Follow Your Strength

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Follow your strength is a nice and polite way of saying don’t under lift but don’t over lift. I recently listened to two guys brag about their weight lifting . One  said I may be able to lift that in a few days.   They had stated their lifting weight one with bulging arms ( time to buy new new shirts. The other you could see developing muscles but not yet bulging. My eyes really popped.  One thing I was listening and not part of the conversation but if you are lifting 45 pounds less than someone don’t think in afewdays you will be able to the same.  It is wise to follow your trainer or listen to your body it speaks to you.  Really.

First of all you don’t know how long it took an individual to get to their lifting weight, what is the routine. I know this because I workout with several trainer (beachbodyondemand) and it depends on the series of routine, the position, the pace and other factors which decides the weights to use.  Do my lifting increase, slowly yes.  Most of all good form and safety is important.

Speaking from experience and growth I say follow your strength, your body will tell you when its time to increase because the weights will seem lighter or you will do far more reps than you thought. Challenge yourself but again with safety and not too rapidly, which can cause injury.  Also it’s okay to challenge yourself with an increase in weights for a few reps then decrease.

Consistency is key, you will get there.  To weeks of challenges on weight lifting with great results.

Challenging Workouts

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My workouts some days are challenging especially when my RA is painful and a swollen joint or two. I’ve had followers and friends state they are not sure how or why I workouts with swollen joint, so I want to clarify.  I’ve hade RA since childhood and there wasn’t a lot of excuses and believe it or not I am better as an adult than a child with RA.  I will never compare my flares with others as everyone’s pain is different as well as how each of us is able to deal with the pain.

I really try not to allow my pain unless it is severe dictate my day, so that is why I use a towel. That is my workout towel on my exercise mat.  I use it for extra cushion for my left thumb. There are days I am unable to put pressure on my left hand .  If I try I am fallling over , slipping because my balance is off.  BUT with the extra cushion it really decreases the pressure and impact of my weight on the left hand and I can do my workout without laughing at myself. Yes I do that too and so would you if you saw a rep without the towel.  Now I also use the towel at times for the right knee but not often.

I just want to share if you really want to workout there is a way to adjust and sometimes you have to be created for yourself. Of course I do not recommend anyone to push themselves beyond their level of comfort or safety- KNOW YOUR LIMITS.  I know mine. And for now the towel works.

To a week of pushing through and not allowing RA always dictate our next moves in working out.   If you have a deficit of any kind I am saluting you too- Adjust and Push through.  WE GOT THIS.

Workouts With Different Trainers

Every trainer has a different approach to workouts. To many just watching will deter your thoughts.  How so because you might think as I’ve done in the past that it is too much.

Every trainer I’ve worked out with has been GOOD.  Really each one, no kidding, each one.  I know this seems like a lie, but it’s not.  I’ve had trainers at the gym and of course I do now workout a home, love beachbody. I want to clarify NOW as I’ve been confronted for having such a support for beachbody and home workouts.  With my fluctuating schedule and other responsibilities going to the gym was not able to help with my fitness journey as I was able to make it to the gym once maybe twice a week and sometimes not at all.  Home workouts gave me a freedom And I am able to keep my goal and fitness journey in focus.

Returning to “trainers”.  Trainers have a different approach but they all have the same outcome.  The trainer may not be the BEST for you for whatever reason. PLEASE let’s show respect and not BADMOUTH a trainer. Just move on to one that works for you as well as challenge you.

If you don’t have a trainer or feel you don’t need one okay.  Just keep a schedule of your workouts and increase, routines, reps, weights and add another this will prevent the muscles and body from being complacent.

Beachbody has many trainers and for whatever your level of fitness is and with this offer I had to earn instead of running away from a challenging trainer to modify and continue. This is how I’ve learned different approach, yet challenging, satisfying workouts.  I do cry sometimes, and I huff and puff, I fall down also I question the sanity of trainers when I am challenged.  BUT once again they’re ALL GOOD.

 

Workout Demon

Do you know him or her? What? You never met? Really? Well, the demon was disguised because you have met.  Yes you know when you hear, “you deserve a few days off” and you are just lazy, upset with the flow of the day, energy drained from dealing with BS, not that you really need those days off unless. Your workout trainer said so or you or on vacation, traveling. Okay to assist on the vacation or travel you can join me and be workout ready where ever you go.

BUT don’t let that “workout demon” deter you from your fitness journey. Kick him out the way and get your  workout gear on and GET GOING.

To a week of destroying the workout demon.

LOOKING INSIDE

TRUE, TRUE TRUE, I enjoy working out, I am one that believe it is not an age limit. I know there are individuals of all ages that have limits of mobility, aches and pain. The body immune system does not attack according to age.

I have been blessed to meet individuals of all ages, sizes and definitely ailments.  The one thing I encourage them all as they may say I wish I could walk, run, or be as active as I was before….., How do you feel about yourself.  About yourself, not your physical mirror reflection because sometimes I  run from mine and the picture of my last 5K I should keep running.

Okay back to YOURSELF, the inner you, your greatness, the positive mindset you share with others, how you have assisted a friend, your family, your child, neighbor the mean or nice coworker.  How many hours of sleep have you forsaken to assist someone, the compliments you give, your smile, your laughter, your hug, your nod was great too.  There is so many more words to describe the inner beauty of you just take a moment and look inside.  YOU ARE AWESOME and YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH THE CHANGE YOU SEEK.

To the moments you are LOOKING INSIDE and the beauty of it all, Have a GREAT ONE>

Changing My Routine for ME

I am in my second week of changing my routine and not just for my workouts.  I read a lot of motivational self-help and inspiring books.  I have also learned in my readings I am unable to apply all I am reading because it does not apply to me well not at the moment but maybe in growth I can apply.

With this said I have and continue to learn to adjust my life’s and workout routine to better fit my Life and with positive outcomes. At one time I was so confused in gathering my learnings and applying but learning and applying means that which will assist you for now.  The other learned knowledge may need to be applied later.  It’s the momentum of growth.  However you may need to perhaps reread or highlight so later you can find that motivational point later.

I want to share what I have learned, it all works, just know when to apply, and when it does not apply to you at the moment.

CHANGE and GROWTH is GOOD, make this week another Growth of Greatness for YOU.

The FEAR Of A New Workout

Has there been anyone with this experience whether it be with a new trainer or like me a new workout program.  The unexpected can be so challenging in workouts atleast for me again, I develop a fear.

I know you ask what is the fear, you are on a “fitness, health journey”. Indeed I am but I fear failure.  Yes, I fear if I am going to have to pause my workout program and how many times or if it will such a challenge I may give up.

Well, my new 20 minute workout is a challenge to begin, I knew it would be but WOW, not as much.  For all reading and are roaring with laughter at 20 minutes, STOP.  This trainer works you out and every muscle in 20 minutes you feel as if its been at most an hour.  Honestly the first day I almost quit, yep you heard it.  Today being day 2 I was half way in which was about 10 minutes maybe 9mins 57 seconds.  What the hell, either way I stopped took a deep breath as sweat is pouring, NO.  No, I cannot do it I tried and my inner challenging voice spoke up “Really, here you go again with this bull crap, shake it off  you know tomorrow you are going to be angry for quitting or will that be today”.  Shut up inner go get it me, shut the*&#@ up. This transpired for about 2 minutes on pause and I resumed  because I knew it wasn’t I could not do the workout, though challenging. I feared the Routine, Failure, and just plain FEAR of change.

I got over myself and completed day 2 I have 6 weeks of this workout and I WILL COMPLETE – yes I’m over the fear now…. The Challenge because its not easy.