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machine time posted: Tue 2012-01-24 11:10:42 tags: fitness
Feeling irrationally anxious and not much I can do about it, so I popped in the gym for 3 sets on my machine circuit before lunch: Session 58: leg curls: 20x 50# easy leg press: 20x 210# medium overhead press: 15-20x 30# hard1 arm curls: 15-20x 30# v.hard ab crunch: 12-15x 90# moderate2 arm extension: 20x 30# easy3 chest press: 16-20x 50# moderate 1. On the 3rd set on overhead press, I ran into that nasty sensation of something twanging or grinding in my right shoulder. I think I've figured o... (...more)
mileage posted: Mon 2012-01-23 16:34:14 tags: fitness
missed noon coffee tiem, late lunch held me back

session 57: 3.3mi / 43 minutes

machine endurance posted: Mon 2012-01-23 12:28:08 tags: fitness
One of these days I'll get around to making Phosphoros's post dates adjustable. Here's one where it would be handy to move to last night (Sunday Jan 22, ~8PM) Session #56 - 3x through the machine circuit, focusing on endurance, ergo mostly weight settings a notch or two lower than usual. I'm not interested in building bulge-y vein-y muscle mass - that's just grotesque. Yet what I've been doing - 6-12 reps at weights where 6-12 is all you can do - is exactly what conventional training wisdom says buil... (...more)
mileage posted: Sat 2012-01-21 13:29:28 tags: fitness
(per Twitter) Session #55: 3.3mi / 40m35s. 1/2 lap at 8.0mph, 1mi at 6.0 I fell asleep earlyish without internets, but this bed is a bit too hard, and the window-rattler A.C. is really loud, so I find myself waking a lot to roll over. I woke for good before 8. I started the day as usual with a cup of instant coffee to wash down omega-3s and vitamins, and then my standard combo of 2 El Monterey bean-and-cheese burritos and a Jose Ole breakfast burrito. I had given the gym a miss entirely yesterday, be... (...more)
instead of squats posted: Fri 2012-01-20 10:09:31 tags: fitness, what I'm eating
Back when I was seriously entertaining calisthenics instead of training with weight equipment, I ran across some training articles that suggested that if you only train with one exercise in the gym, it should be squats, because squats engage so much of the lower body. And my old friend Chris suggested that although weighted squats are of course ideal, even without weights there's some benefit. The prohibitive drawbacks are twofold for me though: one, I don't have a workout partner/spotter, and I'm not d... (...more)