So I came home last night all rearing to give a new workout a try.
I’ve never really been one for doing much strength training .. or really any weights at all .. and I know should be. My running is awesome, as is my riding but my body needs more to look its best.
Several weeks ago, I was lucky enough to receive a package in the mail with about 6 or 7 Oxygen magazines. (thank you K!) I’m still working on reading through them, but this week, in an issue from 2009, I found a really great all-body strength workout. I knew right away that I could do it and that I should do it, so it was all about making time. Sweet precious time.
I came straight home from work last night with a no-excuses attitude, changed into some workout clothes, got last minute tips from C in regards to how to execute a few moves and down I went into our gym. (yes, we have our own little gym in the basement)
I did 2 sets of the circuit below. It took just under 30 minutes and is meant to be done 2X a week to start and then be increased to 3X a week. (I’ll stick to 2X for now)
Dumbbell squat – 10 reps
Bench step-up – 12 reps
Dumbbell bench press – 10 reps
Dumbbell fly – 12 reps
Biceps curl – 10 reps
Hammer curl – 12 reps
Arnold press – 10 reps
Lateral dumbbell raise – 12 reps
Dumbbell crunch – 8 reps
Bicycle crunch – 20 reps
Dumbbell bent-over row – 10 reps
Dumbbell straight-arm pullback – 10 reps (this was soooo hard!)
Bench dip – 10 reps
Seated dumbbell overhead extension – 12 reps
I felt really good after this workout. And my body is definitely a little sore today. That’s a good thing right?
Now I am sitting here with the windows wide open, breathing in the fresh air, as I digest my little snack before heading out on my much anticipated morning run! I just mapped out what should be an easy 5K run, so we’ll see how it goes! 🙂