Sweat pouring down my brow as the temperature has jumped up and the fitness center hasn't turned on the air conditioning yet. Tonight was my lower limb workout night. Pushed hard and felt good afterward, especially after the shower.
Got up eager to go out on my MTB this morning. Unfortuantely, the sky was cloudy, but unperturbed I got dressed up. By the time all was ready, the rain had cometh so a quick change of plans took me to the fitness center where I sweated out a circuit training workout. Upper and lower body iron pumping interspersed with aerobic exercises proved invigorating as well as positive.
Had to go to the fitness center to push some weights and burn off the frustration of the day. It worked! I felt a lot better after the workout. I started at 4.30 and finished at 6.20
Chalk up 110 minutes.
Back for my regular weight lifting to building lower-body strength. Things went well and I felt depleted after the workout. Tomorrow we start on the MMM. We'll see how it works out.
2010 is, apparently, the year for debunking my long-held beliefs about working out and the body. Already this year, the Tarahumara foot strike has changed how I run; the paleo diet has altered how I look at food, and I've learned that excessive cardio can cause muscle loss, and should be limited to about 20 minutes a day on weight-lifting days. Other discoveries: situps are the worst ab exercise and can eff up your back and literally pull your spine forward; there are fast and slow twitch muscle fibers, and we need to activate both; sex after workouts increases testosterone, which aids muscle growth; and, of course, yoga is bad for you. But the fundamentals of lifting are pretty simple and untouchable, right?More...
Makes squats really hard. I thought I had tweaked something during my powerlifting session on Monday and since I was only doing upper body on Wednesday, I thought I'd be over it by today. Tossed down the foam roller as usual at the beginning, and didn't hit anything there, so I moved on to hang power cleans without much fuss.
Maura Barclay is a former two-time Junior Olympian gymnast and a former professional fire fighter. She's also the creator of Unbreakable Woman, Awesome Arms, and a Yoga Tuneup teacher and teacher trainer.
I’ve evolved from being a posing weight lifter to being a yogi who's changing the world one body at a time. The truth is, I grew up with dangerous men in my family, and I’m a survivor of that. Because I grew up in a dangerous environment, it usually goes one of two ways. Girls have very bad boundaries, because your boundaries are trespassed again and again. So women are very flirtatious and are looking for protection. Or my route, I became my own protector. I became a warrior. The weight lifting was to protect me, to make me strong. Because I grew up feeling like at any moment something was going to happen to me, I grew up always feeling like I had to be careful. The weight lifting was a function of that mindset.More...