Saturdays have become our family fitness day. We try to incorporate fitness in our daily lives, but we are participating in this 2 hour program where the kids get swimming and fitness instruction, while we get to either take fitness classes and/or do open gym/workout.
I'm not going to lie when I say I look forward to this all week. My best friend just had a baby earlier this week. He hooked me up with a subscription to Men's Health. In one of the recent issues, they had a pull out workout that you could remove from the mag called the "Spartacus Workout - Triple Set Scorcher". Yeah, I know, the bombast and chest thumping of the name aside, I decided I'd try to kick up my strength training a bit because of my historical aversion to and willingness to blow off strength training.
Check it out, if so inclined.
So I did 45 minutes of this, and man...it was serious. Went into a corner of the weight room, put in my headphones, and went to a different place. Tried to go hard, to hit muscle failure. Exploring the limit of the wrist I injured. Seemed to be about 40lbs where the wrist started to get shaky while I was doing dumbbell deadlifts. Good to know.
Then moved to the treadmill, put it on a 1.5% incline and just wanted to do about 5K. Ran/walked 3.22 miles in 40.00 minutes. Max observed heart rate 160 bpm, 140 bpm average heart rate. Treadmill said I burned 352.7 cals, who knows how accurate that is? What was interesting was that this particular model was picking up the signal from my HRM and was giving me data so I didn't have to keep fooling with my watch.
DW got a sheet with a circuit training program for machines and got in a good session. She was telling me about an interesting machine that looked like a stair stepper, but depending on your gait and speed, somehow graphed what muscle groups you were working out. I asked her to show me next week so we could do it together.
Small dudes are napping right now, 2 hours really puts the burn on them. I'm ready to take a nap, myself.
I typically don't like the gym, but I'm finding that seeing other guys doing extra reps motivates me to keep going, and the sheer amount of free weights keeps the dead time between exercises at a bare minimum. Plus access to machines and the treadmill are pluses, the option to do a class is beneficial, as well.
Win, all around! Keep going for your goals! Push yourself, you will be surprised what your body and mind can tolerate and achieve!