I survived my first week of circuit training. In fact, not only did I survive, but I can still walk and lift dishes and sit down...all of which seemed awfully iffy on Wednesday. Here are some of the highlights of my week:
I had thought The Ladder was the most diabolical device in the gym. How wrong I was. On Tuesday, Ryion put me on the treadmill at a level of 2. Then as I started on my leisurely walk, he said, "Let me adjust the incline." Ten...fifteen...twenty...THIRTY degrees. Let's just say that by the third time round, I had to ask, "What's more important, the incline, the speed, or that I not hang on?" I braced myself on the handles, but I made it!
|Inclines like this, cars go into lower gear, semis have their own lane...but now I have to walk it.|
Also along the line of wardrobe failure, I have learned that the tank tops I wear under my t-shirt and sweatshirt cannot contain my chest while I do jumping jacks. What a great discovery! jump jump--pull up strap--jump jump--pull up strap. At least it was 47 in the gym that day and I had the sweatshirt on. Jumping also makes me have to go potty. I do hope that gets easier with exercise.
And speaking of potty, how many of you have experienced the sheer torture of trying to sit on a toilet when your legs are fully stiff and sore from hours of ladder climbing, extensions, raises, and let's not forget incline hikes? I had planned on keeping this gem to myself, but one of the ladies at the gym commiserating with my first week volunteered how much it had hurt her just to sit to pee. Obviously, I am not alone.
Finally, the best thing I did for myself all week was get a massage! It felt so good to get all the kinks worked out..or partially so, there are a lot of kinks! In addition, though, it helps release the toxins stored in the muscles, promoted muscle healing, and helps tighten the skin. In fact, she suggested that I massage my muscles after a workout for that reason specifically. I have bought a packet of four massages. I think I'll need them to get through the week.
Overall, it's been a terrific week for fitness for me. In fact, I feel younger already.
Of course, that could be because on Tuesday, I felt closer to 90 than 45....