I'm sore!

>> Tuesday, January 6, 2009

This week, I decided to change up my workout routine. I usually work out 5 days a week, with 2 days each of arm and leg lifting. I usually just do some cardio on my "free" weekday. Now, I'm doing 3 total body workout days, with 2 "free" days of just cardio. I don't work out on the weekends. I pulled the new routine from Oxygen magazine. So, here's what I did yesterday:

Cardio: 30 minutes on an elliptical machine

Legs:

  • Leg press - loaded 13olbs on the machine
  • Hamstring curls - loaded 50lbs (I can lift more, but it causes undue pain in the next days)
  • Seated calf machine - loaded 90lbs
Arms:
  • Chest: Incline dumbbell press, using 15lb dumbbells
  • Back: Lat pulldown, loaded 55lbs
  • Shoulders: Dumbbell press, used 12.5 dumbbells
  • Biceps: Barbell curl, using 30lb barbell
  • Triceps: Lying triceps extension, used 12.5lbs, then dropped to 10lb dumbbells
Abs: Roman chair

By the time I got to the triceps, my arms were jelly. I thought I could get away with 12.5lbs, but I was so tired that I moved back down to 10lbs and still couldn't get out full sets of 15 reps. I thought I wouldn't be too sore, but my arms are pretty tired.

The only problem with this workout is that it's long. I try not to let more than 1 minute go in-between sets, so that I can speed the time up. I also need to change up my cardio. I'm always on the elliptical, because I really don't like anything else. I've tried running, but I don't enjoy it.

Not. One. Bit.

But, I guess I could give it another go-round. I just can't seem to go very far before I have to take a break to walk. I think I'll try this a little next week when I've gone through a full new workout week. I don't want to overdo it.

Tomorrow brings another grueling total-body workout. I'll be working the same body parts as above, but using different exercises. The exercises will be different on Monday, Wednesday and Friday so that I can build more muscle and speed up my metabolism. I guess I'm starting to get paranoid about getting older.

Maybe this turning 30 thing is really getting to me after all.

4 comments:

Dunc January 6, 2009 at 8:22 PM  

I'm tired just reading that, let alone actually doing it.

Stephanie January 6, 2009 at 8:37 PM  

Ha ha...I feel the same way after reading it. Trust me, it was WORK!

Working Woman January 15, 2009 at 8:40 PM  

Hi -- Totally random -- but I used to hate running too until I tried the Running World's Couch to 5K program. Now, I totally love it. If you are serious about trying running, you may like it.

Stephanie January 15, 2009 at 8:46 PM  

I'll look that up! Thanks for the tip!

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