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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What's APPening?

I apologize for the lack of posts lately.  Between the forth of July, Sloane's birthday and getting ready for a family vacation I've been running around like a crazy lady!

Late last week I hurt my back pretty bad.  Bad enough I had to ask John to cut a workout short and have the in-laws come in the following day because I could barely walk.  Two trips to the chiropractor, a doctor visit, massage, lots of icing, muscle relaxers and pain meds I'm feeling better but I'm just pissed at myself.

So far, I'm not a fan of the deadlift, probably because I'm not very good at it. Anyways, I did some deadlift work Tuesday with my coach and decided to come back to the gym to deadlift by myself again Friday.  You see in softball when you're in a slump you go in take extra cuts, do hitting drills, visualize, and simulate game like experiences as much as possible so my natural instinct to improve my deadlift is to practice, practice, practice just like in softball.  Turns out I couldn't have been more wrong.

I totally overestimated my body's ability to recover that quickly from a heavy lifting workout and ended up paying for it.  I kept upping the weight until I couldn't lift it anymore and then brought it back down.  Somewhere around 225 I felt something snap in my back.

Of course I see how stupid is was now but I just want to be a better deadlifter and we all know patience has never been my strong suit.  I cried for a day because unless a miracle happens I'm out of the Iowa Games competition.  Lesson learned.

In the meantime I'll be taking some time off from heavy lifting as well as going on vacation.  I'm not gonna lie, being away from the gym, my kitchen, my routine makes me nervous.  While I am confident that I can come up with a modified workout while on vacation I do feel better with my new favorite app on hand.

The Nike Training Club app...

The app gives you four choices for the goal of your workout:

After you've selected your goal, you choose your level:

Once you've chosen your level, choose your workout based on time.

What I love about this app:

  • It's totally free
  • You start the workout, turn on your tunes if you want and let it play.  You don't need to keep checking your phone for time remaining or the next move.  It will guide you through the entire thing!
  • All workouts include a nice warm up and cool down
  • The workouts require minimal equipment that you can find in most gyms
  • The workouts are challenging!  I find even the beginner ones tough!  
  • There are so many workouts to choose from you could never get bored!  
Your turn: Have you tried this?  Do you have a favorite fitness app?  Tell me, tell me!  

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