Sweeter than the Cure
How go your health and fitness pursuits as you cruise the summer
days? Have you dropped the bodyfat and gained some definition? Did
you set a personal record at the gym today? Has the sweat from your
lean body formed puddles under the Stairmaster or have you temporarily
misplaced your gym bag? I understand. Everyone reading the article
understands. Truth is, the gym has been less frequented by me these
golden days and when I'm there the space around me is thinly occupied.
The natives are out in the jungle stirring up sunshine and waves,
barbecues, fresh air, beach runs and mountain bike rides. The good
known each other for months and months now we're old friends.
May I make a small suggestion, a tiny reminder? My prompting comes
from the heart and is more a plea than an imperative. Ladies and
gentlemen, boys and girls and you muscle worshippers, lend me your
ears. Do not go one week without two workouts. Ever. These can be
the thirty minutes that save you from the dreaded muscular disease,
heard of The Gap, haven't you: an unmanageable malfunctioning of
the disciplinary tract, which leads to the deterioration of the
walls of the will? Some folks have been known to succumb to the
wretched disorder for months, losing muscle tone and gaining a tire
(excuse me) around the middle. Mild discontent, guilt, irritability
and sloping shoulders accompany The Gap. Loss of energy and stamina
are not uncommon and binge eating has been observed amongst serious
seasons pressure us to limit our exercise schemes, and obliging
the pressure is natural and right. Summer vacations and winter holidays
beg for time off. Be aware and recognize the safe and friendly boundaries
of maintenance training and faithfully heed them until the more
favorable times when you can "blast it" with hungry might. Failure
to do so leads to despicable consequences. Prevention is easier
than the cure.
the cure demands that you be so sufficiently distressed with yourself
that you start your training all over again. Ugh. Don't you hate
that? Admonishments precede the undertaking of the bitter cure and
recovery is a lonely path overgrown with thistle and thorn. Cures
and recoveries are sweet if they are short-lived and infrequent;
they teach and reward us with gratefulness.
should they recur like a broken spoke on a turning wheel, you can
expect that you are not going far. Fail to fix and one by one the
spokes buckle, disengage and the wheel collapses.
personal but are you losing your spokes, busy enthusiasts? Before
tomorrow morning pack your gym bag, prepare your ready-mix pre-workout
protein energizer and plan a forty-five minute re-entry program
that gives you ten-minutes on the stationary bike, five-minutes
on the trusty mid-section (crunches and leg raises) and thirty big
ones on your favorite muscle-building equipment. Don't get in anybody's
way and don't stop. Don't calculate, think too much, groan or talk
if a pedestrian gets in your path. You're there to work, to perform,
to move as if chasing a wild mouse but not wanting to catch it.
Make this your workout style for the weeks to come, which might
otherwise be conspicuously void of training time. Random training
can develop smart patterns that allow you to move through the gym
cleverly and swiftly, around the people, wherever you please with
a built-in, hi-tech, newly devised homing mechanism: logical improvisation.
press followed by pulldowns, followed by the dip machine, followed
by bent over lateral raises (sets of 8-12), onto the triceps pulley
pushdown and then dumbbell alternate curls (any weight that feels
good). Back to the dip machine and the seated lat row, get in a
set of dumbbell incline presses. Breath deeply… you're building
momentum. Once again, the bench press combined with the lat pulldowns,
triceps machine, and curls… water, always water. Smile, nod, dumbbell
alternates (this is the greatest, tomorrow it's legs and deadlifts),
triceps pushdowns... One more set... Dumbbell inclines..
closes in five minutes, muscle worshipers.
Five minutes? I just got here two hours ago. Bench press followed
by pulldowns and pullovers...
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