Strength training…I’m not good at it.

But I want to be.

This post has a point but unfortunately it’s put together pretty randomly.  My apologies.


Alex and I headed to the gym today. He’s an incredibly patient but obnoxious trainer.

Patient because I don’t always get it.

Strength training/weight lifting is a humbling experience for me.

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But I don’t shy away from learning new things.

So I take myself to the gym, Alex works with me, and I humiliate myself.

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But it’s worth it.  Because I’m there and hopefully I’m getting stronger.

Obnoxious because he’s Alex Michael. He comes by it honestly.


I started out doing squats with free weights.  Before this I had been doing squats with the Smith machine.

Apparently the Smith machine is not awesome.

Free weight squats with a bar…much better and more productive.

But..I am not good at them.

I feel completely unbalanced and incorrect in my form the whole time. I don’t feel confident at all while I do them.

But I figure if I keep working them I’ll feel more confident.

Meanwhile, my legs are mush.  They are tired for sure.


I’m not your average client.  As much as I’d like to be, I will always have issues.

What Are the Symptoms of Celiac Disease?

Symptoms of celiac disease vary among sufferers can  include:

  • Digestive problems (abdominal bloating, pain, gas, diarrhea, pale stools, and weight loss)

  • A severe skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis

  • Musculoskeletal problems (muscle cramps, joint and bone pain)

  • Tingling sensation in the legs (caused by nerve damage and low calcium)

  • Aphthous ulcers (sores in the mouth)

  • Missed menstrual periods  ~source

The top symptom, of course, is a winner.  I LOVE that one.

But I’ve also had tingling sensation, the muscle cramps…ulcers in the mouth (got one now…good times) and, yep, missed menstrual periods.  And yes, I’ve been tested and so far no menopause.  A girl can dream.

I realize that was a little TMI. Sorry…


Not to beat this horse completely, but you know that little chronic migraine issue I have?

Every single time I start the weight lifting, my head bursts with pain.

Pretty freakin’ instant migraine.

I usually drug up a little before I go and tonight I didn’t.  I forgot.

It bit me.


After my workout I headed home to drug up and run a few miles and it wasn’t happening. At all.

So I sit and write and then I go to bed to start a new day tomorrow with a great run.

I hope this little issue passes.

Botox appointment is set for December 30th.

I know.  Crazy, huh?


Thanks for listening to me.

Run on…and be happy

4 Replies to “Strength training…I’m not good at it.”

  1. I believe the smith machine is a great tool for learning the basic mechanics of something — it was for me and I still do my rows on the smith machine. The smith machine is not ideal because it forces you into a particular path and hampers your range of motion, and because it does not require you to engage any stabilizing muscles like you do when you’re lifting free weights because it does all the stabilizing work for you. The instability you feel will go away the more you lift with free weights for just that reason — you’re engaging the muscles required to stabilize the weight. That’s my understanding, anyway.

    1. Yes! That’s my understanding also. I did a lot of reading on it when he first started me on it. So I knew already it wasn’t a loved little machine. But oh man, the free weights. My poor legs today are trashed.

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