Had a very good workout yesterday with my trainer. And the day before i had a good workout on my own too.
I started off doing assisted pull ups…omg that was intense! But i muscled thru it (no pun intended) 😉 Did 21’s, which i actually enjoyed. (video of what 21’s are below if you don’t know…but i did them with far less weight than the guy in the video…i beleive i did 20 lbs? Not quite sure)
But overall, for the workout worked my back, abs, and arms a bit. The soreness is starting to kick in this morning too, but i’m getting to the point where i enjoy the soreness. Cant quite describe why, but i suppose it is soothing in a way? Knowing that i’ve worked those muscles and exhausted them and they are building and getting stronger. Wow, that was alot of ‘ands’.
Today is a rest day = eat good and keep active, but take it easy 😉 Tomorrow i have another workout with my trainer after work. He said we’ll be working on cardio, a little bit of weights, just to work the muscles a bit, and we’re doing boxing. I’m pretty excited about the boxing, as i’ve never done that before.
More than anything, since i’ve started working out, especially with my trainer, i’ve gotten out of my comfort zone. Which has allowed me to feel more confident that i can do things that i’ve never done before (not just in regards to working out), and that there is something in my life that i can and will accomplish on my own accord and determination.
I had all intentions of making this post yesterday, but not having my laptop with me, and playing GTA 5 prevented me from actually getting around to it. 😛
But anywhos….had workout #3 with my Personal Trainer (PT) yesterday. Did a good 55 minutes…5 minutes short of my alotted time. Had to stop short due to me pushing myself to the point of nearly up-chucking all over the floor. I really pushed myself as hard as i could yesterday, but it felt like my body was really fighting against me every step of the way. Trying to do these step ups (on about a 12 inch step up), my right knee just gave up and got weak…i was able to get thru 2 1/2 sets of 20 of those, but i really wish i could’ve finished them. Even now, though my body was essentially telling me to stop, i really want to finish that last 1/2 set. Is that what they call determination? I think so, maybe?
After my strength cardio warm up (the step ups previously mentioned as well as doing jumping jacks), we moved on to working my upper body and core: arms, chest, back, abs. Working on all of those machines felt good, i was able to push thru all the reps he knew i could do, even if by the last 2 or 3 reps of the set i was probably making some pretty funny faces because it did hurt to push thru those last few. 😛
By the 3/4 mark my stomach really started to churn and i pushed thru the last few sets as best as i could, but by the 50/55 minute mark, i knew if i kept going, i was just going to have a very embarrassing moment up-chucking right there in front of everyone. So i called it while i was still ahead. I really pushed myself as hard and as far as i could yesterday, but i know i could do better. My mind knows this…but but body doesnt yet.
After cooling off a bit out in the gym, let my stomach settle, my PT, Ausun, told me to sit in the dry sauna for 10-15 minutes to help increase the blood flow to my muscles, and help boost my metabolism, and i suppose also to help sweat out all the toxins in my body from years of unhealthy eating. I really enjoyed the sauna, and felt so much better afterwards. The sauna will be my new best friend after these workouts.
All in all, today i can feel EVERY muscle…and i mean E.V.E.R.Y. muscle that i worked yesterday, today. But its a good sore. I know it means that i did push my body to go as far as i can, that my muscles are building and getting stronger. And stronger muscles means my metabolism will increase, and increased metabolism means easier more efficient weight loss. Its a tough physical and mental road i am driving down…but the destination is worth all the pain and suffering that i will endure along the way.
So i had my second workout tonight after work. Boy oh boy was that the most intense workout i’ve done since sophomore year of highschool (if not even earlier than that…)
I cant even recall everything my personal trainer, Ausun, had me do. It was just one thing after another, after another….and i surprisingly, to myself, was able to keep up with it! Though i do think he was taking it a bit easy on me since this was my first official personal training session.
Anyways, worked my legs (ouch!), arms, abs, upper back, lower back….hell, pretty much everything! One machine that i used today for the first time that i found was much more fun than i thought it would be was the Rowing machine. It was such a soothing flowing, but intense full body workout that i could feel every muscle working, but it wasnt a deep burn that i’ve come to know from working out; it was quite enjoyable. All in all, Ausun had me workout on about 10-15 different machines; and had me do ‘step-ups’…5 sets of 20 reps….100 step ups total. Yikes! Those honestly gave me the biggest workout.
I dont even really want to think about how it’ll be trying to roll out of bed tomorrow…in fact, that may be exactly how i get out of bed….just roll.
But i feel good after that insane workout…and thinking about it right now…it probably wasnt as insane as i think it was, but thats how it felt to me. Hey, everyone has to start somewhere, and some (such as myself) have a bit more work to do than others. I definitely am not a fit person (for now). 😉
Anyways, bedtime is calling my name…very tired tonight. Took a hot shower to relax my muscles, and massaged my legs with arnica gel and took some magnesium to help with any leg cramps/stiffness. Either way, i know that the photo below is something i may look in to investing in….haha 😉
Goodnight readers, sleep well!