Weights and this week's challenge

It's a weights day.  I came up with a quick little upper body weights workout a few weeks ago that I've been doing every other day in my livingroom.  It's been good!  My gym membership is currently frozen until I can start going back regularly so for now this has worked out just fine.  I'm anxious to do lower body too - squats, lunges, running!  But I don't feel quite ready for that yet.  I'm chompin at the bit though...

Last night it took me a while to get back to sleep after our 2:00 am feeding; I have no idea why so many things were running through my head but in popped a reminder that I'd told my Aunt Karen I would share my little workout with her!  It's nothing grand but I've already seen results.

It started off as a 20 minute drill but has gotten longer as I've increased the weight and reps.  I could go out and find online demonstrations of these exercises but I'm too tired, so I'll do my best to explain them.  All you need are a couple sets of dumbbells.

**Well crap.  I just lost my exercise explanations...stupid auto save.  Look these up for yourself if you don't know what they are.  And use common sense before starting any exercise routine, especially with weights.  It can be very helpful to have a certified trainer demonstrate the movements.** :)

1) Dumbbell Shoulder Press

2) One-Arm Dumbbell Row

3) Bicep Curls

4) Tricep Extentions

5) Modified Push-Up

6) Reverse Flyes

Here are my starting weights/reps on 1-03-10 and then where I was last Friday on 1-14-10.

1) 5 lb weights, 2 sets of 15 reps - 10 lb weights, 3 sets of 15 reps

2) 10 lb weight, 2 sets of 12 reps - 20 lb weight, 3 sets of 12 reps

3) 5 lb weights, 2 sets of 15 reps - 10 lb weights, 3 sets of 10 reps

4) 5 lb weights, 2 sets of 15 reps - 20 lb weight, 3 sets of 8 reps

5) 2 sets of 8 reps - 3 sets of 10 reps

6) 5 lb weights, 2 sets of 10 reps - 5 lb weights, 3 sets of 12 reps

I guess you could do this circuit style, going through the whole thing and then repeating but I've been completing one exercise before moving on to the next.  I may change some things up today...or even attempt the gym!  My mother-in-law has offered to baby sit :>

So that's my little routine.  Nothing fancy but its made me feel like I'm doing something.  I've also done a couple of easy 2o minute yoga sessions that are mostly stretching but very challenging as I am so tight!

I have a little self-challenge going on this week I've decided.  I'm going to be blogging every day...who knows what about.  It may just be a picture of my chicklet :> but I want to see how I like regular posting.  One of my New Year's Resolutions goals was to blog 3 times a week.  But basically, I just want to blog more.

Workouts, recipes, home organization! baby updates :--)

Look for it all here coming soon...


Mary @ Bites and Bliss said...

Fun workout! Can't wait to see the baby updates, too! :)

Rachael Weeks said...

I love reading your blog posts! So Yay for more blogging! :-) I need to get motivated and do more exercising. Everyday I say I'm gonna take Makayla for a walk in the stroller (well, not when it's in the 30's outside), but seldom does that happen. I can use some upper body exercises too, so I'll attempt to find my dumbells, dust them off, and get after it! :-)

katiivey said...

Thanks ladies! Rachael, it IS hard to get outside when it is so yuck. I've decided I am anti-January :) Maybe we can do some dumbbell workouts together over here sometime :>

Jess said...

Good workout! I love staying inside in the comfort of my dorm room to do workouts, especially when I'm in a rush :)

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather said...

Great concise workout! Exercise always makes me feel wonderful. Hope you get some gym time for yourself :)

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