Physiology Studying January 2016

I’m very grateful that it’s Friday! I’ve felt like I’ve been a step or two behind all week, so I’m looking forward to the weekend to get back on track. I don’t have classes on Friday, so I just have to work tonight. Usually I work Saturdays too, but I have Saturday off this weekend. It’s perfect timing because I have a physiology unit test on Sunday. You can’t go wrong with extra studying time.

I’m so incredibly sore today. We spent my program design class in the gym on Wednesday. Our prof led us in a couple workouts so we get the hang of them to then share with our future clients. First off we did tabatas. They’re 20 seconds of work followed by ten seconds of rest, which is then repeated eight times. Once you’ve completed eight sets of one move, you do three more exercies. We did squats, crunches, pushups, and burpees. 20 seconds have never felt so long and ten seconds so short! We then moved on to a few ladder drills, and ended with a 40 minute spin workout. I’m not sure if I’ve ever been as sweaty as I was by the time I got off the bike. Needless to say I was exhausted and knew I was going to be pretty sore the next day.

Thursday I was definitely suffering. My quads were burning, by arms were sore from all the pushups. I was pretty slow going up or down stairs. We were in the gym again for my strength training class where we were talking about squats. Thankfully we did more talking than actually doing. I think the whole class breathed a sigh of relief. I’m still pretty sore today, but I’m definitely feeling better.

After learning all the details of proper squat form, I now have a new appreciation for what a complex movement it is. It truly is a full body exercise. I found out that my tight hips and weak lower abs mean that my squat form isn’t as great as I would like it to be. I’m going to be doing some hip stretches (hopefully every night before bed) to help with that. I knew I had tight hips before, I just didn’t realize how much the tightness impacts my movement.

I don’t have any exciting plans this weekend other than studying and getting my unit test done. Share something fun you’re doing in the comments so that I can live vicariously through you! 

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