Monday, March 10, 2008

Blissful gym workout

I am still very under-slept (this weekend was bad for quantity and quality both), but I finally feel back at full strength otherwise. If I make it through the end of the day Thursday, I am going to collapse for a few days for rest and recovery! It was an absolutely blissful gym workout though, a great relief to be feeling so much more myself after the evil lung ailment.

We started with a classic M. lineup of stuff, the kind of things that have to be avoided if one is not feeling well: front and side planks, cobra and quadruped with light weights, push-ups, v-raises and toe-touches (both very good core exercises), that plyometrics drill of running in place with high knees. Nothing else particularly worthy of note except for an absolutely evil lunge variant--the kind of ankle weights that make me feel like I'm on a spaceship practicing for heavier gravity on another planet, and 5- or 8-pound weights held up in sort of shoulder press position, front leg on platform and then start from lunge position and bring leg up into a front kick. I always feel I'm bad at lunges anyway, but these ones were absolutely dire, I hope we do them again next time...

(Bonus link: some good stuff up at M.'s Myspace page, and I think some footage from the famous Absession video will be available at Youtube in the near future!)