Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Huffin' and Puffin' and Sweatin'
Katschi asked us to post some post-workout photos, so here's my entry into the wet t-shirt contest. I'm thinking I've got a chance, though rumor is you gotta show skin to win. Also, no, I don't smile in pictures. I don't like having my picture taken. Whatever. Did that sound defensive? lol.
Today I decided that part of focusing on the workout meant stepping it up a bit. I keep a workout journal running, so when I checked it for deadlifts today, I saw that I'd been lifting the same weight for four weeks in a row. I haven't missed a rep yet. Obviously it's time to move up, so I kicked it up by 10 pounds. Same thing with the high-rows and the mid-rows. I need to get to a place with these lifts where they're hard again. Where I'm missing reps. Where I'm not yet strong enough to lift the weight. I think I've just been coasting on my improvements, and it's not doing me any good.
I also kicked the elliptical up to level 12. It'll be my new home for awhile - I think I've been on 11 for an entire month, when I used to go up every week or two. Yikes! Complacency has obviously set in, even when I'm at the gym!
Take a look at your routine. Are you challenging yourself? Is it time to reassess, adding time, distance, speed, weight or reps to your current workout? Think about it.