Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Put on my big girl panties

So yesterday my trainer calls me -- he's sick and can't make our session this morning. No big deal, I think. I'll do a Group Power class at the gym. That's weight lifting in a group to music. I call it "chick-lifting" -- weight lifting for chicks. Kind of strange, but it's a decent workout for people like me who never know what to do when they go to the gym by themselves. And, if there isn't a Group Power class, there is bound to be a Boot Camp or Body Sculpt or Abs & Core class.

Except there isn't. Not on Wednesday before 9:00 am anyway.

Okay, Plan B. I'll show up at Crossfit San Jose for the 7:00 am class and hope they let me take it. Yeah, the web site is adamant that you have to take the "Intro to Crossfit" class first, but my triathlon coach, Coach B, teaches there and thinks they'll let me skip it. Except what if they don't? I'll have gone all the way to Campbell for nothing and then I won't have time to go to the gym.

Okay, maybe there is some drop-in thing I can do with Coach B. I think he does something on Wednesdays. But I can't find it on his web site. Since he does these things in random locations and random times around town, I can't show up unless I know where and when.

Maybe I can do some sort of crossfit workout I pull from the web. Nope. Can't find anything that I could do on my own -- they all require equipment I haven't got or techniques I haven't learned yet.

Okay, time to put on my big girl panties and deal. It is possible to go to the gym and workout without a trainer. I always feel like an idiot when I do and I'm always sure I'm doing everything wrong, but it's only one day. So what if I don't use the exact right weights and the exact right number of reps, or the perfect set of exercises, right?

So I went. I did all the exercises I remembered how to do that fit into half an hour (which is all I had by the time I got there and warmed up.) Hopefully I did okay.

Here is what I did (with my made-up names for what they are):

Warm-up: 5 min. jog, starting at 2.5 mph and working up to 6.0 mph and back down again.
20 Step-ups with no weights (You step up onto a platform with one foot over and over; then 20 on the other foot.)
20 Kettlebell Swings. (I have no idea how much weight because, of course, I picked the one kettlebell in the place that had its markings worn off. I'm guessing it was 25-28 lb. It was definitely freaking heavy.)
20 Step-ups with weights - 7.5 lb. in each hand for a total of 15 pounds.
20 more Kettlebell Swings
12 arm/chest presses seated (arms at 90 degrees, press up to meet above my head), 12.5 lb. weights in each hand (25 lb. total)
12 of same only lying down, same weights
8 more seated (I was afraid I'd bonk myself if I did more.)
12 more lying down
3 sets of 12 leg presses, 25 lb. weights on each side, 50 lb. total. (This is a machine you kind of sit in only upside down and your legs push a platform up and down.)
12 chest pulls with 30 lb. (Another machine -- you sit and lean back a bit and pull a bar down to around your chest area. It works the back too.)
12 more with 40 lb.
20 more with 30 lb. (I think I should have started with more weight.)
1 min. plank (ooh, pilates!)
10 leg lifts on a mat (more pilates stuff)
20 crunches, legs at 90 degrees
1 min. 30 seconds bridge (Well, that's what it's called in gymanstics. But I had my shoulders and head on a stability ball instead of propping myself up with my hands.)
20 tricep dips (I was going to do them when I was in the weight room, but I forgot)

I also took pictures of all the equipment I can use to do strength training so Coach B can work me up some routines for the future. People gave me weird looks for that. Oh well. No one stopped me.
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