Thursday, April 19, 2012

Reintroducing Iron

In less than 48 hours, I will be relaxing on a beach, sipping a Mai tai.  Ahhh. Just had to put that out there.  Sorry.  I'll move all know tomorrow I'm going to be ridiculous about it, no sense in ruining spending two posts about it!
So...let's talk.  About Iron.  No, not the distance (though I wouldn't blame you if you thought I was signing up for another 140.6....I kinda wish I was.  But nope, it's my year off from 140.6 and I promise(d the hubster) that there will be no Ironman nonsense...till 2013 :-P
Anyhow....Iron.  As in, weights. Lately I've been focusing on getting in 2-3 full body strength workouts in addition to my HIM training-I am so a cardio queen but have noticed my tummy getting a bit soft and would like some overall definition that a 15 mile run just won't give me.
But....I hate weight training.  It's boring (to me) and I hate using precious gym time doing it (that's why I will opt any day to swim or do speed work during lunch!)  Still...gotta get it in and not hate it, right?  Right. 
Because he has these tiny arms!!!
Well, I'll admit this...I'm not beating down Crossfit's door to shell out the big bucks for a membership, but I'm sort of in love with their WOD structure.  It makes sense, it's quick n dirty, and you work your effin tush off.  I've made up some cardio/weight WODs, but I have a new routine I've been doing, adding rounds and bumping up weight for the last month.  And yesterday, I reached a hundred.  10 x 10.  It hurt so good.  But I only needed (12lb) dumbbells and a DVRed episode of Fringe to complete it (sub in any entertainment and you're good to go).  Rocket science?  Nope.  But super effective and kind of fun to see how fast you can get it done (without compromising form, of course!) Check it out!
The Hundred Workout
Warm up- 5 -10 minutes cardio (bike, run, jumping jacks, etc.)
Main Set (10 of each exercise)
1. Bicep curls
2. Tricep dips
3. Bent over Rows
4. Squats
5. Dead Lifts
6. Reverse Lunges (10 each side)
7. Side crunches (hold both weights in one hand, lean to side-awesome oblique workout!  10 each side)
8. push ups
9. sit ups
10. Frog crunches with long lever (bottoms of feet together, arms straight up-crunch!)

Repeat 10 times.  You can curse me out, it's okay.  The workout seems pretty easy at first, until it's set #6 and your arms and legs feel like jello!  Best part?  45 minutes including warm up for a full body workout.  Not too shabby!  And stick -to-it-able for someone who hates strength.  Let's see if I notice a difference in a month-they say it takes 6-8 weeks to change your body with ST!  Right now I'm doing this once a week, along with a 30 minute kettle bell Jillian Michaels workout.  Baby steps, right?
How do you strength train?  Are you a hardcore gymmie, wing it like I do, or just say stuff it? 

1 comment:

  1. I have to say that I'm a big fan of Jillian Michaels' "No More Trouble Zones" DVD- it's about 45 minutes and works the entire body with weights and strengthening. Goes by fast and always leaves me feeling a little sore afterwards! ~~ Allee