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!)
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 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!
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!
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.
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?