Working through sore muscles

Last night and most of today I have been doing what I call the “old lady walk.”

On Thursday night I worked out with Jenn and Monica. I am pretty much sore all over. But my thighs and butt are what are really feeling it.

I knew after the hour-long program we did I would be feeling it later on. All day yesterday I could feel it deep in my muscles. I went to yoga last night and it was difficult.

Before I went to bed last night I was doing the “old lady walk.”

I did a little more than 10 minutes of stair climbing today before spin as part of a work wellness challenge. Spin was tougher than normal with the sore butt, thighs and abs. Then my usual 30 minutes of abs. I was gonna skip out on body conditioning as I didn’t think I could handle weights or squats or lunges. I did the class. But wow, that hurt.

I have been switching back and forth between ibuprofen and Aleve. I have also been using my heating pad, which I normally use for my back pain and cramps.

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Working sore butt muscles, cramps

Yesterday in body conditioning we did a lot of squat and lunge work. I hate doing that stuff. But it is also the work I need most. We did walking lunges and squats with kickback.

I don’t know if it was the combo of the two or the evil squats with kickback but my booty was feeling slightly sore last night. Oh man, today, ouchie!

I went to yoga this morning and luckily we did some great stretches for the butt (and other body parts as well). We did a lot of high lunge work (picture to the left).

We also did a great high lunge twist–which actually felt great for the sore butt muscles.

Right before class today I was experiencing some intense cramps. I asked Ashley if there were any poses I should avoid. She told me most poses were OK and the more I moved the best it would be for my cramps. She told me if any inversions made me feel dizzy to come down.

I made sure to definitely move today but to also listen to my body and rest when needed. I practiced Child’s pose more than I normally do in … Continue reading

Sore, tired body

This will be a short post as I am tired and well, just bleh.

Tuesday night Jenn and I did some weight work on our back and shoulders (among other stuff).

Yesterday I worked from home so I attended the Power Vinyasa yoga class at the studio in my neighborhood. Naushon really had us focus on doing upward dog properly, by pushing our chest forward and our shoulders down.

Between the work on shoulders/back Tuesday night and the yoga class yesterday and the crappy sleep I have gotten the past FOUR nights I woke up today with super sore shoulders and upper back.

I know being sore like this is a good thing as I am working my muscles and getting stronger. But it still is not that comfortable.

(Tonight at the gym I did intervals for spin and a little ab work. I did some stretching of my back and shoulders as well.)

After I got home I took a nice hot shower. Then I slathered my refreshing gel on my shoulders and upper back. I am feeling a little better. I am relaxing while blogging, watching TV, drinking wine and having a dinner of leftovers.

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Don’t forget to stretch

Wow, I was feeling yesterday’s gym class today. My butt, legs and arm sockets? (I guess it’s part of the pectoral muscles) were sore today.

It was a pretty busy day in the office today. I had to keep myself on track and get a lot done with the goal of taking the 4:15 shuttle home and hopefully making it to the gym as well.

Mission accomplished: I got what I had to get done today; I made the 4:15 shuttle; and I got some gym time in. I didn’t get to workout as long as I wanted. But seriously, what did I expect?

I did 30 minutes of cardio: hills on the spin bike on Level 5. I usually do Level 7. But My butt and legs were really feeling it. So I didn’t want to over do it.

After my cardio I did about 15 minutes of stretching. I hardly ever take that much time to stretch. I think most people probably don’t stretch as long as they should, including stretching before and after a workout.

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Hatha Yoga on Sunday morning

This morning I attended the Hatha Yoga class instead of Vinyasa because we had brunch plans with out of state friends.

Hatha isn’t as intense as my regular Sunday Vinyasa class. But it was a good class and I like the teacher. I have had her as a sub before and she teaches the Sunday Restorative Yoga class.

I do regularly practice Hatha with a  class taught by Baxter on Wednesday evenings.

Vickie had us hold Downward Dog for 5 minutes in class this morning. It felt a lot longer than that. And it was rather intense. My arms and shoulders are a little sore after doing weights yesterday in body conditioning.

And my hands kept slipping on my mat. I have a cheap mat. I have been thinking about getting a new spendy yoga mat. I need to do a little research before I make the investment.

Spinning out sore muscles

I went to the noon spin class today. It was a small class. Only four of us total, including the teacher.

But it was a good workout. And it was even tougher than normal since my gracilis muscles were super sore. I think it is my gracilis. Looks like it from this muscle chart I found.

I am still hobbling around. The longer I sit the harder it is to move around.

Moving around like an old lady

We did some crazy squats (lunges, too) yesterday in body conditioning. And man, am I sore today. The later the day goes the more pain I am in. The longer I sit the harder it is for me to get up and move around.

But it is a good kind of sore. Now if that soreness would just turn into buns and thighs of steel …

Yoga sore

Friday evening yoga was a good work out. I didn’t realize how good until yesterday and today.

At the end of spin yesterday we were stretching. We did the whole arm/chest stretch with arms behind the back. Wow, at that point I realized how sore my shoulders were. (I think it was all the vinyasa flows we did in yoga Friday night.)

After spin I took the abs/core class but didn’t take the body conditioning class. (I left the gym a little early to come home to watch the USA/Ghana football match.) It was probably best that I didn’t do any weights since my shoulders were sore. As yesterday went on my arms started to get sore.

And today my arms and shoulders are super sore. It is amazing how sore muscles can take a toll on you and make you so tired, too.

Sore back and sore butt

I noticed yesterday evening that my lower back was sore, a good sore. Like I worked out hard and now I am sore.

This morning I noticed that my butt is sore.

It all has to be from my yoga class yesterday morning. And I think the Wheel or Upward Bow was the culprit.

So anyone who doesn’t think Yoga is “real” exercise, well, you are wrong! 🙂