Jaessjane, lifting barefoot/socks or in special lifting footware is actually prefereable to the running/cross-training shoes because you do not over-balance. One of the gym monitors is sticky about footware, but normally I try to unshoe at least for the heaviest set, it really helps. It makes most difference on a sqt for me, I can really feel that I am not 'tipping over'.
I am so glad you had a great training!!! Way to go!!!Leida, so... Your goals are mostly aesthetic? I think you really ought to slow it down and take your time, that sort of stuff will develop. :-) (Just FYI, doing every sort of push-up possible until failure helped to develop my delts.) I don't know how you can handle all that workload! You don't count calories too, do you? And I'm SURE you do not look like a weed growing out of a tree stump. We are our worst critics. ;-) Here ya on the sleep -- I came home and took a nap after a (short!) day of school, and then I was in BEAST MODE for training. I actually did SUPER good today with my squats and I was giddy as hell, running around the gym and doing handstands. I suppose fasted training would work if you're getting plenty of sleep without stress, but I just can't handle it most days. I feel much better if I've had at least 500 calories or so an hour or so before training. Did you say you abandoned that or no? Protein bars are good if they are LARA BARS! My roommate ate mine yesterday. PISSED! She owes me. ;-)
Well, my goals are aestetic, but after so many years of working out, and I had done it all, from swimming 2 hrs 6 days a week as a pre-teen, to Buns of Steel and Kathy Smith onward as a weight-concious adult, the only thing that puts visible muscule on the UB for my narrow-shouldered-wide hipped very feminine figure are very heavy weights. Even though I was using medium weights with my classic interval/dumbell training (i.e. up to 15 lbs and doubling dumbells for things like rows or chest flies) I only started seeing some muscule when I started lifting, and I can't just keep squatting at 120 or benching at 80 - I need to push numbers higher to continue seeing the increase. So, while I do body weight excersises like pull-ups and push-ups, doing them to failure does not result in improvements. My goal is to keep my training right at the edge of what my body can do without producing overtraining. It is not that much if you consider that I sit on the bus and at work, sleep and stand while cooking for the good 22 + hours out of the day (unless I am lucky and have time for a longer walk or gardening, which is rare).
Madcow is my program of choice, because it (hopefully) grinds numbers up with every cycle, and I prefer less but longer sessions at the gym, and want the ability to have a KB workout in addition to lifting to do explosive movements.
I still do fasted training, but there is a difference between fasted and starved training. Starved is a no-no! I do not count calories, but I do take inches from time to time amnd weigh weekly, and try to keep the weight on maintenance, unless I see that miracle that had never happened to me, when the weight goes up, and inches go down/stay the same. Then I will do a happy dance and keep the weight increase.
It wasn't a Luna bar, but even if it was, I am excluding dairy, and prefer not to eat anything that I haven't cooked myself
Anyway, lack of sleep caught up with me + my husband asked me to pick up some milk, so I had to skip Super-Star Bootie.
And, it was raining too hard to walk to the bus Hopefully it abaits by noon-hour, so I can go for a longer walk at lunch, and I will do bike HIIT after work. And stretch. A meh day....