Category Archives: Strength Training

Not Giving It My All

This is the last week of boot camp.  I think that when you do an online program like this and there is no one literally there to push you, it’s much, much harder to push yourself.  At least it is for me.  For the past 8 weeks, I’ve done a large majority of the workouts.  But like I’ve said before, I haven’t really given it my all.  I’ve lifted lighter than I probably could, I’ve walked Murphy as my daily cardio, I’ve skipped core work.  I’m totally aware that I’m only going to get out of this as much as I put in.

However, it’s just really, really time-consuming sometimes and I wonder how much I really want it.  Tonight, for example, I did what was supposed to be Workout C plus a “short mountain”.  The short mountain is basically 20 minutes of cardio plus a 5 minute warmup and cooldown.  Workout C was as circuit workout comprised of 6 exercises, done 5 times.   That took 45 minutes.  By the time I was finished, it was 7.  I still had a 25 minute commute home from the gym (it’s near my office) and Murphy would need to be walked too.  If I’d done the additional 30 minutes of cardio, I wouldn’t have sat down to dinner until at least 8:30 after walking Murphy and showering.  That’s just too late.  So again, I opted to count my 20 minute walk as cardio, which I guess it is in a way, but I’m definitely not getting my heart rate up, that’s for sure, especially with Murphy’s incessant stopping and sniffing (and marking).

I’m not quite sure what my point is here, but I’m frustrated, I guess.  Mostly at myself for not seizing this opportunity as well as I could have. Maybe an in-person trainer would work better for me.  Someone who could actually push me right then and there.  I wish it could be Tina but even though we both live in metro Atlanta, we’re about 45 minutes from one another.  Metro Atlanta is really spread out!

I have a really fun weekend planned, so I’m not going to dwell on this anymore.  Just need to get through Friday.  Maybe I’ll do the short mountain workout at lunch.

Sorry, no pictures.  I actually looked through iPhoto to see if I had something relevant, but I got nada.

A New Plan

I’ve come to realize this about myself, while I have decent running endurance, I don’t think I’m really in good shape in general. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m not in bad shape, but although I workout regularly, I don’t really challenge myself especially when I don’t have a set plan.

Enter set plan:

Last time Tina did her online bootcamp, I was in the middle of half-marathon training and I knew that if I signed up, I wouldn’t stick with it.  The second round, however, started at a perfect time: today!

The first workout consisted of two chest exercises, supersetted (Is that a word?  We’ll pretend it is.), two back exercises, supersetted and two shoulder exercises, supersetted.  After that, we were to do a five minute cardio warmup, ten minutes of 60 second intervals and five minutes of cool down.  For my warmup and cool-downs, I walked on the treadmill at 3.5.  For my intervals, I did 7.2 mph for the hard part and 5.2 mph for the recovery.

Bootcamp day1

Ass successfully kicked.  I can’t even bother to smile for the camera.  I don’t know why I don’t push myself as hard when I’m not following a plan, but I don’t, so this is going to be really good for me, I hope.

It took about 45 minutes, so I got home around 7:30 and by the time I took Murphy for a walk, it was 8.  Fortunately, I made dinner last night and had leftovers for tonight.

Impasta salad

This was Thai Zucchini Impasta Salad. It was really good but took forever to cut all the veggies.  My hands were seriously starting to prune by the time I was done.  I could just have sub-par knife skills though, who knows.  Definitely something to prepare on the weekends, which I did, and eat leftovers during the week.

Lifting Lighter?

Sometimes when I go to the gym, I’ll be in a weight room full of guys and it’s happened on more than one occasion that someone has tried to help me by correcting my form.  It’s annoying more than anything, but after I hurt my back, I realized that maybe they’re right.

Whenever I read magazines and blogs and articles about weightlifting, the general theme is always to lift heavier.  There are so many articles out there that talk about how women are afraid to lift heavy because they are afraid to bulk up but the whole light weight, high rep thing really isn’t working for them.  I believe that, I do.  But I think what happened was that I was lifting too heavy and compromising my form by doing so and that’s how I hurt myself.

Now I can’t prove for sure that it was deadlifts that did me in, but I kind of think they’re suspect.  I’m not a particularly strong person.  I have a hard time putting on muscle.  My parents aren’t particularly muscular either.  It’s just the way that I’m built.  That’s not to say that I can’t put on muscle, but naturally, I’m just not a muscular person.

So I think that when I hear of people lifting a certain amount of weight, I think that I should be lifting that heavy too.  It’s not a case of comparison; it’s more like, if I’m not lifting that heavy, am I wasting my time?  But when I injure myself doing it and can’t work out for two weeks, that’s really when my time is being wasted, right?

This is really just a long winded way of saying that now that I feel better, I think I’m going to focus more on having correct form and using lighter weights than swinging things around like a fool using heavier ones.


I went back to the gym today and here’s what I did, it’s a modified version of Day 1 of the LiveFit Trainer:

1.     Push-ups on my knees – 3 x 12

2.     Chest press machine, 40lbs, 2 x 12; 35lbs, 1 x 12

3.     Fly Machine – 35lbs, 3 x 12

4.     Tricep pushups on my knees – 3 x 12

5.     Standing triceps extension, 15lbs, 3 x 12

6.     Triceps rope pushdown machine, 17.5lbs, 3 x 12

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A Blah Post

I was having one of those afternoons where I couldn’t quite tell if I’m coming down with a cold, suffering from allergies or was just tired and achy from a workout that I did on Tuesday. Probably all three. Nevertheless, I went to the gym anyway. My legs were killing me from doing a leg workout for the first time in over a month (very different from the muscles that I use running, apparently!) so I just did arms and no cardio.

After my race, I was sort of at a loss in terms of what to do exercise-wise, so I started up the LiveFit Trainer again, starting from the beginning of Phase 2. I’m not so great at fitting in both the lifting and the cardio on the same days, but I like having a set lifting plan as opposed to just wandering around the gym aimlessly lifting things. I need to get back into running before I lose my endurance though; I’ve only run once (and only 2 miles) since the race two weeks ago. Umm, oops?

Today’s workout was Day 39 – arms, abs and cardio. The cardio didn’t happen. Blame Day 38. My legs are burning. Actually, if you factor in the 20 minute walk that Murphy and I went on, I did do some cardio. And I felt better too. Maybe I’m allergic to sitting in an office all day?

Probably more like I’m allergic to pretty plants like the ones that have been blooming in my backyard.

Pink Flowers


I wish I could end this post by saying that I had some wonderful meal tonight but the truth of the matter is that it’s 8pm and I haven’t even thought about what to make. My freezer is full of Trader Joe’s stuff, looks like that’s what I’ll be having.

Where Did the Day Go?

Today felt busy. Tuesday’s are my double workout day meaning that I do weights and run. My legs are fresh from taking Monday as a rest day so usually it goes by pretty quickly. Today, however, I was tired. Starting a new job is exhausting. I’m sure some of it is because before yesterday, I hadn’t gone to work since November, but I think a bigger part of it is just trying to learn so much new stuff in such a short amount of time. I remember feeling tired for a while when I started my last job too.

Nevertheless, I went to the gym after work. Fortunately, there is an LA Fitness literally 5 minutes from my office and even more fortunately, it wasn’t that crowded at 6:15 pm. I did my weights and halfway into it, a man stopped me and corrected my form. I never know how I feel about this when it happens. On one hand, if I’m doing something wrong, I’m not doing it on purpose and would rather learn to do it correctly. But on the other hand, it’s not really anyone else’s business how I’m lifting weights. This was just a random dude, not a person that works for the gym. I don’t know how I feel about someone trying to help me. I guess I should just take advantage and remember that they really are trying to be helpful.

By the time I finished my weight routine and my three mile run, it was already 7:30 and I live about 20 minutes from the gym by my office. Making a home cooked dinner was obviously not happening! Fortunately, I went to Trader Joe’s over the weekend.


Entire dinner – Vegetarian Pizza, organic arugula and Goddess dressing – brought to you by Trader Joe’s. My long day wasn’t over after I ate though; I had a freelance writing assignment to work on. I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this, but I write deals for a daily deal website (called Home Run) a few times a week.

By the time I got everything done, it was after ten. Where did the day go? I guess that’s what happens when you go to the gym for an hour and 15 minutes after work. I might need to reevaluate my double workouts.

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