I would like to introduce you all to an awesome blogger – her name is Meg and she blogs over at A Dash of Meg. She blogs about some pretty sweet recipes and gives you some great examples of strength workouts. I tried one today and it seriously kicked my trash and made me a sweaty beast by the end. It was a leg workout and it burned so good. I love working out my legs so much and I notice improvements in my strength really quickly! I’m going to check her blog out again tonight so I can steal an upper body workout to do tomorrow 😛
One of the exercises was “kickbacks” which can be done different ways. You can do them with no weight at all but I brought my handy little ankle strap along to the gym and hooked it up to a cable machine to increase my burn. Love. The angle of this picture makes me look like I have cankles. Don’t love.
I also did something a bit random. The Urbanathlon is next Saturday. Yep, it’s that close. And my arms are still noodles. There are 5-foot hurdles that I am going to have to get myself over and I have no idea how I’m going to go about doing it. I set up a bar so that it was about 5-feet high and tried to pull myself up into a stiff arm position. It’s hard. Really hard. I needed to use a little step but once I got up I was able to hold my weight up. Apparently people are great at the race and help each other out so I pictured the step being someone giving me a little boost. I think it’ll be okay
I also squeezed in a 1-mile sprint and a short rendezvous with the stairmill (there are like a gazillion stadium stairs at the race that apparently slow a lot of people down so I really want to be ready for that!). It’s a love/hate relationship with this guy.
I am so pumped for this race. It’s so different from anything I’ve ever done. I know it’s be tough but I like it that way. I’m not going to set any time goals for myself because I have absolutely no idea what to expect. I might not even wear my Garmin…I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself!
Okay, now for what you have all been waiting for…the winner of my Fashletics giveaway is…
Congrats Jennifer! E-mail me at theathletarian [at] gmail [dot] com so we can arrange your winnings!
What is your favourite muscle group to strength train?
Do you think I should wear my Garmin for the race? Or will it add to my already existing anxiety??