I got down to the gym yesterday. It was a good workout. Something about Fridays that just gets me in the mood to workout. All the bullshit of the week has gone by and you get two days to work out and recover. Bliss!
Yesterday was biceps blasting day. The day before that was chest day.
So I’m at a bit of a cross roads. I might be more mobile than I’ve been for a long time – with the ex and kids moving away in about 30 days. Lots of things to consider. Options, I guess. I finished Neil Young’s book. I’ll probably do a book review on that this weekend.
I’m going to do hot yoga this morning. Kind of looking forward to it. I’ve been away from yoga for a little while, except for last Saturday. Not sure why exactly, I get busy at times and sometimes re-prioritise but essentially it has to do with any gym time I get I tend to want to do weights.
Hi Bloggers, as you might know, I’ve been reading Neil Young’s autobiography. Comes a Time has always been a favourite of mine. I don’t know what it is exactly, it has a nice mix of sincerity, nostalgia and reflection. A kind of honesty.
There comes a time for all of us. My ex – the T Bird came to tell me they will be here for only another 37 days. I’m trying my hardest to be present as a dad to my kids. A lot of damage has been done. A lot of animosity has developed based on the situation between their mum and I.
I’ve spent the last year or so in a sort of holding pattern, knowing that the situation has been destined to be not-sustainable, and having many uncertainties in my life – work, domestic and external. Stuck yet unable to move due to financial constraints, or obligations etc.
I’ve spent a lot of that time looking inward. An examination of myself, if you will. I think this is healthy, to a point. Too much introspection can lead to self doubt and hesitation. I’ve put aside some passions. Making music, song writing, etc. All the while, just hanging on to a thread of whatever it is that keeps us going.
I want to be clear about one thing – I am not complaining, I am not bitter. The journey has been extremely challenging on many levels. At the same time, I have come through this still feeling for the most part like I am being true to myself. I’ve made changes. I’ve learned from some mistakes.
So I went to gym today. I am doing my light workout – generally more reps and less weight. I did over head press, power cleans, lunges, hi step ups, and chainsaws.
Tuesday morning, I was up with the sparrows to get an early work out in before work. I had the alarm set for 4.30 am and for a nice change I actually felt like getting up and working out, as I didn’t plan to make it in extra early to work – just regular early.
I feel like I am clearing some blockages. The recent past has been so littered with challenges and constraints of sorts, I feel like I am starting to see or realise the way forward. It has not been clear, for a long time, and there is still much uncertainty, but overall right now I have a sense of optimism. A sense of relief, and a sense of relative freedom.
I’ve had some good critical conversations with some key people in my life. I have had to ask for understanding, for support and to refrain from judgement, as much as possible, anyway.
Ahhhh. Deep breath.
So I did my work out C today, it was all about the biceps, triceps and abdominals. Not too heavy, not too light. A good work out.
Hey Bloggers. Sunday. Ahhh. Had a short-ish sleep in. Hopped up, mess around a bit and headed down for a workout. As I entered my usual gym this morning I noticed the Halloween display on the entrance area. Spooky spider webs and yellow caution tape. As I was leaving I noticed some scary ghosts (the ghosts of my past??? yikes!). I’m pretty sure they were plastic sheets with balloons inflated in them and hung up with string. Close one!
So my gym experience this morning? Pretty good I would say. No really urgent things to do, apart from clean up the house a bit.
There was the usual assortment of regulars there – the fit couple that always work out together. He wears his hat on backwards and lifts pretty full on. He’s a grunter, and that’s ok! His GF is fit looking. They are always seen together which is nice.
I ran into one of the regulars when putting my bag in the locker. I said Hi, what are you working out etc? He was on leg day. I told him I was doing chest and shoulders. There were some other regulars in there, and some I hadn’t seen before. It was generally pretty quiet which I like.
The TV’s were off. Normally they are showing business news network or Sportsnet. Today they just had that little speaker icon that floats around the screen. I settled in for my workout. I was feeling somewhat inspired by watching part of Generation Iron on Netflix.
My first exercise was dumbbell bench press. I did 10 reps with 80 lbs then went to 5 sets of 5 for 100 lbs. After that it was incline dumbbell press, 5 x 5 at 70 lbs. Then I did lat raises, 3 x 10 at 30 lbs, and bent over lat raises, 3 x 10 at 20 lbs. Finished off with lying leg raises. sets of 20, 15, 10.
It was a good workout. Got it done easy enough. Some days you feel strong and able and some days the weights are heavier. It’s just the way it goes.
I retreated upstairs to the yoga room. I settled in for some meditation. It was fairly superficial, truth be told. I’d like to say it was deep and spiritual. I sat on a cushion and took about 10 mins to just settle. I was really feeling ok, and reflected on how for many times in the past 2 years, the meditation has been a rock that I have clung to – almost as if, in a personal crisis, or series of crises, it was all I had to stay sane. On this occasion, I was just feeling generally pretty good, and that’s ok!
We’ve been getting ready to put the house on the market – all part of the plan to go separate ways. So I’m at a crossroads of sorts. Not too concerned about the future, maybe a little apprehensive but also kind of excited too. The last month or so has been about fixing up houses and other loose ends to prepare for the next chapter in life.
Had a little misadventure with dishwashers. We’ve had one in the house since we bought the place, but it hasn’t worked worth a shit since some time soon after we moved in. It just stopped cleaning dishes. It ran, it made dishwasher noises, but every time you’d open the door the food was still stuck to the plates etc.
So I thought, lets buy a cheapo off Kijiji (on line classifieds) and stick that in there and then we can sell the place with a working dishwasher. We found one and drove out to have a look. Forked out $140 for the used dishwasher. Got it in today. Guess what? The bastard leaks! Ok. Pull it out again, see if there is something obvious. Of course its all this plastic moulded crap with wires coming out of it so there is no hope of fixing this thing.
We reluctantly decided to go down to the hardware store and buy a new one. There were a couple of models for $400. Of course they don’t stock them and have to wait a week. Ok, which ones do they stock? One for $650, and one really high end one. So we had to make an executive decision. We bought it.
Got the new shiny one home and glad to say everything seems to work ok so far. Just another little adventure in spending time and money to get ready to sell this house. Such is life, eh?
Ok, enough bullshit, here’s my work out, and I lost my print out of my work outs so I was going from memory!
Squats – set of 10 to warm up, then 5 sets, 5 reps.
Ezy bar curls, 3 sets of 10 reps.
Alternating dumbbell bicep curls. 3 sets of 20.
Cable tricep pull downs, 3 sets of 10.
Crunches, elbows to knees. sets of 50, 26, 26.
Calf raises. 3 sets of 10.
The other night I got a work out after work too. In this one I did:
Early starts at work have my alarm going off at 4.50 am so I can be driving to work at 5.30 for a 6 am start. More than a couple of these early starts has me needing to catch up on sleep in the early evenings, so sometimes I find myself in a pattern of coming home, crashing for an hour or three, and getting up for a bit, eating or working out and going back to bed to do it all over again.
I’m feeling generally more balanced these days. Work is going fairly well all things considered. The home life is relatively stable. Separation on track. Gym and exercise are important no matter what your life circumstances so I am quite consistent in my work out routine. Sometimes you get tired, sometimes your muscles need a break too.
I started reading Neil Young’s ‘Waging Heavy Peace’. Its a good read so far. He had a lot of challenges health wise, and his son has a disability. His parents separated when he was young. What’s interesting about that is, despite hardships, he has come out as one of the most influential musicians of his generation. I think that sets a really good example.
Hugs, peace, Namaste.
Here is my work out that I did tonight:
Dumbbell bench press – 1 set 10 reps 80 lbs, then 5 sets of 5 at 100 lb dumbbells.
Shoulder lat raises 10, 8, 8, using 40 lb dumbbells.
Hi bloggers. Since coming back from my road trip I have had the week at work to settle back into a routine. Extra early starts in the morning, and other issues sometimes take my energy that I would like to put into a workout, but I did get a few sessions in..
Last night I went to gym before taking No. 1. Son to the movies – we saw The Hitman’s Bodyguard in case you were wondering. It was a fun brainless kind of movie experience.
So the work out I did last night was this: I’m in my lower weight/higher rep cycle of 6 work outs (A-F). This one is work out E – mix up. I will say that lowering your weight and increasing your reps is a good way to give yourself a break from lifting heavy, and it totally punishes your muscles and I have found that ‘the ache’ can hang around for a few days on some muscle groups. This week my calves and my abs have felt the burn long after the final set was done…. that’s a good sign!
I went to Blairmore gym today in Saskatoon. It’s a great gym, I’m a member of a chain of 3 gyms, soon to be 4 apparently. I like Blairmore because it is quiet compared to the other two gyms, and the equipment is brand new. Makes for a nice work out.
So, hopefully, a very human post today. This morning I was feeling a little achy in the upper back/neck where I often experience headaches, so I was conscious of that getting started. I used some moisturiser and rubbed my traps and upper back as best I could. I felt just a little nauseous which can be an effect of these neck type pains.
I put on my gym gear – hot shorts of course. I shave my legs because I can’t stand hairy legs. I made a resolution to shave once a week – keeps everything relatively smooth. I took an extra 10 minutes or so to get that done.
I felt a bit like I needed to pee. I put that aside as I got into my workout. Getting through my sets, I was doubtful within myself that I could do the 5 sets of 5 bench press with 225 lbs. But I kept going. Pushing through. The good news, I got through my work out, and actually feel pretty damn good right now! I also did lat raises, bent over lat raises, incline bench press, chest flyes, and lying leg raises.
This week I was challenged a few times, in work, in life whatever. Sometimes these things are put before us to test out mettle. I think what matters is what you do with these challenges, how you respond. Can you make yourself a better person from the experience?
It’s not about taking a bunch of shit and accepting it. Its not about reacting strongly or getting emotional. Its about standing up for yourself. Responding appropriately. Being direct with people, yet courteous and polite. Its about sticking to your guns…..
So two weeks ago I accepted my challenge from my friend to do the work outs from Arnie’s encyclopedia of body building. The general intention was to do the split type routines, but I found the number of exercises and reps in each work out routine was CRAZY high, so unless I became a full time body builder and didn’t have to do stuff like work, and um, living, I would need to moderate.
But that being said it was a great opportunity to mix up my stale routine. I had been in a kind of holding pattern with my 6 work outs A-F that had plenty of variety, but my method has been pretty bland – do mostly 5 sets of 5 and go as hard/heavy as I can.
The change up in the routine had me maxing out on reps, not weight. The intensity of the work out is not less, you are challenging your body in different ways, and that’s the point!
Ok, so I have rehashed my work out. I’m going to stick with work outs A-F, but the difference will be for one ‘rotation’ (takes about a week or more) I will do heavy 5 x 5 and for the next rotation I will lower weight and max out on reps. For the lighter work out the formula will be something like 6 sets containing reps of 15, 10, 8, 6, 6, 4.
What I found with this different approach is that you will be really fatiguing your muscles pretty good when you are finishing your sets, and often that mild soreness in your muscles will persist the day after, or even for two days. Again, that’s the point. Stress your muscles, have them recover, and grow. It’s called bio feedback in meathead terminology.
So Lou Ferrigno, you might know as the Hulk was on the radio the other day. The interviewer asked him what is something that people don’t know about you. He said that he’s kind to everyone, no matter what. I think that’s a very nice sentiment.
My work out is pasted below, if you want a word copy, just email me via the contact me link in my blog page.
Here’s Lou. You might know him as the Hulk.
Anyway, thanks for reading, love you all, hugs!
Work out routine Sep 2017 – ALTERNATE EVERY ROTATION WITH LIGHT HIGH REP BURNS VS 5X5 MAX WORKOUTS.
Another day is done. I’ve been at work, and met with the ex and my daughter tonight. We went to a coffee shop. I’m working on being present for her so that I can make the most of our limited time in Canada before she goes back to Australia (for good) in December. With all the drama, its sometimes difficult to put the ego aside and remember that despite any challenges, differences, or opinions, the focus must be on the kids, for the good of the long term relationship.
Tonight was a work out for upper arms and shoulders. Here’s what was in it:
Bicep curls with eazy bar, sets of 15, 10, 8, 6, 4, 4.
Behind the head shoulder raises, 15, 10, 8, 6, 4, 4.