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Started incorporating some plyometrics

Friday, May 24, 2013

I decided to introduce a few plyometric moves into my routine. My knees have iffy cartilage so I can't do a lot of "ballistic" moves, like a P90X video. However, I've felt very little muscle fatigue from any of my activity - just a general, pleasant burn on a couple occasions. So I feel like it's time to add some dimension to my program.

I am still very sleepy, and I've had bad allergies and asthma the past couple of days. The overheating/hot flashes haven't gone away, but I really don't expect them to. However, I am pleased to report that my nausea has been better the last two days, which is amazing because I've been snacking and drinking coffee constantly to try to stay awake while plowing through the statistics homework that is piling up on me.

I feel very strong physically. I took a before picture for the BLC and stared at it for a bit. I don't look as flabby as I feel. I have a coating of fat all over that makes me look shorter than I am but my head has not really adjusted to the fact that I lost my saddlebags and am unlikely to find them again. And I can see that there is muscle under that fat. (Especially in my right forearm. I want to sing Popeye's theme song about now!)

Today I did:

Plies - true plies, feet turned way out. I need to stand against a wall for these or I lose my balance - 2 minutes
Wall squats - sinking slowly so my butt is at a 90 degree angle to my knees - 2 minutes
Skater squats - 10 each side, alternating sides for total of 20
Jump squats (plyometric squats) - start with arms straight out in front and squatting with butt below knees. Jump. Repeat 20 times. (Yes, the last 2 weren't any fun!)

AB WORK - all on back with head to floor and arms under hips because of cervical disc degeneration:
Lying Straight Leg Raises - Sets: 4 Reps: 20 for a total of 80
Reverse Crunches Sets: 2 Reps: 20 for a total of 40
Bicycle Crunches - 20
Bridge ups - 2 minutes

And I hesitate to mention:
Side Plank - 1 pathetic, quivering minute broken down into multiple second reps

Wall Pushups - 80

Exaggerated skipping (plyometric/cardio/make the dogs laugh) - 5 minutes
Walking 25 minutes

By the way, I got some good hints to help me work through my recent discomfort. Owl20 suggested I could possibly be dehydrated, which is a possiblity considering my morning runs after nothing but a mug of coffee (and then I'm gasping for the water I've got with me.) IfDeevaRuns2 suggested I up my caloric intake despite the plateau to deal with the exhaustion. And LisainMS suggested I wear a heart rate monitor, which I feel stupid for not doing. I have a chest strap type that is very good, but I'm not wearing it. I've had tachycardia all my life. It's possible the nausea is due to a spike. When I get off the treadmill and sit down and measure my blood pressure and heart rate, of course they read about where I expect them to. I need instantaneous readings.

Due to the math homework piling up problem and some issues at work, I haven't done a serious run in a few days. But I'll do one tomorrow or Saturday and incorporate these suggestions and see if I feel better.
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  • OWL_20
    I love the math picture because it figures in every math class I've been in, d'oh! Plyometrics are hard, have only tried them once then was mega sore the next day. But wow, you are doing great! Let us know how the runs go, hopefully the nausea dragon will be kept at bay.
    2131 days ago
  • PASCAL921
    I love it. The math picture is hilarious. And your workout is impressive. emoticon
    2132 days ago
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