kate5kiwis: calling all gym bunnies


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Monday, April 07, 2008

calling all gym bunnies

yep, we just got back from the gym. i'm recording my progress here cos i keep losing track of all my pieces of paper. well actually i have an exercise journal, but i keep forgetting to take it lol.

katie's typical gym workout =
20 minutes on rowing machine 4307m (2:08 min/500m)
*OR* 20 minutes cross trainer 3.0km (max heartbeat/min 160 - 170)
head trickling sweat. feeling fine.

weights machines:
(of the various push-me-pull-you varieties)
lat pull downs 30kg 12 reps
chest press 20 - 25kg 12 reps
vertical row 25 kg 12 reps
tricep extension 25 kg 12 reps
leg press 40kg 12 reps
calf raises 40kg 20 reps

floor mat:
abs: four different pilates-exercises including obliques 12 reps
mari's magical sit ups 12
little stretch/cool down
total workout time: 45 mins

so my question is:
is this a reasonable workout?
cos my only comparison is Bulldog aka Arnie Schwarzenegger, and i'm a chick. my goal is 45 - 50 mins at the *gym* one day, and 20 mins *pilates* the next. in reality i'm exercising 4 - 5 times a week.

what exercise are all you sparkly peeps doing?

please inspire me cos daylight saving has just ended which means that we're heading into unbikini weather
(and i'm terrified i'm gonna fall off the wagon and start eating all the pies)!!!


Blogger Barb the Evil Genius said...

That seems like going above and beyond the call of exercise to me! I'm sorry to say I only exercise by walking about 20 minutes a day. And not very fast, at that. But I'm doing the best I can, for right now. Maybe *you* will inspire me! After all, we are heading into swimsuit weather here!

3:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3 gym sessions a week, each consisting of running a kilometre on a treadmill, 1 round of the express circuit (about 15 weight and cardio machines that you spend about a minute each on) and then either another treadmill or crosstrainer session. I also walk or bike to work every day. Sadly, while I do feel it is good for me, at 51, I am not remotely in bikini territory!

4:23 AM  
Blogger Da Setiuz Mama said...

Hey you!
That is quite a full on gym regime I would say....(huh...like I know anything).I do:
3 gym sessions a week (about 45 min each)
Session 1: 5-10 minutes crosstrainer, 2 express circuits (same as Kay says) and then 5-10 minutes on treadmill (fast walk or jog)
Session 2: 15-20 minutes on Bike doing a resistance track. Then lots of upper body work with free weights and Abs and push ups. Then 5-10 minutes on treadmill or crosstrainer.
Session 3: Currently the same as Session 1 but after tomorrow hopefully more of a Session 2 with the focus being lower body, abs etc.
Heart rates....I think 140-150 is probably a better range unless of course you're thinking of being a super athlete....I can check that for you on the charts at the gym....I'll take an educated guess at your age :-)
Hope that helps!!! I'm just getting fatter (i go to the gym and everyone stares at my pot) it's quite a novelty for the trainers to do my weight and measurements!
Have a lovely day!!

7:36 AM  
Blogger Da Setiuz Mama said...

oh and the 'weight' of the weights...if you can't move the next day...you over did it. Should be comfy but a challenge as you get through the sets.

7:40 AM  
Blogger Sharonnz said...

I'm only just getting back into the gym after a wee break so I'm no good to you;-) I'm aiming for one Pilates class, 1 weights session and 1-2 cardio (45 mins) a week. We'll see!

7:55 AM  
Anonymous katepai said...

I can't afford the gym and also i whne I join I don't go. Not a gym person at all. I walk/jog. Doing a 1/2 marathon on Sunday. Walking it that is. So have been walking 12-17 kms few times a week. Going this morning in the rain.

Very impressed Kate keep it up.


8:05 AM  
Blogger LeighLeigh said...

Yeah - I can't afford a gym membership either - and to be honest, Grant struggles to understand why I would need a gym when there is a road right at the end of our drive!!
We got rid of our 2nd car about 1½ ago, which has meant that apart from the 2 days I have the car, if we want something we have to walk to it. The only frustrating thing is that I am a very fast walker, and poor little Ems has to run beside me to keep up, so then I slow down and the whole process seems to take forever!

8:34 AM  
Blogger Little Miss Flossy said...

Exercise... you're supposed to do that? LOL I don't have time for the gym but I swim instead when the kids are having lessons or are swimming. I ran a bit over the summer and I'm going to try to do some winter training with Sophie. Although I can't keep up with her anymore. Gotta be primed for my bikini in September...

8:52 AM  
Blogger The Gorgeous Debbie said...

Darling, I got up from the computer and walked to the kitchen to make a coffee, and then when it was made I came back to the computer. On the way I took a few sips (arm up and down - twice, maybe). And once this morning I craned my head out the window to lookdown the road to see if the rain was heading our way or going to go straight past us. Maybe your gym routine is why you look like you do, and my gym routine is why I look like I do, ROFLMF(at)AO!!!!!!

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow - you are my inspiration and Gwen is sounding cute too. What ever you do just enjoy it!
- love you bundles.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

am i qualified to answer that? cause there aint nothing but lieing around going on here especially when you have A VERY HIGH FEver!

and may i ask you where the hell you get all your energy from???????

2:32 PM  
Blogger Our Home Schooler and Jen said...

go on you girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4:04 PM  
Blogger Mich said...

Running (3x/week) - training for the Huntly half marathon. Following the training programme in "Complete or compete : half marathon / Jon Ackland"

2 x 1/2 hour SPIN Classes & strength training using "The boot camp workout" - by Cat Smiley.

I've just turned 40 & dealing with it by exercising!! I was just cruising so set a goal - The Huntly Half & weight loss....

And... I took hubby to the gym last Wednesday, and he couldn't keep up :-) And then he couldn't walk for 3 days - that told me I am doing more than enough ;-)

If you are feeling fitter and enjoying it, then you are doing enough....

8:03 PM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

ohmygosh, there are so many *sparkly* gym bunnies out here... thanks so much for the feedback, i am super-inspired!

am so impressed that you're walking every!!!!! single!!!!! day!!!!!
really inspired. YOU are doing so fabulously!!!!! X

wowza, you are Ms Fitness!!! my mum started going to the gym in my late teens, she is still going and is a Life Member. i would like to say that'll be me: am holding my breath. thanks for the huge inspiration X

lol at bubba causing all that consternation!!! from reading your workouts, i think i'll look to add a warmdown on rower/bike/crosstrainer after the weights, thanks.
oh, and i have checked the max heart thing on the chart: my training zone is 140 - 160 i think, and max is around 180? *whispers* i'm 38.
and auntie (aka moi) says take it easy on the exercise now that you're expecting, mmm-kay? X

but now you're back on the wagon, you can do it... love to hear how it goes. i often think of YOU and your gym-going as i'm walking out my front door X

the gym is free for me, it's at Bulldog's work.
but YOU!!!! a half-marathon?!?!!!! sheesh *kate bows to the floor (without sh*gging her back) in kate's direction*
YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!! awesome, i hope the whole fam-damily is cheering you on X

(the gym is free, it's at Bulldog's work.) we are cracking up at Grant's practicality about the road at the top of the drive!!! soon Ems will ride her bike perhaps? am thinking we may need another BWoF as winter-motivation X

i think i need bona fide swimming lessons. i can do breaststroke and backstroke, but don't ask me to BREATHE while doing more than one length of crawl, i am hopeless! hey, i vote: pick up the bikini in the sales now and it'll be your motivation for september! X

Bulldog and i can hardly breathe for laughing... loving the biceps-raises, loving *YOU*!!! X

*you* and your Gym With Glass Walls are the way forward baby, gosh i have fond memories of our days in sydney. *arnie voiceover* i'll be back!! X

the energy level is all tricks with mirrors, much like the bikini photos lol. i am *nothing* before two morning espressos! X

thanks babe: but you are still the Biker Chick Extraordinaire!! X

see, i think you're right. my fortieth is on the not-so-distant-horizon and i wonder whether *that's* inspired this latest burst of exercise?
Bulldog has been saying to me over the last couple of weeks that we need an exercise goal, but i am not really a marathon chick. (running is bad for the b**bs. that's my excuse and i'm sticking to it.) but gosh, i admire you!!
am off to check out your books, thanks X

8:58 PM  
Blogger MamaBird said...

Hey! Thanks for stopping by, Kate, I need to look at your commenters for ideas too... but I have one or two solid gym days/week. I go for elliptical for 30 mins (i read somewhere you should shoot for 30 cardio instead of 20) then a bunch of lunges, situps, weight machines for legs and arms and a bunch of ab exercises (plank etc). When I am at home I am pretty hopeless but I do have a set of exercises to do - one thing I *love* is a strength band that you can shut into your doorframe or step on -- it gives you weight resistance without a machine. Oh, and a foam roller to roll out my muscles afterwards. So glad you sparkled on by my blog!

11:43 PM  
Anonymous BeachMama said...

You are so rockin' the gym. Your workout is not unlike mine, the difference is I am just getting back at it :). I do weight training three times a week and cardio three to five times a week for a minimum of 20 minutes. This is what my trainer prescribed back before I was preggos last, so I am back at it... and wearing my prepregger jeans today!!

5:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know a lot of people like exercises and the gym and things, but I do think that building exercise into your normal routine is easier to stick to ie a lot of very brisk walking (I walk 4 miles most days just to get places I need to go rather than driving), some physical work (I do two hours ski fitting a week - the skis are heavy so it's quite good, plus it's fun and sociable and I get free skiing in return).

I run because I can do it whenever is convenient and it is free but mostly because it is quick and effective and stops me feeling hungry anyway, plus it keeps me jolly.

but I think you have to do what works for you - both physically and what you can fit into your life and stick at.

I could do to do sit-ups really as whilst I am pretty skinny, my stomach is not good. But I loathe sit-ups!!!

Good luck with it all anyway.

9:09 AM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

yes i was reading the other day in a *book*!!! that 45 - 60 minutes lower sustained cardio burns fat. compared to 20 minutes intense cardio which burns sugar. it's a little more involved than that, there's the Katie Version. so i am thinking i'll try to do something on the PILATES days...
so much resolve, so little time lol X

you go girlie getting back into it, thanks for the comparison. after reading everyone's suggestions i am thinking i need a few more longer/frequent sessions of cardio X

yes, the ideal is to exercise *in* my day. the reality is that i have three lads trundling along with me, they are great with the pilates, and sometimes i drag them around the mount (about an hour and a half for six-year-old legs, especially if we stop to play on the beach half way around!).
so i find that it's easier to go at the end of the day when they're in bed, also it gives me time to trip inside Bulldog's head.
i am very, VERY jealous of your skiing buzz... X

3:48 PM  

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