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My Gimpy Life: The Workouts
I have a confession. I hate to admit this, but I don’t want to give back my scooter. At first I thought that I was the lamest thing on the face of the planet (although I was happy that I was able to get one for rent instead of buying one). But then I started to like it. I got around faster, the dogs definitely got out of my way and I secretly kind of found it fun. It was a mini workout. Scooting around to and fro got my heart rate up and, a lot like the crutches, I would work up a sweat. But it was no where near as fun as my regular workouts that I craved. I am not one to give up easily and no way in hell was a broken foot going to stop me from working out. Bye, bye scooter – hello studio!
My first workout after the break, I was not in a boot and only had my scooter and crutches to get me around the studio. I had to think WAY outside of the box to get in a great workout, but also keep my foot safe. With the help of my hubby (he required that I call him my trainer because he wanted to tell me what to do and wear the fancy pink gymboss timer), I did a circuit that looked like this:
I kind of liked the feeling of having someone hand me weights and help me around for like 10 minutes then I was all like “I can do it myself.” My “trainer” then grabbed my crutches and pushed my scooter to the other side of the room and said “Oh yeah?” Point taken.
After I got my boot and started to get a little more mobile, my trainer and I moved into stuff like battle ropes and ball slams so I could really get my heart pumping.
I was also able to teach my HIIT class on Wednesday mornings (with some modifications for me) and I have to say that after 2 weeks, I was feeling great.
Last week I kicked things up another notch and I got back to using my Octane Lateral X. I had tried using the arc trainer at the gym but my boot slipped around on it a lot and it didn’t feel like a smooth movement with no ankle mobility on my left side. With all of the running I had been doing, I forgot how great of a workout the Lateral X machine was. I also resumed more of a normal lifting routine this week as well (I even did a short leg workout too – YAY and OUCH). Today I had to lift arms so I pulled out my thinking cap and created this workout:
I used my Lateral X for the cardio portions and YOWSA!!! My heart rate was really up there! This workout took me 65 minutes and really kicked my butt.
Since I got hurt, my workouts have not been the same. I can’t do some of the things that I was doing before (2 leg sessions a week, plyos, jumping, running) and I can’t workout “the same way” that I was (let’s just say I spent a fair amount of time in the gym), but you know what? I’m ok with that. For a long time I knew I was over doing it, but I always put off easing up until “next week”. Needless to say, God intervened and gave me the wake up call I needed in the form of a broken foot. I have been doing much less cardio (like less than half of what I was doing before) and focusing more on strength training. I feel stronger, I am seeing changes in my muscles and I have a lot more energy. I don’t wake up exhausted anymore (well unless my “trainer” decides to snore all night) and I have so much more room (in my life) for activities.
LOL! I love Step Brothers.
But seriously – more time, more energy, more muscle, WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER FOR ME!
I know I still have a little while until I am back to being 110% of a pain in my clients ass again, but when I am back, I don’t think I will go back to my old ways. YES – I will go back to running, but not as much. And yes I will go back to cardio, but not as much. And will I go back to jump squats? That is a BIG HELL NO!
My goal for right now is to make a plan and in that plan will be balance. A balance of “me time” which isn’t JUST working out. Cause on thing I am realizing throughout all of this is that I am more that what I thought I was. I am more than just the girl who runs. I am more than the girl who lifts. and I am more than a life of fitness. Stay tuned for my next blog regarding this issue.