Don’t be afraid of the muscles!

Today I worked out with some of the girls from back in the days when I first met Jonathan over at Lifetime Fitness. It always happens on the brakes when everyone’s schedule is up in the air but I love to see them because they are so much fun to hang with. I thought we were going to work legs but like I mentioned with this week when Jonathan trying to accommodate everyone’s schedule we ended up focusing on upper body instead.

I think pretty much everyone has their favorite muscle to work and for some reason my shoulders are “OK strong” and I like to challenge myself with they weight. Toady was no different I started out with a 25 pound kettle bell as we had 4 movement circuit  and I will admit that the last set when I was doing 30 pounds was bloody heavy but yet so fun…lol.

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The next circuit we kept on working with the pulling/pushing and I started with the “Arnold shoulder press” (I have no ambition on going down that road). Even though the weight was not that heavy I think my shoulders already had done a fair bit of work. The point was to keep it light and do higher rep counts, then go heavier on the following two exercises and do less reps.

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The first heavy movements were a barbell press and I got annoyed with myself when Jonathan had to take off weight. I don’t know what it was but my pecks really hurt from Monday and I only realized lying down on the bench, so maybe I was not prepared. The last set I went up again in weight and I guess it was pure will but at least I got my 12 reps in ;).

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I’m not afraid of getting bulky because I think it takes a lot of work for a woman to achieve that and it is not my goal. But I really got scared today when I was on the “bench” for the priest curls and I looked myself in the mirror. All I could see was this big two shoulders between this little head of mine and all I can think is OMG this is soooo wrong, when did this happened?! I told Jonathan and he smiles at me and goes “What did you expect when you working the heavy weight on the shoulders? The thing was, sitting like that really made up a funny angle so the shoulders came into focus because as soon as I was standing up I looked like my old self again.

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We finished the workout with some high intensity work, squat jumps, mountain climbers and some more shoulder work. Tomorrow I am starting to do some painting in our basement and I have a feeling it is going to be painful…

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6.45 am

Today the kids has only half day in school which means that my kindergarten who is normally doing 2 ½ hour a day is only going for an hour and 20 minutes, what’s the point?!! This is not too troubling for me because John is often very kind and let me come and see him on a different time, this morning at 6.45am. I find it refreshing to work out with different people just because it gives a different dynamic to your work out (I will admit, I don’t like working out with people who talk too much since they are slowing everything down). Today I had the pleasure to workout with two lovely ladies that was pushing for it as we were working abs and legs.

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We kicked it off on time at 6.45 with launches, wall-sits and sprints…Good morning to you too!! As we moved on to our abs-workout we started with 20 leg raises, 20 crunches, 20 slow-climbers and 20 leg raises from a plank position and I have to say those the slow climbers look very silly but they are underestimated. At the end doing all this 4 exercises my abs where burning. We mixed the day up between legs, abs, and a bit of cardio on the rowing machine, bikes, squat-jumps, speed skaters and the dreaded jumping-launches. I always tell my children; “Things you don’t like to do or you are not good at are those that needs the most practice because as soon you’re getting good at them they become fun!”.

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Now it is time to get ready to pick up Mira from school…