I made some changes to the blog design... I wish I could do more, but visuals are not my forte. Still, I hope you like it; it's wider for bigger pictures now.
On Sunday I took another crack at a Matrix Workout. For my warm-up, I did kettlebell swings, 1 minute of mountain climbers, 10 burpees and 25 pushups.
Remember the structure? Here it is again, at least, the current draft:
|Sorry about the orange... as if you weren't sick of pumpkin themed stuff already.|
And here's how I varied it this time...
I used a pair of 8lb pyramid shaped weights I have, instead of 12lbs on this exercise, so I ended up doing more (15) reps instead. At home, I did the pull-ups in more of an inverted row position; putting my feet on the bench takes weight off, and being closer to diagonal makes it easier on my shoulders. 15 reps done.
|Here's me doing the Single-Leg Bent-Over Rear Shoulder Flys...not perfectly graceful, but whatever.|
For pushups this time, I managed 40 in one minute - I'm proud of that.
|Some support on my lower body plus a less punishing angle for the lift.|
I found the resistance band I have at home is not quite as tight as the one in the gym - even if I placed my feet (see below) further apart, I still couldn't get a lot of resistance from it. I'm considering scrapping this as my endurance/back exercise, but I like how the continuously increasing resistance during the motion feels. It's different (better?) than using a free weight - I just need the magnitude of force used to be bigger.
|Rows with the resistance band|
I managed 2 circuits this time, and the second circuit was done in 10 minutes. I want to get a little more used to the load and the current exercises (maybe make it to 3 circuits) then switch things up a little.
Labels: cross-training, matrix, strength