Sweat It Out & Rest Up
Saturday… isn't it lovely?
I hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday so far! I know I am! I had a bit of a later start than usual as I slept in until 7:00 am(!!), but that didn't stop me from hitting up the gym at my usual time ;)
It was 8:00 am when I made it to the gym (after eating my breakfast, of course!) and I was ready to hammer out a leg workout!
Today is the start of my second week of my six week training program, so I thought it would be the perfect time to update you on my first week of training and give you a full recap on my beginning thoughts of my third program!
The break down of a full week of training for me looks like this:
Saturday – Heavy legs
Sunday – Chest, triceps, and abs
Monday – Rest day #1
Tuesday – Back and biceps
Wednesday – Plyometric-based legs
Thursday – Shoulders and abs
Friday – Rest day #2
This schedule may change as I like to listen to my body and take rest days when I need them the most, but each week I do take 2 rest days.
Heavy leg workout
I did this workout for the second time today and I am in love. This is definitely the best leg workout Tara has written for me. The part I love most about this workout is the leg press. I perform leg presses as my second last exercise (the last being calf raises). The last set of leg presses that I do is a drop set and that really helps me finish my legs off! I love feeling the burn and pushing myself until failure on this exercise.
Last week, I set a new squat PR and this week I set three more PR's! Today, I was able to increase the weight of my leg curls, squats, and leg presses!
Chest, triceps, and ab workout
I loved this workout, too. It is also my favourite chest workout out of the three programs that Tara has written for me. Last week I was able to increase my weight for chest presses, something that I have been working towards for quite some time now, so that was very exciting!
Back and biceps workout
I liked this workout; however, I much prefer working my back with triceps and chest with biceps. This is how my last program was set up, so I have to admit that I do miss that aspect of it.
When you work your back, your biceps are able to get a good workout, as well. So, at the end of this workout when I began to perform bicep exercises they were already pretty fatigued.
Plyometric leg workout
This workout is much different from the plyometric leg workout from my last program. This one incorporates more bodyweight exercises at the beginning and 3 sets of supersets at the end. I didn't feel as challenged as I would have liked to feel while doing the bodyweight exercises, but the supersets sure got me at the end! My two exercises were supersetting walking lunges with wall sits. I was shaking. It was awesome. This leg workout had me feeling DOMS for the next three days.
Shoulders and ab workout
Now that I have busted through my shoulder training plateau, I love training my shoulders! My favourite exercise from this workout is the barbell clean and press! If you haven't tried these out yet you should definitely give them a try! I love them!
The two rest days are welcomed with open and loving arms ;)
Yes, I used to fear rest days. They used to scare me and I avoided them. You could almost say it was impossible for me to take a rest day, but now I need that my body (and every body for that matter) aboslutely needs rest days.
I've said this before and I'll say it again, if you fear rest days challenge yourself. Take a rest day even though you are scared. The more rest days you take, the easier they become.
Life is about balance. You do not need to be at the gym or getting your sweat on all of the time! That's not balance!
Take a rest. Live. Enjoy your life :) The life you have outside of the gym or wherever you happen to workout.
I always come back to the gym after taking a rest day or two feeling strong than I've ever felt before! It's a great feeling, so use that as a piece of motivation to get through rest days if they are a struggle for you <3
What was your workout today?
Have you made a PR lately?
What are your plans for the day? I get to puppy-sit! :) I am so excited! <3 You know how much I love dogs and puppies, so today is going to be a great day!
I hope you enjoyed the recap of my first week of training of my third program!