27 November 2011

Gym: 27 November

I have plenty of excuses for not having exercised for the past two and a half weeks. I had a lot of hours at my two jobs, I caught the boy's crazy illness that knocked me out for more than a week, and then Thanksgiving. But really, excuses are just that: excuses. They aren't really reasons.

Not having reasons not to go to the gym isn't enough to get me there--I need reasons to go to the gym, or at least some peer pressure. So today, after brunch, more work, and a nice wander around, my boy and I got ready to go to the gym. He got distracted, and I ended up heading over there to watch Netflix on my phone while riding the bike for 57 minutes on a Random Hill program. The bike said I made it 19.31 miles with an average revolutions per minute of 87 (I try to keep it between 95 and 105, but some of those hills were steep--and after the first 40 minutes, my legs started kind of seizing a bit) and an average heart rate of 123 (I didn't really measure my heart rate much), for a grand total of a machine-estimated 525 calories burned.

I didn't do any weight training this time--I thought an hour on the bike was enough. I'll do less bike time and some weights at my next visit this week.

09 November 2011

Gym: 9 November

I have been meaning to go to the gym I just joined during the morning, when I would assume I'd have it basically to myself. That hasn't yet happened, nor has actually going to the gym. So I bit the bullet and went this evening at 5, after "training" at the restaurant (wiping down shelves, unwrapping an ungodly number of chairs, and screwing together tables and such), I went to work out.

After 25 minutes on one of those electricity-generating stationary bikes (48 watt-hours generated), I wobbled off the bike and did some weight training.

I upped the weight for my lat pulldowns this time: 2 sets with 10 reps at 110 pounds. I could have done another set or a greater number of reps, but I do like to conserve my energy to work out other muscles. And I've been feeling icky (not even as close to as icky as the boy, however), so I didn't try to max anything out.

Next were chest presses again, which weren't really things I did before this new gym, but the machine was free, so I went for it and did 2 sets of 10 reps at only 80 pounds. That's more weight than last time, but 2 fewer reps per set.

Last, I did these kind of sit ups for my back. There's this machine that is really just a glorified fulcrum--you brace your feet on the base, lean over the pads that support you on your thighs, and lower and raise your upper body using your abs and back muscles. To make it slightly more challenging, you can hold weights in your hand. I used to do these with personal trainer number two, and I enjoyed feeling the soreness. So I did 2 sets of 10 reps with the added 10 pound weight that was laying nearby.

I won't say this was a vigorous workout or anything particularly amazing. But sometimes, just doing anything is a success.