You start taking fitness advice from the students you teach.
I teach high school, right? This means that there are invariably going to be athletes in my classes. And, while they usually get the reputation of being not-so-bright in film and television, I have the occasion to say that’s just not the case.
You see, last week I met with the trainer (which is moving to a bi-monthly occurrence for the time being) and we did lower body and back. Lower body means thighs. Thighs which I, until that point, thought were pretty freaking powerful.
I would, of course, be wrong in that thought.
We did this exercise that seemed not unlike a dance exercise, only it was elevated and involved dips. I stood on a weight bench and braced myself on one of the racks in the weight room. Then I extended a leg to the back, then to the side, then I dipped and stood back up. Then switched sides. (Do you have a visual of that in your mind? It probably looked as ridiculous as I just described it.)
And this dipping and lifting thing killed me. Because it was followed by a lunge thing where the back leg in the lunge was elevated onto the weight bench.
By the time that workout was over, I could barely walk without feeling like my knees were going to give out on me. And for the rest of the week, I walked as if my legs were in braces and couldn’t bend at the knees because, randomly, one of my knees would buckle and I’d send myself nearly catapulting into the floor.
There is still some soreness in my thighs nearly a week later.
Needless to say, I did not go back to the gym last week. And in that I have failed. Hugemongously. I can’t expect this to work if I don’t go.
Wait..the high school advice…
After one of those near falls happened in my 4th period American lit class and we all regained our composure (me=embarrassed, them=completely no idea what to do when the teacher nearly falls and it’s funny but they feel like they shouldn’t laugh because I control their grade! [not that I’d ever do that…]) they suggested that I take a rolling pin and roll the muscles to help release the lactic acid. Apparently that is what the trainer for the football team does when they’ve been doing strenuous exercises.
So today? It’s back to the gym for me. And if there’s any muscle soreness I will be finding a new use for my rolling pin.