Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ho Hum, Chest Day Again

I woke with ease again this morning, just moments before my alarm.  I am really liking that I don't have to struggle to wake up, it makes the thought of working out that much easier.  Today was chest, and to be honest, it is my least favorite thing to train.  I am actually quite unenthused about chest workout, and on this particular program, she has it designed as a heavily super-setted training, with abs, which I haven't been training.  So today, I was done in a half hour.   I was going to hit the treadmill for some cardio, but after just a few minutes, I knew my knee was not going to allow it.  I could have pushed through the tense, irritated feeling, but I know that would have delayed my healing.   I will do some research in the coming days, to see if I can determine whether or not I should see a physician for this issue, or if it's just a part of getting older. 
I am a little more than halfway through this program, and I'm still having fun.  I think the gym is a huge part of that.  I was thinking about how it'd be if I didn't join and was still trying to do this program with my home gym and 10 pound dumbbells.  I don't think I would have stayed on track as easily, I would have been bored.  But the gym is still an exciting place full of all kinds of interesting equipment to explore.  I have been there a month now, and am still discovering equipment I've never used.  At some point I will try it all.  Today was the first time I tried dips on the bars.  For triceps I have always done dips on a bench, afraid that I wasn't strong enough to do them on the bars.  So today when I was supposed to do them for chest, I tried the bars.  It felt really awkward and the hanging part hurt my knee of all things.  I was able to get a few dips done, but I was feeling it in my triceps, not my chest, so I left those out today.  I will work up to that.  Right now my utmost concern is keeping my knee functional.
Today I will have an abbreviated day at work, as I have a seminar on handling stress in the workplace to attend.  It is a nice way to get paid to be someplace other than work, and it makes my boss look good that I am attending these work-sponsored seminars out of my own free will and interest.  Plus, a fridge full of ice cold diet soda just calling my name?  I think it's going to be a smooth day!
Hope you are in the middle of a smooth week, friends!

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  1. Exercising in a room full of people always spurs me on too, far better than doing it at home. I followed your example like I said I would yesterday and completely changed my stale routine. I did supersets today concentrating on chest, core, arms and back. 5 sets of 8 reps each. I had to use lighter weights as the each lift is 3 seconds to lift then 3 seconds to lower. After a short amount of time I was trembling and sweating all over the place. But it was worth it as tonight I can feel the ache.

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    1. There is little that feels as good as "leaving it all in the gym". Except maybe the moment when the shake dissipates! Awesome work, I bet you'll feel good tomorrow!

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