Can’t hold out, much longer.
Red Light, means warning,
Can’t hold out, I’m burning.*
Good morning world and thanks for tuning in. An odd way to start the blog for sure, quoting a Billy Ocean song warning of red lights and danger but it was neither of those bits that piqued my interest in the lyric. No, it was the part about burning.
I know exactly how he feels because yesterday in my new gym routine, nay, practise for my gym routine my legs, Gluteus Maximus (bottom) and hamstrings were all burning and begging for mercy so much, you would have thought that I had never been in a gym before in my life let alone simply taken a few weeks off from the daily grind of training. During this time did I not achieve some pretty impressive mileage in my walking? Did I not manage to cover some great distances and report on the to you guys in my Sunday stroll sections? Well I think the answer is a definite yes on that account, however, my legs and bottom would beg to differ because the furore that they made in yesterdays gym session would have you thinking they had been laid on a bed for the past several weeks, immobile and unused.
Now on Tuesday morning, the day after my “mini” work out as I learnt the ropes (joke) I thought I was in quite a bit of pain then, but no, that pain pales into insignificance in comparison to the sheer torture that my body was in whilst I went through the new exercises Monday’s session identified for me to undertake….! The worst of which was the pain in my quads and hamstrings. Ouch!
These are some of the biggest muscles in the body and although I had warmed them up on the cross trainer and stepping machine they still kicked and screamed and bitched when it came time to do my squats. To be honest, the TRX squats were the first ones I actually did and because there is support in the shape of rope for the upper arms to hold onto, they were manageable. However, when it came to the Kettle Bell squats – Well! And I think that one word sums it up! However, I managed the two entire sets that I had set out to do so I was happy when finally done.
Overall this new routine is going to be quite enjoyable. I remembered all of the TRX exercises – The Squats, The Lunge Squats, The T Chest exercise, The Y Chest exercise, The Shoulder/Latisimus Dorsi W’s, The Bicep Curls, The Obliques, The Tricep Curls and the Chest Press exercise so I was a happy chap. I kept my back as straight as I could so maintained good form for all of the exercises and I did them slowly and kept tension in the ropes at all times so as to maximise the resistance in each movement. Now I promise I shall write some more on the actual exercises when I become a touch more proficient at them but in the mean time if you want to see some TRX exercises and learn a little more about it’s history, just follow this link.
Once I had completed the TRX section of the routine, I then went on to the Kettle Bells and did my individual Shoulder Raise exercises, which not only works the shoulders but also means that because the body is off balance on one side due to the extra weight, it means that the core works that little bit harder to compensate. After the shoulders I managed side some side shrugs with a single Kettle Bell so I was again working off balance and forcing the core into more work. Having already told you how much the Squats worked the leg muscles I was still a little surprised find just how much I got out of the two sets of 10 reps, because at the end of the second set I could feel myself approaching that “White Out” zone where I had pushed my body to its maximum and was just on the cusp of needing to sit down and get my breath back. I was absolutely amazed that this happened because I have not experienced this kind of sensation since I worked out with very heavy weights on very small sets many years ago.
Finally it was time for a little mat work. When I say mat work, it predominantly means Abs and core muscles being worked whilst laying on the rubber mat of the gym. I shall explain these when I am a little more certain of their form etc but I know one thing is for sure and certain, I think I must have performed them correctly because my stomach muscles hurt today and that is the muscle group I was targeting!
So, I am on my way back from my layoff and as a consequence I am suffering the DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) that I haven’t experienced for quite some time and do you know what?
It feels good!
It feels as though I am reinvigorating my body. I am doing exercises that rely on my own bodyweight as resistance, I am exercising to a good level and am already feeling results yet it hasn’t taken me hours and hours in the gym to feel this.
I know we shouldn’t be happy when our body is sore, but I have to say, as did those Hermits who belonged to Herman “Something Tells Me I’m Into Something Good” all because I ache a little more than normal…. 😉
Stay out of the fridge.
*Billy Ocean – Red Light Spells Danger.