First week

It has been a really difficult week. I wasn’t sure if I’d make it to the end, but I got up, got to the gym for each of my four workouts, and came home, and here I am still, eating the last of the beef barbacoa and in need of a shower that I just don’t feel like taking right now.

I’m enjoying the split setup of LiveFit. My favourite day has been Day 1: Chest & Triceps, even though pushups are really hard and I hate them. Day 3, Wednesday, AKA Leg Day, was easily the worst.

parks-and-recreation-Jean-Ralphio-the-worst-worst-woooorst-1372637673pI’m not a huge fan of all the machine exercises like the leg extension, which felt weird, and wrong. Bad weird, and bad wrong. The one free weight exercise, wide stance squat, was… Okay. I think I have super tight quads, because after about eight reps, my thighs don’t seem to physically move very well at all. Oh yeah, and since my appendix surgery, barbell squats tend to aggravate my appendix site. It has been sore for the last two days. It hadn’t been sore since August 2014. Squats may be out for me.

Hilariously, Tony joined me for his very first ever Leg Day and did the exercises along with me. He’s still hobbling today – his hamstring DOMS seems to have matured overnight. It’s quite funny. He probably doesn’t think so.

Aside from actual gym-going, we have been trying to do a walk each evening, usually no less than 2.5km. It’s a nice way to catch up and also get more steps to beat my FitBit friends in the Workweek Hustle. It will happen one day. There’s a dog park not too far away, so yesterday we headed out there for my dog watching fix. It was great. We received a ridiculously enthusiastic greeting from a terrier of some kind (Schnauzer?), saw a chocolate lab and a pinscher make friends and run off into the distance (worried owners trailing behind), passed a border collie obsessed with his tennis ball, and watched a Rottweiler being a doofus and rolling around in the grass while her owner tried to get her to play fetch. Way more interesting than walking around the streets! It will have to become part of our regular walk now.

Now I have two rest days to look forward to. Sweet.


Jamie Eason’s LiveFit trainer

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Like diets and university majors, the best way to choose a workout regimen is to choose one you can stick to. I’ve toyed with doing Jamie Eason’s LiveFit trainer since she published it, and I think that now is a great time to do it. I noted in the past that the workouts can take a really long time, but at the moment, I have plenty of time for the foreseeable future.

Unfortunately with my ankle still recovering, Supercharged isn’t viable for another few weeks, but the LiveFit split-style workouts mean I don’t have to put too much pressure on my ankle each time I work out.

I started today, at a whim, as you do. I initially intended to just do some HIIT training on the cycle, but, well, one does not simply walk into the gym and not lift anything. Thanks to the excellent Wifi service in the gym, I found the LiveFit trainer and completed Day 1. It was good. It was hard. But it was just what I wanted in a workout today.

The only thing that I will not be following is the diet plan. Too hard. I have a handle on my current plan, and if I need to, I’ll increase the kilojoule limit. Food and cooking is one of my personal interests, and I know I can make my preferences work for my limits. I guess I just don’t want to be told what to eat, especially if it means chicken breast multiple times a day. Srsly. Thigh and wings are where it’s at. I’d much rather enjoy what I eat, even if it’s only a little bit.

So tomorrow, Tony and I have planned to go to the gym, and I’ll do Day 2 of the LiveFit trainer.

I’m already excited.

Uplifting music

Gyms play an odd mix of music, don’t they? Mine has played the following in the past couple of weeks:

  • M2M (like, from the early 2000s)
  • The Spice Girls
  • JLo (1990’s selection)
  • Justin Bieber’s entire back catalogue
  • And of course recent random annoying songs like Britney & her male friend’s “Scream & Shout”, and Fall Out Boy’s “Light It Up which is less annoying. These play pretty much every time I go…

This interesting and frustrating mix of music inspired me to put together a playlist for lifting purposes. One day I might even bring my headphones and listen to it while lifting.

I find that Goth-y rock like Lacuna Coil, or angry rock like Godsmack and Disturbed is motivating and empowering.

What works for you? What gets your energy up and helps you lift better?