Sometimes when I go to the gym, I’ll be in a weight room full of guys and it’s happened on more than one occasion that someone has tried to help me by correcting my form. It’s annoying more than anything, but after I hurt my back, I realized that maybe they’re right.
Whenever I read magazines and blogs and articles about weightlifting, the general theme is always to lift heavier. There are so many articles out there that talk about how women are afraid to lift heavy because they are afraid to bulk up but the whole light weight, high rep thing really isn’t working for them. I believe that, I do. But I think what happened was that I was lifting too heavy and compromising my form by doing so and that’s how I hurt myself.
Now I can’t prove for sure that it was deadlifts that did me in, but I kind of think they’re suspect. I’m not a particularly strong person. I have a hard time putting on muscle. My parents aren’t particularly muscular either. It’s just the way that I’m built. That’s not to say that I can’t put on muscle, but naturally, I’m just not a muscular person.
So I think that when I hear of people lifting a certain amount of weight, I think that I should be lifting that heavy too. It’s not a case of comparison; it’s more like, if I’m not lifting that heavy, am I wasting my time? But when I injure myself doing it and can’t work out for two weeks, that’s really when my time is being wasted, right?
This is really just a long winded way of saying that now that I feel better, I think I’m going to focus more on having correct form and using lighter weights than swinging things around like a fool using heavier ones.
I went back to the gym today and here’s what I did, it’s a modified version of Day 1 of the LiveFit Trainer:
1. Push-ups on my knees – 3 x 12
2. Chest press machine, 40lbs, 2 x 12; 35lbs, 1 x 12
3. Fly Machine – 35lbs, 3 x 12
4. Tricep pushups on my knees – 3 x 12
5. Standing triceps extension, 15lbs, 3 x 12
6. Triceps rope pushdown machine, 17.5lbs, 3 x 12
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