I mentioned the other day that I was excited to get back into the weight room.
I started following Jamie Eason’s Live Fit Trainer (sort of…but more on that later) which I thought was going to be a breeze- mostly because phase 1 is meant to “build muscular endurance.”
Build muscular endurance? Ha!
Or so I thought..
First thing was first.
12 wide-set pushups, three times.
For the first time in over a month, I assumed the plank position and began to bust out the pushups. Right around pushup number 11, I realized this was going to be far more challenging than I had originally anticipated.
Two more sets to go, and by the last set I was trembling and struggling to crank out the last few pushups.
What the hell?
I mean, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy-peasy hopping back onto the fitness train, but really? I felt like I had lost any and all strength gain that I had made last semester. Physiologically speaking, this is actually pretty accurate.
Instead of getting discouraged, I took note of the difficulty I found in the pushups, and am looking forward to watching those pushups become easy once again.
Then it was onto bench press, chest flies, and triceps. The bench press was a little shaky, but I feel like it was because my chest was tired because of the pushups. The flies were fine, which means I can probably increase my weight with those. I don’t even want to talk about the close grip pushups… which almost didn’t even happen because I could hardly complete one set. Standing tricep extensions? I struggled with the 10 pounds that I used to warm up with. YIKES! The tricep pushdowns weren’t too bad though..
I woke up in the middle of the night to pee (drinking water before bed is such a bad idea) and was SO SORE. My abs were sore. I had no idea what the hell they were sore from because I didn’t actually DO abs, but then I realized it was probably from the pushups. WOW. I don’t think I ever got a substantial ab workout from pushups, but that just goes to show how awfully out of shape I am right now. It is pathetic, really.
I realized just how sore my upper body is in Sign Language today when I tried to do the sign for “Psychology” and it literally was a struggle trying to turn my arm that way… I would like to say it’s because I’m uncoordinated, but my arms are just ridiculously sore.
This morning marked day two back with weights. Back and biceps. Back wasn’t all too bad, but I’ve never claimed to have a strong back or anything like that, so I feel like there wasn’t much to lose there. Biceps were not as terrible as I had anticipated, but that’s also because I was using 10 pounds. For the record, I didn’t even use 10 pounds as a warm up last semester. I literally laughed at the 10 pound weights for most of last semester for biceps and warmed my bad-ass self up with 12.5 and ended my bicep workouts with 22’s.
Let’s not forget where I started though.. I started with the 10 pound weights way back last August and I worked my way up to laughing at them and working with the 22’s. As easy as it would be for me to throw in the towel and call it quits, I’m just really keeping my sites set on where I’ll be in a few weeks, and even better, in a few months.
So, back to the Jamie Eason Live Fit training program.
Problem numero uno: She strictly advises for you NOT to do cardio for the first four weeks.
Now, if I were entering some sort of contest for this program, then maybe I would follow it to a T. However, I have a 10k in February and a half marathon in April… no cardio is simply not an option.
It’s not that I don’t believe her philosophy. As a matter of fact, I completely agree and support her when she tells people not to do cardio in the first phase of the program. This is simply because of the way the human body works and changes and adapts to different types of training. We cannot build muscle if we don’t have enough fuel. Distance running burns that necessary fuel. It’s not that I’m not going to see results or not going to receive any gains from her program, I most certainly will, I’m just not going to gain as much muscle mass as the program is setting people up for. I’m okay with that for now though.
Endurance training is a different beast all together.
When I was at the gym today, I was thinking about how nice to would be able to give up cardio for a while. I’m not burnt out or anything as of right now, but it would be weird not “having” to do cardio. The scary thing? Losing fitness, just like I did with weight training. I can remember how I felt when I could barely finish two miles…and the thought of ever getting back to that is terrifying. I feel like I worked so hard to get to where I am now, which isn’t even that impressive in the grand scheme of badass runners, but for me, signing up for my first half marathon is a feat that I never thought I would accomplish. Finishing, however, will be a different story.. nevertheless, I have trained my body to be able to tolerate running “long” distances. Seeing “10 miles” on my training plan is still a daunting number, but it’s not something I haven’t done before and it’s not something I know I can’t do. I just don’t know if I’m willing to let me body “unadjust” to the running.
It is a frigid 28 degrees here in Champaign today.. but with the wind, it feels like about 10. I’m hoping for a warmer weekend (fingers crossed!) so I can get some longer runs in!
Tell me about your greatest fitness feat lately! And stay warm. =)