So this morning, I was planning on heading out to BodyPump like I usually do on a Thursday morning. But then I looked outside, saw that all of this had happened, and realized I was feeling too lazy to go and brush off my car.
Yes, too lazy. The one who’s up at 5:00am for her workout…
So I nixed the gym and decided to stay home, but really, isn’t the snow pretty? I am TOTALLY in the holiday spirit now!
Since I decided to stay at home instead this morning, I figured that I’d complete my own little full body circuit workout at home. It was actually pretty fun AND I was able to catch up on the morning’s news, too.
*In case you’re unsure of any of the moves above, here are some videos you can check out:
You’ll notice that for this circuit, I did the full amount of reps for the first exercise and then moved on to the chest, shoulder, and so on until I got to the bottom of the list. Once I finished 1 full set of reps for each of the moves, I started back at the first exercise and ran through all of the exercises again, doing two more sets. This method of resistance training is what is known as Vertical Loading.
Vertical Loading, according to NASM, alternates body parts trained from set to set, starting from the upper extremity and moving to the lower extremity (the exception here is the abs, which I just added at the end).
Vertical Loading is very beneficial for allowing maximum recovery to each body part while minimizing the amount of time wasted (as opposed to Horizontal Loading, which involves performing all sets of an exercise before moving on to the next, causing excess rest time). Plus, by doing the workout in a circuit style, you minimize rest periods and keep the heart rate up.
And there’s your daily dose of my NASM study material for today.
Okay, I can’t stay away from this bread. I really can’t.
This morning, I lightly toasted two more pieces of my Cinnamon-Hone Whole Wheat Bread and topped it with some Cinnamon Raisin Swirl PB, banana slices, and chia seeds. Delicious.
Of course, I also enjoyed my morning mug-o-joe, which is reflecting a very nice snow-covered tree.
Alrighty, gotta run…Happy Thursday!
Questions for the Morning:
What kind of resistance training method do you prefer: vertical loading or horizontal loading?
What’s one thing that you’re super lazy about?
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