We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My trainer is moving me into a new phase, a new program today. Says it's almost Spring, so it's time to build a Beach Body so the gals will notice me again (being facetious, of course). Plus I have been at this now for 10 months, 5-6 days/week, so my muscles are as awake as they will ever be.
He plans each work-out in advance. He is programmatic, systematic.
Today was a 3-min elliptical warm-up, then
- 3 sets leg press, medium-rep - 3 sets weighted squats, low rep - 3 sets of approx 100 singles jump rope - 3 sets skull-crushers, hi-rep - 3 sets military press, medium rep - 2 sets standing curls, one hi rep and one low rep - 2 sets each of leg extension, leg curl, leg adduction, leg abduction - all high-rep to burn
No pain, no gain. (reps refers to weight and intensity - high rep means you can pull out 12-15 max, low rep means you can pull out 2-8. If you can do more than 15, need to increase the resistance)
All of that leg stuff should have been condensed into 20 mins of dead lifts, but I need a bit more leg work to advance my deads. Not stable enough at higher weights due to skinny legs and skinny white ass. Deads on Friday morning I think. The goal remains to reach just a handful of heavy strength-building exercises 2 days/wk (half of them each time so each muscle group is pushed to the max weekly), plus heavy calisthenic days or cardio days between for general fitness.
He gave me a new cardio program too, for my off days. Will describe that in another post.
I keep thinking that, if I were a furniture mover, I'd get paid for this toil.
Do people outside the US pursue this sort of thing?
If you were a furniture mover you would be incapable of participating in your personal workouts. I am an olden days mover for over 30 years. There was nothing that required two people to move if you knew what you were doing. I could get your upright piano into your second floor apartment by myself if you would stay out of my way. But now in my 60's my back, knees, ankles, and shoulders have all gone on strike and informed me that I will never be macho again.