It gives you a new perspective
Keeps you on your toes
These were all of things I was trying to convince myself as we headed to the fitness center for low carb day #2 workout: sprints again...but in a different form from yesterday. Coach wanted us to mix it up. Why? It's good to change up your fitness routine for several reasons:
1) to continue to challenge your body
2) improve strength and conditioning
3) to keep exercises effective
Since I always do my sprints on the elliptical and I'm not running, that left me with the bike. Then I had to decide which bike: recumbent or upright? I chose the upright because it imitates an outdoor bike and I thought would provide a harder workout.
I definitely got a good cardio workout doing 20 sets of 20:20 sprints, but my legs did not "feel the burn" the same way they do on the elliptical. It was my first time, so I probably need to play around with the incline choices more (I ended up on level 8) and figure out the whole standing up thing.
Side note: after doing some reading for this blog post, it seems as if both types of bikes can produce a good caloric burn (although some argue that you work harder on the upright so you burn more calories than the same workout on the recumbent), but the recumbent provides more protection for the lower back during the workout. Both bikes require quads, hamstrings, and glutes to do the work.
I posted a video to my Instagram, but here are some of the faces I make when doing bike sprints. Pretty funny!
After a 30 minute cool down walk on the treadmill, it was plank time. For my plank challenge I really tried to keep my body stationary while doing the full plank with arm reach. It's a lot harder than when you let yourself rock back and forth.
Since we were already there, we hit the pool again for a little post workout chill time.
We thought we'd mix things up at dinner a little too and ate out on our balcony. It was still near 90 degrees, but in the shade and with the breeze, it was very nice.
What I ate on low card day (repeat)
Brunch: scrambled eggs with ham, pb&j rice cakes and gf sausage patty
Snack: celery and humus
Dinner: crockpot chicken, greens beans, salad
I still crave something cold after dinner on low carb days (usually I would have fruit or yogurt), so I've been using pb&j rice cakes as a substitute. It's not the same. At all.
Macros: another good low carb day, but I'm ready to eat all the fruit!
How do you mix things up lately?
Which bike do you prefer?
What is your favorite dessert?