Epic fail
Posted by tim in It wouldn't fit in any other category... on June 6, 2009

Yeah, I fail on multiple counts. I just realized that one of them is with how this site renders in Google Chrome, particularly with forms. I guess I'll have to look that over later this weekend...

But really, the other place where I fail is in posting any sort of updates about myself, rather than this site or the government. Time to change that!

A couple of weeks ago I got a card in the mail from LA Fitness with a promotional "$0.00 signup fee" offer. Knowing that I was out of shape and that I needed to do something about it, I decided to go sign up. The gym is less than a mile away, so it's the perfect anti-excuse for getting back in shape.

I met with a trainer the first day I went, and he put me through one of the most intense workouts that I have ever experienced. It wasn't so much about the amount of weight on the stack, but it was about the reps and the type of reps I was doing. Since they're big on anaerobic exercise, it was all about keeping my heart rate up between the sets on the machines. The benefit to this is that it burns fat and builds muscle a lot quicker, but the muscle that is built is the "lean muscle". The figure they gave me was that 1 pound of lean muscle burns 500 calories a day at rest. If I can get rid of the fat and pack on lean muscle, I'll be doing pretty alright, I think. :)

But anyhow, I worked so hard that night that I was just on the verge of fainting and/or losing my lunch. It was a very similar feeling to what I experienced when I was in Las Vegas, but it was different enough for me to know that it wasn't so much a bad thing as that was. I ended up having to sit down, at which point my vision started to get very dark, and my ears felt like they were filling with water. When I was coming back from that, I decided I should get near a suitable receptacle, should I need to expel my lunch. After a couple minutes I knew I was doing okay, so I went back out front to meet with the trainer again. He and I both agreed that I needed to just call it a night, so I did.

I met with him again on Friday, when he had me work my triceps, chest, and abs. I was able to go that workout without feeling faint, but I felt like I had been whipped after I was done. For a couple of days after that, my arms were aching, but not too bad. But the following Monday it was bad enough that I couldn't bend my arms at all. I tried to work from the office for a couple of hours, but due to the arrangement of my desk it just didn't work. I ended up coming home to finish out the day. It made me feel pretty lame because I had to work from home just from post-workout pains, but meh.

I finally got over those aches, and went in to meet with a different trainer on Wednesday. She had me work my biceps and shoulders, which wasn't too bad... or so I thought. I had a little bit of trouble fully extending my left arm the following day, but it didn't really hit me until after Friday's workout.

Friday (yesterday), I met with yet a different trainer. He had me focus on legs and abs, which I did alright with. During the duration of that workout I did feel like I could vomit pretty easily, but I was able to hold it down. I had to cut my 20 minutes of cardio down to 8 minutes because my legs were shot, so I came on home after that.

The trip up the steps to my apartment were murder when I got home. It was so bad that I had to stop and catch my breath part-way up the steps. When I unlocked my door, I dropped the keys on the floor, but didn't have it in me to lean over and pick them up so I just kicked them in the door. :P

This morning when I woke up, I was aching really bad. You'd think it would be my legs that were aching, but it wasn't. See, I've identified that it takes 3 days for the ache of a high intensity workout to hit me. That's right, my biceps are the killers today. I can't lift my arms very far and I can't straighten them out because the muscles ache so bad. I'm even feeling it up in my forearms!

So yeah, that's what's been happening lately for me. Kinda dull, but meh, at least I'm doing something good for my body.

 
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Post again when you're all buff, greased up, and glistening in the sun so I won't be discouraged from doing the same ;)

  • Posted by Dustin (Guest) on June 8, 2009 at 05:36:16PM

Post a new Post already. How about that weekend you had?

  • Posted by TSRum (Guest) on June 15, 2009 at 03:24:55PM
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