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May. 9th, 2010

I've been working out, I just haven't posted anything. Belly dance takes care of my core. Irish dance works my lower half- which is good because normal leg workouts like lunges make my knees very unhappy. I'd probably be okay with them now that I've muscle built up in that area to hold my patellas in place, but they're still far from fun. My calves have never been this developed before. That's not to say that everyone should go flocking to Irish dance and forget all the other leg workouts they're willing to do. The stance is very different from normal human stance. And I would not want to have done it before my bones finished growing. There was a study done recently on the pressures put on one's body during ballet and Irish dance. Ballet put stress on the knees, hips, and thighs. Irish dance put stress on the knees, ankles, and feet. One move, the rock, puts 14x your body weight on your ankle for a split second. So yeah...not for the very out of shape or obese.
To work my upper body, I've just been doing a set of exercises with 10 lb dumbbells whenever I have time in the morning. I only do one set because I don't want to get tired of it. Right now I'm trying to train myself so that it's almost an afterthought to do a set in the morning, then build up from there. I don't know all the names, but I do bicep curls, tricep extensions, "benching", rowing, and lift them out to the side. That works my biceps, triceps, pectorals, trapezius, lats, and deltoids, so all the major upper body muscle groups. I do a set of 10-15 depending on the exercise. 10 lbs isn't the ideal weight for everything, but it's the right weight that I still get some workout on the easier things and am able to do the harder ones (Like, 8 would be ideal for the deltoids, 20 for the trapezius and lats). I've already worked up from 8 with the deltoid lifts and can actually see them (just barely, but hey, it counts).
I'm going to be taking the P90X DVDs to China with me. I'll probably only do a little bit here and there. Particularly the X-Stretch. I have bands I'll be taking with me, but I really don't like bands. Free weights are much better, but you can't exactly pack them on the plane and I don't want to try those water-filled travel dumbbells because the sloshing around would have the same shaking effect as bands. One cool thing about China- they have exercise machines in the park for free use by the public.

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