Day 2 – workout

Day 2 workout session for me is usually on a Wednesday. I will not be going through the warm-up, stretches and cool down exercises in detail because, I usually follow the same routine most days I exercise. I have already mentioned these in detail in my previous post ‘Day 1- workout’. I like altering and alternating my workouts. In this post the cardio exercise, abdominal exercise and the strength training will vary slightly from the previous session’s workout.

Warm up
Taking the stairs down to the gym and spot jogging. A total of 5-7 minutes spent doing this.

Stretching

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Arms, back, shoulders and leg muscles stretched. Each stretch is maintained for about 15-20 seconds and repeated twice.

Cardiovascular exercises
On the second day of my workout, I normally avoid high impact cardio training like running. I instead choose to do perform other low impact cardio exercises. This will typically include; rowing, cross trainer/elliptical and cycling.

Rowing

20121022-100646 PM.jpgI will not get into the detailed anatomy regarding the muscles involved in rowing. What I am aiming for on this day is to work my arms, shoulder, chest, abdominal, bum, thighs and calf muscles. A good 15 minute rowing really works for the whole body and keeps my heart rate going. It was the Olympics that really inspired me to include rowing in my schedule. I absolutely adored the rower’s muscles and how fit they were! Once I have completed rowing, I give myself a good 30-40 second stretch by bending down straight and touching my toes. Moving on…

Cross trainer/elliptical

20121022-101643 PM.jpgThis picture clearly illustrates the muscle group involved. Since I am working on my whole body, I prefer to continue to work on the same group of muscles as rowing. I always keep the setting at a low level (level 3) but I will try and not bring the speed anywhere less than 15km/hr. This is high intensity cardio to me and I will continue doing this for the next 15 minutes. The first 5 minutes, I do the forward workout and the next 4 minutes, I do a reverse/backward workout. I again alternate to the forward workout for the next 2 minutes and go back reverse for 2 minutes and the last minute, I a do a forward workout where I try and increase the speed for 30 seconds and I work as fast as I can. 30 seconds past, I drop the speed real low and let my body recover. 15 minutes past, I later move on to cycling.

Cycling

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I have completed a total of 30 minutes, low impact, high intensity whole body cardio exercise before I move on to cycling. I prefer cycling for a moderate intensity workout. I keep the intensity level at level 3 and cycle at 90mph for the next 10 minutes. With this I complete my cardio workout for the day.

 

 

 

 

Strength training

On this day, I do not work on the machines instead, I carry my free weights (1 kilo on each hand) with me. The drill is to work on my upper and lower body.

Upper body strength training

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Bicep curl,triceps kickbacks and overhead triceps extension for arms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lateral raise, upright rows and overhead press for shoulders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lower body strength training

20121022-115553 PM.jpgI stick to lunges on this day for a lower body workout.

 

 

 

 

 

I complete a total of 15-20 reps x 5 sets for both upper and lower strength exercises.

Abdominal exercises

20121023-121149 AM.jpgI stick to the traditional abdominal crunches, bicycle manoeuvre, tailbone lifts and plank.
I complete a total of 20-25 reps x 5 sets for the abdominal exercise. And finally…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cool down

20121023-121707 AM.jpgI typically end my workout with a good stretch where I normally follow the same stretch routine as shown in the picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This completes my workout session for Day 2.

Other links related to this post:

I work out-Β https://kavyabasavraj.com/2012/10/21/i-work-out/

Day 1 – https://kavyabasavraj.com/2012/10/21/day-1-workout/

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