Workout #13 (Chest & back w/Bernard)

Tonight was the last of the 8 additional sessions I’d purchased with Bernard. But I am doing so good, and he’s been helping quite a bit, I decided to sign up for 8 more sessions. Since I’m meeting with him every 8-10 days now, these next 8 sessions should take me until close to March. By then, I think my routine will be grounded in cement and I will be able to go off on my own.

Group 1                1st Set      2nd Set      3rd Set
-------                -------      -------      -------
Chest press              12/85        10/95        10/95
Kickbacks              12/30LR      12/35LR      12/35LR
Knee-in (crunches)          20           25           30

Group 2                1st Set      2nd Set      3rd Set
-------                -------      -------      -------
Inclined chest press     12/65         6/75         8/75
Seated row               12/60        12/60        12/60
Pushups                     12           12           15

Group 3                1st Set      2nd Set      3rd Set
-------                -------      -------      -------
Cable-cross            12/30LR      10/30LR      10/30LR
Lat pull                 12/62        12/62        12/62
Leg lifts                   15           15           15

Group 4                1st Set      2nd Set      3rd Set
-------                -------      -------      -------
Decline chest press      10/85        10/85        10/85
Dead lifts               15/50        15/50        15/50
Jumping jacks               30           40           40

95 lbs on the chest press was a record for me, and though muscle fatigue set in on the inclined chest press, I came back and did 3 sets of 85 lbs on the declined chest press, which pleased me. It felt like a really good workout, and Bernard said that I was definitely getting stronger. My next workout with Bernard is a week from Thursday.

My next workout is tomorrow morning, cardio and some lower-body in prep for a full lower-body workout on Thursday.

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.

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