Quick note: I meant to say thank YOU to each and every one of your sweet congratulatory comments on my Monday’s post! You all are the best.
We’re going to take a little break from my usual What I Ate Wednesday post today. And for future reference: I’ll still do them every once in awhile, but they probably won’t be an every week thing like they have been in the past. Sound good? Good.
I went to go visit my husband at work a couple weeks ago, and he came home to tell me that one of the girls at his office asked him, “How does your wife get such nice arms?” When Cody told me this, I kind of laughed it off and responded with, “BODYPUMP and carrying around Hunter all day.” Deep down I was kinda flattered though. I don’t think I have ever received that specific compliment before, and I’ve never considered my arms to be one of the areas of my body that I like the most. I took a second look at my arms in the mirror after that and it gave me a different perspective. I’ve been working hard for those arms – I should be proud of them!
It made me think about what I do now in my workouts that I didn’t used to do.
My answer, plain and simple? I lift heavy weights, and I lift them consistently!
For the last month or so, my strength training has primarily consisted of BODYPUMP 2-3 times per week. BODYPUMP encourages heavier weight with lots of repetition until you reach muscle fatigue. I continue to challenge myself to do more pushups on my toes and lift heavier in the classes (as long as I’m continuing to lift with good form). BODYPUMP is also awesome because it mixes up the tempo and moves, so your body never gets too comfy with your workouts.
Before I was regularly going to BODYPUMP classes, I was doing a lot of Paige’s Bootcamp Workouts (awesome program, by the way!) which also encouraged heavier weights, super sets, and circuits to continue to keep the muscles guessing.
So, my advice on getting “nice” arms?
- Lift heavy weights – don’t be afraid! I promise you won’t get bulky.
- Switch up your workouts. Your body has this thing called muscle memory. It doesn’t have to work as hard if you keep doing the same things over and over again. If it’s not working hard, it won’t yield results.
- Challenge yourself. When it starts to get uncomfortable, that’s where you’re making changes.
- Eat healthy AKA lots of lean protein, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and fruit.
- Carry around a child all day every day. Ha! Kidding. Kind of.
Has anyone ever given you a compliment that took you by surprise?
What is your favorite part of your body?
How often do you do strength training workouts?