Wednesday, April 05, 2006

What happened to spring?

I think I may have overdid the running yesterday. This morning, I woke up early enough to go to spinning, but I felt like crap. Not necessarily sick, but just achy. I really thought I was coming down with something. So I decided to sleep for a couple more hours before heading to work. Needless to say, no workout at a fasted state today.

However, at work at least a couple hours after breakfast & after downing some coffee & Airborne, I decided to chance it and headed to the gym. My theory is that as long as it's not in the chest, you don't have a fever, & you're not hacking away or in pain, you can still work out. So off to the gym I went with the intention of just doing moderate activity. I hopped on the eliptical and it must have been automatic, but I proceeded to do HIIT. I did my usual 20 minutes HIIT (burned ~310 calories!), then 10 minutes MISS going backwards (total ~450 calories burned!). I then did some ab works (medicine ball & pilates) and called it a day. At the end of it all, I felt so much better!

I decided to take it easy today, therefore no running. Even it I was feeling good, I wouldn't run in this weather anyway. The temperature is back to the upper 30s with the wind chill, and it actually snowed this morning! I just don't know how other people could run outside year round. I was going to do some gentle yoga after work, but after doing a thorough cleaning of the kitchen, I figured I've had enough. I'm just going to chill tonight, watch some tv, surf the internet, and hopefully get some sleep. I'm back to feeling achy, so I took some Tylenol & some more Airborne. Hopefully, this will all pass.

Tomorrow is LBWO supersets. I'm pretty excited about it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I get a great workout from this new routine. My arms are still sore, so the UBWO from yesterday was a success!

Speaking of supersets, I found this site that explains the different weight-lifting techniques: Intensity Techniques. So Donna is right, there are different kind of supersets. The one I'm doing is called "Same Part Supersetting". The one Jess referred to is called "Antagonistic Supersetting". Drop sets sounds intriguing. According to Tom Venuto (Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle author) in this article, it's an ideal technique to build mass and is therefore preferred by a lot of bodybuilders. I'll have to read about it some more to see if it's something I want to do for the future.


Melissa said...

Great job getting in the workout when you hadn't been feeling well. Amazing how much better you can feel afterwards! I don't know how people run outdoors year-round either, honest, I do NOT like to run in the cold! When there's snow on the ground, or it's below 30, I'm on the treadmill! :)
Thanks for including the link for Intensity Techniques. I plan to change my lifting next week, so this may be just what I needed!

Jess said...

It snowed up here this morning too. :( Good for you for getting your workout in.

And thanks for the info on the supersets! I'd read some on drop sets too, those do sound interesting. You'll have to keep us posted on how you do with them once you try them!

FV Tom said...

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my place!


Good job getting the workout in. I hate trying to do it when I don't feel well.

See you around!

Donna said...

Good for you for still working when you weren't feeling your best. I recently read in my Fitness or Shape magazine that studies show that working out when you're sick doesn't make it any worse. My mother in law is always telling me NOT to workout when I'm sick, I'm going to get run down, etc., etc....I don't listen to her.

Chérie said...

I need to adopt your working out while sick philosophy!

Jennifer said...

Way to stick with it! And it sounds like you've been doing some good research there! You go girl!