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Changing Up My Weight Program

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

My back has forced me to move from free weights to the weight machine. And, over the past several months, I've noticed no change.

So, yesterday morning, I spoke to one of the trainers. I was doing what I had been told, but was holding steady, something that hadn't happened when I used free weights. (And yes, Angela, I really was trying to get more upper body strength for kayaking.)

The trainer and I decided I needed to bump up the weights and do more sets with fewer reps twice a week and then on the third day, cut back to what I had been doing.

Not sure if it will help, but I must admit, the first two days of the enhanced weights and more sets has kept my muscles mildly aching into the next day.
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    always good to change things up a bit!
    2515 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan! I'll be anxious to hear how that works out because then I'll know what to do when it comes my turn. 8-)
    2636 days ago
    Carrie, you amaze me. Even through the pain you just keep on going. Your strength and determination is inspiring.
    2636 days ago
    Carrie, you, our energizer bunny, keep(s) on keeping on. You are an inspiration for the rest of us. (the emoticon bunny is just sitting, the chick is running...)
    Glad you think the weight machines are working. I, too, like free weights better ~ but the main thing is to work on the upper body and core.(pretend the emoticons are the correct ones)
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    2636 days ago
    Good for you to keep at it, getting the feedback and acting on it!

    Crossing fingers that this will help you to move forward!

    2637 days ago

    I'm sooooooo looking forward to you being "back in commission"!

    (probably not half as much as YOU'RE looking forward to it, i imagine! LOL)

    Keep us posted on what you find out about the surgery, etc.
    2637 days ago
  • CARRIE1948
    Angela - Will know more this coming Monday. Hopefully, we will decide what the surgery has to be and set the date. If this can be done without a fusion, I will be ready for CX skiing come the snow. If the fusion is necessary, this surgeon thinks I can rehab relatively quickly 'cause I'm in such good shape and will do what he needs.

    And, I am looking forward to learning white river kayaking next season. emoticon
    2637 days ago
    You know, I might have to start dragging you down moving water if we do that... LOL

    Would your back prevent gently XC skiing? Maybe we can go on the golf course next to campus sometime, if it ever snows. COE rents skis, and COC has them too I think, if you just join.
    2637 days ago
  • CARRIE1948
    Well, we'll see how it goes. I'm tired of being stalled on so many fronts and would like to at least see some improvement in my upper body strength. I do have some definite muscle definition in my arms and have been building up some good lat strength, in hopes of actually making it for next year's season.
    2637 days ago

    You need your back in order to kayak, so definitely take it easy on anything that will stress it...

    I've had pretty good results with higher weight, fewer reps. There's lots of discussion about things like this over at the High Intensity Thinkers group.
    2637 days ago
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