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October 28, 2005

Rocky Mountain Thigh

I'm writing this today because by tomorrow, I might be dead.

This morning I got up at 5:30 (yes, willingly) in order to haul my ass down to the Y and work out for a half hour on the elliptical trainer. I was a little slow and didn't get there until 5:50, and by then all of the machines were occupied.

Bastards. I was all jazzed to work out, too.

I was already down there and unwilling to be denied, so I decided to do a bit of weight training using the fancy Cybex Eagle (with integrated top plate lubrication!) equipment that the Wellness Center offers.

Wait, let me back up for a second. NO, first a brief digression - Scooter Libby got indicted! HA HA HA HA HA! I'm sorry, but no grown man should be referred to as "Scooter."

Anyway, backing up, last night after work I stopped by the Y for my orientation session. I met with A.J., a frighteningly buff guy who learned me on the proper technique in using all of the Cybex machines. He was very nice and I might actually pay for a few personal (training) sessions with him.

Although if I end up with biceps like his, I'm going to be very unhappy.

So this morning I decided that even though I didn't have enough time to do the full body (upper and lower) circuit of machines (there are 14), that I'd do all of the lower body machines, then the ab machine, and then do whatever upper body machines I still had time for.

I enjoyed the Leg Press greatly. The Leg Extension was a bit harder, but not too bad. The Seated Leg Curl was kicking my ass by midway through the second set, but I soldiered on, which is why I fear that my quads might be screaming in Teh Pain by tomorrow morning.

Calf Raise (*yawn*). I skipped the Glute machine because I'm still dealing with some lower back pain. I finished with the Hip Ab/Ad (huh?), and thankfully this machine is positioned so that your back is to the room, otherwise I'd have been opening (wide) my thighs SEVENTY TWO TIMES for the enjoyment of my fellow YMCAians.

After using the Abdominal (Snowman) machine, I was really kind of fatigued, but I had seven minutes to kill so I worked in the Chest Press and Lat Pull machines. I was going to go for the Overhead Press to round out the morning, but honestly, that machine is scary and it's really really hard and makes my chest feel all oogy. I know this from the FIVE WHOLE REPS I did with A.J. while orientating last night.

And then I drove like a banshee to get home by 6:45, at which time I started my normal morning shenanigans.

I've felt pretty good today energy-wise, so maybe there's something to this whole exercise thing? I don't know.

What I do know is at the moment my thighs are very, very angry with me.

Posted by Highwaygirl on October 28, 2005 03:41 PM to the category Day In the Life

I am going to take a wild guess that you were HATING life the next day. But I will bet that you were REALLY. HATING. LIFE. the day after that. Because second day soreness is always worse.

Good job though!! Exercise releases endorphins, endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't kill their husbands! :)

Posted by: Mandy at October 31, 2005 01:04 PM

Keep up the good work!

I used to love my morning workouts, once I actually got up out of bed and to the gym. Now I'd be happy to force myself to go there after work.

Posted by: lifeonhold at October 31, 2005 01:40 PM

I know all those machines! My gym is all Cybex too. I used to like lower body workouts better than the upper body, but now I am prefering the opposite. How's your calves?

Posted by: sherpamelissa at November 1, 2005 08:32 PM

My left calf is mostly OK, but my right calf ... oy. Still in a lot of pain. I guess I favor my right leg when working out. I really want to go back tomorrow morning (today I did the upper body circuit on the Cybex machines; I'm trying to go every day), but I'm not sure I should risk injuring my calf even further.

I had fun doing the upper body machines today. There's one - the overhead press - that practically killed me.

Posted by: Highwaygirl at November 1, 2005 08:38 PM
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