Sometimes those days occur where life is sort of muted—both audibly and visually, and maybe even sensually—and the sun is stuck behind a bank of clouds, and if you can even motivate to get off the floor you struggle outside to walk to the store and a car drives by and you have to inhale its acrid fumes and it splashes freezing slush onto your shoes and jeans and now you’re just stumping along with soggy socks and contaminated lungs and before you even get where you’re going it starts raining/sleeting and, of course, you didn’t bring a rain jacket or an umbrella (who carries an umbrella, anyways?) and generally the whole situation just sucks and you mostly feel like either A) punching someone/something in the face, or B) retreating back to your little cave of an apartment/room for some more self-indulgent moping.
Well, if I have gone for a run first thing that morning—even if it was through puddles of freezing slush with a hurricane wind blowing snow in my face the whole way—then that type of day simply doesn’t happen, almost no matter what. The morning’s run has an effect such that it seemingly rewires the circuitry in my motherboard in a way that virtually disallows the formation of those stupid, pointless, defeating emotions and thoughts.
And that’s a powerful thing—being able to control the negativity and self-pity in one’s internal brain-voice—and one that if I didn’t have I’d probably be a whole lot less positive in my perception of my general well-being. So, getting out to run is a definite priority."
— Anton Krupicka
It’s been a month since I started doing weights 3 times a week. It has significantly cut the amount of time I am able/willing to do on the other sports so I am wondering how much good it is doing. There were a couple of things I wanted from it.
Firstly was (very vainly) to look better. I have heard loads of things about weights being the best way to shift weight. Now I don’t care about being light and skinny so extra kgs on the scales don’t scare me. I am after being toned and putting some muscle on burn up all that extra fat I have.
The other was to get strong. Which I thought would be a great motivator. Chasing targets wether they are minutes or kgs doesn’t appeal to me for some reason. I wished they would but I am just not that competitive. I am happy to go along for the craic and enjoy being out of the house accomplishing something new.
Over the course of the 4 weeks my body has changed more than I thought. My legs are far bigger especially my quads and let they look slimmer. Which seems to be the consensus on everything weights related - get bigger/look slimmer.
I need to write down the weights I am doing for each exercise and keep a log as at the moment my other half is doing it all for me. Bless him. I think it will let me get excited about trying to go up the weights rather than just bare the pain until I’m done.
It’s not massively painful, just uncomfortable but I find the whole thing intensely frustrating when I am too weak to fully master a set. I feel I am always struggling. Also I don’t get the same endorphin rush I do from running. This however seems to be just me because everyone else I know goes nuts for weights and loves them.
I will be in Thailand for the holidays and so I am going to try and keep it up in the hotel gym over there. Oh happy air conditioning. I just have to survive the next couple of weeks at work with all the parties.
Today marks the end of a week off from the gym. It’s been a little over a month since I started doing weights in a bid to make myself strong, toned and a little better on the bike?
I have been alternating between these two sessions 3 times a week with cardio mixed in-between. It’s a 6am start 5 days a week not including any long bike rides on the weekend, which is a big deal for me who loves the gym in the evening, it been tough finding motivation to push yourself when your still half asleep. But I like the idea of being a morning person and being able to fit it in before work. Luckily I’ve got my long suffering boyfriend to coach my out of the door, otherwise I’d never go that early. It’s still dark for christ’s sake.
Split Squat (4 sets/12 reps)
Ischemic Prone Row (4 sets/8 reps)
Hamstring Curl (4 sets/10reps)
Incline Press (4 sets/12 reps)
Serrano Press (4 sets/8 reps)
Rotator cuff (4 sets/12 reps)
Leg to arm (4 sets/12 reps)
Side Bend (4 sets/ 20 reps)
Split Squat (5/12)
Single Arm Row (5/12)
Cable pull through (4/10)
Serrano Press (3/8)
Rotator cuff (3/12)
Leg to arm (3/12)
Ab Crunch on the Ball (3/20)