Is Flashdance! Puzzled?
Women’s Health this month has a weight-training tip I’d never heard before (and frankly, I thought I’d heard them all): Do 35-40 seconds of intense cardio in between each weight set and according to the (2-line blurb) study, this will reduce soreness significantly. After four weeks of doing this, supposedly participants had no muscle soreness at all after lifting.
Of course it doesn’t mention whether the participants changed up their routine during that time. After four weeks on the same schedule, I wouldn’t be sore anymore regardless of what crazy antics I pulled during my rests.
Muscle soreness after lifting is a constant problem for me. I’m almost always sore. Part of that can be chalked up to over training. But part of that is just me. I was that way as a gymnast and dancer as well. So I find this study very intriguing!
Me being me though, I wouldn’t want to just jog in place or jump imaginary rope. It’s got to be fun. (Or annyoing, depending on if you are the grouchy guy on the weight floor at my gym who frowns so hard every time he sees me coming that I’m going to have to give him a gift cert. for Botox next Christmas.)
I’m pretty sure I could pull off Flashdance given enough room – if you haven’t seen it lately it involves actual breakdancing! – and mirrors. I could definitely do Maniac on a weight bench (side note: you haven’t seen “maniac” done right until you’ve seen Turbo Jennie do it!). Although I do draw the line at wearing an ’80s thong. How did a fitness-minded gal ever pee in the ’80s? Between the tights under the bike shorts under the leotards topped off with leg warmers, I’m thinking they just held it for the whole decade. Thank heavens for the ’90s – we got to wear our bike shorts over our leotards thank you very much.
Better yet, I’ll practice our new Hip Hop routine! It has a move called The Windmill that will definitely get my heart rate up. Unless I accidentally kill someone with my flailing arms. I’ll let you know how it goes. (The cardio intervals, not the killing people. I’m saving that for a separate blog.)