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Monday, March 2, 2009

Cathe's STS System

On Thursday, I ordered Cathe's STS System. I've been working out and doing weights, but I have been having difficulty choosing my weights. When I used to do a lot of weight workouts (circa 2005), it didn't matter too much to me whether or not I was choosing the right weights - I wore a heart rate monitor each day and burning calories was really my overall goal. Now, though, I no longer wear the monitor, I want to get more toned and see visible results, and I want to gain strength for running. More and more, Cathe's DVDs have not been helping me out as my goals have changed.

So, I picked up a book. It's called The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Running. I put together a workout scheme, but I know I have issues with this type of strength training. Mainly, if I am not following a video or class, I have trouble staying motivated. I really need someone there right with me, helping me count, encouraging me, etc.

Todd's suggestion was a personal trainer. And yeah, I've thought about a million times about getting a personal trainer, but I honestly cannot justify the cost. I'd be looking at the neighborhood of $60-90 per session and I'd need to do 1-3 sessions per week. That is just so expensive, and is money that would be better spent on some other service, like a maid. So, I refused.

The next best thing, I decided, was to give the STS System a try. What is it? Well, it's an intense workout program that uses the 1 Rep Max system to help me to select a weight that is right for me for each exercise. It uses a different video each day, 3 days per week, for 3 1/2 months. It's a total of 40 DVDs. It's a lot, but I think it will be worth it.

I spent the weekend trying to find my 1 Rep Max for each exercise, and I'm ready to get started when my kit arrives. Tuesday is the day! I'll be done around mid-June, which will be just in time for our trip to Little Cayman...

1 comment:

Sandra said...

wow, sounds like it could be a good investment. Let me know how it is etc.

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