Thursday workouts with my new trainer seemed cursed. Last week, I was sick and had to cancel; this week my car was in the shop. I had to cancel. We made up for yesterday with a killer workout today.
At our first workout, Adam asked me what I needed to work on. Stability and core work, I said foolishly. And I want to do an unassisted pull up on 10/16. He actually listened. Our workouts deal a lot with this compound cable machine thing, plus fun additions with stability ball and the weekly journey over to the graviton machine.
Monday’s workout left me feeling it; and presented me with a charming case of DOMS the next day. Silly me, I thanked me for that! And I’m sure I will be thanking him again tomorrow for my sore legs and stable core.
The thing is, I miss my freeweights and it doesn’t feel like they’ll be part of the program. I come in 1-2 days a week to workout on my own. I’ll be taking care of the free weight part on my own, I guess.
Today I also did 20 minutes of HIIT in my own fashion. I use a xtrack machine that is similar to the elliptical but no arm handles. It has variable resistance and goes up to 20% incline. I start at 6 for 2 minutes, doing an easy 130-140 rpm. At the 2:45 mark, I crank it up 20%. At the 3 minutes mark I crank my rpms up as fast as I can move and keep that going for 1 minutes. Then I slow down and lower the incline. Two minutes of recovery and I repeat the whole thing again.
While I’m working at a lower rate, my heart rate doesn’t seem to be recovering very quickly. By the time the 2 minutes are up, it’s maybe dropping 20-30 points. The cardio monitor screams that I’m over my cardiac threshhold (and I have set for a 42 year old! not my real age).
Those HIIT workouts where they want to alternating what you do for 8 seconds or 20 seconds or something? means way too much time paying attention to the clock for me. But I sure wish I knew if I’m doing things right. It seems that my max heart rate has gotten higher since I started doing this. My resting heart rate has dropped a bit.
Anyone got some good advice for doing HIIT? MizFit? Is that column coming anytime soon?