Now that volleyball is over I have no excuses not to do more leg workouts, so you’ll likely see more of that in upcoming days.
I love it when Isla jumps into my videos midway through and just slays a set of whatever she wants. I read in The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting that kids don’t so much learn from what you say so much as they model what you do – and so far that’s accurate. Maybe the biggest hidden benefit to working out every (week)day is that Isla sees it and wants to imitate it. I help her with pull-ups and dips for now, but I can already feel her getting stronger, and I don’t think it will be too much longer before she’s doing them on her own.
Due to volleyball finals being this evening I’ve focused on light shoulder movements and some full back stretching/strengthening. I simply cannot advocate hard enough for Jefferson Curls. I generally wake up with a pretty stiff back, and after only a few Jeffersons my spine is loose and warm like a well-steamed piece of asparagus. It also doesn’t matter where in my back is stiff because the curl traverses every single vertebrae in sequence. I’ve said before that it feels like yoga in that it’s extremely relaxing. The stretch at the bottom (if you’re using a little bit of weight) is just scrumptious. It hits my horribly neglected and always piano-wire-tight hamstrings too, which I don’t really think about until I get to the bottom and feel the pull in my legs.
Felt a little more energetic today so it was back to the olympic bar for some back squats and deadlifts, followed by some kettle-bell movements with a dumbbell.
Lia was asking me how my motivation is doing, and my answer was “It’s pretty weak.” Which is probably the point of this whole thing. If I was naturally motivated to do this on my own, it wouldn’t be necessary to force myself to do it by holding myself publicly accountable to all of you.
So motivation really isn’t the key to getting something done, for me anyway. It’s more promising someone else (or a group of people) that you’ll do it. So far this little experiment shows that I’m more likely to stay true to a commitment if I know people are watching. But won’t I just quit after the 70 videos are done? At this point, that sounds very attractive. But Google says I’ll have formed the habit by then, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
It doesn’t get much more inappropriate than hip-thrusts (I just watched the video and the camera angle was poorly chosen to say the least, but I’m not redoing it so we’re all going to just have to live with it).
I didn’t even know hip-thrusts were an actual exercise until my brother-in-law told me about them (and how awesome they are, though I don’t recall why). At the moment I can say that my hips actually do feel spectacular, specifically my hip-flexors (which are generally on the tighter side)… so I’ll certainly be busting out hip-thrusts again in the future. They definitely feel restorative (like those Jefferson-curls from yesterday), which is useful in case I’m really hurting and just need to get through and survive a day’s workout.
Someone has a case of the Mondays and it’s me. After a fairly shitty morning at work including invoicing disputes and other obstacles, I was at less than peak energy heading into this workout. You can see that in me taking the first 3 minutes to do 10 reps of Jefferson curls which actually ended up being more yoga-like that workout-like.
Today is a good example of the phenomenon that we all probably face where the less we feel like working out, the more we probably should.
I damn near forgot all about working out today!