June 30, 2010 by AnnMarie
Ok, so Salt ‘n Pepa weren’t talking about “working up a sweat” in the gym, but the sentiment works here too. I’ve hit a plateau since Bikini or Bust month and need to push through it. How? You guessed it: pushin’ it.
“Coolin’ by day and at night workin’ up a sweat!”
Classes have been jam packed lately (I’ve added 2 more classes a week starting next week!) It’s tough for me to get in a good workout when the class has been so full, but I’m determined to break through this plateau and get my friggin’ six pack back! Tired of sucking in my gut again. I did that for years! I know I’m not alone on that. You’ve done it too. Admit it.
So my goal is to get in a solo workout at least 30 minutes 3 times a week, hitting the bags hard core and targeting my abs, back and arms with strength training and conditioning. And none of that sissy crap…
I’m going to;
- bump the weights up
- bump the reps up
- bump the intensity WAY up
- and lastly, I’ll heed my own motto: If you can’t do just one more, do ten more.
I’m back in full marathon training mode, so I know I’ll get plenty of cardio running 3 to 4 days a week. I can’t stress enough how effective running (or even jogging) is at shedding fat and inches. I know many people are not huge fans of running. I never used to be! It took crossing the finish line just one time in a 5 mile race for me to get hooked. Give it a try. Run a 5k (3.2 miles – easy!) and see how you feel when you step across that line.
Whatever works for you, get yourself there.
- Add another 5lbs to the bar
- Do another 10 squats
- Get a little lower to the ground with those push-ups.
- Hit the bag a little harder than you think you can
Yesterday, after cleaning a condo, cleaning the gym, running 40 minutes above my comfort level then working in three and a half hours worth of classes, I left the gym drenched in sweat head to toe – I could have wrung out about a gallon of sweat from my clothes. I looked liked I’d just stepped out of the ocean and I’m sure I smelled like dirty armpit. But it felt good. It felt like progress.
I know you can do it too. For just one hour today, push yourself outside your comfort zone and you will be pleasantly psyched the hell up to do it again tomorrow.