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My Dumbell Workout

2kg-dumbbellI FINALLY created a dumbbell workout and performed it for the first time on Saturday, and I have already determined a schedule for this workout: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.

These are the moves:

10 Dead lifts (to standing position)

10 Dead lifts to sky (hold above head 2 counts)

10 Bicep curls

10 Tricep kickbacks (bent knee, leaning forward)

10 Overhead presses

10 Curl punches (one arm at a time)

10 Side lifts (straight arms, straight legs)

10 Cross body curl (one arm at a time)

It’s a short workout, only takes about 6.5 minutes to complete, but it isn’t as easy as it may seem. I’m using a 5lb weight (wimpy, I know), which is what I was using when I stopped doing dumbbell workouts after moving to my current home, but I have arthritis and I’m weak as tea from not using free weights for so long.  I was really sore after the first time, but it didn’t last long. I hope to increase reps to 20 by the end of the month, but a problem with my medium tension resistance band may make that harder … or easier. Who knows?

Two days ago, my medium resistance band broke, as a result of a mysterious 1/2-inch cut whose origins I still haven’t determined. I saw the cut before beginning my workout but did it anyway; less than half way through my workout it broke. I immediately switched to the red band – a heavy resistance band, and it has been HARD. Moving that band through 3 sets of each move is so much harder than I ever imagined it would be, but today was slightly easier than Tuesday, which is encouraging.

While shopping, yesterday, I considered purchasing 20-lb tubing. I decided to think about it before making the purchase. I have always been leery of tubing, because of the things I’d heard about them breaking free and hitting the user in the eye, blinding them. I chose bands way back when because I thought they would be safer and I would not have the breaking problem (which happened anyway), but since that was no guarantee, though I was not harmed in any way when it broke, I still think I should give tubes a try. Maybe, next year. I think it’s a little late in the year to change my equipment now. Maybe, I’ll move on to tubes when the red band become easy.

In the meantime, I will continue getting my resistance workout done with the red band and consider adding dumbbell reps at the end of next week, if I don’t believe I will be too sore as a result. I’ll post again when something changes. 🙂

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January Workout Time Better than Expected

JanuaryIf you read my last post about my 2014 exercise time goal, you know that I need to exercise at least 968 minutes per month, every month, to reach my goal. Well, in January I exceeded that goal by exercising 1,313 minutes. If I can keep up this momentum I may exceed my end of year goal by as much as 3,000 minutes. But since my classes didn’t start-up again until 2 weeks ago, that is unlikely. I doubt I will be able to keep my monthly times at 1,300 minutes plus. I’ll keep you apprised of my monthly times. February is the shortest month, so I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t clear 1000 minutes by the 28th.

As far as my actual exercises go, I have done Calisthenics & Abs workout 3 times a week, Walking at least four times a week, Resistance bands twice a week, Broomstick workout twice a week and I have still not gotten around to creating a dumbbell workout. I need to work on that. In fact, I will make that my true goal for the end of February: Create Dumbbell workout.

I’ll let you know how that goes.