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Journal FortKnox's Journal: The gym is paying off 9

I've been good about going to the gym (except for when I was sick). I lift on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursday, then spend M-W-F on cardio (I still do cardio on the days I lift, just not as much). I leave work at 4:30 and avoid the rush at the gym (though its starting to taper now that people are quitting their New Years resolutions). I'm finding it difficult to keep my heart in the cardio zone on the treadmill. I have to actually work to keep my heart pumping for 45-60 minutes a day. Holy hell, I'm actually somewhat in shape! I actually requested to take the whole family out grocery shopping right after my workout, cause I had trouble settling down and relax. I ended up wearing everyone else out, but I still had energy to burn...
I don't LOOK any stronger, but I definitely FEEL it. My abs are starting to show, much to the wife's delight (though I think she's waiting for my biceps to increase in size), which I haven't had since early college. Unfortunately, seeing them come through, I've been overworking them a bit...
When I ran track back in college, I always had issues with my calves. They used to call me popeye on track, because my calves were always larger than my quads/thighs. At night, I'd always wake up multiple times cause of muscle cramps in my calves... I'd spend a good 15 minutes working out the cramp to get back to bed. Last night I actually work up with muscles cramps in my abs. Talk about uncomfortable.

Anywho, I'm still on it and starting to feel the effects. When I have washboard abs, a descent chest and some guns, I'll post pics ;)
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  • to beat the boys away from your daughter when she gets older.

    Congrats on staying with it. The longer you go, the better you'll be.

    When I worked out all the time, I got to the point where I felt physically ill if I didn't get to exercise in one form or another.

    By the way, your abs are about the one group in your body you can pretty much punish daily, after you get over the initial soreness. I do recommend you take at least 1 or 2 days off a week to let yourself recoup.
  • What do you do for weights?

    btw, the heart rate thing is kind of bullshit. I'll write a JE about it one of these days, but if you can't wait you can just google it - "heart rate myth" or "max heart rate myth" and similar...
    • Machines. Countless machines. Once I get my inital workout really good, I'll get a physical trainer and start working freeweights and hammer-strength machines.
      • by tuxette ( 731067 ) *
        OK. Once you start with the free weights, you'll never want to go back to the machines. (Most of them anyway.) Ever...
        • I use machines, as well. My form is so bad that I'd be afraid of hurting myself with free weights. The only thing I do with free weights is the PowerFlex class at the gym. Because it's an hour of constant lifting and other such motions, the weight you use is a bit lighter than you might use for regular sets. Poweflex is taught by Rhoda. If I didn't know better, I'd think Rhoda was you. Her appearance and attitude are pretty much how I imagine you to be. She uses the amount of weight for her biceps th
          • by tuxette ( 731067 ) *
            Form is something you have to learn. I didn't have perfect form when I started out either...
  • I started going back to the gym this year too - mainly because I had some skiing coming up (which I've just done) and last time I went, I hadn't done much fitness stuff and it half killed me. This time - going 4 times a week to the gym for an hour or so - sorted me out. I wasn't even the slightest bit sore after 6 days of skiing.

    And my resting heart rate has come down from 65 or so to around 50.

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