The past two nights I have slept great and have been up and ready to go. This morning, I got up, pushed through the morning routine and was readying myself for the Tabata workout. I decided no matter how my right shoulder felt this morning that I would get the workout done. I am thankful that it felt better and will tell you what I believe precipitated the problem---a little later. LOL!
I knew that I had errands to run for my parents, but found that the list of what I had to do grew and grew. It was so much to do that I knew I would not enjoy my workout, knowing how much I had to do, so I decided that I would do all of my errands AND shopping first---the most time-consuming of these was to take my stepfather to DMV and to add a restriction to his license and renew some vehicle tags. He is now permitted to drive during daylight hours only. After spending a bit over an hour waiting to get things done, it turns out that he is "blocked" in the main computer in Richmond, Virginia for some reason, so he does not have the new license. He has until December 20 to get it done. So I will be following up on that. After that, it was bill-paying, prescription pick-up, and shopping time. I managed to get home right before 4:00 pm with only an hour of sunlight left and got in the workout.
My shoulder felt good, strength was there and there was no range of motion problems. So all of the Tabata workout went well. Interestingly enough the most pain, which was minimal, came when I did my 6 minute in-place "sprinting." I guess I was moving my arms too vigorously, while furiously pumping my legs up and down. LOL! My quads and abs were absolutely on fire and I am glad that I thought to try this variation in my Tabata workout. I may do this and then run a mile during Cycle 30 on my Friday workout!
Speaking of trying new things, I "discovered" Funk Roberts and his workouts a couple of months ago and love what he does with bodyweight workouts. One thing, I noticed, however, is that he does push-ups differently from the way I do them. He keeps his arms fairly close to his chest. When he lowers to the floor, his arms form 90 degree angles on both sides. According to Roberts, it not only hits the chest, but the triceps. Looking at him, I certainly cannot argue with that. I tend, however, to bend my arms to 90 degrees with my arms perpendicular to my body instead of at my side. I make gains with my method, but decided to try his type of push-ups on Monday. I felt more in my lower pecs and definitely felt the triceps more during the 3 sets of 40 that I completed, but YESTERDAY, my right shoulder cap was KILLING me! LOL! Any way, I am stretching it vigorously and taking some pain medication and thankful that it feels much better! Word of warning---try new variations with caution and moderation! I took for granted because I was used to doing push-ups a certain way, that there would not be much trouble doing them another way.
Well, this blog is LATE tonight and I am going to sign off by wishing everyone a most wonderful Wednesday night. Tomorrow I will do my second Tabata workout in order to let the right shoulder heal a bit more, so that I can go hard on Friday's full bodyweight workout.