Wow! Today’s workout was eye-opening! I got to see that I was definitely underestimating my abilities!
I went to the gym with Michael. He is weird and likes to do his cardio (shooting around at the gym’s basketball court) before doing a heavy leg workout. I wasn’t sure about it, but went ahead with my cardio.
Stairclimber: Warmup with level 10, then slowly climbed to level 13. It said I went 3.88 miles, but I’ll round down to 3.75 miles in 30 minutes.
Treadmill: I was pooped, so I took it easy. Alternated 0.50 miles of walking hills (4.5 mph, 5% incline) and running. Finished 3.10 miles in 32 minutes.
85#- 10 reps (to warm up)
105#- 10 reps <— first time squatting more that 100 pounds!!!
115#- 7 reps <— Guy next to us compliments me on my form
135#- 5 reps <— That’s more than my body weight (haha, but not a lot more :P)
How cool do I look with those 45-pound plates on the bar? Only a little cooler? 🙂 Yay.
135#- 5 reps <— first time doing deadlift over 100 pounds!!!
Romanian Deadlift (Michael said this one is where you don’t put the bar down after every rep. This is what I usually do):
115#- 8 reps.
Lunges w/ twist and Side Lunge:
First set was done with one 25# dumbbell, 12 reps of alternating forward lunges with a twist and then 12 reps on each side for the side-lunges.
Second set was the same, but with a 27.5# dumbbell.
A protein shake was consumed on the way back home.
I wanted to do a 10 minute “ice bath” in our super-cold swimming pool. As soon as I got in, I started hyper-ventilating. The water was only up to my hips. I stayed as long as I could, and got out. 10 seconds.
I mustered up the courage to go in and try one more time… another 10 seconds.
20- second “ice bath”: DONE. How the heck do athletes do it for 10 – 15 minutes??
After work, I went face-first into this yummy dinner (soba noodles, chicken, egg, asparagus, and a nice drizzle of poppyseed dressing):
I am now about to go face-first into my studies!
I feel so great about what I accomplished at the gym today!
Is there an activity or task where you’ve underestimated your abilities?