Tuesday, April 7, 2015

She Sweats Week 2

I'm trucking right along into week 2 and it was a bit of a mental challenge. I really did not want to get up and go to the gym, but then I thought about how much free time I'll have in the evening to get things done so I rolled out of bed for leg day.

Weeks 2-4 will be the same rotation of workouts. The difference between this segment and the first week is that the number of sets has increased, but the number of reps per set has slightly decreased.

I felt really good and was able to do all of my reps, even the lunges. I think this means that I will have to up the weight I used.
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W2D2 - OFF
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W2D3 was chest and back. You'll never guess what machine I found today. The Seated Cable Row! I don't know how I missed it last time, especially since there are two of them. I think my comfort level in the gym is increasing and I took more time to actually look for it.

Anyway, I busted through chest and back this morning. I was a little nervous how I would do since my arms were still really sore from the arm workout a week ago! A totally new to me move was the cable cross over. I could only use #10 lbs and with 3 x 10 I totally maxed out on the third rep.

My body has always been able to change relatively quick. When I gained weight, I gained about 30 pounds in 1 year (we'll call that 'honeymoon' weight, that first year in a new relationship), and now with this workout, I can already see my arms changing. It's fun to watch myself in the mirrors as I do different moves and see a little muscle popping. I think once I get my eating down, I'll see more changes all over.

I'm really loving these early morning workouts. I love the way I feel the rest of the day. However, it is a little odd having so much time at the end of the day and I'm not constantly fighting with myself about how I should get off the couch and go to the gym since I already did it for the day. It did give me a chance to get a lot accomplished before the busy weekend though.
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W2D4 is supposed to be an off day, but since my gym has limited hours on Easter, I flipped legs and shoulders so Easter Sunday will be my off day. I managed to get myself to the gym, even with a slight hangover, but I knew if I sweated it out, I would feel much better. Legs focused on a lot of calfs,

Although this is a new program for me, lifting weights isn't exactly foreign to me. In high school, a billion years ago, I took a lot of gym classes, so I was often used as the person to demonstrate different machines and help people out. I've also done Crossfit and for a while, a year and half ago, I saw a personal trainer who taught me how to properly do different moves and machines. I can't get over all the guys that go in and are not accomplishing anything. Just because you are using a lot of weight on a seated calf raise, does not mean you are getting the most out of it when you are using 100% momentum. Flying through a move with heavy weight is way less effective than doing the move properly even if you need less weight and you are more prone to injury.

Don't even get me started on the guys that throw on a ton of weight while doing leg press and then extend their legs and lock their knees. If you want to cringe, watch this video.
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W2D5 OFF (Should have been legs but flipped days)
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W2D6 OFF
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W2D7 was all biceps and triceps. I'm happy to report that I've completed my second week of the She Sweats 12 Week Transformation Program, just 10 weeks to go.

The moves alternated between free weights and cable rope moves. That's one of the things I've enjoyed most about this program so far, it switches up the moves enough that you really don't get bored.

Over the week I had to do a little alternating with the Easter holiday and limited gym hours, but I was still able to get all of my workouts in. I still need to get my eating on point, and then I think I'll start to notice more changes.

I'm getting in my daily planks, and can go for about 1:10 after two weeks.

Week 3 begins tomorrow!

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