The Swedes have a few words that defy easy translation into English, and träningsvärk is one of them. Officially, it translates into English as “delayed onset muscle soreness” and literally as “training pain”, but that one, compact Swedish word for muscle soreness a day or so after you’ve trained sums it up far better.
Because when my legs gave way as I got out of bed this morning, I was not thinking “Oh, damn that delayed onset muscle soreness!”
The week’s training
Last Wednesday: Preparing for the birthday party on Sunday meant that I didn’t get in as much training as I would have liked but I did manage to return to the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide and get one session in mid-week. I have a love/hate relationship with burpees. I hate doing them but I love when I succeed with them (and when they are over). I’ve found the best way to get through them is to put on Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name LOUD and screaming out the lyrics while doing the burpees (especially from 4:10 onwards). It works. Seriously. Try it. (Side note: my neighbours must love me.)
Yesterday: A really great session with D, my personal trainer. We focused on barbell thrusters (starting with 25kg, then 27kg and finally 30kg). I’ve not done any for a really long time. I cannot say they are my favourite but I think I improved my technique yesterday, moving from doing the squatting and then the push press actions separately into a smoother sequence, the squat creating the push press through hip movement and taking some of the pressure off the arms.
In between, we did pull-ups (I managed all but the last one, when I was really tired) and then three rounds with a bottom-up kettlebell press (8kg), five on each arm, and ten box step-ups on each leg holding the kettlebell (8kg). Finally, we did some ab/core work hanging from the bar, which is far from my favourite. Looking on the bright side though, I suspect the lack of floor plank exercises means that that isn’t giving me the same improvements any more and I’ve taken a step up. Silver lining, eh?
Training Tuesday goals
- At least one Bikini Body Guide session
- Running at least once, preferably outside
- One weight training session
- Test myself to see if I could hack it in the FBI (!)
What are your fitness plans for the week? Now that the weather is getting better (or trying to, at least), are you going to get outside for your training?