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05 September 2011 @ 08:25 pm
Busting ass, G style  
I just realized that it's been a long long time since I posted about my workouts. Might as well change that.

I always had this image of myself with visible muscularity, but I never got around to doing anything about it until college. I started lifting weights by doing a selection of arm exercises in my dorm room with a set of 10-pound dumbbells. When those got too light for chest presses, I went and got a set of adjustable dumbbells. It weighed 40 pounds all told, and I had to get it up to my room by moving it one stair at a time and then shoving it down the hall.

That summer, I used the weight machines in the exercise room of the complex where I was subletting. Afterward, I joined a gym. I tried to squat the bare 45-pound bar and fell over backward. I got stuck after a few reps of a 65-pound bench press. One of the others was kind enough to haul it off me without laughing.

That was 12 years ago.

From then, I've tried an assortment of bodybuilding and powerlifting routines. I've since settled on something nice and basic that has worked well for the past two years. 3 days a week of full-body lifting, and whatever supplemental cardio I can fit around it - usually 1 or 2 instances of busting my balls on the elliptical trainer.

I like kicking ass in the gym. I like feeling all macho and buff and HOOAH! When I did my first chin-up - a feat I hadn't managed since my 5th grade beanpole gym days - I felt like Wonder Woman. I love that I can do 3 sets of chins on an easy day and call it that.

Each day, I warm up by rolling out the worst spots on a foam roller and doing a series of stretches focused on my hips, groin, and shoulder girdle. Blame my desk job for those being my problem spots. I need a day off between lifting workouts, or between a lifting + difficult cardio combo.

Day 1
Squats: up to some 5-rep max
Weighted chin-ups, parallel grip: 5 sets
Dumbbell overhead presses: 3 sets

Day 2
Bulgarian squats: 4x8 reps
Pull-ups, palms away: 5 sets
Dips: 3 sets

Day 3
Deadlifts: up to some 5-rep max
Weighted dips: 5 sets
Dumbbell rows: 3 sets

It's hella fun, and it works. I maintain my bodyfat level just fine and dandy despite my predilection for beer and burritos. Last time I tested my 1-rep max for weighted chin-ups, I managed 32.5 pounds. At a bodyweight of around 160, my 5-rep deadlift max is 190. Not bad for an all-around non-specialist, especially because I can blame my weak left hand for the limitation. Of course I'm working on that.

Also, some visual proof:

Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: Black Sabbath - Iron Man
sissyhiyah: BOOYAKA!sissyhiyah on September 6th, 2011 12:37 am (UTC)
Is it bad that I'm mad jealous of you?



Nah, not bad. You kick so much ass that it's a good jealousy. I like having a role model that has some killer muscle tone.
The Heavy Metal Matador: Kuribo's Shoerydain on September 6th, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
You flatter me. SRSLY.

And you're totally my role model for coming out swinging from infinitely more shit than I've ever had to deal with, plus you write awesome GRRRL POWER fanfic. I so love your style.
erg_o_matic: evaerg_o_matic on September 6th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
*has always suffered from mild g-funk girlcrush*
The Heavy Metal Matador: Unitardrydain on September 11th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
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The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on September 11th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
Thanks! A few key points to that:

- I love lifting. It's fun, challenging, and SUPER EFFECTIVE!
- I can be flexible with my gym schedule to allow for blah and lazy days while still getting in enough workouts each week to maintain my fitness. This takes me through distracted periods when creativity interferes.
- I feel like crap if I have too many days off. My body has this way of demanding a workout.
Impatient Catimpatient_cat on September 12th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
The Heavy Metal Matador: Son of MacGyverrydain on September 15th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
Thank you!