Latest Muscle Workout Wipes Me Out

muscle workout, weight training, tire push workout

My new workout tool. Object in photo is much larger (and heavier) than it seems!

After my weigh-in this morning, I hit the gym for my new muscle workout:

Except for the shuttle runs I did in high school, it’s the first time I’ve done these workouts. I did 3 rounds, doing each for 30 seconds with a 20 second break in between.

Of the 6 exercises, it’s a toss-up between the battle ropes and tire push for most exhausting. The battle ropes turned my arms into wet noodles, especially my left arm. The tire push kills your arms quickly, but later you feel the double whammy of your back and leg muscles aching.

In a couple of weeks, my trainer says I’ll start flipping the tire. I CAN’T WAIT. Another chance to be sore from head to toe. Awesome!

This is the third set of metabolic workouts I now have in my rotation. On Monday my trainer shows me a new set of exercises and for the next few weeks we will rotate between the 4 different sets, steadily increase the weights.

I sincerely hope the next set of exercises looks something like this — complete with Elvis glasses and blue sequined jumpsuit!


How Can Little Muscles Hurt So Much?

(the inner Dot2Trot)

The Inner Dot2Trot

Monday morning I had my first session with my new trainer. She’d planned to take it easy with me for the first week. She didn’t want me getting so sore I’d stop working out.

After our first session, I felt great. We did a lot of work with kettlebells — squats, presses, lunges, crunches and twists. After the session, I hit the treadmill for 45 minutes. It was awesome.  I felt like I had the tiger by the tail.  I just didn’t realize that the tiger was biding his time. Bastard!

Roughly 12 hours later, I made the mistake of getting out of my comfy chair. Wow did that hurt. My hamstrings, abductors and glutes screamed at me in unison.

But I knew the pain meant I’d done something right. I’d asked my muscles to do something they hadn’t done in a long time and this was their response. But I know my body will acclimate and the cycle will start again.

Flash forward to today: I did yoga this morning to help stretch my muscles and warm them up before meeting with my trainer. When I finished and my legs didn’t hurt, I thought I’d turned a corner. Ha!

When I got to the gym today, my trainer did not take pity on me. Working with barbells, I did presses, squats, pull-ups, lunges, rows, step ups and mountain climbers. For each exercise I had to do as many as possible for 30 seconds with only 15 seconds of recovery between exercises.

The soreness came back with abandon — in the glutes, especially.

I toyed with just going home, but I decided to hit the treadmill. After the first 3 minutes I was hurting. I picked up my iPod every intention of abandoning my power walk. Thankfully I ignored this impulse and kept walking, even increasing the speed. About 5 minutes later my legs felt great.

I finished my walk 22 minutes later and left the gym very proud that I’d pushed through the pain.