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A chronology of my Work Outs here. This geek is trying to build some muscle. This journal is mostly for me. Although encouragement, comments, or opinions is nice.
2A-3A Work Outs
I started working out at the beginning of my 2A term, which was September 2001. That didn't last very long.
Basically I did a more general "complete upper body circuit". In retrospect that wasn't exactly the most optimal. I worked out about a month in 2A and about once a week through the 2A workterm. The exercise was good.
In 2B Work Outs lasted about two weeks. Mostly hampered by early closings at the PAC (10:30 PM), a late class schedule (until 5:30 PM), and the fact that I had no one to go with.
In 3A, I just didn't bother.
3B Work Outs
This term I changed my strategy to do two major muscle groups per Work Out (triceps and chest, back and biceps) per Work Out. Also changed to a more high intensity workout. Seems to be working. I have renewed optimism about working out this term.
Going with Dave and Shaun, who are considerably more hardcore than I. Dave disappeared about two weeks in.
September 8, 2003: 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
All in all a great workout. First time back, and going to the gym on lots of sleep and lots of energy was great. Checked out CIF, as well as Good Life, settled on the PAC. Got to it with the free weights:
All in all a great day. Lots of weight pulled. Gonna feel sore for weeks.
September 10, 2003: 10:15 PM - 11:15 PM
Somewhat energetic, it's only the third day of class. Went straight after ECON 101. Still sore from Monday's killer Work Out, in the pecs and triceps especially.
Lots of blisters. Need to remember to bring gloves. Biceps feel good. Note: Looking back at this one, needed to push a little harder. Biceps didn't feel too sore in the coming days.
September 11, 2003
Still sore from the mega workouts.
Bought and started eating protein powder (Prolab's Prowhey, $50 for a 5lb bucket). Also bought a shaker ($6.99). Chocolate flavour. Doesn't taste too bad, but leaves a bit to be desired. Eating about one scoop a day atleast, up to one and half on protein deficiency days, and two on Work Out days. Let's see where that takes me.
September 14, 2003
Downloaded MySportTraining for my Pocket PC? and gave it a shot for keeping track of workout related things. Not too bad, and lots of nice features, but impossibly time consuming to enter all the weights lifted (as well as write nice anecdotes and comments, etc). Definitely something to consider if if you're training professionally for something, but for me, I've opted to use this Ardant Wiki instead. And besides, why would I ever need to check what weight I lifted when on my Pocket PC??
September 15, 2003: 10:15 PM - 11:30 PM
Not as good a Work Out as last time. Just finished plugging away at the work term reports, so was awfully tired. Got about four hours of sleep the night before, and a two hour nap after a gruelling day. Didn't really feel up to it. Woke up in the morning and for once didn't feel sore. My pectorals were hurting all last week.
Jogged to gym: 10 minutes. After two reps of my first set my pectorals starting hurting again. Ouch. Couldn't get the full range of motion on the benches, nor the form. That set the tone for the rest of the day. I burned up the triceps instead, at the end.
September 18, 2003: 9:15 PM - 10:30 PM
Having missed the usual Wednesday Work Out due to labs and other assorted scheduling niceties, we went to the PAC on Thursday night. After a good night's sleep after Wednesday's 14 hour day, I was feeling fresh on Thursday.
A good Work Out: limits tested and pushed. Great intensity. Of note, a lot of the pre-set weights are missing. Grrr. This makes things a little more difficult. It's quite disturbing when your usual weight isn't there. Quite sore the next day in the lower biceps. Just dandy the day after that. Looking forward to Monday.
September 22, 2003: 10:15 PM - 11:30 PM
Mondays are nasty. After an altogether rought weekend, and a rough start to the work day, this Work Out was not too bad. Form has improved on bench presses. Tricep pulldowns are solid again for the second week! Remembered to bring my gloves this time.
A reasonably good Work Out. Not too sore for the next few days at all, just a bit in the triceps. Need to push chest harder next week and squeeze out that extra rep.
September 25, 2003: 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
I was tired (6 hours?), cranky (work load), angry (people), and sick (sneezing, nasty cough). Nevertheless, a pretty good Work Out. Maybe the anger helped. Keeping the level of the previous week, with some considerable form improvements. Very busy day, as we went earlier than normal. Making good progress!
The 35 pound weight has disappeared, so I'm forced to fail at 40 instead. Form is getting much better on the close grip pull downs as well as seated row.
September 29, 2003: 10:10 PM - 11:30 PM
I can't remember, but I assume I was tired. What a crazy week!
A reasonably solid workout. Incline bench press is progressing nicely, about to breakthrough at that weight. Still struggling a bit with the bench press. Tricep pulldowns at 70 are great!
October 2, 2003: 10:10 PM - 11:20 PM
The PAC was emptier than I've ever seen it, so I can only assume that everyone's out drinking or something. I was tired, having spent fifteen hours on campus the day before, including a three hour lab and a midterm. But nothing gets in the way of a good workout...
Reasonable. Closed grip pull downs felt great.
October 7, 2003: 9:40 PM - 11:00 PM
With lots of homework and labs to do, Shaun couldn't make it to the gym, for once. We had missed our usual Monday night slot; Monday night was spent working on labs instead. Needless to say I haven't been sleeping well.
I feel like I'm stagnating on the bench press. But the incline bench is going well. Triceps doing even better than last. Sore for the next day, but boy did it feel good to be sore.
October 9, 2003: 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Stressed out about labs, homework and midterms.
October 14, 2003: 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Came back from a Thanksgiving long weekend in Toronto. No turkey. Felt sluggish all weekend, yearning for the usual workout. Nasty weekend; working on a lab report for three days! Felt exhausted, couldn't lift much today. Or it felt like it. Comparing the numbers, it wasn't so bad after all.
October 23, 2003
I've missed the usual Work Out over the last three sessions due to dratted midterms and assignments. Hopefully I'll get to go soon. I've been resorting to pushups on my floor. Maybe I should get some free weights for home. I feel pretty sluggish, but it may be the lack of sleep and midterms taking their toll.
January 2, 2003: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Back in Toronto, so I decided to go for a little "review" workout, and touch a little bit of everything. I'm sore now. Ouch. Well, I'll be back on the usual workout soon, I hope.
My first Work Out in over two months, so I kept it (moderately) light and inclusive. Weights may not be comparable to previous, due to differing machines/free weights. Now, if only I can continue to work out...
Afterwards, I went to an all-you-can eat, and ate a fortune of protein.
Working Work Outs
January 3, 2006
January 4, 2006
January 6, 2006
January 9, 2006
IBP nice. Hit it harder next time.
January 10, 2006
Pretty good progress. Increase running speed or length or intensity, next time.
January 13, 2006
Shoulders coming along nicely. Should have run, but was lazy.
January 16, 2006
January 17, 2006
No run today. Lazy. Hit the legs quite hard -- now wobbling around.
January 19, 2006
Quads still hurt from Tuesday. Other than that, ok. Liked the BC.
January 24, 2006
No run today. Treadmills all full.
January 25, 2006
January 27, 2006
January 30, 2006
January 31, 2006
February 2, 2006
February 6, 2006
February 8, 2006
February 9, 2006
February 13, 2006
February 15, 2006
February 17, 2006
February 20, 2006
February 21, 2006
February 23, 2006
February 27, 2006
Shortly thereafter, I came down with the Stomach flu. Then I went to Munich?, and discovered that they don't believe in putting gyms in hotels in Europe. So I didn't work out for a while...
March 13, 2006
March 16, 2006
March 17, 2006
March 23, 2006
March 28, 2006
March 30, 2006
April 24, 2006
May 1, 2006
May 2, 2006
May 3, 2006
May 8, 2006
May 9, 2006
May 16, 2006
May 24, 2006
May 25, 2006
May 30, 2006
June 7, 2006
Wow. Best. Workout. Ever.
I missed a few workouts due to travelling. Also didn't record a bunch.
July 5, 2006
July 10, 2006
July 24, 2006
July 27, 2006
... I didn't record a bunch ...
August 21, 2006
... missed recording one here...
August 29, 2006
September 6, 2006
... didn't record September 18 ...
September 26, 2006
October 5, 2006
October 12, 2006