Monday, December 21, 2009

Pre- and Post-Workout Ramblings

Thoughts Pre-Workout
I'm not sure what's going on with me, but my motivation level is waning in a major way. Like today, I want to go do spin, and I also really want to get biceps, triceps, back done. But, I'm sitting here thinking I'd much prefer to do absolutely nothing. Not even mess with turning on the TV. My great grandmother called days like this her "Blue Day." I've been having a few more Blue Days here lately. Shouldn't I be really happy this time of year? I have a great deal to be thankful for. I have a wonderful husband, great job, fabulous boss, loving family, roof over my head, my health, and so much more. I keep blogging about being grateful, finding motivation, etc. Apparently my body and mind are not connecting very well. I'm a total hypocrite.

I just keep thinking that I really have no valid reason to not go workout. I know I'll feel better, or that's usually what happens I should say. It's not even that I'm super sleepy. I just don't want to do a darn thing...period. I'm pretty determined though and plan on getting it done. I know that once I get to the gym and get going, it'll all be OK. It's just the getting there that's starting to get to be difficult. I thought part of the problem was boredom with my routine. Maybe it's much more.

Thoughts Post-Workout
Well, as I assumed, once I got going with the workout, I was fine. I pushed myself pretty hard with weights. I did the same Slow & Heavy rep patterns as yesterday for biceps, triceps, and back repeating each exercise 3 times.

Exercises:
  • Assisted pullups 
  • Double arm rows - 6 up, 2 down
  • Dumbbell pullovers - 2 down, 6 up
  • Seated triceps extension - 2 down, 6 up
  • Lying triceps extensions - 2 down, 6 up
  • Double arm kickbacks - 6 up, 2 down
  • Dumbbell curls - 6 up, 2 down
  • Hammer curls - 6 up, 2 down
  • Barbell curls - 6 up, 2 down
  • Wrist curls (over and under handed)
Spin today was with a new instructor, so it was completely different and VERY leg intensive. He had us get off the bike to do static squats for 1 minute (3 times). I probably didn't push quite as hard as I could or should have, but I still pushed myself nonetheless.

So, maybe it's just the winter blues? Maybe it's over training on an intensity scale rather than a time/amount spent scale. I really don't know for sure. Right now I'm feeling pretty good, a little exhausted, but that's to be expected. It's been a long day. Work at 7am, weights, and spin. Haven't been home for more than about 30 minutes all day. Time to eat and relax.