Thursday, March 01, 2012

Lifting For the First Time In Ages

Every winter, I make a decision that during the running off-season I'm going to focus on strength training, something I sorely neglect every other time of year.

[108/365] Ill-advised
(Source) OMG this picture was too good not to share

I've been semi-successful with my lifting goals in the past. In fact, last year I was meeting with a personal trainer and my friend Emily and I were lifting twice a week during our lunch breaks at work.

I was always pretty excited when I was able to bump up my weights and after a few regular sessions, I was creeping up from 10 lbs. to 15 lbs. and even 25 lbs. for some things. Three cheers for not using wimpy weights!

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But then the break up happened and I fell off the workout wagon hard. I eventually got my running mojo back, but I haven't picked up a weight since.

Before the start
Getting my running mojo back at my cousin's first 5K

Until last night.

I was out running with a friend and he mentioned he was planning to hit the gym for a lifting session afterward and asked if I was interested in joining.

I have a policy that I don't say no to workouts if I'm invited by other people.

So that's how I found myself in a gym last night lifting weights again.

We did a pretty solid upper body workout and I'm happy to report, I was still able to use pretty heavy weights:

  • 10 lbs. for overhead press
  • 15 lbs. for bicep curls
  • 25 lbs. for rows
Oh and I can still hold a plank for a solid minute!

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Planks are my friend

The workout was fun and it made me miss my regular lifting sessions that I was doing so religiously last year. Maybe it's time to find some room in my training plan to work them back in.

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