By the end of last week my body was really hurting. I’ve been steadily increasing the weights I’ve been using, particularly in my leg and back workouts, and most of my joints were extremely sore. The colder weather could be a contributor, or maybe I’m just getting old (God forbid!). So, I decided that this week I would go “easy” and back off the amount of weight I’m using on everything. I told Brenda on Monday that if I got over-zealous to remind me that I’m not supposed to use as much weight this week. I’ve pretty much stuck to using about 75% of the weight I was using last week. Even so, I’ve gotten good pumps at every workout, and I’ve still gotten muscular soreness from each workout. It could be that since I’m not using as much weight that I’m taking less time between sets….I haven’t really kept an eye on the clock, but yesterday it sure seemed like we got through the back workout rather quickly. So quickly, in fact, that I volunteered to do 30 minutes of cardio with Brenda. I have to be honest….the only thing that gets me to do any cardio in the off-season is a pretty girl :)
I won’t bore you with the workout details. If you’ve been following my blogs you know my exercise selection. We’ve done 4 sets of 12 reps on everything this week. My joints are feeling somewhat better, but I can’t go so far as to say that they are feeling good. I plan to spend some significant time in the hot tub this afternoon, tomorrow and Sunday. Hopefully that will help too.