This is about how I feel right now. I felt like I was in High School all over again getting up this morning. I guess that could be because I spent the day at a High School, and will be for the next seven weeks. I'm almost already looking forward to Middle School starting an hour later.
If you haven't been reading my blog, this might not make sense, so to catch everyone up to speed I started student teaching today. I live an hour away, and I have to be at the school by 6:40. You do the math. It is early...especially to someone for whom 8AM has been early for the past 3 years. Oh, and if you can't do the math, or are too lazy to, or just don't care, I was up at 4:30. I got there early today, but I think I can sleep a little later tomorrow...maybe even 4:45!
Anyway, what I am currently grappling with is that, the timing of starting this new "job" (in quotes because it feels like a job, but you usually get paid for jobs) has coincided with starting a new workout plan. I've been talking a lot about yoga lately, and I've been noticing that while I am really strong, my muscles get tired pretty fast. So this next workout plan is going to be geared more towards muscle endurance than pure strength (meaning, higher reps). Also, I need to work on my cardiovascular endurance as well. All kind of endurance. Well, guess what? I hate endurance. I get bored after 8 reps, and I rarely run for more than 20 minutes because I think its boring. I'm not about to put myself through THAT much unhappiness...after all, if I am going to be this tired after school every day, I am going to need something to will myself to get to the gym, so I'm doing a throwback to the first workout from New Rules of Lifting for Women (which I don't like, by the way, but if you want to talk about that, leave a comment or email me).
I'm going to follow the general format of the first workout of this program, because it was the only part I liked. It starts with low sets - high reps, and slowly increases in sets and decreases in reps. I am going to rotate two different groups of exercises, workout A, and workout B, and will do each 8 times, putting me at the 6 week mark again.
Workout A: Squats, superset Bulgarian Squats and Barbell Chest Press, superset PushUps and Hamstring Curls.
Workout B: Deadlifts, superset Dumbbell Shoulder Press and Assisted Pullups, superset Dumbbell Rows and Rear Delt Row.
If you don't know what a superset is, it means that I will go through the workout like this:
Squats (complete all sets)
Barbell Chest Press
Barbell Chest Press (continue that until all sets are completed)
Rear Delt Rows
Rear Delt Rows (continue that until all sets are completed)
I hope that makes sense. If it doesn't, and you care, feel free to ask questions. If you don't care, I'm sticking my tongue out at you right now. If you already knew...well you probably skipped that anyway.
The reps and sets are going to go like this:
Session 1: 2 sets of 15 reps
Session 2: 2 sets of 12 reps
Session 3: 3 sets of 10 reps
Session 4: 3 sets of 8 reps
Session 5: 4 sets of 8 reps
Session 6: 4 sets of 6 reps
Session 7: 5 sets of 6 reps
Session 8: 5 sets of 5 reps
So I will be doing both Workout A and Workout B once for each Session...not on the same days, I'm not sure if that is obvious or not. So this week, I will do Workout A, Session 1 today, Workout B Session 1 tomorrow, and Workout A Session 2 on Friday, and progress like that. By the way, if anyone knows how to import spreadsheets into blogger, that would make this all a lot more readable.
On a weekly basis, the plan is this:
Monday - off, unless class is cancelled, in which case I will go to yoga
Tuesday - lifting, cardio 20 minutes
Wednesday - lifting, run 20 minutes
Thursday - run 20 minutes, yoga
Friday - lifting, cardio 20 minutes
Saturday - run 20 minutes, yoga
Sunday - yoga? run? altogether undecided on this day. I would hate to have two days off in a row, because I feel like that is enough time to make me feel lazy, but it kind of just works out that way right now. For now I will probably do yoga, but once the weather is nicer, I will probably run outside.
The workout plan that I just finished is here...in a considerably cuter post because I was considerably less tired.
Also, the order I have things listed above, is the order I do them in. Always lifting before running, because lifting is more important to me. I'd rather keep my strength for lifting then wear myself out running beforehand. I like to do any kind of cardio before yoga, because yoga gets me all relaxed, and I would hate to harsh my mellow by getting all amped up again afterwards.
I'm never sure if anyone cares about these posts, but they're important to me for two reasons. First, if I didn't do this today, I probably would have put off another day of lifting trying to think of the *perfect program*. Obviously nothing is perfect, so its more productive to just keep moving forward. Second, I think that most people get the impression that vegans aren't strong...and while there are plenty of examples proving that this is not true, I feel like my personal example of how you can eat good vegan food, workout hard, build muscle, and be healthy, is important to me. And....its my blog after all, right?
Anyway, although this isn't my ideal workout (that is coming next), I'm going to try really hard to stick to the running, or at least cardio. I know 20 minutes is nothing, but I'm trying to do less, more consistently, rather than more, less often.
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