Training smarter not harder. I am finally getting it.
Friday, July 20, 2012
This should just be a positive blog. Enjoy this as I am imparting the wisdom gleamed from my many successes as well as my many failures. I just got done reading an article about training smart not hard. I am not going to plagiarize, but I will give you the gist of the article. They talk about lifting iron as a means not an end. Meaning that you are lifting weights for a reason other than to get the most weight or reps. I am not powerlifting for sport, so I don't need that. I have learned to focus my weight training on the exercises that will benefit my body the most. I talked it over with my eldest son and we decided that I would obviously work my arms. We then decided that my back and chest would be important because it would make the most dramatic impact. I think that it has given me more of a "V" look. My son also suggested a shoulder exercise to me. I just incorporated it into my back/ chest weight training day. He had forgotten that he had even mentioned it to me and one day he asked me if I was doing anything to work my shoulders and I reminded him of the exercise he suggested to me. I told him I had been doing it since he had suggested it. He said that it was working. That made me feel great. That is one part of the smarter equation. I thought out the specific body parts to work with weights. I also tried to think of the exercises that would cause the greatest results.
I have also used the signals sent from my body as to how hard I can train. I only workout with weights 4 days a week. I do these workouts as two smaller workouts two times a week. This allows me to recover better as I also have either cardio and ab workouts on these days. I don't try to do cardio and ab workouts on the same day I alternate every other day. I am trying to get additional sleep as well as taking.............wait for it............."A day off". Yes I take one day off every 7 days to let my body recover. I don't lift "Heavy weights any longer. I just focus on the negative reps. That means that I exert force to contract the muscles like a normal rep, but I concentrate on slowly lowering the weight. I am using lighter weights so I put less pressure on my aging joints. I am still strong and my muscles get a great workout, but I don't tear up my shoulders, elbows, and other joints.
In closing. I am using my head to keep the sanity of my workouts. This has allowed me to have the best workout program for my needs as well as allowing me to remain relatively injury free and I am able to recover and get maximum results. I use my heart to motivate myself. I already explained how I have to use my negativity to fuel my workouts. I can't change who I am. I think I have gotten excellent results thus far. You can tell me after you look at the latest photos. My metabolism is in overdrive at the moment and I intend to keep it that way. I hope that my new job doesn't stop me from continuing what I have been doing. I can make time, but I just don't want to loose my family over it. It will be tough, but I guess that will be part of the working smarter challenge. ;)
I hope that I have inspired people to use their head to get better workouts. I am not saying use this to reduce the intensity of your workout, just get more out of them. I can't seem to loose any more weight, but my body is looking better and I am in great shape. That is what I want, and that is what I am getting. I hope that everyone has enjoyed this positive blog. I don't know where it came from as I have been SUPER depressed lately, but I want to convey positivity to people today. Maybe it will rub off on me. LOL
Good luck hang in there and you can get results.