Wednesday, August 7, 2019

WWU - I'd Rather Have a Pretzel

Let's start with my workout last week with Jared (next one is tomorrow, which is pretty inconvenient for my blogging schedule as it seems stale when I finally get to write about it but that's the trials of being a blogger, hahaha).  He wanted to have me warm up on the elliptical, which is how I used to warm up, but I had a little trepidation about it because Amanda told me prior to beginning my workouts that I needed to stay steady while on one - so steady that I could balance a book on my head.  I carefully got on and Jared got it started, and stood there the entire time while I carefully moved my legs up and down.  I kept asking him if I was steady and he kept saying I was, but ooh man, the nerves were there with that one.  He wanted me to do a five minute warm up and I did, which surprised me as I've had zero cardio in months.  Then I carefully got off - can you tell how nervous I was - and the rest of the workout began.

Most of it is a bit foggy but I do remember that I did one of the same things as the week before - sitting on a 21" block and then slowly standing up, pushing upward with my quads while standing straight up, no bending forward at all.  It's basically a squat but with the block, I can only go so far down.  Anyway.  I did three sets of ten the first week, taking a one minute break in between sets.  Last week I did all 30 without needing a break, and that was at the end of my workout!

Everything I'm doing is pretty much on the baby steps level, but that's what I need to not hurt my back any worse, so it's fine with me - at least I'm there, in my happy place.  I can't wait to go back tomorrow!

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PT update:  Amanda keeps giving me more and more exercises, arghhhh!  No, it's fine, and I know when she has me do something new it's because I've progressed to a new level which is fantastic.  But for most of them it seems to take me the full week afterward to sort of get them done, and then when I return for my next session  she corrects and explains again, and that's when it usually clicks with me.  I just want to do everything right the first time, is that too much to ask?  Well with my brain, yes.

Oh, I did do one correctly right from the start - it's the Bretzel stretch, which is the second exercise I do in order to get my ding dang leg warmed up so it doesn't tingle so much while I do the rest of the exercises.  That one is a challenge to do at first because of tight muscles, but in a weird way I like it.

Yesterday we worked on what didn't click with me from last week and guess what?  It clicked!  But oh man, it is hard to get my body in zero spine and keep it there, which is what I'm supposed to be doing for the rest of my life.  Maybe it'll finally become second nature to me when I'm 60.

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  1. It sounds like you are really progressing, yay! I think it's totally normal for something not to click until next time. That is actually a good thing for trainers to keep in mind - to give people the chance to get that "click."

    Man, I totally get your worry on the elliptical! I wonder if you will use it to warm up tomorrow, too!

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    1. The click is good when it happens but oh so frustrating when it doesn't, argh!

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  2. I never knew that stretch was called the Bretzel. And guess what? I am so inflexible, I can't do it. Now you make me want to challenge myself! Also, zero spine? I need to look that up, I've never heard of it.

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    1. If you can't reach your foot, use a yoga strap or something similar to pull your foot - every once in a while I need to do that because apparently my flexibility changes day to day, LOL.

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  3. I think it will be second nature to be in perfect alignment well before your 60’th!!!

    Woohoo on the workouts! You are doing it!!! It has to feel good!! (Mentally and emotionally)

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    1. I sure hope so but more than anything else I've had to learn (including the box jump back in the day), this seems to be the hardest.

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  4. Wow - that stretch looks like it would feel amazing! I'm going to have to give it a try. It's great to see your progress, Shelley - keep it up!

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  5. Wow, that Bretzel stretch looks hard to do. I don't think I could bend my knees that far any more. I like using the elliptical, but when I first started, it was quite a stretch for my short legs.

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    1. It's a challenge but once I have my foot in my hand it's usually fine. Hardest part is waiting the 1 - 2 minutes to hold the stretch.

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