Shew. Got days 2 & 3 done this week with a rest day in between. Not the way it’s supposed to go, but oh well, I gotta do it when I can. I’m going to do day 4, shoulders & abs, here at the house today so that I can rest tomorrow and then start week 2 on Monday (or Tuesday since the kids are off on Monday).
Just a quick overview of my days…
day 2 — back & biceps. I LOVE back & biceps so I was pumped for day 2.
- Wide grip Lat Pull-down
- One-arm Dumbbell Row
- Seated Cable Row
- Underhand Cable Pull-down
- Alternating Dumbbell Curl
- One-arm Dumbbell Curl
- Standing Biceps Cable Curl
All pretty self explanatory. Well, except for the underhand cable pull-down. That was my first time doing those and basically it mimics doing a chin-up. I definitely felt it in my biceps! Between that one and the alternating curls, my biceps were spent by the time I got to the one-arm dumbbell curl.
day 2 pic…all my equipment I wear when I workout and my snazzy workout bag!
day 3 — legs & calves. I did day 3 yesterday and all I have to say is “OUCH!”
- Leg Press
- Leg Extensions
- Sumo Barbell Squat
- Seated Leg Curl
- Standing Calf Raises
- Seated Calf Raises
Soooo, I think my pride might have physically hurt me. Let me start by saying that although I’ve been working out with weights fairly regularly, I haven’t done a dedicated “leg day” in probably 6-12 months. I would always do other body parts or mix in a couple leg exercises with other parts to save time because I hate leg day. Your leg muscles are a huge muscle group so you tend to really get the heart rate up if you work them hard. With that being said, I do my little 5 min warm-up on the treadmill and then walk myself over to the leg press ready to bust out some reps. I throw the big guns on…a 45 plate per side, 90lbs total + the weight of the machine. Yes, not that heavy to some girls, so I was confident I could knock out 12 reps. I did my first rep and immediately thought, hmmm, maybe I should drop to 35lbs each. But, no, I didn’t want to wuss out and it be too light so I kept the 45’s on. About halfway through I was thinking I definitely should have put on the 35’s. However, seeing that I was feeling all tough and stuff, I refused to get up and un-rack the 45’s only to go down in weight. So…I pushed through. I got 12 of each set (pausing a few times during each set). It totally killed my legs! I did my next exercise…leg extensions…and when I got up after my last set, I had to grab a nearby machine because my legs felt like they might crumble underneath me. They were pure jelly! Worst part? I still had killer sumo squats to do. Needless to say, my squats were not heavy or even great form. Well, my form was fine, but I didn’t go as deep as I should have. I kind of felt like a failure, but I’m uber sore today so I must have worked them out good enough. I’ll have to kill my sumo squats next time. 😉
Here I am BEFORE my workout. I know. Super original, but, it’s too much of a pain to get my phone out of my armband during my workout so I only have time to take pics before or after.
Side note: My car was filthy so I got it washed right before I got to the gym and when I came out of the gym this is what I found!
A bird apparently thought my car was too clean. 😐 And it was on more than just my windshield. If I had time I would have gone back to the car wash and asked if I could have a cheap run through, but I didn’t have time. 😦 Errrrr. Stupid bird!