Week 1 Day 3

January 7, 2008

Sorry for posting this so late.

Upper Body

Bench Press – 10×75,  10×75, 10×75, 10×80, 10×80

Lat Pulldown – 12×83, 12×83, 12×83

Shrug – 10×95, 10×95, 10×100

Upright Row – 12×50, 12×50, 12×55

Military Shoulder Press – 10×45, 10×45, 10×50, 10×50

Seated Row – 12×50, 12×50, 12×50

Skullcrushers – 12×35, 12×35, 10×40

Hammer Curl – 12×15, 12×15, 7×15

Also, I weighed in at 194.9 lbs. I lost a pound in 2 days!

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Week 1 Day 2

January 3, 2008

Sorry for posting a day late. I didn’t have my journal with me since Wednesday was my day off from the gym. For the record, my weight on Tuesday was 195.9 lbs.

Leg Press – 12×200, 12×200, 12×200, 12×200, 12×210

Stiff-Legged Deadlift – 10×55, 10×55, 10×60, 10×60, 10×60

Leg Extension (single leg) – 12×35, 12×35, 12×40

Leg Curl – 10×62.5, 10×62.5, 10×62.5

Toe Press – 20×170, 20×170, 20×170

Here we go again…

January 1, 2008

In other news, I’ve taken up the challenge of losing up to 20 pounds by March 13. Do I think it’s physically possible? Hell no! But I’m sure as hell gonna try. To help me in this endeavour, I’m using a program that I first got way back in 2001.

Just before I left for St. Paul to start my summer internship that year, I met one of the personal trainers at the Cornell Fitness Center, and he gave me a workout to follow. Seemed pretty intense and long, but I was up for it. Once in St. Paul, my roommate and I joined the nearby YMCA. But after a few weeks of this workout, I noticed that I wasn’t really getting stronger. I was actually getting much worse. Of course, being the muscular neophyte that I was, I had no idea why.

At that point, a gentleman who I noticed at the gym everyday came up to me and asked me, politely, what the hell kinda workout I was doing? He took a look at it, and told me that I was overtraining myself. For each muscle group, I had at least three different exercises, each with three sets. And I was doing this monster workout thrice a week. Instead, he offered to give me a much simpler strength workout, which only worked each major muscle group once. He also taught me an interesting way to do a more “complete ab crunch”. Basically, I assume the crunch position (flat on my back, knees bent at 90 degrees, feet flat on the ground), and then I lift my shoulder blades off the ground. However, at the same time, I also lift my butt off the ground, while keeping my feet flat on the floor. I then hold this for a three count, before coming back down. This is one rep. I’m essentially squeezing my abs from both top and bottom. Gets a pretty good burn going.

Apparently, he used to be a certified strength coach with the American Bodybuilding Association, or some such.

Me being me, I looked anywhere but in the gift horse’s mouth, and said “Yes please thank you” very quickly indeed.

The point of that long story? Not much really. I just felt that I hadn’t updated this blog in a while, so I should give y’all something to read, whether it was good or not.

I also want to try another experiment. I’m going to try and use this blog to log my progress. Basically, I’m going to list my exercises every day, along with the weights and repetitions used. This will serve the added benefit of padding this blog further. 🙂

But first, a few notes. I will be writing my sets and weights in the format axb, where a is the number of repetitions I complete in that set, and b is the total weight I lift (including the weight of the bar). I will use 60 second rest periods between sets. I will do a set of ten crunches (as described above) after every exercise (i.e. after all 5 bench presses I do a set of ten crunches. After the 3 lat pulldown sets, I do another set of crunches, etc). And unless stated explicitly, all free-weight exercises were done with barbells. So, without further ado:

Week 1 Upper Workout 1

Bench Press – 10×70, 10×70, 10×70, 10×70, 10×75

Lat Pulldown – 12×75, 12×75, 12×75

Shrugs – 10×90, 10×90, 10×90

Upright Row – 12×45, 12×45, 12×50

Military Shoulder Press – 10×45, 10×45, 10×45, 10×50

Seated Row – 12×50, 12×50, 12×50

Lying EZ-Bar Triceps Extension (also called Skullcrushers) – 12×35, 12×35, 12×35

Dumbbell Hammer Curl – 12×15, 11×15, 6×15 (both arms together)

Cardio – 22 minutes including cooldown.

That’s Day 1. Wish me luck!

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2008

I could make a New Year’s Resolution to update the blog more often, but we all know that wouldn’t really happen. Still, I can resolve to try and want to update the blog more often. Yeah, I think that’ll be more acceptable.

What’s the opposite of yummy?

November 23, 2007

What with it currently being Thanksgiving, I suddenly had the urge to google the word, “Turducken“. I’d heard of it before, and I even knew what it was, but I just wanted to know more about it. I’m starting to wish I hadn’t. When reading the Wikipedia article on it (the first link in the Google search), there was mention of other “variants”, including the turgooponducheasnishuaichuffguihagaga, which supposedly consists of a turkey, duck, chicken, cornish game hen, pheasant, quail, goose, capon, beef, pork, lamb and frog. I can only imagine what stuffing that thing must be like.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Hurry hurry!

November 21, 2007

I’m just looking over my flight to Chicago in two weeks, specifically my return. Unfortunately, I only have 75 minutes to change flights. Virgin Atlantic arrives at 8:50am London time, and Jet Airways departs at 10:05am. Fortunately, both airlines operate from the same terminal, Terminal 3. However, according to the Heathrow guide, I need at least 60 minutes to catch a connecting flight in the same Terminal, because for some unknown idiotic reason, I need to go through the security check again, where they put my handbag through the conveyor belt and make me walk through the magnetic doorway. Dipshits.

Calling Orbitz now to find out they’re gonna take care of me if I miss my flight.

Who needs Chicago anyway?

November 15, 2007

Got my first ding. *sigh* Oh well, still four more to go, and I just need one to work. 🙂

Math is beautiful

November 7, 2007

This was just a very interesting read. I’ve always believed that math is more interesting than people give it credit for. Falling math standards are more due to bad teaching than the difficulty of the subject.

All in the family

November 7, 2007

I present my brother-in-law. Too bad I don’t like their phones too much. 🙂

Bullsh!t? Probably…

November 6, 2007

A couple of days ago, my mom mentioned that a face reader would be coming over to our place. I’m not sure on who’s recommendation mom brought the guy over, but I made it amply clear that I wanted nothing to do with the guy. Anyway, after he arrived, Roshni made me sit down and listen to what the guy was saying about dad (since obviously, it would be too rude to leave the room). The whole thing reminded me of the very first episode of Penn and Teller’s Bullshit. Different goal (making predictions as opposed to contacting the dead), but same principle. The guy made general statements about dad (“Self-made man”, “People jealous of your success”, etc etc), before mentioning me (“your son is very hard-working”). That’s when dad and I both started laughing. 😛 When dad mentioned that I was actually pretty lazy, the guy backtracked pretty well and said that I was young, but when the time came, I would put in the effort required.

Anyway, I had enough and went inside my room with my oranges. Later that night, just as dad was about to go to bed, he told me that I was “110% right” about the guy being a fraud. He went to drop him off at his hotel, but apparently he made sure that dad didn’t see where they were staying, and got off near the railway station instead. *shakes head*