My new trainer, Adam, is definitely shaking things up a bit for me with my workouts. (yes, this a very good thing!) Last week, I threw a mini temper tantrum because all we were doing was working with this cable system, stability ball and floor work and I was fiercely missing time spent in the free weight section.
I guess I made an impression.
Thursday, Adam decided to introduce me to Mr. Smith.. aka the Smith Machine. Now I know that Stumptuous thinks the Smith machine is completely useless, and that a number of people do not like them. However, I don’t have a workout buddy and there are lots of moves that one simply should not do without a spotter. The smith machine steps in to take the place of a spotter for some of these moves.
I did incline bench press, pushing about 70#. Not earth shattering or particularly note-worthy, but I prefer to go a little light, learn and perfect my form with something new, then challenge myself with more weight later.
And while this particular move wasn’t all that challenging, later in the workout – during weighted lunges with bicep curls – I got to the point where my arms quit completely. Never did finish that last curl.
I still wasn’t done. We went on to do a few ab moves, then push ups! Push ups! Stopped at the push just before failure. Thank goodness.. I wasn’t looking forward to a face plant in the gym!
Last night, I sat and watched some TV and played on my laptop a little. I was going to finish painting my bathroom.. but the idea of an hour with arms over my head was not going to happen.