Tuesday, January 24, 2006

I’ve got a meeting in just a few so I’ll have to give you the cliff notes version today.

Yesterday ended fine – food was on track.

Didn’t want to get up today (what’s new?) I even hit snooze three times. The worse was that the fiancé wasn’t going to the gym this morning. That meant I had to do it ALL on my own. I did get up. Got my things together and made it. I had a run planned but just did NOT feel like it. For once I wasn’t up to fighting myself. It’ll have to happen tonight.

I did ROCK the weight room though. It’s chest day and I had a twelve week goal to press 80 lbs (plus the bar) for 10 reps. Well I’ve been working with my spotter and have hit that 80 lbs for 10 reps a few times but he’s always been ‘helping’. Today I lined up under the bar and went for it! No safety net – nothing! I wanted to do a happy dance when I gutted out 10 perfect reps! I swear I was grinning ear to ear.

THEN because I’m just a glutton like that – I added 5 lbs and did two more sets of 6 reps at 85!

Bench Press: 80 x 10 / 85 x 6 / 85 x 6

Next was dumbbell presses – again I’ve set myself a goal - Fifty pounds for 10 reps. I’m not nearly as close on this one – but then I always do dumbbell presses AFTER fatiguing the crap out of myself with the barbell presses – so maybe I’m closer then I think? Anyway – I did do 50 lbs it was HARD, but I did it.

DB Bench Press: 50 x 6 / 50 x 6 / 50 x 5

The rest of the workout was pretty typical

Decline Press (+ bar): 60 x 6

Cable Crunches: 195 x 15 / 195 x 15 / 195 x 15

And that’s that!

Oh wait – one more thing.


    WOW! 80 pounds and then 85 pounds!
    What an inspiration!

  2. Excellent job trying it on your own! And I agree with Katie that 80 followed by 85 lb bench presses are amazing! And then to get the dumbbell presses in after that....Wow! You go girl!

  3. WELL DONE Shawn.

    I have trained as a one man army all my trianing lifespan, save for one time, when I let another guy tag along, so he could get a few pointers on Bicep stuff, and technique.

    Training by yourself is hard, although you do sometimes get to briefly talk to people now and again, without letting your set breaks get super silly in length.

    It's mentally tough, but it is possible on a regular basis, without getting demotivated

    Though of course your other half, clearly makes a great motivator for you, when he is there.

    Again, another faultless Shawn episode, as is nearly always the case :-).

    You know I'm proud of you misses.

    KEEP IT UP. I'm bouncing inside now :-).


  4. Wow you are hitting it hard, way to go and hang in there!That's what it's all about!

  5. OMG you are awesome! 85 pounds -- WOW. Keep that up, superwoman!

  6. 85lbs. PLUS the bar? You are Superwoman! I'm feeling all wimpy now. Must.go.do.pushups. 50lbs. dumbbells? Holy crap I've got to get in gear.

    Way to go.

  7. Don't feel wimpy! I can't do pushups so you're one up on me!

  8. AWESOME workout....it can only get better from here.

  9. AWESOME gurlfriend,,, good job!

  10. Wowza....you are benching my 9 year old :)

    Totally fricken awesome...good job!!

  11. WOW. awesome job. You are doing great- keep up the work.

  12. HOLY MOLY!

    And you lost a pound and a half! Excellent!