Tightening Up My Strength Training Routine

December 24, 2007 · 6 comments

Adding a morning strength training routine to my daily schedule has been one of the best things I have done over the last five months of my journey from fat to fit.  It’s also been one of the most challenging.  Because of my travel and work schedule I was already getting up early in the morning, typically somewhere between 5:00 am and 6:00 am.  I would use this morning time to catch up on personal email, blogs, etc.  So when I decided that it was important to my future to start exercising in the morning it wasn’t that big of a deal – I’ve always been a morning person. 

Until I realized that I needed that morning time to stay caught up.

So now I typically awake somewhere between 3:30 am and 4:30 am, which gives me the time to get a workout in and stay caught up on the digital side of my life.  This worked well at first until I started multi-tasking.  I would do a set and then while resting would go to the computer.  A minute rest would stretch into two, then five.  Before you know it my 45 minute workout was taking 90 minutes.

And because I was resting too much my heart rate was not staying elevated so I wasn’t getting any cardio benefits from the workout either.

So on Saturday I finally decided to do something about it.  No computer during the workout.  Did some additional super-sets.  Got my upper-body workout down to 38 minutes, during which time my heart rate stayed elevated.

It was tough but it needed to be done. 

Does your routine need to be tightened up?

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GroovyBabe December 24, 2007 at 7:22 pm

That is great to hear. Not sure I could get up at 3.30am and last the day though!!

Because I only workout at the gym, or with walking outside, I m pretty good with how tight my workout is. It takes between 1 hour 30 mins (if I am in a rush) and 2hours (if I have time). And I get a new programme every six weeks so I dont have time for it to get slack.

I havent exercised for a week though because my sciatica has been so bad. I am so desperately missing the workout!!! (I have lost 4lbs since last monday though so am doing something right!) I think I am going to buy some dumbbells after xmas though so that I can get in some strength training when sat at the computer when my sciatica renders me immobile.

I’d love to have a good old jog though!

workout mommy December 25, 2007 at 9:52 am

yes, it needs some serious tightening up! I don’t do enough strength training, even though I know it would do wonders for my weight loss journey. I get distracted as well—either by the computer, phone, dog, etc.
Thanks for the reminder–it’s going on my resolution list!

Fat Man December 25, 2007 at 12:18 pm

I never considered getting on the computer during a workout. That’s some serious multitasking. I am going to try and keep my routine rotating. I plan on trying different things when I am finally able to get back into the lifting part of my workouts.

Right now I just do cardio. I do watch television while I ride my recumbent bike, that counts as multitasking.

Vilma December 26, 2007 at 1:13 am

Wow…3:30 in the morning! You are my hero! I’ve beeen trying to get a morning routine going for the past year and it has never worked out. I guess I would need to go to sleep earlier to get the accomplished. Now… I defenitetly need to tighten up my strenth training routine. well… it’s more like starting it up again. But when i’m on … i’m ON! I love supersetting & HIIT training as it keep my HR elevate throughout the entire workout & it only takes about 45 minutes.

diamond December 27, 2007 at 9:01 am

I would say that mine needs to be tightened up ALOT!! Been a little lazy lately..

Fat Man December 27, 2007 at 10:14 am

Just noticed the new header. Looks different and cool. Hope all is well during the holidays.

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