Being no fan of long, drawn out workouts I have always been the type of girl that gets in, gets it done and moves on. In the past year or so I have taken an even more serious approach to this habit as I found my love for training dwindle even further away than I ever expected.
"Love" is not the word for how I feel about scheduled training in case anyone forgets. I liken exercise to brushing your teeth. You don't brush your teeth because you love brushing your teeth. You brush them because they feel good afterwards and because you don't want them to rot. That is exactly how I feel about formal exercise.
So it should come as no surprise that I have found ways to make the most out of the stuff I wish to spend the least amount of time on.
My latest victory? Legs in 20 minutes. Seven different exercises, 17 sets total. Ladies, your legs WILL feel this in the morning.
First circuit: Romanian Deadlifts (10), Jump Squats (squat down, explode up, repeat 8-10 times), Leg Curls (8 to 10). Do three sets of this circuit with only minimal rest in between those sets. When picking your weight, your last repetition should be a tough one to do.
Second circuit: Single Leg Deadlifts (10 each), Weighted Duck Walk (squat down and walk like a duck while holding a dumbbell between your legs - it looks funny yes but it works! Do 15 steps forward and 15 steps back), Sissy Squats (10) and Leg Press (10-12). Do two sets of this circuit, again with minimal rest in between and you should be at least mildly grunting to yourself on the last rep.
This took me exactly 20 minutes (not including any warm-up or stretching afterwards). Even with that you'll be on your way in 30!
January has been cold! Except for one freakishly warm day the first week of the month, temps have been typical and even lower around here. We, like many recently, got the big dose of polar freeze and there is another bout to be served up this week I understand. So, I have been craving movement that creates warmth! LOL.
I've also been needing to sweat in order to feel like my body is shedding unnecessary gunk and stress so there has been mostly stuff like hot yoga, indoor running (cause too cold outdoors) and weighted circuits in my movement for the past few weeks.
It is sitting well with me. I'm happy with what I'm doing right now and winter has yet to drag down my mood, something that inevitably seems to happen before January's end.
Want to be confused? LOL. Take a dance class.
Well, it always works for me anyway.
This session of dance we are concentrating solely on the Cha-Cha. I'm happy about it (as happy as I get about dance class) because the last time we took instruction we also learned the Waltz. Yaawwwwnnnnn...
So, last night was our first jump back into dancing after a two year hiatus from lessons and practicing not much at all. OK OK, practicing NOT at all. For me, repetition is key and if I don't repeat I will not remember and therefore I knew I'd basically be starting over.
Also, as TMUPOTP, LOL that spells nothing - I am trying to say that as The Most Uncoordinated Person On The Planet I understand that it will take me longer to learn things, I will have to practice more and I will have to work to not be as frustrated as the Second Most Uncoordinated Person On The Planet (SMUPOTP) LOL that almost spells something. Oh, THAT would be SAM, by the way. So, here we are, Mr. and Mrs. TwoLeftFeet off to dance lessons again.
I was actually pleased with how much I did remember. The instructor moves quite fast but you learn a ton in six weeks. And the best part is that it qualifies as gratitude in motion for me. Moving to music and (after you get better at it) putting your own style into something is extremely joyful.
Plus Sam takes me to dinner and I have a beer before class so I feel more happy to make a fool of myself. Do not think for a moment that the beer is what causes my coordination issues. Even our instructor jokes that he will bring me a spare if Sam doesn't have time for dinner. LOL.
Because the ability to express ourselves and care for ourselves through motion is something we should be grateful for...