Archives for March 2010

Women only?

I was out of town today and I had some free time, so I decided to go to a new gym. After I paid the guest fee, they pointed out the different parts of the gym, including the women only exercise room. What? Ladies come on, if there was a men only exercise room we’d be furious, we’d be boycotting and signing petitions, we’d be burning our sport bras!

There is no need to be intimidated by the “big scary” weight room. Believe me, the guys are there for their workout. They are busy looking at themselves and their muscles! They are not laughing at you for picking up the 5 lb weights. As a matter of fact, I bet it is more intimating for a guy to go into the weight room than it is for a woman. The guy can’t help but compare himself to the big burly weight lifters.

Don’t be afraid of the weight room. You will get a much better workout and achieve your goals faster with free weights than you will with “nautilus-type” machines. Plus, dumbbells, barbells, and plate loaded machines offer much more diversity so you won’t get bored with the same old workout.

This being said, I must admit, I had to take a deep breath tonight as I entered the weight room and took up my dumbbells at a new gym! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Gotta love new shoes

I got some new sneakers! The weather has been so nice (well over the weekend was nice) that I was inspired to run, but alas my old running shoes had truly had it! I had aches and pains in unusual places, so I went over to the local running store, Runner’s Alley and sprung for a new pair of Sauconys. After that the weather turned rainy, but today the sun came out so I put on my new shoes and went for a run — there is nothing like running in a new pair of sneakers!

A Run in the Sunshine

Nothing like some nice spring weather to get me to go out for a run. It was in the high 50’s sunny, a slight breeze — perfect for running. I forgot how much I enjoy running outside! After a few weeks on the treadmill running outside was such a joy. I kept an easy pace and didn’t attempt to run too long, it was quite perfect. Then there was the sun on my face, the ever changing scenery, and the constantly changing route to keep my mind occupied. A far cry from running in place on the treadmill staring at the slowly changing stats for distance, calories, steps, time, distance, calories, steps, time distance….

A new weight lifting program for me

I haven’t been very good about blogging over the past week, but I have been good about going to the gym. I have a good routine going. I lift weights one day, do cardio and my sit-ups routine the next, then rest a day. This gives me 2 days of rest between any 2 weight workouts and between cardio/aerobic days.

Today I started a new weight lifting program. During the past 4 weeks I’ve been doing one exercise for each major muscle group. This is a good program for beginning weight training. Now I’m stepping up the program. Today I concentrated on chest, upper back, shoulders, biceps and triceps. Rather than hit each muscle group with one exercise. I did 2 exercises for each, basically doubling the effort for each muscle group. On my next weight day, I’ll concentrate on glutes, quads, hamstrings, lower back, and calves. As for my abs, I put those on cardio day. So far so good…..