Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm Lisa a mom to two girls and a wife to a US Navy Submariner. I have a passion for running, nutrition and all things fitness. For me running or training hard at the gym equals 24 hours of complete joy in a day. If this blog inspires and helps motivate you, then I hope you continue reading.

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05 December 2012

Weight Plate Loaded Machines and Fartleks

My gym recently got a whole bunch of new machines. At first I was a little hesitant and didn't like the change then once I went around and tried the weight plate loaded machines, I became hooked. I think I like them more then the cable machines.

Today's workout was great. I love the sense of feeling accomplished after a good workout. My reps and sets varied. I did the normal 12 reps, 4 sets but after 12 reps I would use a lighter weight and do a few more reps. Tried my best to fatigue those muscles. 

I ran 3 miles after lifting wights. My time is improving. I wanted my run to go by fast so I added a few fartleks. 

For those who don't know what fartleks are, they are basically an unstructured method of interval training. Instead of keeping the same pace through the whole workout, you sprint, then jog, then sprint again whenever you fee like it. You can customize fartleks to how you feel. If you feel sluggish, limit the number of sprints you do, and take more time to recover. If you feel great, run the sprints hard, and sprint again maybe when you don’t feel totally recovered. One good way to run this workout is to pick out objects ahead of you, like a telephone pole and sprint from that pole to the next and then jog. One reason that fartleks are so popular is that it is so flexible.


  1. I have never heard of farleks before, but that sounds great! I will definitely have to give that a try.

  2. Fartleks are awesome. I typically do them nearing the end of my run because I just want it to be over with already

  3. Never heard of fartleks before until you! Thanks for that :D

    The after-workout feeling is amazing. I'd been feeling so lazy today but going to get my butt moving after reading this!

  4. I use fartleks all the time! I love interval training in general, especially before a 5k. I usually get mee structured with it if I am prepping for a specific distance. Right now though, for example, I don't have a real agenda until March, so I fartlek

  5. sounds like you had a great work out, and I've never heard of fartleks until now!

  6. Lisa, thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog! And, oh my, what a workout! I'm the same way with new machines at the gym. There's always a learning curve period... but I usually end up loving them.

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