Getting Back, and Feeling the Pain
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Last Friday I finally went back to the gym. I had started to get sick around week 7 of my pregnancy and then I felt better after week 16. However, I was then struck with a nasty cold with cough week 17 to week 19 of my pregnancy, and finally felt like a normal person (more or less) at week 20. I went back to one of my favorite classes, BodyPump, and because of the long hiatus, really did go light.

This was me last Friday
Warm-up: 10 x 2 = 20
Squat: 10 x 2 = 20
Chest press: 7.5 x 2 = 15
Back: 10 x 2 = 20
Lunges: 7.5 x 2 = 15
Shoulders: 2.5 x 2 = 5
Biceps: 5 x 2 = 10
Triceps: 5
This was me June 2014
Warm-up: 10 x 2 = 20
Squat: 37.5 x 2 = 75; Did 40×2=80 on 6/13 for a short track ’84.
Chest press: 20 x 2 = 40
Chest fly: 10 x 2 = 20
Back: 22.5 x 2 = 45
Lunges: 22.5 x 2 = 45
Shoulders = 10 x 2 = 20 (Damn my levator shoulder issues!)
Biceps: 10 x 2 = 20, sometimes using drop weights 12.5×2=25
Triceps: 10

And boy was I feeling sore already during the session! I can’t take any ibuprofen either, so I am just starting to feel less pain today. I realized during the class that I really took my strength for granted. I have lost a lot of muscle as a result of my pregnancy, and I will have to work hard to get it back. My ego was definitely bruised by the experience. I used to be able to squat more than even the burly men in the class! I had lost a lot of fitness during the 3 and 1/2 month break from strength training. I hope that I can keep going at least once a week. I am not sure if I will be ready to go back on Friday but will give it a try!

I managed to mostly walk a 5K at the local Fremont Run 4 Education — a run that benefits the Fremont elementary schools. For us, it was a wonderful family event and Roger has been itching to do the kids run for a while. I was very slow moving and at the end, waddling mostly due to my muscles being so sore.


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