Wednesday, April 1, 2015

She Sweats Week 1

I've officially started the She Sweats 12 Week program. Day 1 was chest, back and cardio which meant I had to break out of my comfort zone and walk through all the sweaty, grunting men in the weights department and lift some weights.

I go to your standard big box gym, but was surprised that I couldn't find the machine to do Seated Cable Rows. As I was on my way to ask someone if they had such a machine, I got a call from the Club Director for the volleyball team I coach and I got distracted. I talked to him while walking on a treadmill for about 20 minutes and then I had to leave as I was running short on time. I was able to do everything else for Day 1 except the Seated Cable Rows.

My arms and back are sore, in a good way. I love feeling sore. It's like reassurance that I worked hard.

Extra motivation to stick with this and push myself is that I'm now going to the Dells with the Mr. and his friends next weekend. Some of who will be freshly tan from their trip to MX this week. There might still be remnants of snow and it might be somewhat chilly, but the Dells is swim suit season 365 days a year.
Day 2 was nice and simple. I just had to wait in line until a treadmill opened up so I could walk up a hill that went nowhere. Luckily, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was on so that made the time go quick.

When I looked  at what the cardio was, I laughed a little and thought, this is too easy, but walking at a moderate pace at a 7% incline is quite tough, especially towards the end.

When I was finished at the gym I went home to complete the two week challenge fitness challenge for the day which was 3 x 12 donkey kicks and leg extensions followed by a plank.
Day 3 was leg day. Looking at the outline for legs I was super intimidated. It was half machines and half body weight/dumbbells. I'm the kind of girl that thinks everyone is staring at her and judging me if I'm doing something that's new to me, but I did it. I got to the gym at 5:30 in the morning, which I think will be when I go from now on for lack of traffic in the gym, and I murdered my workout, in a good way.
I thought I was being watched, turns out it was just the H&M mannequins. 
I only skimped on the lunges because I felt like 3 x 20 per leg of walking lunges with dumbbells would have put me in a wheel chair. I have the home version of this program and I did do 3 x 20 per leg walking weighted lunges and I couldn't sit without pain for days. So that's going to be something I work up to over the 12 weeks.

I was oddly excited for this workout and I'm looking forward to the next one. I know once I get more comfortable using different machines and going in to the the free weights area I won't feel so intimidated, but I really love the way that working out consistently makes me feel. I make better food choices, I sleep better, I'm more energized and my general mood is lifted.
Day 4 - Rest Day Saturday!
Day 5 was cardio again. The same as day 2. The only difference was this time the time flew by! I walked at an 8% incline at 3.1 while I finished reading the book The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks. I made a bet with myself that I could rent the movie if I went to the gym and finished the book. So I did just that.
Day 6 was biceps, triceps, shoulders and cardio. The whole workout was done with free weights. Luckily the weather was so nice out so the gym wasn't very crowded and I didn't have a problem finding a bench in the free weights area. I used between #5-#15 pound weights, depending on the move and, even though that's not a lot of weight, I definitely maxed out on my third reps for a few of the moves. It's kind of funny to watch yourself because it's very clear that my left arm is a lot weaker than my right arm
Day 7 - Rest Day!
Week one is in the books! I didn't take any measurements, but I took some photos so hopefully at the end of the 12 weeks (11 to go!) I'll see a change in my body.

1 comment:

  1. How can you possibly think straight enough to work out at 5:30 in the morning!?!? I have to get up about 5:15 and I fight the urge to hit the snooze 10 more times EVERY DAY, not to mention I'm still half asleep when I get to work by 7! Good for you for having the motivation and energy to do it..I envy your attempt and dedication so much.

    I've always heard fun things about the Dells...have fun!!