Weekly Workouts: PT and Empowerment

Hello everyone! I hope you all are enjoying the gorgeous weather! I have been spending my workouts in the gym due to my ankle, however I need to start thinking of some creative ways to get outside…any suggestions are welcome!

Let’s recap the week shall we?

Monday

5am workout club for the win. It is always a little rough to wake up at 4:20 and drag my butt to the gym, but when I am done it is SO worth it. I only can do it on Mondays because I stay at my parent’s house Sunday night and then drive to the gym by work. They live much closer to my job than I do so that’s why it’s my only AM workout.

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I did an AMAZING strength training circuit style workout from my book. This one was my favorite out of all of them. I was a sweaty mess and worked my muscles and my heart rate! So much fun!!

Tuesday

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3.5 Mile Run = not so fun. My ankle did not feel great the whole time and that was all I could concentrate on. At this point running with pain and not getting to enjoy the gorgeous scenery because your focused on pain isn’t even worth it. Now it wasn’t excruciating pain which is why I lasted for 3.5 miles but does the other ankle feel that way, no? So it isn’t normal. More to that in a minute.

Wednesday

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Another Strength Training Circuit Style. This one wasn’t as tough as Monday’s but it was still a great workout. I was done surprisingly early with it so I hopped on the Elliptical for 15 minutes of HIIT just to get the heart rate up a bit.

Thursday

25 Minutes of HIIT on the elliptical before my first PT appt because that was all I had time for.

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I have no idea why my vein in my forehead always pops out after working out, it’s so creepy.

Then I headed to my first PT session. I will admit I was not gung-ho on going. I was like I will go a couple of times and whatever, this won’t help, blah, blah. Well I went to a new PT, a place in Hoboken that my friend recommended and I fell in love with the place!! First of all the front desk is SUPER friendly as well as when you call them. My PT who did the initial eval was very knowledgeable.

So basically (and I did realize this based on stability work I have been doing in the gym) my left side is just not as strong as my right. I’m sure my body has been making compensations and just dealing with it. I’ve had a bump in my left ankle for a year now (thanks to that idiot doctor that said I had a case of compartment syndrome) so the tendons have been swollen for awhile and just kinda dealing with it. Every exercise I did with her was harder for the left and you could see the muscles twitching. She also mentioned that my knees protrude which may be making me pronate. I was born with a dislocated hip as a baby so that could have to do with my development. She has a whole plan of how to fix me and I am game! She even did this scraping technique called Graston which just breaks up all the icky scar tissue in the tendons and muscles. When she did it I could feel how grainy my muscles are and she said it’s supposed to be smooth. I love that she has a great plan for me and wants to see me succeed.

As for running and the Brooklyn Half. It’s a no go. There is no point to run/walk a half marathon in pain and set me back a few weeks. I need to be ready for July marathon training so that is what I am going to do. I’m signed up for some 10ks too and if they don’t happen, they don’t happen. My PT really made me feel empowered (so did my friend who gave me a good pep talk). I am going to work my booty off to get better and be ready for July. I have to thank God this didn’t happen during marathon training. Running isn’t going anywhere, we are just taking a break from each other right now. 🙂 And when I come back it’s gonna feel realllllly awesome.

Some other things to consider, now that I will be going to PT, 2-3 times a week I may need to back off on the resistance training that I do on my own at the gym or maybe just incorporate their exercises. I’m going to talk to them about it. I also don’t want to overdo it. So I may need to switch to a split routine for now and do like chest and back, bis and tris and leave the lower body work for PT. I will see what they say.

So to make a long story short, I am not dwelling on the fact that I can’t run. I am feeling empowered to get stronger and better!

Friday

Body Pump + Spin

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I’m always all smiles after my Friday night workout. Those endorphins are kicked in!!

Saturday

Round 2 of Pump and Spin! Although I do the same ride, it really isn’t because the bikes at this gym are Schwinn Bikes and they have a monitor, so Melissa teaches the ride off of our Watts and RPM. It makes the experience totally different as I have a monitor to work off of rather than a 1-10 scale.

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Super sweaty ponytail because the AC was broken in the spin room!! Talk about a sweaty ride!

Sunday

75 Minute Vinyasa Yoga for my active rest day

What was your favorite workout this week?

Any injured friends out there, how ya doing? 

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