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What a beautiful day...

Since I had sewing class after work, my workout happened at lunch instead of my usual time today. It was beautiful weather - perfect, cloudless blue sky, warm but not hot (16 C), and a light breeze. Work's far enough north that I couldn't see the brown smog layer over TO. I had wanted to go outside to read, but exercise needed to happen. Instead of doing my usual treadmill etc. inside, I braved the cloud of smokers and went for a run around the area.

In other news:

I have been easing back into my workout routine. I had, a few weeks before December, started a new exercise program based on session with a trainer. After that, I hurt my hip/back dancing and spent 3 months recovering. As I've been getting back into it, I have come up with a theory. I think it is the lunges with weights that are messing up my hip. I went through legs on Wednesday, and felt twinges along the injured parts. My new theory is that I twist something incorrectly when doing that exercise, and that, when dancing on top of that, I messed up the glute/back area on the right side.

I need to figure out how to not do that. I have some ideas to work with.

My body is responding to the return to weights - whether anyone else can tell or not, my body feels and looks, to me, like it's starting to get its shape back. I still need to lose the extra fat I put on since December, but when my body gets back into muscle building mode, that should start happening. I suspect I will be less fit than last year when the year's first shirtless event comes around (that being Pride; the other being KScope). Nothing for it but to keep working at it though.


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May. 4th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
i always found lunges and dead squats to be murder on my hips. if you work out at a gym, it might be worthwhile to instead of working on a whole bunch of muscles at the same time using lunges, trying to isolate them one by one on machines. i suck at the names of machines to suggest but the ones that come to mind as muscles affected by lunges are hamstrings, glutes, and calves.
May. 4th, 2007 11:13 am (UTC)
My husband injured himself by doing lunges in martial arts class, and it took him a very long time to heal.

Lunges=evil ;)
May. 4th, 2007 11:44 am (UTC)
hrm...you need a lot of stability from your adductor and abductors (inner and outer thigh muscles) to pull of lunges well. That move puts a lot of pressure on those 2 muscle groups to keep your bent leg stable....

There's machines to isolate those muscle groups...and I can show you some isolating excercise for them that do not need machines.

*hugs* You and your lady's commitment is inspiring.
May. 4th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
The thing is, I was doing lunges before with no trouble. I think the problem is that in the new program, I do lunges in a V; I stand in a spot with weights in my hands, lunge left, then back to center, then to the right. I'm twisting myself when I move out on the angle, and that's what I think is screwing up my hip. I'm going to try straight lunges next week and see if that helps.
May. 4th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
Lunges in a V? Was this a trainer's idea?? What is the goal?
May. 4th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
Yup, part of the program from the trainer. The idea is to do lunges without having to travel around the room. I think my martial arts stuff is interfering with proper form; I'm turning things that I shouldn't be turning because I've conditioned myself to move that way to protect my groin, etc.
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