Despite all the warnings about overtraining, I insist on blasting
it. So what if I feel like I've been hit by an RV. Today I was
going to write a short story about my experience with the GQ photographer
but due to flight schedule confusion, she postponed the shoot
till tomorrow. Hence, the afternoon was clear for a workout. A
time to detonate.
I was a little
cranky from head to toe, my spirits diluted lately with the Brother-Sister-Metal
project in its final days and the slugs-pace, which surrounds
details and corrections. (Monday the pile goes to the printer.)
When cranky, grouchy or horrible, I polish the mirrors and mop
the gym floor. Pure coincidence, perfect timing: I follow the
same procedure to warm up before my workouts and prudently accomplish
my aerobic exercise. After fueling up, I commenced my magnificent
workout with mopping and polishing. Works wonders. I'd suggest
you try it but it's a privilege reserved for gym owners only.
Sorry. We have a remarkably clean gym, by the way.
and amped from the intense pre-training activity, I proceeded
with rope tuck and hyperextension supersets for the torso, five
combos of twenty-five reps: sufficient, what with all the fancy
and swift mop maneuvers already demonstrated. Well done… the attitude
is good and I'm beginning to sense my daily training potential.
A free day with no plan and legs having been my last blast, I
looked to the shoulder, chest and back area for my playground.
You and I
need to remember that I've got some training years on the ole'
body. This reality accounts for a variety of considerations; I
know my way around the gym, I've established a few muscles and
I'm a bit limited here and there. The good, the bad and the ugly.
I can invent workouts on the spot to satisfy my needs, moods and
handicaps and I am able to maintain and achieve without lifting
a house every workout. Bottom line, the bombing does not cease.
Ve av vays.
Flat dumbbell presses followed by dumbbell shrugs followed under-grip
pulldowns. 5 sets x 8-10 reps. Moving like a locomotive, steady
I can pull,
but the serious pressing has given way to slow reps in a finite
groove. I gain muscle-under-tension within the delts via focus
and reps. I'm told as you get older you might be giving up some
of the heavier weights. Gossip.
followed by a reverse pec-dec movement followed by pulldown-behind-the-neck.
5 sets x 8-10 reps.
Here the pressing
is embarrassing if you still get embarrassed. I'm happy to pump
life into my shoulders through the slow and meticulous reps and
retreat within the focus the pain demands. Good stuff. The pain
is in the wrist, a neural pathway on fire. Four or five years
and we've become friends.
One-arm dumbbell row followed by stiff-arm pullover. 5 sets x
6-8 reps. Here
I experience no untoward pain. Good blasting grounds.
When I get
going I am pleased to keep going. They say there are some dogs
who will eat and eat until all their food is gone. You therefore
must carefully portion out their food to prevent them from becoming
the biggest dog on the block. Anyway, that's what I heard.
the gal from GQ arrives at the gym tomorrow afternoon camera in
hand and full of magic. If not I may be called upon to create
a leg workout from thin air. Squats plus squats for starters.
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