Workout #48 (Chest and back)

Up at 4:30 AM. It was a cool 5 degrees out and waiting for the train, even for 6 minutes was painfully cold. (I tried to leave a few minutes later from home, but ended up hitting all of the green lights on the way to the metro station.)

Group 1                1st Set      2nd Set      3rd Set
-------                -------      -------      -------
Chest press             12/105       12/105       12/115
Kickbacks              12/35LR      15/35LR      15/35LR
Crunches                    30           35           35

Group 2                1st Set      2nd Set      3rd Set
-------                -------      -------      -------
Lat pull               12/87.5      12/87.5       12/100
Dead lifts               12/60        12/60        15/60
Jumping jacks               30           30           40

Group 3                1st Set      2nd Set      3rd Set
-------                -------      -------      -------
Decline chest press     12/105       12/105        9/115
Push ups                    20           20           20
Bosu crunches             20LR         25LR         30LR

My arms were pretty tired by the time I got to that third set of decline chest presses and so I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t do a full set. But I’m getting there.

Incidentally, I have achieved a record all-time high weight of 154 lbs! I have gained about 6 lbs in the last two weeks, thanks to the increased protein in my diet. However, it is a slim 154 lbs as my stomach continues to get flatter from the repeated crunches and no carbs for dinner routine. Most of the mass that I have added is muscle mass and I am pleased with that.

Next workout: cardio tomorrow morning.

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.