So, I’m an idiot.
I am very good at giving advice but not necessarily at taking it.
Here is the build-up: It is almost the end of Week 1; your body is going to be sore; you are going to be mentally exhausted; these workouts, on top of everything else you have going on in your life, are going to make it feel as though your cup runneth over.
Here is my advice: Listen to your body. Don’t try and kill yourself with super heavy weights because you think you should. Check in with your muscles and joints and see how everything is feeling, and only bump up weights if you are feeling strong. See how you are feeling afterwards. Stretch extra. Maybe schedule a massage. Take an epsom salt bath. All in all, pay attention to how you are feeling and don’t push it. This is a 13 week program. Don’t blow your load in Week 1.
Here is what I did tonight: LET’S LIFT AT LEAST 20S IN LEG DAY AND THEN GO AND TRY TO PLAY SOCCER EVEN THOUGH THE HAMMIES ARE OBVIOUSLY TIGHT AND MAKE IT HARD TO WALK. OOPS WHY ARE MY LEGS SEIZING UP.
The only saving grace is that by the time you are on one of those co-ed teams in your mid-30s, one of your teammates is a massage therapist and can get you in for an appointment first thing Sunday morning. Thank God.
But in all seriousness, leg day comes at the end of a long week. But the good news is the workout flies by. It’s three rounds of three exercises, and in Week 1 you will go all the way through all the workouts for 15 reps each, then go back through and repeat. Compared to the other workouts, this one is quick.
Pro Tip: When doing lunges, focus on engaging your core, in addition to your legs. You’d be surprised how focusing on keeping the core tight can help engage your lower body.
As always, also make sure you track your weights, because you will see substantial gains in your legs as this program goes on. But for this first week, again, don’t go for the super heavy weights until the second round. Rather, go all the way through using a weight you know won’t kill you. If, by the time you get to the 15 rep, you feel as though you could do another few reps, then bump the weight up for the next round. But if you are dying, maybe keep it the same or bump it down.
That’s me for the night. I already rolled out the hammie on a baseball and foam roller and did extra stretching and took an epsom salt bath with a hint of baking soda. I am hoping a good night’s sleep will have me ready for Cardio Flow tomorrow, which I know will loosen everything up. But first, I have to actually make it to bed….
Beachbody details in the link below. Epsom salt bath not included.