|I went skating today expecting to feel really strong. For the last month I've gone to the gym 3 times a week religiously hoping to get more power, strength and to prevent injury/rehab my knee. After today I feel like none of this has transfered!
The trainer has me more on a bodybuilding program. One where I am constantly sore and worrying about protein intake to recover. He has me doing a lot of pushing exercises and all on machines. For one, when I jump, I find it more pulling. Some of it was I had on a knee brace so it was hard to bend my knees but I couldnt really pull my knees up to jump! I expected this to be easy from all the weights. Then my shins, lower back and hips were all sore. I felt WEAKER.
Am I just building unnecessary muscles and not using the muscles I use skating? Even my legs, my hamstrings are about as strong as my quads, so skating is actually good for my muscle balance since that is mostly quads. I think plyos would help once I heal. But what exercises help skating or just should I skate and do some calistenics? Ride the stationary bike? I'm more interested in skating and being injury free and really dont care if I have tiny bicepts or what not. I'm old and dont care. I just want to be healthy and skate like a mad woman!!