Workout #20 (Lower body w/Bernard)

This is my 20th workout in 25 days, which all things considered, is not too bad. I’ve missed 2 workouts (I should be at 22/25) but that couldn’t be avoided. Today I worked out with Bernard and I was stupid enough to mention that after my full chest and back workout on Tuesday, I haven’t been sore at all, which I took as a good sign. Bernard took it as a sign to push me hard today.

Group 1                     1st Set      2nd Set      3rd Set
-------                     -------      -------      -------
Hammer strength base lunge  12/90LR      12/90LR      12/90LR
Crunches                         30           30           30
Jumping jacks                    30           30           30

Group 2                     1st Set      2nd Set      3rd Set
-------                     -------      -------      -------
Angled leg press             12/180       12/230       12/230
Wide leg dumb bell squat      12/35        12/35        15/35
Jumping jacks                    30           40           40

Group 3                     1st Set      2nd Set      3rd Set
-------                     -------      -------      -------
Leg extensions                15/75        12/90        12/90
Resistaball hamstring curls      12           15           15
Resistaball crunches             30           25           30

Group 4                     1st Set      2nd Set      3rd Set
-------                     -------      -------      -------
Angled, seated calf          17/100       15/100       15/100
Jumping jacks                    30           40           40

That’s not a typo! I did 2 full sets of leg presses at 230 lbs! I wasn’t kidding when I said Bernard was pushing me today. It was tough but I did it! One week ago I was doing 160 lbs. But that wasn’t the toughest thing I did today. The toughest were the Hammer Strength base lunges! Still, it felt like a really good workout. My next workout with Bernard is one week from today.

Tomorrow morning is cardio, bright an early at 6 AM. Since that’s only 12 hours from now, I’d better get on my way home…

About 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 Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.