gym to make to do dinner with Nate and Paige!
Have I ever mentioned how telling the truth of how things are in your life and fessing up are the hardest things for me? I am so much better at blocking out the bad and pushing forward. Sometimes though, you cannot keep running, it eventually catches up. Which totally sucks by the way :-p
So I saw my doctor and confessed to him everything that has been going on. How I didn’t finish school, and have not been really great about taking my medication like I should. He gave me homework:
#1- get an app to remind me to take my pills, and actually do it
#2- get in touch with my advisor and talk to her about everything
He also mentioned that possibly my venture into this whole fitness thing might be some sort of coping mechanism to help me feel better about not doing well in school. Sort of a, I am working hard in one area to make up for my lacking in the other. While I do not regret the choice to live a healthier lifestyle, this does makes sense, and I am going to try to be more aware of it, and I am never going to give up on school. I will finish no matter how long it takes me!
#3- I have to get another hand brace that fits properly. The official diagnosis is De Quervains Tenosynovitis! So I just need to take some Aleve, ice my hand, and give it tons of rest. Nothing major, just more annoying than anything.
And just remember!
Keep up the hard work in whatever you are doing. Something is better than nothing!
So yesterday I officially went on my first bike ride in who knows how many years. It all came back too, I didn’t fall off and face plant onto the cement (yay haha).
Look at my little biker self :-p
Anywaysss… My roommate has been biking to and from work for sometime now and I can see why she does it (besides having a completely crappy car that breaks down on her all the time…). It was a decent workout, and I could really feel it in my quads for the small amount of time we spent riding around the neighborhood. Great way to get out and about, and even participate in some cool fundraisers/charity events (such as the Tour De Cure!).
So what I do is spread my legs so I can feel it in the upper/side of my butt/leg and I do little bounces back and forth keeping the muscle engaged the entire time and squeezing as I go the furthest out I can (“pulsing” is the word I am looking for!).
So 5 turns of 10 bounces (not sure what else to call it lol) 3 sets of each
Sort of like that but I take the bar to one side dip down into a lunge then push back up doing the normal landmine move to the other side, then I dip down into a lunge onto the other side. I did this for 1 minute and I usually rest for 30 seconds and then go again for 5 sets…butt I was a little tired so I had 1 minute on and 1 minute rest x5.
Just make sure to keep abs engaged, and push off your heels, keeping proper lunge form. Do not round the back and watch the bar, if you dip it too low your back rounds and the bar can come out of the plate if you are using one to hold the bar in place! (I believe this is about ittttt maybeh…)
Hip adduction machine
130lbs x 12 (3 sets)
Good nice and long stretching session!!!
Leg day 5-8-14 (word document for those of you who would like to look at it that way!