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My day at the gym...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Today was a stressful day..for me and my body...

Work is just work and enough stress in itself...the weather got crappy here yesterday...so I skipped Olive Garden in the city and zumba...I didn't know if I could get back on the hill once I got off it....

So today, I had signed up for body combat at 6pm and got out of work at 3:30ish...so I thought I should just stay down there to make life easier and to ensure that I will actually go to the gym...

So I charged up my iPod and my garmin watch...and prepared to die at the gym....

I finally came out of the locker room, by 4 pm...there were a bunch of young people in the gym..so resort to the treadmill in the corner...I set my incline to 2% and jacked my speed up to 4.6, oh yea, super fast....enter slim fit buff male species who went on the other incline treadmill by me...so I'm running along and sweating up a storm...and happen to glance at his machine...incline 4 which raised to 7....speed which started at 5 and ended at 9...now I know, I know...don't compare yourself with someone else...well let me tell you...that is a load of crap...nothing makes you feel worse than when mr. Buff male totally surpasses your running (at your serious fastest you can without dying speed) and he is simply walking! Well thank god he only lasted a mile and went to do machines around the gym...so I finished out my three miles in 40ish minutes, a ball dripping with sweat and sucking in more water than her poor kidneys allow....

And guess what I did? I got up my nerve...I had a lot of time to do it running...there were 4 people in the gym...and I used the equipment....I did most of workout one of The New Rules for Lifting Weights for Women....I started with seated rows in a machine I didn't know how to use....thank god the guy in the gym was close and saw me look confused...it didn't have a weight bar thing like the other machines, you have to move the circle free weight things to it...so confusing...anyways, I did my reps at 25 lbs and thought my poor arms were going to die....so I did my push ups..I did them using a bench..and I only went down about three inches before my arms really shook...and I could only do two sets of half push ups of four...but better than nothing....

In my downtime...I went and asked the OWNER OF THE GYM...yes, the OWNER, if the gym had a squat rack.....in which she proceeded to say...I don't know..yea, the owner of the gym doesn't know the equipment.....mind you, I already did a google search of a squat rack and know the gym has one...but couldn't find any picture or videos of how to use it...so that is why I was asking her.....anyways, I braved the equipment, put the lonely(super heavy) bar up, and finally got it on my shoulders...then stepped back and did my horrible form squats...it is so hard with a bar on your back...but I did my sets...I had a lot of trouble balancing the bar from side to side and front to back...I almost tipped over...but no one saw me :)

I only did 8 of the exercise ball things because the ball at the gym needed more air and I couldn't stay on it....

Lastly, I did the step ups with dumb bells...I got the 15 lb weights to start until I got back to the box and realized it was too heavy to get on the box with once, let allow thirty times...so I was going to go to 12, but decided on 10....which was lucky I stopped there because when i was done I saw the 5 lb weights in the corner...now, the book clearly stated against using Barbie weights (which we use in step) ... But seriously...I can't see any Barbie using the stainless steel, dented and rusted 5lb weight :) it's good in theory, right?

Remember nice guy who helped me with the row thingymabobbers? He was nice...clearly knew I didn't know a thing about the machines but left me alone for the most part...anyways...when he was helping me with that machine thing, he told me that the more weight I use, the more muscle I burn...and the less weight, but more reps, the more fat i'll burn and muscle I'll tone....which is somewhat true...but according to the book, I need to push myself...and my muscles are feeling it mostly now...what few muscles I have....I am going to stick with the book as much as I can...I think it will help me...and I bought so I might as well use it...

Then I went to body combat...mistake! I can tell I used my arm muscles because within the first 5 minutes, they were burning! My legs hurt from everything else, so I wasn't keeping good form...during the one side kick, I twisted my knee when I kicked...umm, major oww...my bad knee too..so I stopped doing that one side kick and a w of the others that made it feel funny...I thought I ally hurt it...it felt just like when I hurt it the first time....guess from now on I will be taking things a little easier...I don't need to do everything all in one day....

Hope everyone had a great night!
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DIET_FRIEND 3/21/2013 10:27AM

    Very inspiring! Makes me want to check out that book!

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KRISKECK 3/20/2013 8:11PM

    Woo hoo I am so proud of you! Awesome! And I have to tell you, the exact same thing happened to me, I had to ask if they had a squat rack and the girl at the desk didn't know! Sounds like you had a great workout and I am pretty sure you are only supposed to do 8 of those things on the ball. Which is a little awkward to get on and off of, btw. Good job!

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Kristin

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KNAGIE 3/20/2013 7:17AM

    I hope that your knee feels better soon.
Sounds like a though day at the gym BUT you made it! You can be proud! emoticon

I personally hate it when gym staff is watching me because I directly think about what I might do wrong emoticon .

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PATSYB7 3/20/2013 5:55AM

    I agree with KOSO2006--walk, stretch and drink lots of water along with that protein. Have a great day! emoticon

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SHRINKINGSHERI 3/20/2013 5:05AM

    emoticon Now give your body a much needed day of rest and repair...eat healthy proteins and do some very low impact cardio - like a nice walk to keep the blood flowing to those muscles.

Great job!!!!!!

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