Something new

As I alluded to in my post on letting it go, I’ve been thinking long and hard about my workouts lately. About what they mean for me. About my motivation. About my new focus and mindset that is far less about the numbers and structure, and far more about getting back to basics.

As part of all this thinking and mulling, I’ve decided it’s time for something new.
Call it another case of antsy pants.
Call it an insatiable desire to challenge and shock the system with new approaches to working out.
Call it me being me. 😉

This “something new” entails a new approach to weight training. You see – for nearly as long as I’ve been seriously lifting weights, I”ve either always taken a group fitness class, worked with my husband on a weight workout at the gym (rarely), or followed a structured weight lifting program like STS, done at home with the always awesome Cathe Friedrich by my side.  But I’ve never created my own lifting program.

And I have no idea why.

I have all the tools at my fingertips in my home gym. And, I know plenty about weight lifting after all these years to create a program of my own. So why haven’t I ever gone this route before?

I talked it over with Scott on a long walk today – and mentioned this concept to him.  And,  by the end of our walk (and talk), a new 4-week workout was born. I may not be a personal trainer by any stretch, but dammit – I know enough to be dangerous and I might as well start appreciating that fact, right??

So here goes.  The next four weeks will look something like this – with running, spinning or kickboxing for cardio and Core Fusion for core/flexibility training for a good, well-rounded cross-training routine.

Monday – Back/Chest: four exercises per body part, with 30 second rests between each set of 15-20 reps (I’ll go into the types of exercises I’ll do throughout the week in future blog posts, don’t worry); and Core Fusion Yoga or Pilates Abs
Tuesday – Biceps/Triceps (same format as above)
Wednesday – Ride
Thursday – Core Fusion Yoga or Pilates Abs; Kick
Friday –  Legs/shoulders (same format as above) and just the abs section from Core Fusion Body Sculpt (10 mins)
Saturday – Run

So you’ll see – I’m trying to balance the weight work without forgetting to work abs (something I ALWAYS did pre-Core Fusion) and including some sort of flexibility work in the mix, another area I’ve always pushed aside in the past. I’m thinking of doing this for the next four weeks, upping the weights each week, letting my body tell me when to go heavier.

I’m not sure how I”ll approach each week, yet. I figure I’ll go with the flow a little bit in terms of the format – it could involve trisets (my fave), or supersets. But, it’ll mainly be endurance based, to build up my endurance (duh) but also build lean and toned muscles, something I’ve been favoring more and more lately. I credit Core Fusion with that in large part, because it has lengthened and toned my muscles, leaning them out a little bit which I’m digging, interestingly enough.

Surprisingly, I’m really excited about this – it might seem simple to some of you fitness friends to build your own workout program vs. relying on a workout class or DVD to get you through, but this is kind of new for me. To train myself, trusting myself to lead the way. And I’m really looking forward to seeing how it goes. See? I am a personal trainer afterall – a personal trainer of ME! 😉

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23 thoughts on “Something new

  1. That sounds awesome sis! I am excited for you for this and trying it myself sometime soon too. I have a new Cathe weight series I can’t wait to try when I get back from this trip too…and Barre Nine! 🙂

    • I’m excited too!! 🙂 I’ll have to “borrow” that series after I get through this, that one sounds good too! AND I cannot WAIT to try Barre Nine!! Woohoo for fun new workouts to try!

  2. YES – high 5’s on this one girl. You know I love Cathe too, but honestly, I think that once you start doing your own workouts, building them to suit you, you’ll see such a difference. You can use her as reference, for ideas, etc. She’s given you what you need to do this. SOOO excited!

    • Ha! I knew you’d dig this post friend…and I should’ve given you some credit in my post, since I’ve watched you adapt and create your own weight workouts this whole time and always wondered secretly why I never took that chance. Duh! I am really excited to give it a shot!

  3. Oh, I think this is a wonderful idea! I am intimidated by weights (and don’t have any at home), but I’m conquering my fear in CrossFit and at the gym. It’s my goal to gain some strength and find a balance with running. I’m excited to hear how it goes!

    • Oh you should totally start using weights as part of your workout. You’d be amazed at how much it translates into other workouts…and other areas of your life. There is just something very empowering about lifting weights as a woman, total confidence booster, for sure. I’m glad your conquering the fear with Crossfit! If you ever need tips on where to start with weights, I’m all ears! 🙂

  4. This looks like a great programme. I’d be interested to know what exercises you pick for the back/chest, biceps/triceps and legs and shoulders. Will you stay at the 15/20 rep range? What kind of music will you play or will you have no music? It’s cool because you’ll be able to pick exercises that work for you. Just curious because all my workouts now are paper workouts, I haven’t used any dvds since March apart from Cathe’s hiit and Intensity workouts for cardio.

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  6. LOVE this idea!! I completely agree….you have a whole wealth of knowledge regarding fitness in general – you ARE your own personal trainer! And I love how you are constantly switching things up. It is SO inspirational – for real!

    • I’m kinda digging being my own personal trainer myself. It’s kind of neat to just go with whatever exercises I want to do and rolling with it! Who knew? Thank you girl, I guess I do change it up a lot – I get bored otherwise!

  7. “I know enough to be dangerous and I might as well start appreciating that fact, right??”

    LOL!

    I agree, this is really exciting Jess. Like you say, it’s about taking charge of your own fitness, trusting in your capabilities, and most importantly, building workouts that *you* want to do!

    Uhm, one thing though… I don’t see a rest day :p

    • you are so right – building workouts that I want to do is the name of the game these days. This one got me good. I was pleased. 🙂
      haha, thanks for the call-out on the rest day. I count Sunday, even though I took a long walk with the hubs that day. After two weeks of NO working out, I’m giving myself a pass. Do you approve?

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