Just a quick post here. Finished up stage 2! Actually, I did 2 extra workouts. Not sure how that happened, but I guess I didn’t notice I was finished. Oopsie!
The goal for this month was 2 to 3 sets of each exercise with 6 to 8 reps per set. I ended up doing this workout 7 times instead of 6. Here is my progress from Week 1 to Week 4.
|Exercise||Set/rep/weight Week 1||Set/rep/weight Week 4|
|1a. Cable Wood Chop (high to low)||3 sets of 8 each side at 20#||3 sets of 8 each side at 30#|
|1b. Plank||3 sets of 65 second holds||3 sets of 75 second holds|
|2a. Dumbbell squat with offset load||3 sets of 8 with 15# DB||3 sets of 8 with 25# DB|
|2b. Alternating dumbbell overhead press||3 sets of 8 each arm with 10# DBs||3 sets of 6 each arm with 20# DBs!!|
|3a. Single-leg deadlifts||3 sets of 8 with 15# DBs||3 sets of 8 with 15# DBs|
|3b. Assisted Chin Ups||3 sets of 8||3 sets of 8 with less resistance|
|4a. Alternating Lateral Lunge||3 sets of 8 each with 10#||3 sets of 8 with 10# DBs|
|4b. Two-point dumbbell row||3 sets of 8 each arm with 20# DB||3 sets of 7 each arm with 30# DB!!|
I made some good gains here, especially with my upper body. With the chin ups, I was trying to do them with a band, but I struggled so much that I thought it would be better to use the assisted machine and make the exercise more efficient to do. This stage is definitely hard and I pushed myself.
My goal by the end of the program is doing overhead presses with a 25# dumbbell for 4 reps and I think I can get there. 😀
Thursday I will wrap up Workout B of stage 2.
I know that I haven’t posted a kitty picture in a while. Here is Pixie enjoying the new bed I bought her. 🙄
Can you believe her?