Training Day

I’m officially in my second month of personal training. I am loving it! While each week is basically the same I like to mix each of my strength training sessions up with some new exercises to keep my workouts fresh and interesting. I’ve also introduced some classes into the schedule like yoga and pilates for balance, flexibility and core strength.

I split my strength training days into two groups because that’s what works best for my daily schedule: Day 1 – Back and Biceps, Legs and Abs, Day 2 – Chest and Triceps, Abs.

The reason I split my sessions in this way is because Back and Biceps, Chest and Triceps are complimentary muscle groups, meaning you often use one when you work out the other. For example, I did a bench press for my chest and that movement also made my triceps work hard. And abdominals can be worked out every time you do any strength training.

Others like to do full body workouts, while others focus on upper body (arms, chest, back, abs) one day and lower body (legs, glutes, hips) the next. I think that the most important part of a strength training routine is making sure you have at least one rest day in between lifting to make sure your muscles have enough time to heal. And, if your muscles feel extra sore, don’t push yourself and lift more weights but wait until you are fully recovered. Rest is just as important as a proper strength training schedule.

Next week I’ll give you some of my favorite strength training exercises to try on your own. And remember, lifting weights is a great compliment to any fitness routine as it builds a stronger body to burn fuel faster and minimize injury! πŸ™‚

  1. i’m so glad you’re loving strength training. its tough to do, but you’re rewarded with such an amazing feeling after wards – like running! i agree, it really is a compliment to other fitness workouts.

  2. These weeks spent mostly in my car, make me feel like I should be doing some exercising, but then I come home and crash. I even dreamed that I was supposed to be training to run some 18-mile race. Crazy. Hope the training goes well!

    • That is so funny about your dream! I definitely understand wanting to crash after a long day. πŸ™‚

  3. You are so inspiring! I love reading your posts. I am in training too but not working as hard as you and need to kick it up a notch! πŸ™‚

    Hope you join the Monday What Are You Reading this week as well – this is a special anniversary addition that I am very excited about! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Sheila! πŸ™‚ I always appreciate it when you visit. As soon as I heard it was a special anniversary MWAYR I jumped over to your blog and commented. My link is already up for Monday’s post too – thanks for being such a great hostess. πŸ™‚

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