Fitness Journal - March 29, 2014

I shifted my home workouts to the gym (24 Hour Fitness).  I did this because the gym has heavier weights and a wider variety of equipment.  I am now lifting a little heavier and I have access to machines that allow me to protect my joints (I have some tendonitis in my left elbow).  

I do miss the challenge of Beach Body workouts (P90X and Body Beast).  It just is not feasible to do those workouts at the gym.  The timing doesn’t work because I cannot always get the right equipment at the exact moment that I need.  The good thing is that Beach Body workouts have trained me how to work out wisely and efficiently.  

Fitness Journal - March 12, 2014
I am taking a week off from working upper body and taking other teacher’s yoga classes.  Most upper body exercises irritate the tendonitis in my left elbow an I can start to feel my right elbow acting up too.  Down dog pose kills my elbow.  I’m going to give my arms a break and see if the tendonitis calms down a bit.
But I still get to run and work legs!

Fitness Journal - March 12, 2014

I am taking a week off from working upper body and taking other teacher’s yoga classes.  Most upper body exercises irritate the tendonitis in my left elbow an I can start to feel my right elbow acting up too.  Down dog pose kills my elbow.  I’m going to give my arms a break and see if the tendonitis calms down a bit.

But I still get to run and work legs!

Fitness Journal - February 28, 2014
I love being inspired by all of the amazing photos of fit men and women on Instagram and Tumblr.  And I hope that some of my photos inspire others, as well.  But I am also inspired by people who are just starting their fitness journey.  I was in the gym yesterday and kind of just going through the motions, not working super hard.  Then I saw this guy working with a trainer.  He was a little overweight and out-of-shape.  He was struggling to do 10 burpies in a row.  But he was working so much harder than I was.  He really inspired me to work harder and finish strong.  During the same visit to the gym, there was a woman with two prosthetic legs.  She seemed to be some type of athlete.  She was in great shape.  People are amazing and inspiring, no matter what they look like or how much different they may be.

Fitness Journal - February 28, 2014

I love being inspired by all of the amazing photos of fit men and women on Instagram and Tumblr.  And I hope that some of my photos inspire others, as well.  But I am also inspired by people who are just starting their fitness journey.  I was in the gym yesterday and kind of just going through the motions, not working super hard.  Then I saw this guy working with a trainer.  He was a little overweight and out-of-shape.  He was struggling to do 10 burpies in a row.  But he was working so much harder than I was.  He really inspired me to work harder and finish strong.  During the same visit to the gym, there was a woman with two prosthetic legs.  She seemed to be some type of athlete.  She was in great shape.  People are amazing and inspiring, no matter what they look like or how much different they may be.

Fitness Journal - February 20, 2014My left elbow has been bothering me for several weeks now. I have self-diagnosed the problem as medial epicondylitis, more commonly known as golfer’s elbow. I the tendons around my elbow are strained.It mainly hurts when I grip things too hard (like gripping the bar when doing pull-ups or gripping weights in my hands). Down dog doesn’t feel great either. I have to come down to my forearms and do dolphin pose sometimes. I have still been working out. I started going to 24 Hour Fitness recently. I’m using machines instead of free weights. This allows me to target major muscle groups and use secondary stabilizers (like in the elbows) less. Also, I feel like I have sort of outgrown my home workout equipment. For example, when I do squats at home, I have two 45lb weights and therefore squat a total of 90 pounds (gripped in my hands). At the gym, I can use the olympic bar and plates. I can easily squat my body weight (135lbs or more). The bar rests on my shoulders and I don’t have to hold a bunch of weight in my hands. I can go heavier in the gym than I can at home, simply because I have access to more equipment. The one drawback is that I sometimes have to wait for equipment to free-up before I can use it at the gym. I never have this problem at home!I am also practicing yoga every day.

Fitness Journal - February 20, 2014

My left elbow has been bothering me for several weeks now. I have self-diagnosed the problem as medial epicondylitis, more commonly known as golfer’s elbow. I the tendons around my elbow are strained.

It mainly hurts when I grip things too hard (like gripping the bar when doing pull-ups or gripping weights in my hands). Down dog doesn’t feel great either. I have to come down to my forearms and do dolphin pose sometimes. 

I have still been working out. I started going to 24 Hour Fitness recently. I’m using machines instead of free weights. This allows me to target major muscle groups and use secondary stabilizers (like in the elbows) less. Also, I feel like I have sort of outgrown my home workout equipment. For example, when I do squats at home, I have two 45lb weights and therefore squat a total of 90 pounds (gripped in my hands). At the gym, I can use the olympic bar and plates. I can easily squat my body weight (135lbs or more). The bar rests on my shoulders and I don’t have to hold a bunch of weight in my hands. I can go heavier in the gym than I can at home, simply because I have access to more equipment. The one drawback is that I sometimes have to wait for equipment to free-up before I can use it at the gym. I never have this problem at home!

I am also practicing yoga every day.

Fitness Journal - February 1, 2014Today is day 8 of 40 days of yoga, for me. For the 40 days, yoga comes first and workouts are secondary. Usually, it is the opposite. So I missed my first workout yesterday (legs & shoulders) for the first time in months, as I attended a 2.5 hour yoga class in the middle of the day. It was hard not to feel guilty or like I should have squeezed in the weight training. And after missing just one workout, breaking out of my routine, I already started to think about skipping other workouts. Once I fall out of the groove, it is so easy to stay out. But it could be a good thing. The tendonitis in my left elbow was getting progressively worse, every time I worked out. Yoga seems to make it better not worse. I might take a week off from weight training. It will be a good opportunity to get back to running.

Fitness Journal - February 1, 2014

Today is day 8 of 40 days of yoga, for me. For the 40 days, yoga comes first and workouts are secondary. Usually, it is the opposite. So I missed my first workout yesterday (legs & shoulders) for the first time in months, as I attended a 2.5 hour yoga class in the middle of the day. It was hard not to feel guilty or like I should have squeezed in the weight training. And after missing just one workout, breaking out of my routine, I already started to think about skipping other workouts. Once I fall out of the groove, it is so easy to stay out. But it could be a good thing. The tendonitis in my left elbow was getting progressively worse, every time I worked out. Yoga seems to make it better not worse. I might take a week off from weight training. It will be a good opportunity to get back to running.

Fitness Journal - January 23, 2014
Body Beast - Bulk Back and Biceps
My elbow was bothering me again today.  It feels like the muscles of the inner forearm are really tight.  This made pull-ups very challenging, as well as some bicep exercises.  I feel like I am in maintenance mode, just working out to maintain strength.  I feel like I cannot really push for gains, without sacrificing the integrity of the elbow.  I need to figure this out fast.

Fitness Journal - January 23, 2014

Body Beast - Bulk Back and Biceps

My elbow was bothering me again today.  It feels like the muscles of the inner forearm are really tight.  This made pull-ups very challenging, as well as some bicep exercises.  I feel like I am in maintenance mode, just working out to maintain strength.  I feel like I cannot really push for gains, without sacrificing the integrity of the elbow.  I need to figure this out fast.

Fitness Journal - January 22, 2014

Body Beast - Build Legs & Shoulders

Legs and shoulders are my toughest workout split, but I am learning to enjoy the workouts more and more.  These two major body parts have been my weakest in the past.  I am striving to balance out my strengths and weaknesses.  I still have a long way to go when it comes to legs.  I want to get back into a gym soon to work heavier on squats and dead lifts.  Right now, I am limited by the weight of my dumbbells, which only go up to 45 pounds each.

Fitness Journal - January 20, 2014

Body Beast - Build Back & Biceps

My left elbow has been bothering me a little (golfer’s elbow) again.  I have to back off of some exercises.  Pull-ups do not feel great, though I can do them.  I have to be careful to keep my forearms relaxed and use my upper back and biceps to do the pull-ups.  Some bicep exercises are quite painful, so I’ve been sticking to the ones that do not cause pain.  

I am trying to keep up my flexibility by doing more yoga.

Fitness Journal - December 17, 2013
Old School Chest & Triceps Routine and P90X Ab Ripper X and 2 Hour Home Yoga Practice
Incline Press, Fly Press, Regular Bench Press, Decline Press, Overhead Tricep Extension, and Skull Crushers.  5 Sets Each.  15 Reps, 12 Reps, 8 Reps, 12 Reps, and 15 Reps.  Light, Medium, Heavy, Medium, Light Weights.
Everything felt pretty good.  Nice break from Body Beast routine.

Fitness Journal - December 17, 2013

Old School Chest & Triceps Routine and P90X Ab Ripper X and 2 Hour Home Yoga Practice

Incline Press, Fly Press, Regular Bench Press, Decline Press, Overhead Tricep Extension, and Skull Crushers.  5 Sets Each.  15 Reps, 12 Reps, 8 Reps, 12 Reps, and 15 Reps.  Light, Medium, Heavy, Medium, Light Weights.

Everything felt pretty good.  Nice break from Body Beast routine.

Fitness Journal - December 13, 2013
Body Beast BUILD Back & Biceps and Yoga Class
I’ve hit a plateau in most of my weight training.  I’m making only small increases in weight here and there.  Sometimes I will add an extra rep or two the exercise.  But I really feel like adding more weight would be too much and possibly lead to injury.  So I am holding steady at my current weights.  I am hoping that once my body adapts to the 6 days on and 1 day off schedule, then I will be able to increase weight again.
Practicing yoga every day is also helping to reduce tension, muscle soreness, and fatigue.  It feels really good.

Fitness Journal - December 13, 2013

Body Beast BUILD Back & Biceps and Yoga Class

I’ve hit a plateau in most of my weight training.  I’m making only small increases in weight here and there.  Sometimes I will add an extra rep or two the exercise.  But I really feel like adding more weight would be too much and possibly lead to injury.  So I am holding steady at my current weights.  I am hoping that once my body adapts to the 6 days on and 1 day off schedule, then I will be able to increase weight again.

Practicing yoga every day is also helping to reduce tension, muscle soreness, and fatigue.  It feels really good.