Second workout

I did my second workout today, and my first by myself. I went to the Greenbelt gym, which is not nearly as nice as the one at Pentegon City, but it worked for what I needed it. I did 30 minutes of cardio as directly, all on the stationary bike. I managed to keep my heart rate close to 149 the whole time, which is what is considered an optimal cardio workout for someone my age. It seemed a little easy, and maybe it should, but I might try something different next time, like perhaps the treadmill or one of those ski-looking things.

After the cardio workout, I worked on back and abs. The back was easy. Abs were harder. The first set of abs on the machine I did at 60 pounds and it seemed really easy. I did the second set at 80 pounds and that was much harder. Then I moved to one of the machines at which you can do situps and crunches and did two sets of those. By the end of the second set, I was really beginning to feel it, and that’s when I called it quits for the day.

Incidentally, my arms are even more sore today than yesterday, but that’s the “two-days after” effect and is common with me. Tomorrow, I think my arms will feel much better. I did some curls with free weights at home (10 lbs) just to help tense up the muscles a bit and stretch them out.

Now I’ve got to shower and head into D.C.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.