As I mentioned before, I recently joined a new gym, which is kind of a big deal for me. I haven’t been to a gym in over a year; I’ve stuck to my outdoor boot camp in order to get my workouts in. However, I realized that I missed doing heavy lifting workouts. My boot camp has 3 weight days a week, but we do so many reps within the hour that I only use one set of 12’s and that’s it. I missed squats and leg presses with the big kid weights!
Don’t get me wrong, I am by no means a weight lifting pro. If anything, I’m a beginner. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy lifting, or aspire to be better at it. So on my first day back at the gym, I eased into things with a fairly basic but VERY effective leg workout. I based it loosely around Jamie Eason’s Live Fit Trainer, taking out some of her exercises and replacing them with a few of my favorites (such as sit down squats and Bulgarian lunges!).
See these links for some of the lesser-known exercises:
- Bulgarian lunges (or Bulgarian split squats, both are the same!)
- Sit down squats (I used a barbell with this exercise, not pictured)
- Plie squats
Believe you me, I am FEELING this one today (2 days later!). Walking up the stairs (and let’s be honest, sitting on the toilet) is killing me. So I guess this means that it worked!
I suckered my husband into going with me on my first day at the new gym. I’m not sure why I get so anxious when it comes to gyms! I’m intimidated or something, I suppose. Either way, I’m over it now thanks to my dragging him with me, and I’m really enjoying the place. I will have to come up with a schedule that fits in both the gym and my boot camps!
Do you incorporate heavy lifting into your weekly workout schedule? How many days a week do you lift?
Talk to you soon!