Today’s workout was a Full Body Ladder Workout (plus an easy, one-mile run on the treadmill to warm up), so if you’ve never heard of it, let me explain a bit.
Basically, with a ladder workout, your reps are going to start out small and then gradually increase to essentially become a bunch of “mini sets” within a set. You can also start with higher reps and gradually decrease to lower reps as well, which is somewhat similar to the pyramid workouts I did a couple weeks ago.
But for example, one of the exercises I had to complete for today was a stationary lunge with a barbell…
To complete the exercise using the ladder format, it looked a little something like this:
- 5 reps, 10 second rest
- 6 reps, 10 second rest
- 7 reps, 10 second rest
- 8 reps, 10 second rest
- 9 reps, 10 second rest
- 10 reps, 10 second rest
- Complete same format on opposite leg
It may not sound *too* difficult, but don’t let it fool you. Choose a weight where completing 10 reps is challenging, then combine that with the minimal rest periods in between and you will definitely challenge your muscle strength and overall fitness level.
I was definitely challenged.
Think about giving it a try the next time you’re headed to get buff!
Post-workout and shower, home girl wanted some veggies.
I put together a big ‘ol veggie-packed salad, complete with romaine, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, baby carrots, red onion, red pepper, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and some leftover grilled chicken.
I can’t even tell you the last time I put sunflower seeds in a salad (actually, yes I can, but it’s been a while) but it added a nice little extra crunch.
After I finished the salad, I needed something sweet. I also knew that this was waiting to be eaten…
Yeah, check THAT out guys and gals. Only ONE piece left of my Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Bread…well, at least there WAS one piece left…
Completely dominated in 5 days…all by Yours Truly. I don’t know whether I should be proud or embarrassed?
Hey, at least I didn’t let any go to waste, right?!?