I tend to loosely follow a Body For Life style workout schedule because after trying a few different cardio/strength training plans, I’ve found that I can be most consistent with BFL.
This means that I typically make 3 days out of the week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday for now) pure cardio days and 3 days strength training days (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday). My rest day is usually Sunday.
On days that I lift I still do a little bit of cardio, though it is less intense than “cardio specific” days. This is just what works best for me and my body– it is different for everyone!
Where am I going with this…
Oh, right. Yesterday was an upper body day– and a particularly good one at that.
- 20 minutes of running on the treadmill with my friends Ke$ha, Lil’ Wayne and Eminem
- 7 minutes on the rowing machine
- Lat pull down: 12x @ 70lbs, 10x @ 85lbs, 8x @ 85lbs
- Eagle chest press: 12x @ 50lbs, 10x, 8x
- Horizontal row machine: 12x @ 70lbs, 10x, 8x
- Dumbbell shoulder press: 12x @ 12.5lbs/shoulder, 10x, 10x
- Dumbbell lat raises: 12x @ 8lbs, 12x, 12x
- Cable biceps curl: 12x @ 22.5lbs, 10x, 8x
- Triceps raise: 12x @ 25lbs, 12x, 10x
- 20 more minutes of running on the treadmill
I felt satisfied after this workout. Lately, I have been struggling with pushing myself during strength workouts– especially if the gym is busy. I detest crowds so when the gym is packed I just want to get outta there! So I was a happy girl after this tough session.
I have also taken on a new cardio love as of late. Thanks to Julie, who has repeatedly declared her love for spinning on her blog, I decided to give it a shot. I love it! For too long I have been monogamous with the treadmill– it was time for a break. Plus, ever since I ran my first half-marathon a year ago, my ankle has been mighty sensitive. Spinning doesn’t irritate it nearly as much as the treadmill so I think I’ll be alternating between the two from now on.
Meals have been really repetitive lately as all I have been craving (other than breakfast foods) has been hummus, nutritional yeast, pita and salad. Literally.
Iceburg, onion, cucumber, olives, banana peppers, pickled beets, Cabot 75% reduced fat cheddar (found at TJ’s!), balsamic, olive oil and pepper
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have just returned from spinning class and am one hungry gal. Anyone care to guess what I’ll be having for dinner?
It’s ok, call me predictable. I’ll still be your friend.
As long as you have hummus.
What food haven’t you been able to get enough of lately?
What are some of your favorite strength training exercises?