Thursday, December 2, 2010

Taking Workout Back to the Gym

Back to the Gym
It was another frigid morning here. The crazy thing is that it started off as 32 then warmed up to 62. And of course that made me itch to run. But I behaved myself and hit the gym after work instead. Today I decided to do a 10 minute warm up on the elliptical then work my back (get the title now: back to the gym...).

The workout comes from STS Meso 2, Disc 15. And yes, I even brought my own resistance band along with me ;-) Oh, and for the chinups/pullups, I do have to do assisted exercises. I suppose if I take my back workouts to the gym more often, then maybe one day I'll be able to do them unassisted.

Lat pulldowns with band -12
T-Pull with band - 12
Y's with band - 12
Pull Ups Overhand - 12 or 30 seconds
Chinups Medium Grip - 12 or 30 seconds
Chinups - 12 or 30 seconds
One Arm Row - 12, 10, 8, TF
Barbell Rows - 12, 10, 8, TF

Note: There were supposed to be deadlifts with this workout as well, but I opted out of them today. Overall, it was a pretty good weight workout. I almost wish I had added in pullovers, but I was trying to follow the STS set up.

After the weights, I took myself back over to the elliptical for another 25 minutes of cardio before heading home so I could ice my knee and massage out the muscle. Not sure if that is even necessary, but I'm trying to be as cautious as possible.

Question Time
For any of you who have experienced IT band problems, how long did you hold off from running? How did you ease back into it might be a better question. As much as I want to get out and run, I am worried about a big fat failed attempt and major disappointment - not about losing any sort of endurance or any of that, but about the pain not going away, ever.

Tofu Thursday
This morning I managed to get some tofu pressing, and at lunch, Jason threw together a marinade and began marinating the tofu. This meant we could have a semi-easy meal (stir-fry) for dinner tonight. Of course, it did end up taking a bit longer than I had hoped because I still wanted to bake the tofu for extra firmness. I just can't stand mushy tofu no matter how good it might be.
I think the only thing missing was some crunch from cashews or peanuts. I always forget to add nuts to stir fry.