This week I’ve ventured into “no man’s land”..the infamous gym jokingly called, Club LA Fitness. I rejoined the gym earlier last week because I have to get in some strength training while training for this marathon. I’ve decided to follow a pretty rigorous training schedule where I’m basically lifting3-4 days a week. At first I thought this would be too much but after looking at some of my blogger peeps who lift a lot, I’m confident that I need to lift.
A couple of months ago I would of veheemently denied lifting weights but I have found that lifting makes you burn calories quicker and helps tone/slim you out. Here are some common arguments about lifting: it can bulk you up too quick, it’s too hard and that all you need is cardio to lose weight. NEGATIVE. I frequent Laura from Laura Must Lose Weight and I swear we have the same body type before she lost weight. She lifts a lot so I looked at her plan and decided to follow that. Now she’s training for a fitness competition so I’m not lifting as much as her but I am lifting enough. ( This time next year I will competing in my first competition!)
Now everyday I went to the gym I’ve rotated what I am going to focus on. On last Thursday I focused on my arms, abs and cardio. However on Saturday I did legs, abs and cardio. I generally hate ALL cardio machines because I run/walk but I’ve been hitting the elliptical and this week I plan on doing the stairmaster to further “firm up” my legs. I can tell you now my legs and arms are SORE!!! I worked muscles I didn’t know still existed! This week I am going to try and start attending some cardio classes just to switch up my routine a bit. In the near future I am going to start bringing a workout journal with me (or on my phone) to record my workouts so I can easily look at my progress. But for those of you who are LOST when in the gym, look at what I found. A guide to strength training in the gym! It’s pretty good and gives you some specific ideas about what to do in the gym!
Now I’ve been in the gym, been running (2-3 days a week) but I need to increase my days to four days a week. Pray for me on that note. I think I may start running earlier in the day so I don’t have to worry about what the kids are doing. Last but certainly not least, I have been clean eating like a beast!
I will report back on next Monday (7/2) how much weight I’ve lost.. How was your week? Are you staying committed? Have you ever visited LA Fitness or the gym? Do you like it?