Jumping on today to share my most recent workouts! I know, I’m really failing at my blogging break. But, it’s like as soon as I took the pressure off to post, I suddenly had a few things to share. I’m planning on next week really stepping away, and the following week I’ll be traveling with Adeline so I’ll be stepping away even more.
For some reason, as soon as the clock strikes fall, my body goes into, “must-get-back-into-shape-before-I-eat-all-the-things-at-Christmas-time” mode. Just me? Ok well, no shame here! It’s no secret life lately has had me popping in and out of my #strongmom journey, but I’ve been working hard lately to get those muscles back for good.
This week I had two really sweat-tastic workouts and I just had to share. I think sometimes as moms, and women in general, it can be intimidating to lift weights. But, now that I’ve been getting back into it, it’s the one workout that actually makes me feel strong, even if I may not look it yet. I absolutely love strength training, and it does wonders for my mood. You can read about past strength training workouts HERE.
Typically, I can only fit in 2 or 3 gym workouts a week, and I like to alternate them. So, I’ll do one day really focused on cardio, and just kill it on the treadmill. Then the next workout I’ll focus on strength training and dedicate the workout to either arms, legs, or a mix of both. I think strength training days are my favorite days though. There’s just something about them that makes you feel like you exude power. Like that little arm emoji is LIFE. Even if it’s only 1o or 15 lbs. I spent years running miles and miles and miles, and while I still enjoy getting in a 2 or 3 mile workout on the treadmill, I’ve found that lifting weights makes me feel like I get a little more bang for my buck.
I’ve set some goals for myself to hit by Christmas, so here they are:
- Curl 20 lb dumbbells easily
- So far, I can confidently curl 15 lbs, and semi-confidently curl 20 lbs. Curling 20 lbs isn’t as graceful, and I can only do about 5 before really losing my form, but I’ll get there!
- Squat 45 lbs
- I can comfortably goblet squat the 30 lb dumbbell, and can squat the 35 lb dumbbell a few times as well. I’d love to work my way up to 45 lbs though.
- Overhead press 20 lb dumbbells easily
- I routinely do one arm overhead presses using the 15 lb dumbbell, and it feels pretty good right now. It’s not as easy as the 10, but I know I can handle 15. I think mentally it feels like 20 is really far away, but it’s on my goals list nonetheless.
- Walking lunges using 2 20 lb dumbbells
- I also routinely do walking lunges with 2 15 lb dumbbells and it feels pretty good. I’m sure I could go up in weight, but I want to make sure I take it slow and don’t hurt my knees along the way.
Those are some pretty basic goals, but I think it’s a good starting point. If I can focus on knocking these out this fall, then I think by the start of 2018 I’ll be in a pretty great place!
Here’s a sample workout, you can pin for later! Basically, it repeats 3 times, with increasing weight every set.
How do you feel about strength training? Are you a runner turned weights lover like me? Be honest, how many workouts a week do you usually fit in?