Day 2 in the new job....and it's going great! It's a totally different pace than my last job. And, while I'm not necessarily "in charge" like I was in Florida, it's a whole different level of responsibility.
And I get to be pretty active....today I logged over 10K steps! So far the job's required a lot of reading to get up to speed on the ins and outs what our division does...but I long ago kept up my college speed reading skills, so I've been able to zip through the tomes nice and quick.....and so I've had time to hit the company gym!
It's a magnificent beast! Lots of free weights, tons of cardio, tons of benches, 3 squat racks, spin classes, and a decent locker room with plenty of showers...and it's clean! So today was chest day. I was all ready to go, ducked out of the ofice and speed walked over to the gym to maximize my time there....then realized I had left my sneakers in the office!!!
Speed walk back across the building, trot up the 5 sets of stairs, grab sneakers, down the stairs, and back across the building.....that added 25 minutes to my clock!!
Today was heavy chest day; bench press, incline press, and flyes. I had gotten in 3 sets of 4 at 225 lbs with Stasi guy last time we worked chest....but how the hell was I supposed to do this on my own without crushing my guts out if the bar fell?!?!?!
Well one thing being 53-years old does for you is to remove most any inhibitions or shyness. I eyeballed the biggest dude I saw within 10 feet who looked like he knew what he was doing and said, "Hey, can you spot me for a minute....I'm shooting for 4 reps"
"Sure, no problem!"
First set was tough....rep #4 was shakey. On the second set, I could only knock out 3. My spotter looked down at me and said, "You could have knocked out a 4th rep you know....you had it in you"
OUCH! That hurt! "Okay, I'll shoot for 4 on the next set, thanks"
So I got in 4 on the last set....but it wasn't easy. He spotted me and provided the barest minimum of assistance as I pushed upwards with all I had on those last 2 reps.
I think he's related to Stasi guy!
Actually, I think that's the weight training culture....success is measured by effort, not by the weight on the bar. The goal of each workout is to push the muscles to fatigue and failure. The challenge is to work through the fatigue, to keep pushing till the muscle really does fail. The trick is in recognizing the difference....to not stop just because you're tired & "fatigued"
And having a spotter does help.
Hmmmm....maybe I need to find me a workout buddy. I'm kind of a lone wolf....I like doing my own thing.....but I might need to explore the idea of lifting with someone who can push me past what i can do on my own.....that's what I liked about Stasi guy....he was a sadistic bastard, but he knew my limits better than I did.
More to follow
Have a great night Spark friends!