I have always been a ‘Cardio Queen’ and rarely did I touch the weight machines at the gym. Every once in a while, I would get ambitious and add some lunges or squats to a workout and then be so sore for days that I couldn’t walk or go up stairs. A few years back, I had the opportunity to work out with a friend and a personal trainer. He worked us hard using heavy weights and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it!
When I moved about 1 year ago, again I enlisted the help of a trainer to help get back into strength training. She also happens to be an IRONWOMAN who has mentored me through my first and second triathlon. Throughout this past winter, I consistently lifted 2xweek (mostly on my own in the mornings before work). I have come to appreciate my muscles, and I know it is great for me as I enter my 30’s.
When it comes to working out, I am not into the weight machines. I occasionally use pulleys, but I am a big fan of functional strength training using free weights, bands, and body weight for resistance. Starting in high school, I began cutting out workout pages from fitness magazines. It got to the point where I had an entire folder of leg, arm, and ab exercise plans that I never did. Finally, during my last move, I threw them away. I mean, really, how is a folder full of exercises in a drawer in my desk at home really going to help me? BUT, old habits are hard to break. So when I found this plan in last month’s SHAPE (with Jillian Michaels on the cover), I tore it out!
I gave it a try last week and let me tell you, I loved it! It is only 5 exercises and you do each one for 30 seconds to a minute. I only had time for 3 sets (she suggests five) and I jumped rope in between. My legs were sore the next two days, especially my inner and outer thighs. I will definitely be doing this workout again, and I had to share it on the blog!
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And if you are hungry after your workout, I’d like to make a suggestion…
A Veggie Frittata
For this easy egg dish, I combined eggs, egg whites, and veggies (the frozen kind that comes in the steam bag). Bake in a pie pan for 20-25 minutes in a 350 degree oven. If desired, add cheese on top for last 5 minutes.
Slice and eat with whole wheat toast. Leftovers are perfect for travel after a tough workout at the gym!