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Complete Muscle Failure

I’m having a hard time typing this because my arms are so shaky from my work-out – not gonna lie – I love it!!!  The 43 really shouldn’t have been hard but I’m trying to  push myself by increasing the amount of weight I lift so it was tough.

I just did 43 basic up-right rows.  Sounds simple, huh?  Start by standing with a dumbbell in each  hand palms facing body.  Pull weights up to chest height then push them down (like zipping up and unzipping a jacket).  I started with 15 pounds in each hand and after 30 reps I had to drop down to 12 pounds to finish the 43.  I figured it was much better to finish with a lighter weight than to let my form suffer!!

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Hunter offered to do a demo today.  I know his right arm isn’t completely in line with his left but it is because he just got his cast off (broken wrist) a week and a half ago and is still trying to strengthen his arm.  I love how serious he looks!!!

I was already shaky after the 43 but went ahead and did the rest of my work-out: Chalean Extreme Burn Circuit 2.  If you have never done Chalean Extreme, I highly recommend it!!!  She focuses on lower reps and higher weights.  I went through this program a couple of years ago and it is  the first time  I really tried to do more than 8-10 pound weights.  Now I regularly use 20-30 pounds!!! (therefore, the shakiness while typing)

I’m off to enjoy Fun Friday!!!


Work Those Hamstrings!

The 43 today is one of my favorite moves! I LOVE dead-lifts!!  Plus, I added in a row so it was a nice combo move to work hamstrings, butt, and back muscles.

I started standing up straight with 15 pound dumbbells in each hand.  Hinge from the waist and, without rounding your back, lower down.  Come up about halfway and perform row – really squeeze shoulder blades together when you draw your elbows in. Lower arms and slowly lift body back to upright, squeezing butt as you come up.

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For the rest of my work-out I did Les Mills Pump – Combat DVD.  One of my very favorite work-outs when I only have about 45 minutes.  I also did 2 quick 10 minute walks with a friend.

Now I have to get busy on the newsletter for Hunter’s school.  It has to go home tomorrow and I haven’t started – I still have 12+ hours, plenty of time!!!

Kim  :Aerobics: