Getting Those Gains!

I’ve caught the weight lifting bug.  It is very serious! Ever since I started taking weight lifting classes at  Sweat Equity, I’ve learned that I can really push myself. I love the fact that after each exercise, I am thoroughly fatigued. It makes me feel accomplished and stronger than I was when I entered the room.

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I wouldn’t be able to do the same kind of “work” while at a normal gym.

Despite a feel bruises, I’ve already noticed that I am getting stronger every single day. Encouragement from others helps me complete every set.

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Everyone wants to hear, “You got this girl. You’re a beast, get it.” I mean who wouldn’t? 😉

I’ve been informed that I need to reduce my cardio each week to just 30-45 minutes. Each cardio session should involve intervals or high intensity work. I don’t want to break down the muscle that I’ve gained. This is hard for me to hear, but if it will benefit me in the long run, then I’ll take it into consideration.

I was pumped yesterday when one of our exercises included running 6 laps around the building for time. I knew that I had this in the bag. I did pretty well overall, but I cannot wait to see how my times improve each week.

You know that I will be keeping you informed. 😀

When was the last time that you pushed yourself to the max?

Do you weight lift?

What is your favorite type of exercise?

XO, Tara

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Build Those Guns

Everyone wants toned arms for the summer right? Adds to that dress or tank top look right? In the past few months, I’ve been working hard on toning my arms by focusing on the biceps, triceps and shoulders. I’ve seen a huge difference which is a plus. I can seem them gains!

I’ve learned that going heavier for shorter reps strengths our muscles faster…I could be wrong since I am no personal trainer or expert on gaining muscle. So lately, I’ve been trying to up my weight and reduce the reps.

Here is my latest workout for burning out my biceps. (Note: I do some weighted bicep curls prior to starting the workout)

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I feel like the weak link when I say I used 15lbs for this workout, but after three rounds I was fatigued. Plus, like I mentioned I did prep for this workout and did some bicep curls after this workout just to make sure that I was extra fatigued. Makes sense right? I wanted to make sure that I couldn’t life anything for a few hours. Mission accomplished. 

Since my damn hip flexor/IT band/knee injury, I’ve been really good about lifting more which has been totally out of my comfort zone. Especially since I’ve gained weight…..gained muscle weight. Honestly, I’ve had issues adapting to this. Serious ISSUES. I’ve had to EAT more to gain MUSCLE in order to increase my metabolism to burn FAT. Make sense right? However, coming from someone who has had an eating disorder, it is hard to deal with. Looking back, why does FAT and EAT have to incorporate the same letters? Rude!

Anywho, I am proud that I am stronger and healthier! I’m able to run again and I know things will continue to change with the new modifications to my diet.

Do you have a lifting schedule for each week?

What are your bicep and tricep workouts?

Have you had a hard time with eating more when lifting weights?

XO, Tara