Friday, July 9, 2010

Finding the Fun Again

Have you ever lost the joy in doing something you usually or used to enjoy doing? We all go through phases where our interests change, but some things stick with us for years and even a lifetime. Working out is something I really enjoy! I love being active, feeling athletic, fit, and strong. In fact, my introduction to weight training came from male cheerleaders in college. Everyone on the squad was required to lift weights outside of practice times, and during practice, we'd not only work on stunts, we'd do conditioning drills. (Yes, cheerleaders actually DO work out hard!) Although the drills were tough, I also felt great after practice.

I haven't changed my training style in awhile, and lately, I've been itching to try something a little different. I don't want to spend hours on the treadmill, yet at the same time, I don't want to restrict my diet into a contest prep-type diet either. So I came up with a slightly different training style that will hopefully promote more calorie burning - it's more athletic-plyo-type training. I just started it this week, and I'm really enjoying it so far! I'm a sweaty disaster after each workout, but I feel great!

I'm still sticking with split muscle groups, ie legs on Monday, chest on Tuesday, etc., but I've added plyometrics in between each set to keep my heart rate up. I realize this isn't a revolutionary technique, and many of you have prolly been doing something similar to this already, but it's a drastic change for me. And it's making training fun again! I was getting bored doing the same thing, and didn't want to lose my enthusiasm for going to the gym, so now I've got something new and exciting (at least for awhile!) to look forward to. Box jumps have become my new best friend!

7 comments:

  1. I am the worst box jumper EVER! i get so scared to jump ;) I can do the little one...the big one? forget it! I even have trouble jumping onto the bench! yes, i suck! LOL!

    But im glad you are finding new ways to enjoy your workouts...i do that with my treadmill workouts...i will jump off and do some jump squats or something during my cardio..makes it fun and the time goes by faster :)

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  2. I've almost face planted while box jumping. Still a great training exercise though :) I can jump UP just fine, but I can't jump down again - I need to work on that so I can cycle through the reps with more speed.

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  3. I can only jump up on the shorter boxes - the higher ones freak me out! And I only jump UP on them, and then step off. There's a definite limit to my coordination! I admire people who jump off the treadmill to do stuff, or even do lunges, run backwards, or do side steps on the treadmill. If I can damage my toe just by walking into a pool, who knows what I'd do if I attempted those acrobatics! LOL

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  4. Hi Kari! this is my first post to you-i just started following your blog this weekend, and i think i read like half of your posts (in my defense i was sick with an ear infection and sore throat so i was stuck in bed) I LOVE your blog, and since I just started my next show prep, i'll probably be following it like a mad man. It's so nice to hear you say some of the things I've felt and just thought I was crazy! Youre pictures look amazing, even if your "off season" and i'm excited for you in your new goals! :)

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  5. Casey - Thanks for reading! :) I hope you're feeling better today. Which show are you prepping for?

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  6. Thank you i'm feeling much better after some anti biotics and maybe a few popsicles ;).

    I'm doing 2 NPC shows in North Carolina in october/november, then i'll be in vegas for fitness universe in november. I'm doing bikini for NPC for right now, being that i'm a little smaller than the figure girl for the NPC, and i'm also natural so it will take me a little time to get the size I need. I dont do half bad in bikini either, so I don't mind sticking around there until I get the size I need!

    Your arnold pcitures looked amazing by the way!

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  7. Thanks!! Best of luck with your prep and your shows!

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