>> 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
- 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
- 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
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.