I am just about to begin Week 12 of my strength training program and I cannot believe it is actually, finally here. I have been following a program that I found in one of Tom Venuto’s books, The Body Fat Solution.
and every week I have been making small changes… increasing the weight, or adding more reps, or even sets. I have been getting stronger, more flexible and seeing some nice new muscle in my arms, shoulders, legs and stomach.
I have also been enjoying some practical benefits… I can wear my high heeled shoes for several hours now, without my calves complaining and cramping up! I can hold yoga poses for longer and am able to do some that I never could before. My runner's quads and hamstrings are loosening up. And I am feeling pretty good about it all.
When I first started this program, I didn’t really expect to finish the whole 12 weeks… I thought I might do 6, and then find something new. I do tend to get a little bored, doing the same workouts over and over. This particular program has 2 different sets of exercises and alternates back and forth between the 2 of them. And there are a couple of moves I really don’t care for so I was kind of looking forward to changing it… then I found a web site called Workout Nirvana, written by a trainer named Suzanne Digre.
Suzanne did a guest post for Lindsay Cotter who writes Cotter Crunch, about 5 Ways to Get Better Results From Strength Training. It made a lot of sense to me and was quite timely. It was the motivation I needed to keep going and finish the 12 week of this current program. Since reading Suzanne's blog on a regular basis, I have come to believe she is a mind reader! Her blog posts often seem to be written for me.
Another example? This past week I was thinking about what I might do for exercise after this 12 weeks are over. I do plan to take some time off over the next couple of weeks and just do some fun activities during the holidays… and I thought that in January I might just start picking a few workouts from Pinterest and do something different every workout, for a while. Change things up every workout. Then I read Suzanne’s current blog post about Exercising vs Training and I realized that is just not the way to go to get the results I want. Thanks for another informative and relevant blog post, Suzanne!
So, I am off to eat my ENERGYbits and then then get going on Workout A.
Do you follow a particular strength program or do you do random workouts? Are you seeing the results you want?