When it comes to running, I have a pretty good idea of what I need to do to achieve a certain goal. But when it comes to strength training, I’m pretty much lost.
I’ve always enjoyed working out however, I’ve just never really done it with much in the way of specific goals or purpose. As a teenager, I joined the gym because everyone else did and I simply did whatever exercises the posters on the wall suggested. After my car accident, I worked out every day but under the careful guidance of a rehabilitative personal trainer and it was so so difficult.
I’ve had periods of pilates, cross fit, P90X and boot camp and quite honestly enjoyed them all but never really had an end goal. I just liked working out and enjoyed the time doing so with friends.
What’s different today is that I want to be a stronger runner and a stronger person functionally because my back pain has been getting a bit worse over the past year. These are concrete end goals but I’m not sure yet how to get there. I haven’t decided if I need a trainer or if I should just grill my physio and chiropractor for suggestions.
In the meantime though, I’m just trying to do a little bit of everything to get my body used to working out again and to start getting the kinks out.
So last night I asked hubby if he’d lead me through his workout routine. He’s been working out at home now for years and has cultivated a set set of routines that are each very compact but effective and he does them 3-5 times per week and it works great for him.
We started with a short warm up and then got to work. The workout we did tonight was based off of a cardio and core workout he likes so it was kind of a mix of cardio moves and targeted strength/core moves on 1:00 minute intervals.
The first move was a standing core twist kind of thing with squats thrown in and I was glad to hear the interval timer beep after 1:00 minute. We were alternating cardio intervals with core work and it didn’t take long to start feeling it. And just so we’re all clear, my push ups are horrendous.
Every time I work out these days I’m always surprised at how tough everything feels. I know I’m pretty weak but I think tight muscles, my bad back and some poor mobility issues make everything even a little bit tougher. Just like with running though, I know I need to stick with it and give it a chance to improve over time.
At the end of our workout, Hubby jumped up and I laid on the floor to catch my breath and rest my legs. It was just a short workout but he totally kicked my butt.
Anyhow, my legs and butt were sore by the end of it and let’s not even talk about my upper body after all those push ups! But I can’t complain. Those aches and pains are just my body thanking me for finally trying to strengthen it up. I’ve thrown all my eggs in my running basket for too long now.
And, even though it felt way too ‘cute’ as we did a lot of the exercises in synchronized unison, it was fun to work out with Hubby. I think he liked teaching ME something since I’m usually the one spouting off about running this and running that.
Do you work out with your spouse? Or even just a workout buddy?