||[Dec. 18th, 2007|10:33 am]
Mr. New Trainer man taught me proper technique for squats yesterday.
Do NOT ask me to stand up without screaming. I can barely make it down the stairs without my quads bursting forth from my legs.
Despite my lack of eating, I'm up 1lb today. Could be 1lb in quad hostility?
My angry banana would like to meet your angry quads.
Imagine the amount of ranting and whining that would go on if they got together. :)
Congrats on the squats and sorry 'bout the pain part.
I'm thinking the 1lb is probably from the working out. My nutritionist says it happens alot, particularly with strength training.
The trainer is pretty darn good, but OUCH. I think perhaps a few less squats next time.
Now, if I DID gain 11 lbs instead of 1lb overnight, that would be at least 300 squats? ;) I'd be scared.
As much as I may tease, he really was upfront with me about my goal to stabalize my weight and add muscle to my legs and butt.
He said to add or maintain muscle (rather the just lose weight), I need to send the message to my body that we have conditions we aren't prepared to deal with. This means heavier weights so that the body has the build more muscle. This means lifting until you can't do that weight "a few more reps" without help. And that means some level of soreness. He said that we'll ramp up slowly to get my joints and tendons ready and used to lifting, then we are going to increase the weight and start building muscle.
I really liked him. He also said with the amount I'm eating there is absolutely no way I can gain muscle, so he's hoping I can get in more calories and for now just prevent muscle loss if I continue losing.
I hate to tell you this... but unless you REALLY stretch them out today, they're going to be even worse tomorrow.
Warm bath with epsom salts might help some, but tomorrow the soreness is going to be intense. The good thing? Soreness means your muscles were torn down enough to start to rebuild themselves, which is how you get more muscle.
As difficult as it is, and as much as you want to die right now (well, def. tomorrow!) your trainer is 100% correct: you won't get there if you don't push yourself: HARD!
I'm proud of you! :)
I used to be a competitive power-lifter in HS...squats done correctly should just about ALWAYS leave you sore the next day. No matter how many times you have done them in the past! *lol*
Enjoy them though...the loose and powerful feeling you have after a great workout is such a natural high. I was never a runner, but after a great workout, I was always able to run the 1.5 miles home from school.
Ask your trainer about hack-squats (or sit-down squat as some peopl call them)...totally great for your ass, and easier on nerves in the back and legs than a regular squat. I went to state for the hack...hrmmm....I was a hawt tough chick ;) I beat up a linebacker in HS...it was right around the time I set the hack record, too ;) *giggle*
Squats will also help your lower back muscles and abdominals to a point because of how rigid you have to hold yourself.
Keep us updated! :)
And a whirlpool bath (like a jacuzzi tub) will do your muscles loads of good after a workout. Less sore the next day.