So I’ve been doing my super slow workout routine for a few days now. So far, here are the things I like and dislike about this routine. Regardless, I am sticking with it possibly through the winter. It’s about time I switch up my routine.
Things I like
1)It forces me to focus and concentrate on each exercise that I do.
2)It’s made me realize how much “momentum” I was relying on when I did my traditional workouts
3)It literally makes me “feel the burn” for each muscle I target.
4)I feel like I accomplish more (work my muscles harder) than I did before.
Things I dislike
1)I don’t always feel sore the next day (I realize soreness doesn’t count for much, just sayin’.)
2)I find that my heat rate doesn’t always jump up when doing super slow workouts.
I was a little slow on my run today. I don’t know if it was the wind or the fact that I was still recovering from a cold, but I did 4.92 miles in 49 minutes with an average speed of 5.8 and max speed of 9.3. 682 calories burned overall. Not bad, but not my best. That said, it did feel great when I finished. Something tells me this might’ve been my last “warm” run for the year. Temperatures are supposed to drop to 70 degrees here in NYC next week. I love the fall, but my outdoor runs are numbered. And on another note, I became mayor of my gym on Foursquare today!!
Politics aside, former President Bill Clinton looks pretty damn good in this recent CNN interview. In it, he talks about his recent diet change. Apparently, after his bypass he went on an all-plant diet and has managed to hit his high school weight and has also flushed out all of the cholesterol in his system. He credits Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, which a quick Google search shows is the author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. The interview is very interesting and I’m gonna try to pick up the book as well.
So whatever soreness I was hoping to feel from my last two super slow workouts has come and gone. Sunday I did back/triceps and Tuesday I did shoulders/biceps. Any soreness that was felt is gone now. But like I said, I think this is a powerful routine, so I will continue with my super slow workouts.
As for today, well, Wednesday was my day of rest. I might hit the gym tomorrow for a slow chest workout. We’ll see. In other news, I’m still debating on whether I will give up my Equinox membership next month. I sooo don’t want to, but those extra $139 will feel nice in my wallet.
So Friday night I did a super slow chest workout. It was insanely difficult. The bench press was particularly hard. Bringing the barbell down slowly was harder than I thought. (I had one 45-lb. plate on each side, which is very light for me.) I was very sore when I finished, but Saturday morning, I wasn’t feeling it much. Saturday after my run, my chest started feeling very sore, but as I write this on Sunday night, my chest is just a little sore. Normally, after a Friday chest workout, I’d be sore up until Monday night. Sometimes even Tuesday. So I honestly don’t know how to gauge this. Soreness isn’t all that matters, but for me it’s been a gauge of how intense my workout has been.
So today, Sunday, I did a super slow back workout. I wasn’t sure how effective this workout would be, but I can tell you this, when I was done my chest felt a mile wide. It felt so swollen and sore (in a good way). My slow triceps workout was equally painful. So again, I’m curious how sore I’ll be tomorrow. Either way, the workouts are intense and I think I will stick with them for the remainder of the year. The soreness you feel the second day is a little different than your typical soreness.
It’s been about 19 days since my last outdoor run. A little longer than I like, so today I went for run #8 along the Hudson. The weather was nice, but on my run back the wind was pretty intense. It gave me a good amount of resistance, which was cool. Overall, I did 5.62 miles in 54 minutes with an average speed of 6.1, max speed of 9 (I did two sprints), and 824 calories burned. I think I might have 2 more runs left in me before the weather gets too cold. As much as I hate the summer and want it to go away, I will miss my outdoor adventures. (I can’t stand running in the cold, my legs immediately cramp up, my hands are stone cold, and because I sweat easily, I end up running in wet clothes in the cold weather. Not good.)
So as I mentioned before, on Tuesday I did a super slow workout routine. It was incredibly difficult and I was expecting to be pretty sore come Wednesday morning, but I wasn’t. This makes me wonder if I should increase the weight. Don’t get me wrong, my shoulders were a tad sore, but nothing out of the ordinary.
Today, on my day off, I decided to do a super slow shoulder press exercise. Again, it’s painfully difficult. I ended up doing some cardio immediately after the press, so I don’t expect to be sore, but I’m still intrigued by this super slow concept. Friday I will do a super slow chest workout.