Designing My Exercise Program

As I said in my last post, I’ve been working with a trainer for the last few weeks, but I am ready to design a program to do on my own. The website bodybuilding.com has a ton of programs already created for women. All of them are free!

None of them will work for me as they are written because of my balance issues. The nice thing about bodybuilding.com is that I can click the videos to see how the exercise is performed and the muscles that it is working. There is a hyperlink on the name of the muscle. When I click on the name of the muscle, alternatives pop up. There are numerous exercises that will work the same muscles and provide similar results.

My balance issues stem from Meniere’s disease, which is a vestibular condition that prevents me from doing things like lunges. When my core is strong, it compensates a little for the lack of balance, but there are some things that I will never be able to do comfortably or safely.

I also purchased an app called fitlist, that allows me to list each day’s activities, number of reps, and weight used. I think it was $5.99. There are probably free ones out there, but this one suited my needs best. It took about an hour to create a program tailored to my needs and set up the app. I will use this for a couple of months, then change the exercises to prevent boredom.

“Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny.” – Steven Pressfield The War of Art

 

 

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