Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Strength Training

As I work though this training plan I am trying to get in 3 strength training workouts a week. Typically my plan has been to alternate training the major muscles of the upper and lower body. Typically I would do a descending number of sets with increasing weight and then do one rep of a different exercise using the same muscles (basically I followed a loose version of the Body For Life Weight Lifting Plan).

My goal has always been to fit in 3 a week but often it seems I only get one in and then I generally opt to do upper body. That said, it has been almost three weeks since my last lower body workout. So yesterday after some usual lunges, squats & some other exercises, I am back to the feeling of despising the notion of going down stairs, sitting down, and you get the point. So sore! I am so frustrated with myself as not so long ago I had finally quit getting so sore after these sort of workouts and now I am back there again.

I am happy to report that I am feeling a little bit better after my lunch time run as it loosened things up a bit. I seem to keep dealing with various leg issues (always my darn left leg) and I figure one thing to work on would be to strengthen my legs. So I guess now I will try to work through some of these muscle aches. If anyone has any strength training thoughts or ideas, I am open to any feedback here.


TriSaraTops said...

Hey! I'm no expert, but from what my coach says lifting greatly reduces injury...I wonder if one muscle group in your legs is stronger than the other, and that's what's causing the problem? You should ask Marie--she's a PT and could probably give you some stretches/weight suggestions! She REALLY helped me out when I had some lower back pain earlier this year! Email me if you want her email address! :)

Papa Louie said...

I've gotten a lot of help from Colleen Craig books Pilates on the Ball and Strength training on the ball. You can get them from the library. I think what you are doing by modifing things you learn from others is good.

Jamie said...

I understand how you feel on this. Whenever I get pinched for time, it seems like the strength training is the first thing that gets missed. I know I need to be doing it, but sometimes you just can't fit it all in.