I enjoyed Stage 1, but I'm glad to see it go. The workouts never took me more than 30 minutes, which rocks!, but I was becoming a little bored and I was ready for a change. Looking ahead at Stage 2, I can already tell there will be more core-work which I like.
10 workouts and 3.5 weeks later, am I stronger? Did I increase my running speed? Are there any new injuries?
I am definitely faster than I have been, but I think that is due to my increase in speed-works via my half-marathon training schedule.
I have no new injuries. I continue to nurse my right hip to prevent my IT band from flaring up. But so far, I have kept this at bay.
Am I stronger? Let's take a gander...
Squats: Workout 1- 50lbs; Workout 8- 90 lbs
Seated Rows: Workout 1- resistance 4; Workout 8- resistance 6 (I don't know the weight value on these pegs)
Step-Ups: Workout 1-30lbs; Workout 8- 50lbs
Deadlifts: Workout 1- 75lbs; Workout 8- 95lbs
Dumbbell Shoulder Press: Workout 1-10lbs; Workout 8- 20lbs
Wide-Grip Lat Pull Down: Workout 1- resistance 4; Workout 8- resistance 6
Lunge with Dumbbells: Workout 1- 20lbs; Workout 8- 50lbs
As you can see, I definitely became stronger across the board, more than doubling in some areas. And I really surprised myself with the strength of my upper body. Go me! One thing this program has really given me confidence in the weight room. Move over big bulky boys, this strong runner is coming through!
Now for the nitty-gritty pictures:
Before on 6/23/11:
After Stage 1 on 7/21/11:
Chest 33in 34in (<--How did those get bigger?)
Right Bicep 11.75in 11.75in
Left Bicep 11.75in 11.74in
Waist 30.5in 27in
Hips 35in 32.75in
Right Thigh 22.75in 23.25in (<--gotta love those thighs)
Left Thigh 22.5in 23in
I think I measured incorrectly on my waist and hips; I know I didn't lose that many inches because my clothes still fit the same. I made better notes this time around so hopefully I will have more accurate measurements.
Luckily, I now have a week off to rest my muscles and prepare for Stage 2. And I won't lie, I like being able to have my entire week to focus solely on running and cross training- seeing how running is my first true love. Come back in a few weeks for stage 2's recap! You might not even recognize me by then....