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Friday, February 11, 2011

Understanding My Workouts

I am such a novice with this whole working out business.  It frustrates the heck out of me.  I want to know what each move is supposed to be working, what the perfect form is, why the reps, why the particular weights, etc.

In other words, I feel I'm kind of a pain in the butt when it comes to my workouts.  I get SO discombobulated if it all doesn't "work."  I need to watch it being done, imagine myself doing it, practice it slowly a couple of times, feel that I'm hitting the right muscles and doing it the right way, then roll with it.  And the moment something is "off" I want to just switch to the next thing.  Normally the trainee swears at the trainer during a workout.  I'm afraid I'm such a pain Nina's going to start swearing at ME!

New resolution for Monday:  Ease up, let go of perfectionism, and for pete's sake, PRACTICE IN BETWEEN SESSIONS!  I think I'm going to spring for a full length mirror, too.  I haven't owned one of those in a LONG time.  But I want to watch my form when doing these things, so, the time has come.

I have to remember with my workouts that the next right choice is that I'm freaking DOING the workouts in the first place!  And remember I'll get it all, eventually.  I didn't get this big in a day and I'm not going to be a fitness pro when I'm such a novice.

So I hereby pledge to keep my expectations realistic and just take each move as it comes, knowing I'll keep getting better at them and eventually be able to do them fully and correctly, when my body is more fit and able.  I needed this little pep talk.



  1. Dont worry about it. As with everything in life only 5% of the people doing anything are the best at it. Personally, I hate those skinny supermodel chicks in my yoga class doing all the moves effortlessly. Yoga is what their bodies can do and I bet my body can do things that they can't. Or so I figure...wait a that I think about it, there are some things I can do that they can't :)

  2. lol yes, I imagine there are... :-)

    I don't care to do it effortlessly, I just want to know if the move is for the obliques so that I can judge if the obliques are working it, or the back or neck (improperly) etc. I don't know what "right" feels like, but I also don't know what "wrong" feels like either. I'll get it. One day at a time. :-)

  3. Correct form is important in order to get the most out of your workout. That said, don't stress so much, it will come. A mirror is a great idea! You will also be able to see that sexy new you!

  4. I have been bouncing around and doing different things at the YMCA. There is one exercise that I do that just happens to be in front of a mirror. I have not done that particular exercise for about a month and I got on that thing Friday and liked that I could see a difference! It is good that you have a trainer working with you so they can see if you are doing the exercises in a way that will not cause injury. You don't have to do the exercises perfectly but this way you will continue to progress! Keep up the good work Carly!

  5. Thanks Joan....others are noticing the 'exterior' but without a full mirror it's hard to see myself. And the form will come better when I have less flipping fat to navigate around lol

    Paul: Thanks for the encouragement!


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