Sunday, December 02, 2012
The more I tread this road to better health, the more I realize I’ve got to be flexible.
Today I woke up with every intention to go to my strength training class at the gym. I got up, drank my hot lemonade, ate an apple and got in the car, (I can’t exercise on a full stomach). However, as I sat in my car, I thought about how much I wanted to do strength training on my own. Although, I really enjoy group sports, I don’t feel I target all muscle groups as effectively, as when I strength train independently.
During the summer, I was following a very structured self-imposed weight training program (with dumbbells). It was time consuming but the results were impressive. I loved how strong I was getting and feeling. Unfortunately, by the end of the summer I discovered it would be very hard to continue my program (due to time constraints). In the Fall, I would be back at work.
I earnestly searched our cyber world for alternate weight programs via Youtube, Facebook, Sparkpeople, etc. I then stepped into our material world and frequented Barnes & Nobles, libraries, etc., and eyeballed the latest books on weight training.
Our contemporary health gurus have developed ways to hit multiple muscle groups simultaneously and actually save us time. I appreciate incorporating this approach but along the way, I’ve discovered I’m a bit of a purist and extremely kinesthetic when working out. Muscle training has taught me how to focus on what each muscle feels like as I work it. Therefore, I don’t always appreciate a multi-sensory approach unless I’m strapped for time (insert group workout here).
As I walked out of my car and towards my home, I decided I would only incorporate 2 exercises per body part instead of 4. I used the modified pyramid system (12-10-8) instead of the full pyramid system (12-10-8-10-12) for repetitions. I completed a full body workout in an hour vs. two hours and felt great! I must confess, that I did have this nagging nagging rigid thought running through my mind. It kept telling me, I could’ve done more, and that my results wouldn’t be as quick, but I’m not going to listen to myself. Instead, I’m going to build my body slowly and become stronger as I learn to be more flexible with my self.