Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Street to Sweat for Weights & Tabata

Weights & Tabata
Today was supposed to be a gym day for me. I did ask Jason if he wanted to run at lunch vs in the morning. I was hoping he'd say today. Nope. No such luck. So, I did what I needed to do and hit gym. And it really was more ideal. The temps were already in the 80's by 11 and it was pretty windy out.

I guess I'm feeling like I'm spending too much time at the gym - like I'm working harder not smarter. I am not sure if it's time to go back to a few weeks for full body workouts or what I should do. I have a huge list of exercises I think I should be doing, or want to be doing. But I feel like I'd be there even longer than I already am.

Anyway, I hit the elliptical to warmup then hit the weights. It wasn't the best workout session, but that boiled down to some major annoyances (which I'll get to). I decided to go with giant sets for back and shoulders.

After finally securing a bench, I got started. I did 3 sets of 8 reps:

GS - back
Assisted wide-grip chinups
Double-arm rows
Incline rear flyes (which also hits shoulders)

GS - shoulder
Overhead shoulder press
Upright rows
Lateral raises

Now, back to those annoyances...our weight area is very small and very crowded with only a 2 mirrors. There are lots more mirrors, but they line the area where the machines are and the space where you can do more bootcamp-ish workout.

The weight area is crowded when you get more than 3 people in the area and when I got over there, there were already 5 guys. All the bars were in use, but I finally snagged a bench but had to position away from a mirror and too close (in my mind) to a squat rack. In other words, I felt super crowded - I was in the way and everyone was in my way.

After I got back done, I cleaned up my space and moved out of the weight area to the more open space to do shoulders. This way I was not in the way. Of course this ate up precious workout time moving around.

And wouldn't you know, the minute I change places all the men were somehow needing to walk either in front of or behind me and using the machines. For real? Can't a girl just have a space to do weights?

How do you deal with feeling crowded in the weight room? Does it bother you to lift really close to someone else?

Anyway, I was peeved so I decided to use up that aggression on 2 rounds of tabata. I did the following 8 exercises one right after another for 40 seconds with a 20 second rest then 1 minute rest before repeating:

Burpees
Kettlebell swings
Kettlebell figure 8's
Tuck jumps
Kettlebell squats with high pull
Alternating squats with front kick (bodyweight only)
Front jabs with light weights
Up/down planks

Man oh man, this one kicked my butt. I've been avoid high-impact moves like burpees and tuck jumps because of my foot. But decided to give them a go today. Phew.

Street to Sweat
And just to lighten the mood, here's a Street to Sweet for ya.
Sweater and necklace both from The Limited
Pants from The Loft
I realized after the fact that I've posted this same outfit before - all from Target C9 except hat which is Nike.

Simple Supper
Dinner tonight will be simple fajitas. They're easy to throw together and satisfy any craving for veggies. I just saute onions, bell peppers, squash, zucchini and seitan together with spices like cumin, red pepper, chili powder, cilantro, salt and pepper and a splash of lemon or lime juice.

I always top with lots of yummy Daiya Vegan Cheese and jalapenos as well.
Re-purposed picture from last week. I hope you don't mind ;-)
Hard to get much easier than that really. And the leftovers are always great on a salad the next day.

Daily To-Enjoy List:

  • Sunshine
  • Easy dinner