Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Tales from Phat Camp continued....

Phat Camp workouts are HARD. And I mean OMG, look at that - my arms just fell off kind of hard. And there are lots of them. Over the two-and-a-bit days, we did the following:

Cardio bootcamp
Back & biceps
Chest & triceps
Outdoor cardio (lots of sprints in this one)
Shoulders
Competition posing practice - if you don't think that counts as a workout, you've never tried it!
Cardio intervals on machines (interspersed with sets of mountain climbers and crunches - fun!)
Legs

Jenny always saves legs for last, because she reckons nobody would come back afterwards if she scheduled it earlier in the weekend. She may be right....

Here's the thing though - I love, love, LOVE training legs. Which apparently makes me a bit of a freak, because most people I speak to go "Legs - ugh! I hate training legs!" Nuh-uh, not me. There's nothing quite like a gym session that turns your legs to jelly - and that feeling of "Uh-oh....how am I ever going to work the clutch to drive home?" just makes me feel satisfied. Yeah, Baby!

The great thing about having been to Phat Camp twice before is that I had no illusions about how hard that legs session was going to be. We began with step-ups, using the podium at the front of the room as our step. Now, this podium was HIGH - well above my knees. So the tall girls had a bit of an advantage, but being a shortie, I just saw it as an extra challenge. :o) From there, we did a superset of walking lunges all the way around the outside of the room. Yow! That one we repeated 4 times....it was really encouraging to have Jen yelling "Come on Ladies, this is just the warm-up!" Yikes!

I was enjoying it so much, I started dancing while waiting in line to do my next set of step-ups. Seems nobody wanted to join me...... Hey - you have to have some fun with training!

Then we switched to deep squats, followed by diagonal walking lunges - I think we did 3 sets of those. Then there was all kinds of crazy stuff - pop squats, duck walks, weird-arse sideways walking lunge thingies and more, across and back, across and back, endlessly..... THEN when everyone was really fatigued, we had to do a set of pump lunges across the room. I got to the other side and thought Pfft! Those were positively EASY! I laughed out loud and almost yelled Is that all you got?! Seriously - it was on the tip of my tongue. Luckily I thought better of it and just shut my mouth. I'm sure there would have been retribution, and I don't think anyone would have thanked me.....

There was a lot more, but I think my mind has blocked it out. :p

Yesterday my legs were seriously sore. Today they're improving (meaning I only groan a little bit when I stand up or sit down). My arms though - those are a whole other thing. I'm STILL paying for my stupidly heroic effort on Saturday morning with the twisty bicep curls and wide hammer curls.

I'm thinking that I may be able to use my arms again normally by about...oh.... Friday.

6 comments:

Cat said...

I loved reading all about phat camp, it sounds like a wonderful training experience.

Kek said...

Hey Cat, maybe next time you'll be fit and able to join us. :o)

Raechelle said...

How fun! But yep...have to admit-I'm not fond of leg day....I'm more of a chest gal-I LOVE doing max bench b\press any-day!
But still-sounds like a great weekend!

Antigone said...

That sounds fantastic, I have always wanted to go to phat camp but I feel I am too over weight and unfit that I think I would pass out after the first few minutes LOL
Hope recovery is going well hun:)
Em:)

Selina said...

Oops, I didn't realise I was signed in with a different account on that last comment I left.
That's a work in progress that's not quite ready yet!! LOL!

Ronnie said...

Oh I am so jealous. about 13 years ago when I was a regular gym junkie I trained legs every day. I loved it. And I still love to have sore legs after exercise. Makes me feel GOOOOD....

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