How’s everyone doing? I’m in a much chipper mood after being in quite a bit of an annoyed funk yesterday. It was just one of those days where you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and then a ton of really irritating things happens all throughout the day.
After dealing with some redonkulous crap to get to the gym, not making it on time to get a spot in BodyPump, seeing a line with 10+ people for cardio machines, I decided to take my annoyance down a notch by going to Target to buy some food and pick up the latest issue of Runner’s World.
Target always makes me happy (sad, I know), so I willed myself to go to the gym to complete at least 2 miles. If I still wasn’t in the mood after that, I could go home. Well, I only got in 2 miles, but at least I did something.
One really good thing about yesterday, however, was my meal from Three Sisters Cafe. I was in a time crunch, so I popped by for the veggie sandwich on wheat and a small cup of their chili.
The perfect meal for a not-so-perfect day.
It’s Been A Long Time
Awhile back, I wrote a post about being ready for a personal trainer. As mentioned, I definitely was not ready to see a personal trainer at the time and didn’t get to see the full benefits of working out with one. After a six month break, I finally have decided to go back…on a much smaller scale of course.
I’ve decided to go once a month or so to get new workout ideas, get correctly measured for inches and body fat, and get some running-specific tips (my trainer is a marathoner). He offered to give me a free session for the new year, so I obviously took him up on it. Turns out, I guess I did change a lot in those six months. Off the top of my head, these are the most obvious changes: depending on the day, I’ve lost between 10-14 lbs, I run and am fully trained for a half marathon, I have some muscle definition, my posture has improved, and I have a happier disposition. He was impressed and proud of me for getting to this point.
Anyway, this post isn’t to brag about myself (but man it feels good to get my accomplishments down in writing!). Rather, I thought I’d share with you the workout I completed today. I told him I want to focus on total-body workouts that especially involve my (very weak) core. Honestly, I don’t know how to quickly describe what he has me do, so hopefully the explanations help. We started out by taking down my measurements before moving on the following. Remember: please consult with a professional before starting something new or don’t blame me.
Warm up: 5 minute jog on the treadmill while we caught up
-8 Wide-leg Narrow Tricep Push-ups w/Reach: starting with feet wide and hands touching in push-up position, do a full push-up followed immediately by reaching one arm in front of you while in starting position. Alternate arms after each push-up
-8 One-legged Bent Over Chest Fly: Standing on one leg with the other behind, lean forward with a straight back and perform chest flies with weights (he had me use 8lbs).
-8 Tricep Dips w/Reach: Similar to the push-up, do a standard bench dip, but reach out one of your arms while in starting position, alternating after each rep.
–Static Squat to One-legged Squat w/Floor Touch: Hold a standard squat for 30 seconds, and follow with 8 single leg squats on one leg, touching the floor with each rep while back is straight. Hold another standard squat for 30 seconds, followed by 8 reps on the other leg.
Repeat this circuit 3 times.
–Nonstop Alternating Planks: Starting in plank position, hold a standard plank for 5 seconds and move immediately to a side plank and hold for 5 seconds. Return to standard plank for 5 seconds before going to the other side for 5 seconds. Repeat this until you have completed 8 planks on each side.
Repeat the plank sequence 3 times.
WOW…what a doozy! Each of the strength moves he had me do also engaged my core so that I was constantly having to use my entire body. I felt challenged in a way I haven’t since I first took a BodyPump class. I’ll definitely be adding some of these into my workouts and will continue to post after each session so that you can pretend you have a trainer, too. Just remember to keep good form. Oh, and I also did a 3 mile run afterwards with some speed intervals.
Time to chillax over here, so have a great night!