Have you ever found yourself saying things like, “I can’t lift heavy weights” or “I don’t want to bulk up” and “I don’t feel like lifting weights is a good workout.” GUILTY!!!! Before I left for our cruise a few weeks ago I made the decision to start a new strength training plan when I returned. The last few weeks my workouts were getting monotonous and I was still feeling a little soft in the tummy area even though I increased my cardio and added in extra miles. So after talking with the hubby and doing a little research I found that I need to bump up my strength routine a bit. I decided to do a 6 week program and see how I feel and look at the end of it This week I started a new program. I got most of the workout ideas from Body Building.com, from my previous workouts and from my husband. I wanted to try to focus on 3-4 strength days per week. These workouts include some running and core which is optional. If you are not a runner you could always incline walk, row, bike or use the elliptical just be sure to push yourself. Be sure to increase your weight size. You should have trouble completing the final set.
I plan to share my workouts with you guys on the blog. I hope to inspire you to change up your current routine and lift some heavy weights. In case your are still not convinced here are some of the benefits to adding in a strength routine to your workouts.
Benefits of Strength Training
- Increased Metabolism and After Burn
- Reduce Body Fat
- You will get stronger and fitter!
- Bone Health
- Helps keep any weight off!
Here is what my week of workouts looked like with more detailed instructions below. I will be posting these at the end of each week so if you want to join me on this plan you will have them for your upcoming week.
For the majority of these workouts you will want to find your 1 rep max. Which is something I have never done before. For safety you need a partner to spot you while finding your 1 rep max. The reasons for finding your 1RM is a lot of workouts your weights will be based off of a percentage of that 1RM. If you can’t find a 1 rep. max, then you can still do the workouts just make sure you are using challenging weight.