Monthly Archives: November 2012

Leg day, happy day

I’m getting into the leg-day-groove here. Now that I got my practice with my new programs, it was time to get some decent weights for the reps. And I also tested if can actually workout with my bf, without the workout turning into a competition. Which I would lose cause the guy is half a meter taller than me and way stronger than I’ll ever be. (No competition, yay.)

 

So this is what I managed to do:

  • Dead-lift: 2 * 10, 50kg (+10kg), 2 * 8, 60kg (+20kg)
  • Sumo squats: 1 * 10, 50kg (+10kg), 3 * 10, 60kg (+20kg)
  • Lunges: 3 * 8/leg, 50kg (+10kg)
  • Barbell row: 4 * 10, 40kg (+/-0)kg
  • Single leg leg press: 1 * 10/leg, 80kg (+10kg), 2 * 10/leg, 90kg (+20kg)
  • Straight-arm pulldown: 1 * 10, 15kg, 2 * 10, 17,5kg (+2,5kg)
  • Side bends: 3 * 15/side, 10kg (+/- 0)
  • Decline sit-ups: 3 * 20

Great day, can’t wait for Friday (and next leg day) 😀

Friend Makin’ Mondays: what do you want for Christmas?

This weeks FMM is all about Xmas and gifts. So let’s just get on it. Because Xmas IS all about gifts. And food. Ahem. To the point:

  1. A pug. I just really really really want a pug. And I will get one, I have been promised. Not this Christmas though, but I will.
  2. A pillow. Not too soft, not too hard, not too small and not too big.
  3. Box of Budapest chocolates. This is a tradition, I always get one box of these.
  4. Box of Brunbergs chocolates. Tradition too.
  5. A book. Something about training preferably. Any suggestions?
  6. Many many long and lazy mornings between 22.12.2012 – 6.1.2013 on my holiday.
  7. Training gear! New tops and bras and pants and and and. All gear is good. I’m actually just waiting for the after-christmas sales to start. But a gift card anyone?
  8. World peace. Of course.
  9. Monopoly the board game. Or Trivial Pursuit. If Trivial Pursuit, I’d love the first edition. It’s always fun to play with people born after 1985 and see their expressions when they understand that only logical answer to any  geographical question is “The Soviet Union”, or when they try to figure out “which were the countries bordering East-Germany”. Endless joy.
  10. A bottle of wine. This is a sure, one of my uncles always get this for me.

Weekly wrap-up

This weeks wrap-up is a bit harsh. But here we go:

  • Monday: Gym
  • Tuesday:
  • Wednesday: Stretching, Skating
  • Thursday: Gym
  • Friday:
  • Saturday:
  • Sunday: Gym

Bit repetitive isn’t it? I’ll do cardio next week. Promise.

I’m not an athlete

I’m not training for next Olympics. I’m not professional athlete. I don’t have any fitness competitor goals. So why is it, that when missing/skipping workouts, I feel bad? I’m the only one who cares about this. It’s not the end of the world if I don’t do my cardio for a week. It’s just a week. Plenty more weeks are coming, so what’s the big deal?

Last week was really tough. Not workout-wise  but work-wise  A lot of traveling back and forth which meant that I got home late and just didn’t want to go out running. It’s wet and dark and cold, and I rather spend couple of hours with my boyfriend than go out in the dark. But still, I feel like I have failed. We had office christmas party on Friday, and due to hangover-related issues I just slept all Saturday. Went out just to eat a hambuger and fries and came back home to sleep. And all day, I just thought that “damn, I’m gonna miss out on my gym today”.

I did go to the gym today though.

  • Dumbbell bench press: 4 * 10, 12kg
  • Bench dips, legs on a swiss ball: 3 * 10, 5kg
  • Cable triceps extensions: 4 * 10, 15kg
  • Cable bicep curls: 4 * 10, 15kg
  • Lateral raises: 3 * 10, 8kg
  • Core twists with a 20kg bar: 3 * 15/side
  • Back: 3 * 12, 10kg
  • Leg raises: 3 * 10, 2,5kg

Nothing too awesome, but I just don’t get why I feel bad when I really shouldn’t.

Happy body, happy soul

This day was very very shitty work-wise. Looooong meetings, 4h of sitting in a train and all that. There’s about 200m walk from the train station to the gym. I had plenty of time to think “I-will-not-go-to-the-gym-NO-I-will-go-NO-I-will-not..”, but my body was wiser then my mind this time. Before I could even decide wether to go or not, I was already in the elevator going up to the gym.

I had my gear with me: towel, gloves, wraps, notebook and phone for music and taking pics to prove that I really was at the gym. I’m pretty sure that if I didn’t take the pic, no one would believe that I went.

  • Deadlift: 4 * 10, 40kg
  • Sumo squat: 4 * 10, 40kg
  • Bent over barbell row: 4 * 10, 40kg
  • Smith lunges in: 3 * 8/leg, 45kg
  • Single-leg leg press: 3 * 10/leg, 70kg
  • Straight-arm pulldown: 3 * 10, 15kg
  • Side bends: 3 * 15/side, 10kg
  • Decline sit-ups: 4 * 15

I guess I will use more weights next time in deadlift, squat, lunges and leg press. They went way too easy. And maybe also in pulldown too. Rowing was hard enough with the 40kg  (and it’s the only thing that I have to use wraps, my grip is not strong enough yet…)

Oh! And this nice girl came up to me at the changing room and complimented me on my blog! I’m just not sure if she ment this blog or the Finnish one, so I’m gonna thank her in both 🙂 So thank you, it was nice hearing that you like what I write!

All in all, now I feel great, I’m in a good mood, I liked the program and can’t wait for next leg day!

Spirals and Ina Bauers

Skating time again. This week looks a bit bleak cardiowise, but I did make an effort today at the ice rink. Heart rate up and that sort of thing. We did different kinds of moves on the field, like spirals (this one is outside egde spiral):

And Ina Bauer too:

I also found some stationary bikes. Maybe I should start doing my cardio off the ice but at the rink?

The coffee cup is there just to give to some reference 😀

Maybe I’ll do some cardio on the weekend. It will do me good then too…

Don’t be a stranger

I was a stranger today. You see, I’m on a working trip to Helsinki. This week is also pretty tough week work wise, and I really need to plan ahead so I can get almost all my workouts done this week too. I’m not sure if can can do them all, but I try.

I did my new upper body workout, and it went pretty well. I had to improvise only one move, but that’s not the end of the world is it?

  • Bench press: 2 * 14, 10kg, 2 * 10, 12,5kg
  • Bench dips: 3 * 10, legs on a swiss ball
  • Cable triceps extension: 3 * 10, 15kg
  • Cable bicep curls: 3 * 10, 15kg
  • Lateral raises: 3 * 10, 8kg
  • Hyperextensions: 3 * 12, 10kg
  • Leg raises: 3 * 10, 2,5kg
  • Twists: 3 * 15/side, 2,5kg

It was weird being at an unfamiliar gym. All the equipments were there, but it didn’t feel the same.

 

See? The kettle bells do not match to my shoes. At home, they do. Tomorrow is supposed to be basic endurance training day. If I wake up, I might go for a walk. No running gear with me, so no running…