Workout #23 (Cardio)

I slept in until 10 this morning, which is almost 6 hours later than normal for a Monday morning, but this is no ordinary Monday, it’s New Year’s Day! I headed to the gym at about 11:30 to do my cardio workout.

I blew away all previous records on cardio today, for some reason. I really wasn’t trying, but that’s what happened. I did my usual 40 minutes on the elliptical. I burned 589 calories, went a distance of 3.15 miles and reached a peak RPM of 114, all three of which were records for me. The one problem was that the machine I got on was not reading my heart rate so I have no numbers, but I estimate that needed about 75-76 RPM to maintain 149. I also suspect that my average RPM for the entire 40 minutes was between 77-80 RPM. After cardio, I did a group of chest exercises in preparation for my chest/back workout tomorrow.

Group 1                1st Set      2nd Set      3rd Set
-------                -------      -------      -------
Chest press           	 12/95        9/105        6/105
Push ups                    15           15           20
Leg lifts                   12           12           15

I was disappointed with the second and third sets of chest presses. It seems that I should have been able to do more, and on the second set I probably could have, but I didn’t have a spotter and I was playing it safe. Next workout is 6 AM tomorrow. Now, I need a shower.

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.