Miracle 4

Monday, April 22, 2013

Last week I was whining (yet again), about how in the entire month of March, I lost one measly pound. One! Granted there was Easter and everything that the holiday brings. And the Spring weather hasn't exactly been cooperating thus far, but I felt that I was eating better and at least making a conscious effort to hit my goal of 250 (ok, 200 really) minutes of cardio a week.

It's not working. Or at least, not fast enough to keep me motivated.

My gym buddy (and unofficial trainer) who is amazingly sympathetic to my frustrated rants made a suggestion: Why not focus more on strength training? I knew that this was a good idea, but the non-pragmatic part of my brain balked about replacing my precious little cardio time with some measly weights.

However, here was her logic - there are 4 miracle exercises that work a majority of the muscles in your body. Start with those, keep with some cardio and you'll probably see some effects.

And I've got muscles - I have two young children that still demand to be picked up (sometimes at the same time). So I know I have them....somewhere....under the flab.

And I love tank tops in the summer. But not with flabby arms.

So here are the miracle 4:

Lat pull downs (15/set). My goal is 3 sets, but sometimes I only make it to 2
Plank: 20-30 seconds/set.
Squats: 15/set. Try for 3 sets
Push ups: 15/set. Try for 3 sets. *right now I'm performing wall pushups. Once these get easy, I'll move to the floor.

So there it is - my miracle 4. In about two weeks, I'll check back in and let you know if a) I've kept up with them and b) If I see any changes to my arms/legs/abs.
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    Yes, weight training is key, the true true key. I have several weights of little dumb bells at home to work on arms whenever I have a free minute. I keep 5's 10's and 12's around for bicep and tricep quickies.

    There are great little short videos on here too to check out when you have 5 to 10 mins to lift:D
    1816 days ago
  • 4KWALK
    This sounds like a great place to start. We'll look for an update in 2 weeks.
    Best wishes on your journey. emoticon
    1822 days ago
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