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Banner day at the Gym

Filed under: Uncategorized — janet at 12:49 pm on Friday, March 11, 2011

Last night I had a personal training session but decided to go straight from work and work on sad little leg and abs before working with Carol. Right now I’m just working on strengthening my quad, hamstring and butt.  I can now do 3 sets of 30 front leg raises…when I started my leg was burning after 10…that was 1.5 wks ago. I also do side leg raises, donkey kicks, inner thigh raises and exercise on hands and knees where leg goes straight back and arm out to the front for my lower back. My balance was off a bit but not bad as I just started doing these….3 sets of 20 reps. Plus I did tons of stretching.

So session went well…I am amazed at how much upper body strength I now have…was decent before but totally kickass now. We did the assisted chest press…and my fourth set was 110 lbs, 12 reps with no spotting at all. Wow!!! , pec flies were 25 lb dumbells in each hand….that’s my heaviest ever. After a host of other stuff, my  last exercise for chest was full on, one leg pushups (my knees were not on the ground) 3 sets of 15 pushups…knocked them out of the park.

Shoulders were next……My evil trainer made me do standing shoulder press…one leg of course…started with 15 lb dumbells…straight up palm out and then on the down turn palm in….by the end of those I literally couldnt feel my shoulders. I didn’t even look at what weight I fnished with. We also did bentover flies (sitting of course) for my rear delts…I haven’t done a bentover fly since all this happened so it hurt alot…but I did them with increasing weight 3 sets of 12 reps. The last exercise was shrugs…the last set was 30 lb dumbells 15 reps holding the last rep til she told me to stop.

Just wanted to share…it’s so nice to know that some of me is getting stronger while I’m waiting to be able to start doing my legs again.

What a feeling!!!!



Comment by iski7b

March 11, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

Thanks for sharing! Always inspiring!
Every time I go to the gym, I remember why I love it so much! Thanks for posting the picture, too :) Love those arms!


Comment by janet

March 11, 2011 @ 2:44 pm


That’s the thing about working out (especially weights) and me….I absolutely love it…it’s “my thing”. I’m not just doing it to stay in shape etc….I do it for love of the sport…I’m probably insane.


Comment by normofthenorth

March 11, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

You’re not insane, Janet, but we’re totally incompatible! I love going to gyms, but only if I’m competing in some sport, or learning new sports skills to make me better at competing in some sport! I love bicycling, but virtually always to GET somewhere. This week, I’m forcing myself to speed-walk a mile 5x/week (for cardiac rehab), and it’s a struggle. (Can you say BORING?) I’d rather be diving for a volleyball — or sitting at a computer!! ;)


Comment by janet

March 11, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

LOL…well that’s just it normofthenorth….I do compete in class with other’s at the same fitness level….and…I just keep adding to my list of things…this summer was supposed to be running and another boot camp….even with weight training…Carol will tell me what someone else did…so I just have to beat that. I’m extremely competitive and with weights I’m always competing with my stats from the week before.

Ahhh.. I wish I could speedwalk….first day on two feet though….Riley Dawg and I used to do 4 miles a day…..LOL..I suck at volleyball…it is my worst sport.

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