Week 2 in the Gym
“WOW! I can’t believe this workout kicked my butt! All I did was add another cycle! I’m resisting the feelings of defeat by acknowledging how much I’ve “lost”. My buds in the gym are encouraging me with “at least your back” comments. And I say AMEN to that! At LEAST I’m BACK! Just saying that feels terrific!
Week 2 of the program I posted progresses simply by adding a 3rd cycle.
Let me do this without comparing what I used to be able to do to what I can do now, although it’s so tempting not to.
The Planks were rough! By the 3rd set I lost 10 seconds, for a total of 50 sec. hold.
My 3rd set of side planks I managed 12 and I can see a big difference from side to side, with my left side being more unstable and weak.
The 3rd set of push-ups had me pushing aside my ego more than anything. I used to be able to do 4 sets of 20 push-ups superset with heavy chest presses. Ooops, I did it! It’s not about where I was, it’s about where I am and what I’m working towards. This is the hardest part. Anyway, on the 3rd set of push-ups I only was able to knock out 6!
Chest Presses were fine. I dropped the weight from 30 lbs to 20 lbs on the 2nd and 3rd sets to keep my momentum.
Same situation on the alternating ball military presses and single-leg lateral raises. I dropped the weight from 5 lbs to 3 lbs on set 2 and 3 for the presses, and from 10 lbs to 8 lbs on the lateral raises.
I picked a solid weight for the kickbacks and press downs – 15 lbs kick backs, 20 lbs press downs.
I could really feel the pump and my heart rate was spiked. My sweat glands and cardio conditioning also have some catching up to do, but it feels SOOOOOO GOOD to be back! No matter what I look like or how much I’ve lost.
Post workout snack protein/fat/carbs – protein mix, peanutbutter, and an apple! Mmmmmmm…….