Wednesday, February 24, 2016

I Wanna Wall Walk...

High reps, light weights. That was my world for a lot years.

I mentioned in my Before I was a Runner post I had a very long absence from weight training, due to a frozen shoulder.

The pain was awful, my shoulder would burn all day, over the course of a year I took three injections to tame it. I did PT till I was broke, and the crazy thing, I have no idea how I hurt it. 

In 2012, when I finally became a gym member again, I was babying the shoulder...it took me a year before I had the confidence to really try to push some weight.

Pain will make you think twice...

Some of you who have been stopping by for awhile may remember this...


I always say this is the picture that scared me into changing! Look at that arm flab. I saw that and wanted to work on it.

Light weight is awesome to learn proper form and coordination of the movement, but eventually we need to pick up something heavy.

Something you can not do 15 of, or even 10...

Everyone is different when it comes to what weight will challenge you.

Strength is just like running pace, all very individual, and while I know some of you can squat huge loads, 45 lbs. is what I have currently built up to. I started trying with 10 lbs! We all start somewhere.

Developing muscle mass becomes much more important as we age. Besides a good organic skin lotion, it is probably our best fountain of youth.

Weight training is one of the few things that can bump our metabolism awake. ((I am very jealous it seems to work better for some!!))

I have mad respect for all the body weight exercisers out here.

I am still trying to get strong enough, so I can try real some body weight work.

chin ups

pull ups

pistol squats

handstand push ups (I can't even get my nerve to try a handstand)

rope climb (can't coordinate that either and I have tried)

dips

back bridge

wall walks




I admit, I drool a little when I see folks come in the gym and bang these things out.

Can I do any of these things on the list?!

No, but I am still trying to work toward it.

Current favorite strength training exercise?
Do you do any body weight strength training?

Happy Hump Day! Hang in there ❤
The weekend is coming!



42 comments:

  1. Weight training is so important! It surprises me that more people don't do it. I want them to come to the dark side. I never even heard of wall walks! They look so scary! Last night I dreamed I could do push ups on my knuckles. Why the hell would I dream that!? Hahaha.

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    1. Ha! Knuckle push ups is pretty tough LOL I have dreamed though about doing some of the things I see, like handstands push ups...
      I am so envious of the wall walkers, I am such a nerd!

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  2. Bodyweight exercises don't have to be crazy hard! Burpees, mountain climbers, pushups . . . they're all bodyweight! And crazy good for you.

    Ugh! Despite being pretty steady in my weight training for years, I have arm flab like you wouldn't believe (and a few running photos to prove it).

    I think it's all that yo-yoing with my weight, combined with age & skin that doesn't bounce back anymore. And then there are the stretch marks, and I didn't even have the kids to earn them!

    Anyhoo, I think strength training is soooo important and often neglected because you just don't get those feel good endorphins you get from running.

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    1. I like your list of of body weight! I always think of the crazy stuff I can't do lol
      I have been training really hard for a few years now and I still have areas I have made little progress with. My middle...ugh...
      I have the same yoyo weight thing, I hear ya!
      I plan to keep at it :) You know sometimes I I get a good circuit going I do get some happy juices flowing. Combo moves, like a squat and shoulder press and push-ups seem to do it for me :)

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  3. Just looking at those lateral wall walks is making me tired..haha.

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  4. Oh gosh - I have NO upper body strength. Its ridiculous. Never have. But now, the wing flap that flows in the wind is killing me. I'm all about toning up these arms. & with a shoulder injury its hard... but I'm still going to try. & maybe one day those wall walks will be in my future too!

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    1. :) yep, we can wall walk!
      It is tough with that shoulder pain.
      I am still not super strong in the world of strong, but it does feel good to make gains :) Hopefully you shoulder will stay tame.

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  5. I can do a lot of those except rope climbs - but I bet I could if I worked at it!

    Strength training is SO important, and yes, especially as you get older! Strength training is important in helping fight the inevitable muscle loss!

    Lately I have been doing a few sets of lifting to exhaustion, then lifting to exhaustion again with lighter weights! It's fun to change it all up, and not do all my strength training for endurance!

    You look great in that pic ;)

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    1. You rock Kim :)
      I bet you could climb the rope with a little work.
      Sounds like super setting a little, I like that :) It'll do good things for ya!

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  6. I have zero upper body strength. I need to get started doing something about that. I am so unmotivated. Running takes all my time.

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    1. I know, it does take time and it so hard to get it all in.
      I bet tennis helps you quite a bit!

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  7. My upper body strength has never been that great, pretty sure I couldn't do those wall walks if my life depended upon it right now, wow!
    Who knows though, maybe one day! I'm sure you'l get there before me!

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    1. I have always been challenged LOL
      This is how I start working at something though, I get a crazy idea in my head...
      I am not sure I'll make it lol

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  8. Strength training?!?!...overrated lol. I know how huge it is but i just don't have the desire. When I used to do strength training I liked squats and lunges.

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    1. ha! I know you always say this lol
      squats lunges and push ups would work a lot big muscles! You should do it after a run :)

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  9. I have quite a bit of upper body strength, and can do assisted pull ups but wall pushups? Yikes! I've never tried them!!!

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    1. That is awesome!! I have not tried assisted pull ups with the band, there is a girl a gym who nails them and I always want to try...one day I will work up the nerve.
      Wall push ups look crazy hard.

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  10. I love weight training! It took me years of just running to finally fall in love with the weights. My favorite exercise is bench press and assisted pull ups (they make me feel pretty bad ass). I have TRX cables and they kind of destroy me, too. I do push ups and sun salutations to get in some body weight moves. I like it all!

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    1. They should make you feel bad ass!! That is awesome :) I can't get up the nerve to try the band in the gym. I can do some push ups, but I need to add some more moves into my routine.
      I do kind of drool when I watch folks lol I know I am weird...

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    2. Well, truth be told, I use a machine to do the assisted pull ups. I am scared to try the band (and fail). The machine is awesome...you just choose how much help you need and off you go!

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    3. I like the machine option :) I just use a lot of assist lol

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  11. I like weight training, but have learned that I mainly do it when I go to a trainer. I've work hard on planks and bridges the last few months. Your list has some ridiculously hard stuff on it, and at my advanced age, it is just beyond my ability!

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    1. It is good to have someone to motivate and spot you :)
      I always want to do more than I am capable of lol but yes, my aging may win out. That is my dream list though :)

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  12. I hadn't seen wall walking before reading your post so I'm glad you shared. Body weight strength training - one of my favorite types of ST!

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    1. Wall walking looks so challenging. I saw someone at my gym do it and I was awed :)

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  13. You've seen all the weight my coach makes me lift! I'd never do it on my own. But I have to say it is effective.

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    1. I know you are super bad ass ;) I enjoy seeing all your hard work! and your yoga amazes me.

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  14. Umm...no favorites. Nada. I do planks and "stuff" but no official weight training. YOU ROCK. I do work my upper body pretty good in the summer though.

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    1. Yes you do!! All that skiing is really hard work. I am so uncoordinated...did i ever tell you I wore my friend Debbie out when she was trying to teach me get up lol I don't think she would let me try even if I begged. I am seriously below average LOL

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  15. Love this post! I used to focus only on running and cardio because like a lot of women, I was scared of bulking up. But after I dealt with some painful knee injuries, I've started incorporating more strength work over the last year out of necessity. It has made SUCH a difference. I tip my hat to you for taking the plunge on strength training, too! It takes courage to make the change but once we get into our rhythm, it's so good for us, indeed!

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    1. I am glad it helped with your injury and you notice a big difference. I have had better success with my knees as I train more.
      I still get chicken to try new stuff sometimes, but I do try to get out of my comfort zone.
      I think it has helped my running for sure ;)

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  16. It's so funny I know how important weight training is, but it's so hard for me to commit to it. I find it so boring. I know how important it is for our bones as we age, and our metabolism. Thanks for sharing

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    1. It took me a long time to get my groove going with it :)

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  17. I've never seen Wall walks at my gym before! Then again, my gym is full of nerds. That looks intense. I think I would have major head rush problems. I always love your commitment to strength training and am envious of your consistency. You inspire me to hit the weights more often!

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    1. Awww thanks EB :) you are always so strong with all your Yoga poses, I know you have a great deal of strength.

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  18. How have I never seen wall walks before?? I think I could do them. I'll have to head down to the pain cave and give them a try. I was up to 3 unassisted pullups last winter but then my elbow started acting up. If its not one thing it's another. But I couldn't agree more. Muscle is the fountain of youth.

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    1. That is awesome!! I bet you could do them :) You must share if you do!! hate when stuff starts aching...it is so annoying. I still can't do a darn pull up, but I keep trying lol

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  19. Honestly, only you would look at that race photo and see arm flab. We are so hard on ourselves! I have not tried to do walk walking, but I will tomorrow!

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    1. Ha! I know. Seeing it really helped me to realize I had to challenge my self though. I want a pic if you wall walk :)

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  20. I like lifting weights especially for upper body definition. I like having sexy arms ! Some things set off my sciatic nerve, so I avoid those moves / machines now. I know I need to up my weight but I did bulk up a bit, arms / back and ALL my clothes are tight now (maybe it is a couple extra fat pounds but its also the weights). This is a great reminder though that to see progress you need to up the pounds.

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    1. I love the sexy arms :) I am still trying to get some definition.
      I think we all must have aches and things we aggravate and need to work around it. I wish we could all do what we wanted without the aches.
      Just a few pounds up makes a big difference for me!

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