Dear Journal, sometimes I feel like there is this extra weight pressing down on me…

1 Strength Training, exercise, health, granada, nicaragua, personal fitness, juniors gym, wall sit

Bertina kept the challenges flowing this week with lots of surprises in our fitness itinerary. While wall sits are nothing new, I wasn’t expecting a 35 lbs barbell on my lap to accompany this week’s sit at Junior’s Gym.

The thrill of the moment was when I realized that I could push past the minute and a half that she asked me to complete because I was loving the challenge and felt that I was in a strong position to keep it going. There is something about those weights that sparks a happy chemical reaction, upping the excitement level and my desire to draw out the task for more time.

2 Strength Training, exercise, health, granada, nicaragua, personal fitness, juniors gym

While in some exercises I can now add a barbell to the struggle, in other areas it is enough for me just to lift the bar! Bertina set me up on this machine to push up on the bar with my foot to engage my lower body while on my forearms. I love that this exercise feels like I am at play even though it’s working all those key areas that I am targeting.

3 Strength Training, exercise, health, granada, nicaragua, personal fitness, junior's gym

Next Bertina brought over a bench so that I could turn around and work the other side. With the bar over my waist, I did a series of reps lifting and lowering my core (again, no weights added yet, just the bar). This movement looks like terror on the back but it’s just the kind of exercise that women can actually excel at with all of our hip strength. 

Strength Training, exercise, health, granada, nicaragua, personal fitness, Junior's gym

I was really excited this week about doing this courtesy lunge exercise using the bar for additional weight and to concentrate on balance. I remember doing this exercise my very first week (now 7 months ago) at Junior’s Gym. At that time, Bertina and Chris had me do several sets of courtesy lunges without any kind of weights and I remember being so tired at the end that I used a chair for balance! That was then.

Now Bertina is increasing the challenge adding the bar and it was back to the beginning again.

I loved the thrill of the weight, but I was now again less sure of my footing.

But what am I going to do? Grab a chair? I’ve got to hold on to that bar!

Strength Training, exercise, health, granada, nicaragua, personal fitness 1

Guess, where I am now? Yep, back on the dirty floor of the garage, where I can get the my favorite minimalist workout. Bertina designed an awesome planking exercise that had me rowing up with my arms and coming down for push-ups, as well. I look forward to combo planks for the mental distraction they provide and the added challenge of using my core to balance during the movement.

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What would a workout be without squats and lunges? I am gunning for those lower body curves and here you can see that Bertina included more weights to all these exercises to start adding on some inches to my hips, glutes and thighs.

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Can we stick another weight in there somewhere? Yep, there’s a place riiiight there!

And while there was so much more this week, dear Journal, I just wanted to check in so that you knew that we are still here in the grand struggle, taking steps, steps and more steps towards greater personal strength and happiness.

Strength Training, exercise, health, granada, nicaragua, personal fitness, garage workout, march 2018

At the end of hour, I always like to take a moment to slow it down and feel all the joy of the morning’s movement and the residual reactions that it has on my body.

Isn’t leisure so much sweeter when it follows physical work?

Um-humm…