Saturday, July 14, 2012

Try for 25!

Kathi (my trainer, who took a first place in last Sunday's Carlsbad Tri!) "mixed it up" yet again during my mid-week workout this week.  Instead of doing 15 reps of each exercise, she had me do 25 reps of each.  I did 12 stations, 25 reps each, 2 full rotations.  So, if you do the math, it is only 5 extra reps for each exercise.  Normally I do 15 reps for 3 rotations, equalling 45 total reps of an exercise.

She said by increasing the number of reps to 25, it is essentially giving your msucles an endurance workout.  I big deal, I'll just pound out 25 reps.  WELL, LET ME TELL YOU......there is a very big difference between 15 and 25, even though it is just 10 little reps!  I was very surprised at how the level of difficulty went so far up!  Our bodies have muscle memory, so during the first 15 reps, my muscles were saying...OK, this is a normal workout.  Then, BAM, add another 10 and my muscles really started talking to me! 

It made me think how our bodies get accustomed to all aspects of what we do, what we eat, how much we hydrate, how much we sleep, how much we drink, how much we relax, how much we love, and everything else!  So, if you want to teach your body a new level of performance, just add another 10 reps, or whatever that translates to for you!  Try it and let me know how it goes for you!

BTW, I am at the end of day 10 of the 2 week induction for South Beach.  Just 4 short days left.  I have not strayed one little tiny bit.  I feel good.  The waistband for my slacks fit better.  I am happy with my effort!

Desire to see what else my body can do.  Dedication to push a little harder.  Discipline to push for just 10 more!


  1. I like the insight about pushing for "10 more of anything"...and including relax,love & hydrate, as well as muscle use! Great ah-ha moment thanks to Carlsbad Trialthalon Women's winner, Kathi...and you!

  2. What's an "induction"?

    I am back from vacation and so happy to get back into my routine and to visit my trainer on Wed. It will be rough after a 3 week hiatus. I'm happy to report I actually LOST one lb while on vacation. Now if only I had avoided that cupcake today... (I'm jetlagged and tired and fell to the energy craving.)

    Thanks for setting such a great example Patty!

  3. Ah... read your previous post and understand that you're talking about South Beach diet... :) I thought you were going to South Beach! :)