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When I do an arm workout I'm good, but when I do any other workout my arms feel like they are going

Sunday, May 13, 2012

I am doing supreme 90 for the second time (less than two weeks left!) I know I am pushing my weight limits more this time than I did last time. In fact I have to get some heavier weights.  

I have been creative with the 10, 5, 3, and 2 pound weights I have, but I can tell I should be going heavier for my swing throughs and some other exercises.  Any suggestions on where to get some less expensive weights?  I've been watching Craig's list and such, but haven't found anything.

I think it is so funny.  When I do legs, total body, cardio challenge, tabata, and some of the other workouts my arms feel like they are going to fall off at the end.  Especially with legs.  I don't feel the workout in my legs at all, but my arms are like jelly for an hour afterwards. I think I am going to try using some ankle weights to increase the resistance because I know I can't add any more weight to my upper body!

When I do chest and back, shoulders and arms, or backs and bi's (or however they are organized) I always feel like I've gotten a good workout, but my arms don't feel like jello.

Does anyone else experience this and what suggestions do you have to keep the workouts intense, but focused on the part of the body that is meant to have the focus?
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    Hi, you don't know me (lol), but I found your blog through the Beachbody Buddies team.

    One possible explanation for why you get Jell-O arms after workouts that AREN'T for UB: Typical arm and back strength training focuses on large muscles -- the "global movers." When you target other areas, the main role of the arms and back is stability, which involves small accessory muscles more. That's not to say that those muscles aren't working when you're doing an upper body workout, but if your larger muscles are very strong, you may not be recruiting the stabilizers as much, and as a result, they aren't being strengthened to the same degree that the large ones are, thus they become easily fatigued when you do have to use them a lot. Another possibility is that there is some circulatory issue in play, and the blood flow to your upper body is compromised by increased flow to other areas. This would suck, of course, but it's much less likely than the thing about movers vs. stabilizers.
    2111 days ago
    you are a rock star! Not sure about S90 either - sorry! Keep up the amazing work!
    2111 days ago
    I just keep upping the weights gradually with my upper body ST to keep challenging my arms.

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    2111 days ago
    I'm also clueless about what the S90 workout has you do, but many of the cardio workouts depend somewhat on very regular and active arm movements to elevate your heartrate. The arm workouts might not do that so much knowing that they'll be pushing you to use your arms for specific exercises.
    2111 days ago
    Not sure what the S90 routine puts you through, so I better not weigh in.

    Try looking to see what they have on sale at Sears, Target, Play it Again Sports, & Sports Authority if they have those near you....every now and then they have some good deals.

    Sometimes health clubs replace their stuff too....maybe worth asking to see if they're going to re-stock
    2111 days ago
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