Wednesday, April 8, 2009

let's talk about the bum

i'm going to start today's post by talking about the bum. yesterday's strength training workout was great. i was still a little sore going into it, but not too bad, and i felt good during and after. here's what i did:

1) 5 minute treadmill warm up

2) deadlifts, 10 reps with 20 pounds, 3 sets

3) overhead press with 8 pound dumbbells, 15 reps, 3 sets

4) squats with 8 pound dumbbells, 10 reps, 3 sets

5) crunches on the stability ball, 15 reps, 3 sets

6) lunges with 8 pound dumbbells, 10 reps, 2 sets (this is still KILLER for me)

7) dumbbell curls with 10 pound weights, 10 reps, 3 sets

8) crunches on the dip machine, 10 reps, 3 sets ... the machine looks like this sort of without the fancy arm pads - i have to keep my arms straight and support my whole body with my wrists (surprisingly easy)

9) leg press, 90 pounds, 10 reps, 3 sets

10) chest press with 10 pound dumbbells, 10 reps, 3 sets

11) reverse crunches on the bench, 10 reps, 3 sets. the reverse crunch looks like this - start with your legs down and toes/feet touching the floor. then crunch up.

my bum felt really good, especially during the squats. when i was fully in the squat position, i could actually feel the muscles in my bum contracting, almost like making a little whimper. i am all for having a stronger bum. heave ho bum!

in other news, eating is not going so great. i just find myself so hungry and then snacking on ridiculous things like "oatmeal squares cereal" - that is so yummy. i really need to get it together. yes, it's still winter out there (let's not talk about that!) but not for long. i do not want to go into summer with extra flub. no way, not again, not happening to me.

in other other news, i think i've decided to try running again. i think my type of sciatic pain can be prevented with stretching and improved ab strength, so i am going to work on that. also, i might see a sports physiotherapist or somebody like that. i've been reading up on it online - people have overcome this in the past and if they can do it, i certainly can too.

is that enough bum talk for you? tonight is date night and top model tv night - and then tomorrow is thursday which is that last day of the work week. thank you religion!


Amanda said...

Good luck with the running! Looking into some sort of sports therapy is probably a good idea, even if it's just to get some advice. Hope you're pain free very soon!

Yay for Top Model! It makes Wednesdays so much more bearable.

Vanessa said...

Good luck with the running! I'm gearing up to give it another shot too, now that the snow it almost gone. :D

fittingbackin said...

GREAT workout! Glad the bum is better!! haha I LOVE ANTM!

Randi said...

Do you have health coverage with your new job? I'm covered for physical therapy and massage so I'm also looking into some physio for my back and hips and anywhere else that bugs me even slightly. Gotta love it when it's free!

Kudret said...

You make me wish I could afford my gym membership again!! I need to start getting creative with my workouts because all of yours look really good!

Angie All The Way said...

Well look at you and your ass kickin' strength training! I just can't seem to get myself to do strength training lately for some reason!

A sports physio would likely be an excellent person to consult. They rock :-)