Tuesday, January 25

Welcome to the Gun Show

This is what I do on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights and Saturday mornings with Tricky Nikki and McMuscles.

We lift weights.

Lifting weights still feels like a very "manly" thing to do. But the benefits of lifting outweigh my "genderfied reservations" about it.

I cannot tell you how strong it makes me feel! My muscles change from weak and wimpy to activated and exploding! Plus, the more muscle I gain, the slimmer I look, regardless of the scale. So, I totally dig that!

We don't do a ton of exercises, so it's not like cardio where I'm puddling with sweat. But that doesn't mean it's easy. Especially when we hit muscle failure, then McMuscles steps in and has us do "forced repetitions" which means he helps us a little, but it still hurts like heck.

See how my face looks?

Then, McMuscles makes sure Tricky Nikki and I are working really hard. He pushes (or pulls, as the case may be depending on the machine) and makes us do the negative movement. I almost wet myself when he did it on the above machine. Because it HURT. But I loved it, as it means that I am achieving my full range of motion. And that means my muscles are getting stronger and toner and I'm getting slimmer.


Then on (what we call) the BOY machines, McMuscles makes us pull out all the stops. I think it's a matter of personal pride with him, because he knows every guy that works out over there. And he pushes us harder than the fellows. Not because we are women, but because he knows what we are capable of getting if we push it. And push we do.

You might notice that there was no weight on the big sticky-outie part of this machine, called a T-bar Row. That's cause the part I was pulling weighs a lot by itself. Last night, I managed to eek out 15 reps with a 25 pound weight on it. But that was HARD HARD HARD. I had to work for it. Tricky Nikki too. We use our perpetual "competition" to joke and laugh while we work out ("I got 15 reps, how many did YOU get?") but really, it's a good bench mark for us. We know if one girl is out-repping the other, then someone's not giving it 100%. It's good to have a buddy to hold you accountable. And I've got my Nik. Thank heavens for her!
McMuscles doesn't need anyone to hold him accountable. He's a machine. Sheesh, the man has been doing this for a long time, so it feels natural for him. And he makes it look so easy! Since I keep talking about the man, I figured I'd give you a sneek peek into the gun show Nik and I get when we workout with him.

And personally, I just like standing next to him cause he makes me feel like a teeny tiny waif.


So, I know lots of us like sticking with our bootcamps, yoga, zumba and walking. But I encourage you to go out and try lifting weights! If you have a gym membership, the owners/workers will most likely give you a hand so you know what to do. And I promise if you try it- it will transform your body.

Have you included lifting weights into your workout routine yet? 


The WholeFamDamily said...

ya i need to do that more often, my hubby does it every night down in our basement, he has all these machines and contraptions and free weights and bars and ...why aren't i down there right now? sheesh!! lol

Jen said...

First I love your Not Hard, Just New statement. SO TRUE! I totally dig the weights. I havent started back up with them, but come Feb I will be!

Untypically Jia said...

Dude you wore lipstick to work out. Your a hottie with a naughty body. Hehe.

Amanda said...

Fab pick chica! You look awesome.

Diet Chic ~ Jury said...

Looking good!! and WOW, he IS big! hehe lifting weights always makes me feel strong! :)

Lynda with a Y said...

He's delicious. And you can tell him I said so.

The Incredible Shrinking Woman said...

Oh, I will Lynda! He's always asking what the readers have said about him. He doesn't read my blog, but his MOM does!!! (which is awesome! Yay for McMuscles' MAMA!)

Honkadoodle said...

You are so thin now! Way to go girlie :)

Danielle said...

I love lifting weights! But, I also miss it since I no longer have a gym membership. *sigh* Maybe one day when the funds are coming in again and time is on my side.lol

You look great, Sister! Seriously. And you're even wearing white! Go you!

Senora Muertos said...

This is something I need to do! I complain about my bat wing arms and then do nothing about them. I would like to wear sleeveless shirts come summer. Thanks for inspiring me as usual. You rock!

Shrinking Mommy said...

Isn't it great to feel how lifting weights make you feel stronger and leaner. I do not have a gym membership but have free weights at home. I try to use those or just do pushs, etc.

I love the post and you always make me smile! keep it up!

Penny said...

I popped in because of a comment you left on one of my blogs {icouldbefake.com}

and wow...

{I've just spent a great deal of time reading thru some of your older posts and pages}

I have to say I am completely in awe of you .

Maria said...

I'm with Jia, first thing I noticed was the lipstick. Totally awesome!

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