PIMP My (P)Ride Challenge Muscle Failure (from Assignment Numero 2) and This Week's Wacky ST

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I finally had time (and was sufficiently rested enough) to do my muscle failure challenge (#3 in the Numero 2 Assignment):

45 crunches.

I also did the bonus (#5): took a photo of Saturday's lunch & posted it in my Tumblr blog with the "recipe" & calorie count.


This week my form of strength training is a bit out of the ordinary, but it's giving me workout-sore biceps, triceps, upper back and shoulders, and leg muscles so I'm counting it: I'm ripping the carpet out of the living room & my home office area to expose the hardwoods.

It's a multi-step process complicated by the fact that my place isn't very large and the area in question is upstairs, so moving everything to another room is OUT of the question. So BFF and I are accomplishing this task by starting at one end of the room, shifting the furniture out of the way, slicing away a manageable section of carpet, vacuuming and cleaning the hardwood, shifting the furniture back, and moving onto the next section. Whatever works, right? It's actually a good thing in a way, because it allows me to pace myself and rest...and it's kind of humorous watching the carpet get smaller.

One wall is a row of bookcases, so there's a lot of moving of books, and when I woke up my arm muscles were sore in the same places as when I do my hand weights. That's what made me decide to count this endeavor as ST (although I don't actually log it in my fitness tracker).

Today I also did 20 plies. I wanted to get them in before the weather gets hot again this week, because my energy probably will not be there when it's 97. I usually do around 30-35, but today my legs gave out pretty fast thanks to playing carpet uninstaller.

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    Oh, it's DEFINITELY counting!!! This morning I found a way to log it: under household, I chose "moving boxes" and "painting". Didn't see moving furniture as an option, but it should be.

    This morning when I woke up, every muscle in my butt was sore, from the back of the upper thigh where the butt connects, to all the way to just under my sacroiliac joints, and even my saddlebags!

    I've never had such a comprehensive butt workout...It's like horseback riding, skating, plies, stairclimbing, and squats and a whole slew of other stuff rolled into one. Plus the arm workout, but the most surprising thing was the bottom line.

    Definitely pacing myself to avoid a crash. I'm going very slowly, not going too long at a time, and resting a lot. Thank you NORAHNICK!
    2219 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/22/2011 5:35:01 PM
    That definitely counts as strength training. You're squatting, lifting, kinda-sorta lunging, reaching, pulling. "Girl, you be workin' that body!"

    And 45 crunches?????????????? Wow! That's emoticon I could only do 30 yesterday at the gym!

    Just for god's sake don't send yourself into a crash!! Pace yourself! Pace yourself!
    2220 days ago
    Moving furniture and removing carpet definitely count as ST. I'm not looking forward to when I am ready to do the family room; there are stairs involved so I'll be doing the same as you, shifting furniture around to get at the carpet.
    2221 days ago
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