This led me to wonder: should I feel sore? I asked The Twitter and got an answer from Tweeps that they feel like they got a good workout when they're sore the next day, but that really didn't answer my question. I went to my second favorite source of information: Google.
According to About.com, and I'm paraphrasing here, it is not good to feel sore after every workout. It is, however, normal to be sore after changing your routine, say for instance, using the kettlebell for the first time. After my first workout with my new kettlebell, I was sore for two days. After the second go-round with the kettlebell, the soreness was very mild and every time after that, I had no soreness at all.
While I don't think I'm ready for more weight for most of the exercises just yet, I am ready for new exercises. How about you?
Last week, I found some great moves at Women's Health. This week, I went a little more hardcore. There are a bunch of exercises listed, there are pictures, descriptions and links to demo videos at Intense Kettlebell Workouts. A couple of the exercises are repeats from last week (windmill and swing) so I won't go into those again but the rest are brand new to us!
This is not me. My muscles don't look like that....yet.
Lay on your back holding the kettlebell above you. Using your abs only, lift your shoulder blades off the floor.
One arm! Yikes!
With one arm out to the side, lift the other arm straight up in front of you and lower it.
Hold the kettlebell at your chest and keeping your knees above your ankles, stick your butt out behind you and squat as low as you can (without falling over) and stand back up.
Have fun with these this week!
How are you liking the Swing in the New Year kettlebell challenge? Are you finding time for your workouts?