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Bella the Gym Bunny – Ice is the answer

Posted Jul 30 2009 10:04pm

betty boop workout Today at the gym for my personal training session I saw Jimmy, my trainer, and let him know about my knee “injury.”   The first thing he said to me was, “did you ice it after our last session, like I told you to?”  I told him I didn’t, and he said I got a time out.  LOL.  I do not remember him telling me to ice my knee afterward, but I promised him that from now on, I will.

He wasn’t the only one who mentioned the ice – several of you told me to do that, as did my dad.  So, I finally got the message – ice is the answer. In fact, I have ice on my knee as I’m writing this.  So far it feels fine, but I want to do it as a preventative measure so I don’t feel that same bruised pain feeling again.  That was awful, and very debilitating.

Today we started using some of the machines, which was great.  These were a new type of machines that I had never used before.  They’re called Hoist Roc-It, and I loved them!  You sit in the machine and then perform whatever muscle workout you’re doing, but the machine also moves the rest of your body.  It’s hard to describe, but if you click on the link above, you’ll see what I mean. The machines make the workout a much gentler, smoother experience because of the way they move your body while you’re performing the action.  Pretty cool.

Today we did bicep curls, tricep curls, leg curls, shoulder press, chest press, alternating heel-touch abs (with my hands under my butt/lower back, and raising the opposing knee to my stomach while putting the alternating heel on the floor), alternating toe-touch abs with 2.5 weights, and some cardio in between.

The cardio is what kills me.  He has me step up on this little platform while lifting one leg and doing a side crunch or lifting my arms in rhythm with the leg.  The step is at least 24 inches off the ground, which doesn’t sound like much, but since I have short legs (and bad knees), it’s a lot.  He told me the cardio is not only to build up my endurance, stamina, and coordination/balance, but also to keep my heart rate up during the workouts.  As much as I hate that part of the workout, I gave it my all, because I know that Jimmy knows what he’s doing and that it will all help me look and feel better.

Today Jimmy also mentioned that he wants to see me in the gym at least 5 times a week.  5 times?!  That’s A LOT, given that I do other exercise outside of the gym. But he said that he feels that most people who workout outside of the gym might be going at a more leisurely pace than they would if they were in the gym, and he may have a point.  While I can ride my bike for 40 minutes outside, I may not be pushing myself quite as hard as when I’m in the gym on the bike.  I still plan to do outdoor activities while the weather is nice, because I love it, but I will also do what he’s asking me to.

So, here’s the plan:

  • Group exercise class 2 times a week (Aqua, Zumba, Cardio Kickboxing, etc.)
  • Personal training 2 times a week
  • Cardio and strength training at least 1 time during the week
  • Exercising outside as much as possible
  • Wii Fit in the morning

It’s definitely doable.  Now I just have to figure out which days I’ll do what during the week, especially when school starts.  I think I’m going to do something like this:

Monday – Personal Training and cardio
Tuesday – Aqua class
Wednesday – Personal Training and cardio
Thursday – WW, no workout at the gym, but maybe a bike ride or a walk before the 6:30 meeting
Friday – Workout DVD/Wii – 30 Day Shred, EA Sports Fitness, Wii Fit for 45 minutes
Saturday – swimming (while the weather is nice) or Group Class (when the weather is bad) and strength training at the gym
Sunday – rest day, but maybe also a leisurely walk, bike ride, and/or swim or a yoga class

I am going to have 1st period prep, which means that every other day I don’t have to be at school until 9:45 or so.  On these mornings I’m planning on doing some sort of DVD/Wii workout at home.  Some weeks this will be MWF and some weeks it will be TTh.  Either way, it will be nice to keep up the morning workouts, because I’ve really come to enjoy them. I may also try to find a Group Exercise Class to go to in the mornings, if they have them that early.  Looking at the schedule on the 24 Hour Fitness website, it looks like they have 24Cycle, which is a spin class; StepJam, which uses the step; and TurboKickBoxing, which looks scary. :)   They offer lots more classes in the evening, so I may just do the group classes then, depending.

Jimmy reminded me that all of this working out is going to pay off for my reunion in October, and I can’t wait to see how much better (and slimmer) I look by then.  I’d love to have a really cute dress to wear to the cocktail party.  It’ll be fun to find something new that shows off my improved figure.

Tomorrow I get paid and I’m heading to the gym in the morning to buy the BodyBugg.  I can’t wait to start using it and hopefully getting some really important information regarding calories in/calories out.

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