The high intensity, zone 4 exercises have been my exercise of choice for sometime now, but over the past six weeks I have been hobbling around with a calf strain. This annoying obstacle has my routine limited to low impact, cardio exercises that I might have continued to avoid under normal circumstances. But after several attempts to get back at it along with re-aggravating my calf a few times over, I gave way to this new, carved out path that I stubbornly resisted. It was not a smooth transition by any means! I now include 1-2 swim and 1-2 spin classes into the plan each week…of course I have my buddy the ice pack there to help things along. With this steady regiment of low impact exercises I have actually started to enjoy the variety and find myself more rounded physically.
A typical week might look like this:
Mon- 20/20/20 (20 min. cardio, 20 min. body exercise, 20 min. cardio)
Tue- One hour swim along with some core
Wed. Boot Camp -
Thurs. One hour spin class, along with some core and
Fri. Total Conditioning- One hour full body work out with HR in zone 3 and 4
Sun. One hour spin followed by one hour of swim
I do modify Wed and Friday keeping it low impact.
Some lessons I have learned (AGAIN) recently:
-More often much growth comes from setbacks…I try to take them as learning experiences.
-Don’t knock it until you try it!
A quote to sum it up…
“I don’t really think in terms of obstacles. My biggest obstacle is always myself.”