Is it ? is it always good to push the limits in a workout? I’m not sure about this. I do think it is individualized and everyone must know their limits.
I do believe pushing the limits is great when you have had adequate sleep, nutrition, energized and ready for the challenge. As for myself I know that without either of the stated not only am I unable to push the limits my workouts are so sluggish. When I feel this going on especially with me getting into the weightlifting I know it is best for me to put that day on the burner or take a nap to rejuvenate myself.
One of my worst regrets that I have found out in my workouts is when I do a half @$$workout. I feel like I have cheated myself and wasted my time, when all I had to do is either take a nap are just do it all tomorrow. Which sometimes this happens that I end up doing it all tomorrow.
I have learned to value my time; but the greatest thing it all workouts is to have a relationship with your body and know your limits went to push through and went to pull back.
To beginning a new relationship with your body and workouts have a great day of work outs.
Increasing your weights is a decision that I have found several females have difficulty knowing when and how much. This should be a very easy decision, how ever it can be made difficult if you are listening to the negativity of weightlifting especially for females.
I know as I have and many females have her lifting heavy weights will make you bulky. There is truth and there is none truth to this. The truth is there are female bodybuilders that put a lot into their weightlifting and they are going to bulky, but also lean. And that is a routine that they are working on a goal that they have in mind. If you just want to work out with weights which will make you leaner, burn fat faster and really make you look good increasing your weights will not make you bulky.
If you are a new weightlifter as I am at an older age as I am just kidding any age female your body will tell you when it’s time. The current weight that you are using will become so light and make the workout feel useless it is time the end to increase your weight. Our you can stay at your same weight but increase your reps you will still get the same results. However if you feel that you’re not challenging yourself it is time to increase the weights.
As females we must become the master of what we want to be, our own goals, believing in ourselves. Now put a plan into action erase the negativity in thoughts and words and become the best YOU are at weightlifting.
To a week of unleashing negativity and building those muscles I’m wishing you the best.
Today was a great leg day workout:
Side to side squats 25x2x10x3
Alt. weighted squat jump 20 x10x3
Figure 4 squats 20x10x3
Slider side lunge 20x2x10x3
Low rocking side lunge 20x2x10x3
Sumo double slide 20x10x3
Sumo cross jump 20x10x3
Goblet sumo squat 40x10x3
What a leg day
There are days when working out things so difficult especially when I am having a flare. I have to make a decision whether to continue a workout or put it to the side. Then I think do I really want to be a quitter every time I feel plain that I know I can endure. So I had to make a decision whether to push through to meet my goals are just put everything on hold for a few days.
I did make a decision, I am not a quitter so I decided to do my workouts. The difference is I had to decrease my weights, I had to modify some of my movements. I had to proceed with caution. My workout was a success my pain remain the same but I was able to do my workouts without harming my body and I was proud.
I know everyone cannot do this however I do encourage those who are working out with RA began to know their limits and not be a quitter. I am saying this because this is a autoimmune disease that I’ve had to battle since childhood. To have a quality life sometimes we have to push through just with caution.
To everyone working with rheumatoid arthritis I ask you to know your limits be caution but never give up, never quit. Just as I believe in me I also believe in you have a great workout week
I am currently doing a workout programmed with focuses on total body with many different routines and Phases. I have completed Phase 1 and am sharing a few of my progress of Day 1 to the completion of Phase 1.
|REVERSE LUNGES 15X2X15X2
|SUMO SQUATS 12X2X15X2
|HIP HINGES 15X2X15X2
|BENT OVER ROW 10X2X15X2
|HAMMER CURL 10X2X15X2`
For understanding : 15×2 = 2 15 dumbells, x 15 reps x 2 sets. I know this may not be a huge weight lift for many, however as a female of older age, history of eating disorder and a year ago thought this was impossible I am proud of me.
As I enter into Phase 2 now 2 weeks in I will share improvements. To all weight lifters I salute you.
Having long days working sometimes really interferes with my workouts. It really takes self motivation and on these trying days, however I reflect on my why.
My why is two-fold. 1. Is to be healthy, after years of battling with an eating disorder, reflecting and sharing eating disorders are not always a consistent behavior nor is it a teen disorder. I did begin in my teens but I am way into adult hood, yes many years. 2. I love working out and weights have always been a want to do and thought I could not do, but yes I can.
The reason for I thought I could not lift weights was only because my body was so malnourished, 2 lbs. was heavy and yes I teared for a few years and now I have wiped those tears away.
My fatigue is a motivation for me as to not make an excuse, take necessary adjustment to stay focused. Yes I may have to lift lighter or run shorter distance but I am focused.
This week I challenge any one with lost of focus and use “fatigue” as an excuse, refocus, find your why and adjust your schedule accordingly, even if it means a nap.
I am reflecting on my beginning days of 80 Day Obsession as I am in Round 2. I was struggling my first few days of the program and almost threw in the towel this it. I completed Round 1 with moderate results and looking for greater results in Round 2.
This for me is a workout requires focus and commitment. In my beginning struggles I read people giving up and verbalizing how they felt the program was unsuccessful (1 week), really. Others stating it was not enough, I knew it. My decision to quit was right or so I thought.
I then begin to think of my strengths. Do I really want to stop, give it more time as I could hear Autumn saying “We are so close” in day 3 workouts or maybe day 4. Also how can you evaluate any physical, workout in a few days or one week. I almost FAILED myself listening to others and not really focusing on the workouts, end results to come.
I encourage anyone performing and workout regimen to evaluate your goals, the workouts for YOU. What others experience maybe totally different of your experience. Before throwing in the towel, evaluate why is this a choice. This applies to all workout, weight lifting (increasing the weights), cardio (expanding the time), running, jogging.
Don’t FAIL yourself, BELIEVE in yourself…. the results are coming.