I have been slacking on the Sweatfest updates lately. It's not that I'm not working out/sweating/running. Rather, I seem to be ALWAYS working out/sweating/running, so I have no time to update! Lately, you can count on the fact that I'm doing one of the following things:
- Sweating (from some type of physical exertion or another)
That is all, with very few moments in between.
Little did I know that when My Gazelle started his black belt cycle, it would cause me to recommit myself to my true fitness goals. Little did I know that I would be waking up at 4:45AM three days per week to sweat and cry and pout and be grumpy until my sweat was officially broken.
Because really...after I start sweating, I just want to suck it up and get it over with. Especially at 5:30 in the morning!
I also didn't know that I would be signing up for kickboxing class at My Gazelle's martial arts school. So, on two of the days that I wake up prior to the buttcrack of dawn, I also go to kickboxing class at 7PM. After waking up at 4:45AM.
Not a short day.
I'm tired and usually in need of a nap by 10AM on most days, but I don't feel that typical 'sickandtiredofexercising' exhausted feeling. On the contrary, I feel exited about working out, and I look forward to the positive motion that I'm feeling.
I can do 20 push ups in a row, and that is equivalent to a miracle in my world.
The worst thing that can happen to anyone's workout routine is boredom. Personally, when I get bored, I start to mentally quit. After spending so long training for races, and doing something that I'm not particularly good at (running), it's nice to divert my attention to something that I am more suited for.
No, not women's wrestling.
Although...I'm totally built for that.
Adding a little body weight training into my life has been very beneficial. I'm stronger, getting leaner, and I feel much more stable when I run. I'm still just as slow as I always was, but the important part is that I feel better. My knees don't hurt, my bursitis seems to be under control, and I'm not experiencing all of the discomfort that I was feeling from June-October while training for the marathon.
All of the workouts that I do in the morning with My Gazelle are workouts that he has written. As you may or may not know, he is studying for his personal training certificate, and it seems that I have become his personal guinea pig. He believes very strongly in the principles of plyometrics and using your own body weight as your challenge. If you can't lift your own body weight efficiently, then you're not working out right. As a result of our mornings together, I am getting stronger, we have an extra hour to spend together, and he is getting experience with training an unruly, whiny candyass crier.
I'm really just testing him...helping him become a better trainer. Yep, that's it.
Our workouts generally consist of several sets of many exercises, presented circuit-style with very little rest between circuits. In the end, this basically just equates to an hour of pure sweat and agony. The goal is always to combine cardio with 'weight-training' (used loosely, since it's our own weight that we're lifting), in order to get the most bang for our buck.
The workout this morning was especially hurtful.
- 10 Push ups
- 10 (he calls them) CannonBalls (I call them) Squat Thrusts
(we did the second type that are demonstrated in this video, with the jump)
- 20 Walking Lunges
- 20 Squats
(yes, I realize the quality of this video is terrible, but it was one of the only ones I could find that I agreed with).
- Sprint back to the starting line
We did five sets of these on the basketball court of the gym. By the time we were done with the walking lunges, we were at the foul line on the other end of the court, and after doing 20 squats, we sprinted back.
Ok. I confess. HE sprinted back. I jogged back.
I told you I'm a wussycandyass.
By the time that we did 3 sets of these, I was ready to keel over. After getting yelled at and browbeaten by my trainer (who will be doing extra dishes this week...and 'oops...I forgot to buy dishwasher soap...looks like you're washing them by hand'), I was able to finish the last 2 sets and then we did abs.
If you haven't tried a circuit-style workout of this type, I strongly suggest diving in. It is a great way to keep your workout life interesting, while also turning up your effort level a few notches.
What's your favorite way to sweat? (Try to keep it clean, kids.)
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