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I am turning into one sexy beast. - Elf M. Sternberg
I am turning into one sexy beast.
Workout Journal update: Omaha and I have joined a gym. This is a good thing; I haven't had access to a gym in years, not since I left Isilon, and my at-home workouts have tended to be furtive, occasional things done in the most desultory way. Having a gym provides a context, a schedule, and the equipment necessary to exercise consistently and correctly.

Today was our third session. Almost half my circuit slots are filled up with physical rehabilitation: one for my knee, one for my neck, one for an old injury to my shoulder, and planks for general abs.

But it was good. After a five-minute warmup with a punching bag, I did 2 sets x 35 reps @ 5 lbs for the rotator cuff, 2 sets x 35 reps @ 2 lbs for the knee, 2 sets @ 80 seconds for planks, and 2 sets x 20 reps @ 1 lb for the neck extension.

In actual weightlifting, I did 3 sets of 6 reps squat @ 95 lbs, 3 sets of 5 reps bench press at 215 lbs, and 2 sets of 3 TGUs @ 31 lbs (why are kettlebells the only things marked in metric?). That's not too bad, and similar to the sets I did on Monday.

The best growth was in the rehab steps, which when from 25 on Friday to 35 today with much less pain at the pinnacle. The planks were as hard at 80 seconds as they were at 60 on Friday, though, and I was able to do the upper back & neck extensions without problems. I couldn't even do them on Monday, I was so stiff. My body is rapidly adjusting to the return of the old regimen.

I'm still 191 lbs, 24.1% bodyfat, 37.7% muscle, which is 4% more bodyfat and 9 pounds more than I want to be. It's not a big change, but getting down that last bit is always the hardest part. Still, it's nice to have these tools again, and I find myself hoping I'll enjoy the new place as much as I enjoyed the old.

Right now my lower back and knees are sore, but "not in a bad way." I've experienced this before when doing serious lifting, and I'll worry only if it's still bad on Friday and inhibits follow-through. I think part of the problem is that the knee lifts pull hard on my outer gluteals and I can feel my lower back compensating for the weaknesses there.

Current Mood: amused amused
Current Music: Terrakota, Open Your Eyes

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aelfie From: aelfie Date: January 3rd, 2013 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
What do you mean turning into to? You've always been a sexy beast.
elfs From: elfs Date: January 3rd, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! Thank you for saying so! Keeping it into old age, however, is going to take some work...
aelfie From: aelfie Date: January 3rd, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nah...you're like Connery....just gets better with age...=)
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