Round of applause: We survived Monday!
Although today marks the beginning of another grueling five-day work week, there are a lot of things happening this week that I’m excited about:
- A double header on Broadway: On Wednesday I’m seeing a matinee (Anything Goes) and an evening performance (Catch Me If You Can). Job perks!
- My return to Yoga: I haven’t been in too long, and I’m looking forward to getting back on the mat.
- My parents visiting: I am so excited for my mom and dad to spend the weekend in the city. We don’t have any definite plans yet, so I’m very open to suggestions of what you like to do when your parents come to visit, especially if you’re in NYC. We’ve done the touristy stuff, and all my mom ever requests is “people watching.” Easy enough!
- Running the Scotland 10K: This race is on Sunday in Central Park. I’m excited about the distance (manageable!) and really excited for another excuse to wear some sort of knee high/leg warmer concoction. Now I just have to find a kilt…
- Girl’s Night: My weekend (yes, I’m already thinking about the weekend) will be topped off with some quality lady time.
I know I promised my “big news” post tonight, but sorry, that’s getting pushed back yet another day. Do you hate me yet? Well, don’t. It’s coming…tomorrow. I’ll have better Internet access then.
Yeah that’s me, having not showered since the gym. What of it? I know plenty of people who refuse to shower after workouts. Judgment free zone…
In the meantime, I want to chat a bit about weak areas when it comes to exercise. Specifically, weak body parts.
(No weak parts there, huh?)
Over the past few months, my focus has been on running. I spin, I get my downward dog on and I strength train, but running became my one true love very quickly.
I love using free weights and doing things like tricep dips.
I hate doing squats.
My knees also hate me doing squats.
In addition to the regular arm stuff I do, I also do lots of ab work. I adore it. But I admit that I’m not being as well rounded as I should be…because as strong as I think my arms and abs are getting sometimes, other parts are slacking big time.
Tonight we had a sub for Chisel and Cardio Tai Box at the gym, which was amazing because we got a completely different workout. One thing I really noticed throughout the class is how weak my lower back is. I’ve always known this was the case, and yet I have done nothing about it.
Truth be told, I know the area is weak and it overwhelms me to think of starting to work out a new area from scratch. But the whole time we were doing abdominal exercises, I didn’t feel the burn in my belly — I felt it in my lower back.
From what I’ve been told, this is because my abdominal muscles are drastically stronger than my lower back muscles, so my back is left doing the bulk of the “heavy lifting.”
The lower back is an area that’s definitely ignored in many group fitness classes, and to be honest I need someone forcing me to do these exercises, because I’m not going to do them on my own. YouTube here I come!
SO TELL ME: Do you have a particularly weak body part? Do you work on strengthening it, or is it something you acknowledge is weak and have learned to live with? If you have conquered a “trouble area,” how did you get motivated to work on it?