Saturday, November 23, 2013

Kettlebell is going well

I've been back at doing more kettlebell workouts, as well as running.  The kettlebell has been going well.  The 2 workouts a week from Breaking Muscle are well planned.  I don't feel like they are overwhelming or push me too hard.  I feel like I get a solid workout, but don't come away empty.  Yesterday's workout included a ladder up to 5 of TGUs.  I was able to do 1-4 using the 26 lb bell, but when I got to the 5 each side I had to drop down to my 15 lb bell.  The workout also included sumo deadlifts, which I've never done before.  My legs have been sore from all of the squats plus running, so I kept the weight down to 50 lbs for the deadlifts.  This morning I had wanted to run, but my legs were so sore that I decided on yoga.  I did a nice side bending routine that was gentle and worked on opening my hips.  It felt great.  I may try and run a bit tomorrow, but the rest of the week is vacation and I don't know if I'll get any workouts done.  I may try doing some body weight exercises, plus some yoga, but otherwise it's vacation time!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Back to Kettlebell

Last week was a great week of running and yoga.  I ran 14 miles, and had 4 yoga practices.  I spent the weekend trying to decide how to work kettlebell back into my weekly routine.  I couldn't decide if I should go back to BeSlam, use Kettlebells for Women, use the DVDs that I have, or just do my own thing.  Finally I decided to use kettlebell cycle 1 from BreakingMuscle. The plan is perfect.  It has 2 workouts a week, which is exactly what I wanted.  It's not too long or overwhelming, and it's focus is on strength.  I did cycle 1, week 1, day 1 today.  It felt good to do squats and presses again.