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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I do Curves but recently I bought a pair of 5 pound dumbbells to do in addition to Curves. I have been trying to tone my upper and lower body and using the dumbbells for this.
I also have a stepper, but I can only do a minute and a half at a moderate pace before being too exhausted to continue on that machine.
So I made a circuit with 3 stations. My stair stepper machine, dumbbells and I put out a mat too. I did the stepper, a dumbbell exercise and then did something on my mat. After doing the mat I also went back to the stepper to get my heart rate back up and do the next set...
Standing exercises with dumbbells:
Tricept Kickbacks, military press, bicep curls, lateral raise, shoulder raise, bent rows, french press, squats...
Mat exercises included:
Abductions, bridges, push-ups, planks, and things with dumbbells like chest flys, chest press, ribcage pullover

Was this a good workout? I can't remember all the sets/exercises but I tried to do 15+ of each set, and I did the circuit 2 times (2 sets)
Also I didn't keep track of time on each station. I just moved when I was finished with a set or when I got tired of the stair stepper. However, when I was finished I realized that the entire thing took me 2 hours...
I think I just had alot of exercises, but I tried to get a total body workout...so I don't know if I should cut any of the exercises out to make less time?
Also, I don't know if it burned many calories, I do hope it did. I am afraid to log it into my fitness tracker at the moment, so I just checked some of the strength exercises I did for now. Should I track it in strength training or cardio?

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    WOW, that was a emoticon workout! I usually try to catch the tv 'Ellen' while doing the same kind of workout just like you. Here in Hawaii, it comes on at 3pm...a perfect time for me to climb on my elliptical. Like you, I rotate between reps with 10lb weights, crunches and stretches on the mat, and on the commercials, I hop back on the elliptical until the show continues. Doing it this way, makes it fun because I'm always racing to get in elliptical minutes before the commercial is over!

    Because of the constant alternating back and forth, and the fact that Ellen is so darn entertaining, the hour just flies by like THAT! The commercials total about a half-hour, so I log the 30 minutes as a cardio. And then, 30 minutes of strength exercises.

    I'm fairly new to this site, so I think you can enter your own strength exercises instead of a SparkPeople (SP) strength training plan. For now, I've selected to follow the SP plan suggested, which allows me to just click on each exercise after I'm finished.

    Hope this info helps. Once again, AWEsome job! emoticon
    3244 days ago
    Well, I'm not sure how to track it but it sounds like you had one heck of a work out! I'm new to doing anything physical so I wouldn't know what to tell you to cut out or keep in. 2 hours seems like a long time to me...heehee. You go girl!!!
    3244 days ago
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