Melissa’s Strength Training Program

hpim18552You might recall that about a month ago I met with my trainer, Cristi, for the first time.

We went through one sample “day” each time we met, but because of my trip to Mexico and then being out sick for a week, it literally took us five sessions to get through everything.

Now I’ve completed a little over a week on my own, and I thought I’d share what my regimen looks like.

She isn’t hell-bent on cardio the way I am, but though I’m not stating it explicitly with each session, you can assume I’m doing 45-60 minutes cardio six days a week, in addition to this lifting schedule (with random biking and walking thrown in when the weather cooperates).

Knowing my goals (to slim down again and get toned) she designed my lifting program to be heavily cardio-centric. In fact, I wear my heart rate monitor the whole time and because I’m doing super-sets with limited time to rest, my heart rate really gets up there even while lifting Continue reading “Melissa’s Strength Training Program”


Feelin’ the Burn & Finding Beauty in the Breakdown

Can we say, precious?!!
Can we say, precious?!!
I like a good challenge, and prior to getting a trainer (two more sessions left with her and then I’m on my own), it had been so long since I had given myself a good physical challenge.

Last night, Cristi (my trainer) kicked the hell out of my triceps, chest, back and abs. We did super-sets and I am feeling it today. But I love it. Oooh, I love it.

When I am lifting, I feel strong, lean, in charge. I only think of what my body is capable of when I’m lifting, not what it lacks. I think of the musculature that is developing in time, of the tightening of my figure with each set, each rep. It’s therapeutic in a way. Continue reading “Feelin’ the Burn & Finding Beauty in the Breakdown”

Sweet Soreness

How often do you strength train?

We all know combined with cardio, it’s an integral part to keeping our bodies in tip-top form. All the experts recommend hitting the weights three days a week.

And I don’t know about you, but when I am running short on time at the gym, 99% of the time, I opt for cardio for the fast calorie-burn and drenched body over a slow, deliberate lifting session. I just don’t have the 90 min. a day I used to have to spend at the gym.

But I lifted on Sunday for the first time in weeks … and now I remember why I love it so much … the burn! Continue reading “Sweet Soreness”