Tag Archives: back injury

Total Body Workout

13 Jul

The past week or two my back has been really bothering me… probably in part because I haven’t been able to get into physical therapy and obviously in part to the growing belly. Due to that, some days my workouts have just been all my physical therapy exercises and some trigger point work. Today though I incorporated my PT exercises into a total body workout. My modification for this workout was just doing lighter weights and longer rests so, pregnant or not, this should give you a challenge!

3 sets:

  • 15 squats to cross punch
  • 15 lateral shoulder raise
  • 15 front raise
  • 20 calf raises

2 sets:

2 sets of 12 lunges with bicep curl/leg (so you’re doing 24 curls)

2 sets of 12 straight leg deadlift with upright row

1 set of 20, various PT glute exercises

IMG_0141Also, I tried the White Chocolate Raspberry Quest bar for the first time today. It’s so good! Most the flavors have been way too dense for me since being pregnant but this one was really tasty and didn’t make me feel nauseous so I may have finally found a Quest bar to rotate in with my other preggo snacks. Do you have any favorite high protein snacks for on the go?

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Encouragement

13 Feb

Yesterday I wasn’t able to get to the gym in the morning so had to go last night. I really prefer getting there in the morning but at least this way I wasn’t as worried about time constraints. I got in a great back and biceps workout plus my cardio. When I was on the treadmill I was next to a girl who was KILLING IT. She was totally in the zone and doing her thing and, heck, she was motivating me! I saw her later and told her she was doing great; this girl’s whole face lit up. I think I’m going to make it a goal to compliment/encourage someone every time I’m at the gym. There’s so much negativity and competition in the world, the gym should be at least one place we all encourage each other.

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Here’s the bicep and back workout… the hamstring curls are part of my physical therapy so you could always add in different exercises. I’ve been timing my rests and definitely getting through workouts quicker. Plus, I feel like I get a much better workout!

3 min. rotating planks (30 sec center, 30 sec each side)

3 sets:

  • 20, 12, 8 Bicep Curls
  • 12 Lat Pull Downs

3 sets:

  • 12 TRX rows
  • Physical therapy back exercise

3 sets:

  • 12 Incline bicep curls
  • 12 Cable Rows

3 sets:

  • 12 Reverse Fly

20 Balance ball hamstring curls

20 Crunches

1 min plank

As for my competition update, I’ve had a few hiccups with the diet but all in all I’m doing well. I do mean hiccups! I haven’t had any cheat meals but sometimes I have to settle for a protein shake or bar and get off on my timing etc. during the day. I’m getting better though and I’m confident moving into this week that I’ll be even more consistent.

Lunges for Legs

28 Jan

First of all, a little competition update. I’ve found a coach and we decided that for this season I do not have the muscle mass for the figure class but I’m not giving up! I will be competing in the bikini class on April 25. Which means I’m already at 12 weeks out! After my momentary freak out of realizing how close it is, I am now very excited!

leg day

That being said, slight shift in how I’m working out and today was leg day! I haven’t done this many lunges in months. I can’t add in weight on moving lunges yet– have to focus on keeping my core tight a bit longer and get my pain under control– but you can easily add weights to any of the lunge movements.

Warm-up:

10 Walk out push-ups

5 Walk out spidermans

Workout:

  • 2 x walking lunges, run back (lunge down the court one way, run back)
  • 2 x lateral squat walks
  • 2 x grapevines
  • 2 x backward lunges, backwards run back

Superset (3x):

  • 12 squat to ball toss
  • 12 straight leg deadlift with hammer curl

Superset (3x):

  • Walking Lunge to scale (I’ll try to get a video up soon)
  • Walking lunge to balance
  • 20 calf raises

Superset (3x):

  • 12 hamstring bridges
  • 20 core exercises (I alternated in three of my diff. physical therapy exercises, if you’re doing the workout just add in an ab exercise)

Off to a doctor appointment and physical therapy for the day. Hope you are having an awesome week!

Train together, stay together

22 Dec

Happy Monday! More importantly, Merry (almost) Christmas!

Lately I’ve been dealing with a lot of increased back pain so workouts have been fewer and lighter. This is also why I’ve been posting almost nothing. I realized though that while I do need to work within my limits and not make the problem worse (and still be able to do my job as a nurse), I was falling back into using it as an excuse to not workout at all. Enough is enough. So, aside from my physical therapy exercises I’ve been working to get back into workouts.

In the spirit of no excuses, hubby and I have recently made a friendly competition. We made a monthly calendar and are tracking when we workout. Whoever works out more that month gets to choose what we do for a date day. We try to do a little date every week (even if it’s just take out and a movie at home) so this will be an activity or something out of the normal for our “special” date. Do you workout as a family or do things to motivate each other? Or do you have a workout partner/friend who challenges you?

One of my favorite photographers, Mike Cadotte

One of my favorite photographers, Mike Cadotte Pictured: @Gable_fit and @Anthony_traps, find them on Instagram!

Example of today’s workout:

20-30 min of PT exercises (core and glute strengthening)

20 walk out push-ups

2 sets:

20 deadlifts

20 split lunges/leg

2 sets of 20 hamstring bridges

1 min plank

30 sec side plank/side

10 Pilates roll-ups

3 Sun Salutations

Just about Fall

9 Sep

Even though it’s still been around 80 degrees here, the past three days have been rainy and gloomy. It makes me feel like, just maybe, fall really is getting close. Like seemingly most people, fall is my favorite season. I love the football, the colors, and the chill in the air. Plus, hubby tends to be home a little bit more which makes me so happy. While I believe there’s nothing like a Minnesota fall, I’m still looking forward to it out here on the east coast.

Yesterday I had physical therapy and I took my pups on a 2.5 mile walk… sometimes I forget how much harder it is to walk with both of them. To be fair, it’s basically walking with 210 pounds of resistance. My shins and back were definitely feeling the consequences this morning. Sore legs and back meant today was upper body day.

Here’s the workout:

2 sets:

  • 1 min. push-ups
  • 1 min. ball toss, sit ups

3 sets:

  • 12 hanging leg raises
  • 12 TRX rows

3 sets;

  • 1 min bicep curls
  • 1 min cable tricep push-downs

2 sets:

  • 12 tricep dips
  • 12 lat pull-downs

I finished with physical therapy exercises and stretches to try and get my back to calm down. Thank goodness for ibuprofen and heating pads.

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Then I gave in to this fall feeling and bought my first pumpkin spice latte of the season… I bought it iced and turned it into my post-workout protein shake (added in 1/2 a frozen banana and a scoop of vanilla protein and blended it up). While it was tasty I’m really excited to try some of these healthier options for pumpkin recipes.

FitFluential Pumpkin Recipes

FitFluential Pumpkin

Sorry for the Radio Silence

3 Sep

I know I’ve been bad about posting for some time now and I am sorry about that. For the past few weeks I’ve been getting Lidocaine injections in my back which limits the days I can workout (like today for example, not allowed). The days I can go I’ve been doing 2 days a week at the gym and 1 day a week has been lighter at home workouts. It’s definitely made for slower progress than I would like but I think there has been progress so I’m trying to keep focused on that.

I’ve also been playing with different “mocktails” as a way to save some calories since I’m not working out as hard as I’d like. Here’s my two, very basic, top ones so far…

Ginger Ale and Grapefruit juice with Mint (sometimes I add in coconut water but I’ve discovered I don’t really like coconut water… at all)

Ginger Ale and Cranberry (or Sprite)

Do you have good mocktail recipes?? What’s your go to when you want something other than just water but are trying to be good?

Finally back to the gym

21 Jun

Since I was getting back to work I wanted to make sure I wasn’t doing too much too soon with my back. Unfortunately that meant taking some time off the gym but yesterday I finally got back to it! It was only a 30 min. workout but I woke up today feeling sore and accomplished. If you make the most of your time, 30-45 min is all you need. My “gym buddy” had done legs the day before so we did back and shoulders.

Here’s the workout:

  • 30 sec walking planks x2
  • 30 sec side plank/side

3 sets of 12:

  • Machine rows
  • lat pull downs

3 sets of 20:

  • bicep curls
  • skull crushers

ImageScott Traczyk Photography

I work the next two days so today was a light day with physical therapy exercises and stretching. Trying to be smart about all this but it’s hard sometimes.