I went back to the smaller gym last night because it’s by a Loft and I saw that they carry 18s and I think I might be able to fit some items there and I wanted to try on their clothes to see if I could. And there’s a whole foods there and I’ve been craving yellow squash ever since Christina had some on her fifth day of clean eating and I just knew Whole Foods would have some. I also wanted to try out the tread climber.
After finding a machine that would recognize that my iPhone was plugged in I was ready to go. I was wrong about the heart rate, I saw 170 a few times, but nothing hurt so I think I’m fine.
This elliptical’s random setting is way more random than the one I’m use to, it never gets to level 20 by itself, but I might have been resting on the hand control for the level, I don’t know.
After I got my 500+, I decided to play with the tread climber for a little bit. It takes a moment to get adjusted to the movement, but once you do you can see how it burns more calories and I felt it in my bum for real for real. I think I’ll attempt to burn half my 500 on that thing on Tuesday. So I guess I need to get use to the smushed feeling of the layout of it all.
Since it is so cramped I decided to do my abs and stretching in the empty studio and as soon as I was halfway through with my first pushup rep a few people came in. Luckily everyone had enough space without invading someone else’s which is what I was going for.
Since I had no place to be but home and in bed and an hour before the gym closed I decided to take my time and up the ante on at least the pushups. I decided to double my 20. When I was in the locker room the girl who was working out with me complimented me on my “routine”. I seriously make it up as I go along. Here’s what had her impressed:
-40 pushups, I usually do 20, but I wanted to be bad ass, but I did these in between the abs as to still have use of my arms
-25 regular crunches
-25 left side crunches
-25 right side crunches
-25 each side - Not sure what this one is called, my gym HAD an class called “Awesome Abs” and this was a move our instructor had just learned at a conference (Yup there was some kind of convention she went to). You do a crunch and at the top you bend to each side holding the crunch, only moving from the hips. Contracting the side abs
-25 crunches, legs extended right over left
-25 crunches, legs extended left over right
-30 seconds each side of making a bridge with my body on my back and extending a leg straight out from my hip, so that my knees a together. I wanted to work my quads since I’ve been squat free for a while. I should do some squats on Tuesday as well. (Monday is cardio and yoga)
-50 flutter kicks (I only count on the right side, don’t want one side of my pending six-pack to be bigger than the other)
-25 lower back crunches, is that even a thing? I lay on my stomach and contract my lower back to get into the superman and hold for a few seconds
And then the stretching, there’s a lot of yoga’s child’s pose, especially during the pushups. I really enjoy the pigeon pose, or my interpretation of it anyway. In this pose I can tell how much more flexible I am because I can fold forward onto my elbows.
I always stretch my legs since I use them so much in cardio and I want them to remember that they can stretch, last night I got more of my upper body on my lower body, but I was standing and that’s a bit easier for me, I think because gravity is nice enough to help out.
Unfortunately I will not be able to work out today, unless I can figure out how to leave work early. I’m babysitting tonight and my niece gets home at 5:30 and I’m taking her to see Tangled. If it’s not too cold we’ll go for a walk first, but it’s cold and I’m not getting her sick. I’ll be fine; I’m going to a Zumba class with my friend tomorrow, so I’ll get my 5 days in of working out. Oh my, as I’m typing this it’s starting to bother me a bit, but its okay, I’ll just stay to my calorie allowance and all should be fine. Dinner will be a creation, the squash and zucchini with orzo, thyme or rosemary, garlic, grape tomatoes and maybe some fat free feta from Trader Joe’s.
I wish all of you luck and strengthen over the weekend and during any challenging moments.