Legs are easily my favorite muscle group to train. I feel consistently sore for days after I work legs, which tells me I'm doing something right! Commonly asked question, How do you put together a great leg work out?
First let me say, I am new to lifting. I am learning every single day, and I struggle with trusting this process. I constantly have to remind myself that muscle will make me leaner. That I don't need to run for an hour a day three days a week, and two hours on Saturday. That all that running is actually counter productive to my lean out goal. It's a struggle for me, because I had a lot of success losing weight literally running my ass off. I can talk running all day. I feel confident in running.
I do not yet feel confident in lifting. I know it works. I see it all around me. Switching gears has been challenging for me. I think we all like doing things we're good at, part of the reason I like running so much, it makes me feel good, and I know what I'm doing. However, I know it wasn't always like that. In time, I'll feel less like a new born giraffe in the weight room.
I like to go into the gym with a plan. I feel more challenged following a work out someone else has put together, and less overwhelmed by all of the different equipment options. I've been loosely following Jamie Eason's Live Fit phase two for a weeks now (More on this tomorrow). This is my second week to follow the program to a T, forcing myself to let go of all that cardio. The program calls for two leg days a week, and no cardio on leg day. I honestly struggle with any type of cardio following leg day, but I do find the first leg day work out of the week to leave me with the longest lasting soreness. I frequently feel sore before even leaving the gym. How ya derin. Gimme those results!
Here are three of the work outs that have been favorites for me:
This is my last week training in Phase Two, and I'm not going to lie, I'm intimidated by Phase 3. One step at a time. More on my hybrid Phase two plan tomorrow!
I just can't go a week without talking about Nacho! Nacho has quickly bonded with us, everyday becoming more confident in his surroundings. Nacho is super smart, and is quickly catching on to potty training. We are house training Nacho utilizing a crate. Nacho sleeps in his crate, and he stays in his crate while we are at work. I was concerned crate training would be dramatic, for all of us. However, Nacho continues to amaze, and is doing well with his crate, dare I say it, he enjoys the crate! We've made it our mission to exhaust him before bed time, before we leave for work, and on our lunch break. We play with him for hours on end, encouraging him to stay awake. We're establishing the crate as his space, and we do not bother him while he's in the crate. However, when he's out of the crate, it's full on play time!
Our methods seem to be working as he's been willingly going into the crate at night. Last night, he had his first night accident free! He's never had a number two accident, such a good boy, but his little bladder is small so he is struggling with holding it for long amounts of time. However, he's getting better every day. I'm so proud of Nacho!
We're all loving this Spring weather right?! I really wanted to go sleeveless today, lean mean muscle machine, but man oh man has it been a long winter. This girl needs some vitamin D!
Happy Hump Day people!