Starting from last Saturday - a day of rest from "regular" workouts. Instead a full on yearly clean up of my shop, which did not fair too badly this winter as far as Ricky messes go. However, plain old dirt was abundant and unfortunately, we had also gotten lazy about just throwing stuff in there and shutting the door again. What happened was after much contemplation and discussion of the eventual retirement dream, the decision was made that even when I "open" a true magic shop it should not be a home business but in the hub of downtown. So my little space got a bit lonely again last season.
It is all clean now though! One long overdue chore off the list.
Another one just completed today. Washing windows. Hands down my least favorite home chore next to weedeating.
Workouts this week ranged from running, yoga, weighted circuits and a honkin' leg day mid-week. Today I am thinking about so
Leg Day. Ouch. I love leg day. I think it has something to do with the fact that a chick's bottom half happens to be pretty strong in comparison to the upper part. Our legs - that is where our power comes from. In a self defense class that I take we learn to use our legs to kick, beat, push, run. We learn that our legs are our best friends.
Our friends? Really? Women have issues with their legs and/or basically the entire lower half of their bodies. I am not immune to this so when I train legs I try to spend alot of time thanking them, feeling the power in them and basically acknowledging that they carry me around on a daily basis and have for most of my life and that they could, literally, save that life at any given time.
I think this is a good practice considering how most of us ladies really feel about our legs. I had a fitness professional tell at some point that I had "gifted quads" and this simply meant to me that my legs were big. And, from the perspective of most females, they are.
But, I like to work them. I like to rely on them. I like the way they carry me and the way I can ride half-seat as many time around the arena as my instructor tells me to without even flinching. LOL.
So, today it was squats and deadlifts. Along with some weighted crab crawls, inverted leg raises and some other freestyle leg burner stuff. I will walk again I'm sure. Maybe tomorrow....
Last week ended with a trail run and then a sick cat. Luckily, the cat is doing better but only after dropping some cold hard cash to rule out most possibilities including infection, internal bleeding, blockage, etc. etc....
Somewhere in there I lost track of training for a few days. This week began the way last week ended though. With a nice, long, sweaty trail run at work the last part of which was spent sprinting (ie - gasping for air and partially dying) up the hill beside our rec center.
I snapped a picture afterwards and have been contemplating abs. I would like to explain the concept of "washboard" abs and why for most of us they are folly. People think that in order to have washboard abs you have to do lots of "ab work" and sure, like any other muscle, abs do need to be worked in order to be firm.
But, "ab work" is only a fraction of what goes into a six pack. Some people will be heard to say that abs are built in the kitchen and while that can be true, there are other factors such as heredity, how one carries her (or his) fat, how much of that fat there is, how hydrated (or not) one is that can influence the look (or lack of) visible abs.
I do not have a six pack. LOL. My abs are pretty toned, as you can see above but even at my leanest my body is not the type that can show off those rock hard, super defined, washboard just under the surface abs that are so coveted these days. I've done lots of ab work, I've done next to none, I've done different kinds of ab work and then yet more different kinds. My abs stay pretty much the same unless I gain a large amount of weight. Mostly, for me this is a combination of heredity, fat storage and body type. I don't find that to be such a big deal. I'm not even sure I ever did as I was never obsessed with "chasing abs" like many women are.
So, strive to have strong abs. Strive to take care of them and keep them happy and fit. But, don't expect them to be chiseled rocks of steel just because you are doing everything right and you saw it in a magazine.
Today, Tuesday, was a lifting day. A full body type deal hitting big muscle groups and multiple parts. Stuff like squats, deadlifts, both romanian and single legged, push ups, push presses, dips.
Yesterday was a lifting day. I did a full body type workout with things like deadlifts, squats, push-ups, shoulder presses... Sore this morning. Today, weather permitting, will be trail run at work. If I have time I will throw some abs in there. Long day ahead. Concert tonight to attend to...
First training log of new blog. I will attempt to do this daily. Anyone training who wants to comment or join in feel free!
Sundays are normally mosh pit stuff for me. That is when I throw a bunch of stuff together based on how I feel. Today started with a run up the hollow - just a quick half mile and back. Then did some cardio circuits with kettlebell work, burpees, jacks and a nifty little inclined plank my step-son showed me last week. That shit is killer.
Afterwards, did some old fashioned floor work. I do believer there is a place for bodyweight work in training and I do it regularly in addition to actually lifting weights. After that, dark yoga.
Yesterday we finished tearing out the base of our sidewalk so I counted that as my workout. And it WAS some heavy lifting. In the proces though, I tweeked something in my neck on the left side. So, that has been bothersome a bit today.
Eats today were pretty much a wash. We had a family cookout. Always great fun and lots of food. My water intake has not been adequate.
Because the ability to express ourselves and care for ourselves through motion is something we should be grateful for...