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Sunday, December 02, 2012

The more I tread this road to better health, the more I realize I’ve got to be flexible.

Today I woke up with every intention to go to my strength training class at the gym. I got up, drank my hot lemonade, ate an apple and got in the car, (I can’t exercise on a full stomach). However, as I sat in my car, I thought about how much I wanted to do strength training on my own. Although, I really enjoy group sports, I don’t feel I target all muscle groups as effectively, as when I strength train independently.

During the summer, I was following a very structured self-imposed weight training program (with dumbbells). It was time consuming but the results were impressive. I loved how strong I was getting and feeling. Unfortunately, by the end of the summer I discovered it would be very hard to continue my program (due to time constraints). In the Fall, I would be back at work.

I earnestly searched our cyber world for alternate weight programs via Youtube, Facebook, Sparkpeople, etc. I then stepped into our material world and frequented Barnes & Nobles, libraries, etc., and eyeballed the latest books on weight training.

Our contemporary health gurus have developed ways to hit multiple muscle groups simultaneously and actually save us time. I appreciate incorporating this approach but along the way, I’ve discovered I’m a bit of a purist and extremely kinesthetic when working out. Muscle training has taught me how to focus on what each muscle feels like as I work it. Therefore, I don’t always appreciate a multi-sensory approach unless I’m strapped for time (insert group workout here).

As I walked out of my car and towards my home, I decided I would only incorporate 2 exercises per body part instead of 4. I used the modified pyramid system (12-10-8) instead of the full pyramid system (12-10-8-10-12) for repetitions. I completed a full body workout in an hour vs. two hours and felt great! I must confess, that I did have this nagging nagging rigid thought running through my mind. It kept telling me, I could’ve done more, and that my results wouldn’t be as quick, but I’m not going to listen to myself. Instead, I’m going to build my body slowly and become stronger as I learn to be more flexible with my self.

--Ms. V
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    Great plan! One thing that classes do is give you the warm up, cool down and stretch routines built in. If you are working out on your own please be sure to incorporate these into your fitness plan.
    You will succeed!!
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    2920 days ago
    Well done you for working it out and making changes that suit you. You might like the Girls Gone Strong website.
    2920 days ago
    Slower is better because it is sustainable....hang in there!
    2920 days ago
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