Still loving the gym

In case you wondered, I still enjoy going to the gym and am still going three mornings a week 🙂

The rest of this post is really for my own reference so you’ll find it dull 😛

My workout has increased a bit again and now consists of:

• Bike: Level 2 warm-up for 1 min; Level 3 for 5 mins varying the speed between 65-90 rpm (I like the bike least!)
• Rower: Resistance 10, for 10 mins at 32 strokes/min (I enjoy this, and could keep going longer if I didn’t have to get to work!)
• Treadmill: Incline 9.5 (out of 14) at speed 6 (fast walk) for 10 minutes, work level 8 (out of 10) followed by a 3 minute gradual cool down to get my heart rate down to 110 (I enjoy this.)

Comparing that to what I was doing a few months ago, I’ve actually picked it up a bit – more than I realised 🙂

I’m still trying to find what works best on the weight machines and as with the cardio equipment it seems to be mainly my legs that get the workout but then I don’t want to have big arm muscles anyway (Ha! chance’d be a fine thing as I have no upper body strength at all 😉 ) I am currently doing:

• Hip Abductor / hip adductor – 47.5 Kg 2x 20 reps (increased from 35Kg, my favourite as it stretches the leg muscles that give me trouble at night)
• Abdominal crunch – 27.5 Kg 2 x 20 reps (increased from 20 Kg)
• Pull down (biceps/dorsal muscles) – 20Kg 2 x 20 reps (not increased, I find this hard)
• Row/rear deltoids – 15Kg 2 x 10 (this one is new but works out the neck/shoulder muscles that get stiff when I’m working at a desk all day)
• I’ve given up on the arm/chest machines as even 5Kg kills me! 😀

I’m needing to use half the herb I was taking for exercise induced asthma now and hoping to not need it at all soon, and my leg and bottom muscles are definitely firmer – I’ll never have a small backside but at least it’s not flabby now 😉 I don’t think I’ve lost any weight (as muscle weighs heavier than fat) but I think my body is leaner and my clothes fit nicely so that’s good enough for me.

The important thing is that I am enjoying my workouts, both mentally and physically and they are part of my routine now so hopefully the benefits will be ongoing.

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