January 6, 2011

Squeezing It In

I have been getting a little less sleep than I have even recently been getting because Brooke has decided to start waking up in the middle of the night. Now I have a two-month-old and two-year-old that dont sleep through the night ;) Anyway, its made me a little extra tired ... and forced me to take a nap yesterday.

Today has been hectic. Brooke woke up early, Ryan slept in. My sitter called in sick. I had to take Brooke to soccer and then Ryan to the doctor. I got both kids down at the same time to nap and had prime opportunity for a nap myself. Instead, I loaded up on leftover stuffed shells, some candy and a coke and then I got in a little ab workout. I am well aware that this is not the ideal way to do things, but eating is a priority and I had to do it fast. So I stuffed my face and did some exercise. I'll work on that issue at a later date ;)

I went from the list I posted earlier, and did the exercises that were not marked "new". Since I posted week 4 of a 5 week class, there was a progression on the posted sheet that would have been different than week 1. So I attempted 14 of the exercises as they were written and had decent success.

1. Torso Extensions or “Press Ups” 10 reps
This is really more of a stretch, I had no problems

2. Superman – upper & lower body 20 reps
Slightly challenging, but finished without issue

3. Front Plank – from toes 30 seconds, 3x Couldnt hack 30 seconds, did 3 reps of 15 seconds

4. Bird Dogs – limbs off centered 10 reps – hold each position 10 seconds
no problem

7. Segmental Hip Bridges with heal lifts 10 reps, 2x
I think I remember the heal lift being the accelerated move. I did it without the heel lift and had no issue.

8. Pelvic Floor Gliding Contractions 120 seconds

9. Torso Rolls with leg extensions 60 seconds
Again, this is more of a stretch/mobility move. No problems here.

10. TransVersus Abdominus I (TVA) 15x each leg, 3x
Had some issues here. On the left leg I kept getting a popping each time I lowered my leg. I couldnt tell where it was coming from, but I think from my abdominal area. I did three sets of 10 but something was wrong here.

11. Crunches – feet off of floor 15 reps, 3x
The "feet off of floor" is an accelerated move. I did 3 sets of 15 with my feet on the floor.

14. Pilates 100 60 seconds
When I took this class I thought this move was stupid. I still do. I dont get it. I dont feel anything and dont think it works for me. Maybe I just do it wrong...

15. Pushup – Modified 10 reps, 2x
I have always hated pushups and had problems with them (likely the reason I hate them). I did 2 sets of 10 but didnt want to!

16. Cats & Dogs 10 reps
This is a stretching move. No issues.

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