Strength Training is the New Cardio.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I have not blogged in a long time.

Some of you may have noticed from my status updates that I injured both my legs in a water ski fall. Basically I pulled both my hamstrings, and the tendon that runs from your groin to your thigh. OUCH! Doctor ordered no workouts for 7-10 days at a minimum. That was no problem, I could barely walk!

After ten days of anti-inflammatory meds, rest, and lots of icing, I felt ready to hit the gym again. I started slowly with a yoga class, did some elliptical the next day, and today did Body Pump.

What have I learned from all this? I am weak. I have too little muscle strength, and that is why I got injured in the firts place. I have run a half-marathon, I can rock a 60 min spin class...cardio is not my problem. I have really fallen to the wayside in strength training.

Why? Because I don't like it. I get bored.

I can't have that attitude anymore. I know how good it is for you. I woul dbe lucky to get in one strength training session every two weeks. I am now going to make a goal of attending at least 2 Body Pump classes a week, and add in some of my own strenght training after cardio sessions. Especially my hamstrings, as they proved to be my weakest point.

Wish me luck on this new journey of improved strength. I am excited!!!

And if anyone has any suggestions of moves or workouts, i would love to hear them!
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    I LOVE strength training, but I guess that's because that's what I'm good at. I could ride a bike all day long and walk all day long, but running...well you already know from my blog. Strength training is awesome, though. It does a lot for you in terms of shaping your body. I've been pushing to lift the heaviest weights as I can, so it does get my heart rate up as good as cardio which means I'm getting a great calorie burn during the workout and you also get a great burn after the workout that you don't get with cardio. The more muscle you have the higher your metabolism, which means you'll burn more calories so you can eat more. Seriously, there are so many benefits. I just bought the book "The New Rules of Lifting for Women". I bought it online, so I haven't gotten it yet, but I've heard great things about it and read little snippets online. Maybe understanding a bit more about strength training will help you get into it?? Anyway, good luck with your body pump classes!!
    3270 days ago
    Great job!

    You are going to LOVE what ST does to your body. If you love cardio and hate ST than you can mix it up with circuit training. 60 sec of cardio(or more)(maybe treadmil or biking or skipping) jump off and do a set of bicep curls...back to cardio...back to another set of something. I enjoy working out this way to mix it up.

    Also, keep track of what you're lifting and always try to up your weight every few weeks. You'll be amazed how quickly your strength will improve and maybe start enjoying it.

    Happy lifting!
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    3284 days ago
    I'm glad you're feeling better after your injury. Take it one step at a time because these kind of injuries are no joke! I felt the same way about strength training until I started feeling what it could actually do to my body. That was it! I loved it! I would suggest that you start with body resistance exercises first. Make sure you include exercises for all groups of muscles and never forget to stretch them at the end of your workouts. Stretching will maximize their flexibility and will prevent future injuries.
    Well done on being so active! Keep it up!
    3285 days ago
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    Several things have helped me.

    1) Incentives: I downloaded some new music, which I only play when I do strength workouts. I also have bought some fun workout clothes, which also are saved for ST. When the novelty wears off, I get new tunes or clothes.

    2) I work out with a trainer once a week, following a plan that focuses on the strength training I need to do the sports I want to do (running and scuba) without injury.

    3) I'm motivated by a desire not to get injured. I know that if I do my ST consistently, I reduce my risk of injury.

    4) I'm motivated by my metabolism. I know that if I build strength, it gives my metabolism a boost, which means I can eat more calories.

    5) I'm motivated by vanity. I have decent arms and shoulders, and I want to keep them that way and improve. As I head toward my fifties, I want to be the woman who rocks a sleevless knit dress that shows off curvy muscles (not lumps).
    3285 days ago
    Look up "Tone It Up" on Facebook or Youtube. Great workouts. A lot involve weights/body resistance moves.

    I hope you are feeling better now, that sounds so painful!
    3285 days ago
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