Pushups and Hamstring Stretches
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
This morning I had a good session with my personal trainer (PT). I talked a little bit about "the new rules", which PT was not familiar with. I asked about pushups on a bench or bar, since I can't do regular ones (too hard for me to get down on the floor and up again because of limited range of motion in my artificial hip). So PT took me to the Smith machine. The pushups I did are described and shown as the second exercise in this beginner workout:
The pushups were not hard. I have good upper body strength. I just lack the mobility required to get down and do regular pushups. I still do squats over a bench (so I can sit down instead of fall down if my balance gives out); and I call it a victory if I can do a set of lunges in the middle of the floor away from any extra support like a wall or bench. So I'm not really designed for standard bodyweight exercises, but I do my best with a few modifications.
I learned a new exercise for stretching hamstrings, which I did easily with a 7.5 pound dumbbell. I should have asked to go up to 10 pounds. PT always gives me low weights. But since this was a new exercise, it was probably better to do it that way. If we do that exercise again, though, I will insist, haha!