I guess I’m still going through the break- in and sore muscle phase, cuz I’m having pain in places I didn’t even know I had muscles! But other than that, I’m enjoying my time at the Gym…it’s something different and keeps me out of the polluted and allergen filled outdoor air.
I’m currently putting in 2-3 days per week, spending an average of 2.5 hrs per visit. I’m hoping to increase that to 4 days a week after I get into better shape. On a typical visit I spend about 30 to 45 minutes warming up on the treadmill, during which time I tend to attract a lot of stares (seems not too many people racewalk on a treadmill ). After warming up, I’ll do about 30 minutes of stretching and ab work , followed by a full hour on the arm and leg weight machines.
With my current 3 day schedule I have to do both my pulling and pushing weight exercises on the same day, but eventually when I able to come in 4 days per week, I’ll split my routine up and devote 2 days a week to curling exercises and 2 days a week on press exercises. My trainer/friend Steve, thinks this is a better way to tone up.
So, how’s it going so far ? Too soon to tell. This is the first time ever, that I’ve added cross training to my marathon training schedule. Overall I feel a little stronger, but I’m more tired than usual , I’m constantly sore, and even though I’ve cut back on calories, I’ve gained 4 lbs! I’m now up to 148 lbs which is the most of I’ve weighed in the past year. My trainer thinks it’s probably new muscle forming (I actually have noticeable biceps now.) I don’t know what to think. While it’s true that I’m working out hard in the gym, I’m also walking considerably fewer miles per week, which would translate into few calories burned.
I’ll have to give it another couple months to see what happens with my weight.
On the breathing front, nothing much has changed. Whether I do short intense cross training sessions indoors, or long distance endurance walks outdoors, I’m still experiencing a significant amount of air trapping and dyspnea afterwards.