Tuesday, October 13, 2009

TBWCYL Day 285 - Boy are my arms tired

I haven't been to the gym in a couple of months and yesterday's task was a wake up call to that. I was supposed to go to the gym yesterday and build up my arm muscles in case I ever needed them. I was give the direction to...

Sit on bench
Put elbow on knee
Curl weight up to shoulder and repeat 100 times

I knew this task was coming and thought I might use it as a catalyst to start attending the gym again. I am currently regretting that decision.

I hit the elliptical first to get a little warm up and then moved my way to this machine that does the same thing as my instructions but without having to go over to the weights. I have a personal awkwardness at the weights and refuse to go over to that area unless it is entirely empty in the gym. I stick to the rookie machines to save face.

I started doing arm curls at 25 lbs on the machine but after the first 25 I realized I was going to rip my muscles apart like shredded wheat and took it down to 15. My arms started to loose strength and I was struggling pretty quickly. Just then a huge dude sits down directly across from me at another station. It involved a bar and pulling something but all I saw was the fact that he was pulling about 70% of the available weight on the machine. I looked at the 2 piddly weight bars I had and felt like a loser. I finished 50 reps on each arm and walked away with my noodle arms flapping in the wind.

I am definitely going to the gym more often.

That is all,

Newt

9 Ripples in the pond:

Erin said...

I hope your noodle arms are able to make it through the day - ouch. I totally know what you mean about using those free weights, too - they're very intimidating, and even more intimidating when there are actually people around to watch you attempt to use them.

Trinity said...

So far it hurts just to type. Not the act but the extending of the arms to the keyboard. Stupid muscles.

Soda and Candy said...

Aww, noodle arms. At least you're a man and therefore spared the indignity of bingo wings.

; )

mo.stoneskin said...

Sticking to the rookie machines will never save face, though come to think of it, it might save your face. It will just make you look like a rookie. Sad truth. You need to use the real weights a few times and then start swaggering about and mocking the rookies. Actually, that could get your face in trouble so be careful.

Trinity said...

mo, I am visibly not in shape enough to do that yet. Maybe if I started going late then I could get buff and implement your plan after. I don't want my face ruined though.

S&C. Bingo Wings. That is funny.

Simon said...

Gyms are evil. The best way of avoiding muscular pain and the public humiliation of not being proficient at weight lifting is by staying away from them.

Lola Lakely said...

Do you know what I effing hate about going to the gym on a frequent basis? It takes 1232713987 weeks to get into shape and on track and then it only takes 1 week to feel like you've lost everything you've accomplished so far. I was going to the gym and eating healthy for about 5 months and then something happened that did not allow my schedule to accommodate gym time and now trying to get back into it is the worst thing ever.

Trinity said...

Lola, I understand completely, Not only have I regained the weight I had lost from going before, but now making myself go is even harder because I see the work I did go down the drain. I was totally to blame for it though so I can't be surprised.

ladytruth said...

I hate going to the gym; all the super skinny people hang out there.