This month I decided to make a commitment to myself to consistently strength train at least three times per week.
I’ve been doing so basically for the past month or so, and I’ve seen some results, especially in my arms – small results, but results nonetheless. I want to continue that pattern!
Strength training is something that I used to ignore, because I didn’t realize what it could do for my body. Once I did start to strength train, I focused on arms with really light weights because I was intimidated by legs and thought I was too weak to life more than five pounds.
Now, I’m stepping (punny) into leg and full body strength workouts, too, so that I can strengthen my legs. Hopefully, this will help me come back strong once I’m able to run again. In the month that I haven’t run, strength training has kept me
mostly sane (oh and yoga has, too, obvi!).
I will make up a leg workout sometime soon, but for now I wanted to share the arm workout I created last week. I’ve done it twice so far and it left me with a good burn and sore arms the next day. I also incorporated abs into the workout, because why not? Everyone loves a good plank.
For this workout, I actually use different weights for certain moves. I use: 12.5 lbs for the biceps curls, hammer curls, and delt flyes; 15 lbs for the rows and tri kickbacks;10 lbs for the side and front shoulder lifts, chest flyes and skull crushers; 20 lbs for the overhead tris.
My point for sharing that is that you use what weights feel comfortable to you but still push your limits for each different move. If it’s all the same weight, that’s awesome. If not, that’s awesome, too. The first and last arm circuits will be done twice through. The middle two will be done three times through.
So that’s a little taste of what I’ve been doing while I’m not running! I’m really starting to enjoy it.
Question of the Day:
What’s your favorite body part to strength train?