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Day #2 new workout schedule - Chest Day!


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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!!!
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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!"

SUCCESS!

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!
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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 8/19/2013 7:24AM

    Yeah, I can push and torment myself at the gym at time...but at others it is nice to have someone else be responsible for kicking my a$$.

Workout buddies and sadistic trainers are nice for that reason.

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FANGFACEKITTY 8/16/2013 7:41AM

    Nice! Next year when the new HQ opens up we will have a fitness center in the building; I can hardly wait!

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HANSBRINK 8/14/2013 12:21PM

  Actually, you're probably related to the Stasi guy too.

Nothing like having a good workout buddy to push the limits. Not exactly being complacent without one; but having one sure make me push my limits.

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PLMITCH 8/14/2013 9:58AM

    That is GREAT that your new work has a gym -- and you have gotten right into it!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 8/13/2013 11:50PM

    LOVE that you have a great gym - and people who are willing to step in.

Hope you can find a workout partner - at least for once in awhile? Or a new trainer (hopefully related to Stasi guy)

~Irish

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JIACOLO 8/13/2013 9:04PM

    I do like having a workout partner to help me stay on task and not let me give up when I would normally by myself. Good luck!

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