Monday, December 16, 2013

Coming into the Home Stretch

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.

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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?


  1. That's fantastic, Elle! I've heard good things about this program, and I love those blogs that speak right to you!

  2. I LOVE Suzanne!! We are sistas from another mother - AND our bdays are on the same day!!! :) Sp happy you are liking the weights!

  3. Thank you so much for the shout out, Elle! It makes me smile that you have been inspired by what I've written and it's helped you push forward. I feel fortunate that we connected - big hug for my iron sista!

  4. yay! glad you included her guest post! she is amazing and so full of useful information, agreed!


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