Good Morning Warriors!
Sounds like lots of good chatter this morning!
Parson: I had an awesome spinning class this morning....so much fun! There were 2 ladies there who were new to spinning so it was fun to help out some newbies. I was able to push myself and got a good workout as well. Listening to all of you talk about getting girls ready in the morning makes me very thankful that I have boys! They put on sweat pants and a T-shirt and are good to go!!! They are more worried about being able to run fast at recess and PE than what their clothes look like...ha ha!
Claude: Funny about your cat swiping things off the counter! I keep my workout journal in my workout bag so I never misplace it!
Island: Yes, it sounds like your thumb must be feeling better. I still haven't gotten back to my kettlebells!!! I think I will work out at home tomorrow or Friday just to get in a good kettlebell circuit. They still don't have them at my gym. I asked again last week when they would be getting them, and got the same answer as before..."soon". Well, not soon enough for me!!!! I'm not sure on their policy about bringing my own into the gym. Guess I should check that out.
BDMom: Hope you are having a good day!!!! How have your cooking classes been going? Have you had to eat a lot of unclean food?
As I said earlier in the post, today was cardio day for me and I taught spinning. I read an article in my husband's Fitness Rx for Men magazine that cycling is the best cardio exercise to do if you are trying not to decrease your lean muscle mass but still want to burn fat. Now of course this is based on one study, but it found that the movements in cycling most closely mimic those used in strength training (ie. using the hip flexors, hamstrings and glutes like in a squat). It also said run sprints were good, but not distance running. They used the example of looking at the body of a sprinter or a cyclist vs. that of a marathon runner. The body of a sprinter/cyclist is much more defined and muscular than a distance runner. It was an interesting article. I have been thinking about doing less distance running, as I think I have posted before that I am just getting bored with my long runs and really think strength training has been the key in transforming my body. I am really enjoying teaching spinning so I was glad to read the benefits! I might have to take up sprinting too.....I love to run fast!!
Tomorrow will be LBWO for me. Food is packed and clean. I am feeling a little queasy in my stomach today....I sure hope I'm not getting the stomach bug that my kids had!! That would be terrible!!! Hopefully this will pass....
Have a great day Warriors!!!!
Good afternoon gang
I am still here and hanging on. Foods are good workouts planned, I did miss one due to schedule, but today is another day. I have not been home before 8 any night, then it is daddy time with baths, playing and getting the twins to bed. I am contemplating trying to start getting my workout in early in the morning. I have never liked it, so afternoons might just have to be worked out.
I will be starting a new job in a couple of weeks, so that will help. It is my dream job, and I am excited for the challenge. I love what I am doing now and I work for a great company. I wasn't looking for anything, then all of a sudden this fell right into my lap. I am positive I am making a good move for myself and my family.
I will check in later gang if time allows. I read your posts daily and am proud to be associated with you all. Have a great day.
Had a great upper body workout with my trainer, and now I am eating my buffalo/turkey meatloaf with a sweet potato and salad with fat-free feta cheese. Yum!! Tonite is lab, so lots of unnecessary calories!!! We usually have 4 groups that make anywhere from 2-4 dishes each. That is 8-16 different foods we have to try, evaluate and make comments on; you can't write about the taste/texture without actually tasting it, so I just eat as little as I can of each item. Tonite is grains/cereals, so we will be making quinoa, couscous, rice and lots of quick breads like pancakes, muffins, scones....should be a tough nite! I just dread dessert night and candy night. Oh well, I'd do this any night over chemistry!!
Claude: Glad you found your journal; that should be helpful for you. Hope you didn't catch that cold!
Parson: You can't have girls without drama or drama without girls; they go hand in hand. You just wait until that little princess gets a bit older!! I sent my dad a text a few weeks ago and said...."if I was anything like Delaney, I'm surprised I'm still alive!!" Parents have to love getting texts like that. They must laugh and laugh and say....."it's your turn!!!". I tell Delaney I hope she has a lot of kids and that they are just like her. I don't compare my children in front of one another EVER! They are totally unique and individual and I love them both equally...but I can say on here that if Delaney was my first she would have been an only child. My kids are so different in every way! BUT, I love them!!!
runnermom: Glad you are enjoying that spinning class. I have head the same types of things about cycling. That is why I try to do the stairclimber on the days I workout. I don't consider it a cardio workout, but more a sculpting/toning workout. Same thing when I hike; I don't run the hills, I just walk at a fast pace. I get a good cardio workout in, but more toning. I have eaten a lot of unclean food in this class, but try to eat as little of each item as I can. Problem is, some of the things are really good, and I have to make sure I dont' have seconds! I usually bring home leftovers for the girls; they love to try the stuff I make in class. As far as running fast...I found a new HIIT workout in one of my magazines. In some portions of the routine, they have you running at 11 & 12 mph. My max is 10. I tried 11, and about faceplanted on the TM. I'd rather keep my teeth and 10 is totally pushing it for me.
Island: I like doing double days, with cardio in the morning and weights later in the day. Don't think I'd do it every day though. Keep up the great work with your workouts. How is the finger? Did the throbbing stop?
Cuervo: I am so happy about your new job. Congratulations! I hope it turns out to be everything you envision. Will you be working a lot of long hours at first? Maybe you should plan just a few early morning workouts and then do the others in the evening. It may break it up for you and ensure you get a few workouts in, no matter what the rest of the day brings.
I checked out a 12-week program of Jamie Eason's on Bodybuilding.com, and like it. I think that once I have recovered and feel I can swing the exercises, I may give it a go. It is in three 4-week phases (so 12 weeks total), and has the workouts and meal selection all laid out for you. The only thing is the first month, there is no cardio and I think I might go nuts!! We'll see.
Hope you all have a fantastic hump day!!!
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Hey warriors, Checking in Day 3 of double duty :) Started the day with some stiff legged deadlifts.. took it to 185 for 10 then on to regular deadlifts It's been years since i did them man It got me pouring in sweat quick.. Took that to 295 wanted to get eight but my grip gave out by rep 6 so had to stop before it dropped outta my hand lol.. finished with hammer strength leg extensions, took that to 70 lbs on each side.. before i knew it I had to go to work so on the lunch break finished with calve raises and that 24kg kettlebell , box jump circuit.. Im ready to hit the sack ..
, Yes my thumb is almost back to normal aside from the giant blood clot that's under it lol the brusing is finally starting to go away. Still a little weird feeling but all in all pretty much back to normal.. im probably gonna lose the nail down the road we shall see though..
BD, in regards to your workout program you are checking out I think I would feel the same way about no cardio lol.. thats too long for me to handle i think
Cuervo: Congrats on the career change big things my friend :)
Runner you are sure making spinning sound more tempting..
Claude, Parson, and the rest of the warrior ohana.. take care till next post.. aloha :)
Hello Out There in Warrior Land!
UBWO is done for the day. One more light/deload workout for me. I really needed it light this week I think. It has been good timing.
I will be out of town 1-2 days next week for work, but I don't expect to miss any workouts. Let me rephrase that...I WILL NOT MISS any workouts!
Island_dude - Sorry for all of the questions for you...Do you use chalk on DL? Do you use an alternating grip - one hand over/one hand under? I find that I can go on and on up to about 225 with an overhand grip...but I switch my grip above that most of the time. It makes all the difference like you said between 6 and 8 reps for me. I don't use chalk yet, but I need to. I quit using gloves unless it is super cold months ago on everything.
It was 70 degrees outside for my WO this morning. It is supposed to be mid to low 30's Monday morning. I wish someone would make up their mind LOL!
Have a great day gang. I have a busy one ahead! I really apreciate all of you so much!
Good Morning Warriors!!!
I ate too much in class last night. There was so much food. I did only have a little of everything, but a little of 15 different foods still add up. I even ate oatmeal on my way so I wouldn't be too hungry when I was there. Oh well, I got up and did my HIIT this morning, so that is out of the way. I am hoping to get out of class early enough to get a quick LBWO in today. Clean food is packed and ready for the day.
There is a guy in my nutrition class, who happens to be in my chemistry class as well. I didn't even know he was in my chem class because there are so many people in there, and I sit toward the front, and never look behind me. I am too busy trying to understand the crap the instructor is putting on the board...ha. Anyhow, he and I are going to study together. He gets this chemistry stuff better than I do, so hopefully he will be able to help me out. I just learned last night that he is a personal trainer, so he is going to train me one day. He takes most of his clients out into a park and does sprints and weights and stuff like that. It sounds like it would definately be different than anything I do now. So, all in all, a good connection to have. I have mid-terms next week, and am super nervous. I got a D on my first chem test and a C on my second..so I was hoping to keep going up from there, but there is so much info., and I am so not good at retaining the info or the calculations. Then the week after is spring break for the girls and for me. It worked out to be the same week, which is Awesome. And, if nothing happens this time, my surgery will be on March 12th.
I updated the pics on my profile, but see zero changes (other than too much oil on my tummy..ha). Anyhow, the after pictures are a little closer up, so that may change things, but I had hoped to see more change. I did lose 4#'s and about 1.5% body fat. I still have to get my measurements on there. My trainer just moved to a new facility, and was kinda in the midst of the move, so I will have him do my measurements next week for my final numbers. I really want to see more definition in my abs, but may be one of those people who have to work them everyday in order to see visible changes, or one of those people who is not destined to have ripped abs. Anyhow, I am still continuing on with this challenge up to surgery date, which will really be about 11 weeks, but since I had already taken pics, those will be the ones I stick with. If I didn't see noticeable changes in nine weeks, I can't imagine seeing any in two.
Parson: I totally hear you on the weather. It was 38 degrees when I dropped off girls this morning. It is supposed to be 71 degrees for a high. That's more than a 30 degree difference in a day. We are supposed to get up into the 80's next week.....here comes spring!! I love your attitude about not missing your workouts. Make it happen!!!
Island: It sounds as if your workouts are intense. You are an animal. Are you currently doing another challenge, or just plugging along on your workouts. How is your eating? You should join us on myfitnesspal.com. I'd love to see the kinds of foods you Hawaiians eat on a daily basis.
K....better go get ready for my day. This is my full day of classes.
Have a wonderful day!!!
Well, I couldn't avoid that nasty stomach bug! I left work early yesterday, around 1 pm, came home and slept from 2 pm and didn't wake up until almost 2 pm today!!!! I was knocked down for 24 hrs!!! It was absolutely miserable....when I did wake up I had severe abdominal pain and the worst nausea I have ever experienced.I literally thought I was dying! My hubby was so sweet and totally did everything for the kids and provided me with all the TLC I needed. All I could manage to eat today was saltines and drink gatorade. Definitely not clean food, but all I wanted after 24 hours with no food or drink. Obviously I didn't work out today. I am slowly feeling like I am in the land of the living, so I am hoping it was just a 24 hr bug. I hope to do a light workout tomorrow. My husband has an early meeting so I will probably stay home and do some kettlebells. I'm not going to push myself, so I will just see how I feel in the morning.
Not up for personals today, but glad to see everyone is doing well. Hopefully I will feel up to posting more tomorrow. Have a great night Warriors....the weekend is almost here!!!
runnermom: Feel better!! Please don't feel like you have to push yourself. Your body is depleted of nutrition and energy. Get the rest you need; that is more important than exercise right now. Until you are able to eat regularly, you should skip the gym. You don't want to set yourself back, especially with your half marathon coming up. At least it hit now and not closer to the race. I'm sure you will be feeling better in no time.
K....I'm gonna take on Parson's role - question of the day: How often do you feel is too often to work abs? I have heard that every day is fine, and I have also heard to take a day of rest in between for recovery. I really haven't seen the definition in my abs that I want to, and am wondering if I should work them more.
It's awful quiet around here. Hope you all are well!!
Happy Friday Warriors!
WO is done and finished. It was a good one...LBWO...nice and steady for my last deload workout before going heavy again on Monday.
BDMom - Great? Most of what I've read suggests there is no need to treat abs/core any differently than the rest of your body as far a WO frequency. So I try to follow that by doing them 2x a week just like everything else. I've personally noticed and read that my core is hit hard during squats and deadlifts and seem to get sore many times just from those exercises!!! I'v also gone months without doing any specific core work :-(....Personally its the most boring excercises so I have to make myself do any of them LOL. I've also read - not that I understand it fully - that some of it boils down to genetics as far as definition...assuming BF is low enough. Case in point - my nephew has an 8pack almost naturally. But I don't think it is wrong to do some situps everyday either??? I guess it just depends in the end HOW MUCH a person does overall. No need for a million per week...but you need more than 10 reps too LOL!
I tried something new today in my WO. I guess they are close enough to Farmers Walk??? I basically grabbed my plates and started walking. I did 3 sets...carrying my 25's, 35's, and 45's...good grief, I felt it in my whole body!
Runner - Glad you are on the mend and I hope you are back to a 100% today.
Have a great day gang. I'm glad its the wekend finally! It's been a long week for me!!!
Greetings Warriors, I hope all have a great workout Friday (or TGIF for some, last day of vacation for me...took my Bday week off) That doesn't mean I didn't workout this week though, I fact I am still recovering from my LBWO the other day when I did 280lbs on the last 6 squats in the first set and then went on to the rest of that workout as well. So, I maybe getting older but I[m still trying to Keep MOving Forward.. Runnermom: Sounds like you have the stomach flu that I already had. Hang in there and recover slowly. It was truly terrible and I know that for about 2 days my stomach was a bit quesy off and on. The crackers and soup and rest and lots of liquids(the right type of course) will help ya out. BDMOM: Sorry that school is so tough. I was looking at the grandaughters Geometry homework yesterday and realized just how rusty I am at it and I was a B student in that subject in highschool. Hang in there and I hope they rescheduled operation goes as planned. IslandDude: Quite an impressive deadlift. He's right though the chalk might help with the grip and are you wearing any type of weight gloves to help out? THe subject of spinning is interesting gang, they just put all new spinner bikes in our LA FItness that I guy to and I must admit that they appear very high tech. Might have to try it out on a cardio day sometime. In the meantime prepartion continues for me for the start of my C3 next month on the 9th. I am currently stockpiling supplements to help out and even sent for a packet of Coachs Oats to try out at work this week to see if I can make that work as a midmorning meal. Well today is a UBWO day so I have to get going to the gym. Keep MOving FOrward everyone and anyone I forgot this time keep up the good work and eat clean.
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