Hello readers! Hope everyone’s doing well. I’ve had a few ups and downs since my last post. Here’s my update:
I had to stop Hourglass Workout after two weeks of attendance. The twinge in my lower back started to creep back in, and it was enough to scare me to stop the boot camp classes for the time being. My membership was put on hold.
Luckily for me, it did not flare up as bad as it did the previous time. I guess I just needed a bit of a break. It wasn’t very long before I was well enough to contemplate heading back into the gym and that’s exactly what I did.
I decided to re-start Ashley Horner’s Magnify You program. I wanted to slowly ease back into weightlifting, and this program seemed to be the best option for me because it didn’t include a lot of plyo-type exercises (which seems to exacerbate my back strain). The first week of Magnify You calls for light weight/high reps. I thought I could handle it.
I had two weeks’ vacation over the Christmas holidays, and I was able to go to the gym during the day (with less people in attendance). My day sessions also allowed me to take my time and not feel like I was rushed to complete an exercise.
Week one was a success for me. I took an extra rest day when I felt it was necessary and it did wonders for my back. I’m really starting to feel like I’m able to read my back a bit better. One twinge and I back off and allow the rest I need.
Tonight I start Week 2. Four the next four weeks, I’ll be lifting heavy and performing 6 to 8 reps for each exercise. I hope I won’t be waiting around for equipment. The other day, I spent approximately 20 minutes waiting for the Smith machine. To make things worse, I couldn’t really do anything else on my list because all the other equipment I needed was also taken. I ended up performing some of the dumbbell exercises at home.