Friday, April 9, 2010

The Saga of My Morning Workout - Friday - 4/9/10

Phew, folks--my sincere apologies to those who follow my blog...did you start to hear the crickets chirping? It's been so darn long since I've given an update! Time has been slipping through my fingers and just slip-sliding away in general! Life is GOOD & BUSY - both at home and work.

Anyway, I had the MOST awesome workout last Friday morning!!!! Now my workouts are usually great in general, but I asked my 'real-time' coach--Stephen (a fellow co-worker of mine)--to really make me train my shoulder/bum/legs/abs HARD! He obliged and I'm going to put a bit of a comedic spin on this...there's really no other way to look at it!

Here goes:

Disclaimer—this e-mail was typed while still giddy from an endorphin rush that is lasting better than 3.5 hours…please enjoy the entertainment provided below:

Good Morning & Happy Friday (4/9/10)!

4:55 am – Get to work. Pull open (or try to) women’s lockerroom door to find it’s on ‘lockdown’. Race to office, get 2 doorstops, prop doors open. E-mail Security Coordinator to let him know and re-set system.

5:05 am – Race downstairs to lunchroom – looking for an extra ‘energy injection’ to get through a workout that promises to ‘knock me on my bum’ (by my own request). Consider energy drink, but instead choose Diet MD…cheaper, faster energy fix…and this girl usually NEVER drinks Diet MD. I also had 2 scoops of Jack3d—a pre-amp…

5:25 am – Race out of the office to warm-up on the upright bike. Coach Stephen comes downstairs to find me and Jen—who usually shows up at 5:30-‘ish’…(read 5:40 am). No Jen today. This morning she confesses later on, “Hello my name is Jennifer and I’m an oversleeper”…

5:35 am – With warm-up complete, Coach proceeds to put me through a workout that emphasizes shoulders, backside, and hamstrings. Game is on! Here’s how the breakdown went:

Set 1
Deep Squat/Overhead Shoulder Press
Walking Lunges w/ side lateral raises
Ab Work (sorry--don't remember)

Set 2
Single Arm Overhead Presses
Stability Ball Leg Curls
Flutter Kicks/Scissor Kicks

Set 3
"Truck-Drivers" - 10# weight plate - front raise, rotate right/left, then down
Frontal Leg Hip Swings
Planks - start with hands under shoulders, then lower to right elbow, then left elbow, back up to right hand, then left hand

Set 4
Upright row, then rotation to overhead press, then back down to beginning (hard to explain - 6 ct. move)
Leg Curl Machine - 20 reps - full range of motion
Knee to Chest Pull-ins on stability ball

6:30 am I had to endure some additional comments from the “Peanut Gallery” (3 gentlemen who come in 4 mornings a week to work out together) about being the one to whine, instead of making someone else whine…fair enough—I did ask for this…I did some additional hammering when one of the guys (part of the 3 Musketeers) opened his mouth and invited me to join in the ab bench situps—he told me I had to do 50 so I said ‘whatever I do, you have to match’—he agreed. I did 35, then 50 (“Kim, you can stop”)—that was just fuel to my fire. I did 75…he started whining, so I stood right next to the bench and counted down by sets of 10 until he made the 75. His buddies just stood there laughing all the way. For the 2nd round, I still had 75 left in me – he did 35. See what raising 3 boys does to me! Then it was on to some bicep stuff – one of the 3 Musketeers calls it “B.A. Baracus” (Mr. T – “A” Team) – brachialis emphasis. I did 3 sets of 12 – 12# in each hand, then 20# in each hand, then 25# in each hand. Then up the stairs walks one of our senior executives, who proceeds to add his own commentary, but also with a smile and in good humor…he asked me if I have brothers who I had to keep up with…”no—but when you have 3 boys, that’s motivation enough”…more smiles from the senior executive.

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