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Heatwaves and Heavy Weights

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Greetings Kittens,

I’ve kept on, keeping on. I hope the rest of you are well and going full ahead. I tried to write a few days ago, but we’re experiencing a heat wave and we don’t have central air, so it’s been a mess. I haven’t had the energy to be coherent post-work out, but better late than never.

Today was the hottest day so far. I had to cut my lifting session short by a set, but fortunately, I knew that going in. To make up for the dropped set, I increased the weight. I was able to do 10 reps in good form for the first set and with burning muscles the second set, so I’m keeping the increase.

Rather than curse the heat, praise the knowledge I can go heavier, right!

In two weeks I’ll be able to go thrifting and get more weights to fill out my routine. So here’s to more progress.

I love working with the 15# kettlebell! Right now I’m doing 3 sets of 10 reps, and it’s already amazing how I feel it across my upper torso, hamstrings and calves in just two workouts. On the next workout, I’ll have to stop and take special notice of how much I’m popping my hips, because I haven’t noticed it in my glutes the way I read I should.

From my research, as much as I like the 15# for getting acquainted with kettlebells, it’s likely too light long term and I’m going to progress with it quickly. Since the research doesn’t take chronic illness into account, I grateful to have it at only 15# for the days where I need it, even after I progress. I’ll look for used variations in 25# and 35# when I go browsing for the 15# and 20# dumbbells in a few weeks. Ultimately, you’re supposed to work up to a kettlebell that’s ¼ of your body weight. Assuming it can be a little bit over, I should be able to progress up in bell weight, as my body weight comes down and end up right around a 50# kettlebell for my swings at goal.

For the now, I’m working on increasing the reps. For the type of exercise the swing is, I can do a dedicated kettlebell day opposite my resistance workouts, without overloading my back or any other muscle. Since the swing has an aerobic benefit, it’ll be a good way to get my heartrate up while increasing my strength and endurance, and still keeping things low key the way the PT wants.

Depending on the heat, and how much working out directly in front of the fan helps, I’ll try my first “kettlebell day” tomorrow. The intention is to do as many reps as I can in one set, rest and repeat for at least three sets with the expectation that each set will have diminishing reps.

I’m wiped out, which is why this is getting posted so late, but I’m also quite happy with my progress so far. I’m also even more excited about the move we have coming up in six weeks or so. My roommate got a really good deal on an elliptical and stationary bike, and she has until August to pick it up, so we can wait for the new house where we’ll have more room.

That will bring our home gym to free weights, a heavy bag with proper gloves and stand, hoops of various sizes, a pilates gym, an upright stationary bike, my recumbent stationary bike, a balance ball and whatever dvds we all have floating around here.

If I can encourage everyone to faithfully use them, we’ll have new bodies and new fitness to unwrap for Christmas and to kick off the new year.

Well, that's all I have in me for the evening. Talk to you all again soon!

Ramble Done, Kittens.

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