You Can Go Hard or You Can Go Home

2 Sep

Good afternoon everyone! Hope everyone is having a wonderful and productive day because I know I sure am! I woke up SUPER early this morning after going to sleep relatively late so that I could go through all of my pictures and put my post for yesterday up but it was definitely worth it. Before 10 AM, I had already cranked out a Calc 2 homework, and Organic homework and cleaned my room. If you’ve ever taken either Calc 2 or Organic, you know how frustrating those classes and homework can be so it was nice to, for once, be able to breeze through them. Midway through my homework sesh, I sat down for some breakfast to get the intellectual juices flowing. Breakfast consisted of a bowl of Vanilla Almond Special K with a sliced up Granny Smith Apple which was delicious.

I promise it looked more appetizing than that

Following the intense homework sesh, I decided to hit the UREC which was FINALLY open after what felt like days and days of being closed. During the hurricane, the entire campus was closed, including the UREC and honestly, there was just no motivation to workout when I was stuck in a tiny apartment for days on end. Then, on Thursday, admin decided that it was going to be safe enough for people to go out and possibly go to the gym if they wanted which meant that EVERYONE flocked to the gym. That’s not even an understatement. I walked in and instantly turned about because it was beyond crowded. For a school of more than 23,000 undergrads, you would think they would have a larger gym but alas, it doesn’t, although it is an amazing fitness facility. Long story short, I went for a workout which ended up being hard. I knew I wanted to be sore when I left because I hadn’t gotten to get a really epic workout in for a few days although the past two days I did good circuit workouts. I tend to find that if I don’t get a run in, I feel like I didn’t work that hard. I like the satisfaction of seeing the mileage on the treadmill at the end of a good, hard run.

Today’s workout started with, what I call, the Speed Demon workout. It sounds bad but you can adapt it for your fitness level which makes it an awesome workout. As your stamina increases, you can increase the speeds that you run at, or keep them the same. Basically, the workout starts out slow and then gradually increases your speed to either your max or close to it over four minutes then drops to back. Then you repeat. It works out to be a total of thirty minutes which, by the time you’re done, if you aren’t sweating hard, you did something wrong.

Speed Demon Workout

Fortunately for me, T.H.E by will.i.am came on during my last hard intervals which got me through. If you haven’t heard that song, it’s definitely one to add to the workout list. It always get me pumped up. After getting off the treadmill, I had run for half an hour, gone 2.5 miles and had (according to the machine) burned 263.2 calories. I was definitely happy to get off the machine when I was done but it was on to the next workout for me. Sundays, by default, are my hard days so it made sense that today was extra hard. My next mission was to tackle the two apps on my iPhone that I use pretty regularly. The first one is called Arm Workout (creative, I know) and is how I learned how to workout my arms which, before the past year or so, I never did. I used eight pound free weights for the routine which includes each of the following for thirty seconds: overhead press, bicep curls, tricep extensions, bent over row, front raises and bridge dips. Definitely a good starter if you’ve never really work your arms before. They have the option to do different length workouts and if you buy the full version, you can do different routines too. My second app that I use is called Six Pack Promise by Athlean-X and is a serious ab workout. It has a 60 day program that you can do if you want to get super cut but I usually mix up workouts from the first two weeks into my routine. This one, unlike the other, is not free but it is definitely worth the $1.00 investment in my personal opinion.

With my arms and abs worked out, I only had legs left to do. I did the following exercises on machines with short ten to fifteen second breaks in between reps….just enough time to grab a sip of water and get back on the machine.

-Leg Press: 3 sets of 12 at 95lbs

-Calf Raises: 3 sets of 10 at 30lbs

-Adduction/Abduction: 3 sets of each at 70lbs

-Prone leg Curl: 3 sets of 10 at 40lbs

-Glutes: 3 sets of ten at 30lbs

I’m sure my legs will not be happy with me tomorrow but my stretching after my workout was thorough so maybe it won’t be too bad. We will definitely find out. After returning from the gym, I heated up some yummy veggie pasta and topped it off with a bit of light alfredo sauce which I ate with a HUGE bottle of water. I’ve been really bad about drinking enough water lately so I figured today is a good day to start. Anyways, I am off to get some more homework done before heading to church but I hope you all have a wonderful afternoon/night and Happy Labor Day!

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