Vivian was born and I quickly signed the book deal for Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) – before I was even cleared for exercise. Then before I had even finished the book, I went through the awful hospitalization and surgery on my gall bladder. Since that time my back pain has flared up often – triggered I am sure by the lack of muscle tone in my body now.
So I am taking action! To strengthen my body, pursue a healthier level of exercise and living overall. I was sent a fabulous exercise journal that is more than just a typical exercise log – called “Believe” – and love it. I am using the monthly workout section to track my progress and I am going to share the report with you now. (Here is where I practice vulnerability a la Brene Brown.)
- Waist – 33 1/2 inches
- Hips – 41 inches
- Bust – 37 inches
I don’t actually have a current weight but last time I weighed myself I was 147 pounds.
See? I am not overweight per se – but not as strong as a should be. Especially with three boys to keep up with!
My strength test results:
- Chest Press – 16 reps
- Biceps – 21 reps
- Hamstrings – 19 reps
- Crunches – 15 reps
I have been testing the TRX Home Training system since I do not have space for free weights. The strength test is above is a way to track your progress by doing as many repetitions of each exercise as you can in one minute, with a one minute rest in between.
I have to be careful about doing push-ups because they hurt my back right now but I believe as I become stronger that will no longer be the case. Right now, I am alternating between the strength training routines of the TRX Home Training System and Lisa Johnson’s new DVD set Modern Pilates and Body Physica.
You can read my full reviews on Amazon but I will summarize what I like best about each of these and how I use them together.
TRX Home Training System with Door Anchor
Being able to anchor this right in the doorway means I can do free-weight style exercises using my own body weight without using any extra space at all. With our small home, and many kids, that is a huge bonus. I LOVE being able to access the training videos right on my iPad so I can do the workouts anywhere without having to be within view of the TV. The brilliance of this is that I can do them while my kids are still AWAKE. *gasp* I know…it feels revolutionary to me too.
Modern Pilates and Body Physica DVDs by Lisa Johnson
I really like pilates in general so was excited to review the modern pilates DVD by Lisa. When she sent along the Body Physica it was an added bonus. The cuing in Modern Pilates is lovely because while Lisa verbally cues the intermediate level there are both beginner and advanced levels demonstrating. Body Physica has more intensive workouts included and I adore the Ballet segment in particular. Lisa herself is adorable and encouraging throughout all the workouts and you feel like you’re working out with a friend.
My Plan of Attack
So I’m going to alternate using the TRX and DVDs each day and if I can get 4 or 5 days in every week I will consider it a success. Once a month I will measure and do the TRX Strength Test to see how I improve those numbers. I anticipate being able to improve as I grow stronger – for example Sidney was able to do 32 of the crunches in one minute and that was with Vivian trying to “help” him.
So – once a month I will report back either here or in the newsletter my progress. And if I don’t you have my permission to harass me about it. 🙂