Confessions of a wimpy lifter…

Ok, an older wimpy lifter.

No, I am not this bad.

But I’ll confess to a few things:

1. I often quit a set when I still have a few reps to squeeze out. Yes, I know this goes against everything I believe in. But here is an example of what usually happens: I was doing decline bench presses.

No, I look nothing like this guy. 🙂

I had 7 reps with 170 and felt that I had a few more in me. But, I also remember tweaking my shoulder a few weeks ago…when I tried to squeeze out those final two reps. So I just set the bar on the rack.

I am at the point where the extra potential gains from an extra rep or two do not offset the potential of having to lay off a month or two due to injury. That is just how it is.

2. I haven’t improved in years. Oh yes, in 2017 I did get up to 7 x 185 in the bench (do 4-5 reps lately) but I had let my weight get up to 205 lbs. That hasn’t changed since, oh, about 2009-2010 or so. I’ve been weak for a long time and it isn’t getting any better. I do hit mini peaks and mini valleys but those are really local.

3. Pull ups: those last couple of reps in each set; probably would not count in a competition..especially on my 4’th a 5’th set of 10. I do NOT swing much though; too afraid to. And yes, the middle finger of my left hand is a bit sore right now, so I used a grip that protects it.

4. I am embarrassed at how weak I am; I try to get to the weight room when there are few people there. Reality: a younger guy who lifts regularly and is within shouting distance of my weight (200 lb or so, though I’ve been as light as the high 180’s), well, they will be a LOT stronger than I am.

5. The weights do not feel any heavier than they once did; it is just that I don’t have enough strength to make the lift. E. G., 200 lb. on the bench feels like it always did; but now I can get it..ONCE as opposed to the 11 times I could get bodyweight when I was in my 20’s. And forget 300-310…that felt heavy to me, but I got it (albeit at a bodyweight of 226). Now I could not even get it off of the rack.
It is as if someone put a straw into my muscles and sucked out all of the muscle and filled it with jello. My height, weight, and even waist size hasn’t changed much but the “filling” has changed.

Workout notes: weights (usual pt and abs, yes, I did plank and yeah, I hated it (2:30)), pull ups: 4 sets of 10, 5-5, incline: 10 x 135, 7 x 150, decline: 7 x 170, military; 2 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell, 10 x 180 machine, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer, walk on the track: 2 miles in 27:47 (14:15, 13:32), lane 2, deliberate to modest effort. Did enough to get sweaty.

Baseball: caught a game with Barbara last night; Vickie was there too but did not sit with us.

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Early before the Chiefs vs. Snappers.

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Though the Chiefs started out with a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Beliot rallied and just whipped the Chiefs 6-3. Sometimes a team with a worse record whips a team with a better record. The Chiefs started a pitcher that threw a no-hitter a week earlier; he gave up 8 hits and 3 runs this time. Beloit got strong relief pitching.

The game lasted 3:10 and the stands were pretty empty toward the end.

June 13, 2018 - Posted by | baseball, walking, weight training |

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