Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Feeling the Burn
I was back in the weight room yesterday and it felt great! I was a bit apprehensive at first about lifting weights for the first time after traveling - I wondered how much strength I had lost and was a bit afraid that I would have to spend a week or two rebuilding the strength that I had left off at.
I did some warm-up cardio - mainly at a steady level with a few high-speed sprints thrown in to elevate my heart rate. Then I proceeded to my weight training which was basically going to be a repetition of workout 8A.
I am happy to say that I didn't have a problem at all - even with the 3 sets of 15 reps prone jackknives!! I was stoked! I did a warm-up set for the seated row and for the squats before working out at the weight where I had left off ... it felt really good, and I felt really happy that I didn't struggle nearly as much as I thought I was going to. It reminded me of Alwyn Cosgrove's article on the benefits of resistance training lasting longer than endurance training.
I had intended on going to the gym today, but after teaching my first class of the semester followed by 2 meetings and a leisurely lunch with some friends I knew that it would be better for me to go home and get some studying done ... plus, by the time I got home my legs were burning from the squats and the step ups ... not to mention spending the whole day in heels after such a long time! Tomorrow I'm going to try and work in a swim! Fingers-crossed :)