I am convinced wearing nail polish has a direct impact on stamina. Especially when matched to your sports bra.
This free weights malarky? It's pretty addictive, huh? Why didn't anyone tell me?! A week in and I am bloody LOVING it! I need tips though, so feel free to chip in with advice. One of the instructors at the gym recommended me a full body routine to start off with, as opposed to doing split sets - but a week in and I can see I will probably get bored with the repetitiveness if I am to do only this for 2 months, like she told me to. I know myself only too well. What she has me doing now are (my current load in brackets, she didn't say how much to put on so am just testing things):
Leg press, machine: 3 x 12 (100 kg - can definitely up it a notch next time)
Lunges 3 x 12 (with 10 kg weights in each hand)
Seated row 3 x 8 (just moved up to 41 kg today)
Bench press 3 x 8 (25 kg)
Dumbbell incline bench press 3 x 8 (7 kg dumbbells)
Side raises 3 x 8 (4 kg dumbbells)
Tricep rope pulldown 3 x 12 (18 kg)
Bicep curls 3 x 8 (7 kg dumbbells)
Crunches (As many as I have time to do before I have to dash, usually around 50 ish)
The plank (we do this 3 x 1 minute every day at work anyway)
So yeah, I need tips! Has she given me an OK routine for starters, or can it be improved on? If so, how? I mean, where are all these squats people rave about? Should I even be doing them as a beginner?
Also, another observation: Monday afternoons are not a good time to go to the gym, as it is jam packed. I realised I was gonna have to do more hanging around waiting to take my turn, than any actual exercise. Solution - did only the major things (leg press, bench press, seated row) in the gym, went out for a quick run, and then used my dumbbells at home to complete the other exercises.