Upper Body Workout, Back Troubles, and Running

Upper Body Workout

What a workout today!  We had a full hour of upper body workout, and my arms are really feeling it now.  Upper body is one of my weakest areas that I really need to work on.  Not only do I have a lot of toning to do in my tricep area, but my back needs a lot of strengthening as well, both of which we hit really well on today.

Since we’re on the topic of upper body today, I thought I’d talk a little about my lower back, which has been very prone to injury for the past few years.  When I started getting up to these higher numbers on the scale, I started having pain in my back when I slept at night, and sometimes I’d throw my lower back out doing the simplest things.  Of course it doesn’t take a medical doctor to tell me this could be attributed to those extra pounds my body was carrying around and my back was having to support day in and day out.  One of the biggest accomplishments I’ve noticed so far since starting these  Blogilates calendar workouts is that I no longer wake up with back pain during the night now, and haven’t in weeks.

Back Troubles

I did actually think I had thrown my back out again recently after trying to do the  100 Burpee Burnout one day.  According to one of my very good personal-training professional friends, Jimmy Hart (more about him later), this was because of a possible strength gap, meaning that my back wasn’t strong enough to balance out the strength I had gained in other areas.  He recommended that I do more back exercises to strengthen it up and fill in that strength gap, so I have been incorporating some extra back exercises he recommended every day or two now.  Luckily, my back only bothered me for the rest of that day, and the following day was a rest day, so I was able to jump back into the workouts without missing any days.


So speaking of my good friend Jimmy, I give him credit for inspiring me to develop a love for fitness a few years ago.  Growing up, I was never into sports or fitness of any kind.  I was (and still am, really) pretty clumsy and trip over my own two feet regularly.  I remember on several different occasions, some years apart from each other, my friends actually laughing at me and making fun of me for how I looked when I would try to run.  Oh, how I hated running.  I would always say that I was not put together to run, literally, because I have what you call “knock-knees” where the knees sort of invert, opposite of “bow-legged.”  It was not only embarrassing to have to run, but it was also really kind of painful.  Come to find out, I just wasn’t doing it right!

Jimmy Hart was in town on some business a few years back and I offered him my guest bedroom so he wouldn’t have to spend money on a hotel.  I mean, that’s what friends are good for, right?  Anyway, Jimmy the awesome personal trainer and, by the way, world-renowned running coach, had me go out and run in the street in front of my house while he observed how I was running and what all I was doing wrong.  He showed me how to correct my form so that I was running correctly.

Proper Running Form

Running Form

After that, I was running almost every day!  I’ll never forget the first time I ever ran one full mile without stopping to walk.  I stopped the treadmill at the gym, grabbed my phone, and texted Jimmy so excited at my accomplishment.  I’m sure he thought I was crazy… he probably runs at least 10 miles a day.

And so began my love for running.

I still have a long way to go to be a marathon runner or even an outdoor runner.  I prefer the treadmill, much as I realize and understand how backwards that seems.  But Jimmy Hart went on to become the founder and owner of an exclusive, high-performance training facility for runners, formerly called PACE Labs, now called theGait Lab, located in Plano, Texas (right outside of Dallas).  It is the first of its kind, and has gained a lot of interest in the running world.  The Gait Lab uses “high speed digital recording with advanced motion capture software to spot areas in your gait that need improvement.”  They use what they find to develop a corrective plan for improved performance.

Here’s an example of what they do:

Anyway, I hope everyone enjoyed today’s workout as much as I did.  I can already tell I’m going to be sore tomorrow!  Has anyone else noticed any benefits from the workouts other than the toning and weight loss?


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