Every month I try to update and tweak around my exercise plan a bit, because we all know that doing the same thing over and over makes your weight loss and fitness level stagnate. I also get into trouble one way or another if I don’t walk into the gym with a plan. I’m not quite as adventurous as Charlotte, but I do like trying new things, or old things in new combinations. In June, I pretty much concentrated on the hundred pushup challenge while maintaining my cardio, and working fake HIIT on the treadmill. July, I worked on increasing my top running mileage from 3 to 4. August, I cut my 1 mile time down from 9:30 to 8:55 and worked the abs hard. On off days, I did DDR, yoga, skating, and/or climbing.
So, what am I going to do this month? It’s been hard to come up with a plan, because all I want to do is ADD to my program, but I only have a limited time to do everything. I want to add Cybil the Cybex into my life, and become one with the assisted pullup/dip machine but I also want to add back my yoga and not give up DDR and still run distance and HIIT and improve my mile and…ARGH!!! It’s too hard, peoples! I need the ability and the capacity to spend 3-4 hours at the gym per day. In other words, have someone pay me the same salary I make herding cats and posting on my blog (otherwise known as producing video games) to workout.
Well, it’s not going to happen any time soon, so I have to pick and choose. And since, it’s the first month at the gym and I’m going to make use of it most days. After skipping yoga for about a month, I realized that I just CANNOT do that if I want to keep pushing my running further and faster, so that’s gotta be there too. It’s also promising to get colder soon, which means I will be undertaking a 5k soon, though I’m not even signing up until it gets out of the 90s (and I’m hoping to not have to run in the morning). So here is the first version of my September workout plan, complete with time estimates…
Day 1: 20 mins on Cybil, 20 mins arms/squats, 20 mins running
Day 2: 5k run for time, 20 mins core/bootie, 15-20 mins yoga at home
Day 3: 40 minutes of DDR, 15-20 mins yoga at home
Day 4: 1 mile run for time, 20 mins full body strength, 20 mins on Cybil
Day 5: 4 mile run, 15-20 mins yoga at home
It looks sane at first glance, but let’s dig a bit deeper to find the problems.
Day 1 is actually seems sane, until you realize that I’m probably not going to stop at 20 minutes doing an arm rotation. I love me some arm workouts. And now I have more machines to play with. I do pullups and tricep dips and lat raises and bicep curls and tricep kickbacks and modified bench presses and shoulder presses and now 40 minutes have gone by. Since I’m in denial and say that I only have 60 minutes, 5 days a week to work out, I have to pretend that I intend to do 20 minutes and then… oops, I spent 40 mins doing it. Every time. So realistically, I’m at 1 hour 20 mins here.
Day 2 is already screwed from the get-go. While I would LOVE to run a 30 minute 5k, I’m closer to 33 right now, and with warmup and cooldown that’s at least 40 mins. My core/bootie regiment is a little more sane than my arms, so 25-30 mins is much more accurate – though I haven’t tried any of the machines at the gym so I could be just as screwed. Then, I have to fit in some yoga SOMEWHERE, so add another 15-20 mins. So, for day 2, I’m somewhere between 1 hour 20 and 30 minutes.
Day 3, again, looks sane. But 40 minutes of DDR time is really closer to an hour because it only counts time during the songs, not during loading screens. Which is GOOD, but definitely takes longer. Then yoga again, for a grand total of 1 hour 20 minutes. This is also the day I might blow off if I’m heading out to skate or climb over the weekend, and planning ahead.
Day 4 is a day of denial as well. If I can’t do an arm workout in 20 mins, I surely can’t do a full body strength training session in 20, even if I cut some exercises. Add in the rest of the cardio and we’re looking at 1 hour 30, easy.
Day 5 is slightly sane. Right now, 4 miles and warmup/cool down is about 50 minutes. With yoga, I’m only looking at 1 hour 10 minutes at the most. This is also probably the day I would blow off the run to either rock climb or skate if I needed something fun to do and had already done my DDR workout.
Even without the rose colored time traveling glasses to make these workouts actually fit in my schedule, I’m going to give it a try. I took it a little easier for the last 6 weeks or so because of crazy work hours, and recovering from crazy work hours, so I can definitely use a month of ass kicking. Plus, my parents will be staying with us for a while starting next week, so I can definitely use some extended *me* time away from the house.
This is my plan, and I’m sticking to it. I’ll be back with a workout report at the end of next week and let you know how it went!