January 9, 2006
So for the first time in at least three years, I lifted today. Good Lord, I was not ready for that. It started off just fine with a light cardio warm up. Of course, those 10 minutes on the elliptical machine had me seeing stars afterwards. But, I did burn 186 calories, which is equal to one and a half cans of Coke. So that was nice.
I wasn’t too worried about my panting and huffing, though. I know I will have to build my stamina. I moved on from there, ready and willing to conquer the weights, but so not able.
Bench press was first. I did a humorously low weight of 95 pounds, just to make sure my muscles hadn’t died. The first set had me feeling like a champ. The plan was to do three sets of 10, but I felt so good, I did 14 in the first set just to get the feel of the bar back. Second set, I could only do 10. Third set, nine. I pussed out, I know, but I didn’t have a spotter and I think it would have been slightly embarrassing to call someone over to pull the equivalent of an Olsen twin off my chest.
But the bench press was a complete success, otherwise. Then it was on to the incline press. That is where the trouble began. I hate the incline, I always have. The problem is, I didn’t remember how much I hated it until I was under the bar this morning. I had the same 95 pounds on there, since the bench was so easy. First set, I got 10. Then there was a steady decline on the incline. A set of eight followed. That’s when I started breathing heavy. After my third set, which lasted six reps, my arms burned with the sweet crackle of a summer campfire.
I rested for a second, but I was determined to finish. I went on to curls. I wouldn’t say that was a mistake as much as just a bad idea. I got three sets in (10, 10, 9) but seriously, I wasn’t sure my arms could move above my shoulders afterwards. Good news, though, I still had full range. So I went on to shoulders - a vertical press in a seated position where you lift the weight directly above your head. I think I have a mental deficiency or something because I thought I could actually do this at that point. I struggled through three sets. I had to go down in weight on the third because, well, a torn labrum (I don’t really know where that muscle is, but it sounds like it should be in the shoulder) wasn’t going to help my workout plan.