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Workout 05-03-15 and Why My Gym Smells of Marzipan!

Image courtesy of Naypong at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Naypong at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Today I wanted to try expanding my workout a bit to include something different, so after kitting out The Box Room with some new gear (more on that below!), I went riffling through my Women’s Running back issues looking for some inspiration. Sheer chance got me started looking at workouts on a magazine which I already had the gear for – the Feb issue I’ve been following has a pretty general toning session called ‘Feel the Burn’ aimed at building strength and boosting metabolism – it only requires a set of handweights (or baked beans!) and for comfort, a floor mat (or towel). When I went flicking through the others, about half of them required gym equipment that I don’t have yet – a gym ball and a medicine ball – neither of which is unusual home workout equipment, but neither of which I currently have. A gym ball is on the shopping list as I progress – I didn’t want to go on a major buy-all-the-things spree, so I’ve been getting a few things as and when I feel I need them, or dragging things out the attic which I’ve had from when I went through a phase of working out at home while at uni – hence already having the floor mats, hand weights set and I also have an aerobic step.

I found a few magazines which required no equipment, or just hand weights, and one which needed a resistance band – of which I found one in a DVD I bought a while ago and have never used. The workout I decided to try today was one called ‘Exercise Your Speed Demons’ and is supposed to help you get your race pace quicker.

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Workout 02-03-15

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I decided as I’m feeling better to try and push myself a bit more with the weights today. I’m still using the same workout as I have been from the February issue of Women’s Running, but working on increasing the reps and weight. This is the second time I’ve tried using the new 2kg hand weights, and I could really feel it in my arms by the third set. I’m sticking with 10 reps for the arm exercises with the smaller muscle groups for now while they get used to the higher weight, but I increased the leg and ab muscle exercises to 15 reps each set. I could really feel the extra push on the crunches and toe taps, and it’s the first time I’ve felt the kneeling side leg lift was really doing anything – this one I think needs moving up to 20 reps next time.

I spent a long time – 15 minutes – stretching after this session, both on the floor and from a standing position. My legs were quite tight after the run on Saturday, I think because I didn’t stretch off enough before getting back in the car for the 1 hour drive back – normally I’d be home and mobile again in a much shorter time, so the stretching level I did and then generally moving around is normally enough. My legs on both front and back were very stiff particularly yesterday until P was kind enough to knead them for me, and as I’m hoping we’re home early enough for me to go for the Run England session tomorrow (please, please, please), I really wanted to make sure they were as stretched and relaxed as I could get them today.

Equipment: 2kg hand weights

Time: 30 mins + warm-up/stretches

  • 3 sets of each
    • 10x Dumbbell Bent Over Row
    • 15x Dumbbell Lunges – each side
    • 10x Dumbbell Triceps Kickback – each side
    • 15x Crunches – straight and each side obliques
    • 10x Dumbbell Shoulder Press
    • 15x Dumbbell Squats
    • 15x Kneeling Side Leg Lift – each side
    • 15x Toe Taps
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Workout 22-02-15

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Image courtesy of Naypong at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

My new hand weights have arrived! I picked them up from the delivery office yesterday 🙂 They are pretty and blue, and also neoprene covered which I really prefer to the shiny rubber stuff my USA Pro weights are covered in – they can get a bit slippy if one has worked up a sweat, or so much as looked at them if it’s summer!

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Workout 16-02-15

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Tonight was a repeat of the workout I did last week from the Feb 2015 issue of Women’s Running – this is the start of the second week I’ve been doing this one and I’m intending to continue it until the end of this week before having a rummage for another one in one of my other magazines to start alternating with.

I’m finding the first set of reps in the session comfortable to easy with the 1.5kg, though by the 3rd set particularly for the arm exercises the weight is a bit more of a work-out level push. I’ve ordered a set of 2kg hand weights from Amazon with the intention of using them for at least one set for the arm exercises, and the full workout for the legs ones. I may decide to order a set of 3kg hand weights for the squat type exercises but we’ll see how we get on with the 2kg ones.

Equipment: 1.5kg hand weights

Time: 20 mins + warm-up/cool-down

  • 10 reps – 3 sets of each
    • Dumbbell Bent Over Row
    • Dumbbell Lunges
    • Dumbbell Triceps Kickback – each side
    • Crunches – straight and each side obliques
    • Dumbbell Shoulder Press
    • Dumbbell Squats
    • Kneeling Side Leg Lift – each side
    • Toe Taps
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Workout 12-02-15

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Image courtesy of Naypong at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I’m trying to balance a couple of running sessions a week with some core strength training, and last week started using some hand weights to try the exercises in the Feb 2015 issue of Women’s Running. This was my session for tonight:

Equipment: 1.5kg hand weights

Time: 20 mins + warm-up/cool-down

  • 10 reps – 3 sets of each
    • Dumbbell Bent Over Row
    • Dumbbell Lunges
    • Dumbbell Triceps Kickback – each side
    • Crunches – straight and each side obliques
    • Dumbbell Shoulder Press
    • Dumbbell Squats
    • Kneeling Side Leg Lift – each side
    • Toe Taps

Playlist: Home Playlist 1

Song of the workout: Rock This Country – Shania Twain

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