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Changing Things Up a Bit

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Back in February, my family and I joined the YMCA. At that time, we were going about three times per week. I was doing strength training along with 30-45 minutes of cardio/cross-training. Then hubby and I started our running training in April. We were getting to the Y two nights a week and running two nights/1 weekend day. We continued this through the summer, for the most part. Then, I started my fall semester. This caused a shift in our schedule & my availability. My Monday night class interfered with going to the Y and my Thursday night class interfered with our usual run. Since September, I've only been getting to the Y on Wednesday nights with my family where I do strength training and my PunkRope class for cardio/cross-training. Hubby and I have been running on Tuesday/Friday nights with a long-run on Sunday.

When I started at the Y, they set me up with a strength training program and I've gradually increased my weight & reps over time. However, I'm getting bored with doing the same exercises, even if I change the order I'm doing them. I think it's time to switch out some exercises with new machines.

Overhead press--> Lat Pull Down
Chest press--> Pec Flys

Add in: Assisted Dips & Assisted Pull-ups

Back Extention
Ab Crunch
Shoulder Row
Leg Press

I'd consider tossing the back extention and ab crunch machines in lieu of doing floor exercises (Supermans, varied ab exercises) using a stability ball, but I don't trust myself to do it at home.

If we renew our membership in January, I'm going to make an appointment for a personal training session to set-up a mostly free-weights-based program.

Starting this week, I'm going to the Y on Monday and Friday during the day by myself to get my workout in and on Wednesday nights with my family. This way, I'll be sure to get my three strength-training sessions and three cardio/cross-training sessions in. I'm also going to talk with the fitness center staff to come up with changes for my strength program.

Also, if hubby and I decide to start tri or duathalon-training next year, I'll need to start adding in biking and swimming into the mix.

Thoughts or suggestions, oh wise SparkFriends?
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    Good luck with your new plan!!
    3548 days ago
    WOW, that's awesome! You are doing well with what you have been doing. I too get bored with workouts and I swear if I didn't have my iPod I'd gain every pound back, LOL!

    It's great that your family joins you!!

    Good luck with whatever you decide or add to your program, I think you are doing GREAT!! Just MHO!
    3552 days ago
    sounds like a fun thing to do with your family. Let us know if you are going to do the tri or duathalon-training with your dh. We'll cheer you on!
    3555 days ago
    It sounds like you've got good ideas for yourself. Sheila1505 had a good suggestion of checking out the fitness magazine websites for new ideas...Women's Health, Shape, Fitness all have exercises on their sites.
    3557 days ago
  • SHEILA1505
    You have done incredibly well - personally, and as a family - congratulations.

    Yes, it's easy to get bored with the routine - have you looked at the Womens Health magazine website for exercises - if there isn't a US one - take a look at womenshealthsa.co.za the South African one, and shapemag.co.za - they have workouts every month and it can break the boredom cycle

    I think it's a no-brainer - you must renew your membership in January - the entire family benefits from a health point of view, and it's wonderful family-togetherness time for all of you

    That's my 5-cents-worth IMHO
    3557 days ago
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