Hooray for Leg Day being on a Monday! Honestly, there is no better way to start the week than with all my favourite exercises: squats, lunges and supermans. No, I'm not being sarcastic, I really do enjoy all of these. But, when I'm working hard for #wintersoldierarms, there's nothing like getting in a sneaky arm workout on leg day and seeing results.
Hilal had me doing a new leg exercise today, called the One Leg Sit and Stand. It's exactly what it sounds like, balancing on one leg you sit up and down on a bench, and then you switch legs. The trick is to clench your glutes and thighs as you come up and down, which helps you remain balanced and is the point of the exercise. In fact, the position is almost exactly the same as an Anchored Diva on a pole and you have to squeeze in all the same places to maintain the pose, the only difference is, on a pole, you do this aerially and you don't go up and down.
This is footage from my third set. I did ten each leg for three sets, and the last two sets were holding the 5kg dumbell in front. I'm actually pleased with how well I managed to keep my balance, but (damn) my arms got and workout and don't they look fine!
I find this exciting because I am starting to see clear definition between my shoulder and my bicep and there is less flabby skin hanging around on my arms. Everything is tightening and toning up, which is awesome: results make everything worth it.
Tonight was exciting in another way too. I have just recently recovered from a neck injury and, as such, I have not been squatting heavy lately, so I don't do more damage and slow down my recovery. As it was Leg Day tonight, squats were on the menu and, for the first time since my injury, we used the 15kg bar and loaded it. I squatted 25kgs for 2 sets of ten reps, which is good progress. At my strongest I squatted 67kgs for 1 rep, and my goal this program with my squats is 60kgs for a working set of 4 reps and 80kgs for a 1 rep max. 25kgs is a good start and it's only going to get heavier from here.
And my night ended with a real high.
EP are big on recording and posting little snippets of their gym in the Instagram Stories, and competitors in The Winter Games always get prime time spots. Tonight, some footage of my One Leg Sit and Stands ended up in EP's stories and, while that is cool in itself, what happened next just made my night.
This comment alone was enough to make me glow, but it came from a former EP member who has held the position of Strongest Male in the gym and both competed and placed in weight lifting competitions, so for him to notice my progress and comment on it was just the icing on my cake.
Because, let's be honest, who doesn't love their hard work being noticed?
See you on Wednesday!
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