Okay, so I’m pretty sure in my only other post this week I committed myself to adding in some strength training as I get back into training this winter. I’m pretty sure I’ve made myself this promise many times before but it’s never stuck. Until now (pretty sure I’ve said this before too!)

In my downtime, I’ve already taken a few steps towards this and started going to a HIIT gym a few weeks before my surgery. A mom from my son’s preschool asked if I wanted to come try it out and although I have absolutely no experience, I’m really enjoying the kickboxing oriented interval workouts there. 

I’m pretty sure I look totally awkward swinging my gangly arms with those big boxing gloves on but trying something new is a great way to stay motivated, is it not?

Anyhow, last night I took another step towards making strength training a habit and dusted off some of my home workout equipment (and let me tell you, it was dusty!) I also grabbed my copy of Ultimate Booty Workouts by the lovely and talented Tamara Grand (fitknitchick.com) because it outlines a full 14-week program to strengthen, sculpt and shape your butt, hips and thighs (a great place for me to start you know, because of all that running!)

Yes please! Tamara I’m holding you to this, I want one of those sexy backsides for myself!

Yes please! Tamara I’m holding you to this, I want one of those sexy backsides for myself!

I was painfully reminded of just how weak I am because I was only a few mins into the workout and my glutes and quads were already screaming! It’s crazy, I can run for 9 hrs but barely support my body weight in squats. Sigh.

My form was also woefully poor but I tried to keep it mind and I’m guessing it will improve over time.

I could barely clear the carpet on these hamstring curls...

I could barely clear the carpet on these hamstring curls…

My ‘plank’ looks a bit more like a saggy branch...

And my ‘plank’ looks a bit more like a saggy branch…

I took these pics mainly so I had something to include with this post but also as a bit of a learning tool to assess my form in each of the exercises. I’d love to have mirrors installed in our workout room someday but last night I was working out in front of Grey’s Anatomy so my iPhone and BurstMode all had to do!

Don’t even get me started on how pitiful these lateral lunges are - I could barely lunge low enough to get in the camera frame!

Don’t even get me started on how pitiful these lateral lunges are – I could barely lunge low enough to get in the camera frame!

There were a couple that I seemed to do okay but these ball squats are a pretty basic exercise and I was sad to see just how tough they were for me. I’ve been neglecting strength training for far too long and with my weak back and sad core, I’m in dismal shape!

Ball squats make your legs look great from the top but not so much from the side! Ha ha.

Ball squats make your legs look great from the top but not so much from the side! Ha ha.

I think this was okay for the stationary squat but thank goodness the camera doesn’t show how much my muscles were trembling!

I think this was okay for the stationary squat but thank goodness the camera doesn’t show how much my muscles were trembling!

Tamara’s plan is broken down into three phases with the first one being all about setting up your foundation and boy do I need that. First principles for me! I like that the actual workout lists out the exercises and include modifications and adjustments for various levels of ability right there in the program. Needless to say I stuck to the basics and completed 2 sets of the routine.

So after squatting and lunging and planking and sagging my way through the workout, I finally got to the rolling and stretching part. And I finally found an exercise that made me feel like an expert! No problems doing the child’s pose! Ha ha.

Creepy-one-eyed child’s pose...

Creepy-one-eyed child’s pose…

I still need to make copies of the tracking sheet and put it all together in a little workout binder (I stick to things better when I’m organized) but it was a good little workout and sadly, I’m feeling it in my weakling legs and butt today). But that’s actually a good thing, right?

If you like the sounds of this book or just want to learn more from someone who really knows what she’s talking about, check out Tamara’s blog here or visit her Facebook community here.

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  1. Tamara    

    Love this post! Taking the photos and writing down how you felt the first time through the workout is a great idea. In 12 weeks, you’ll be able to look back and see how far you’ve come!
    Thanks for sharing my friend!
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    1. slowfastnik    

      Thanks Tamara! I know how important form is and since I have so many issues with my back and alignment I try to make sure I learn the correct form. Sadly, even pretty basic exercises can be pretty challenging for me! Anyhow, enjoying the workouts – looking forward to when it gets a bit easier! :)

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