Workout Summary: 6.12.19

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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Workout Summary: 6.5.19

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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Workout Summary: 10.30.17

Trainer Lana has me trying out something different for the next couple weeks. It’s kind of like hypertrophy in that the weight is super low. Instead of a ton of reps, I’m doing 8-10 but really, really slowly. It’s amazing.

I can feel all my movements becoming more fluid. When I do exercises too quickly, I can feel deficiencies in my range of motion. This is kind of like ironing them out. It was so challenging and I got an amazing pump, to boot!

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8 kilo dumbells

Return of the Workout Summary: 10.9.17

::Cue Staind singing “It’s Been A While”::

Today was my first day back at the gym after pulling an abdominal muscle. I’m not quite sure what happened. I went for a morning run and had terrible pain in my lower abs and on the same side I had my hernia on. Long story short, I went to the doctor, she said to rest, so rest I did.

I’ve been working a lot on my grip strength (for guitar shredding) and my wife and I just started speed walking (strangely difficult). Even though I still get a bit sore in the abs, I felt it was time to go back.

Today’s workout was a push day and, even though the weights were lower (Trainer Lana took us out of the strength/hypertrophy cycle so I can get my bearings again), I did really well. What’s more, it felt excellent to be back.

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Tractor at a construction site.

Workout Summary: 8.7.17

Since my last workout, I’ve been thinking about motivation and dedication. I realized that I’m not really as focused as I should be at the gym. After working out for a year, I think I’m letting my attention slip and getting distracted. Not pushing myself much.

I’ve decided to focus more and really work hard. After all, I really want to change (and I pay a lot of money to train). Why not be all in?

That being said, I had an amazing push day today! Trainer Lana started me on the strength cycle, which means bigger weights and lower reps. I went up in weight in everything; a lot of weight, too.

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An artist's figure model doing a push-up

Workout Summary: 6.26.17

My new trainer is all about the body weight exercises to build strength. I think that’s great because it makes exercising way more practical. The whole basis of fitness philosophies like MoveNat is that exercise for the sake of appearance is ultimately useless in the real world.

That being said, today I did more push-ups than I ever have before. I had no idea I could do so many! Also, I injured my wrist (playing guitar without warming up) so it was an extra accomplishment. I got through my whole push day workout without aggravating it further, too, which I think is amazing.

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