Thursday, July 15, 2010

Week #18

I LOVE the pool!!!!!! It's so much fun and it just about kills me, but it's great! There's an in-water track, which I'll walk around a couple laps with water weights and then I'll go into the middle pool and do a little workout. I'll start by (if you can visualize this) keeping my back straight and putting my arms straight down my sides, though back behind me a little, and lift up/push down the weights. Basically it works out the back of my arms. All of this while floating (not touching the ground). Usually I'll do about 50 of those. Then I'll go to the 6-foot section (so I can't touch the bottom), put my arms straight out to my sides, and push my hands down to my hips, kinda like the top half of jumping jacks. I have to be careful with this one, because if I go to fast, I bob up in the water really high and then dip down really low in the water and try to drown myself! I usually do about 30 of those. Then I go back to the 4-foot section of the pool (where I did the first routine) and put my arms out to my sides again, then bring down one arm at a time to the opposite foot and back up (I saw a water aerobics class doing it, so I tried it). I usually do about 30 sets of that. Then I swim across the pool a couple times, but I can't do that very much because by that point my arms are killing me. Then I finish up by doing some more laps around the track, sometimes in the opposite direction of the water flow.
So, basically, the water exercise is my weight training, which I've been needing to get in. It's so much fun and I can't wait to get into the pool each day. Usually I'll use the equipment in the gym and then I'll go to the pool (it helps me cool off that way, too!).
This week, I've lost two pounds, so I'm back down to 238. Yay!

1 comment:

  1. That's so awesome Samantha! Its great to have such variety, one because it confuses your muscles (real thing, look it up), and two because you can get bored pretty quickly doing the same routine all the time. So it's great that you found that something new that you love with the pool. Anna and I both love the pool as a workout because it is a total body toner and it is low impact which will help you to have less injuries. Anna and I are still so proud of you! Keep up the awesome work.