Yesterday was my last day for bootcamp but I also added some weights to start off my first day of the p90x program. By the time I hit the bike for a 45min tempo spin (which I did in a spin class to keep up the motivation) I was mentally and physically tired. I know it is not advisable to double up as I did but I really wanted to hit it hard and burn up all that I had.
Mission accomplished. By the time I got to my car, my body was needing my recovery shake so bad- and ooh, it tasted so good! As I left the gym, all I could think about was getting home and making my mushroom risotto for dinner. By the time I was half way home, the hunger was muffled from the shake and I no longer feared eating everything in site.
I am actually pretty proud of my weights workout yesterday. The chest and back workout calls for enough push-ups and pull-ups to make Rambo get a little tired but since my AC joint is not completely healed, I can do neither. Two options here- 1. skip the workout, put it off for a rainy day, ignore day one of p90x, or 2. modify the workout so that I still get a burn while still respecting my injury. My nature forces me to do everything in my power to get a workout in, even wrestle a bear, so I decided to think it over and modify the workout. Typically I dont like machine weights at the gym, too much room for assistance and lackadaisitude (yes, I just created that word and have no qualms using it). I'm not saying that machine weights are never good- in the case of an injury, as with me, or not knowing proper technique, machine weights are a very good avenue to use. The great Kevin Larabee, of The Fit Cast, helped me out with the pull-up delima. He suggested that I use the lat pull-down machine to get the muscles worked out without the stress to my joint. I decided to use the various forms of chest press machines in place of the push-ups. I can do about 3 push-ups successfully at this point in my injury however the workout calls for 12-15 reps about 10 different times and I know the benifit would not be there for me.
So I sit here working on this post nicely sore from yesterday's workout. Today I am supposed to do the plyometric workout but may put the dirt derby race tonight in its place.
Quickly, here's a list of various blogs regarding health and nutrition I read on a daily basis. Thought some of you out there would be interested and could use them-
Step Up- Tony Gentilacore's blog on fitness, nutrition, personal training industry, and general random info. Big fan of this blog
Fassination- Jonathan Fass's blog on fitness. Similar to Tony's blog.
The Fit Cast- Great mp3/itunes episodes about fitness with experts
Brian St. Pierre Training- another great training blog
Figure Athlete- great articles by people in the industry but a bit meat-headed at times
Seth's Blog- not about fitness but about general life things and taking charge
There are many more and I'll post more later on.
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