I am the least observant person in the whole world.
I never remember what people are wearing, and if you’ve lost or gained weight, just expect me to be the last person to ever notice. I’m really sorry, but I can’t help it.
So it didn’t surprise me when I just realized this week my gym has a Strive strength machine circuit. I kinda wanted to do heel clicks and backflips.. that’s how excited I was.
I was first introduced to Strive training when I visited my sister’s gym in Northern Virginia. I loved the concept, and had I known I had a Strive circuit at my fingertips, I would have been utilizing it for months now.
Guess I’ve gotta learn to look around more, huh?
The Strive “Smart Strength System” claims to be is the most effective training system available by using an adjustable cam instead of a traditional fixed cam resistance.
“Smart Strength enables you to vary peak resistance at any point in the range of motion to work each muscle more completely for shorter, more effective workouts, without over-training.”
In a nutshell, the Strive machine has a lever with settings 1, 2, and 3. You start at level 1, complete 2-12 reps, then switch the lever to level 2. Then complete 2-12 more reps. Then, switch to level 3 and do the 2-12 reps one more time. The different levels put the highest resistance on different points in the workout.
At level 1, the pull is hardest in the middle. At level 2, it’s at the beginning. Then, at level 3, it’s most difficult at the end.
There are also settings 4 and 5 for “advanced” lifting.
So, for my cross-training day yesterday, I completed a Strive circuit after 20 minutes on the stationary bike and 20 minutes on this thing catching up on blogs on my iPad.
oh hey, Megan!
As you can see, I’m working on incorporating more cross-training into my marathon training schedule. I have a habit of running and running every day, and I know I need to fix this to avoid my recurring injuries.
I want to take more fitness classes, but as we all know, those can leave me sore for 5 days. Fail. I have no pool for lap-swimming, and the elliptical bores me to death. I’m going to work on figuring out alternatives to running that will still keep me in shape on my off-days.
I had one of those workout days that left me feeling like I may nod off mid-rep and bonk my head on the nearest dumbbell.
Thankfully, I had one of these babies to refuel me after I was finished…
It tastes a lot like the Nature Valley granola bars. I’m a fan.
Then again, I’ve never disliked any type of granola, have I?