Workouts

The Ultimate Leg Burner

On Monday night, I did a 30 minute leg workout that made me more sore than I have been in months:

  • 3 sets of squats with increasing weights / 15 reps / 50/75/90 lbs (on the assisted machine)
  • 3 sets of deadlifts / 15 reps / 50 lbs
  • 3 sets lunges, each side / 15 reps / holding a 25 lb plate
  • 3 sets of single leg squats, each side /15 reps / holding a 10 lb plate
  • 3 sets abductor machine / 15 reps / 50 lbs I think?
  • 3 sets adductor machine /15 reps / 70 lbs I think?
  • 3 sets hamstring curls / 15 reps / 50 lbs I think?
Ultimate leg burner

And HOLY CRAP, I have not been able to walk normally since! I didn’t feel like I was pushing myself that hard during the workout but today is the first day I’ve been able to stand and sit without tons of wincing and moaning. My quads especially have been super tender. I tried to run Tuesday and it was really sluggish. Finally, last night I had a run where I finally loosened up but I’m sore again this morning. Don’t get me wrong – I love being sore, especially since it doesn’t happen often – but I’m just baffled at HOW sore I got from that seemingly innocuous workout. 

Granted, I hadn’t done traditional weight training in a while but I’ve been running, doing Pure Barre and yoga. My squats were a heavier than normal (especially the last set!) and I very rarely do single leg squats. So I guess all that combined produced this crazy soreness? It was a good reminder that I need to vary my workouts and shock my body. The body truly does adapt to the same workouts over time. Give the workout a try and let me know how it goes for you!

Do you get sore easily? Or not that often?

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11 Comments

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    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
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    That looks intense! I don’t think I would be able to run for a week if I did this!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
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    My body seems to repair very quickly and if I get sore it is usually only for a day or so. I get mad sometimes. Even when I do 200 push-ups, they don’t make me sore, I even try changes the variation, but my body just doesn’t get sore easily.

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      I’m glad I’m not the only one. Sometimes I get frustrated that I don’t get sore more often! Yoga makes me sore when I haven’t been for a while – maybe try that! 🙂

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    Katie
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    It takes a lot to get me sore…Especially my lower body! It seems I only get really sore if I race or do an intense workout like this one! I can’t wait to try it 🙂

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    Maya
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    This is a great reminder about the need to switch things up in our workouts. I tend to get way too comfortable in my exercise routines -definitely trying this one out in the near future!

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    Madison
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    This looks like an AWESOME workout! Thank you for sharing–definitely going to give this one a try. I LOVE to be sore after workouts!

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    Caitlin
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    I did a similar leg workout yesterday (squats, lunges, leg press, dead lift, leg extension, and hamstring curl) and I am feeling it today! I have gotten into a workout rut so it feels good to be sore. 🙂

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    Sophie @ life's philosophieie
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    I went to bootcamp for the first time in a couple weeks on Wednesday and I couldn’t sit or go up/down stairs for just about 3 days. It was horrible! I also didn’t feel like I was pushing myself too hard, but apparently my body was not happy. It makes it really difficult to be physically sidelined when you’re training for a marathon…

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    Kate @ KaCo Living
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    I can’t wait to try this workout! I run a lot and typically do not get sore after runs. However, as soon as weights are involved I get sore super quickly.

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