Friday, June 8, 2012

Weekly Weigh-In And Musings: 6/8/12

Weight: 126.8
Body Fat %: 19.8 + 3 = 22.8%
Measurements: 34"-26"-34"-20"

I'm bringing back my weekly weigh-ins and musing posts, just to add another level of accountability to things. My weight has been up a couple of pounds since the last time I did one of these posts. But I've been lifting a lot more so my body fat is trending downward and my measurements remain the same, so I'm not putting much thought into the number the scale says. I am however putting thought into how much more definition my arms are getting. It's extremely rewarding to see the results.

I had my initial PT assessment today and I learned two important things:
  1. My trunk doesn't communicate properly with my lower body.
  2. I don't have a muscle imbalance.
My core is strong enough to balance my lower body but it isn't activating when it should be so my lower body is the one running the show, when it really shouldn't be. My PT said it's basically like your lower body is a horse and your trunk is a distracted rider when it should be the one controlling the horse. Strange analogy but it works.

I have four homework exercises.
  • Clamshellls (for anyone who's ever taken a Pilates class, you know how much those things SUCK)
  • Single sided knee fallouts
  • Deep belly breathing
  • Leg slideouts
I have to make sure that my pelvis stays put during each exercise. It's pretty hard, I gotta say. PT man said I was a quick study though, which bodes well for my recovery from this stupidity.

The longer I stay away from the longer distances, the less I mind. I'm running between 2-4 twice a week and that's a happy spot for me with all the Zumba and weight training. Perhaps I will stick to just 5Ks from this point forward. Though once I start getting better about engaging my deep low core muscles, I'll definitely bring back the speed work. I want to run a sub-26 5K one of these days.