Friday, January 7, 2011

Fitness Friday

Happy Friday! I can't tell you how happy I am that Friday has finally arrived. The days this week just seemed to drag. by. so. slowly.

So, anyway... Its Fitness Friday. I'm doing my best to incorporate more strength/resistance training into my workout regimen on a regular basis. The Hubs, also the powerlifter, gets magazines occasionally from different supplement companies, powerlifting gyms, etc. He got one recently from Beverly International, a maker of high-end supplements and protein powders. And while BI supplements come very few and far between in our home, their No Nonsense publication isn't too bad, as I discovered the other day. I found an article in the current article for a Bikini Workout. Before you skip ahead... this isn't your typical Shape or Self Magazine "bikini" workout. This is a workout regimen aimed at women who compete. Meaning, they train their bodies and discipline their diets with the intention of having a slender but toned body. Let me just say, I have NO INTENTION of ever competing. Especially in something like bikini division. However, I looked the workout over, and I liked what I saw. The workout is created by Women's Fitness Expert Julie Lohre, and it entails 3 days of resistance training alternated with 3 days of cardio workouts. I'm not really planning on doing the workout to her exact specifications, mostly because my goals (improving my running fitness) are different from the goals of her clients (competing and winning in Bikini Division). But I like the resistance workouts she offers.

Today is a "high day" for my diet. This means I'm eating lean proteins and I'm also consuming a high number of carbs (thank GOD, because I have missed my carbs), while keeping my fat intake as low as possible. Thanks to my time spent as a client of bodybuilder and nutritionist Shelby Starnes (hey, I had to get that baby weight off somehow, and as we should all know, diet is a HUGE part of fat loss), I learned that strength training offers the best benefits when done on a high day. So, today was my strength training. I slightly modified Julie Lohre's quads/hams/calves/glutes workout, but just to include some different cardio than prescribed and to add in a bit of ab work. I only added the ab work because I hadn't really worked that area much this week. It was more of a modification for now, before jumping into the rest of the workouts more fully next week. I will most likely do a little tweaking, only because my AM workout time is limited, and I'm not sure yet if I will be able to fit in the prescribed 3 resistance training workouts. It may stay at 2, it may change week-to-week. We'll see.

So, anyway, I loved the workout this morning. It was excellent resistance training and it also incorporated some cardio segments. I'll be anxious to see how doing these particular workouts will affect my overall fitness.

And for something different... I told you all in my last post about the book I was reading, Made to Crave, by Lysa TerKeurst. Let me just tell you, I LOVE THIS BOOK. I highly recommend this book to anyone, regardless of their weight, who battles with food on a daily basis. I know I do not have a weight problem. However, my relationship with food is very unhealthy, as you read in my last post. The only reason I don't currently have a weight problem is because I'm staying active. So, whether you're overweight, underweight, or normal weight, if you have any sort of issues with food, I highly suggest you get this book.

Have a Happy Friday and wonderful weekend, everyone!

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