Yesterday was a rest day, I worked and did not drag my butt out of bed until almost 4pm! Then of course, we had a softball game to attend, so I had to hustle hustle! Tried to get to bed at a reasonable time, but lately it’s never before midnight, and this morning I had to get up to take the kid to the gym for 9am.
Today: Day 197
Ran 3.5 miles- more like slog, but I got out there and got it done.
Main Lift: Squat
Warm-up- 5×65, 5×85, 3×101
Actual- 5×110, 5×125, 5+x141 (8) I probably could have eaked out 1 or 2 more, but Wendler is pretty consistent with saying don’t take It to failure. So I take it to where I’m definitely tired, but if I had a gun to my head, I could do 1 or 2 more. HA!
Lying Leg Curls- 3×10@45lbs
Standing Military Presses-3×8@20 (Dumbells)
I was beat. My legs were like WTF lady!! I will try walking lunges again on my deadlift day in a few days.
I’m tired and I’m beat. I really am. Tomorrow will be another off day, I *think*… it will only be Wednesday and I only have two more lifting days to get in this week. I can spread them out. Maybe I will walk, definitely no run. I think I will try, TRY to get back 3 running days into my schedule, 2 will be before my leg workouts and one more will be sprinkled in somewhere. Why run on a leg day? Well, because it will maximize my leg day, and It won’t over tax them. Say I chose to do my runs on NON leg days, it would be like my legs are getting NO rest at all. Upper, Run, Legs, Run, Upper, Run, Legs, Run. I’m going at it 7 days a week at that rate. I need at least 2 complete rest days in there with NOTHING going on. I asked around as well, and that seemed to be the consensus. Well, the consensus was actually that I did not NEED to do cardio at all, or if I wanted to, do very little and make it HIIT, so I lose no muscle mass. I think it’s safe to say that I’m the kind of gal that needs a little cardio in her life.
So this is the problem I run into. I lose all my weight up top FIRST..then it comes off the bottom. NO, I’m not holding this in! How do I washboard this? Crunches. I HATE crunches. YUCK. Why can’t crunches and ab work be fun?!
It’s been a busy last few days with work, but I’m off now until Monday and THEN..I’m down to just 24 hours a week! I have been spending a lot of time learning about various different lifting techniques and incorporating some new stuff into my workouts here and there. I may post some of the stuff I write in the form of a question, but for the most part, I know what it is that I’m doing, how it’s gets done and what I want out of a particular exercise. There are so many various schools of thoughts on fitness, how one should achieve maximum fitness,how one should work out,how heavy one should or should not lift and where cardio fits in. I say read a lot, learn a lot and then do what you feel is best for you. There is no perfect cookie cutter way of getting fit, just so long as you are seeing progress and feeling good!
I personally, don’t like the bulky look and I realize that a lot of women do. That’s fine, but this is my blog, my writing and my opinion. So you may read some stuff that I may post and want to get defensive or defend your beliefs against mine, and that’s fine. Just so long as YOU know that these are MY thoughts. So yes, I think some women get too bulky and end up looking like dudes. There I said it. There is NOTHING wrong with a strong powerful woman! Nothing! I just don’t prefer to be powerful AND LOOK like a dude. I still want the feminitity about me. What I do know is that it does take a LOT to get big and bulky, so one should not be afraid to lift heavier than what your used to. I am slowly upping my weights accordingly to get the desired results I’m looking for. I tend to be a little OCD, so I just need to be careful that this does not consume my life. What I like about only lifting 5 days a week is that it does not give me the opportunity to get so overy involved in it all. It allows me to find the balance between exercise, family, work and the rest of my life. I won’t spend hours at a time working out and I certainly won’t obsess over a missed workout. I tend to get whatever workout I have planned for a day done in about 20-30 minutes. I get the job done. My running/cardio is probably what takes the most time, but that is fine, because I secretly still try to put the running first. There are people who feel that if your not lifting for at least xx amount of time, you’re doing something wrong, OR you’re not working out hard enough. Bullshit. Seriously. Bullshit.
Upright Rows- 3×12@34lbs
DB Front Raises (Singles) 3×10@ 15lbs
DB Lat Raises- 3×8@12lbs
Bent Over Lat Raises- 3×12@8lbs
Ran 3 miles.
Woke up and Ran 5 miles
Leg Extensions- 5×5@55lbs
Back Squats- 5×5 @60lbs
Modified Pistol Squats (YO! These are hard! It will take me awhile to get to a full pistol)- 5×5 BW (used a chair for the modification)
Front Squats (I don’t like these, it’s hard to go heavy with these, definately need a clean grip hold)- 5×5@60lbs
Donkey Squats- 4×15 BW
Farmers- 4×20@ 25lbs (40 in a row, rest, then 40 in a row)
Oh, my youngest has his State Meet tonight. UGH..I am so very VERY nervous. I can’t even take it. Sierra performed today as well, she is just so beautiful and elegant. I love watching her!
Meet the Pistol Squat..