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Fit Camp

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Yesterday, I went to the first day of Fit Camp.

Everyone was really nice and welcoming. For whatever reason, I didn't feel out of place or like everyone was watching me fail at my exercises. Maybe it helped that the two body builders in the class were whining out loud what I thinking inside my head somewhat. However, when they did it, it was humorous and I knew I wasn't alone.

We did however many reps we could do in a set time of 30, 60, or 90 seconds. Maybe this is why I didn't feel bad about my performance because I wasn't trying to keep with the class but rather myself. With these timed circuits, we did squats, planks, push ups, sit ups, bridges. emoticon

After the class, I didn't think it worked me very much as I barely broke a sweat. Ha! The joke was on me. My hips, inner thighs, pecs, shoulders were all a bit tired today and I got more tired/sore as the day went on. So much so that I took a nap after supper and after this blog I am going back to bed. emoticon

I skipped my emoticon today as I was so tired. I am going to try to get it in before class tomorrow night or before work tomorrow morning. I will either need to get hard core on myself and run sore or maybe change my workout routine to have two workouts on MWF and rest on Tu/Th. I really have two goals this month... working on running longer distance for the 10K and complete the month of Fit Camp!

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    A few random observations from my own experience:

    1) The first time back at strength training after taking time off is the worst for DOMS. You should not be as sore after the second Fit Camp session.

    2) After I became a runner, one of the weirdest things was that I didn't work up a sweat or get my heart rate up from hard weight lifting. I could deadlift to the limit of my strength without elevating my heart rate! That never happened before I became a runner.

    If you are like me, barely breaking a sweat doing stuff to train strength can be deceptive. You need to pay attention to more subtle body cues than heart rate and sweat to know whether you're working hard enough or too hard on the strength exercises.

    Eventually, I learned to deal with that. If I really want to feel an elevated heart rate while doing strength exercises, I can always do kettlebell snatches.

    3) Rest is good. When your body tells you that you need an extra rest day, take it. You are more likely to mess up your progress by pushing too hard than by taking an extra rest day when your body demands one.
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    Glad you went and glad the class was so welcoming! That's so important. HUGS
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    Wow! You really hit the ground running! I personally always over-do it when i've been away from the gym for a while, but I'm finding that putting a home gym together was a lot of fun. I still miss the people at the gym and the social aspect of seeing old friends, but I'm happy to be able to work out at home. You have some amazing goals. I know you will step up to each challenge and give it your best. emoticon emoticon
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