fnished day 5 on level one.
jumping jacks are easier--my legs are more in control, I can jump wider, and bounce more.
abs are easier, and I push myself hard on abs, following natalie. Still, no burning sensation afterwards. am i not pushing myself hard enough? def no 6 pack here!
the modified push ups are definitely easier--i can do all of them, and feel my arms working. not ready for the real ones though!
the last strength circut--i'm dying on the arm raises with lateral lunges. i lose my lunges, as I can't keep the proper form because all my focus goes to my arms. and i see no improvement there what so ever!
I wonder if this the exercise I need to skip a day to let my muscles rest? Anyone thought of that? Normally it is suggested to alternate weight training exercises as not to target the same muscles two days in a row. I'm using 5lbs, and they are challenging to me. Maybe I'm overworking my arm muscles?
I think tomorrow I will do the lateral lunges with no weights, or maybe 1lb (a tin of something?
) and then see how the tuesday workout feels.
And I'm so pleased at how my knees are handling the exercises! I was able to squate deeper (very carefully) and I think my knees are doing all right. I've had a patellofemoral syndrom
since I was 18, and throughout the years it would get better and worse, but my knees have always bothered me, despite regular special exercises that my physiotherapist suggested. I thought I was doomed--no running, no squating. While I was waiting for the Shred DVD to arrive, I decided to REALLY work on my quads, by doing various straight leg lifts--not like my physiotherapist suggested, a set of 12, but until exhaustion. I could feel my quad strength improving substantially. I think now, it is only getting better.
My goal is to strengthen my quads even further, and this opens all kind of new horizons to me--like biking (couldn't do it before, even if it is considered low impact) or even running!
My weight, though, is up 2lb. Tell me it is all muscle?