Itâ€™s well-documented on this little bloggie that I hate strength training. I have tried time and again to get into a strength training routine that I enjoy, but itâ€™s really hard for me to stick with it (yet I can log six to ten hours a week in cardio if I have an exciting race to train forâ€¦).
I think itâ€™s a combination of 1) laziness and 2) lack of knowledge. Strength training just isnâ€™t my thing.
Now you know what I look like first thing in the morning. And what I look like when Iâ€™m making my â€œI hate strength training with the force of a unrelenting fire of doooooomâ€ face.
So yes – I know I SHOULD strength train! It will prevent bone loss in the future, and keep me from getting injured in the short-term.
Part of my strength training issue is I donâ€™t really like gyms, but fortunately for me, the Charlotte Aquatic Center has a gym in addition to a pool â€“ and you get free access! So basically, I donâ€™t have a reason to blow off strength training anymore.
I did some arms, legs, and abs today. I took Emilyâ€™s advice and picked up heavier weights instead of my usual 10 pounders. Hopefully, it will give me a-maz-ing muscles and 1980s hair as shown in the diagram below:
And then I swam 800 meters in the long pool. Jumping in the cold water after lifting weights was quite refreshing! I could get used to that â€“ and it will probably help me stick with swimming once winter rolls around.
Pre-workout snack of OJ and banana with sunflower buttah:
You know, I think a banana with nut butter is a great pre-workout snack, but the OJ â€“ not so much. It made me all phlegm-y in the pool. No good.
And post-workout smoothie (a Red Zinger â€“ orange, pineapple, and raspberries â€“ with whey protein):
As you can tell by that last picture, today weâ€™re working from the clinic. â€˜Tis shaping up to be a busy morning!
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