Monday, August 31, 2009

Gimp Girl

I'm so sore today! It's the day after my workout with Kim Lyons, and I'm walking like an 87-year-old woman with arthritis. My glutes protest every step, my chest feels like it's being pulled apart with every deep breath, my abs scream when I stand up, and my back disagrees with any movement in my arms.

And I love it! I love every second of the pain! Every second of the muscle soreness and tension. Why? It sounds crazy, I know. But to me, it means I pushed my body past its natural limits and worked hard. I don't believe that every workout should be that intense, as I'd get injured somehow. I do believe, however, that an intense workout several times a week is better than traditional lifting and cardio all the time. The workout wasn't even that long - under an hour. But in that timeframe, I worked harder than I've worked in weeks. Not only did I have Kim pushing me, I was doing different exercises than I normally do.

I'm definitely feeling the effects of the hard work today! Every time I get out of my chair and limp out of my office, I'm reminded of the workout and the areas I need to focus on this season. I'm so excited to start trying some different workouts soon! When I get out to Maryland, I'll be training with my boyfriend, Jerry, and he's all excited about some new exercises for me to try. I'm ready to bring my best conditioning to the stage next year! But first I need to stop limping around!

Working Out with Kim

Last night I got a phone call from the famous Kim Lyons! Yes - the trainer from The Biggest Loser. I had won a free workout with her! Yesterday I met Kim and Gunter at the grand opening of the Max Muscle store in town, and got a chance to take a picture with them and chat with them. I was thrilled just to get the chance to meet them and get a picture! But then I got the phone call ...

I was so excited about the workout that I picked out my cutest workout clothes and actually wore makeup to the gym on a weekend. LOL I got to the gym a half hour early and brought my camera along for my roommate to take pictures of me working out with Kim.

When Kim and Gunter got to the gym, the fun began! Kim put me through the most intense workout I've ever done. I thought I worked out hard, but my workouts were NOTHING compared to this one! My heart rate was high throughout the whole workout, and I seriously thought I was going to throw up at least twice, which has never happened to me. By the end of the workout, I felt like I'd gotten hit by a truck. What a great feeling!

I went out to lunch with Kim, Gunter, and the Max Muscle owners, Clint and Whitney. I have to laugh because we ate at Subway and because none of us eat out very often, none of us knew how to read the menu. Ha

I'm so thankful for the opportunity to spend time talking with Kim and Gunter. They both have so much knowledge about training and the fitness lifestyle; I had a blast talking with them. They're such normal, down-to-earth people who are easy to talk to. I hope I get the chance to hang out with them again at some point!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Do you work out?

I get asked this question a lot, especially when I'm in line at Target (which is my favorite store). Most of the time I smile and nod politely. But just once, I'd like to give someone a blank look and respond with, "no ... why?"

I only get asked the question when I wear a t-shirt or tank top and my arms are bare. I think my arms look small most of the time, but apparently the angle of my view is different than the angle of other people's views. Because I get comments all the time that my arms are big. Why is it that competitors have such a distorted view of ourselves?

I usually feel like my arms are too small. And then when I'm dieting down for a show, I feel like they're too big - not lean enough. Do I ever think they look ok? Sure ... but only during the 2 weeks prior to and 2 weeks after a show. The rest of the time I feel they could use some improvement.

Every competitor I've talked to seems to have the same distorted view of themselves. They're either too big, too small, too skinny, not lean enough, not strong enough ... the list goes on.

That dissatisfaction isn't necessarily a negative thing, though. It keeps us focused and working hard, constantly striving to improve, constantly pushing ourselves beyond our boundaries. And that's what separates a "competitor" from someone who "works out."