Yesterday was a brutal leg day. The reason it was so brutal has to do with an embarrassing thing that happened at the gym the other day.
Part of my job is to clean up things like this:
A few 45s are no problem. But apparently a few 45s on a barbell are. I’ve been deadlifting 100lbs max, and someone left a barbell with two 45s on it just chillin’ in the middle of the floor.
I go to pick it up, testing the waters so I don’t hurt myself, and realize it isn’t happening. Then a girl comes out of nowhere, picks it up like nothing and reracks it for me. You know how I feel?
Still, I was super impressed, so we started talking and I learned that Erica’s been lifting for 3 years and really knows her stuff. She kindly invited me to work out with her, so I jumped at the opportunity.
Yesterday we met up for leg day, and she explained to me that you can keep your workout simple, as long as you’re always pushing yourself and switching up your # of reps/ weight to keep your muscles from becoming accustomed to one workout. She took me through what I’m calling the Simply Brutal Leg Workout.
It was so simple, but I’m really feeling it today. The best part was working out with someone who was pushing me, and seeing her do easily twice the weight as me was so inspiring.
Erica also mentioned that I can work a body part 2-3 times a week without worrying about working it too hard since I’m not doing the type of workout where I do two reps to failure. Hm.. good to know for those days when I don’t know what I’ll be working on.
Last week, I bought a foam roller, which my poor legs will definitely need after yesterday’s beating.
I’ll do a separate post on foam rolling since I’m just learning to use it, but I’m excited to work out all the kinks I’ve developed the last few months.
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What are your favorite leg day moves? Do you stick to a few simple exercises with lots of reps, or lots of different exercises in a circuit?
I used to be big on circuits, but I’m starting to see that I can get the results I want just doing a few moves. Plus, it saves me a lot of time if I don’t have to walk from machine to machine or wander around the gym wondering what to do next.