I’ve done a lot of running so far this year. I also did a whole lot of not running while my calf healed. What I didn’t do was a whole lot of strength training. My once a week yoga class, while awesome, was not enough to build muscle.
I’m paying the price now. I have zero upper body strength, my glutes are mushy, and even my legs leave a lot to be desired. I joined the Best Body Boot Camp to try and rectify the situation.
If the first four days are any indication, I’ll be in amazing shape at the end.
Tina has sent us workouts for each day with prescribed weight workouts 3 days a week + directions for cardio. You can choose any form of cardio (elliptical, bike, etc.) and, as you can imagine, I’ve chosen to run. At first glance, it doesn’t appear that hard, but looks can be deceiving. Don’t believe me? Google “surrender squat”. You are supposed to use weights, but by the end I was barely able to keep just my arms in the air. Whoa…
You are also asked to set a couple of healthy goals each week and aim to meet them 5 out of 7 days. This week I chose to work on increasing my water intake and, of course, not eating sugar. At this point, I have four successful days done on my goals.
With a weight workout on Monday, yoga on Tuesday (my choice, not required), and weights on Wednesday, I found myself barely able to walk up my stairs on Thursday. And I quickly discovered that even drinking coffee takes muscles all over the body. I just kept reminding myself it was a good kind of hurt.
While I’m trying hard to do the weight workouts as closely as possible, I admit I’ve been adding minutes to the cardio. I have too many half marathons in my future to not keep my mileage up.
Finger crossed that in 8 weeks I’ll be posting an “after” picture with actual muscles to show off. (No, there won’t be any before pictures. Nobody needs to see that.)
Instead, look what came in the mail yesterday…
Yes, I did buy one for each car + the beer fridge LOL.