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Sexy bad-ass Lauri Newman, my new inspiration
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Alright folks, I have a confession:  I stretched the truth on my farm hand job application.

I believe my exact words were, "I know how to lift properly - 50 pounds shouldn't be a problem for me."  Well... lifting 50 pounds shouldn't be a problem for me.  But it is.

In reality, I am a lightweight, petite woman with low upper body strength.  As a dancer, my core strength and flexibility is great, but my upper body is... 'delicately' muscled. 

So, in an effort to be a valuable member of the farm crew, I made a plan:  Farm Girl Bootcamp.

My goal:  Gain the strength needed to lift 50 pounds (without hurting my lower back) and increase my overall strength & endurance. 

I have one month to build up those muscles!

My plan:  Self-imposed Farm Girl Bootcamp!  Upper body strength, here we come...
Monday - Chest and Back
Tuesday - Core
Wednesday - Shoulders and Arms
Thursday - Ashtanga Yoga -or- Cardio
Friday - Back and Biceps
Saturday - Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps
Sunday - Stretch -or- Rest!

My tools:  Since this is a home workout program (gyms and fitness classes just don't suit my personality), I've had to gather my own resources.
~ My dear brother, a macho former Navy man, gifted me with a series of 'extreme' home workout videos.  Of course, always the rebel, I liberally modified their plan for my own needs.
~ I have a pair of gallon water jugs (with handles!) which, when full, equal 7 pound weights.
~ My roommate has a pullup bar, and I plan to hop on for a few pullups whenever I walk by.
~ Since I need to work up to 50 pounds, I'll be scouring Craigslist, FreeCycle, and Goodwill for sets of 10-15 pound weights.
~ Lastly, I have my own room, so I can sweat and struggle in delicious privacy.  This is crucial. 

And so, to keep myself accountable, I'm telling all y'all.  Let me know if you have any tips, and wish me luck!

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Erica
3/27/2012 04:31:35 am

I'm sorry, but the beginning made me lol so much. I applaud you working on doing it the right way though, it's so important not to hurt your back! Good luck! Strength training is awesome, I am lucky enough to have a full gym at my apartment complex. I love lifting because it makes me feel pretty badass.

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3/28/2012 07:25:25 am

I'm glad it made you laugh! It is pretty funny... you should see me actually lifting. Ha!

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5/10/2012 07:27:39 pm

The images that sprung to mind imagining you modifying your macho brother's extreme work-out video, I couldn't help a giggle! This is crying out for a U tube video- you just have to do this- it would be a sensation!! Admittedly,hardly private though;-)

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Anna @ Patchwork Radicals
5/11/2012 06:48:22 am

You're right, it was pretty comical! I don't know if I'd be much of a video star, but maybe someday, just for you... ;)

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