December 02, 2005

Thought for the day

Lift hard or go home.

I anticipate the pain to begin sometime tomorrow. More ambitious parts of the body will start hurting sooner.

Just a thought, when using a personal trainer for weight lifting, as I have been doing, and not just for some bullshit weeny motivation for cardio, you could do better than to mimic my example of motivating my trainer to push me harder by: asking him when he was going to actually start making me work; inquiring whether I was paying him so we could sit around; asking whether that was really all the weight he wanted me to lift; and basically implying that he wasn't pushing hard enough. I suspect this is going to end in tears. Mine. And by tears I mean both the saline from the eyes and the thing that happens when a muscle rips. Same spelling, two meanings and I think I mean both.

But all that said, how else are you going to convince the guy that a leg press at 230 is for wimps? By making him let you do it at 290 and going for 15 reps easily, that's how.

He says I'm the only client who tells him that he doesn't make me work hard enough.

I can believe it.

Lift hard or go home. That's what he's taken to saying. Me? I tell him that I want to leave it all on the floor, that I want to leave the room with nothing left in me.

Maybe he'll start believing me.

We only lift together once a week, but I try real hard to get in there at least every business day morning to do at least 45 minutes of cardio.

How often do you all work out?

Posted by Random Penseur at December 2, 2005 10:50 AM | TrackBack

Does jogging from the couch to the refrigerator count?


Actually, I am such a couch tater that this gestational diabetes thing may be a blessing in disguise. (FWIW, any exercise at all is like using a straw to sip out the glucose from your blood.)

I have been getting up and dancing around the living room and waving my arms around for ten minutes after every big meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner). The baby settles in and I think he likes it! and no matter how dorky I KNOW I look, I think it's good to move -- just move. :)

Maybe I'll lift hard later. For now, I'll just look like a dork in my living room.


Posted by: Margi at December 2, 2005 12:16 PM

:) do I have to tell here again how inspiring this one more entry is? "Lift hard or go home" - is the resolution that emphatic trainers will always apply to you. The whole wisdom of life said in few words! Still something I had to be reminded of. Thank you RP!

I am going to my homeland for a couple of weeks soon and this time I am determined to go to see those people at the gym EVERY DAY. And yeah I'm gonna jump and lift to their command, and compete on a cardio, too. Congrats for taking good care of yourself.

Posted by: Crow at December 2, 2005 12:42 PM

24x7. Life is a workout for me right now.

Posted by: Jim at December 2, 2005 01:34 PM

At least five times a week. Sometimes as many as seven. It just makes me feel good.

But I like Jim's answer better.

Posted by: Jennifer at December 2, 2005 02:09 PM

average of 5 times a week...nothing like i should...but..
my trusty treadmill and i
we get along very well.
so - for now...i'm ok with that.

Posted by: sn at December 2, 2005 04:29 PM

Cardio at least 4 times a week and weights once a week. I'm starting a new diet on Monday. Fish, sweet potatoes, green veggies, egg whites, oatmeal, and protein shakes for 2 or 3 weeks. A friend's husband gave it to me. I am going to be one cranky SOB for that time. Why am I doing this? Need to lose 30 more pounds before Feb 40th b-day. :-)

I'm interested to know your lifting routine, RP.

Posted by: Howard at December 3, 2005 09:08 AM

Oh, you are gonna be so sorree...

Posted by: Rob at December 5, 2005 10:49 PM
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