Upper body workouts become an addiction after you start to see your muscles peeking out. I used to passionately dislike upper body days; legs were so much easier and I could push myself the hardest through them. But, upper body is very difficult for most women at the beginning of their fitness journey. This is because we do not have the same hormones our male counterparts have, who can almost automatically do pull ups towards the beginning of their journey, which stinks >:( BUT, never fear, we can totally get there! I love to work with my clients on progressing to pushups and pullups, and in order to achieve those goals we have to work out the whole upper body. So let’s start with a back workout 🙂
After a successful week of working out, hardcore, with no problems whatsoever, I got a double ear infection *insert sad face here*. I haven’t been sick for months, thank God, but once that infection hits it’s like seriously?! Could you not tell that I don’t have time to deal with sinus/ear infections?
Granted, I used to have chronic sinusitis, where I had them every. month. So, this is a lot more favorable for me. It still sucks though, haha.
So, after taking ONE DAY off from working out (yes, that’s a long time for me! LOL), I went to the gym today, ready to get through and chest and shoulder workout, even if that meant I’d be crawling out of the gym afterwards. And let me tell you–working out when you don’t feel your best is HARD. You probably know that by now, too.
Not only did I think it was a good idea to superset all my exercises and complete a burnout round, I also tried to use the weights that I last left off on. Not a good idea. I was doing incline bench presses with dumbbells and realized I had no energy whatsoever to lift what I usually do. So I had to go a little lighter–again, not bad, but still! I want my energy back!
Tomorrow is legs. That’ll be interesting. You can bet I’m going to be carb loading all day and taking some Aspirin for this nonstop headache. I know that I should stay home, let my body rest, but it’s really only my head that hurts. Ever have that? Where your whole body (minus your head) feels great, but you’re head feels like calling the shots. How selfish!
The gym is therapy, though. It’s my form of “me time” that helps me stay focused and happy. So, I guess you have to choose your battles, eh?
“They were looking at us do deadlifts,” one of my friends whispered to me. It was leg day (the holy grail of gym days) and we were going hard, doing compound lifts and having fun together.
I can almost imagine what my face looked like–eyebrows furrowed, “huh?” kind of attitude. I barely look at gym goers–I’m in my own zone, in my own space, that I don’t really look at the people working out around me. I focus on my exercise, and on myself. Gym time is me time.
She motioned to a group of guys our age that were goofing off on hyperextensions. I rolled my eyes.
“Girl, really? Why do you care if they’re looking at us or not?”
“I don’t know,” she said sheepishly. We both laughed, and continued our workout.
When I began training, I noticed some of my clients had anxiety over how many people were working out during our session. It was the same sort of feeling I got from my friend when we would work out and someone was watching us.