Friday, March 5, 2021

Slowly But Surely

I have been making slow but steady progress. I did get sweats so I could workout in cold weather (reminder: my home gym is outdoors). I even added an exercise. Here is what today looked like:

  • Squats: 6x45
  • Bench Press: 8x35
  • EZ Barbell Curls: 10x25 (they have been EZ curls all along)
  • Cable V Pressdowns: 8x35

Reminder that the weights are what I put on the bar or machine, not the total.

I have been regularly working out except I developed a blood clot in my left leg a few weeks ago. That paused things for a couple weeks. I up the weights when I can do at least two extra solid reps on the last set and everything (e.g. shoulders during bench press) feels good. So far so good.

I did up the reps for the EZ curls. My forearms weren't liking things so I went from 8 to 10 reps to keep the weight from moving up too fast. First workout at 25# and it feels much better than when I tried 8x25 a few weeks ago.

I am alternating bike riding days with weight days. Seems to be going well. I'm not even looking at the scale these days because I know I am going to start gaining muscle (if I haven't already) and seeing my weight go up because of that is just going to mess with my head. Weights haven't affected my cycling, though. The blood clot did but even that has passed and I'm increasing the distance I ride again. Blood clot is still there but it's decreasing.

I did start using an app to track my workouts. Different reps and whatnot were getting too confusing and I didn't want to use paper this time so I hunted for an iPhone app. I settled on Strong. It's not perfect but it's simple and meets my needs. So I have the app to guide my workouts and I play music on my iPhone during my workout. You could say that iPhone is my training partner. A lot has changed in 20 years, right? 😋

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