|(Dead lift illustration from the Women's Health Magazine Website)|
Last night I started a Bodyrock video but my sciatica was acting up, and I don't believe in pushing through a workout like that if my knees feel shot. I decided to scale it back and did three miles on the treadmill at the highest incline possible for my knees (sadly, a 2 only), but then supplemented it with things that didn't require excessive knee usage.
I first did a round of upper-body work with my kettlebells. I purchased the KettleWorx Six-Week Body Transformation (don't you just get a kick out of some of these DVD package names?!?!?!) and now don't need to watch the videos much, as I have learned how to do most of the exercises on my own and from memory. I therefore tailored a workout to my specific needs of the day instead of following along with one of the DVDs. I will do a full review of KettleWorx in a later post.
Just as with Pilates, form matters when using kettlebells. Doing an exercise improperly can hurt your back... or worse.
Last night's workout included dead lifts, around-the-body passes, and bent rows. The links take you to the Women's Health Magazine website which illustrates and describes each move in more detail. I completed dead lifts and around-the-body passes with a 15 pound weight, but am still stuck at a 10 pound weight for bent rows. I also used my 10 pound kettlebell , flipped upside-down so my hand was clutching the ball part, to do bicep curls.
I then finished my workout with a satisfying round of stretching, found in Monday's Pilates post. Stretching always helps ease my sciatica pains so it was a definite must after my workout!