Well, I more than made up for last week’s piss-poor performance on my pull day. I was focused and determined and kept my form in mind while really trying to isolate the right muscles.
We started off on the bench and the weight I was at seemed too easy. Turns out it was where I got up to last week. Nice.
Much like on Monday, I feel like I’ve got a better handle on the movements and positions now. It’s all starting to click.
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I had a great pull day workout today. I made lots of improvements and even went up in weight in a few things.
I think a lot of the advancements came from that I was so green with a few of the motions last week. They make sense to me now. Also, the ab machine was significantly easier… we’ll see how I feel tomorrow, though.
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I feel like I more than made up for Wednesday’s crappy workout, which is great because I flew solo for today’s #WalkFunnyDay. I focused, I was driven, I got results. I did everything but lunges (because I worked so hard I couldn’t even do them!). I think Trainer Low will be proud.
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I don’t know what it was about today’s workout but I just couldn’t get into it. I was so distracted. To be fair, I had meetings run long all day and I made it to my training with Low at the very last minute. I guess I’m a slow gear-changer.
My form was off and I found myself getting really frustrated that I couldn’t lift smaller and smaller weights. I felt completely preoccupied. Low would send me off for water and I’d try to center myself; only then could I crank out a decent rep. But it wasn’t consistent.
I dropped a barbell on my chest from incline press position. It wasn’t heavy but I just felt like my elbow gave out. Didn’t have anything else in it. By the time we got to triceps, I couldn’t even do 5 lbs. I’m pretty damned fatigued but still. Jeez.
I felt really disappointed in myself. From now on, I’m going to give myself enough time to be present in the moment of my workouts.
Friday is #WalkFunnyDay and I’m on my own for that workout. I’m going to make sure I’ve got everything I need to really push myself and revel in the workout. Today was a joke.
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Happy June, all!
After taking a week off from training, I met with Trainer Low again today to begin a new strength program. Our old friend Push/Pull/Legs. You know what that means: Friday will be the Return of #WalkFunnyDay!
Today was a hell of a workout. It felt incredible. Also, weirdly nice to be focusing in on certain muscle groups instead of an every day total body situation.
Trainer Low showed me so many different exercises for various muscles. On the ab machine, I’m not sure I’ve ever worked out that part of my core before.
Also, Low started a Google Spreadsheet so we can track my progress and share results at the gym or when I’m on my own. The future is now!
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Note: I did have a regular Day Two workout on Wednesday with Trainer Low. When working out with him, the reps and weights are kind of tough for me to track. Also, I didn’t feel like it was that great of a workout. I went and did the thing but I don’t feel like writing all about it.
Wow, I had a great workout today. I’ve been working with Trainer Low just two days a week but I really wanted his help in walking me through the Day Three workout. We spent about thirty minutes on dead lifts alone. From warm-up to finish, I spent about 2 hours at the gym.
I’m starting to get little glimpses into that fantastic gym-goer feeling you get from working out. I’m really excited to keep it up and days like today make the less-motivated days sting less.
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Trainer Low is back and we continued our work on good form and putting all the pieces of good form together. I don’t feel like I lifted as much today but a lot of good work was done toward making sure I’ve got a solid frame and isolating the right muscles.
The numbers below will probably be pretty fudged since we played fast and loose with the weights and reps in the interest of practicing good form. My shoulders especially will be barking tomorrow.
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I wasn’t quite feeling it today. I was out past midnight (TOOL concert, yeah!) and had to go to work so I’m operating on not much sleep. Still made it to the gym, though, for the first Day Three workout.
There were a few things I haven’t done before (at least well) so I had to Google them before going. I did… ok. I think I was just interested in getting out of there. I did everything in the program, though, so I’ve got that going for me.
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Trainer Low is out of town for the rest of the week so I’m on my honor to keep going to the gym and doing the program without him. Did I mention he thinks I ultimately need to be working out 5 days a week to achieve my goals? Bring it on!
I’m still inspired by my performance on Monday but I did suffer a bit from a lack of mindfulness. I still went and I think I went up in weight with everything; there were just a few sets I didn’t quite finish. I’m trying not to get too frustrated; I am learning to do things the right way.
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It was my first full (official) workout with Trainer Low today. He’d been off for a week, then the gym was closed for a week, so you can imagine how out of swing I was.
Actually, it was pretty awesome. Since we haven’t done an assessment together, he was over-estimating all of the weight I could lift, which actually pushed me to try heavier weights than I would’ve picked for myself. Pretty grand. Also, I kept working on my Dignified Stance™.
I’m really grateful Low can explain things through physics; it helps me understand the motions better. Today I learned that when beginning working out, beyond working out the muscles, we’re also creating neurons and mental pathways from the brain to the muscle so we know how to properly work it out in the future. Neat!
Anyway, it was a killer total body workout from the Day One set (RDLs, man!).
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