Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I Guess They Really Meant New Exercises

This morning I set my alarm in order to get up and go running with Terrier. But somehow the idea of getting up at 5:15 and going running outside in the cold wasn't that appealing. I know I should have taken advantage of today as it was actually warmer than it has been previously, but somehow I just wasn't in the mood. I did, however, manage to get up and head off to the gymnasium with Drew a little bit later on in the morning.

This week's weight lifting is called "Adding New Exercises". I wrongly assumed on Sunday that I had learned the new exercises for the week. When I opened the book this morning, you can imagine my surprise that there were in fact other new exercises for me to learn. I guess they weren't kidding when they said that we'd be adding new exercises.

This is what I did:

Dumbbell Curls: 1 set of 15 reps @ 10 lbs (per arm) / 1 set of 15 reps @ 12.5 lbs (per arm)
Side Lateral Raises: 2 sets of 15 reps @ 5 lbs (per arm)
Dumbbell Bench Press: 2 sets of 15 reps @ 15 lbs (per arm)
Calf Raises: 2 sets of 15 reps @ 100 lbs
Leg Extensions: 1 set of 15 reps @ 60 lbs / 1 set of 15 reps @ 65 lbs
Leg Curls: 2 sets of 15 reps @ 20 lbs (per leg)
Ab Bench Crunches: 2 sets of 20 reps

Luckily, the new exercises for today: dumbbell curls, side lateral raises and calf raises weren't anything too new, but I did look at the book's instructions for all three to make sure I was using the proper form.

After finishing up my weight lifting, I headed over to the cardio area. I'm still on treadmill protest and I was really hoping to do the stair mill. I walked over there and saw that both the stair mills were occupied, so I set up on an elliptical. I had done about 3 minutes before I realized that one of the stair mills had been vacated, so I hurried over and jumped on before anyone else could! I'm reading the new Dan Brown book and while I don't think it's a classic, it certainly is entertaining, and kept me going at the gym today, which I think is the point.

I did a quick half an hour of stair climbing on speed interval level 9 before getting off to stretch and head home to get ready for work. I think that level 9 is a new record for me, so that's exciting! I was really sweaty when I was done, but I wasn't that tired, so that seems like a good sign. Drew really wants to compete in the Empire State Building Stair Climb in 2010. Maybe I should try it too?

Weight Lifting
Time: 30:03

Stair Mill
Distance: 2.73 miles
Time: 30:00
Pace: 10:59/mile
Calories: 277*

*Again, I forgot my HR monitor. Well, that's not 100% true. I remembered to wear the strap, but forgot to wear the watch that ties it all together and records the data! Oops!

1 comment:

  1. Nice workout today! Is the stair mill the one that looks like a set of stairs and is really high up? I've never tried it but always wanted to.