Year two of the ‘birthday workout’ was today! I turned 38 and after my morning ‘total body’ class, I went to hit the iron at 38 reps each. I love this circuit because it’s ridiculous, it’s hard and it makes you stronger. I did this last year with great satisfaction, challenge and joy. This year was no different! And the fact that this year I am studying to become a personal trainer, this challenge became more meaningful to me in a way.
This is what my trainer friend and I designed for me (the focus was low weight, muscle isolation). Unfortunately the squat bar was being work on so we had to go to plan B. Since Tuesday was a hard leg day, today’s focus was not on heavy weights:
- 38 reps single leg split squat (no weight)
- 38 second wall sit
- 38 reps one-arm dumbbell row, per arm (20lbs)
- 38 reps lateral pulldowns (80lbs)
- 38 side-lying leg raises, per side
- 38 reps adductors
- 38 reps abductors
I don’t even remember the weight but I remember thinking, no one should ever do 38 reps straight of leg abductors. WHEW!
I worked on my core / some lower abdominal exercises and went back to the one-arm dumbbell row for the encore. I rowed 45lbs each side, which is my current one-rep max.
Really pleased with myself and excited that I challenged myself to do something different.
Because, what doesn’t challenge you, won’t change you.
And I’m a new woman after today.