Sunday, June 20, 2010
Challenge Yourself On The Cheap
Every six weeks I change out my weightlifting/strength training exercises, and increase my weights by 5 lbs.
Currently I am doing:
Squats with bicep hammer curls (18.5 lbs)
Dumbbell dead lifts with shoulder press (18.5 lbs)
Rear lateral raise (8 lbs.)
Dumbbell fly (8 lbs.)
(and 7 other exercises that, for the purpose of this blog post, will not be mentioned.)
In 3 weeks it is time to switch exercises and up the weight by 5 lbs. But, instead of doing that, I thought I'd try to challenge myself in a new way.
So rather than increasing the weights, I will do the exercises on one leg. This increases core work and generally makes your body work harder. Eventually, I will probably spring for a BOSU, but at $120 a pop, I can hold off for a while.
So in 3 short weeks I will be doing:
One legged squats with bicep curls
One legged dumbbell dead lifts with weighted front raise
Rear lateral raises on a stability ball (one leg in the air)
Dumbbell flies on the stability ball (one leg in the air)
(Plus the 7 other exercises that don't involve weights.)
I will probably have to decrease the amount of weight I lift, but I'm pretty sure my body will enjoy the challenge.