Workouts & Listening To My Body

Good morning! I hope you’re all having a wonderful week! We’re more than half way through, and the weekend is coming shortly!

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This week has been a whirlwind! I took yesterday pretty easy because my body was exhausted and a bit sore.

Here’s a recap of my workouts so far this week:

On Monday, I did a 15 minute HIIT workout in the early part of the day. It was nice to get that out of the way. It may only be 15 minutes, but it gets you SWEATIN’!!! In the afternoon, I did a heavy lifting session.

For my heavy lifting sessions, I typically like to do a set of: 15, 12, 10, 8, 6. Basically, I combine my warm-up (15 and 12 rep sets) and my heavy sets (10, 8, 6 rep sets). This helps me get into the lift and get my muscles ready for the heavier weights. I did:

Deadlifts

Squats

Chin Ups

DB Military Press

Pull Ups

For the chin ups and pull ups, I just do sets of 2-3. That’s about where I’m at strength-wise right now, so I just work on trying to get just 1 more rep in the beginning of the workout. (Hoping to get 5 reps by the end of the week!!!)

After my lift, I headed to the rock climbing gym for some climbing. They are doing construction on the bouldering area  right now, so I actually harnessed in and climbed the walls with the rope. I forgot how long you’re on the wall! Holy endurance!!! My forearms are a bit sore from that.

Tuesday evening, Charlie and I headed to the gym for a full body workout. I was pretty sore from Monday, but when Charlie wants to work out, I take advantage! I snuck in a 15 min. HIIT before the workout as well. We did the following supersets:

Super Set #1

DB Bench Press + Chest Fly

KB Swings

Super Set #2

Front Foot Elevated Reverse Lunges

Hanging Leg Raises

Super Set #3

DB Windmills

Swiss Ball Dead Bugs

Needless to say, my body is a bit exhausted. I took yesterday to relax, walk a bit to stretch my legs, catch up on some writing, and worked. I like to stay moving when I’m sore to try to get the blood flowing, hence the short walks throughout the day. Stretching, walking, light moving in general, tend to help with DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness).

I think it is very important to listen to your body. While I had a CrossFit workout on my agenda for Wednesday, I knew that my body needed a little break. I pushed the workout until today at lunch and hopefully resting yesterday will give me some energy and muscle recovery for it today.

Question of the day:

What do you do when you have a tough workout planned and your body just ain’t havin’ it?!

I just started watching Dexter. OMG Where have I been?! Any other awesome shows I’m TOTALLY missing out on?!

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