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When you’re too strong for your fitness equipment …

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Adjusting my workouts to fit my fitness level was no big deal until today. For the most part during my strength training, I just change up my moves to increase the difficulty level of the exercises and I’m golden.

Not today. Only two moves that I do currently were done using a resistance band, but low and behold that has to change and a little sooner than I had anticipated.

Lately I’ve been noticing my band getting a little slack. I thought, okay, I’m going to have to figure something out because this thing is just going to get weaker and weaker.

I didn’t expect for the band to break so soon, but it did. As I used it to stretch my hamstrings, the handle I had my foot in popped off.

Dag nab it!

What’s a girl to do?

I switched to the other side and proceeded to finish my stretch.

But that was not the end of the story. I have two feet, you see.

And wouldn’t you know, barely a few seconds into my second hamstring stretch, the other handle pops off.

Both in one day. What are the odds of that?

I guess I’ve been stressing that thing out pretty evenly on both sides.

I finished my stretch minus the handles and still had bicep curls to do.

It turns out the handles are pretty handy when it comes to bicep curls. Not having handles, well, lets just say that screws up the exercise’s form.

I’m not sure which muscles I was exercising while doing those so called “bicep curls,” but I’m pretty sure that it wasn’t my biceps. In fact most of the stretch was in my forearm, whatever sets of muscles reside there.

According to Wikipedia, there’s quite a few of them if that list is right.

I don’t think I could remember the name of all those muscles.

There’s something about flexors. I guess I flexed my flexors or something like that.

So what comes next now that I’ve totally busted my resistance band?

Well I decided to go to the store and buy some kettlebells, but it turns out they didn’t have any.

So I settled for a set of speedweights.

I think that will do the trick.

I at least got a workout carrying those bad boys to the counter because I didn’t think I should use a cart. It seems to defeat the purpose – to buy weights I plan on lifting and not lifting them right from the get go.

Anyway, carrying that box gave my back a good workout. I can feel it.

It’s a good thing that I did my physical therapy exercises for my back today. I need to keep it strong. It keeps me from injury. I hope I didn’t do any damage today.

So far it just feels mildly annoyed.

I didn’t exactly follow good lifting practices while carrying that box. First I hefted that thing against my right shoulder.

Then I let of come down a bit still off to the right, and then eventually it found front and center by the time I got to the checkout counter.

My left side of my back is saying, hey, wait a second, you do that and I get all the stress lady. What the heck were you thinking?

Alright. So I guess it’s a good thing that tomorrow’s my cardio day and not my strength training day.

My back muscles could use a little R&R.

You know, I wonder, what qualifies a weight to be a speedweight?

The curiosity seems to have gotten me, so I’ve let my fingers trot right over to Google with my query.

I’m not sure if I’ve found something because most of my results are revolving around products that just happen to be speedweights.

But I did find a PDF with a Jillian Michaels Ultimate SpeedWeight TM Dumbbells 8 Week Weight Loss Program.

Interesting. So I could perhaps do these moves with my Weider SpeedWeights. I guess the PDF makes it sound like the point of a speedweight is that it’s adjustable so you can go between lower and higher weights and change up your reps accordingly. I guess it’s one way to keep the muscles guessing.

Maybe I should see if there’s a DVD to go with that Jillian Michaels SpeedWeight TM program. In any case, whether or not there is one, I’m sure I can wing it.

So that takes care of my bicep curl problem. I guess I’m just going to have to use my Stretch-Out strap to stretch out my hamstrings. That at least is sturdy and I don’t ever expect to break that thing. I would expect that to take some kind of superhuman strength to break.

At least I shouldn’t have to worry about replacing it!


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    Yeah, that happens a lot with resistance bands. If you have the money, there are better quality resistance bands you could buy online. I like this product because you can hook multiple bands together to increase the resistance.

    I use these too.

    1987 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!


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    1987 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    1987 days ago
    Resistance bands are pretty cool and workouts involve SO much of our body. Often we don't realize how much our CORE works when we're pulling on those things!

    Spark ON! :-)

    1988 days ago
    I love getting stronger too!
    Keep up the great work!
    1988 days ago
  • MOM4407BECKY
    You keep going.
    1988 days ago
    emoticon You are officially getting strong enough to have to go out and buy new weights.. Love it!!! Let us know how your program goes with these ones.
    1988 days ago
    There's a Jillian Michaels' 'Shred it With Weights' kettlebell DVD, but you can use regular weights with it instead (one of the girls in the background does) - you just hold the weight at the end rather than gripping it in the middle.

    I can say from experience that it's a fast paced workout that doesn't take any prisoners, but once you get into the swing of it (pardon the pun) it does get a lot easier. A bit easier. Sort of easier.

    .... You at least know what to expect!

    Congratulations on your latest achievements though, LUVLYLORELEI destroyer of fitness equiptment! emoticon
    1988 days ago
  • THOMS1
    1988 days ago
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