The cross-training has not happened yet. I had the best of intentions today, but sometimes these things don't work out. The gym I belong to in Charleston is pretty good. There are a lot of locations all across the Low Country, so you're never far from one. Which I like a lot. They have a wide variety of classes offered all day. Which I also like a lot (actually these are the two reasons I joined this gym, but I never really take advantage of these things). Two of them have pools.
So today I decided to skip my run and go for a nice swim instead. I got all ready, packed my gym bag, and drove over to one of the locations that is advertised as having a pool. Technically the gym does have a pool. I mean there is a large-ish, in-ground pool-like structure, but in no way, shape or form was it the type of pool that I expected to find at a gym. I was expecting lap lanes and found a place where you can splash around with your kids. A few gym members were bobbing around on pool noodles and I knew that there was no way that I could swim laps there. Pretty disappointing. I think I'll give the other pool location a shot, but I think this time I'll do some investigative work before.
Ok, so the cross-training's been a total bust. But the weight lifting has not. And I'm excited about it. A few weeks ago I bought a book on weight lifting for women. More specifically I bought this book:
|which you can purchase here|
It's broken down into stages and each stage is made up of two work-outs that you do for a certain amount of times. In stage one, you do each of the two work-outs 8 times or a total of 16 lifting sessions. The best part is that it's not a long, drawn out sequence. Both sequences in stage one are only five exercises long. Even when I really took my time today, I was done in less than twenty minutes. Which is totally great and really manageable. And if soreness is any kind of indication of effectiveness, it's totally working - I'm crazy sore from my Monday weight lifting session and I'm simultaneously looking forward to and dreading the soreness I'll feel tomorrow.
I think I'll take some before and after pictures, but I won't post them until I see a major difference. So there's that to look forward to :)
Hope everyone's having a great week so far!