This morning Drew and I went to the gym together and that meant that I'd have a spotter in order to try to test out my bench pressing abilities. The last time I tried, I felt like I maxed out at 80 pounds. A couple days ago I was able to do 90 pounds on the chest press machine, so I was hoping for something around there. But I wasn't sure I'd be able to do it, since I always think the machines are easier.
We started out with 30 minutes on the stair mill before hitting the weights. I was pretty nervous, but we started out at 65 pounds and that was fine. Then I moved up to 75 pounds and it was definitely getting harder and my right pectoral muscle was a tiny bit tired. I decided that we should just go for it and try 85 pounds. I did one really easily. The second one I managed to get up and then that was it. My right pectoral muscle had had enough. I can't say I really blame it. And, um, as a result, I dropped the bar. Right into Drew's hands. Lucky thing I have such a great spotter, huh? It's not quite as bad as it sounds. I kept my left hand on the bar the entire time and I'm sure I just surprised Drew more than anything else. Thanks to him, I was never in any real danger.
After that, we finished up with some more weight lifting, which looked a lot like this:
5 @ 65 lbs
5 @ 75 lbs
2 @ 85 lbs
3 x 10 @ 25 lbs
6 @ 60 lbs
8 @ 60 lbs
7 @ 60 lbs
2 x 10 @ 12.5 lbs (per arm)
I have to say that I'm pretty proud that I beat my previous best. Especially since I really haven't been lifting weights all that consistently (or at all) recently.
We finished up our day with some time on the Arc Trainer. I still don't understand the appeal of that machine. Drew loves it, probably with a capital L. And I think it's super boring. His response? "Yeah, but I go faster and push myself more than you." After thinking about that for a while, it's probably the reason I love the stair mill so much. Because the machine pushes you automatically. Plus, it's really easy to read a book on the stair mill. Which probably makes it the best machine of all time. Maybe I don't like the arc trainer because I don't automatically get pushed in the same way?
Distance: 2.95 miles
Distance: 0.70 miles