Workout #5: Arms and shoulders

I got to the gym in Greenbelt around 9:15 and was worried that it would be really crowded, given the time, but it wasn’t too bad. I didn’t have to wait for any of the equipment. I don’t like the free weight room as much as the one in Pentagon City because the equipment is older and doesn’t appear to be maintained as well, but I made do.

Group 1                      1st Set      2nd Set      3rd Set
-------                      -------      -------      -------
Hammer strength chest press    12/90        12/90         6/90
Dumb bell curls                12/20        12/20        12/20
Crunches                          30           30           40

Group 2                      1st Set      2nd Set      3rd Set
-------                      -------      -------      -------
Side lifts                     12/15        12/15        10/15
Kickbacks                    12/20LR      12/20LR      12/25LR
Mountain climbers                 20           20           30

Group 3                      1st Set      2nd Set      3rd Set
-------                      -------      -------      -------
Pec fly                        12/40        12/55        12/70
Close quarter push-ups            12           12           11
Crunches                          30           30           30

I impressed myself on two counts: first, that I did three sets on the hammer strength at 90 lbs. I’ve never done that much on that machine before. It was tough but I felt like I was pushing myself. Second, I was surprised how easy 40 and 50 lbs felt on the pec fly. When I bumped it up to 70 lbs on the last set, it was tougher, but not as tough as I imagined. That is also a record on that machine for me.

I had planned to do 6 workouts this week, 3 cardio and 3 strength training. I ended up doing 5 workouts (2 cardio and 3 strength) and the only reason I missed one is because I was waiting for Comcast to show up Wednesday evening. I’m pretty pleased with my progress for the first week of this new routine. I feel pretty good.

So at the end of one week, I’m 5 for 6 on workouts. So far this week, I’ve drank 9.6 liters of water (about 2.5 gallons). And my weight is an even 68 kg (150 lbs).

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.