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So by week three of the Best Body Bootcamp, I finally decided to hit the gym. I realize this seems a little counter intuitive, but I’ve been avoiding the gym because I’m my own worst enemy. I get annoyed with myself anytime something starts to hurt and I have to quit (injuries, people, not just general soreness).
I spent a good hour with my physical therapist on Tuesday working on squats. Okay, not an hour, but my bum felt like it afterwards. Something gave him the impression that I’m the typical girl that thinks that weightlifting is going to make me bulk out. I assured him that wasn’t the case, but I hadn’t been lifting because I always lifted too heavy and sacrificed form — less than most people, but it was still bad enough that I didn’t get much benefit out of lifting. After working with him on squats, I realized I maybe should think about building my base strength back, and to do that, I would need to start at ground zero.
I did the trainer back in 2011-12, and I enjoyed it, but I didn’t see the results I wanted, so I half-assed most of it. The inherent problem I had with the trainer was just that: I wasn’t SEEING results, and was so focused on what I should look like after completing the trainer, that I didn’t notice how I felt. So I lifted poorly, half-assed a lot of the workouts, and lost interest after the second phase (this is a 12-week trainer). I’ve always wanted to go back and give it another try, but hadn’t found a good reason to that wasn’t for vanity’s sake. Now I have a good reason.
I downloaded the Jefit app that my friend Heather has been using for her training. It’s pretty simple to use (that is, after I asked her about 800 questions) and it connects to their website so you can load up your workouts with ease there.
Anyway, I got through day one yesterday, and was sadly surprised by how little I can lift now. However, I’m working on 110% perfect form, so maybe curling 20s isn’t in my near future, but my hope is that once I’m done with the trainer I should be back to curling 20s with ease (and properly!).
Here is what my fitness looked like this week — so far:
Monday: Biked to work and back (3 miles)
Tuesday: Biked to work and back (3 miles), walked 2 miles, went to physical therapy and did a LOT of squats, and did TRX class for 60 mins.
Wednesday: Biked to work and back (3 miles)
Thursday: Physical therapy (lots of hip exercises). Day 1 of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer (as I put into Jefit). I plan to modify the workouts a bit as I plug them into the app. I’ll be choosing similar moves, but moves that are more fit for my current condition.
Friday: Planning to do Day 2 of LiveFit
Thanks to Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp for the motivation to start something regular again. And thanks, as always, to my friend Laura for reminding me that having a strong body is a good foundation for all the activities I want to do. And for flipping 265-lb tires. Because that’s just badass.
Have you ever done a regular exercise program?
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Hi there. I'm Calee (pronounced CAL-e). If that's too hard, just call me Cal. Also known as chimes or the chimes. I'm 28ish, a designer, a runner, a self-proclaimed fitness queen, a craftster, a foodie, a music snob — some might call me a hipster. Here's the unabridged version.
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