Well what do you know? My trainer actually decided to make an appearance at the gym yesterday. I know….crazy. it only took 3 months of me pestering him before he finally showed up for a squat workout. He came with thoughts of extreme torture, but only managed to make me moderately uncomfortable. My track record of never puking during a workout still holds strong.
I’ve been doing pause squats for the last few weeks- 10 sets of 2 or 3 at 165 pounds with very little rest in between. But yesterday, we switched it out for box squats 2×10 at 165. I was pretty tired by the end…breathing like a hearty pack a day smoker, but I survived. Next up, sled drags. I’m still not sure about these babies. I did one set of a mini sprint down and back with 25 pounds. Then a set with 50 pounds, then I walked backwards while squatting and dragging the sled with 50 pounds on it. This variation is not fun. I definitely prefer going forward and not having to stare at the pain in the arse sled that is inhibiting your movement. It gets especially annoying when your quads start to burn. Screw Jane Fonda…..I don’t want to feel the burn. So at this point I was tired….and Ray spotted weakness. He apparently saw this at the perfect opportunity to throw another 25 pounds on the sled. So off I went….bitching and whining the whole way….down and back with 75 pounds on the sled. I expected it to be gut wrenchingly hard, but it almost wasn’t. It was heavy, so heavy that I had to run really hard. The act of running made the sled kind of bounce. It would jut forward at the top of the bounce when there was less resistance and then dig in at the bottom. It was a very odd feeling….kind of like I was cheating? Oh well, I’ll take it.
Then…the last straw. A super set of reverse hyper and walking lunges. I did 2×20 with 25 pounds on the reverse hyper. Once again…burning toward the end. Then I did walking lunges with a 34 pound bar. Apparently the first set seemed too easy, because Ray made me do the second set all squatted down like an Oompa Loompa. Instead of standing up between lunges, I had to stay “lunged” and transition from one leg to the next. I got about ¾ of the way through before baling on that nonsense. I can’t say that I’d recommend it.
Yep, that’s me. In the gym….looking foolish as usual.
In the end, another good and hard workout. It had me feeling tired, but strong….success in my book. On a side note, I’m not feeling motivated at all today. Today’s workout is going to be a huge mental challenge!!!!