I thought I should look for some arm targeted workouts and make a point to work specifically on the problem spot – rather that merely on “getting a workout” – two to three times per week. I’ll start with 2x a week and go for four to see if there’s any discernible difference. But first, I started with an overall cardio from my go-to source.
I haven’t done any workouts chiefly with an aesthetic motivation in mind in a long time. I do a lot of lower body work, but that’s mainly because they work the largest muscles and get the heart rate up. This is different. I’ll try targeting arms a bit.
The workout I did today is decent, but I need to write one of my own that’s heavier on the triceps and delts, I think. Not sure.
If all this fails I can:
Stop wearing sleeveless tops or, better yet
Refuse to let anyone photograph me wearing sleeveless tops.
I’ll say it again: a somewhat even mix between the fitness & fat burning zones feels like a really moderate, but effective workout for me. Too low and it’s generally tedious and torturous (when it’s almost all yoga & my heart rate never gets up). When the balance is too high, all fitness, I feel like I sort of beat myself up, scorch off the glucose and burn up all the gas… Or something.
That said, I could’ve had a higher burn if I’d done my bit of 2nd series and all the back bending, after the HIIT. I just felt like something different today. After so many years of slogging through rote, I reserve the right to entertain myself.
This is one of my own. (10/50) 2 rounds with 1min rest in between
Knee-in / Switch Lunge
High Knees Bench Tap
Overhead Pull, 30lbs on bench
Plank Rows (without push-up) 30lbs
Bicep Curls (both arms curls at once, not alternating) 30lbs
Decline Spiderman Push-up Do push-up & then knee to elbow, alt sides
Hip Thrust (right), 1st round 30lbs, back on floor. 2nd round table top, Bender style
Hip Thrust (left)
Plyo Jump Forward, 2 hops back
Burpee Tuck Jump
Russian Twist (15lbs)
Reverse Curl on bench
Temple Tap Abs
Knee Tap Plank Jack Forearm Plank; tap knees to floor & then jack out legs
Ass & Thighs
(10/50) with ankle weights
Butt squeezes, straight up
Knees together, held, butt squeezes
Knees in & then out butt squeezes
Knees pulse in
L) Straight leg lift & lower
L) Bent leg lift flexed foot to ceiling
L) Straight leg, cross at a diagonal & tap the floor
L) Bent leg, pulse flexed foot to ceiling.
R) Straight leg lift & lower
R) Bent leg lift flexed foot to ceiling
R) Straight leg, cross at a diagonal & tap the floor
R) Bent leg, pulse flexed foot to ceiling.
L) Lying on right side, up on elbow, lift straight left leg to the side
Lift bottom leg for adductor
L) bring leg to front of body, straight as possible
L) bring knee to the front then kick out to a straight leg
Lift bottom leg for adductor
L) pulse up to the side
R) Lying on left side, up on elbow, lift straight left leg to the side
Lift bottom leg for adductor
R) bring leg to front of body, straight as possible
R) bring knee to the front then kick out to a straight leg
[EDIT UPDATE] I’d repeated an image & missed the burn!
I practiced upstairs, in my little office again, to take advantage of the privacy and the heat. I almost didn’t make it to the mat! I’d wanted to do some HIIT before, but my feet and legs were so sore from yesterday! I’m fit but I’m adapted to other things besides six hours of repetitive motion. I don’t know how runners manage. Being a self-defined ashtangi was bad enough. Thank god I got out without mangling myself too badly.
So I did my usual except I only omitted 3 of the 4 poses of primary I usually skip, for being superfluous and not at all beneficial compared to the bits of 2nd I do. I did janu sirsasana C today, to help the feets.
I also did 3 ticks, for the first time in awhile, despite a shortage of space in the front-to-back, vertical direction. It felt good to stretch out my shoulders in that way. I should do 3 every time, really.
Today’s reading was spot on. I sat after. That’s a good Order of Things. Now to get ready for some art!
Amazingly while it was 57 and completely overcast when we got up this morning, it’s now sunny & will eventually get to the mid 80s in the late afternoon and early evening. That’s one big difference between the coasts! On the east coast, the hottest part of the day is always mid afternoon and that’s it. Not so, in summertime Portland. It’s best for me to get my creative work done, in my perch office upstairs, before it gets too hot. I get the sun at that time of day.
Wasn’t as gloriously enjoyable as yesterday, but I got something in. Today’s fell into the “better late than never” category. My legs & glutes were actually a bit sore from yesterday!
BTW: That 190 max heart rate reading is not accurate! I thought I looked down & saw it’d spiked up to 189 at one point. That was just the Polar malfunctioning. I can tell when I’m in the 170s and I wasn’t even that high.
Once again I’m late in the day with a workout. Oh well whatever. When life hands you an open schedule… I’m taking matters back into my own hands this week too. Dead-end situations aren’t especially appealing to anyone with professional skills.
(30/50) First round with video. Rounds 1 and 2 with 6lb weighted vest & high knees.
Single Leg Glute Bridge-Right
Single Leg Glute Bridge-Left
Oblique Leg Adduction-Right
Oblique Leg Adduction-Left
Toe Touch Jump Frog Hopper @ Wall, rounds 2 & 3. Plank, jump feet in, jump to stack hips over shoulders, catching the balance where u can. Come down & back to plank.
Crab Toe Touch
Decline Slow Mountain Climbers (cross knee to touch opp arm, rounds 2 & 3)
Timed poses, no vinyasa, beginning with a 5min Sirsasana. About 30min total in yoga.
First the proofing of content, then the formatting & programming of 7 new buttons. I cut it down from 8 because one was redundant. Gotta zap that off to Anja, but there may be 2 versions as well… Only one of those would be geared toward this potentially awesome opportunity.
I can get sucked down the rabbit hole when doing this type of design so I have to be careful. What I’d thought would be 3 hours ends up being a couple days, most of the day. I’m getting somewhere though!
I’ve also been gathering reference of what they’re doing. Fabulous, painterly prints! I know that I need to schedule some time to pluck some leaves and flowers and draw. I don’t have the set-up to work big. I can only draw as large as will fit in an 8×10 scanner. So I’ll do individual elements, cut clipping paths and then layer in Photoshop.
I have to set a limit on graphic design dithering and surface design planning however, because I’ve gotta get the initial washes down on the last two goddesses. Then they get put away for at least a day. I have to post #s 13 and 14 all over the place too, no more than one per day but it goes to at least five platforms.
What else? More InDesign. I need to know more of what it can do. A lot of what I’d used ten years ago came back immediately, when I started using it again last year. I have learned SO MUCH in the last couple years. I mean my skillset engagement got a freaking electroshock.
Also my knowledge of [what will be revealed when I write that chapter]. Wow! I’ll make SURE I never participate to the extent of passing any of that shit along.
It so much reminds me of walking along the sidewalk less, often ditch-lined streets in Anjuna, Goa India. You’re so often treated to that “taking your life in your own hands” feeling. You’ve gotta pay attention! That’s for sure. It’s a very tangible way to practice staying “present”.
Thankfully Charlie alway picks me up later 🙏
Portland often felt like India to me in the first year. I can’t explain how, right now, but it did. I guess it could be summed up as a viscerally transformative feeling.
Google maps says the walk is 22min, but it always takes me closer to 30 that feel like 45. Today I had to pass some roadwork, where the two skinny, windy lanes were reduced to one, with people standing & holding the big orange flags at either end. As I approached from the left I thought, How do I get through this mess? The work was on my side & there didn’t seem to be an easy way through so I trotted to the right side of the street & hustled by.
The burly flag holder at the other end looked at me sympathetically & said, I used to live out on Drummond(?) Road & had to do a walk like this ALL the time.
I can’t seem to get to exercising until early evening lately! After coffee I go upstairs to “pop in me eyeballs” and immediately get sucked into the laptop. I blame it on the resume formatting. It happened twice today, where I made the mistake of looking at it right before I was supposed to be getting to something else. I guess it doesn’t matter. I got everything done!
20-min set. I wrote this one lying out in the sun earlier.
(10/50) Alt skipping with knee-in & switch lunges for cardio.
Squat, feet narrow – 30lbs
Squat, feet wider – 30lbs
Plié squat – 30lbs
Hip thrust – 1st side
Hip thrust – 2nd side
Reverse plank step outs, alt sides
Side plank leg lift – 5lbs
Alt pistol squats
Alt front & side lift – 20lbs?
Suryas to fundamentals, only 2 handstands @ the end