Working those butts, hips & thighs

I have struggled with the exercise part of this month’s Monthly Challenge. (And a little with the water part since I have was traveling and drinking a lot of beer. But I am back on track with the water intake.)

Travel usually makes it difficult for me to keep up with healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise.

While I was at my hotel in Austin I got to the gym a couple of times and made sure my exercises focused on butt, hips and thighs.

I learned my lesson while in Dallas and have decided for now it is not a good idea for my knee to run.

(I need to try glucosamine and get that in my system before I try the running again. According to Wikipedia, glucosamine is marketed to support the structure and function of joints and the marketing is targeted to people suffering from osteoarthritis.)

While I was in Austin last weekend I did a quick walk with an incline on the treadmill for about 30 minutes, then lunges with biceps curls, squats while holding extra weight and dirty dog while lying on my side, which is described in this Continue reading

Taking a walk …

I didn’t get down to the work gym until about 4:20 or so. Twenty minutes later than I really wanted.

(Lately it is more difficult to get down to the gym at 4 and get in an almost 90-minute workout.)

I really wanted to focus on weights and abs today. But I also wanted to do a little cardio. And I really didn’t think I could do an hour of weights and abs. Though I bet I could have.

I walked on the treadmill for about 20 minutes–1 mile and about 100 calories. After that I did about 30 minutes of weights, medicine ball and squats and some abs.

It was nice not to have to feel rushed while doing arms, squats and abs. I did a lot more weights for my arms than I normally do.

Hopefully I will feel my hard work tomorrow.

Oh man, it’s 9 p.m. Gotta start getting ready for bed and finish my dinner … a glass of wine. Yup, one of those days and nights. And I just didn’t have time or energy to make dinner. (Last night I had a bowl of cereal.) My evenings seem to get shorter and shorter …

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Working those guns, endurance and abs … in that order

I went down to the work gym today about 4:15 (later than I wanted, lately something seems to come up at work to push into my exercise time) and the spin bike was being used. First time in about seven months that I have gone down and wanted to use the bike and it wasn’t free.

I decided to reverse my workout and start with arms, then abs and then cardio–if the spin bike became available with enough time to have at least 30 minutes of cardio. And if it wasn’t I would just do an elliptical or treadmill.

As I was finishing working out my arms with some hard core weights (that was a joke) the woman on the espinner was finished with her cardio. Perfect timing.

I jumped on the spin bike and did about 30 minutes of endurance. Once I was done with my cardio I did about 10 minutes of abs.

Then I had about 10 minutes to grab a snack, fill up my water bottle, hit the restroom and jump on the shuttle bus.

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Monitoring heart rate

At work we have a pretty nice little gym: treadmills; ellipticals; spin bike; free weights; weight machines; big TV and area to do yoga or P90X or whatever you want. Most of the cardio machines have a TV or some sort of media attached.

The guy at work who designed the gym (and took suggestions from me!) hosted a training session the other day to go over the AV equipment.

He showed us how to watch TV on the machines and control the channel changing. He also showed us how we can listen to our own music or watch videos from our iPhones or iPods.

The guy who sold my company the equipment came in to show us some tricks on the machines and answer any questions we had. He gave us some great tips, too.

The best one for me was about our heart rate. He told us how to figure it out. Take 220 and subtract your age. That number is your maximum heart rate.

I am almost 37 (so I am using that age for this). My maximum heart rate is 183. I was advised that you should try to maintain your cardio heart rate at 60% to … Continue reading

Cardio prepares me for day at the ballpark

I attended a 6:15 a.m. cardio/body conditioning class this morning. Why? Partially because I am crazy but also because my work team attended an offsite at the Giants ballpark today.

The class I took was intense and insane. I am pretty sure I am going to feel it tomorrow: arms, legs, butt, etc. We started off with a warm up on the treadmill. Then there was some running around the room. Then doing cardio and body conditioning at the same time. I couldn’t even do everything. I just physically couldn’t keep up.

Oh man, that 45 minutes of intense work (started off with 15 minutes on the treadmill) was killer.

But then I figured I would feel a little less guilty about all the food I stuffed in my face today, including the beers.

I told the instructor after class that his class was great but I likely would never be back and to please not be offended. My work schedule just doesn’t allow for that class and me getting to work on time. Which is a bummer. I wouldn’t mind adding that class to my regular workout schedule.

I wasn’t sure I could get up at 5:30 a.m. and … Continue reading

Stretching out the back

One of my team co-workers recently started exercising. She is taking it slowly with walking on the treadmill. I am proud of her for making the commitment and making it to the gym.

Her back was really bothering her yesterday. She wanted to at least do some stretching. I told her that about a month ago my back was also bothering me. So I just went online and found some yoga stretches and then, of course, wrote about it. I printed out the stretch diagram pictured to the left for her.

I went down to the gym before her and did about 45 minutes of cardio. She came down right when I was finishing up. Perfect timing. So we did the series together. I also had her do a standing forward bend against the wall. She couldn’t reach her hands to the ground. We don’t have any yoga blocks at the gym so I propped up two dumbbells for her to place her hands on as if we had blocks available. That gave her a better and safer stretch.

She said child’s pose felt really good for her back. I told her that one is great … Continue reading

Indoor cycling

I worked out in the new swanky gym at work today.

The gym is about 75% set up. I was the only one in there the whole time I was spinning.

For about 40 minutes today I worked out on the eSpinner. There is a video of a guy on a bike telling me what to do, encouraging me, etc. The actual bike monitors what you are doing and will tell you if you need to go faster or slow or add or take off resistance.

I choose an endurance routine. It was tough and a good workout. The back of my thighs and the lower part of my butt are slightly sore. I can only imagine how they will feel tomorrow. There were other spin routines to take–strengthening, climbing, endurance, etc. I plan to try all routines.

The work gym has treadmills, ellipticals, spinners, weight machines, free weights, medicine balls, stability balls, towel service and a big TV.

I think the best part is the built-in fan. I get so hot when I workout. The built-in fan is so great.

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Vegas workouts

Over my Vegas weekend I hit the hotel gym twice. That is pretty good.

Most vacations I pack my workout clothes and they never leave the suitcase.

I seriously think having a workout partner, Jen, made all the difference. So, Jen, I think you must go on all vacations with me. 🙂

Day 1 was crazy elliptical and abs. Day 2 was treadmill and free weights.

I didn’t pack tennis shoes this time around. Usually I do and it is a waste of space as they don’t come out along with my workout clothes. I wore my Skechers while working out. They were OK for my two workouts. I wouldn’t suggest it if someone were working out more than a few times.

Coming home from my fun and high calorie intake weekend brings me back to more reasonable meals and things I drink. For dinner tonight I had brown rice and steamed Brussels sprouts with water.

I plan to hit my regular spin class tomorrow night after work.

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We found exercise in Vegas

Jen and I hit the hotel gym this morning. Access to the gym came with Curt’s and my room.

Jen did the treadmill and I did some crazy elliptical type machine. We both had a good workout.

Every machine had a TV attached and headphones provided. Pretty swanky.

After our workout we showered and met up for a yummy lunch at a sandwich place.

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Determined to lose 9 pounds

Today is Day 3 of getting back to my healthy lifestyle.

I started counting points again with Weight Watchers on Monday. I am not attending meetings (probably should) or doing anything online. My years with WW gave me many of the tools I need to continue on my own.

I am trying to mix up my workouts–not so spin focused (tho. that usually means I can eat more!). Monday there were no classes at the gym (that is normally my noon spin class day) so I did a little time on the treadmill and then did a self-taught spin class on the bike. Tuesday was yoga. And today was Zumba. Tomorrow will either be spin or kickboxing.

I am determined this time to get back to my goal weight. I have to stop making excuses and lose that 9 pounds.

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